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Comment Re:Sound pretty stupid (Score 1) 467 467

We once had a plant manager who enforced a strict professional attire for all. He got everyone in the company to wear shirt and tie even when they had to wear safety overalls over the top.

That all changed one day when he was visiting the workshop and got his tie stuck on a piece of rotating equipment (drill press as the story went). After nearly losing his head in the literal sense the dress code was relaxed leaving everyone scratching their heads wondering why a chemical plant with no customer facing positions had a dress code to begin with.

tangentially, that nice tie your doctor wears when he comes in to your hospital room to examine you; saturated with infectious organisms.

Comment Re:It'll sure save HP money, just like Yahoo (Score 1) 467 467

All that remains are the employees who either lack the confidence in their skills to feel that they are employable elsewhere... or those employees who lack the skills.

While I can certainly see how the first one would happen, if one actually lacks the skills to do their job, then shouldn't they have been fired already? Not being productive enough *is* a reason to let someone go.

But they are sharp dressers.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 467 467

And this is what Logic 101 would call a non sequitur.

the more that company cares about having a professional appearance,


and less about professional performance.


They are not mutually exclusive.

The institution I've been with the strictest dress code was the private school I went to - it also had near top national academic performance. The principle was not that people were required to waste time worrying about what they wore, but that people didn't worry about what they wore, as everyone was wearing the same thing: a well-fitting, comfortable, smart uniform.

well of course they are mutually exclusive. "Your rating here will depend 100% on your performance" "Also 100% on your professional clothing". If A + B =100%, yes they are mutually exclusive.

Comment Re: So what? (Score 1) 467 467

The company should fork over some money if the workers have to invest in an entirely new wardrobe.

that's kind of the point. consider: everybody owns a few pairs of jeans. they are affordable, durable, comfortable, and go in the washing machine without problem. they are widely accepted in public places today, and, finally, they are cut so that most people look reasonably good in them.
therefore, obviously, you are not allowed to wear them in the workplace.

Comment Re: So what? (Score 1) 467 467

Business casual doesn't even require suits. A shirt or even a polo shirt is fine. All it requires is basically that you don't look like a hobo.

It's a good idea, because it clues the employees in that whatever the hell they are being paid for and rated on, their actual work is not it.

Comment Re: um...yay? (Score 1) 467 467

Psychology -- the theory being that putting on work clothes puts you into a different frame of mind which is conducive towards work.

Frankly, I think it's BS, but that's the real answer. The HR droids believe (and lots of psychological experiments show) that when people put on certain clothes - especially uniforms - they tend to change their behaviors and thought processes. People who wear their pajamas all day tend to be calmer and lazier. Those who wear suits and ties tend to be more active. Women especially change their emotional states and attitudes in response to what they're wearing.

The reason I call BS is because regardless of whatever lab experiments show, no one knows how specific individuals will respond to such changes - especially in a place where the work is a CREATIVE work. I would think creative minds should be allowed to wear whatever clothing makes them most comfortable so that their minds are free to relax and imagine creative solutions.

Having worked at a business casual call center with casual day Fridays (and even casual weeks at times), I can say that the jeans actually improved the workplace. We were on phones all day talking to irate customers. Anything that helped us relax was helpful to everyone.

I hate business attire. I'd wear t-shirts, jean shorts, and sandals every day of my life if I could... heck, maybe gym shorts if they didn't look horrendous.

Companies that don't have customer-facing personal contact should drop the BS. Clothing rules should reflect workplace safety and avoid offensive content -- and maybe also reduce distractions for other workers.... but, I say some distractions at work are healthy.

office workers need to wear suits, because they are impotent and should dress important.

Comment Re:um...yay? (Score 1) 467 467

Well - if you start to push dress code at a work place it's a sure sign of that work place going down. There are more important issues to take care of for HP. And IBM also have serious problems.

At least as long as you dress reasonably well I don't see a problem.

dress code:
1) if you're working with something hot that spatters like a welder or a frying pan, you need to wear clothes.
2) that's all i got

Comment Re:um...yay? (Score 1) 467 467

Seriously, Political Correctness is fine and cute, but when it gets to getting shit done, it's time to stop the silly games and concentrate on what really matters.

PC always had a "you're screwed if you don't toe the line" attitude. It was never fine and cute. It has always been about social control.

You guys are aware we're talking about business dress codes, right? "T-shirts, baseball caps, short skirts, low cut dresses and sportswear all being banned."

Comment Re:potentially (Score 1) 158 158

"Because infotainment systems processed DAB data to display text and pictures on car dashboard screens, he said, an attacker could send code that would let them take over the system.

Once an infotainment system had been compromised, he said, an attacker could potentially use it as a way to control more critical systems, including steering and braking."

Well, yeah.

Normally it's not that easy. Sure, the car stereo sits on a can bus with nice information (ACC, backing signals to turn on the back camera, speed information so the volume can be automatically adjusted, etc). But it's not on the vital CAN bus (at least not on most cars).

But yes, it's an entrance point. So is the 3g/wifi receiver in the stereo, or the bluetooth connection to the handsfree that it can do.

But you would have to:

1. crack an entrance point to the stereo (any of the above) 2. control the stereo CAN transmitter (if it has one) 3. using that CAN to crack an entrance point to another system that talks to a vital CAN bus 4. control that system enough to transmit CAN on the vital bus 5. and then use this system to send bad messages to brakes or steering

and all cars use different firmware with different security holes and different CPUs. But with enough research you could probably crack a specific vulnerable car model.

Cracking modern airplanes seems easier, actually.

That settles it then, I am not going to root my Range Rover.

Comment Re:Can't be true (Score 1) 174 174

The New York Times told me that a A Sharp Spike in Honeybee Deaths Deepens a Worrisome Trend only two months ago.

So we have the Globe and Mail along with the UN and Stats Canada up against the NYT and the "Bee Informed Partnership". Meaning the old "consider the source" adage isn't really up to the challenge....

Well, geez; if you want them to stop dying stop sticking them with a sharp spike!!! idiots!

Comment Re:Not acupuncture (Score 1) 159 159

Prophets use the same technique. Say something sufficiently vague, find a sufficiently credible audience, and all of a sudden you can't help but be right.

The Chinese concept of chi doesn't really match mitochondria very well. Except in very specific cases, mitochondria don't flow anywhere, and they aren't energy. The energy that does flow is in the form of glucose in the blood, and you can't change it much, nor the functioning of the mitochondria, by traditional methods of affecting chi.

Or Midi-chlorians

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. - Oscar Wilde