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Comment: Quite simple (Score 4, Insightful) 261

Don't hire assholes. If you have assholes on your team, find a way to get rid of them quickly, and replace them with people who are not assholes.

I don't really care - and neither should you - if the person is the most technically amazing person that has ever graced the Earth. If they are an asshole, it will sow resentment, make your team less effective, and make your job harder in the long run.

Not sure if you have assholes? Start weekly 1-on-1s with each team member. These are good practice in general, to help find and solve problems before they become major issues. But you will also be able to pick out the assholes pretty quickly.

You may think I am being silly, but I am not. If you think back to any unpleasant experience you have ever had at work, I am willing to put money on the fact that it was caused by someone who was an asshole.

Ridding your team - and hopefully, your entire organization - of these types of people will result in a group of people who are willing to do anything for you or each other.

Comment: Re:Complete fail (Score 1) 55

by sehryan (#49372999) Attached to: Apple Extends Its Trade-In Program

Apparently, if you do it online, you get an Apple Store Gift Card, as opposed to credit towards a new iPhone.

This is an important distinction, because it opens up your options. Want an AppleTV? How about an iMac or MacBook Air? What about some of the non-Apple stuff they sell at the store? All can now be funded with your trade-in.

And even if none of these options appeal to you, you have a gift card with a verifiable balance that is probably not tied to your account. So if you get an $85 gift card for that iPhone5, and you don't want anything that Apple has to give, then sell the gift card for $85.

Comment: Re:And the floodgates open (Score 2) 706

by sehryan (#48352553) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Because it is the American dream that one day - through hard work and determination - you can become one of the privileged. As such, any attack on the privileged is an attack on future you - or at least the future you that you hope will one day exist. Of course the irony is that the more you protect the privileged, the more you end up preventing future you from ever joining those ranks.

The existing privileged understand this perfectly, which is why they craft their message the way they do, bathed in apple pie and American flags, framing everything as an attack on your rights. And so we Americans rally forth against those who would dare try and take away that which isn't but might one day be ours. And in the end, the privileged become more privileged, and point to the rest of us and say "this is what the people want."

And we the people pat ourselves on the back for a job well done, because though we just made it harder on ourselves, at least our American dream is still intact.

Comment: Re:How do you cast a flattering light on this? (Score 2) 392

This is making the faulty assumption that Obama was able to bring those same people in to play in building the ACA website. The sad truth is that most of the feds that were involved in the development of the website were probably hired back in the Clinton era, if not back in the Reagan administration, and are so filled with hubris that they think they know better than the people they contracted for their expertise.

Imagine what it is like to come in to a project with 10+ years in building websites, just to have your professional advice overruled by someone because they just finished reading "Websites for Dummies" and so they obviously know better. Then imagine going through that at least once a week for the entire time you are on the project.

I didn't work on this project, but I was a federal contractor for long enough to be confident that a large number of the issues stemmed not from contractors working the system, nor from partisan BS, but from incompetent federal employees.

Comment: Re:HR? What HR? (Score 2) 278

by sehryan (#47657333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

How much MORE valuable is YOUR time, to THEIRS?

Let's evaluate this from the perspective of my business, since that is the thing that they and I have in common:

I am evaluating applicants, interviewing candidates, managing current employees, creating advertising, managing customer relationships, running payroll, keeping up with inventory, updating the books, and the 100s of other things that I do on a day-to-day basis to ensure that this business continues to exist. These tasks take 8-10 hours a day, sometimes 7 days a week.

They are applying for a job using an online system, which can be accomplished in less than three minutes if they already have their resume together and ready to upload.

So as you can see - from my business's perspective - my time is SIGNIFICANTLY more valuable than theirs.

Comment: HR? What HR? (Score 3, Informative) 278

by sehryan (#47656533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

I find it humorous that most of the comments are decrying the "HR" departments, when in reality a number of businesses using applicant tracking platforms are small business and do not really have any HR department to speak of.

They (and I, as I am a small business owner myself) use them so that I can 1. have one place that IS NOT my inbox to manage candidates, and 2. I can ensure that I am getting consistent info across all candidates.

And while I do not ask people to upload a resume and then fill out previous work experience fields, I can understand the necessity for such things, so that the small business owner can quickly scan over each applicant quickly, rather than trying to decode various resume layouts.

Because at the end of the day, my time is valuable, and any system that let's me spend less time doing things is going to be a boon to me, even if the downside is that I lose an applicant here and there in the process.

Comment: This feels backward (Score 2) 370

Since I heard about this ruling, I feel like this is completely backward. Google has to remove links TO the material, but the material itself does not need to be taken down. Google is just the pass thru - get the original material taken down from the site it is on, and the links that show up in a Google search disappear as well.

In the end, this isn't allowing people to have their info be "forgotten," just obscured.

Comment: Re:Why Prime? (Score 2) 298

by sehryan (#46127833) Attached to: Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

Amazon Instant Videos, which includes much better movies than are available via Netflix. $79/year breaks down to being cheaper than Netflix Streaming.

The free two-day shipping is just a perk for me. You can also share Prime shipping with other Amazon accounts, which allows my wife (and the business she runs) to benefit from Prime with no additional cost.

Comment: Re:Fucking idiots (Score 5, Insightful) 1532

by sehryan (#45000249) Attached to: U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

Task: Fund the government

House bill: Fund the government and defund ACA
Senate bill: Fund the government
House bill: Fund the government and delay ACA
Senate bill: Fund the government

The Senate (aka Democrats) seems to have no issues achieving said task. It is the House (aka Republicans) that continues to muddy the waters.

If their constituents really want ACA gone, that is fine. But this task is neither the time nor the place. The House just put 800,000 workers temporarily out of a job. You think those 800,000 people are going to care about ACA when they don't get a paycheck this month?

Comment: Re:This seems like complete insanity... (Score 2) 142

by sehryan (#43768975) Attached to: Yahoo Board Approves a $1.1B Pricetag For Tumblr

Tumblr isn't a photo sharing site, it is a micro blogging platform. Flickr has photos and I think video (upload). Tumblr has photos, video, audio, and finally text, which further breaks down in to posts, quotes, and links.

So please, tell me how a five day sprint to reskin Flickr is going to add all of those additional features.

Comment: Re:The Only Surprising portion of the revelation.. (Score 5, Interesting) 536

by sehryan (#43233509) Attached to: Declassified LBJ Tapes Accuse Richard Nixon of Treason

How is not exposing a presidential candidate's treason putting country ahead of personal and party gain? Just because he would gain politically does not automatically mean that he shouldn't do it "for the good of the country." Those things are not exclusive.

Comment: US Government (Score 2) 192

by sehryan (#43138941) Attached to: Drupal's Creator Aims For World Domination

Drupal has made huge inroads in running US government websites in the last few years. The White House, Departments of Commerce and Energy, and a bulk of the House of Representatives (most on one install, I believe) are all running Drupal, to name a few. As a former government contractor, we ended up selecting Drupal to run one of our sites for a couple of reasons.

First, Drupal can run using SQL Server on the back end. I know that sounds horrible, but for us, spinning up MySQL/Postgres was not really an option, and the .Net management systems were either too expensive or a joke in terms of features. So we got the community of Drupal on the hardware we already ran.

Second, its taxonomy features are really unparalleled, at least from what I have seen. Coupled with Views, you can create a page out of just about any combination of vocabularies. We used it to show a category of content, and then let users filter based on keywords. Think categories and tags from WordPress, but on steroids.

Now, all that being said, I hated developing in Drupal. I was able to achieve the goals for the site, including letting non-developers handle content updates with minimal support. But getting there was the most excruciating three months of my career. People aren't kidding when they say the learning curve is enormous.

Overall, I am happy to see Drupal making progress, and think it is fantastic in handling certain types of websites. But at the end of the day, I hope I never have to build another Drupal website again.

Once it hits the fan, the only rational choice is to sweep it up, package it, and sell it as fertilizer.