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Comment: Our productivity is falling, monitor employees! (Score 1) 87

by creimer (#49122307) Attached to: Can Tracking Employees Improve Business?

I went through this at one company where software was installed to allow the managers to monitor the Windows desktop of any employee. My manager came running over to remind me that I shouldn't be looking at Amazon on company's time. And then he saw that I had a breakfast burrito from the roach coach in my hand, which meant I was on my break and could damn well look at Amazon. I told him to bugger off.

This was easily defeated because the company next door had an opened wireless access point. We just browsed the Internet on our PDA's (this was ten years ago). Needless to say, with management like this, the company went bankrupt.

Comment: Re:is Sega a failure now (Score 1) 153

by creimer (#49114947) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?

Why compare Sega to Atari? Atari itself doesnt exist, its just a name, its been bought and resold, reused by new companies so many times. No serious original Atari IP remains.

The original Atari disappeared in the 1980's.

French-based Infogrames bought Hasbro Interactive that owned the Atari IP and renamed itself Atari in the 2000's. I worked at the "new" Atari for six years, splitting my time between being a tester and a lead tester. They tried to "converge" with licensed Hollywood properties (i.e., "Enter The Matrix"), gone broke during the dot com bust, and sold all the studios that they paid two to four times what they were really worth. Today they are recycling games from the old Atari IP as mobile games.


Comment: Re:Why Under the Sea? (Score 1) 149

by creimer (#49040739) Attached to: Mooted: An Undersea Link From Finland To Estonia

Is the problem that we don't have the submersible technology, or robotic technology to do the finishing work, or is there something else I'm missing?

Some drunk driving a motorboat with the anchor dragging above the ocean floor will latch on to above ocean floor tunnel, causing a massive leak and/or damaging the boat. This is why it's better to build the tunnel in bedrock.

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -- Wernher von Braun