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The Management Myth

Posted on April 11th, 2011 at 19:51 by John Sinteur in category: News


As a principal and founding partner of a consulting firm that eventually grew to 600 employees, I interviewed, hired, and worked alongside hundreds of business-school graduates, and the impression I formed of the M.B.A. experience was that it involved taking two years out of your life and going deeply into debt, all for the sake of learning how to keep a straight face while using phrases like “out-of-the-box thinking,” “win-win situation,” and “core competencies.” When it came to picking teammates, I generally held out higher hopes for those individuals who had used their university years to learn about something other than business administration.

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  1. Hey, I bet I can find people who became programmers without getting a CS degree and helped start software companies where 600 engineers wrote crappy software. And they can’t figure out what software engineers learn in college.

    So what?

    John, you’re biased by the fact that you haven’t met an MBA that you respect. Several of my best friends are MBAs. I think they value their education (with caveats), and I think they do good work.

    There are oodles of hacks in IT just as there are in business consulting. With IT it’s just easier to tell when the result doesn’t work.

  2. There are oodles of hacks in IT just as there are in business consulting

    If not more.

  3. Here is a similar article, but demonstrating hubris in IT.

  4. I agree, that post you linked to is wayyy too long. 🙂

Punter bags 500GB SSD, finds 128MB Flash inside

Posted on April 11th, 2011 at 19:45 by John Sinteur in category: News


Pity the poor guy who bought a very cheap external hard drive in China, only to find that there was nothing inside but a seemingly cleverly configured 128MB USB Flash key.

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Obama’s constitutional law professor joins group calling Manning’s treatment illegal

Posted on April 11th, 2011 at 19:40 by Paul Jay in category: News


Nearly 300 experts, scholars and authors demand an end to Manning’s rough treatment

The Harvard professor who taught President Barack Obama about America’s founding document has added his name to a letter damning the treatment of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, the lone soldier accused of leaking a vast number of government secrets to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Harvard Constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe, who quit his post as an adviser to the Obama administration about three months ago, is just one of nearly 300 of the nation’s top legal minds and other experts to sign an open letter calling on the government to treat Bradley Manning as it does other prisoners.

Manning has been held in solitary confinement in the Quantico military brig since July. He gets one hour of exercise per-day, must be checked by guards every five minutes and is forced to sleep naked and undergo a nude inspection every morning. Critics of this treatment say it amounts to torture and an illegal punishment for an American who has not been convicted of a crime.

Tribe wrote that Manning’s treatment “violates his person and his liberty without due process of law and in the way it administers cruel and unusual punishment of a sort that cannot be constitutionally inflicted even upon someone convicted of terrible offenses, not to mention someone merely accused of such offenses”.

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  1. The op-ed itself is worth reading. Here are the key bits.


    The sum of the treatment that has been widely reported is a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment and the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee against punishment without trial.


    The administration has provided no evidence that Manning’s treatment reflects a concern for his own safety or that of other inmates. Unless and until it does so, there is only one reasonable inference: this pattern of degrading treatment aims either to deter future whistleblowers, or to force Manning to implicate Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a conspiracy, or both.

    If Manning is guilty of a crime, let him be tried, convicted, and punished according to law. But his treatment must be consistent with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. There is no excuse for his degrading and inhumane pretrial punishment.


    The Wikileaks disclosures have touched every corner of the world. Now the whole world watches America and observes what it does, not what it says.

Anti-porn MP caught on sex websites

Posted on April 11th, 2011 at 19:32 by John Sinteur in category: News


An Indonesian MP who helped pass a tough anti-pornography law has resigned after being caught watching sexually explicit videos on his computer during a parliamentary debate.

A photographer saw the man, a member of the staunchly Islamic Prosperous Justice Party, gazing at the porn sites last Friday.

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  1. He could always use the “I was doing research” excuse. :eyeroll:

Bob Parsons Threatens Copyright Infringement Over Elephant Hunting Videos

Posted on April 11th, 2011 at 19:01 by Paul Jay in category: News


Go Daddy founder sends infringement notices to web sites hosting stills of his video.

Video of Bob Parsons’ elephant hunting trip in Zimbabwe has made the rounds on the internet over the past week, with many people posting screenshots from it on their web site.

Now Parsons is sending infringement notices to sites that are displaying stills from his video.

Streisand effect.

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Cosmetic Surgeons Ready to Provide Patients With Elf Ears, Vampire Face-Lifts

Posted on April 11th, 2011 at 18:54 by Paul Jay in category: News


Nose jobs and tummy tucks are yesterday’s news.

The cutting edge in cosmetic surgery is “elf ears” — a makeover that will leave you looking like Mr. Spock from “Star Trek” or a hobbit. Another procedure uses blood to smooth out wrinkles. Get ready for the “vampire face-lift.”

Planet Earth gave up curing cancer..

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  1. Ya think those guys doing this work would have much luck finding a cure for cancer? 🙂

  2. Nothing new there, William Gibson was a prophet 🙂

  3. Or rather, Samuel R. Delany in Babel 17 thought that extreme cosmetic makeover (giving people animal parts or mythological bodies) would be normal, even useful.

  4. Since when do hobbits have pointy ears? They’re called “elf ears” because ELVES have pointy ears, not hobbits. Silly.

Politicians Considering Useless Browser Blocks Against ‘Rogue’ Sites

Posted on April 11th, 2011 at 18:51 by Paul Jay in category: News


For all the talk of domain seizures and DNS blocks and filters, now some politicians in Europe are considering proposals for browser-based blocks of websites that law enforcement dubs as dedicated to infringing activities. Of course, there are two key problems with this. First, it won’t work. It won’t take long for anyone who cares to be able to get around such blocks. Second, of course, is that there will be significant “false positives,” where legitimate speech is “blocked” for those who don’t get around such measures. At some point, the industry and politicians are going to have to realize that these methods don’t work, and it’ll be time for the industry to finally suck it up and adapt to a changing marketplace.

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Japan Crisis Intensifies Doubts on Turning Plutonium Into Mox Fuel

Posted on April 11th, 2011 at 13:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

Policy is decided by corruption:


A cheaper alternative, encasing it in glass, was canceled in 2002 by President George W. Bush’s administration. The energy secretary at the time, Spencer Abraham, is now the non-executive chairman of the American arm of Areva, a French company that is the world’s largest mox producer and is primarily responsible for building the South Carolina plant.

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