I'm not american, but I think it's a job you do, as part of your training, before you join the riot police.
You're saying you can't manage squads bigger than 4 to 6 people?
That's odd. I'm not much of a BF3/4 player, though I did enjoy 2142, and I'm playing Planetside 2 a lot. Squad size is 12, though that's often not enough people to make a difference in big facilities, so to make an impact I lead platoons - 4 squads, total being 48 people. Sometimes that's not enough manpower in bigger fights, so several platoon leaders have to coordinate attacks to defeat entrenched opponents who know what they're doing. For example two squads approach from the front with tanks and shell the entrance, one squad "parachutes" into the back of the facility to destroy shield generators while the fourth squad os charged with hacking a base behind enemy lines and deploys mobile spawnpoints preparing for a pincer.
I have few problems commanding 48 people and coordinating my actions with other platoons. When things get hectic I delegate squadleaders to do specific tasks with their 12-man squads. It's challenging, but very possible. Squad cohesion is high, the occasional lone-wolf oddball who doesn't listen gets booted and there's always fresh blood waiting to fill the gap.
If 4-6 is the limit for you then maybe you're just bad at leadership - or maybe the players in general are just bad.
I can walk into a store with a plastic bag full of stocks, swaps, derivatives, bonds and futures. Chances are I couldn't buy a bubble gum.
Those particular financial instruments are abstractions of abstractions to the n-th layer - in fact, much further away from "money" than bitcoins. And by money I understand a token of value - because it's scarce, like gold or bitcoins, or because people have decided to use it as currency - like fiat money or bitcoins.
The construction crew is not paid until plumbing is done or until a bailiff gives it to them?
So on one hand you have the local judge who is employed by the system that you, as the judge surmises, screwed over. Assuming this was a big project, chances are half of the people who decided about the funds allocation and the judge go out for whores and drinking together.
On the other side there's a foreign company with no knowledge of who's who, offering ever increasing amounts of money to various legal teams, based further and further away from the city where the process is to take place, until you're finally met with something else than a polite refusal, preceded by a day or two of deliberation.
Based on my own, admittedly limited personal experience, I wouldn't give IBM much of a chance.
This is ludicrous indeed. I simply cannot comprehend how such a situation is at all possible. I write code, I read the tech specs, go do some business-y stuff when needed.
Project goes over budget? The client doesn't ever mind that, 'cause the amount was already agreed upon. If the budget was 10 million, that's what you're getting, minus tax and handling plus any possible interest for delayed payment on the client's part.
Project went over budget? Start coming up with a good way of telling your employees they'll be working unpaid overtime. Project over budget? Suck it up, the client will NOT PAY A DIME MORE. If you underestimated the scope of the project (by an order of magnitude) it may be prudent to cancel the contract and pay the agreed upon contract termination fee - usually a few times the payment upon completion.
Project goes over time though? Well lop off, say, 10% of the agreed upon sum with each month of delay, up to a neat 200% loss, after which it automatically terminates.
Of course, you may attempt to go to court - on one side is the local judge, an employee of the system you, as the judge surmises, tried to screw over, and at the opposite end is your company. The worst case scenario for the government is when they slap on some ludicrous fine and the company does some legalese sorcery, changes the name and the office - but I'm pretty sure IBM is too big for that.
So based on my experience it's very rare for the government to end up with the short end of the stick. How is this even possible? Did some secretary in Queensland just sign a contract that an IBM guy gave to her?
Bah, that's old stuff. A polygraph is just bells and whistles, a theatre meant to scare the perp. But I've got good news, soon justice will prevail, we have a new toy on the horizon!
It's fMRI, which detects which areas of your brain are active in realtime. This means when the interrogation specialist shows you a picture of a woman, you don't even have to answer whether you recognize her - if you do, the specific regions of your brain light up. If you're asked a question and you're lying, you are using different parts of the brain to compose the answer than those used to recall visual data. It's not binary, it does vary slightly from person to person, but no matter how good of an actor you are, you're not going to rewire your brain.
Hell, with a little bit of resolution it will be entirely possible to pluck the password out of the communist's/terrorist's/pedophile's brain, letter by letter. Is the first letter of the password A? Is the first letter of the password B?
Best thing, you won't even have to answer anything for it to work! No talk of self-incrimination other than completely voluntarily brain activity.
People aren't held in bondage to one specific factory, they are however compelled to take up low-paying jobs because they need to pay their bills. The job market of today isn't very healthy - developed nations like the US are faking employment via public sector jobs, like the TSA or private prison industry , which contribute nothing to anything, but keep the money moving.
The main reason for the lack of low-skill jobs isn't only automatization, it's mostly globalization. Robots and AI are taking mostly the skilled worker jobs - accountants, welders, ect.
What is this, 1990? All modern CPUs have protection against overheating and disabling that protection requires, at the very least, some crafty soldering or flashing a 3rd party BIOS. If you're capable enough to do that you're probably running some sci-fi prototype rig from the future using pressurized mercury phase transition cooling or something.
So no, I don't see how any properly set-up rig can make the CPU cook itself.
Like a week ago I had to resolder my headphones because the plug broke - again. About 10 days ago I had to resolder the fast-port connector on my 5-year old Sony Ericsson C702 because the shitty Pb-less solder keeps breaking under stress. Before that, about a month ago, I had to solder in new capacitors on my CRT monitor because the flyback transformer high-pitched squeal on my monitor was driving me crazy.
Last time I used the command line on a phone was about 15 days ago when I did the odd job of installing cyanogenmod and supercharger on one of those fancy smartphones, for like 9 bucks. I don't even own one of those.
I had to do all of those because I'm a poor codemonkey in an eastern-european cesspool who can't afford the new stuff. For me it's crucial that a device is properly designed - being repairable is a CRITICAL aspect of proper design. That's why I laugh at iFad users - even the techs don't repair the stuff, just give a new one on warranty. And frankly disassembling devices to learn how they work and find out what's broken, then getting it repaired is FUN!
Flash is dead, yes. It didn't run on all devices like HTML does and frankly for a web standard that is unacceptable. Good riddance.
Fortunately now we've replaced Flash with the Apple AppStore and it's apps. Using apps ensures literally 100% compatibility with the target device and a much smoother experience than Flash could ever provide.
It's a shame the low-end segment customers are getting bad impressions of Android based on the inexpensive no-brand phones they were able to afford at the time. I've got one lying around for compatibility testing and I can feel your pain.
The no-brand stuff is a scam aimed at poor, gullible customers who then have an experience as bad as yours. Then they sell or give away the no-name phone and get a used 2nd gen apple - which they don't use fully, apps and content all costing money on that platform, but it's a much better experience even gutted as it is.
Sounds like a 1-month to 2-month project, 6000 polish zloty (about 1700 USD) and it's done.
How can a watch represent my outfit and the way I act?
Sure, you can make an awful lot of assumptions about a person based on all sorts of random tidbits - favourite colour, handwriting, choice of sock material or watch model. However all that information is only relevant when the choice is uninfluenced by the "what will people think" - at that point I could alter what could be my default choice to create a false image of myself. Normally I'd go with a Casio Protrek - if I was aiming to scam someone I'd choose a Patek knock-off.
With that in mind men are very conscious about which watch they use and what it says about them. The "what will people think" factor plays a significant part in the decision process. Ergo by judging a man in any way based on the watch he wears you're most likely than not buying into the fantasy he's trying to sell you. Instead you should be completely oblivious as to what watch a guy is wearing and instead try to gather intel based on less obvious things.
And what odd world do you come from where respect comes from overpaying 10000 times for a device to tell time?
The luxury watch business is a giant ponzi scheme and a bubble that's getting bigger and bigger. There's no substance to it, just smoke and mirrors, tasteful marketing.