Re: Alternate system
The governance doesn't appear to be failing the governors.
60 posts • joined 27 Mar 2018
You've clearly never been an academic scientist. We recently had to phase out Friday evening pizza because $60 per week was too much money. In some departments the Chair will pick up this expense, given that they're making well into the six figures. Our chair is rarely seen, and his career (i.e., personal hype) is more important than the department he governs as an absentee landlord.
precisely: "we take this 'seriously' but he gets a slap on the wrist, nothing to see here" Why don't they just tweet a sad face emoji and save the electrons? In Larry Niven's Inferno PR people are in the Liar's Ring where the sinners' mouths have been replaced with ars**oles so every time the speak they spray shit. Sounds like an apt eternity.
Termination probably would be too strong, but a write-up about policy AS WELL AS a serious lapse of judgment is in order. I don't care if "we're all friends here" this is a workplace.
There was a sweet spot around 15 years ago where search engines were OK but not stellar that trained us to construct searches well. Now my 17-year-old borks searches 'cause he doesn't have the vocabulary & 70-year-old mum borks the results, also 'cause she doesn't have the vocabulary.
My "favorite" Alexa gaffe was when asking about some relatively unusual jewelry, I think it was some amber or turquoise. You would think it's optimized to sell you things, but the first half-dozen replies all had to do with "Jewry." This was shortly after it was first released so I hope they've tweaked the voice recog.
It's the good roads caveat that's going to be a big issue where I am: what with construction, bizarre AD 17NN intersections, and a not-quite-one-to-one correspondence of road to Google Maps, these cars will have meltdowns on a regular basis. Phoenix, Los Angeles, even New York maybe, but not New England.
When companies fix prices or collude to set wages (explicitly) they're usually caught, eventually. But when Wall St or The City runs the show, the race to the bottom begins. And at the bottom is the captive market in labor. In my area there's a closely held supermarket chain that has low employee turnover, low prices, and hasn't posted a loss in 40 years.
There are several different "business senses," and the ones that consider intangibles (morale, customer loyalty, etc) are better. But they won't get a Fund Manager a bigger bonus and he doesn't actually care about the business at all.
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