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).
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?
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.
their managers have little incentive to look for ways to use their time more efficiently
If I parsed the sentence correctly then it should be up to the employee to look for ways to manage his or her time more efficiently. If you have to rely on your manager then you're in wrong job.
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.
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.
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.
Why aren't you people replaced entirely by computers yet?
I'd have thought the answer was because people didn't select an asset tracking application that was compatible with accounting needs.
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.
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.