Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 33813
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2004/9/28-29 [Computer/HW, Finance/Investment] UID:33813 Activity:moderate
9/28    I remember last week or so someone was talking about how IT gets
        no respect. I was too busy working at the time to get involved
        in the discussion, but I wanted to chime in now with the observation\
        that it really depends on where you work. If you work at the NYSE,
        yeah you get loads of money, but no respect. If you work at Amazon,
        you are regarded pretty highly. I think it is obvious why. Desktop
        support never gets respect, but let the mail server go down and
        see the sparks fly! And the animosity goes both ways. Where do
        you think the phrase "bean counter" and PSB come from?
        \_ PSB? I only know PHB ...
           \_ I know both tom and psb...
        \_ what's PSB?
           \_ !psb
           \_ Ooops, I meant PHB.
              \_ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHB
              \_ FYI that wasn't a typo, some monkey came along and changed it
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHB
The phrase pointy-haired boss has acquired a generic usage to refer to incompetent managers. It is also possible to speak of someone being pointy-haired or having pointy hair, metaphorically meaning that they possess PHB-like traits. The academic version, a Pointy-Haired Dean (PHD), is remarkably similar. edit Traits Typical traits of a PHB: * Does not understand what his employees do for a living.