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Comment Re:Gee I do not know. (Score 1) 392

It's true.

We once hired a field tech who wasn't very good at anything. He would go to the client's office, look at their PC, declare nothing could be done and then go outside and shoot the shit and have a smoke with the client and leave without fixing anything. The clients fucking loved that guy.

We hired another guy. Aspergers, neck-beard, super-tech type. This guy could fix any problem he was sent to deal with. Clients phoned up and said although he fixed their problem, they'd prefer that we send the first guy instead because they felt he was a better technician.

Submission + - Microsoft's Xbox One Is Failing 1

Monkey writes: Even with the price cut after Microsoft un-bundled the Kinect from the Xbox One, the console is still struggling to gain market share from Sony's Playstation 4. From the article:
"Prior to the Kinect-less version of the Xbox One, the console was averaging around 40,000 units per week. This rose about 50% to 60,000 per week after the lower price was introduced, but that's still roughly half of the weekly sales of Sony's PlayStation 4."

Submission + - Money and wealth: clearing up some serious misconceptions ( 2

KDan writes: I am not an economist. However, most people misunderstand money and its purposes and uses so badly that I feel compelled to write out my understanding of it. Perhaps because I am not an economist, this might help some. The first and perhaps most important mistake people make is to confuse money for wealth. The more I earn, the more I realise that wealth is not money, but the ability to generate money (and other things of value). This is akin to the difference between saying "I am a dancer" (i.e. I have the ability to dance) and "I was a dancer" (i.e. I once had it but I no longer have it). Being wealthy is equivalent to the first statement, while having money is equivalent to the second.

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