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The Rise of Filter Bubbles

chevman Not just online filters.... (408 comments)

But in real life too!

We grow up in neighborhoods with other people like us, go to schools with kids like us, who have parents that make about the same amount of money as our parents.

We have similar political leanings, drive similar cars, eat similar food.

I'm noticing a pattern here...

more than 3 years ago

Getting Paid Fairly When Job Responsibilities Spiral?

chevman Bad, Bad Idea (495 comments)

As a manager, I can tell you its this sort of short-sightedness that will buy you a one way ticket to the street.

1 month to launch? Sure, no problem, we'll give you a 10k per year raise.

And then we'll show you the exit a week or two after launch.

You think you're irreplaceable?

I think every time I post a new position I get 100 candidates more qualified than your dumbass.

more than 4 years ago

The Hidden Treasures of Sysinternals

chevman MOD PARENT UP! (356 comments)


more than 4 years ago

Belkin's President Apologizes for Faked Reviews

chevman Many Amazon Reviews Appear Faked (1 comments)

You know the ones, nicely formatted, broken out into discrete paragraphs, almost like they were written by the marketing department....

about 6 years ago



Open-Source Capacity Planning Tool?

chevman chevman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

chevman writes "We are looking for a good capacity planning tool for forecasting business analyst and project management resources within a mid-size firm.

The tool would need to consider the following variables:

— Project go-live date
— Monthly allocations (ie, month 1 requires .4 FTE resource, month 2 requires .3 FTE resource, etc)
— Factor project complexity (ie, High complexity project requires 1.5x resources)
— Factor multiple project resources (ie Project Manger, Business Analyst, etc)

I thought I'd tap the Slashdot community to see what tools others have used. Open-source would be nice, but is not a requirement.

What is a requirement is the following:

— User friendly to non-technical, business end users
— Quick deployement with minimal IT involvement
— Flexible enough to accomodate multiple capacity scenarios
— Can handle forecasting for roughly 50 resources working on 50 projects at any given time

Our current 'solution' is a rather convoluted excel tracking document. We would like to move to something a bit more robust, but not overkill."

Liebowitz critique of Strumpf Paper on Filesharing

chevman chevman writes  |  more than 7 years ago

chevman writes "Found a very interesting new study by Stan Liebowitz on the effects of file sharing on the music/movie industry.

It addresses a 2004 paper by Oberholzer-Gee and Strumpf that was originally covered in this article from Slashdot:

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/03/30/1537232 (MP3 Sharing Not Serious Threat To CD Sales)

New study disputes some of the claims made in the original study on file sharing:

"In the following pages I attempt replications of their quasi experiments and conclude that contrary to their claims, none of their quasi experiment supports a conclusion that file-sharing has a benign impact on record sales.

Second, O/S provide factual details about the industry that appear to be consistent with their overall conclusion. Surprisingly, these 'facts' were almost never supported by reference to actual data. My attempts to verify many of these factual claims indicate that these O/S statements appear to be at variance with actual data.

A reader of the O/S paper will search in vain for documentation of many of their factual assertions or of details of how they constructed their quasi-experiments. The lack of documentation, both for the facts reported and for the construction of the quasi experiments, is one reason that the material below is so lengthy.

The analysis below should be of interest to anyone interested in the impact of file-sharing. I have tried to make this material accessible to non-economists."

Full paper can be downloaded from:


Link to Original Source


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