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Comment: Soviets? (Score 1) 31

by Tablizer (#46800765) Attached to: RIP, NASA Moon Landing Engineer John C. Houbolt

If I am not mistaken, one of the reasons the Soviet Union gave up the moon race is that the rendezvous-at-the-moon approach was considered too complicated for their electronics of the day, so they tried for the "big rocket" approach instead.

However, the shear size of the thing was too much to manage, creating a giant explosion in tests that killed key researchers.

Comment: Re:they couldn't have just read Dilbert? (Score 1) 214

by Tablizer (#46792207) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

It's so universal it's seen everywhere.

Managers should also be formally judged by their underlings. If they score low or fail to improve in problem categories, they get docked pay.

It can be an anonymous survey with 20 or so categories such as "Shows respect to me (employee)", "Explains my tasks clearly", "Listens to and thoughtfully considers my opinion", "Gives me meaningful and relevant work", "Explains the purpose of my work in terms of organizational goals", etc.

Comment: Re:Outsourcing! Management Sux! What?!? (Score 1) 214

by Tablizer (#46792161) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

But third-world labor is often cheaper because those countries don't have and/or enforce labor, safety, and pollution laws. Should we trash the USA in order to compete with those used to living in trashy country?

Further, individuals here don't have the ability to change their entire country even if they personally wanted the trade-offs offered by such an Ayn Rand "paradise".

And why reward trashy countries for being trashy by giving them our jobs? We should encourage them to get civilized.

Comment: Dilbert is Real (Score 4, Funny) 214

by Tablizer (#46792075) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

SCE's management culture may be particularly primed for firing its IT workers...One observation in this report...was that 'employees perceive managers to be more concerned about how they 'look' from above, and less concerned about how they are viewed by their subordinates.

PHB1: "This survey shows our employees think we in management are clueless superficial jerks. What do we do about it?"

PHB2: "I got it! Fire them all and outsource their work to new people who don't yet know we are clueless superficial jerks."

PHB1: "Brilliant! Let's vote ourselves a raise for this plan!"

"Card readers? We don't need no stinking card readers." -- Peter da Silva (at the National Academy of Sciencies, 1965, in a particularly vivid fantasy)

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