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When Smart People Make Bad Employees 491

Posted by samzenpus
from the boss's-favorite dept.
theodp writes "Writing for Forbes, CS-grad-turned-big-time-VC Ben Horowitz gives three examples of how the smartest people in a company can also be the worst employees: 1. The Heretic, who convincingly builds a case that the company is hopeless and run by a bunch of morons; 2. The Flake, who is brilliant but totally unreliable; 3. The Jerk, who is so belligerent in his communication style that people just stop talking when he is in the room. So, can an employee who fits one of these poisonous descriptions, but nonetheless can make a massive positive contribution to a company, ever be tolerated? Quoting John Madden's take on Terrell Owens, Horowitz gives a cautious yes: 'If you hold the bus for everyone on the team, then you'll be so late that you'll miss the game, so you can't do that. The bus must leave on time. However, sometimes you'll have a player that's so good that you hold the bus for him, but only him.' Ever work with a person who's so good that he/she gets his/her own set of rules? Ever been that person yourself?"
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Denver Rejects UFO Agency To Track Aliens 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the name-and-galaxy-of-origin-please dept.
Republicans weren't the only ones to win big yesterday. Aliens in The Mile-High City can breathe easier thanks to voters rejecting a plan to officially track them. From the article: "The proposal defeated soundly Tuesday night would have established a commission to track extraterrestrials. It also would have allowed residents to post their observations on Denver's city Web page and report sightings." Let the anonymous probings begin!

Comment: Re:When you give money to a bank, it's not your mo (Score 1) 265

by pig_man1899 (#31276728) Attached to: Citibank Cancels Bank Account of Objectionable Blogger
Was it ever our money? Isn't this the basis of banking as a business since it was conceived? Banks borrow money from us at a low rate and loan it out to others at a higher rate. In the USA, the FDIC exists to give consumers confidence that deposits are guaranteed, to a certain $ amount, if the bank ever failed. If someone expects to get the same exact notes or bills deposited back from the bank they should be using a safe deposit box.

Comment: Re:Block The Internet (Score 1) 308

by pig_man1899 (#27001297) Attached to: Australian Internet Censorship Plan Torpedoed

...and this week said it would also block sites depicting drug use, crime, sex, cruelty, violence or "revolting and abhorrent phenomena" that "offend against the standards of morality"

In compliance with government standards, the Sydney Morning Herald.com has been replaced by TeleTubbie and Rick Astley videos

The 11 is for people with the pride of a 10 and the pocketbook of an 8. -- R.B. Greenberg [referring to PDPs?]

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