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Comment Re:Do you want me to code, or deal with the suits? (Score 1) 304

So you are in a situation of this 'odd' company already. I read about them few times before. This is not as simple as it sounds - there are indeed structures but much less strict and fixed in stone as they are elsewhere. The company must have had a good team before including managers so this was not such a big deal anyway. I guess they are just about the size that such practice is still possible.

Comment Re:Do you want me to code, or deal with the suits? (Score 1) 304

There is more to management than external interface. If projects are bigger than a 2 person ad hoc team can finish in a foreseeable future of say 2 months then there is a need for a bigger team maybe (has there been not a management article few days back here?). If team is bigger then conflicts will ensue and sometimes these will require somebody to do reconciliation, possibly neutral enough but also authoritative enough to enforce agreement as (here it comes) all these devolved schemes that actually work well are actually possible but only if you have a mature people able(*) to talk to each other.
* - this means not only their personal character allows them that but that the discussion is actually a technical possibility.

Comment Re:Are and storms that fierce on Mars? (Score 1) 120

I know this feeling - something is outrageously wrong and you want to tell the world about it. Believe me I have experience with this - this is pointless. It is a nice flick nothing less or more(*). I tend to get this surges of anger too - I sit and write an essay for myself only and list all things that are wrong. Most often though I find that the most annoying parts are not omissions, errors and some such - they are stories where humans hardly play a role or/and which are inconsistent internally. No SF can even hope to describe the reality because of the fiction part. It is not even its role or ambition. The close description of reality does not even get done by most of documentaries so we can excuse a fiction movie as long as it is well made. If the movie about trip to Mars were a bit realistic it would have to include a show of idiocy and corruption on capitol hill as all these billions needed would be only spent if associated with heavy pork lifting and and done on basis of a lie or two about how this is going to cost and what it is going to achieve.
* - sometimes inaccurate and fairy tale like but exactly that is why it is so motivating for some as to show how impossible is possible.

Comment Re:Some is Better (Score 1) 1162

Just imagine this nice sight of dead bodies everywhere - some shot by perpetrators some by volunteer ad hoc force of armed bystanders and some by police who came and shoot everybody taking part in a shootout. That would make nice news. It would not change anything anyway but as long as you try it in some place I am not frequenting I am all for it.

Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1162

There have been shooting just about everywhere. In USA much more frequently than any other land living in peace(*).
The choice has been made by majority of US citizens - we and our criminals want to have free access to guns. There is no way any shooting will change that. If it does then it only increase amount of guns sold. This assures that the business will continue with new better guns. this is a tragedy only because there is a sizable minority in US that disagrees with this.

* - by peace I mean a state of peace that most of Western countries enjoy on their soil whereas some of those countries' armed forces take part in various adventures around the globe (which may or not be a moral hazard but that is not a topic here).

Comment Re:Say what? (Score 1) 392

They did most certainly not. Most humans working on just about any project will know neither about what their neighbour slave is doing nor about big picture. The very few would have the ability and occasion to see big unpleasant picture and foresee consequences. And as it happens there are reports of such people coming forward and complaining to the management of VW who promptly ignored the warning either because they did not recognize its importance or did not want to do so. That is why we say corporate parachuters should be put into jail for this if the criminal liability applies at all here which I guess we may even never know if that gets settled out of court. Other than that flagged is not enough - I am for corporate arses being flagged and from time to time thrown into the cages with wild animals or serial rapists etc. The whole proceedings should be put into youtube or at least into tv. I would like to see banksters and all these assholes that try to force TTIP into our throats being thrown to the lions first tho.

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