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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Orestesx Re:How many employees does Slashdot need? (272 comments)

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.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Orestesx It's simple (536 comments)

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.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

Orestesx Your Scope is Too Fucking Big (254 comments)

Settle down there buddy. Making something small and simple in scope. It's your first game - it's going to suck.

about a month and a half ago

Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

Orestesx Re:what was the excuse for 90nm again? (142 comments)

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.

about a month and a half ago

Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

Orestesx Re:You're not thinking like a CEO... (289 comments)

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.

about a month and a half ago

The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

Orestesx Re:Hey can (124 comments)

What's funny is that GFY in the document is actually defined as "Good for you."

about a month and a half ago

OpenStack: the Open Source Cloud That Vendors Love and Users Are Ignoring

Orestesx What is the use case? (99 comments)

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?

about 2 months ago

Virgin Galactic Passengers May Just Miss Going into Space

Orestesx Does it really matter? (203 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

The $5,600 Tablet

Orestesx Re:Not that impressive! (96 comments)

In that case, the mode of failure isn't particularly relevant, is it.

about 3 months ago

The $5,600 Tablet

Orestesx Re:Not that impressive! (96 comments)

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?

about 3 months ago

'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Orestesx Re:Will the door have windows? (305 comments)

A convent method...I didn't know there were game development nunneries.

about 3 months ago

'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Orestesx Re:Will the door have windows? (305 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago

Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Orestesx Re:base it around my OS (386 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago

On the Practicalities of Counterfeit-Proof Physical Bitcoins

Orestesx Re:Bullshit... (121 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago

Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND

Orestesx Re:Of course! And you never need more than 640K RA (373 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Hacker Releases 1.7TB Treasure Trove of Gaming Info

Orestesx Insurance Policy? (293 comments)

Right...cause if he gets in trouble, blackmail will surely get him out of it.

about a year ago

Vudu Resets User Passwords After Burglary

Orestesx Re:Who steals HDDs? (42 comments)

Why bother going through all that work when a waitress can just write down the cc number when she swipes your card.

about a year ago


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