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Comment Re:rotten at the top (Score 1) 341

It's not the employees' job to make the company profitable.

No really, hear me out:

The company makes a contract with an employee. His or her skills and time in exchange for a salary.

Now your employee either holds up his side of the deal or not. If he or his business unit do not turn a profit, its one of several possible reasons. A they suck. B the product sucks. C the processes suck. D marketing sucks.

In all these cases, except A, it's management's job to recognize this and do something about it. And even in case of A, it's management's job to either get the employee in line or fire them.

Now what you define as "in line" is the crux here. If an employee has been given boundaries of his jobs that allow him to perform in a legal way without working himself to the ground and he decides that it would be easier to do something illegal instead and work less, then yes, that employee is responsible for his actions and he alone (to the point where his misconduct becomes glaringly obvious and management still does nothing).

However, if said employee cannot be reasonably expected to achieve management's demands without illegal or self-harming activity, then he should be held blameless, especially in an environment that favors employers.

When you have to fire over 5000 people for shady activity then it becomes kinda hard to argue for that relatively tightly defined case where the employee is to blame. Occam's razor, dear friends. Neither 5000 people independently falling to using illegal methods nor a criminal group forming in an environment where they could not organise themselves (they couldn't seek out like-minded people, they were hired by higher-ups) seems rather far-fetched.

Comment Re:A lot of truth in that.... (Score 2) 467

Allow me to fix the analogy for you:

This is akin to Hugo Boss advertising a suit that is guaranteed to get you laid at one out of three times. You buy it, you wear it to three dates and go "Hmmm... Well, it could be date number 5 and six out of six, right?"

So you go on three more dates. Still haven't been laid. So either you bring it back now, already MUCH too late to return it with any semblance of it being unworn, or you go for three out of nine. Some people are optimists, others desperate...

So who is the sleazeball in this scenario?

Comment Re:The problem isn't that they're old... (Score 1) 194

We went from HP/EMC to IBM converged and from Vmware to Hyper-V.

It was a costly experiment: First IBM couldn't get their shit running for over a year (with no refunds for us, obviously) and then they sold it to Lenovo and Lenovo did not feel responsible for paing for going back to conventional networking.

The company supposed to install our Microsoft based private cloud took a look at the IBM hardware and went "I'll try my best". You can imagine how that ended up going.

So we've spent a lot of time and money in getting this shit productive. Now that we are, they are thinking about replacing it all again because IBM sent us a licensing renewal bill of about 50'000 $.

When you're a company of about twenty people and don't work via POC, this shit is exactly what "exciting new ideas and insights" ALONE will get you.

From what I hear, few people are happy with HP nowadays so it seems to me that goes for global players as well.

Comment Re:Vote trump to get that! (Score 2) 56

Vote for a billionaire to get people to stop selling to the highest bidder no matter where they come from.... riiiight. The same Trump who has his merchandise produced in Bangladesh and China.

There's an old fable where mother sow brings her piglet to the butcher because he ought to know best how a pig works, right? Well... I'm actually not sure if such a fable exists, but it ought to.

Comment Yes, I installed N (Score 1) 151

I installed the version before this. Why? Because A, I wouldn't use a touch device to do anything of real importance anyway (so the danger of not being able to browse 9gag on the toilet is quite survivable if worse should come to worst) and B, the last version pissed me off anyway and lo and behold, this version actually did bring soothing to my life.

Comment Re:Seagate Fires 6500, Stock Soars (Score 3) 224

Are you sure there was more to be proud of a few decades ago? What happens around the world today is, basically, the result of the fuckups the west committed in the last century.

You sure the difference isn't just that you're better informed nowadays?

Also don't kid yourself. Central and South America, as the rest of the world, is densely populated with people. There's just as much to be ashamed of there as in the US or where I live.

The only difference will be that it's new bullshit which gets you another few years to get used to and then fed up with. So that might be worthwhile.

Comment Re:Really? (Score -1, Troll) 983

You already underpay them to an obscene degree. Now you want to weaken the sign of their badges by making them risk their lives on capturing someone alive who already killed their colleagues.

How dangerous and unattractive does the job of a police officer have to be? People are already griping about how dumb the average cop is. How on earth do you expect to get mentally more capable people on that duty if there is no security, literal or financial, nor respect anymore?

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