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Comment: Re:The difference between a useful meeting and (Score 2) 268

by garyisabusyguy (#49779843) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

The first time that I was pressed into being a project manager was at a subsidiary of a new telecom company.
We inherited some basic rules
1. Whoever called the meeting had to prepare the info for the meeting and send it out to the participants at least a day early
2. The meeting could be no longer than thirty minutes
3. Whoever called the meeting would prepare a summary and send it out to all participants with a list of action items before the end of the day

The unwritten rule was that if you started wasting people's time they would stop coming to your meetings
This put the power into the hands of the people doing the work and made the PM a servant to getting work done
That is how is should be, I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to apply the 'unwritten rule' and walk out on some PM that was just sucking all of the intelligence out of the room and keeping people from working

Comment: Re:Ancillary titles to TFA (Score 2) 268

by garyisabusyguy (#49779789) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

Not really, some of the analysis following the Challenger disaster at NASA concluded that the use of Powerpoint limited the ability to put enough relevant information on the screen to allow analysts to make the necessary connections to identify risks.

In a similar study performed by the Army, the conclusion was that all of the necessary detail that would have been included in a whitepaper was trimmed away for the 5-bulletpoints that they could put on the screen, to quote the article:“It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control,” General McMaster said in a telephone interview afterward. “Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.”

Comment: Re:Ancillary titles to TFA (Score 1) 268

by garyisabusyguy (#49778651) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

Banning things does us no favor, but getting the message out does

The summary of all of these articles is that Powerpoint has a limit to how much information it can place on a slide, this is largely a function of screen resolution and visible font size

This limit is resolution results in 'high level' 10,000 display of topics that does not adequately represent the subject matter
The result is that people give presentations at a high level and then send out the powerpoint as the notes for the presentation, when in fact any real detailed information would be either omitted or glossed over at that high level

What we really need is to demand improvements to Powerpoint, like
1. displaying at legible resolution on a 6ft high by 30 ft wide screen (remember those old blackboards from college Calculus class, that is the level of information density that we need)
2. Providing linking and drill down like would would expect to see on an executive dashboard. Sure, start at the summary level, but allow the speaker to drill down to the details at any point in the diagram. Also, make this all print out as the 'notes' with footnotes and references to the linked information
3. Train the presenters to not be satisfied working at the outline level

I guess that we should not simply blame Powerpoint for making us stupid, when we are stupid for relying on it as it is

Comment: Re: bunch of naggers (Score 2, Interesting) 114

If you think that a choice between Dems, who have shown themselves to be centrist, fiscally responsible and more likely to support the working class than not, and the gop, which has become a raft of radical nutjobs who want to waste the country's money on foreign wars while reducing taxes on the wealthy effectively bleeding the middle class to death... is the lesser of two evils, then you are just plain silly

Keep in mind, who put the right wingers on the Supreme Court which upheld corporate money as 'free speech' - The GOP
Who put us into two foreign wars with no long range plan resulting in trillions in debt and thousands of dead Americans - The GOP
Who left our guard down while ignoring repeated warnings and allowing the 9/11 attacks on their watch - The GOP
Who deregulated markets and created a boom/bust scenario resulting in the largest recession in 80 years - the GOP
Who reduced taxes on the wealthy resulting in deficits and long term problems like a rotting infrastructure - the GOP

And just to balance the scale, who recovered from the last two Bush-driven recessions - The Dems

If you think that is the choice between two evils, then you are drinking the gop cool-aid and need to wake the fuck up

Comment: Re:BULL FUCKING SHIT (Score 1) 148

by garyisabusyguy (#49764843) Attached to: Al-Qaeda's Job Application Form Revealed

Trading papers, I will see yours and offer:
"This paper also suggests that the Gini Index of economic inequality may also have a significant correlation with terrorist risk. The results overall imply that exclusion from the economy can be a motivator for terrorism just as exclusion from politics can be, regardless of the overall wealth of a country."

I will even go on to say that it is the political control over the economy (whether the military control of Egypt or Pakistan, or the royal control of Saudi nations) that reduces the economic opportunities of the lower and middle classes, as well as the political ambitions of the upper classes, which encourages them to join groups like ISIS or AQ

Comment: Re:Truth be told... (Score 2) 148

by garyisabusyguy (#49764593) Attached to: Al-Qaeda's Job Application Form Revealed

"and unsurprisingly, a lot of terrorists aren't devoutly religious"

I think that it may be a similar phenomenon to Born Again Christians in America, where people are deeply indoctrinated when they are young, put aside their beliefs for lives of debauchery in their young adult years, then fall back to their original beliefs (or influence of religious leaders who represent those beliefs) in later years or when facing some emotional hardship

Comment: Re:Truth be told... (Score 1) 148

by garyisabusyguy (#49764541) Attached to: Al-Qaeda's Job Application Form Revealed

I agree on both flavors, and I suggest that they are rooted in the same cause, which is an attempt to prevent internal revolution due to lack of opportunity

Even bin laden was relegated to some son-of-the-boss position if he had toed the line, so he traded that away for leading his own quasi-government

By design, this was outside the borders of his birth and in no way threatened the people who actually limited his ambitions at home

Comment: Re:Truth be told... (Score 1) 148

by garyisabusyguy (#49764525) Attached to: Al-Qaeda's Job Application Form Revealed

I would argue that Atta, and many of the well educated 'forefathers' of this movement were facing their own glass ceilings, and would never reach the levels of social success in their own countries (as compared to what they could expect in the western countries they were educated in) due to the members of the royal families that got all of the sweet positions

One solution to their problem would be to mount an internal revolution

To prevent this they were intentionally radicalized by royally-supported Wahhabis to direct their angry energies outwards against the same western influences that had educated them to expect more than their current lot in life

At least that is my speculation

Comment: Re: EVEN ***MORE*** BULLSHIT (Score 4, Informative) 148

by garyisabusyguy (#49764499) Attached to: Al-Qaeda's Job Application Form Revealed

Doctors? Hardly

Mohammad Sidique Khan: aged 30, worked as 'learning mentor' in a primary school for immigrant children

Shehzad Tanweer: aged 22, worked part time at his father's fish and chips shop

Germaine Lindsay: aged 19, worked part-time as a carpet fitter and supplemented his income by selling covers for mobile phones at a local market

Hasib Hussain: aged 18, a recently graduated student who was living with in-laws and had a recent arrest for shoplifting

Comment: Re:Here are MORE exampe of how full of shit you ar (Score 1) 148

by garyisabusyguy (#49764455) Attached to: Al-Qaeda's Job Application Form Revealed

They all have a glass ceiling, that is to say that they lack the room to grow their ambitions and are being sent out to find it

In the case of the notable FEW that you bring up, they were relegated to becoming fat lapdogs, servants of the royal family who could never rise above their 'place'. These were people with ambition who could have taken places of political or corporate leadership in a country that did not give all of those away to the royal family.

Of course leaders need foot soldiers and those come from the ranks of the 20-30 somethings who do not even get the lapdog jobs, they sit at home and take in a huge amount of propaganda about jihad and fighting the western corrupter. There are no jobs for them to start their own families so the become cannon fodder for the wars that the Wahhabis have created for them. These are the people applying in droves with hopes of gaining an income and family, or an honorable death that their families could give value to

It is the intent to keep pressure off of the ensconced leadership by diverting this 'energy' into jihad instead of a long-delayed internal revolution to provide equal opportunities to their people

Comment: Truth be told... (Score 5, Interesting) 148

by garyisabusyguy (#49763827) Attached to: Al-Qaeda's Job Application Form Revealed

These 'applicants' would probably never consider the path to jihad if they had a decent job and the ability to earn a living to raise a family

The unemployment rates are 27% with even higher rates for people in their twenties
The application takes advantage of their desires to have a 'real' job and twists it into continuing strife that does nothing to improve their economic conditions

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz