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Can Technology Make The Money For You?

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the carnegie-would-nod dept.

Technology 147

Crais writes: "Using JetBlue, the Mens' Wearhouse, and others as examples, this article out of Newsweek shows how tossing money into new technology, and giving employees nice benefits/perks can actually make your business profitable, and pleasurable to work for. Sheesh, I just want my company to buy some real networking equipment..."

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Nude beach! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397508)

Is that a cock or are you unhappy to see me?

note the "sponsored by Microsoft" image (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397627)

Please note the "sponsored by Microsoft" image at the top of the article. This is a technology company marketing the concept that injecting more technology into your company will help it succeed.

Please, note the link. (-1)

Angela Lansbury (568190) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397764)

At the top of the article. This is a technology company marketing the concept that injecting more technology into your company will help it succeed. Pshaw!

note the "sponsored by Microsoft" image (1, Insightful)

Infonaut (96956) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397513)

at the top of the article. This is a technology company marketing the concept that injecting more technology into your company will help it succeed.

Re:note the "sponsored by Microsoft" image (1, Flamebait)

Rick the Red (307103) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397679)

No shirt, Shitlock, check the URL: It's on msnbc.

Timothy: Are you sober? @# +2 ; 420 Lewis #@ (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397766)

or just fucking stupid? I suggest you read this:
from Jon Katz, pot smoker supreme:

I smoke marijuana, by Jon Katz [slashdot.org]

Courtesy of About 420 [phish.net]

Connotative Use/Meaning

420 is a phreak's (and not just a hippie's) favorite number for a
variety of reasons, or maybe for no reason at all, but colloquially
the number says pot -- "let's smoke pot", or "someone's smoking
pot", or "gee, i really like pot", or "time to smoke pot", either by
time (4:20 a.m. or p.m.), date (April 20th), or otherwise (e.g. State
Route 420). April 20th at 4:20 is marked by annual events in
Mount Tamalpais, CA (an informal gathering); Marin Conty, CA
(the 420 Hemp Fest); Ann Arbor, MI (the Hash Bash); and
Washington, D.C. (buildup towards the July 4th Smoke-In).

Original Source(s)

Conventional wisdom: The most common tale is that 420 is the
police radio code or criminal code (and therefore the police "call")
in certain part(s) of California (e.g. in Los Angeles or San
Francisco) for having spotted someone consuming cannabis
publicly, i.e. "pot smoking in progress"; that local cannabis users
picked up on the code and began celebrating the number temporally
(esp. 4:20 a.m., 4:20 p.m., and April 20); that the number became
nationally popularized in the late 1980s and, more ferverently, in
the early- to mid-1990s; and is colloquially applied to a variety of
relaxed and/or inspired contexts, including not only pot
consumption but also a "good time" more generally (in contrast to
the drug war surrounding).

Conventions are legends: 420 is not police radio code for
anything, anywhere. Checks of criminal codes (including those of
the City of San Francisco, the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles
County, the State of California, and the federal penal code) suggest
that the origin is neither Californian nor federal (the two best
guesses). For instance, California Penal Code 420 defines as a
misdemeanor the hindrance of use ("obstructing entry") of public
lands, and California Family Code 420 defines what constitutes a
wedding ceremony (Marco). One state does come close: "The
Illinois Department of Revenue classifies the Alcoholic Liquor Act
under Part 420, and the Cannabis and Controlled Substances Tax
Act are next, under Part 428." (RB 5/19/99)

True story?: "According to Steven Hager, editor of High Times,
the term 420 originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971,
among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking wiseacres who
called themselves the Waldos. The term 420 was shorthand for the
time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis
Pasteur, to smoke pot. ``Waldo Steve,'' a member of the group who
now owns a business in San Francisco, says the Waldos would
salute each other in the school hallway and say ``420 Louis!'' The
term was one of many invented by the group, but it was the one
that caught on. ``It was just a joke, but it came to mean all kinds of
things, like `Do you have any?' or `Do I look stoned?' '' he said.
``Parents and teachers wouldn't know what we were talking about.''
The term took root, and flourished, and spread beyond San Rafael
with the assistance of the Grateful Dead and their dedicated cohort
of pot-smoking fans. The Waldos decided to assert their claim to
the history of the term after decades of watching it spread, mutate
and be appropriated by commercial interests. The Waldos contacted
Hager, and presented him with evidence of 420's history, primarily
a collection of postmarked letters from the early '70s with lots of
mention of 420. They also started a Web site, waldo420.com. ``We
have proof, we were the first,'' Waldo Steve said. ``I mean, it's not
like we wrote a book or invented anything. We just came up with a
phrase. But it's kind of an honor that this emanated from San
Rafael.''" Maria Alicia Gaura for the San Francisco Chronicle,
4/20/00 p. A19; and thanks to Noah Cole for the submission

Alternate explanations

There are a variety of other explanations, all much more interesting
than "police code", and many plausible. Some are more likely uses
of the 420/hemp connection rather than sources of it, such as the
score for the football game in Fast Times at Ridgement High,
42-0.

Known Myths: It isn't police code (see above). There are 315
chemicals in marijuana, not 420. And although tea time in
Amsterdam is rumored to be 4:20, it is actually 5:30 (Gerhard
den Hollander).
Sixties Songs: For instance, Bob Dylan's famous "Rainy Day
Women #12 and 35" is a possible reference, or source --
12x35=420. And Stephen Stills wrote (and Crosby Stills Nash
& Young performed) a song "4+20" (first recorded 7/16/69,
released on Deja Vu 3/11/70) about an 84-year-old
poverty-stricken man who started and finished with nothing.
(Thanks to Sherry Keel 12/6/98.) Dylan aslo mentions "4 and
20 windows" in "The Balland of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"
(on John Wesley Harding).
Older Verse: But 420 in poetry is older than that - Greg
Keller notes the old nursery rhyme line, "four and twenty
black birds baked in a pie". Revelation 5:14 (in the King
James Version of the Christian Bible) reads, "And the four
beasts said 'A-Men.' And the four and twenty elders fell down
and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever." (Travis
Spurley 2/15/99) And in Midnight's_Children, Salman
Rushdie wrote, "Inevitably, a number of these children failed
to survive. Malnutrition, disease and the misfortunes of
everyday life had accounted for no less than four hundred and
twenty of them by the time I became conscious of their
existence; although it is possible to hypothesize that these
deaths, too, had their purpose, since 420 has been, since time
immemorial, the number associated with fraud, deception and
trickery." (Comet 2/14/98) Comet's "best guess is that this
refers to something in Indian mythology or numerology, since
the book is set in India and frequently involves Indian history,
culture, and religion. Given the high interest in Eastern
religion among the phish/dead community, this seems a likely
origin of 420's current significance."
Temporal Significance: "Hands on analog clock at 4:20 look
like position of doobie dangling from mouth" "Larry in
Tuscan" and Alex Mack 5/19/99). Disruptive students are out
of detention and safetly away from school by 4:20, also
rumored to be "the time that you should dose to be peaking
when the Dead went on stage" Hart. "The Waldos" were a
group of teens back in the 70's that lived in San Rafael, CA.
420 was the way they talked about pot in front of teachers,
non-smoking family members etc. Also it was the time of day
they could just go relax, and get baked." ("PhunkCellar")
Jamaicans purportedly "worked till 4 then walked home then
lit up. They would talk 420 like our parents talked about after
5. That's when partying began" "Larry in Tuscan"). Albert (not
Abbie) Hofmann supposedly first encountered LSD at 4:20
p.m. on 4/19/1943 (Bart Coleman citing Storming Heaven by
Jay Stevens, recommended by Mickey Hart in Planet Drum).
Surrealist painter Miro was born April 20, 1893. And
www.filmspeed.com says the propoganda film Reefer
Madness has a copyright date of April 20, 1936 (i.e. 4/20).
(Patrick Woolford)
Misc: Could be that it comes from hydroponics, the practice
of cultivating plants in water often used by indoor marijuana
cultivators, since 4 is used for H on a calculator (420/H20).
(Nick Lowe 3/30/00) The number 80 (eight) is "quatre vingt"
(pronounced "cah-truh vahn"), meaning "four (times} twenty".
Dan Nijjar 1/27/00 (No connection yet between the number
80 and pot. A quarter pound is roughly 120 grams, rounding
quarter-ounces to 7.5.) The titanic was supposed to arrive
4/20/1912. (Thanks to RB.) Perhaps the heavy use of vt420
terminals in the Berkeley area is to blame? (BTW, 420 in
binary code is 110100100.)

Ubiquitous?

Now there's a 420 Pale Ale. One of the late-97/early-98 "Got
Milk" ads featured a character eating cookies without milk and
then passing a sign that reads "Next Rest Area 420 miles" (as Ross
Bruning). Reportedly, all of the clocks in the movie Pulp Fiction
are stuck on 4:20. Shirts with the number 420 on the red-and-blue
interstate highway shield (Interstate 420?) have show up on the
sitcom Will and Grace (Paul Risenhoover 5/14/99) and in several
videos. UPS' labelling software has a "420 postal code" legend for
next-day/2-day deliveries (which is how Phish tickets are sent).
(Jack Lebowitz 10/3/98) MTV's 1997 Viewer's Choice Award (for
the MTV Video Awards) was decided by calls to
1-800-420-4MTV. And by May of 1998, the number was
appearing in so many ads (eg Copenhagen 5/14/98 Rolling Stone
p54, Corvette p55 5/98 Car & Driver) that its presence is
presumed to be intentional. Many songs are around 4 minutes 20
seconds long (since many songs fall between 2:30 and 5:30),
including for example Pink Floyd's "A Great Day for Freedom" (on
The Division Bell, 1994), the Foo Fighters' "My Hero", and
"Smokin'" from Boston's first album. "There have also been some
420 references on The Simpsons. In the re-run episode aired on
April 20th, 1999 at a special time (probably in honor of those
college students staying in the holiday spirit ;-), Homer mentions to
Flanders that Barney's birthday is April 20th. Also, the jackpot sign
in one part of the casino says $420,000. There are a couple less
concrete ones, but these two have to be legit, especially since they
decided to air THAT particular episode on 4/20/99." (Submitted by
Matt Meehan 4/21/99) And (as of Fall '99) the 60 free minutes that
Working Assets Long Distance offers, at the 7 cents per minute
rate, is $4.20 free. There's even a band named 420, and another
names . In the first fifteen pages of Karel Capek's novel War with
the Newts, a man diving under wonder stayed down for four
minutes and twenty seconds. Grant Garstka 1/6/00 At the
suggested retail price ($3.96) and Michigan (6%) sales tax, a deck
of Uno cards costs $4.20. Nic Boris 4:20 marks the first downbeat
of the drums in Led Zeppelin's epic "Stairway to Heaven." (Dan
Harris) The bill authorizing force after the World Trade Center
attacks of 9/11/01 passed 420 to 1, and news reports in following
months noted many times that there are (or were then, anyway) 420
airports in the U.S. Allan Morris And don't forget that Adolf Hitler
was born on April 20, macabely "celebrated" (or at least
referenced) via the Columbine High School shootings.

Phish-related Occurances

Whatever the origin, the number appears frequently... For the
summer 1997 tour, TicketMaster service charges were $4.20. In
the Fall 1997 Doniac Schvice Dry Goods section, a limited edition
Pollack poster printed on 100% hemp is order number 420P. The
Great Went was 420 miles from Boston (former home of Phish).
The official logo includes 4 gills and 20 bubbles ("Gringo"
11/12/98). As of 6/15/97, including covers and originals, Phish
had performed a total of 420 songs (thought its 486 by 4/24/98).
(David Steinberg). Lawnboy is 420megs of memory. Patrick
Walker Phish's The Vibration of Life underlies a whirling loop
with Seven Beats per second (which makes 420 beats per minute.)
Trey has used the altered line "woke up at 4:20" in "Makisupa
Policeman", which also often indirectly celebrates 420ing, e.g. by
mention of goo balls. One of the funniest shirts around takes light
jabs at both the 4:20 phenomenon and the rumored evolution
(collapse?) of the Phish.Net (especially rec.music.phish) from
being Gamehendge to Flamehendge, and beyond. The first day of
the Great Went started at 4:20 (with Makisupa Policeman. (The
second day started late, at 4:37.) Noah Cole The first single from
Slip Stitch and Pass was played on WBCN 10/14/97 at 4:20 pm.
An uproar at 12/31/96 can be heard on tape during the 2001, in
response to an enormous digital clock (which was counting down
to midnight) reaching 11:55:40 and reading "-4:20". (Yoda)
During the 9-12-00 2001, Trey hits the first riff right at 4:20 into
the intro jam. (Cal 2/25/01) Some mail order tickets for the 1997
New Year's run were in section 420. The first Mass Pike toll
leaving Oswego was $4.20. (Camille Heath ) And the standard
shipping for The Phish Companion through Amazon was
originally $4.20.

420 Shows: Phish performed on April 20 in 1989, 1990, 1991,
1993, and 1994. The first day of the Great Went started at 4:20,
although that was called a soundcheck by Trey after three songs.
The Jazzfest Harry Hood 4-26-96 started at about 4:20 reported by
Trevor. At Big Cypress, "David Bowie" was playing at 4:20 a.m.
And the one event during the "hiatus" (10/8/00 - ?) featuring all
four members - for Jason Colton's wedding - was 12/1/01, 420
from: http://www.phish.net/faq/n420.html:

Re:note the "sponsored by Microsoft" image (1)

Beliskner (566513) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397854)

gives its home workers a computer, but requires them to pay about $45 a month for two phone lines to handle calls and dial into the booking system. "It's a small price," says Smith, who makes reservations 25 hours a week in her slippers. (She makes about $9 an hour; starting pay is $7.75.) JetBlue doesn't fuss about a dress code, but insists that callers not be treated to the sounds of domestic bliss, like crying kids. Supervisors monitor calls occasionally to make sure that all a customer hears is a friendly voice and a clicking keyboard. JetBlue gave its reservation agents computers so they could work from home; Jill Smith puts in about 25 hours a week of work, often in slippers. The savings from running a home-based reservation center helped the airline report its first profit a mere six months after its first flight.
Now THIS is what the Internet was made for, exactly what the dot-com boom was targetted towards but got hijacked by confused people that didn't know that this is the way to do it. Plus of course Webshots [webshots.com] .

First Widening Post! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397514)

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I'm the best! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397515)

897123123th post!!!

Re:I'm the best! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397546)

I am better

897123124th bitch!

I R0X0R! YUO 5UX0R! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397796)

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your mom (-1)

Anonymous Cowrad (571322) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397518)

she's a slut.

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Where do you work? (3, Funny)

ImaLamer (260199) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397521)

"Sheesh, I just want my company to buy some real networking equipment..."

Please don't tell me you work for my ISP. Some how I'd believe you.

Re:Where do you work? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397569)

One little perk of technological progress is that the price of technology relative to the cost of human labour goes down over time. So it will only become easier to satiate your employees with the latest and greatest toys. On the other hand, a bloated management structure will become more and more costly. Hooray for progress!

CAN TROLLING MAKE MONEY FOR YOU? YES! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397525)

Follow Jon Katz' Example! Promote your cause on Slashdot now! And mod up this comment -- if Katz deserves free advertising, so does this comment!

This FAQ is designed to give tips on trolling on Slashdot, created in celebration of Blackout Week. It is dedicated to all hard-working trolls and crapflooders.

What are some good trolling tips?
Trolling is all about making people think you care, and so winding up those who care for real. Think of it like shooting a deer in front of an anti-hunt protester, or eating a Big Mac in front of a vegan. Here are some ideas for making your troll work:

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How do I karma whore?
"Karma whoring" is the practice of gaining moderation points for their own sake. It is particularly useful in techniques for defeating the moderation system. Some tips for karma whoring are:

  1. If the site containing the actual article is not on a fast server (i.e. is not a "big site"), re-post the article with subject, "the article -- in case the site gets slashdotted". Make sure this comes as early as possible in the list of comments, to avoid the dreaded (-1, Redundant).
  2. If any article pops up on Microsoft, write a stock two paragraphs explaining why Microsoft is immoral, and why the event described cannot happen with Free Software. I shall not supply text, because tests have shown that moderators are not completely stupid, and can identify duplicate posts (this is actually helpful in defeating the moderation system, see below).
  3. For any article discussing a particular company, state that you worked there, and offer your "inside knowledge". Note that geeks do visit Slashdot, so do not fall into the trap of being too obvious a fraud -- a mistake made by such amateur trolls as PhysicsGenius, who must now suffer a life of instant down-modding.

How do I defeat the moderation system?
The moderation system is far from flawless. Here are some ways to devalue it:

  1. If you have moderator points, for goodness sake abuse them! How about moderating up a First Post, a crapflood, or best of all, this very FAQ? It would be a crime to allow such an easily abused system to work.
  2. Copy the text of another person's post, and paste it as a reply to an earlier post. Most people read oldest messages first, so they will consider yours to be the first message, and the later message to be "redundant". This is great for annoying karma whores.
  3. Vote Troll posts as "underrated", thus increasing their exposure without running the risk of having your moderation rights revoked.

How do I defeat authentication?
Don't. The FBI will arrest you for being a terrorist. Instead, make an authoritative nick like CmdrTaco (editor). The majority of people are easily fooled, and will be likely to take notice of and respond to your post, and even moderate it up. Think of it like Lunix Turvalds walking into the room -- people listen to what he has to say, and don't dare disagree.

How do I defeat the goatse link early warning system?
Simple -- use one of the many foolishly implemented redirector URLs hosted on well-known sites. Here's an innocuous recent example which pretends to link to the highly informative about.com, but in fact links to a site of the popular 90's lesbian band The Spice Girls: Informative link which will get me karma [about.com]

What are some excellent sites to sneakily link to?
Mostly, you should link to gay porn. If you are reading this FAQ, you already know the URLs, so I don't need to supply them, except to say that it's almost an initiation ceremony in Slashdot trolling to link to goatse [goatse.cx] .

Administrativa

How do I justify the existence of this FAQ?
Slashdot is full of people who support unlicensed weapons ownership and dissemination of bomb creation documents -- in short, they support freedom, even when that freedom could cause harm. This document should be considered as that very freedom in action. Indeed, to disparage or moderate down this document would be un-American, and the FBI are likely to arrest you for being a terrorist.

How do I add to or change this FAQ?
Simply re-post the FAQ on Slashdot, adding an appropriate question, and incrementing the version number by 1. Before doing so, please try to ensure you have the latest version, and remember to keep this post W3C compliant!

How else can I help with the Troll and Crapflooding Cause?
Moderate this post up, re-post it, put it in your journal, and upload it on your website. Thanks!

Re:CAN TROLLING MAKE MONEY FOR YOU? YES! (-1, Offtopic)

BrianGa (536442) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397587)

+5, Informative

Re:CAN TROLLING MAKE MONEY FOR YOU? YES! (-1)

Anonymous Cowrad (571322) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397626)

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i just have words (-1)

Anonymous Cowrad (571322) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397533)

and more words
and fewer words

how come the word short is longer than the word long?

Re:i just have words (-1)

Bilton (517325) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397618)

I dont know, but I have a feeling it has something to do with my penis...

Re:i just have words (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397816)

You think everything has to do with your penis, you dirty little monkey!
-- Mom

More toys, less middle managers! (-1, Redundant)

geoffsmith (161376) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397543)

One little perk of technological progress is that the price of technology relative to the cost of human labour goes down over time. So it will only become easier to satiate your employees with the latest and greatest toys.

On the other hand, a bloated management structure will become more and more costly. Hooray for progress!

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Re:More toys, less middle managers! (-1)

Anonymous Cowrad (571322) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397563)

Websurfing: The Next Generation - StumbleUpon

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Re:More toys, less middle managers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397726)

Shows what these guys know. I'm running Internet Exploder as required, but they won't let me get the toolbar because the Proximitron told their server that I'm running:

Sakurazilla/32767.0 (compatible; CardCaptorSakura 32767.0; Auto; http://ashitaka.home.attbi.com/)

And guess what? The server believed it. I'm leaving that website and not coming back until you guys get a smarter server.

Re:More toys, less middle managers! (-1)

Anonymous Cowrad (571322) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397928)

The stumbleupon toolbar does not currently support Macintosh. We're working on it.

You know, people don't automatically assume that software is Windows only. Make that clear from the start.

Business are very Reactive instead of Proactive (1)

mrmaster (535266) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397545)

I've noticed over the years that businesses tend to wait until something is broken before trying to fix it. Communication breakdown occurs much quicker when companies refuse to accept that new(er) technologies can increase productivity and correct problems. Alas, they don't realize it until it is too late because they don't want want to open their pocketbooks.

Re:Business are very Reactive instead of Proactive (1)

Xaoswolf (524554) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397624)

Tell me about it. I support NT servers with Win 95 workstations. It gets to be a nightmare.

Re:Business are very Reactive instead of Proactive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397643)

I'd send you my Debian CD but I can't find the serial number for it. Anyone got a good serialz site with a Debian serial on it? Just email me one if you have one. Thanks

Re:Business are very Reactive instead of Proactive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397670)

The answer is 42.

Re:Business are very Reactive instead of Proactive (1)

Sj0 (472011) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397856)

42...
and...
um...

Glenn?

Re:Business are very Reactive instead of Proactive (1)

Eberlin (570874) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397674)

There is also the case that some people tend to procure technology for the sake of technology without justifiable application. It's a matter of balancing the amount of productivity gained vs. the cost (both time and money) of the technology.

Yes, technology should work FOR you, not the other (-1, Offtopic)

Real World Stuff (561780) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397549)

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I currently have 2 telephone lines. Can I still get MSN Broadband? Return to top
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What, coddle the employees? (0)

DarkRabbit (27941) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397556)

<sarcasm>Gee, most of the dot-coms gave their employees all kinds of perks and they folded anyway!</sarcasm>

Tools Aren't "Coddling" (1)

FFtrDale (521701) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397789)

Perks and good equipment are two different things, even though it does feel nice to use good tools. How many dot-coms folded because, when the venture capitalists asked where their money'd gone, the answer was "we (or the marketing folks) drank it" ???

It's not rocket science. (4, Interesting)

interstellar_donkey (200782) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397566)

I'm pretty dang lucky. I work from home. If I ask for technology, I typically get it.

It makes financial sense. My boss does'nt need to provide office space for me, his overhead is lowered, and I'm happier.

I asked for a wireless network in my home. Out of all the reasons I wanted it, the reality was 'So I can sit at the bar down the street and work while having a beer'. The response: 'Well, don't get too drunk'.

Using technology to accomidate workers, to provide for them a better work envrionment is a no-brainer. I remember one place I worked at.. the boss would see me sitting outside smoking a cigarette. "What are you doing?" 'I'm waiting for a download to finish. Theres really nothing I can do until it's done'. He would'nt buy broadband for the office, and as a result, not only annoyed me, but waisted far more paid man hours then the cost of putting a decent connection and network into the office.

It just makes sense. (1)

millisa (151093) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397621)

"I need wireless so I can work while on the 'tank". One TV-tray, a pcmcia card, and a WAP later I have the most, er, fragrant work area on the planet.

Re:It's not rocket science. (1)

haystor (102186) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397765)

One of the reasons I left a previous employer was that the server room had 17" monitors and we were forbidden to get anything larger than a 15" monitor. There are just so many things wrong with that situation that I don't know where to begin. Why one monitor per computer? Why were they turned on normally? Why did they need to be larger if they were only displaying their 25 lines of text? What would the programmers do with the extra monitor space?

Its not like I quit just because of this one thing, but this was representative of the way things were run.

Speaking of things that make sense... (4, Insightful)

nehril (115874) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397771)

... electronic kiosks in Virgin's stores that allow customers to sample 30-second snippets from a database of approximately 250,000 CDs. The experiment began last year in two of the chain's outlets and was considered a huge success. Virgin executives found that when customers come into a store with a specific album in mind, they're three times as likely to actually purchase the product if they give it a test drive.


hmn... letting people try music makes them more likely to purchase? where have we seen that before?

Re:It's not rocket science. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3398054)

> but waisted far more paid man hours

I'm confused. You "waisted far more" sounds like you got fatter, but that doesn't make sense in context. Waisted can be used to mean having a waist of a specific type, like high-waisted, but what would your waist have to do with paid man-hours?

I understand now. (0, Troll)

millisa (151093) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397567)

"The most unusual time-saving feature of the new registers is a fingerprint scanner that lets managers make returns and exchanges more swiftly because the computer instantly recognizes them."

I see. Mens Warehouse discriminates against the fingerless in managerial roles! Can this boy [cnn.com] work for them and hope for advancement? I personally don't like the idea of passwords that can be stolen with a regular pair of tin snips.

Re:I understand now. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397759)

If someone with a pair of tin snips ("finger snips?"), asked for my password, I would give it to them

Re:I understand now. (1)

Agamous Child (538344) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397972)

I don't have too much of an issue with your humor, you heartless pagan evil insensitive prick.

The 2 year old boy's father BIT his thumb off and left him BLEEDING FOR HOURS.

SICK

Mod on.

Can technology make money for you? (5, Funny)

line-bundle (235965) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397581)

Yes, if you buy a color photocopier.

Re:Can technology make money for you? (2)

Indras (515472) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397611)

Yes, if you buy a color photocopier.

Ah, but the real question is, which technology makes the better money, inkjet or laser?

Re:Can technology make money for you? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397652)

Inkjet costs about as much for ink as you can print with it. Everyone knows that.

Re:Can technology make money for you? (-1)

Anonymous Cowrad (571322) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397681)

The laser.

I conducted an informal experiment with my HP LaserJet and my Epson inkjet. I put them both out on the sidewalk with signs on that said "fuck this printer, $5.00"

Within an hour, the laserjet had made $60, while the epson only managed to pull in $35. It goes without saying that the epson got a beat down.

Re:Can technology make money for you? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397642)

50 dollah bill! 50 dollah bill!

The article sounds like a .NET ad (2, Insightful)

Target Drone (546651) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397589)

It's funny how an article that says businesses can save money by developing software with new technologies has an ad for Microsoft .NET at the top.

Re:The article sounds like a .NET ad (1)

DarkRabbit (27941) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397770)

It's funny how an article that says businesses can save money by developing software with new technologies has an ad for Microsoft .NET at the top.

Funny until you relise that the article is hosted at MSNBC.com.

no kidding (0, Offtopic)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397591)

My company told me to write this computer program for windows 2000. Not only do I still not have 2000, I didn't have a compiler to use.
Then I found the dev c compiler and it works great and its free. Check it out at www.bloodshed.net

I should go work for the government, they always have the best equipment... the state just got new color laser printers they dont need...

JetBlue and working from home (2, Informative)

CrazyDwarf (529428) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397594)

I didn't read the entire article. I was too intrigued by JetBlue's reservation agents working from home. My wife currently stays home with our 9 month old baby, and it would be great if she could work from home at the same time. So I went to JetBlue [jetblueairways.com] 's web page. I was sad to see they had no listings currently. I also noticed when you hit the drop down for the location, there was no home or telecommute option. The article said you had to pay for 2 phone lines, and they'd provide the computer. Why can't you have 1 phone line and high speed internet? Can't they set up a VPN access or something? Sheesh.

Re:JetBlue and working from home (2)

Rick the Red (307103) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397775)

Plus, you can only be a work-from-home reservation agent if you live in Utah; they won't let you work-from-home from Tulsa, or Ancorage, or Burbank, or Peoria, or Atlanta, or...

Make Money Fasst (4, Insightful)

scotch (102596) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397617)

Can technology make money for you? Hmmm, let me think. Agriculture. The Wheel. Pentagon hammers. Vibrating dildos. Recorded music. Laser Hair Removal. Yes. Technology isn't just computers and other slashdot-style-geek toys.

ISOTP! (-1)

YourMissionForToday (556292) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397790)

IShitOnThisPost!

Re:Make Money Fasst (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397864)

Vibrating Dildos are definitely "slashdot-style-geek toys"

Join the great Slashdot Comments Brown-Out [slashdot.org]

Re:Make Money Fasst (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397959)

Vibrating dildos.

Technically, a dildo doesn't vibrate, it's just a phallous-shaped thing.

Just so you know.

Re:Make Money Fasst (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3398101)

...and there's a law which says that "phallous-shaped" things are not allowed to vibrate, right?

This is technology? (2)

Animats (122034) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397636)

Welded-wire fence? (That dates back to the 1920s, and is available from many sources.) Turning reservation clerks into homeworkers? (And making them pay for their own phone lines!) Paging people when it's their turn? (I've seen that in restaurants). That's Newsweek's idea of technology?

We need more basic research.

oh comon now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397649)

Wow. This post looks familiar.
Oh yeah, because I originally posted it here [slashdot.org].
Only there, it had my name as the author of the post...
A hint: Please include credit for the original content if you are going to repost a comment. Otherwise it is called plagarism.

Well-balanced (2)

The Cat (19816) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397653)

Some things good, some not so good.

JetBlue is only paying $9/hr.? A little low, even for part-time. Good to see a company that's finally figuring out that there are benefits (and not all economic) to telecommuting.

The guy who isn't patenting BigFoot sounds very cool.

The virtual queuing was extremely cool. Too bad they are charging for it though ($10 a PERSON???). Should be included.

Just some thoughts.

Re:Well-balanced (2)

Rick the Red (307103) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397805)

JetBlue is only paying $9/hr.? A little low, even for part-time. Good to see a company that's finally figuring out that there are benefits (and not all economic) to telecommuting.
Oh, I think the benefits are economic, all right. Jet Blue not only doesn't pay for an office for their reservation staff, they make the staff pay the telephone bill! $45/month out of a $975/month paycheck. That's before taxes! Such a great company! I wish my employer made me pay the phone bill -- NOT! I sure hope they get a tax deduction for it.

Not True! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397658)

I own a small-medium sized business, and this type of reinforcement simply doesn't work.

Most of my employees tell me that people in the technology sector really don't consider having a nice suit as a benefit. While this may be in correlation to the hygenic habits of techies, I'm not sure.

What I am sure of is that the only reinforcement is negative reinforcement.

Working from home (2, Insightful)

AConnection (106831) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397661)

I have often thought about working from home, and could probably justify doing so with my work (Electronic Records Management) but I have two little problems - a 2.5 yr old daughter and a 10 months old son. I love them both incredibly and spend a lot of time with them outside of work, but I see how little my wife sometimes can get done if the kids are demanding a lot of attention. In addition, I still think that getting out and working outside of the house is a nice break from the family and allows me to appreciate them even more.

The secret to JetBlue.. (4, Insightful)

KernelHappy (517524) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397671)

These are what I see as the secrets behind JetBlue:

- Their ticket prices are very reasonable.
- They fly non-stop to their destinations.
- Their main hub is based close to a(the) major metropolitan city (New York).
- They don't serve crappy meals just snacks.
- Each seat has its own TV with 24 channels.
- They fly out of a notoriously annoying airport at off-peak hours making the airport far less of an issue.
- They have a new fleet of jets that are quiet and in excellent condition.

Where does their IT actually improve their product? They are a relatively small airline and they are bound to the scheduling and baggage routing procedures of the airports that they fly through and they don't have to schedule in flight meal delivery. As a JetBlue customer it seems more like their IT is barely relevant. Then again that can be a sign of excellent IT infrastructure.

Re:The secret to JetBlue.. (2)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397834)

That new fleet is a huge piece of the puzzle and I hope the people who are buying up their stock are not in it for the long haul.

Due to their small size and the fact that they have brand new aircraft- their maintenance costs are incredibly low compared to others.

As the fleet ages and grows - this is going to go away. You wont be hiring jet mechanics for $9.00 an hour and they can't telecommute.

The more hours you put on an air frame- the more expensive it gets to keep it in the air.

.

Re:The secret to JetBlue.. (4, Insightful)

steveha (103154) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397910)

Where does their IT actually improve their product?

Read the article. When you call JetBlue to make a reservation, the agent you are talking to is working from home. JetBlue doesn't have the overhead of office space for their agents; their agents are happier; they have lower turnover among their agents. In short, they have lower overhead costs.

A company like JetBlue competes by offering good service for a lower price; cutting their overhead helps them keep their ticket prices lower. Happy employees helps keep the service good. It's good business any way you look at it.

Note that your first bullet point was "Their ticket prices are very reasonable." So we could say that lower overhead contributes directly to making their product better.

P.S. Older, more rigid Theory X [dushkin.com] companies don't like telecommuting. They want employees in an office where it is easy to keep an eye on them and crack a whip over them. I'm happy to see another example of why Theory X isn't needed.

steveha

Re:The secret to JetBlue.. (1)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 11 years ago | (#3398046)


That's not IT though, it's Human Resources.

Technology can get you cool prizes! (4, Funny)

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THE CLUES:

Across
1. This band must've been desperate for publicity to give an interview to Slashdot!
5. Crapflooder impersonated well by Silicon Simian.
7. A special treat you earn for Bad Posting.
0A. Sean Kelly's ex-lover and former SlashNET IRCop.
0E. Ew! Between the eyes!
0F. This dog won't mess your carpet, shed fur all over the place, or do much else besides consume batteries.
11. Living proof that you get what you pay for.
12. The soundtrack for the World Wide Web.
14. Disney makes money to destroy free speech on the Internet every time you buy ____ on DVD.
15. Slashcode's overglorified killfile.
17. You were writing FOX about "The Tick" when you should've been writing your congressman about this bill.
18. A very Snotty troll.
1A. This young Afghan loves watching movies and JonKatz on his C64.
1D. The best text editor EVER!
1E. What you say!! If you say it one more time, I'll bludgeon you to death!
1F. These guys gave Linux mono.
25. These shiny discs feed money into a bloated media cartel and stifle fair use rights, but you buy them by the millions anyway.
28. Slashdot's top comment poster and story submitter.
2A. These networks "disrupt" artists' cash flows.
2B. Open Source codeword for amphetamines.
2D. RAM type optimized for Extended Data Output on old Pentiums.
2E. Hillary Rosen knows you're just itching to steal Charley Pride's __.
30. A hack to get a kernel designed only to boot off floppy disks to boot off a hard drive.
31. ___ BREAK HEAD WITH OPEN-SOURCE CD!!!
32. Marketers who resort to this tactic are worse than Hitler and should be tortured and killed.
33. This desktop environment kicks GNOME's ass!
35. Microsoft sold off this Unix, and it's gone downhill ever since.
38. An essential e-mail utility for child pornographers and terrorists.
3B. (0A Down)'s lucky number.
3C. It's not Unix, and it shows.
3D. Preface for 90% of Slashdot comments, and 100% of CmdrTaco's personal ads.
3F. Where non-free software goes on your file system.
41. You better mark all the comments as ____ in metamod unless you want to lose karma.
42. This international standards body, no matter what you may think, does NOT read Slashdot.
44. Head bitch of the RIAA.
46. A primitive chat program superseded by AOL Instant Messenger.
49. An online webzine which demonstrated that online subscriptions don't work to everybody except CmdrTaco.
4B. If you moderate in a way CmdrTaco doesn't like, you earn this special database flag.
4C. vi does a poor job of emulating this standard Unix text editor.
4D. To B or not __ _.
4E. You won't get much use out of this text-recognition technology if all you use your scanner for is scanning your ass.
50. The sound Michael's head makes when he's stuffing it up his rectum.
52. Unique index for a whole LIST of babble.
53. The world's best operating system!
54. Father of Methuselah, or old-school Slashdot troll.
55. You don't need to be a Kreskin to predict this operating system's future.
56. Most geeks sleep through this half of the day.
57. This open-source man was Natalie's first.
58. Carly's mission is to steer this company into the ground.
59. mimbleton's favorite subject prefix.
5A. Chewing this might help your babbling problem.
5C. Programming language named after Lord Byron's daughter.
5F. Dead drummer for CmdrTaco's favorite band, or ridiculous Liberal myth.
61. Every Slashdotter's dream is to get one of these.
62. The Firm that is spelling Armageddon for free speech on The Net.
64. These networks are the beginning of Disorganized Crime.
65. Shitty "bitch band" whose leader likes to bitch about the RIAA.
66. The only Adequacy [adequacy.org] editor with a real PhD.
67. I think 7 over 22 is both backwards AND wrong.
68. Mentioning this droid (and others) is what is keeping you from getting laid.
69. Two-letter country code for Oman.
6A. Giving a ____ Necklace involves "coming" on Heidi Wall's bosom.
6B. What people who can't afford Visual Studio use to search text files.
6C. This hacker tool is often used to replace "characters" in "strings".
6D. QueenTaco's maiden name.
6E. The best text editor EVER!
6F. The PDP-11 assembler that thinks it's a programming language.

Down
1. Taco thinks that a purchase of his publicly traded company's services is a ___.
2. The self-centered Windows 9x release after 98SE.
3. 3D Tamagotchi game designed by Peter Molyneux.
4. A crippled Photoshop wannabe.
5. Lock your penis bird in a cage to protect it from this text-outputting animal.
6. Russian Geeks in Space.
7. If your karma surpasses 25, you have this and a problem.
8. Luckily, michael was born too late to join THIS party.
9. If this Slashdot section's color scheme doesn't drive you away, Michael's snotty editorial remarks will.
0A. Suffering cerebral palsy didn't stop him from becoming Surprised by Wealth.
0B. The market leader in megahertz lies.
0C. Statement used to declare variables in Visual Basic.
0D. Media cartel dedicated to protecting Britney Spears from dirty hackers.
10. Once the greatest Karma Whore ever, now a suicidal loser seen only on (33 Down).
13. Game console that bankrupted its parent company because of hackers making free games for it.
16. The only Unix understandable by non-geeks.
18. (40 Down) likes his pages ____.
19. Do many eyes make all bugs shallow, or do too many cooks spoil the broth?
1C. Research? Linux? Software? Whatever!
20. The first step towards failure for Linux companies.
21. Every Slashdotter's duty (except those marked with (4B Across)).
22. Apple's stylish new IP theft device.
23. (43 Down)'s employer.
24. A flaky Open-Source knockoff of (38 Across).
26. ESR's birthday present to RMS.
27. This primitive operating system denies any service to its users.
29. Unique index for a particular piece of babble.
2C. A tasty breakfast treat -- down your pants!
2E. You hit this once you get 50 karma points.
2F. This marketing guy troll sure is dumb!
33. This site is decidedly not Slashdot.
34. An easy way to lose all your karma is to offer your account for sale on this popular auction site.
35. Unfortunately, this famous online Nazi's treatment of the Censorware Project [sethf.com] wasn't just a game.
36. Two-letter country code for the 51st state.
37. A geek's computer is always __.
39. ____, Lover, Aesthete, Programmer. There is no contradiction.
3A. The XP makes it go faster!
3E. The world's worst operating system!
40. The only troll with a freaks list longer than JonKatz'.
41. The OS all the cool people use now that Linux isn't trendy anymore.
43. A top-flight IT consultant who somehow manages to find time in his busy schedule to post to Slashdot.
45. What comes after as(1) and before strip(1) in the C build process.
47. VA Software has the world's worst ___.
48. This Senate bill comes closer to passing every time you go to see Lord of the Rings again.
4A. Legalized child pornography.
4F. What the Greeks went to Delphi for, Geeks go to this state for.
51. The Hellmouth should've eaten you here.
53. This rocker's battle against file-sharing networks won't end until he can Kill 'Em All.
5A. This desktop environment kicks KDE's ass!
5B. This modest and self-effacing troll was one of the first on Slashdot.
5C. You'd have to think different to justify spending money on this company's overpriced products.
5D. A game console which thought it was a full-featured computer system.
5E. Cofounder of Chips 'n' Dips.
5F. It may not have the best sound quality, but at least it's better than Ogg Vorbis.
60. Preface for the 10% of Slashdot comments not prefaced with (3D Across).
63. Apple stole all their ideas from this research group.
64. Bye bye, miss USian ___, drove the Cruiser like some loser who starts posts with a *sigh* ...
65. A dynamically updated list of the biggest losers on Slashdot.
67. Standard programming language implemented by most high-end printers.
6F. This language's lack of bounds checking is responsible for 90% of software security holes out there.

fin

Re:Technology can get you cool prizes! (1)

afree87 (102803) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397788)

BEST. SLASHDOT. POST. EVER.

Re:Technology can get you cool prizes! (2)

swb (14022) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397875)

I'm just curious why the clues weren't included with the PDF file.

Re:Technology can get you cool prizes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3398030)


THIS IS OFFTOPIC. You mod it up now, but it IS being posted as a comment to every story and you WILL get sick of it.

I vow to Meta-Mod you idiots 'Unfair' for this.

Re:Technology can get you cool prizes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3398079)

I bet you don't laugh when you hear a good joke for the first time because you already know that you'll hear it again and again.

fingerprint scanner? (0, Offtopic)

GutBomb (541585) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397673)

is just giving them my name not enough when i want to return a suit? save a few seconds of typing by keeping my fingerprint on file? NO THANKS

Re:fingerprint scanner? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397753)

Did you even read the article? Fingerprint recognition isn't for the customer, its for the management, and I blockquote
The most unusual time-saving feature of the new registers is a fingerprint scanner that lets
managers make returns and exchanges more swiftly because the computer instantly recognizes them. With the old system, employees had to go through several screens and passwords to handle returns.

READ before you bash. (emphasis added by me)

Is it just me (4, Funny)

SchmittHouse (532507) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397687)

...or does the photo of the kids playing in the cul-de-sac outside the window look like a second-rate photoshop job worthy of The Onion [theonion.com] ?

Re:Is it just me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397997)

No, it is not just you. I noticed the exact same thing, and The Onion came instantly to mind.
That kid just doesn't look quite right.

Of course it can! (1, Funny)

Zancarius (414244) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397710)

Of course technology can make money for you. However, using technology in the duplication of monetary bills is considered a crime ;-)

Re:Of course it can! (1)

EverDense (575518) | more than 11 years ago | (#3398123)

I already know how technology can make me money.
What I really want to know is how technology can
help me MAKE MORE MONEY.

Technology Can Be Used AGAINST Employees Too (4, Insightful)

ltsmash (569641) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397718)

The first section in the article discusses Jetblue Airways' efforts to allow employees to work at home. Half of the technology will actually allow an employee to work at home: phone lines to handle calls and dial into the booking system, Laptop computers, etc. On the flip side, the other half of the technology used by employers will make sure that telecommuters actually do work. While some of this is certainly justified, I wonder how far it will be pushed. The author makes practically no mention of this.

Bottom Line: Office-technology is not all-good and wonderful. What about the increasing surveillance of employees? We need to hear about the bad parts too.

Re:Technology Can Be Used AGAINST Employees Too (3, Insightful)

steveha (103154) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397994)

What about the increasing surveillance of employees? We need to hear about the bad parts too.

The traditional way to make sure employees are working is to require them to go to work in an office, where you have managers to crack a whip over them. Do you actually feel that the deal JetBlue is offering its phone agents is worse than this?

It only makes sense to monitor calls to ensure good customer service. Companies will monitor their phone agents even if they force the agents to work in an office. It isn't really any different from retail stores sending "secret shoppers" to shop anonymously at stores to make sure customers are being treated well.

They have only 10% turnover rate. Their employees are happy.

steveha

Re:Technology Can Be Used AGAINST Employees Too (1)

bmetzler (12546) | more than 11 years ago | (#3398132)

On the flip side, the other half of the technology used by employers will make sure that telecommuters actually do work. While some of this is certainly justified, I wonder how far it will be pushed. The author makes practically no mention of this. [...] What about the increasing surveillance of employees? We need to hear about the bad parts too.

Certainly you'd expect that companies would want accountability of their employees, don't you? I certainly couldn't understand what the problem would be with a company calling an employee to verify the quality of service provided. I'd even think they would consider taping calls of real customers, but the technology they are using probably doesn't allow that yet.

Security Concerns. (2)

papasui (567265) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397721)

While this would probably work, I know at my job we put a high price on the security of our information. (I.E. You can bring a personal notebook with you, but if you hook it up to the internal network you'll have the IT department on your ass.) If this involves customer accounts I would be very concerned that someone would be devulging personal information to outside sources as there is no way to truley monitor activity like this without a supervisor occasionally walking through, or other employees around to report unusual behavior. And what about those friendly children that might be more than happy to go play with Mom or Dad's company notebook and lose my resevations or payments. I'd feel better as a consumer knowing that my account was handled in an office enviroment rather than while the customer service rep is on the can.

Re:Security Concerns. (1)

ltsmash (569641) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397768)

Or even better-- if some 9-year old decides to download some random executable files (read Trojan horse) off the internet.

Also, I don't even want to *think* what system administration would be like for this.

Re:Security Concerns. (2, Interesting)

rsatter (265340) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397917)

Jeez its called passwords to a mini/mainframe or agast a web based application. That can minimized unauthorized use by
  • requiring a login
  • user training to lock the computer or app when they step away
  • low time out on the app to lock it.
  • requiring an additional password for committing certain kinds of transactions.
Most corps still require a password when starting an application because
  • You should never assume that the user at the other end is the user logged in.
  • Others with more or less access may need to use your computer for a variety of reasons
  • Because some bad person might just look for that open computer with no one at and pull up applications
As a side note David Neeleman is responsible for ticketless travel and checkin kiosks. And who dragged Southwest screamming and kicking into ticketless. He is a very smart guy and so are the IT guys. I was in a meeting with him back in the mid 90's when he first proposed this exact setup. So I just would like to say way to go Dave.

Re:Security Concerns. (1)

papasui (567265) | more than 11 years ago | (#3398010)

Passwords sure as hell don't stop intentional disclosure of information, being around other people helps to though. You don't think companies would pay serious money for user habits, addresses, and phone numbers so that they can target their marketing? Got news for you, they do and disclosure of confidential material does happen. It could happen more in an uncontrolled enviroment.

*smirks* Not only can Technology make $ (4, Interesting)

RalphTWaP (447267) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397728)

But, if you read the account, a bit of intellectual property made freely available by its creator is partly responsible for one success (the creator's own).

The "Big Foot" mentioned in the snip from the article below is the technology:

His solution: Big Foot, a 1,000-pound, pneumatically controlled, microprocessor-driven grape stomper. Big Foot and its three stainless feet move on a rail system above a dozen tanks, stomping each tank for about 20 minutes, two to three times a day, for about two weeks. "It's so perfect because these plunges are gentle and replicable, whether it's 7 in the morning or 10 at night," says Laurent Montalieu, the head wine maker. Lacroute won't patent Big Foot, preferring to give the specs away. The device is used in wineries in Washington, California and New Zealand.

Now that, that I like, who says you can't make money if you give away your IP. And :) Since I vote with my checkbook (especially if it involves alcohol), I'm off to buy a bottle [willakenzie.com] .

Yes, technology can make your business better. (-1)

Angela Lansbury (568190) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397736)

If it wasn't for cell phones and pdas and the new hip technology of "a paper bag over the head" I would have a damn tough time pimpin' out your mother.

Helen (-1)

YourMissionForToday (556292) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397740)

She likes to be fingered.

Own a computer? (2, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397744)

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This doesn't sound good to me (1)

Spit_Fire1 (247104) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397754)

Another example of that thinking: Neeleman gives all JetBlue pilots and technicians a laptop computer so they can get procedure changes online from the FAA. That way, there's no chance they'll miss a memo

So we'll have pilots playing quake in the cockpit, that doesn't sit well with me.

Re:This doesn't sound good to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3398047)

Just don't 0wn them...then you'll really have problems.

Re:This doesn't sound good to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3398068)

Pilots spend 95% of their time doing nothing.
Like it matters.

Not about technology (5, Insightful)

BurritoWarrior (90481) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397756)

If you look at those varied companies, the underlying theme is not technology, but two words: Customer Service.

If you listen to your customer's needs and wants, you will be successful most of the time. Bad service is the one thing that will drive me away from a company, even if the product/service they are selling is good. There are usually plenty of others selling "good stuff" too.

Exhibits A + B (1)

doorbot.com (184378) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397840)

Bad service is the one thing that will drive me away from a company, even if the product/service they are selling is good.

Exhibit A: RIAA [riaa.org]
Exhibit B: MPAA [mpaa.org]

Imagine that.... (0)

apt142 (574425) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397780)

Giving your employees what they need to get their work done really does help there productivity.

I need to show this to my boss!

Virgin can't seem to understand that 2+2 = 4 (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3397797)

Wow, I love the irony in the section about Virgin Megastores and their kiosks, too bad they can't seem to add very well.
Virgin's stores that allow customers to sample 30-second snippets from a database of approximately 250,000 CDs. The experiment began last year in two of the chain's outlets and was considered a huge success. ... "The biggest problem we have as a music retailer is that we sell a product that is shrink-wrapped," says de Jong. "You can look at it, smell it and see it, but not hear it."
I mean, you wouldn't think that one reason people love to download MP3s is because they like to listen to albums before they purchase them? What a novel idea!

One time... (-1)

Angela Lansbury (568190) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397829)

I lit a candle and put it in my ass and positioned myslef to lay over a park bench so all the wonderful children who were trick or treating could see the wondrous glowing orbs of my ass.

grape smashers want to be free (1)

ajrs (186276) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397833)

In the print copy, the section about the grape smasher mentions that he gave the IP away for free (BSD style). This is direcly oposite the .Net add section.

small business too. (2)

Brigadier (12956) | more than 11 years ago | (#3397883)



I wear two hats in that i'm a CAD/Systems Manager and a Job Captain for an architectural firm. I've also done that in the past. Lately with the advent of DSL many small business can allow internet access to the employees. Funny enough this has allows much retension because other small business that dont have it can't satisfy what many employees are nto used to. Believe it or not but having your own e-mail address means alot to people. also being able to check yrou bills and bank online.

target this (2)

sweet reason (16681) | more than 11 years ago | (#3398041)

a Target credit card embedded with a computer chip, using a card reader that the chain will provide free of charge.

i wonder if this will provide some of the kind of unanticipated opportunities that the CueCat [slashdot.org] did.

Virtual Queing at Theme Parks (3, Interesting)

malibucreek (253318) | more than 11 years ago | (#3398127)

Lo-Q is neat stuff. (I first heard about it here [themeparkinsider.com] .) The whole virtual queing thing is a hot IT topic in theme parks right now. Lo-Q is the most sophisticated system I've seen (Disney's FastPass is the system the public's seen the most, but it's pretty low-tech. Just stick your ticket in a slot and get a reservation time later in the day.)

Yes, it sucks that they are trying to charge for it. But that's Six Flags for you. Always doing stuff on the cheap. I'd love to see a better company, like Universal, Disney or Busch, incorporate this technology. Still, I'd pay a few bucks for the child-locating feature.

One pet peeve: It's always frustrating to see reporters blow simple facts in a story. The is no "Little Mermaid" ride at Universal, since "The Little Mermaid" is a Disney property. Makes you wonder what other "facts" the reporter got wrong. Grrrr.

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