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Comment Beginners boo boo? (Score 1) 84

First, praise for communicating the error!

Second, how does such a beginners boo boo slip into statistics? I understand forgetting females without a cervix. But beings that weren't conceived with one? It sort of leaves the impression of botched research. Perhaps the findings and interpretation were rushed out to appease patrons. What else brings back memories of Roquefort and needs a once over? Did they confine the research to humans or more generally to primates?
So many questions.

Comment Hello Mr. victim (Score 1, Funny) 123

Hello Mr. victim. It is me, Steffen van der Hast-Gracht of the Amsterdam police. Wiz my partner and also I am very happy to say my lover Ronald. I am terribly sorry to inform you zat you haf bin vukked ofer ze Internet by some ferry dubious person stemming from Ze Nezerlands. Vee haf already prepared ze forms for you to fill in so zat you can claim insurance, psychological help and absent time from yor wurk. Vee also made petition on ze Internet for you to arrange a silent march over ze canals. You ken bye flowers from my nephew but if you don't want or you don't like also from any other shop. Yes. End may I infite you for a romantic evening with you, your partners, our dogs and a few convicted drug dealers zat reely reely promise to take ze right path very soon.

Comment Re:Defies the purpose of competition (Score 1) 127

Lets's assume a two classes world. Like you suggest, the upper class is security walled and can easily travel between compounds. The lower class in lawless areas outside the the walls.

I claim such a schema will not endure. There inevitably will be times when the upper class needs the lower class but can no longer access it. In the end the upper class will actually feel locked out and abandoned. No genuine external impulses will cause intellectual inbreeding. Attending a court with slave jesters as entertainment gets boring pretty soon. The tedious intelligentsia will either cause the tide to turn or will be eliminated and the next wave of smart people will have another go.

Not a scenario I'd be happy to have tested out. But in the long term this is what it would amount to IMHO.

Don't take it from me. Look at examples in the presence and in history, where cliques thought they deserved a garden of Eden. It never, ever works out well.

Comment Defies the purpose of competition (Score 1) 127

This defies the purpose of competition. As a competitor you're looking to improve your unique proposition, increase quality, lower costs, improve your dependency position with clients and suppliers. Saving on humans checks quite a few boxes. Following Nadella will weaken your strategic position. Artificially slowing down development serves the sneaky bastards that are now developing

In the middle long term companies that do exactly that will thrive. In the long term we'll all need to drastically re-evaluate our economy.

I haven't got an inkling -let alone an answer- as to what will matter when push comes to shove. The powers that be will not allow chaos to happen. At the same time we can't have a population of 90% poor people -made redundant by AI-, 9.9% of the people installing AI and robotics (until even that work dries out) and 0.1% wealthy people that actually feel entitled.

Comment Agree on quality (Score 1) 433

Where I work we have a particularly nasty Gaslighting Colleague. The guy is a pain, meddles into affairs that aren't his and actually commits sabotage. However, he's backed up by one higher manager and hence can get away with anything. Only thing we can do about him is playing the formal game. It isn't a cure but it stops the symptoms and reduces the bad atmosphere at the workplace.

Formality is all about quality and you can preemptively shut a Gaslighting Colleague with documenting agreements. Try setting up a a clean and small document to agree on quality issues (technical architecture design, class design, coding style, version control, deployment etc...) and stick to it. Sort of thank him for his contributions as quality auditor without giving him too much of a status.

Keep him busy and hand him enough rope to hang himself. (Bitching and moaning usually is a sign of incompetence.)

Most likely the antics won't stop and he'll go up a scale and try proving you guys are much too expensive and should be outsourced. Prepare for financial break down of the supply chain you function in.
If you don't have any manager backing you up than the situation really gets grim and unpleasant. Try as long as you can to not let the bastards ruin a good thing; Surrendering to any kind of competition is hardly ever a strategic solution. As a last resource look for alternative jobs.

You'd think organisations would detect any kind of behaviour that screws up their strategic position. But most of them don't. Some brown nosing career jockeys will use anything to gain a minimal raise in salary or position.
(The "sane" ones in organisation should come up with a way to unite. But how do you distinguish the "sane" ones?)

Comment Surely it's harder to replace managers (Score 1) 209

  • How to train an AI system to relentlessly avoiding traceability and accountability?
  • How to let it pretend interest in strategy analysis?
  • In short, how to let it reassure the outfit it works for that it should know its stuff but, when push comes to shove, it will be friggin' useless?

Indeed in my frame of reference -the shop I currently work for- I see a few challenging requirements. Perhaps we should lower our expectations and come up with a system to automate people that actually do that what they were hired for.

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