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Byline: Jeffrey Kanige
It's been so long since so many companies had to rid themselves of so many workers that the people doing the firing seem to have forgotten how. For one thing--and this development is salutary--no one uses the terms "downsizing" or "rightsizing" anymore.
Late Monday, Cisco Systems Inc. announced that it "is reducing its work force by 8,500 people."
But in a few prominent instances, this more honest approach has crossed the line into heartlessness. Steve Brill was roundly and rightly excoriated for swinging the ax at his newly combined Inside Content staff, then nipping off to catch Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. And Wall …