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Comment: Re:THIS!! Read the Research! (Score 1) 349

Sadly, this is true for any successful organization.

"But the more an organization succeeds and prospers, the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals, principles and purposes ........ Every combination of two or more human beings has both a useful aspect and a political aspect. These tend to conflict with each other. As the political aspect becomes more and more influential, the organization ceases to be useful to its members and starts using them.

Why does this happen? Because the better an organization is at fulfilling its purpose, the more it attracts people who see the organization as an opportunity to advance themselves.

The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent, like the ability to play chess, paint pictures, do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets. There are some people who are extraordinarily good at manipulating- organizations to serve their own ends."

[Empire of the Rising Scum]

Comment: Snake Oil with an Exception (Score 1) 418

I rather like their DragonFly USB DAC/amp. Granted, I didn't pay anywhere near $250+ for it, but for the ~$75 I got it for, it's nice, sounds good and is portable. My other choices for use with my work provided laptop were the usual Schiit stack and Monoprice desktop amp (11567), but the DragonFly won out on simplicity.

The decision doesn't have to be logical; it was unanimous.