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[#] Mon Sep 23 2019 10:33:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Self publishing seems like the kind of thing you do just because you have something to say, not because you're going into the process looking to make a lot of money.

Famous authors can probably get away with it, but I suppose if you're that famous you can get favorable terms from a publisher.

[#] Thu Jan 16 2020 20:32:18 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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"Table Stakes"

That seems to be the new buzzword; I'm hearing it everywhere. It means what it sounds like it means (when used as a buzzword), the needful which must kindly be done before a discussion or project may be permitted to begin.

On that note, I've noticed that "kindly do the needful" has declined. I suppose the people who use it have become aware that the rest of us lampoon it.

[#] Mon Jan 20 2020 14:30:47 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I've noticed that every company has a peculiar vernacular that spreads throughout.


It became readily apparent when I left my data center job and came back for a meeting about a year later.

People in the meeting had adopted some newspeak, and I had no idea what they were talking about.

Now that I'm about and about with more customers, it's even more stark.

[#] Mon Jan 20 2020 23:26:54 EST from wizard of aahz

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Letting you speak to customers is a terribly worrying thought.

[#] Thu Jan 23 2020 16:21:18 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Yeah, fuck those assholes.

[#] Wed Feb 12 2020 08:51:32 EST from wizard of aahz

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I thought there was some sort of buffer that had been built specifically to stop you from speaking to customers.

[#] Wed Feb 12 2020 11:24:37 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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2020-02-12 08:51 from wizard of aahz
I thought there was some sort of buffer that had been built
specifically to stop you from speaking to customers.



Yeah, they're called salespeople. But when they over commit, someone has to be the grown up and take the heat.

[#] Wed Feb 12 2020 14:16:44 EST from wizard of aahz

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If they didn't over commit, I think I'd faint.

[#] Thu Feb 20 2020 14:26:55 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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"wrapped around the axle"

I've heard that more in the last two weeks than ever before. It must be "trending"

[#] Wed Jul 29 2020 15:48:14 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Intel has a 2 week indoctr- orientation period where they send you to IntelU and one of the classes is a day long session on learning Intel's TLAs - three letter acronyms - as well as some of their other unique language, like "deliverables."

They gloat about how Intel families where both parents work for the company adopt that language in their home life and raise their children expecting BUMs, performance reviews, action items, deliverables met, and performance to family values. 

It all gets a bit Scientologistie. 




[#] Fri Aug 07 2020 16:04:01 EDT from nristen

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Hmmm...  At the different tech companies I have worked for in the past, I came to believe that the benefit of shortening a name can go overboard.  At one company the president took pride in coming up with names that would make humorous ancronyms.  The problem with this is the names often did not accurately describe the product or service.

I believe that when salesmen use obscure acronyms, they are trying to appear like they know more than they really do or they are trying to intimidate their clients.  Red Flags go up for me when I hear that.