[rescue] Cluesticks (was Mounting and Dumping)

Phil Stracchino alaric at caerllewys.net
Mon Jan 19 14:52:36 CST 2004

On Mon, Jan 19, 2004 at 01:47:23PM -0500, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:
> Sat, 17 Jan 2004 @ 09:40 -0500, Phil Stracchino said:
> > Yay for them!  Though at many companies, the senior staff could probably
> > afford to take a 30% pay cut under such conditions without feeling a
> > pinch in their personal entertainment budgets.  (Aside from, say, having
> > to buy the new Ferrari on a 12-month payment plan instead of paying
> > cash.)
> (Sally Struthers voice)
> Suits all around the world are in dire need.  For example, this little
> account executive is 32 years old, and still has only one Ferrari.  Last
> month he had to cook an entire meal himself, and still bears the scars
> from where he cut himself using a dangerous paring knife.
> For only $1000 a day, you too can help keep a starving executive from
> having to drive the same POS that you drive.  Your small contribution
> can mean the difference between caviar and filet mignon, and that $4
> lunch special that is currently eating away the lining of your stomach.
> Won't you give to help support the extravagant lives of the people who
> are the only reason you are currently able to make $10/hour at Wal-Mart?

Shannon, you are a very bad man.  Keep up the good work.  :)

> > I wouldn't dispute that.  There's something wrong, IMHO, when a
> > company's officers are taking home 2.5 orders of magnitude more than its
> > engineers.
> I *wish* it were only 2.5 times...

I didn't say 2.5 times.  I said 2.5 orders of magnitude.  As in, on
the order of 300 to 400 times.

> At Bank of America, I along with about 5 others were instrumental in
> saving them over 1.5 billion dollars.  We were paid a fraction of the
> salary of the manager who actually caused much of the problem, and who
> got over $100K in bonus at year's end for "solving the problem".

*nod*  know that story .....  :p

> Finally, some clueless suit-bitch asks "How long would it take you to
> implement this fix?"
> I said, "In less time than we've spent on this conference call.  4
> months ago when I first saw the problem, I could have done it in 15
> minutes."
> She never even picked up the sarcasm or anything, or at least hid it
> very well, and said, "Great!  Will you call me when this is finished?  I
> like to keep on top of issues like this."

*snicker*  Permanently unconscious.

> The head manager of the project could not properly spell the project
> name, even after being on it for 2 years.

I knew the same project manager at Red Hat (so to speak).  We once
talked about quietly murdering him and stuffing his body down the
elevator shaft.  He was furious when I handed one of his releases back
to him once and told him that in its present state it was unreleasable,
and was absolutely not going to the customer until it was fixed.

He was an ex-SEAL who was used to getting his way through intimidation.
I don't intimidate well.  :)

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