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Comment good people (Score 2) 301

It's all the same, really.

If you have good people, you don't need managers, good people can manage themselves.
If you have good people as managers, other people won't mind working for them, because a good manager is a real contribution to the team.
If you have good people at the top level, they will bring good ideas into the company, have the resources and power to see them done, and benefit everyone.

And the reverse for bad people. In the end, it comes down to how good your people are.

That is CMM level 1. You don't want to run your organisation on that level. It's idealistic, and if it works, it works great, but it depends too much on individuals. When your company is not 20 people, but 2000, it becomes almost impossible to ensure that they are all heroes. That is when you need processes and organisational structures that, if they are made by good people(*), will act as training wheels for the less-good.

In IT we know this concept as an "expert system". Someone who is a really good manager works with someone who knows about processes and modelling to turn what he does best into a guideline for others who are not so good. The implicit knowledge gets turned into explicit knowledge. With that, you can go to CMM level 3. The higher levels are for a different discussion.

The point is: Managers are needed, because many people work better under management. Maybe nobody in the team wants to bother with resource allocation and procurement, or skill development and HR processes. Maybe nobody wants to bother with organisational tasks, or (something other posters commented) wants to make the hard decisions. There are many reasons. In the end it boils down to division of labor, which is a proven productivity enhancer.

(*) yes, you can't get rid of this dependency entirely, but you can reduce the number of good people you need. It is fairly easy to find 5 or 50 good people that set up the structure for everyone else. It is near impossible to find 500 or 5000 good people. Not because they don't exist. Because they already have jobs.

Comment averages (Score 1) 282

If the average IQ is 100 (and it is, by definition), that means for everyone with a 160 IQ, there has to be someone with a 40 IQ, or two people with 70 IQ, or four with 80...

There is an incredible number of stupid, uneducated idiots in this world, right around you. You just don't notice them because our social circles tend to be made up largely so others in it are similar to ourselves.

As the saying goes: Being stupid is a lot like being dead. It's more difficult for people around you than for yourself.

Comment core point (Score 1) 149

The core point is to investigate the assumptions we make, and that's what makes this a philosophical challenge, not a linguistic or engineering one.

Our life is full of assumptions that we are not even aware of. Thinking about aliens lets us challenge these assumptions. Visual communication? Maybe, but in which part of the electromagnetic spectrum? Audio? Which frequencies and what patterns? Tacticle? Chemical? Something else entirely?

What are "basics" of the universe that we can use to construct a communication system with a species very different? These questions are asked for this, and the Voyager plates are great examples, but still they make too many assumptions, without which we as humans don't know how to communicate.

Comment Time to put on the tin foil hats (Score 0) 168

Actually, aluminum foil shields, wrapped around the parts of your Wi-Fi router that face outside your house (e.g. not blocking signals to the rest of the house), will give you a much cleaner signal, and prevent a lot of this interference. Also keep the wi-fi away from windows, where this kind of interception of signal occurs.

If it looks strange, just take a cardboard box, cut it in parts that shield the same areas, and apply aluminum foil to those. Add pipe cleaners for a decorative touch.

There, problem solved.

Comment Re:Benefit to end users? (Score 4, Funny) 674

Oh Ya? How about SJW Linux where all resources are shared and have equal priority!

For far too long, Linux has discriminated against "differently abled" code, with all its segregationist notions of kernel-vs-userspace. And even within userspace, could the very word "permissions" get any closer to "privilege"???

At long last, viruses we have historically relegated to the slums of Windows will finally have the right to run in the ivory sandbox of Linux - We need "Runtime Justice" for all code, whether CLI or GUI, whether drivers or devices, whether signed or malware!

There is no such thing as an "illegal" instruction!

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark