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The Almighty Buck

+ - Bring back the 40-hour work week.->

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Barbara, not Barbie
Barbara, not Barbie writes "From AlterNet

overtime is only effective over very short sprints. This is because (as Sidney Chapman showed in 1909) daily productivity starts falling off in the second week, and declines rapidly with every successive week as burnout sets in. Without adequate rest, recreation, nutrition, and time off to just be, people get dull and stupid. They can't focus. They spend more time answering e-mail and goofing off than they do working. They make mistakes that they'd never make if they were rested; and fixing those mistakes takes longer because they're fried. Robinson writes that he’s seen overworked software teams descend into a negative-progress mode, where they are actually losing ground week over week because they're so mentally exhausted that they're making more errors than they can fix.

For every four Americans working a 50-hour week, every week, there's one American who should have a full-time job, but doesn't. Our rampant unemployment problem would vanish overnight if we simply worked the way we're supposed to by law.

We will not turn this situation around until we do what our 19th-century ancestors did: confront our bosses, present them with the data, and make them understand that what they are doing amounts to employee abuse — and that abuse is based on assumptions that are directly costing them untold potential profits

Sound familiar?"
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Canada

+ - CBC launches music streaming service->

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Barbara, not Barbie
Barbara, not Barbie writes "Whether it's rock, pop, top 40 or moldy oldies, CBC just started streaming 40 different music stations. You don't have to sign up, but if you do you can bookmark individual songs ...

Some music streams are all-Canadian content, others a mix of Canadian and international. Some have additional commentary, some just stream music continuously with no interruptions. Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Coldplay, The Clash, Melissa Ethridge, Victoria Duffield, Deftones, Machine Head, Bruce Springsteen ... it's not your grandma's CBC."

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Canada

+ - "No math degree" law for cell phones in Manitoba->

Submitted by Barbara, not Barbie
Barbara, not Barbie (721478) writes "Tired of cell-phone contracts that have hidden cancellation fees or require a math degree to figure out? Manitoba has passed a law that requires the following:

Customers can cancel a contract before end of term, a ban on unreasonable cancellation fees and unilateral contract changes, minimum monthly cost to be included in advertisements, no charges while defective equipment is out of service unless it's your fault, and limits to automatic renewals.

Hopefully the law will "go viral" with politicians looking for a way to please disgruntled voters."

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Bug

+ - Bedbugs transmit drug-resistant bacteria->

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Barbara, not Barbie (721478) writes "The CBC News is reporting that researchers have found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in blood-sucking bedbugs found on several patients

"The resistant bacteria were methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE).

"Because of the insect's ability to compromise the skin integrity of its host, and the propensity for S. aureus to invade damaged skin, bedbugs may serve to amplify MRSA infections in impoverished urban communities."

This is one itch you don't want to scratch!"

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