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The Best and Worst Tech-Book Publishers?

zeruch Maybe No Starch? (271 comments)

No Starch Press has been known to do ok with their authors.

more than 5 years ago
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Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?

zeruch It's is possibly cyclical. (1316 comments)

The 'me' decade (the 1980s) saw a similar set of expectations (maybe couched differently and with more pastel fashion, but essentially an entitlement gap emerged). I suspect what is being observed now is the same type of pop culture fallout to some degree.

more than 5 years ago
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Hunting Bad CIOs In Their Natural Environment

zeruch I certainly have dealt with a few real winners... (112 comments)

...some of the more stellar behaviors I have seen over the years;

- No knowledge of actual standards (including refusal to believe in almost any Open Source options, the only one he agrees to is the MySQL boxen because he has no choice)
- No actual technical knowledge. Claims to have been in management so long, its all antiquated. To which I wonder how you can be useful as anything other than a glorified secretary if you do not actually understand anything about your operating environment.
- Fixation on paperwork-generating processes as a crutch against ineptitude and poor planning.
- Completely devoid of a spine, and buckles like wet cardboard under any pressure from the COO, who is the only person more staggeringly incompetent than he is.
- Is having an affair with the director of HR (possibly as a job-saving measure).

If you cannot actually do your job, I suppose your next best thing is to posture and be project your stupidity as some kind of avant-garde performance art.

more than 6 years ago

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