It's not just sillicon valley (startup) companies. Many large, world-spanning companies only recently have begun license management in earnest, demanding extensive paperwork for everything they buy from their suppliers to ensure they're not accidentally walking into a PR disaster. And apparently, many suppliers have not really had any license management either, going by the motto nullo actore nullus iudex. Luckily, that is changing in many places now and awareness and sensibility is on the rise.
Technically it's theft. You've cost the rail company money (pittance though it may be) and potentially risked a fire by plugging an unknown device into an electrical socket.
I stopped reading here and I'm seriously hoping you're kidding. "risked a fire"? Seriously?
Guess it depends on where you are, and how good the connections are. I'm in Germany, too, in some small backwater hamlet, and I need to drive to the large city every day. 35 minutes commute by car, two hours (!) by public transport because I'd have to wait 40 minutes in the next bigger town for the connecting train. Plus the bus to take me there only goes once every hour, so I'd have to make damned sure to be at the station on time or I'd lose a lot of time. Hugely inflexible.
Before moving to our current place, I lived in the big city though, and I didn't even bother to get a driver's license because I'd just take the bus or just walk everywhere.
So, with that manager in the way, one who can't really type fast, and has problems understanding IRC, mailing list etiquette, commits, you name it -- isn't going to be comfortable with a system that really doesn't need him.
Sounds to me like that's going to be a problem no matter if you work remotely or not
It has consistently failed to find itself a commercial niche and now there are none left.
Uh you mean like Android phones? Yeah those are a total failure
C'mon, you're not even trying
Working remotely in a software team: simply does not work!
Up until recently I was an independent software development contractor. In the beginning of my career, I was working from home on semi isolated components, and I really hated it. It's very hard to concentrate on anything with all the distractions, you can't talk to anyone (even if it's just bitching about something), you don't get to know what's going on in the company, and when you have as small an apartment as I had back then, it's very hard to "switch off" from work after work, because in my case, my desk and bed were in the same room, and that makes it hard to "switch".
Add to that the obvious problem of constant distractions... but then, you get those in the office, too
You're so cute when you're naive
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