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Why Stack Ranking Is A Terrible Way To Motivate Employees
Friday, 15 November 2013 11:36
Stack ranking, also referred to as forced ranking, where managers across a company are required to rank all of their employees on a bell curve, has been a controversial management technique since then GE CEO Jack Welch popularized it in the 1980s. Only a small percentage of employees, typically about 10%, can be designated as top performers. Meanwhile, a set number must be labeled as low performers and are often fired or pushed out, giving the system the popular nickname "rank and
Here Comes The House Obamacare Vote...
Friday, 15 November 2013 11:43
The House of Representatives is set to vote soon on a bill sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) that would allow insurers to keep offering health plans even if they do not meet certain minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act.  The bill is expected to pass, with most or all Republicans expected to vote for it. The big number to watch, a day after President Barack Obama announced his own tweak to his signature legislation, is how many Democrats "defect" and vote for the bill. 
Even With A Crummy Revenue Forecast And 12,000 Layoffs, Analyst Wants Cisco CEO John Chambers To Stay (CSCO)
Friday, 15 November 2013 11:45
Cisco CEO John Chambers, 64, has been talking about retirement, and then pushing it off, for years. He has promised to stay until 2014 or maybe 2016. Should he go next year, or keep plugging along for another two? The evidence is mounting his turnaround plan to find growth has stalled, if not failed. But he's also a respected business leader and admired by many of his employees. With it's most recent quarter announced this week, the company warned revenues will decline 8% to 10%
Why 'If You Like Your Plan' Can't Be Fixed
Friday, 15 November 2013 11:51
NYT columnist Ross Douthat says there's no good way to let people keep their health plans within the context of Obamacare (and he's right). Instead, he suggests an approach the President might take to placate people who are losing lower-cost coverage that they liked: Obamacare’s regulations could be rewritten to allow insurers to sell less comprehensive plans on the exchanges. This wouldn’t require doing away with every new regulation, or rolling back the pre-existing
The Bitcoin Insanity Continues — Prices Top $450
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:08
Bitcoin has hit another milestone. The price on the Mt. Gox exchange has breached $450, hitting a high of $455. This is getting insane. Chart: SEE ALSO: Bitcoin Could Go To $1 Million Join the conversation about this story »    

Read more: Business Insider

10 Ways Pulling An All-Nighter Messes Up Your Body
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:09
If you work on Wall Street, chances are you will at one point pull an all-nighter. Sorry. Here's how it works. You're on an important project, and your boss realizes there's a mistake in the data, or the client pushes up a meeting, or you're just crashing on a deadline. Cancel your dinner with your friends. You're about to put your body and brain through something awful. Spending the night deep in excel instead of deep under your covers isn't just killer for your social life, it also hurts your
American Children See 253 McDonald's Ads Every Year — Twice The Number Of Other Fast-Food Brands
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:16
American children see over a thousand fast food commercials on television every year, and hundreds more from McDonald's than any other brand. McDonald's ads reach children between the ages of 2-11 more than twice the amount of its competitors in the U.S. And McD's has more to come: It just launched an NFL Happy Meal to reach kids early when they're choosing their team fan allegiance, according to Ad Age. Here's a chart from Statista (in association with Mashable), breaking it down by company.
If You Have A Peanut Allergy, Obama Just Signed A Bill That Makes Your Life A Whole Lot Easier
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:18
When I first told my mother about the bill President Barack Obama signed this week to increase the availability of epinephrine in schools, her reaction was one of good-natured cynicism toward politicians in Washington.  "Nothing changes 'till someone high level gets into office!!" she said. She was referring to Malia Obama, the president's 15-year-old daughter, who he revealed for the first time at the bill signing is allergic to peanuts. "I just want to thank all of the outstanding
Colts Player Rips Off Opponent's Helmet, Head-Butts Him And Doesn't Get Ejected
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:18
During the Colts 30-27 victory over the Titans on Thursday night, the Colts managed to get three personal fouls called against them before the second qurter was over. Perhaps the worst penalty was when Colts linebacker Erik Walden ripped Titans tight-end Delanie Walker's helmet off and head-butted him. Walden did not get ejected (GIF via Fansided): After the game Walker said: "What got him riled up? I was whupping his butt, that's what happened, and the cat couldn't take it when he was getting
Cache Monet Is A Site That Pulls In GIFs From Your Favorite 90s Tech Memes And You Won't Be Able To Stop Looking At It
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:24
Once you start watching Cache Monet, you won't want—or be able—to look away. The site is a beautifully bizarre loop of layered GIFs that changes every four seconds, or whenever you click the screen, accompanied by a soundtrack pairing computer sounds with assorted samples. It's like a GIF-fueled acid trip. Or, according to the site's description, an "exploration into the serendipitous collisions that occur between two randomly generated arrays." The site says that the visuals,
Investors Flee From Emerging Markets
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:32
In the week ended November 13, investors pulled $4.7 billion out of emerging-market equity funds, marking the largest outflow from the asset class in 20 weeks. Meanwhile, EM debt funds saw $1.8 billion in redemptions — the most in 10 weeks. "Retail overwhelmingly prefers developed-market over emerging-market equities and high yield over emerging-market debt," says BofA Merrill Lynch chief investment strategist Michael Hartnett. Below is a complete breakdown of this week's fund flows, via
This Family Started A 'No Shave November' Tradition To Honor Their Father, And Has Raised More Than $100,000
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:33
It’s halfway through November, and if you’re a guy participating in this month’s annual facial hair-growing tradition, that means two weeks until your next shave. For a long time, this sans-shave month was purposeless and without any particular meaning or online presence. It was just a fun thing for college kids to do. But for the Hill family, from the Chicago suburbs, the November grooming fad became much more significant. In November 2007, the eight Hill siblings lost their
This Is What It Looks Like To Jump Out The Back Of A Plane Over The Rio Grande
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:36
Taken by a photographer of the Força Aérea Brasileira from the cargo door of a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130J Super Hercules during Cruzex 2013, this year's major military exercise in South America, this image shows a paratrooper jumping over Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil, on Nov. 8, 2013. The paratrooper was involved in a high altitude launch and free fall, a procedure different from a low level launch, like the one that saw an unlucky Thai paratrooper die
Sarah Silverman Brings Ex-Boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel A Box Of His 'Old Stuff'
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:37
Comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman dated for five years before calling it quits in 2009 — but the two have remained on friendly (and funny) terms ever since. Silverman even appeared on Thursday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to promote her first HBO comedy special "Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles." "It's like I never left! Only you're married..." Silverman quipped as she sat down to chat with her ex. But instead of talking about her comedy special, Silverman brought a box
Do We Live in the Matrix?
Friday, 15 November 2013 10:30
Zeeya Merali says that “tests could reveal whether we are part of a giant computer simulation — but the real question is if we want to know,” writing for Discover: In the 1999 sci-fi film classic The Matrix, the protagonist, Neo, is stunned to see people defying the laws of physics, running up walls and vanishing suddenly. These superhuman violations of the rules of the universe are

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