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Comment Re:Automatically fired (Score 4, Insightful) 106

Sadly, a typical reaction today... Fire/LockUp/Execute Everyone Even Remotely Connected to Scandal-De-Jure...FFS, most of these same commenters also want to "shrink government", "cut taxes", etc. NONE of which is going to: improve training and testing; expand, fund and enforce standards across municipalities; enhance LEO capabilities to track and prosecute attackers. But - Hey! - we get to sound awful tough!!

Comment Corporate Stupidity (Score 5, Interesting) 225

I used to work at Dialogic, which was then bought by Intel. In all my time there, new prospects/customers would invariably say: "This is really hard to configure (we had line resource cards, DSP resource cards, and various ways to map these resources together.) don't you guys have a card configuration utility?" Well, for Windows, yes. For Linux, no. "Too hard and no demand" says Engineering. So, taking the bull by the horns, I found the PCI ID codes for the various cards, wrote a utility to configure them, got approval from my manager to release it as open-source and all was well. Until...The head of Engineering at our division found out about it and lodged a formal internal complaint that I had "released Intel proprietary information" and was summoned to Parsippany to face legal. Fortunately, my manager's support and basic common sense prevailed, the Eng manager was sent packing with his tail between his legs and I flew home drunk as a skunk. The legal guy basically said: "when you expose a PCI ID to the OS, it's no longer proprietary - dumbass!". Point is that when information is documented and exposed in any way, it is not "proprietary" in the sense that it cannot be used, just not stolen and used inappropriately.

Comment Re:Actually, if they DID unionize... (Score 1) 531

How so? I don't mean "unionize" in the traditional sense, but just group together and "just say no". Follow that with: "If you think that CG can actually do this work without our knowledge, then go ahead. If not, and you want this to succeed, here's our counter-offer." It doesn't have to be $500K, etc., but - hey! - this is basic negotiation which they understand very well. They're not used to it in this context, but they can count - trust me.

Comment Actually, if they DID unionize... (Score 5, Insightful) 531

CapGemini would be in a world of shit. Think about it...They were/are banking on a majority of the existing IT workers to do "knowledge transfer" in order to be successful in fulfilling their contract. If the existing IT workers COLLECTIVELY said NO, there is no way that CG could assume the contract and not get sued for utter failure. No KT, no success. Together, we can win - separately, we are at their mercy (of which they demonstrably have none).

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