Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?
I am not a business expert but agree that MS probably has a lot of dead wood and poorly managed employees.
Mass layoffs are one way to deal with this problem and this is what most companies do periodically.
If this is what most companies do, then why is it evidence that Microsoft is poorly managed? (Other than to say, most companies are poorly managed.) Even if they are poorly managed, layoffs may still be the right decision. Say you wake up one day as the CEO of such a poorly managed company. What are you going to do? Change the culture from the inside? Promote radical change among set-in-their-ways engineers and middle managers? Hardly. You're going to stop the bleeding and deal with the problem in the most direct way possible - cut costs.
It seems supremely stupid for a company to suddenly wake up one day and discover that it has an extra xx thousands of employees
Of course that's not what happens. If they laid off each employee the second that they identified that employee as redundant or not needed or underperforming, then all 125,000 employees would feel like their head is always on the chopping block. The chaff builds up over time and eventually you trim it.
Large companies really only know how to do two things: hiring people and firing people. It's much more efficient to axe entire divisions than it is to reassign everyone. Microsoft's responsibility is to its shareholders, not its employees. If you want to work for a company that is loyal to its employees, then work for a private company, or better yet, an employee-owned company. By this point, people should know what they're getting into when they go to work at Microsoft. They get a very competitive salary and the prestige of working at a Fortune 100 company. In return, if they have the misfortune of working in an unsuccessful division, they might be let go. Even then, I'm sure that top performers are reassigned.
Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?
Perl was used by programmers who wanted to spit out web pages or create back-end scripts to do things like send emails or file forms to a database. Non-programmers weren't invited.
Then PHP came along and could be used by web content creators who wanted parts of their page to be dynamic. This is just a better, easier to understand paradigm that allows people to collaborate much more easily.
Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?
Settle down there buddy. Making something small and simple in scope. It's your first game - it's going to suck.
Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?
Yeah but I also remember an article saying that the universal speed limit is 300,000 km/hr and that one seems to have held up. There is a physical limit at some point.
Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews
How does that relate at all to the situation at hand? No one is claiming that the new version of these SSD's will have a shorter usable lifespan.
The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore
What's funny is that GFY in the document is actually defined as "Good for you."
OpenStack: the Open Source Cloud That Vendors Love and Users Are Ignoring
If I want to host my own, I get VMware in my own datacenter.
If I want to host in the cloud, I buy storage+compute from AWS.
I see no reason to deploy OpenStack at a small to medium sized business. Am I just looking to get myself fired for insisting on a solution that is not VMware?
Virgin Galactic Passengers May Just Miss Going into Space
Presumably they are looking to see the curvature of the earth and the stars set against a black background. If I saw that, I'd feel like I went to space, even if technically I did not.
The $5,600 Tablet
In that case, the mode of failure isn't particularly relevant, is it.
The $5,600 Tablet
Considering that a .50 caliber round can be fired into an engine block to disable a vehicle, I can't imagine what type of ruggedization a computer could have to prevent that mode of failure while remaining practical. Sure, you would want the data center walls to be able to withstand such a shot, but the computer itself?
'The Door Problem' of Game Design
A convent method...I didn't know there were game development nunneries.
'The Door Problem' of Game Design
If you can shoot the lock or break down the door, then locked doors ceases to be a gameplay mechanic and just becomes another button that you have to click.
Allowing the player to shoot the lock would make the game LESS interesting.
Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
I second HRBlock online. It keeps getting better every year. It saves all your old returns, and automatically signs your return with your previous years AGI. It's really very good.
On the Practicalities of Counterfeit-Proof Physical Bitcoins
Please explain to me how it is at all counterfeit resistant. The thing that makes the US dollar counterfeit resistant is not so much the technological countermeasures but the fact that the full weight of US law enforcement will rain a shitstorm down on you if you try to replicate it. Without a government behind the physical bitcoins, there is nothing from stopping a well-funded entity from creating coins physically identical to the real thing.
Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND
Windows 7 with updates will eat through 16 GB's immediately. Even 32 GB wouldn't last long with a modest amount of files. I can't imagine that even sales people could get by on less than 64 GB.
Hacker Releases 1.7TB Treasure Trove of Gaming Info
Right...cause if he gets in trouble, blackmail will surely get him out of it.
Vudu Resets User Passwords After Burglary
Why bother going through all that work when a waitress can just write down the cc number when she swipes your card.
Legitimate eBook Lending Community Closed After Copyright Complaints
If you're going to make a snarky comment involving logic, you should at least make sure your logic is sound...
Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?
Everyone else is picking up your slack.
Early Speed Tests For Windows 8
Yes, but this is a modern desktop, laptop, and possibly tablet OS.
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