If you have an on-call rotation, then put a dev and an op guy on call at the same time. Have your ops+devops guys rotate on 1-2 week shifts between support and writing tools for the ops and dev teams to improve things. Include your ops guys at the meetings at the beginning of any project.
This has already happened to some university researchers who used proprietary software for research that required yearly licensing or platforms that are no longer supported by university IT staff. Even better, the company may have gone out of business or the software has been discontinued.
Why are we just discussing IT professionals?
We're discussing IT professionals because there is an overtime exemption for IT professionals, and IT professionals are heavily represented on Slashdot.
I'm ambivalent about keeping or dropping cursive writing, but what will we use to replace cursive signatures on hard-copy legal documents?
Here is a prime example of gerrymandering. It's the 12th congressional district of North Carolina:
The district was deliberately drawn to increase the odds of getting a minority congressman. The district follows the Interstate 85 highway.
In North Carolina, USA, There was a surprising opponent to year-round schooling. It was the tourism industry.
What? What planet are you living on? There is no insurance requirement to get a drivers license, and no requirement for a drivers license for that matter. Most states will require you to have insurance in order to register your car, but that is not the same thing as having Drivers License or State ID.
Care to retract your fabrication and start over?
Insurance requirements vary by state.
You are required to have liability insurance to get a driver's license in the state of North Carolina, USA. This is a requirement even if you don't own a vehicle. You may get a state ID card without insurance. The liability insurance follows the person, not the car. For example, if person A drives persons B's car into person C's car, then person A's liability insurance covers C's car, but not B's. Person A & B's insurance companies would have to figure out who covers the damage on person B's car.
... Frankly, I'd be far more concerned about a coup from within than a bunch of moonshine-laden rednecks who have watched too many Dukes of Hazard episodes.
I'll take those rednecks over some of the "civilized" people.
If you're a user of an open source project, how do you tell if the technical debt is increasing or decreasing?
North Carolina claims "first in flight", and has that phrase on the license plates, and South Carolina does not. Please don't confuse North Carolina with South Carolina.
Talk to the participants beforehand. Ask about their pain points. Put up a survey with a few ideas for a presentation, then do the one with the most votes. See what the audience wants to hear. Show them stuff that will make their jobs easier.
Use a common license manager like FlexNet (FlexLM) from Macrovision. Another alternative is Sentinel. Most of the big commercial packages use it. You can license the software per computer, per seat, concurrent or time-limited. It's your choice.
You overlooked a third option: The company sees that you aren't over-worked enough and want to work more, so they just make you work more hours per week.
I wonder how long before people start investing in awnings, nets, kites, balloons and other devices that can hide what's happening on the ground?
I don't like mark-to-market. Even these billionaires need income. I would guess that their income comes from dividends. Let's just tax the dividends at the normal income tax rate. The different dividend tax rate is a large part of why billionaires pay less in taxes.