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Comment: Re:I hate and despise - but they should still be s (Score 1) 815 815

no business being flown by any US government authority

Technically it's been flown by states (and possibly other more local forms of government) which points to the concept of state vs.US gov't rights. Unfortunately the concept of associating the Confederate flag with the assertion of state's rights has been poisoned, melded, or used as a fig leaf to justify (un)popular southern attitudes towards slavery and then civil rights. That S.C.couldn't be bothered to lower the Confederate flag to half mast after the tragic shooting should have put to rest any arguments justifying it for non-racist reasons (not that yet another reason was really needed).

Comment: Re:Efficiency (Score 1) 380 380

a manager's work is: *manage* his or her resources the most efficient way

I see the manager's role as assigning a task/deadline and (in most cases) allowing the employee to find the most efficient way to get it done. Are you asserting the manager needs to micromanage the employee's time as well to assure efficiency?

there's also a strong incentive for the (clever) employees to not make efficient use of their time either.

TFS states: "When everything over 40 hours is free to the employer, the temptation to demand more is almost irresistible." What is the incentive for the employee to work overtime (over 40 hours) for free?

Comment: Re:Efficiency (Score 1) 380 380

So you'd expect an employee who refuses to go to all meetings because they aren't productive would get the "employee of the month" award?

That's a straw man. If the "employee of the month" skipped a meeting then a competent manager would either know the employee was being more productive or realize his meeting wasn't.

Comment: Vague question (Score 2) 1064 1064

If you're programming float then what's wrong w/the IEEE standard (assuming it's supported in your implementation)? From Wikipedia

The IEEE floating-point standard, supported by almost all modern floating-point units, specifies that every floating point arithmetic operation, including division by zero, has a well-defined result.

Defining it to zero only makes sense where zero is also an error in the numerator, and/or zero is not a valid result in your problem domain.

Comment: Re:How to cut through the frontline bs (Score 2) 479 479

learned how to navigate it fast enough...tell the frontline guy/gal all the things I did try

This works for me. In general you work with the front line and they'll work with you. Sometimes you've got to be a little extra patient and sometimes you get lucky with someone who knows their stuff. When you tell them what you tried they just have to know enough to put you to the next level. Sometimes you say thank you and then call back hoping to get someone else. It's the same when dealing w/any large organization when you want something.

Comment: Re:Consulting (Score 1) 203 203

really special people are usually no where near as special and indispensable as they think they are

You've got to think a one off job that's best covered by email is a position ripe for elimination. On the other hand, even if a person was better than sliced bread he's still dispensable in that in most cases a company will find a way to muddle along without him.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 260 260

using your own programming language makes it far more difficult to recruit

That's somewhat the point. I'd guess that these companies are swamped with more job applications per opening than they'd like. This way, as suggested above, they cull the fanboi wheat from the chaff. Can't blame the companies giving preference to someone willing to learn their in-house language on their own.

Comment: Solid horse (Score 2) 212 212

American Pharoah had a difficult trip in the Derby and still pulled it out. He won handily at the Preakness in the mud and still looked like he had something left. Top jockey and trainer. This was the clearly the best horse who'd won both races since the last triple-crown winner. Don't know if he ran against a relatively weak field (didn't check the times). There's also the odd chance he was given a pass to boost the industry. Hollywood Park was demolished recently and the publicity surrounding a triple-crown winner can't hurt. Still an impressive performance.

Comment: Keep Groups (Score 1) 176 176

I like Yahoo Groups because it provides a functional interface w/reasonable features to several niche hardware/software vendors/authors and interest areas - all w/a single login and all available in the same browser window. What's annoying is that many vendor Groups are moving to their own little custom forums w/unique interfaces and more bells and whistles than is necessary. Add multiple passwords/windows and it's typically more hassle than it's worth for casual access to see what's going on in the user community. I don't know if Yahoo could have done more to keep these groups from moving or they moved because they saw some shiny forum software glittering w/a lot of features and figured why not.

Comment: Re:Money or Art? (Score 1) 175 175

Nowadays, you just motion capture it

I think they also use equations to calculate motion. Especially when you're talking about objects where the number of elements (e.g. hair) and other issues make motion capture difficult. And they're good at it. I recall several years ago an old DOS game (probably the last one I played) where the motion rendering was so impressive I felt like I was actually in the floating boat.

Work smarter, not harder, and be careful of your speling.