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Comment Satya Nadella (Score 1) 107

At first, your misspelling of the man's name struck me as humorous. So I googled the right way to spell it. Oddly, there are about half as many hits for "Satay Nutella" as "Satya Nadella." Most of those were indeed posts about the CEO of Microsoft. That would imply either this is a pretty common misspelling, or that it's intentional. Interestingly, there were a couple of hits that were links to recipes for a hazelnut dipping sauce for chicken skewers. YUM!!

But to your actual point. It is amazing how often these sorts of bonus structures have unintended consequences. Like the Office Depot computer people who would get a bonus based on a percentage of people who bought equipment with their stupid extra warranty. Safety bonus programs that reward reporting certain types of events (like trips or hand injuries), now all of a sudden people are dropping hammers on fingers. Or capping out a sales bonus, so a sales person just doesn't bother after he's met his quota.

A well constructed incentive plan is hard to come by.

Comment Re:Well we all know what Muslims are like (Score 1) 96

When did it become OK to bash an entire religious population on slashdot? It seems to be happening a lot more often, and I find it pretty disturbing. Let's try on a different version of your comments.

Baptists are incapable of rational thought or putting things in perspective. Drink, dance, or have anal sex and they go into an uncontrollable rage.

That makes about as much sense.

Comment Re:Unproven (Score 1) 75

My son's dairy allergy was present from the get go. He barfed all over the place his second exposure to dairy. Don't know about the peanut allergy, because my wife is allergic, so they weren't ever in the house to begin with. There are a lot of things that are very prevalent in the US of A that aren't as common in other places. But in my opinion it's just a matter of having outsmarted Darwin. 100 years ago, my father would have died in childhood due to his asthma. Instead, he passed that gene along to me. I too would have died in childhood. And now my son is poised to spread his own genetic misery on to the next generation.

Comment email the CEO (Score 1) 209

I have found the fastest way to get the attention of somebody who can help you solve your problem is to email the CEO of the company. Just take a stab at what their email address is, based on the email addresses of other people in the company.

I had been getting the runaround from my energy company for about a week. This was a medium-sized industrial account, and we were trying to reconnect following some storm damage to the pole. Finally after somebody on the phones basically said there were no records of the other six calls I had made, I got fed up. Guessed on the CEO's address, got it right. Wrote a professional letter explaining the situation. The next day there were three trucks at my door, and two engineers on the phone.

We were introduced to this method by my electrician's wife. Any time she doesn't get love from Comcast, or Verizon, or Lennar, etc., she just emails the CEO. Works every time.

Comment Re:It's good to be king (Score 1) 1010

I too am shocked -- SHOCKED! -- that some people are treated differently in this country. This is the first time such inequality has ever been on display. EVER!!! Except when gays could be arrested for having sex in their own homes (2003), or when black people couldn't marry white people (1967), or when women couldn't vote (1920), or when you could own other humans (1863), or when you had to own land to vote (1792-1856).

Comment Re:I think this means Trump (Score 1) 1010

This is actually a pretty good analogy. I work for a company with unreliable IT practices. Our email system is based on Office365 Outlook or whatever the hell, so I know that's not the problem. But for whatever reason email will be down from time to time. I could just cross my arms and say, "no work for me today" but I actually like my job, and like to get work done. My solution is to use my personal email address. My guess is she she got tired of the whinging from some IT underlings and just decided "screw this, I'll just get it done myself." She probably knew it was all illegal, but she didn't give a shit, because she's Hillary Fucking Clinton. I don't like her any more than the orange troll, but this has always been a witch hunt.

A buddy of mine is former military and a reluctant Trump supporter (was Cruz). Even he agreed, basically if the Secretary of State says it's sufficiently unclassified enough for her to put it on a personal server, there aren't a lot of people who can disagree with her.

Comment Re:Is it leaked or is it not yet leaked? (Score 1) 165

That is as likely as a Sanders fanatic voting for Trump.

First of all, that's not completely out of the question. A lot of Bernie's little guy talk resonates strongly among Trump supporters, so I imagine the converse is true, that there might be some things Trump says that will attract some Bernie fans. Some people just liked Bernie because he was an outsider and not a Clinton. Trump fits that bill.

I don't see why a LGBT Libertarian is unlikely either. (besides the fact that it is unlikely for any American to be Libertarian). Gary Johnson has taken a fairly progressive stand on marriage equality, especially considering he's a reformed Republican. He's been fighting for gay rights at least as far back as 2011, when Hillary was still on the fence. Of course, she just votes for whatever the polls show will get her more votes (arguably that's a good thing).

Comment Re: I'm shocked (Score 4, Interesting) 189

I saved my company thousands of dollars by giving the air compressor manufacturer the finger. Ingersoll-Rand tried to tell us that the warranty was void if we didn't use their super-expensive lube and filters for the oil change service. We did it ourselves with no-name brand same weight oil for about $6k less than what they were going to charge. As soon as I mentioned the MMWA, they STFU. Basically as soon as you let somebody know they are full of shit, they will generally back down. Unless they really don't know the law, but most of these fuckers know that what they're doing is illegal.

Comment Re:just stop using it already. (Score 1) 246

This is an odd argument on Slashdot. It brings up a few interesting points, though.

Companies should be regulated for overstepping moral bounds. Let's split this into a couple of parts. 1) Companies have moral bounds, 2) They should be forced to remain inside their moral bounds by regulatory oversight.

I agree with the notion that there needs to be some moral bounds of a company that may not be solely identified by a legal framework. Most corporations believe they only have a duty to enrich their shareholders. That's not a very ethical viewpoint. Companies gain value from the community they are in, and in my opinion have a duty to return that enrichment when possible. Anadarko, Huntsman, Exxon, GE, just to name a few all have *massive* outreach programs. They send out engineers, MBAs, chemists, you name it to local schools to volunteer is various programs on the company's dime.

Whether a company should be regulated to comply with perceived moral bounds is a different question. Most slashdotters would probably argue that a better solution is for the free market to regulate it by means of a boycott. As you are well aware, this option is not always efficient or helpful. But from a practical standpoint, how would you regulate something as fuzzy as "moral bounds"? Especially now that companies can have a religion, thanks to Hobby Lobby, it would be very challenging to tell a corporate entity that it needs to participate in a specific altruistic behavior.

I agree that there are cases in which "boycott or STFU" is an unhelpful false dichotomy. On the other hand, it is very frustrating for people who have taken what they see as a moral stand against a company, when they see people winging about Apple while using their iPad (for example). It comes across as hypocritical. Sort of like immigrants supporting tighter immigration laws (which is strangely common).

There's also a point you didn't make, but could have. The GP says to STFU when you don't like the world you created. That's a terrible idea. If you helped cause a problem, you had better not STFU. Stand up, admit your mistake, come up with a solution, and work to fix it.

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