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Comment Re:Reading between the lines here... (Score 1) 393

So yes, it is perfectly possible for intelligent, skilled people to end up in a job well below what they are qualified and able to do.

Not saying it's not. However, as you broached the topic, I would agree; it's entirely possible for someone to be employed well below what they're qualified for...for a short duration.

That doesn't seem to be what we're talking about here, however.

Comment Re:memory loss defence? (Score 5, Insightful) 602

Not only is this "just deserts", but it's also quite probable. Institutional and architectural information tends to fade quickly, at least for myself. 6 months into a new job and I will only have passing knowledge on the systems. 1 year out and I'm back to almost square one with a weird sense of deja-foo ( on purpose ).

So fuck them. Take the money, develop amnesia and when they come calling, create chaos under the guise of "being helpful".

Comment Economy and Society are one in the same (Score 1) 563

As the title suggests, any society and it's economy are one in the same. Two words, same concept. To truly understand this, you must first be willing to see what drives people together; what makes us want to be around others.

It's greed.

Alone we can survive, more or less. Depending on where, and one's ability, that "Survive" can range from "just barely" to "thrive", yet even in that "thrive" category,we still want more stuff. Better shelter, better food, better tools, more leisurely time, ect...It's this greed which drives us to work with others, to share in the responsibility of surviving so that we might both be able to "get more stuff".

Take away this need, and you take away society. In a truly post-scarcity environment, people wind up being hermits with little to no social interaction. Of course, that's a moot point as there will never be a post-scarcity environment.

Which is not to say anything negative about start trek, mind you. In fact, it's flawed concept of a economy-free society is what first got me thinking about this stuff, and underpinned my explorations of economics and society for decades to come.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 928

Note: I never said I didn't offer praise. Someone does something good, I encourage it. Leadership 101; positive reinforcement is more effective than negative.

That's not, however, what I was talking about.

When I do have to correct someone, men are usually easier to correct because I don't have to pad their egos first. I can deliver the necessary communication and we all can move on. Women? More work because I have to build them up enough to handle the criticism.

Note; I am not saying all women or all men. Just generally speaking.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 928

While I don't deny those kinds of comments exist, I'm not including those examples in my generalities. Furthermore, they tend to be rare. At least in professional environments I work in.

The emotional petting I'm referring to is more inline with offering constructive criticism. When someone is fucking up and not correcting it themselves, it's up to the team leader to address it. With men I have found this is as simple as "You're doing this wrong. Here's how it should be done". Tried that exact same approach with women in my younger days to much different results. Tears were common, also anger. I made sure I delivered the criticism in the exact same tone, same words. Didn't matter.

With women, I've found you have to build them up. Focus on areas they're doing well in first, then deliver the criticism. Then talk about it some more. Then maybe talk about their strengths, then circle back around to the criticism. We go from a 2 second correction to a 15-30 minute conversation where I have to remember to "be nice" the entire time. Like I said, exhausting.

Now, please bear in mind I'm speaking in generalities. Some men need that fluffing too, and I know a handful of women who prefer bluntness. But in my experience, the above stereotype can be relied upon.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 2) 928

It's worth clarifying; I am an exceptional communicator. I can and do motivate others to achieve their best.

However. I find the required communication methods necessary to properly interface with most women exhausting. Necessary criticism must be delivered in such a way that takes far longer and requires far more redundant communication. Most men, however, are far easier to deal with. These are, of course, generalities.

That you don't have the same reactions suggests you are a far more natural communicator than I, for which I'm envious. So you are very probably right; it is a "me" thing.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 2, Interesting) 928

While I appreciate the idea of catering your communication to your target(s), I have to say that dealing with people who need constant emotional petting to stay productive is exhausting ( women mostly ).

I much prefer working with men for this reason. While it's not a guarantee you won't get "Whiny Bitches" in a male dominated environment, it's far less likely. By putting aside the emotional overhead, the entire team can more effectively focus on the task(s) at hand.

Comment Parenting 101 (Score 1) 449

You *listen* to your children, help them explore what they like and dislike. You understand that your children won't like everything, and possibly not even what you like...but I guess there's the rub. Mommy's and Daddy's egos can't accept their children not being little fucking clones of themselves, so they set out to "fix" that.

Ironically, my daughter does like to code and is a fan of STEM subjects in general. She also likes fashion ( although, perhaps notably, only in how it applies to others as she'll often leave the house in whatever is clean-"ish", sans brushing her hair ) and babysitting, neither of which holds any interest to me. But you know what I do? I make sure to encourage her interests, wherever they take her. This isn't some heroic feat. I'm not some exemplar example of parenting. I'm just some guy who has her interests at heart.

Comment Well.. (Score 1, Insightful) 370

Your first mistake was being an asshole. How do I know? Because people, as a rule, are lazy. I'm lazy. You're lazy. We're all lazy. So why, I'm forced to ponder, are so many people intent on fucking with you that it overcomes their natural laziness?

The only answer that makes sense is that you were a raging asshole.

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?