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Comment: Your Reputation is more important than the money (Score 1) 308

by michaelcole (#46141511) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?
The first half of your question is phrased as a contractor. The second half is phrased as an employee. Mixing the two kinds of relationships will likely bring dissatisfaction.

That doesn't mean stay or leave. What it means is that if you have to choose between being: an employee or a professional contractor. Some companies have employees they call contractors which is illegal, but happens anyways.

If you want to be an employee for this company, bring the situation to your supervisor. You supervisor is the person responsible for getting you what you need to do your job. You get to choose if you want to do the job or not.

If you want to be a professional contractor, bring the situation to your client - along with one or two recommendations for action. Working with Mr Respected on this will help you sell it. If they don't want to buy your recommendations, then don't take the project.

Definitely don't leave this as a surprise till the end. That isn't good for your reputation.

Whatever you choose, don't work on deathmarch projects. They pay shti, and you will get no future references for work. They are career killers - A players know to avoid these projects. B players hire C players to take the fall on them. Don't let other people turn you into a B or C player.

Comment: Misleading title (Score 1) 141

by michaelcole (#40894833) Attached to: Australian Agency Rules Facebook Pages Responsible For Comments
"The complaint to the ASB claimed that the Facebook page breached alcohol advertising guidelines by connecting alcohol with social or sexual prowess and promoted irresponsible drinking and excessive consumption." Bummer my comment will be forgotten on /. Much like the actual content of the story. It's not about who'se responsible for the contents. Imagine a cigarette company on FB letting kids talk about how cool it was. The court decided it wasn't in the public interest. Read the story.

+ - SOPA/PIPA "markup" to resume in February->

Submitted by michaelcole
michaelcole (704646) writes ""Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today said that he expects the Committee to continue its markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act in February.
Chairman Smith: "Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February."

Does more money = more democracy? Would you like to participate in the markup? Give em a call.

From the press release: "Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer, 202-225-3951""

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+ - Linux Company sale. Suits $44m cash, workers $0->

Submitted by michaelcole
michaelcole (704646) writes ""Ex employees of Monta Vista, the embedded Linux company, are telling me that they are being paid $0 for the sale of their company to Cavium Networks while USD$44 Million goes to the holders of three series of preferred stock. CEO Jim Ready and another executive are taking parachute payments and either retention or severance payments to the tune of 1 to 2 Million a piece in addition to anything they make from holdings in the preferred rounds.

I wasn't aware that Monta Vista went bankrupt, and a merger or purchase of a company isn't a liquidation, so I'm not at all clear how they can pay only the preferred stockholders. The employees need a good securities attorney." — Bruce Peren's blog

What's it all mean?"

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+ - Microsoft admits Plurk code was stolen->

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angry tapir writes "Microsoft's Juku service in China did indeed steal code from Plurk, a popular Twitter rival in Asia, Redmond has admitted. Plurk alleged this week that about 80 percent of Juku's code base was stolen from Plurk. Shortly after the accusations appeared on Plurk's blog, Microsoft suspended the Juku service and said it was investigating the matter."
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+ - SPAM: Dying star mimics our Sun’s death

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "In about 5 billion years, our Sun could have a nasty death. Scientists with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics this week released dramatic new pictures of a star, much like the Sun, about 550 light-years from Earth called Chi Cygni that is dying. According to the researchers, has swollen in size to become a red giant star so large that it would swallow every planet out to Mars in our solar system. The star has started to pulse dramatically beating like a giant heart, they stated.
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+ - Server Beach quickly rewrites SLA after outage->

Submitted by javajedi
javajedi (81810) writes "After experiencing a significant network outage last week, due to a botched DNS upgrade, Server Beach decided to cut their losses by quickly and quietly rewriting their network SLA to claim they were only responsible for a 5% refund every HOUR of down-time, instead of the previous 5% for every half-hour of down-time. They sent no notification of this change to their customers. You can find their previous SLA in Google's cache"
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+ - Is AT&T's Network Fail an Enterprise Disaster? 1

Submitted by Curt Franklin
Curt Franklin (1701070) writes "It's no secret that businesses depend on the cellular data networks for critical applications. Last week's AT&T failure in San Francisco has raised the question of application ruggedness when it comes to mobile networks. Is there a good way (aside from avoiding AT&T — which might not solve the problem, anyway) to make sure your application can keep going? I give a couple of my ideas at but I'd love to know the options I haven't considered. What is there for a rational organization to do?"

"The chain which can be yanked is not the eternal chain." -- G. Fitch