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Comment It's called "Risk Management" (Score 2) 515

We put cameras in places where risk is high -- banks, retail stores, convenience stores, ATMs, etc., etc., are all being recorded and we don't complain about them, because the risk of corruption and crime is very high.

Police officers are at high risk for corruption, and they always have been. Their personal opinion of someone can be used to punish that person physically, emotionally, and financially. It's not too much to ask that their actions as employees be more closely monitored.

Comment Perspective... (Score 4, Interesting) 106

Yesterday, I watched an old episode of "The Rockford Files" from 1977 -- a serious two-parter about a private consortium committing various crimes while setting up a secret computer system to track consumers. The episode ended with a black screen and a chilling message from NBC:

"Secret information centers, building dossiers on individuals, exist today. You have no legal right to know abut them, prevent them, or sue for damages. Our liberty may well be the price we pay for permitting this to continue unchecked -- Member, U.S. Privacy Protection Commission."

Julian Assange's Online Dating Profile Leaked 334

Ponca City writes "The Telegraph reports that an online dating profile created by Julian Assange in 2006 has been unearthed from OKCupid disclosing that the WikiLeaks editor sought 'spirited, erotic' women 'from countries that have sustained political turmoil.' Writing under the pseudonym of British science fiction author Harry Harrison, Assange described himself as a 'passionate, and often pig headed activist intellectual.' Assange said he was seeking a 'siren for [a] love affair, children and occasional criminal conspiracy' adding that he was 'directing a consuming, dangerous human rights project which is, as you might expect, male dominated' and added enigmatically: 'I am DANGER, ACHTUNG.' Among Assange's listed interests were the 'structure of reality' and 'chopping up human brains' – although he added the caveat '(neuroscience background)' lest the latter put off potential admirers. 'I like women from countries that have sustained political turmoil,' Assange wrote. 'Western culture seems to forge women that are valueless and inane. OK. Not only women!'"

Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.

Comment The Limbaughs and O'Reillys of the world... (Score 3, Interesting) 365

...would just use this as a wedge issue, further "proof" of Obama's "socialism," and Obama has been going out of his way to avoid wedge issues. I think he knows that he can rule, but can't be effective, with a 51% majority.
As much as I love the entire open source movement, I don't think it would ever fly, politically, in our current culture.

Comment Myers-Briggs.... (Score 1) 581

The only time I've been subjected to a personality test at the office, it was Myers-Briggs as a "Team-Building" effort. All results would be confidential, they assured us when we questioned the ability of oil industry managers to gauge us with psychological exams... and these results would *not* be used to prejudice.

Out of the hundred or so participants, I was the only person with my personality type. The event coordinator -- an HR manager who had never before met me -- made me stand below a sign bearing my 4-letter code, and explained to everyone there what I was capable and incapable of doing, both in the industry and in my personal life.

It's pop psychology at its worst.

Comment Re:Inept management (Score 1) 581

Close.... For most of my career, I've written business processes to manage very large industries.

Today's managers aren't satisfied with the status quo, regardless of how successful it may be. They compete with each other to make *changes* -- not necessarily improvements -- to make it look like they're taking an active role in managing their responsibilities.

The latest book, the latest software tool, the latest Zen Management Philosophy seminar, it doesn't matter: It's "the latest."

Can't tell you how many times I heard impassioned questions like, "What? You haven't read 'The Tipping Point' yet?"

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