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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deal With Priorities Inflation In IT Projects?

dem0n1 Re:We dont deal with it (304 comments)

Declare all but government mandated holidays to be crunch time. Encourage all salaried employees to work those holidays and any other time they are not unconscious in microsleep shutdown with false intimation of bonus perqs tied to an impossible to achieve success bar. Include necessarily vague (to keep legal) statements at team and all-hands meetings acknowledging that those that don't live up to the highest work ethic standards of their peers will be not be moved onto teams that are "pushing the envelope of industry technology to create products for the coming decade!" and will instead support EOL products (where head count will be reduced by 95% in six months, or less). Make sure that the health plan has drug and alcohol treatment options so engineers will be encouraged to find new designer amphetamines to help meet deadlines, then tie enrollment in those treatment programs to HR so no one would actually ask for rehab time off. Oh and most importantly buy pizza at least once a week, so the employees feel that management cares about them.

more than 2 years ago

Denver Bomb Squad Takes Out Toy Robot

dem0n1 Re:If you read TFA, (225 comments)

Even if it was just a prank, stunt, promotional gimmick, or just the act of a disturbed mind, this kind of thing should carry serious consequences.

I really don't want to live in your world. Has the word "whimsy" been removed from all your dictionaries?

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Patents GPU-Accelerated Video Encoding

dem0n1 Re:Badaboom? (304 comments)

Any /. expert on this matter ?

Expert? You must be new here.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft's Touted iPad Rival Courier Becomes Less Than Vapor

dem0n1 Re:Tablets are dead (401 comments)

If web browsing is included in the list of things an "average customer" wants to do then playing a flash based game they run across or are told about (which is how my mother ends up playing the things.

which is how my mother ends up getting infected with malware.

more than 4 years ago

How To Grow a Head

dem0n1 Re:What??? (355 comments)

Somewhere above Obama Supporters?

A couple of hundred feet above? Where from they can be dropped on their head and then have a new one grown on the spot?

more than 4 years ago

Testing the Safety of Tasers On Meth-Addled Sheep

dem0n1 Re:Someone would complain? (253 comments)

As for methamphetamine, well the lifestyle that comes with the drug doesn't exactly lend itself to leading a long and healthy life.

A candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long.

more than 4 years ago

Food Activist's Life Becomes The Life of Brian

dem0n1 Re:Here come the quotes... (165 comments)

On the internet no one can tell if you're a newt.

more than 4 years ago

School Spying Scandal Gets Even More Bizarre

dem0n1 Re:To be fair (699 comments)

War in ME

Whose at war with Maine? Why isn't this in the news?

more than 4 years ago

School Spying Scandal Gets Even More Bizarre

dem0n1 Re:That works... (699 comments)

Our bodies are just sacks filled with small drug manufacturing plants. *Everyone* does mood altering substances.Some feel the need to provide the body with more than their own bodies produce due to lack of production capacity, low receptor count, or just because.

more than 4 years ago

IT Workers To Get Fewer Perks, No Free Coffee

dem0n1 Re:No Coffee = No Code (620 comments)

A cow is a machine that converts grass to milk. A programmer is a machine that converts coffee to code.

So I think what you're saying is that on occasion, we should eat programmers...?

This just keeps getting worse and worse. :(

Old programmers that can no longer produce enough code are ground up and fed to the young programmers. Or perhaps blended with an instant coffee derivative to make a nice slurry to be drank.

more than 4 years ago

IT Workers To Get Fewer Perks, No Free Coffee

dem0n1 Re:No Coffee = No Code (620 comments)

If I gotta clean up shit, I'd rather clean up horse shit than cow shit.

more than 4 years ago

DVD-CSS's Encryption Not Enough? Here Comes DECE

dem0n1 Re:DRM hurts legitimate customers only (361 comments)

If the banana was wax, you could still eat the banana, but it wouldn't have the desired effect. Though in that case I suppose, it would be a fraudulent banana.

more than 4 years ago

Do Your Developers Have Local Admin Rights?

dem0n1 Re:You damn well should (605 comments)

bear watching.

Where is it?

more than 4 years ago

USPTO Awards LOL Patent To IBM

dem0n1 Re:Summary is wrong, read the patent (274 comments)

evidence of prior art?

Macro expansion from text typed in a document? I had a spell checker that did that back in the early '90s.

more than 4 years ago

The Rise of Machine-Written Journalism

dem0n1 Re:nonsense (134 comments)

Sure, a machine can write *one* story on a baseball game that is interesting to read. But after the hundredth version of the same story that you've read, the public would stop reading the text entirely and just filter for the important bits..

Unless the stories were written in the fashion of The Policeman's Beard Is Half Constructed (

more than 4 years ago

How Many Admins Per User/Computer Have You Seen?

dem0n1 Re:Proper Planning (414 comments)

Smart companies see IT as adding value

Except most companies see IT as a cost center and the way to cut costs is to cut staff then tell the users they have to take more responsibility for their environment.

more than 4 years ago

Man Tries To Use Explosive Device On US Flight

dem0n1 Re:It used to be... (809 comments)

Holes in planes happen often enough to not worry overmuch about such things (Google results: about 11,500,000 for Hole in plane)

more than 4 years ago


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