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Comment Re:Old News? (Score 1) 504

>>>Washington Times. Its the newspaper equivalent of Fox News.

That's a nice opinion, but it doesn't explain why we should ignore the article the Times printed You committed an Ad Hominem Fallacy. Example: "Paula says the umpire made the correct call, but this can't be true, because Paula is a liar." Assuming the premise is correct, that Paula's observation is probably a lie, the umpire may nonetheless have made the right call. Likewise Washington Times' article may still be a worthy article, and you've failed to explain why it isn't.

Someone else wrote:

>>>what's wrong with surfing porn at work?

Same thing that's objectionable about hanging a bikini calendar in your office. Some women find this objectionable and will file a lawsuit about "creating an unfriendly workplace" or some such. Therefore both the calendar and the porn are verboten. Of course it's not just women. Back in the days of Wang computers I saw a lot of jokes pasted to bulletin boards about male coworkers or husbands, and the size of the their Wangs.

Getting back to the article, it sounds like it was a more serious problem than just one or two visits to a site:
- "One foundation employee...during a three-week period in June 2008, the worker perused hundreds of pornographic Web sites" (bored from lack-of-work perhaps?)
- "Another employee in a different case was caught with hundreds of pictures, videos and even PowerPoint slide shows containing pornography."
- "Another employee who stored nude images of herself on her computer told investigators she mistakenly had downloaded the pictures."
- "The foundation is hardly the only government agency to be embarrassed... The inspector general for the SEC noted in a report last fall that it had recently conducted three investigations into employees who misused government computers to view pornography."

The remarkable thing is the lack of punishment. The first two employees merely got a 2-week suspension without pay. Oh no. Horror. The woman received mandatory counseling, and the senior exec who surfed 300+ days apparently got no punishment - just an early retirement. If I did this on my private job I'd get FIRED. I should forget private engineering and instead study public policy to land myself a nice cushy job in government.

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