freedom_india writes "Do companies which have arrogant, prima donna IT managers presage that the company is failing? From my one-and-half-decade work experience with various companies i have noticed a trend: Companies which have a slow-moving, yet quiet and humble IT continue to shine and prosper in this economic situation. For instance HSBC, Wells Fargo, Statestreet, Webster Bank, etc. On the other hand, companies who have had arrogant, positively evil IT managers and leaders have stumbled or stumbling now. For instance AIG, Citibank, Credit Suisse, WaMu, etc. I have worked for the best as well as worst IT managers, including the one at Citi who took a screenshot of our IT application, put it on his desktop as wallpaper and screamed at us that our application didn't work. It took us 4 days and multiple escalations until we found out. Unfortunately, that guy had a good laugh and was never even warned by his manager. That was 9 years ago. That guy rapidly proceeded to become a AVP. Fortunately, his downfall came rapidly too: he was one of the first to be fired by Citi when it cut down costs. Similar case with Credit Suisse where we were forced to work 20 hour days for about 4 months to finish a job to "their" satisfaction, which meant scrapping all we did and doing it repeatedly after their managers had a chance to google for a solution. AIG was the worst of all when we had to digest an architecture and design document of 138 pages in one day and make a presentation the next day. AIG bosses thought it was funny to see us struggling and said that as a vendor we ought to be superhuman and not a mere human being. So, tell me, am i right that companies with worst attitude IT fail, while companies with strong and benevolent IT are a success?" top
freedom_india writes "After the huge outcry against Telco immunity, it seems the House has paid attention and http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/House-Rejects-Telecom-Immunity-as-FISA-Clock-Ticks-Down-61671.html rejected the telco immunity plan, leaving Bush fuming. From the article: "Warrantless wiretapping totally eviscerates our fundamental process of having a judge provide oversight and serve as a watchdog against abuse," said Peter Vogel, a lawyer. The current warantless FISA expires this Friday, and unless am mistaken, there should another terrorist attempt to "force" the House to pass the bill. As always Fox news website says nothing about this." top
freedom_india writes "In continuation of the previous story about using sniffer dogs to detect pirated CD and DVDs, it seems two malaysian dogs (flo and Lucky) helped detect and bust a fake DVD ring costing pirates about $3 million. http://www.smh.com.au/news/unusual-tales/pirates-w ant-lucky-and-flo-whacked/2007/03/22/1174153232231 .html Now, the pirates have put a bounty on the dogs' heads, because "...In Tuesday's raid, the two dogs helped seize a cache of around a million pirated game and movie discs in the southern city of Johor Baru, neighbouring Singapore. At least six people were arrested..." "The dogs are being given a month's trial by Malaysian officials in a joint effort with the Motion Picture Association, which groups six major Hollywood film companies." So is this the begining of a a new Dogs era by MPAA?"
freedom_india writes | more than 9 years ago
Want to create your own tornado by mixing moist air? Want to see the effect of the next Hurricane you create?
National Geographic has a Flash-enabled page that allows you to create your own Force of Nature (Hurricane, Tornado, Volcano & Earthquake) and test it's effects in America. In addition to providing good entertainment, it offers good educational value about types and kinds of various of natural disasters. Give it a go at here