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Comment Re:Circular logic (Score 1) 331

The most effective way I've noticed to be promoted in IT is to be incompetant at IT, then you spend all your time appearing to be doing something, and you seek the paperwork tasks involving lots of emailing and nagging, and checking off what is done and not done. You always appear more concientious than the guy who ignores emails for an hour so they can code.

Somebody has to do all that stuff. I'd rather deal with tech than administrative stuff and scheduling; that's why I went into the field. As far as the "worth" of such activities, I cannot comment on the supply versus demand, but it's a role somebody has to fill. Hopefully they know enough about tech to not suck at it too much.

I'm hesitant to knock that role in general. Some do it well and some suck at it, just like coders and anything else. The problem is that bad managers spread the bad-ness wider than individual flunkies.

Comment Re:Slashdot just jumped the shark (Score 1) 162

If your premise was true, then the 'real geeks' (RG) mostly likely went somewhere else, since RG are not likely to just drop off the face of the e-Earth. Your theory would thus carry more weight if you identified this alternative(s) destinations for RG.

I suppose the alternative is that /. has grown larger than the total RG population, and now are too much a minority to affect mods "properly".

Comment Tech Support (Score 1) 83

Caller: "There's a cloud in our cloud, come immediately!"

Support: "Speak loud, I cannot hear you."

Caller: "No, it's cloudy in our cloud."

Support: "Yes, speak loud."

Caller: "Yes, there is a big cloud."

Support: "Yes, you must speak loud, that's what I said."

Caller: "You must have a cloud also, nothing's making sense. Let's try this: bring some sun."

Support: "Come soon?"

Caller: "Yeah, that too. Come soon with sun."

Support: "I can't hear you, my connection is cloudy."

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