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Ask Slashdot: Interviewing Your Boss?

December 13th, 2012 12:53 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter Uzuri writes “I’m soon going to have the experience of interviewing an individual to be my direct supervisor. I have in mind several things to ask already, especially since I also have the strange position of working as a technical person in a non-technical office and want to be able to be certain that the interviewee understands exactly what that means without coming off as hostile or condescending. What sort of questions would you ask/have you asked the person who was to be your boss? What sort of tells would you look for? What’s out of bounds?”

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RSA Boss Angers Privacy Advocates

October 10th, 2012 10:31 admin View Comments


judgecorp writes “RSA boss Art Covielo trod on the toes of privacy proponents’ toes at London’s RSA 2012 show, by accusing them of faulty reasoning and over-stating their fears of Big Brother. By trying to limit what legitimate companies can do with our data, privacy groups are tying the hands of people who might protect us, he says. ‘Where is it written that cyber criminals can steal our identities but any industry action to protect us invites cries of Big Brother.’ Ever-outspoken, he also complained that governments and cyber-crooks are collaborating to breach organisations with sophisticated techniques. In that world, it is just as well vendors are whiter than white, eh?”

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PlayStation Boss Defends Vita, Slams Social Gaming

August 10th, 2012 08:19 admin View Comments

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donniebaseball23 writes “Sony Computer Entertainment America boss Jack Tretton has come out swinging to defend the lackluster response the games industry has seen with the PS Vita. He deemed the sales level for the portable as ‘acceptable’ so far, and he brushed off any notion that social and free-to-play games are putting huge pressure on the portable and dedicated consoles market. ‘I think the opportunity to be in the console business is greater than ever before,’ he told GamesIndustry International. ‘[Social and free-to-play] is a business I think a lot of companies are learning is difficult to sustain for the long term. It’s an adjunct or it’s an add-on, but it’s not where gaming is headed. It’s an additive diversion. There’s a place for social and freemium, but it’s not going to replace the business models that are out there.’” The company is having a hard time getting third-party developers interested in the Vita platform.

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New Music Boss, Worse Than Old Music Boss

May 24th, 2012 05:31 admin View Comments


frank_adrian314159 writes “David Lowery, musician (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven), producer (Sparklehorse, Counting Crows), recording engineer (Archers of Loaf, Lamb of God), and geek (programmer, packet radio operator, ex-CBOT quant) talks about the economics of the music business and how the “old boss” — the record labels — have been replaced by the new boss — file downloading services, song streaming, and commercial online music stores. His take? Although the old boss was often unfair to artists, artists are making even less money under the new boss. Backed with fairly persuasive data, he shows that, under the new distribution model, artists — even small independent ones — are exposed to more risk while making less money. In addition, the old boss was investing in the creation of new music, while the new boss doesn’t. This article is lengthy, but worth the attention of anyone interested in the future of music or music distribution.”

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Ask Slashdot: Is Outsourcing Development a Good Idea?

May 17th, 2012 05:33 admin View Comments


New submitter penmanglewood writes “I am a developer at a small IT company, and we primarily make software and games for the education market. I used to work with a team of developers, but for reasons outside the scope of this question, my boss and I are the only ones left. My boss says that our new strategy is to use outsourced developers to do the ‘monkey work’ for us. To me, this sounds like a bad idea. Do we give the developers access to our internal libraries? How will they be able to work on parts of our product without having access to our repository. I could think of a hundred more objections, but maybe I’m looking at it the wrong way. Is there a smart way to outsource development, or is it just a bad idea?”

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BOSS: The Universe’s Most Precise Measurement

April 9th, 2012 04:00 admin View Comments


Cazekiel writes “Observing the primordial sound waves created 30,000 years after the Big Bang, physicists on the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey have determined our universe’s most precise measurements: 13.5 billion years old. The article detailing the study reports: ‘”We’ve made precision measurements of the large-scale structure of the universe five to seven billion years ago — the best measure yet of the size of anything outside the Milky Way,” says David Schlegel of the Physics Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, BOSS’s principal investigator. “We’re pushing out to the distances when dark energy turned on, where we can start to do experiments to find out what’s causing accelerating expansion.”‘”

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Aviation Security Debate: Bruce Schneier V. Kip Hawley (Former TSA Boss)

March 30th, 2012 03:31 admin View Comments


Fluffeh writes “A nice summary at TechDirt brings word that Bruce Schneier has been debating Kip Hawley, former boss of the TSA, over at the Economist. Bruce has been providing facts, analysis and some amazing statistics throughout the debate, and it makes for very educational reading. Because of the format, the former TSA administrator is compelled to respond. Quoting: ‘He wants us to trust that a 400-ml bottle of liquid is dangerous, but transferring it to four 100-ml bottles magically makes it safe. He wants us to trust that the butter knives given to first-class passengers are nevertheless too dangerous to be taken through a security checkpoint. He wants us to trust that there’s a reason to confiscate a cupcake (Las Vegas), a 3-inch plastic toy gun (London Gatwick), a purse with an embroidered gun on it (Norfolk, VA), a T-shirt with a picture of a gun on it (London Heathrow) and a plastic lightsaber that’s really a flashlight with a long cone on top (Dallas/Fort Worth).”"

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Top Tech Video of the Day: The Ultimate Way to Stalk Your Boss

January 31st, 2012 01:01 admin View Comments

video_bosstracker.jpgThe creator, Michael Shirley, describes it like this: “The device is triggered by a reed-switch sensor that monitors magnetic proximity. The signal is sent through an Arduino board to a Processing sketch, which tells the computer to snap a webcam photo of Peterson and upload it to Twitpic with a saying chosen from a pool of prewritten zingers. The Twitpic post is immediately loaded to the BossTracker5000′s Twitter feed. Voila! A chair that tweets.” Most importantly, it also updates when the boss is away.

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The Bosses Do Everything Better (or So They Think)

January 11th, 2012 01:20 admin View Comments


theodp writes “Some people, writes Dave Winer, make the mistake of thinking that if the result of someone’s work is easy to use, the work itself must be easy. Like the boss — or boss’s boss’s boss — who asks for your code so he can show you how to implement the features he wants instead of having to bother to explain things. Give the code to him, advises Winer. If he pulls it off, even poorly, at least you’ll know what he was asking for. And if he fails, well, he might be more patient about explaining what exactly he wants, and perhaps even appreciate how hard your work is. Or — more likely — you may simply never hear from him again. Win-win-win. So, how do you handle an anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better boss?”

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Entrepreneurship Sucks

November 28th, 2011 11:30 admin View Comments

SuperStock_1569R-160023.jpgThe sad state of affairs is that working for yourself is really just a worse version of working for somebody else We really, deeply, unabashedly, lust after entrepreneurship. It’s the dream job. Do whatever you want! No rules! Your own office, your own schedule, everything exactly the way you like it. At Harvard’s Biz school where I am a student, they have a required course in entrepreneurship in the spring semester. But I’m going to take the contrarian position here. I think that entrepreneurship sucks.

And as someone who started his own company as an undergrad and sold it for 17 times its paltry earnings, I am somewhat qualified to give some commentary and to clarify some of the many misconceptions about the field.

Josh Petersel attends Harvard Business School, and actually was an entrepreneur at one point. This totally makes him a venerable authority on the subject. A version of this article first appeared in Harbus, the student newspaper of the school. If you’d like to partner up with him on one of your own stupid business ideas, send him an email at

The sell: You’re your own boss.

The reality: You know what’s great about big, corporate culture? You’ve probably only got one boss. That’s it! Sure, you probably have at least one employee who is an obnoxious bloke who’s invariably more into reports, memos, and cover sheets than concerned about your self-worth. Big deal. I mean, haters are going to hate. Write his behavior off like you know what you’re doing and go enjoy yourself with the other (x-1) people in your life.

Here’s the weird thing about startup culture: When you’re the company owner, the line starts and ends at you. You’re not your own boss; rather, everyone else you’ve ever met is actually your boss. Supplier got the order wrong? Your problem; you fix it. Sales team can’t get their act together (despite a wonderfully choreographed song and dance routine)? That’s on your shoulders. People fighting? Smooth things over. Someone is only working at 103% efficiency, not pumping out enough likes and tweets and check-ins? All you to handle. But if Tide suddenly stops selling at Procter & Gamble because somebody’s been brewing three varieties of beer in the vats in the basement? Pfft. I’m just the guy in the Crest toothpaste division.Not my department.

The sell: Work from wherever you want; work from your desk at home.

The reality: Working from home is great! Why, right now, I’ve been squatting on Facebook waiting to see if anyone will sell me a last-minute concert ticket for cheap because nobody seems to have figured out yet that it’s a horrible idea to buy these things anytime sooner than the last possible minute… You were saying about getting some work done on an article?

The sell: You can make gobs of money.

The reality: Hah, seriously? That statement about what we sold my company for? It paid for about ten minutes of my pricey Hah-vahd education. But it sure sounds nice.

The sell: Do what you love.

The reality: Half true. To be more precise: “Do the worst part of that thing you love that nobody else is going to peacefully agree to do for you, or is going to do even remotely as well as you could do it.”

But honestly, I can’t see why you wouldn’t rather sit back in your ergonomically-designed desk chair, crack a beer you bought on the company’s expense account, and cut your biweekly salary checks that could feed a family of five for three months.

You know that big idea you’ve got that you want to center your entire life around? Guess what: if it’s not already being done, someone’s already come up with the same exact concept at least a year ago. In fact, the last person who thought of it probably had a way better version than the rather embarrassingly elementary rendering your feeble mind managed to conjure up. The Internet is a really, really huge place. Go Google it.

Not to worry, though. There is one thing that may actually separate you from the creepers who breed in the darkest corners of the cloud: You may actually try. You can pound the pavement, make on-the-fly decisions where both options are the wrong answer, sell until your face changes color, invest your own hard-earned money, invest other people’s hard-earned money, ruin someone else’s social life, and even ruin your own.

But honestly, I can’t see why you wouldn’t rather sit back in your ergonomically-designed desk chair, crack a beer you bought on the company’s expense account, and cut your biweekly salary checks that could feed a family of five for three months.

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