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Comment The way you ask it? Yes. (Score 1) 387

The way you ask it, it sounds as if you say: Should I be fired if I used the time the company pays me to do something else, like sitting in a bar or doing my second job.

The answer is "hell yes". There is no reason not to. It is called company time for a reason. Even in socialist Europe you will be fired for that.

I can turn the question around: If you hire me to do some work in your house, would you be ok if I cleaned the next doors swimming pool during that time?

The way it is asked has nothing to do with IT. Just because you add "on the Internet" does not change anything.

Comment Re:Plan to succeed or plan to fail... (Score 1) 546

So of 100 people 50 people needed to be paid for 5 years. That is 250 People Years (PY)
So each of those 100 had to pay 2.5PY in advance with the chance of getting it back.

Now the average is 75-80. Let us take 75. That means 100 live 10 years. That is 1000PY. That means the cost has 4 folded. Double the time for double the people. And that is if all people still work till that point in time.

So yes, it is much more expensive, The thing is that many people will say that is will be better if you pay for it yourself, but the thing is, most people do not know when they are going to die. So if you are unlucky and live to be 115, like my greataunt, you will not have enough and die a horrible death in poverty.

The thing is that some people thought it was a great idea to see if it was possible to make these amounts larger and invested with them and lost. A pension should not be investment money. Investment money is money you can afford to loose.

Comment Re:Correcting myself (Score 1) 730

In a normal country the worst that should happen is a letter that says that they can not accept his letter, because he can not be stating he is an engineer and he should resend it without the title.
A second letter could have been an official warning not to use the title.
A third letter would be a fine.

The same would be true if he would send in a letter about illness and stating he is a doctor. Or if you state that you are a woman of color while you are actually white, or gender fluid, while you are actually an idiot.

First a request, next a warning, next a fine.

Comment Re:Patriot (Score 1) 199

The right to privacy is a given, If you do not have that, all the other rights mean fuck all.

It is like the right to eat what you like. Just because it isn't written does not mean it isn't there.

On a side note: these rights only mean something if they are enforced. If they are not enforced they also mean nothing. How can they not be enforced? By not having any consequences if it is broken.

Comment Re:What's changed? (Score 2) 312

Assumptions are made in real life as well. You see somebody walking into a store and you will have an opinion about that person. Be it positive or negative. (You never get a second chance on a first impression)

Sometimes you will even have an opinion about somebody before you see them.
e.g. you are told to have a meeting or an interview with the manager of the IT department of company X. You have never met that person, but you will already have an opinion about that person. That will than be adapted when you see the moment you see that person. You get a handshake. You hear the person say his name, so you hear his voice. He sits down and you will base your opinion on all those things.

You will even adapt your own behavior to this. And he will do the same with you and adapt his behavior to yours.
In a way it is like a modem syncing.

On Social media you have WAY less information to base your opinion. That means you will have less opportunities to correct your opinion. iow: Your syncing does not work.

So you get the idea that people disagree with you more than in real life. In real life you might disagree on subject X, but you might agree on what clothes to wear on what beer you drink or other things.
So the dislike will go from 100 to 75 to perhaps even 40. I am sure everybody knows people they disagree with on some or even many subjects and still like.

How do I know this? Because it is not something new. When Usenet was still a thing, I was on Usenet. We had a new cow orker who on his first day started telling how he disliked this idiot houghi on Usenet.
Everybody became silent and I started asking him why. He explained why and I was baffled that he had such an idea of me. Somebody said that I, in fact, was not only his supervisor, but also houghi,

I thought it was funny.
We have later talked about that a few times and that is how I cam to the above conclusion. It was interesting to see how his first impression of real me changed his idea of Usenet me almost instantly.

Other places where I have seen this was doing bug reports and several months later meeting those people in person.

Comment Re:This just proves (Score 1) 167

Of the several companies, there where software companies as well as the IT departments in all the companies I have worked and have visited.

I see it as just one of the differences between the US and Europe. Europeans prefer open space. Americans prefer cubicles. Obviously not all on either side.

Perhaps it is just that people do not like change and will "like" what they are used to. You need to make clear when you do not want to disturbed and that means scary human interaction.

Comment Re:This just proves (Score 1) 167

If you think that the first time I saw this the first time where my father worked in what must have been 1975 or so. That was also not a startup. It wasn't even an Internet company. Just boring metal industry.

To me cubicles is counter-productive bullshit to give people the idea they have their own office, while it is absolutely not the case that many employees swallow.

I even have experienced one place where they had semi-cubicles. I had them removed. The people moaned the first week, because people do not like change. I then asked if they wanted them back and the majority (80% or so) said no.
The advantages according to the people:
1) They have much more spaces or at least it felt as if their desks where larger.
2) The was way less noise as you could see if somebody was busy and not bother them
3) Less walking around to see if people where busy and walk back if they where not, so more productivity
4) More interaction with other people, resulting in a better understanding and less stress

Disadvantages according to the people
1) Less place to hang up personal things
2) People can see what you are doing (take that as you will)
3) I do not have my "office" anymore and feel less important

I another place it was asked if people wanted cubicles or not. They where allowed to make a selection themselves. Again the majority went with no cubicles. This was a new building with a new space. Again around 75-80% in favor.

The reason it was asked in the first place was because the 25% was demanding it and the rest was silent. This made it look as if the majority was for it. If the people would have wanted it, they would have bought the things and installed them.

At yet another company in another country I closely followed the movement to a new building. The same happened there. There people went from a building where all ofiices where rather smaller (4-8 people in an office) to one with much larger offices and the general consent was that they where happy to be more among the people they work together with.

So yes, in Europe the general idea is that people like to be working in an open plan. Perhaps because they are not ;there for 80 hours a week for 52 weeks for the most time.

Anecdotal: I have also received my own office once due to my function. I left the company partly because of that.

As far as I see, 25% of the people in Europe disagree. I can imagine that here on /. this percentage would be much, much, much higher.

Comment Re:This will only work ... (Score 1) 70

I would assume they will have two of them. If both fail at the same time, it will already be a very clear indication of where to look. You could even include something so you see the difference between a manual shutdown or a complete failure.
And the moment one turns off, you will have a high alert situation. If both turn off, you have a all hand on deck situation right away. And the people getting that alert are not on that plane.

From there on it would not be too hard to have procedures in place to take the best action.
Both at the same time: Most likely a crash
Both disabled manually: Highjacking situation ...

Comment Re:This just proves (Score 1) 167

The number 6 I do not understand. In all the places I worked fort where open plan. This was in several sectors and both in new and in old companies.

I think that in Europe it is much more standard. Most of the time it is semi-open. Meaning that it is per department or sub-department of 5-50people. So not everybody in one hall, but also not everybody in his own box.

It had nothing to do with startups.

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