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Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 405

by captjc (#49651355) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?

You either know a lot of fictional people, or your company is in trouble with so much executive turnover.

I can tell someone hasn't worked in many large multinationals. Some VP or CXX gets hired, brings in his buddies, implements some stupid crap policies, milks the position for what its worth and then leaves after 3-5 years for greener pastures and the cycle continues. Everyone else is left to clean up the mess left behind. Usually the next guy will see the resulting disfunction and hire some consultants who recommend layoffs and various reorganizations. It is the same thing over and over again.

When I was a kid, I used to read Dilbert and laugh. Now I read Dilbert and cry because that shit is all too real.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1, Insightful) 405

by captjc (#49650593) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?

They drive up the stress levels for the rest of us, coming in thinking they know everything, implementing stupid fucking ideas that never pan out, then buggering off to another company before implementation is complete and without any strategy for support or long-term maintenance. Their turnover rates are routinely cited as reasons why our jobs are being shopped off shore, which just adds to the stress.

Funny, most of the people I know who are doing that are usually 40-50 year old MBA managers and CXX-titled executives.

Comment: Re:Looks like someone rediscovered Dan Hurley's bo (Score 2) 407

by captjc (#49526387) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

None of that matters in corporate America. It's all about short term gains. Workers are nothing but a resource to use up, wear out, and throw away. If they can get a 10% productivity boost at the expense of your health and well being, that is a no brainer! If you get burned out, they can just as easily get rid of you and replace you with someone for half your salary.

The only thing that matters is stock price.

Comment: Re:Fan boy review much? (Score 2) 150

There is offline single player. I am a bit miffed on the space battles thing. However, the space-based combat in BF2 was hardly the end-all-be-all of Star Wars dogfighting. X Vs Tie or Rogue Squadron it was not. As for the Prequel era stuff, They more or less said it will be DLC While I hate EA's DLC practices and it is pretty shitty they can't include them what is a $70 game, if they can bring back Gungan genocide mode, playable Palpatine, and the Naboo and Mustafar maps, I might consider buying them.

Either way, Battlefront 2 is still on steam and still works very well on Windows 7 (and Wine for the Mac / linux gamers) in 1920x1080.

Comment: Re:The biggest problem: the "long view" (Score 1) 385

by captjc (#49504963) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

I was there. In school, I was horribly depressed thinking about all the different ways my life could quickly turn south, in spite of every parent and teacher saying that I will practically be the next Bill Gates. I also couldn't help but dwell on the ephemerality of everything I loved to the point I was more-or-less a nihilist.

At some point, I realized it was just wasted energy that not only did nothing to help me but actively hurt me. It made me a serious, dour person that nobody wanted to be around. Worse, there is only so much time and energy to spend on thought that using it for what amounts to little more than self-loathing is just pissing away what could be used to focus on my real problems. After much hard work, and many ups and downs, I like to believe that I am a happier, more likable, and more successful person than I was 10-15 years ago.

It isn't about living for the moment, tomorrow be damned or making decisions with little information. It is about refocusing your introspection to where your real problems lie instead of dwelling on what you have no control over. Turn your gift of analyzing your situation and sussing out the truth into an asset for success instead of a depressing curse. Ask yourself, "Why am I unhappy" and attack those areas with ruthless abandon.

Comment: Re:The biggest problem: the "long view" (Score 1) 385

by captjc (#49504747) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

There is a possibility that there is an assassin in your house ready to kill you. There is a possibility that an asteroid will strike you. The probability of either of the situations being true is practically zero, but not impossible. You can waste your time wallowing in those situations which will either never happen or you have no control over or you can use your intellect to root out the real problems in your life and solve them.

This is not about giving up on truth, this is about tackling the real issues instead of "What ifs." Any time spent on thinking about losing loved ones is time that could have been spent with loved ones. Any time spent thinking how they will leave you is time taken away from focusing on why they might leave you and how to prevent that from happening. And any time you think about a loved one dying who isn't at this moment fighting for their lives is not about them, it is about you wallowing in self-loathing whether you admit it or not.


Comment: Re:The biggest problem: the "long view" (Score 2) 385

by captjc (#49502711) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

That has nothing to do with intelligence and everything to do with outlook and perspective. Lets just say, I'm a pretty smart guy and the best piece of advice that I was ever given was to focus on the now. It is easy to foresee problems and possible scenarios and it is good to take measures to prevent the obvious. However, the sooner you realize that shit happens that you will never be able to plan for or there are simply various inevitable outcomes that will be sad and painful that you simply will not want to deal with, the sooner you will realize that there is just no point in worrying about them.

It has almost become a catchphrase for me, "Cross that bridge when you get to it." Focus on what can be dealt with now. Try to keep yourself in the best possible situation that you can and don't worry about what is around the corner until it is within sight to actually deal with it. Friends will come and go, loved ones will leave you, cars and tools will fail you when you need them the most, at some point your job will end, and eventually you will die. These are simple truths of life but if you spend even a second worrying about any of them before there is anything you can do about them, it is purely wasted energy that could be put to use tackling the problems that you do have.

I'm not saying it is easy to change the way you look at the world. It can take some work if not serious effort and it is easy to let yourself fall into ruts of depression and self-loathing. I know, I was there. That is nothing but perverse mental masturbation that does nothing but waste your energy and destroy what little happiness you can achieve. If you can learn to refocus yourself to only what you can affect, the happier and more productive you will become.


Joseph Goebbels' Estate Sues Publisher Over Diary Excerpt Royalties 301

Posted by timothy
from the new-meaning-for-moral-rights dept.
wabrandsma writes with this from The Guardian: The estate of Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's minister of propaganda, is taking legal action against the publisher Random House over a new biography, claiming payment for the use of extracts from his diaries. Peter Longerich's biography of Goebbels is to be published in May (Random House/ Siedler). Longerich, who is the professor at Royal Holloway's Holocaust Research Centre, maintains this case has important censorship implications. 'If you accept that a private person controls the rights to Goebbels' diaries, then – theoretically – you give this person the right to control research,' he said.

Comment: Re:With H-1B Cap Hit, CEOS Press for Outright Slav (Score 1) 442

Just outside of Philly. Worse, I am what is essentially a permanent-temp. The only good thing is because I am paid hourly, I am usually not asked to do overtime. Much better than the poor bastards who work there getting paid much better money in salary but are pretty much expected to work 8:00 AM and leave 10:00 PM or later, weekends included.

Many of the actual permanent people don't go home until after 1:00 AM because it is what is expected. After 3+ years there, even if they would offer me an actual job, I doubt I would take it as I could never work those insane hours without wanting to jump off a bridge after a month or two.

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