[nSLUG] Linux jobs working from home

D G Teed donald.teed at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 12:43:57 AST 2008

I found this description to be generally true where I've worked:


Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization
there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals
of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself.
Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to
teach children,
vs. union representative who work to protect any teacher including the most
incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person
will always gain control of the organization, and will always write
the rules under
which the organization functions.

The answer, is to never mind.  You can assume work is like a prison.
Watch Hogan's Heros for tips.  Dig tunnels, hide the radio under a
flap of canvas, and feed the suck ups (Sgt. Schultz types) with all of
the suck up material they can handle.  As long as you can contribute
to the actual goals of the work, who cares about status?  In my observation,
those who are high flying fools have status for only awhile.  Incompetence
naturally eats itself alive after awhile.  Personally, I have no
interest in status,
I'm happy with my rice gruel.


On Jan 17, 2008 6:52 PM, Rich <budman85 at eastlink.ca> wrote:
>  Mike Spencer wrote:
>  "Egotistical Lazy No-Good Team-A**hole wanted. Prior Management-like
> abilities a plus. Knowledge-base negotiable"
> [snip]
>  Hey, I think I'm qualified for this!
>  Where do you get jobs like that?
>  You don't. You first get a job requiring angelic people skills,
> demigod technical abilties and superlative mastery of written and
> spoken English. You lie, cheat, obfuscate, suck up and/or blackmail
> as needed to accomplish this.
> Just before a Ton of S**t falls on you from a Great Height, you have a
> nervous breakdown, present a letter from your shrink and take a
> medical leave of absence.
> Upon your return to the workplace, the ToSfaGH is aborted because
> firing you would now be disability discrimination, opening your
> employer to a tedious and expensive lawsuit. So they then "promote"
> you to that "Egotistical Lazy No-Good Team-A**hole" position and Bob's
> yer uncle.
> And no, I have never done this. But I've seen it done, with the
> result that, one or two at a time, about a dozen highly skilled,
> hard-working employees found other jobs and moved on before the
> employer finally noticed and found a way to terminate the nutcase.
>  Is this Business Administration 424?
>  Amazing how any development gets done at some companies.
>  Computer Science?  This is a business, not some computer experimentation
> lab!
>  One place had 15 developers, three of which had a Comp-Sci degree and
> remained
>  as maintenance code monkeys, while the other 12 BA graduates (whom were in
> charge)
>  were busy creating descriptive job titles for each other.
>  :P
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