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Comment Re:The popularity of open offices has exacerbated (Score 1) 290

A cube farm would be a luxury to what we get in Australia; when I started my current role, the norm was half-height walls between everyone, which you could just see over.

Shortly after that, a new manager of a team that we worked closely with decided it would be a wonderful idea to remove those walls so that the teams could work "even more closely together". I made it very clear that if they did that to me, I would not be hanging around.

Sadly, since then, all of those relatively large desks have been replaced with smaller desks, and a much shorter wall between them.

I can't remember the last time I saw a cube-farm anywhere in Australia.

Comment Re:Yeah, Right (Score 1) 258

I still fail to see how this is automatically a bad thing just because business is adapting to employee needs.

This isn't employee needs, this is employer wants. Companies should stop thinking up bullshit "perks". Screw company cars (don't drive, don't want one), gym memberships (I can walk and run in the park for free), child care (for fuck's sake, bring up your own children). If it wasn't for the money, we wouldn't be there. I can think of far better things to do with my time than deal with the ridiculous compliance procedures that almost every job in the Western kills its employees' morale with now.

My point is, that inflation happens every year (save for those rare occasions of deflation), so you need to get a pay rise or equivalent every year, or you're going backwards. So for every year you don't get a pay rise, you need to get more and more days off that year.

Comment Re:The MBA's mind (Score 1) 258

So presumably that's extra vacation days every year (eg, 5 extra in year one, 10 extra in year two and so on...) until you reach the point where you don't work at all and they're still paying you the same salary they were in year zero?

Because if it isn't like that, you're getting screwed on inflation, without the raise.

Comment Or... (Score 1) 400 could just replace buses with trams or trains, because people like those and will travel on them if they're built.

Everyone hates buses, because they are an inferior mode of transport compared to rail.

Comment I much prefer... (Score 4, Interesting) 278

...the way pedestrians act in Boston and New York: total chaos. People wander across the street randomly, and drivers are very aware that this is going to happen, so they slow down. It made for a much more pedestrian-friendly environment there than on the west coast, where cars travel far too fast and pedestrians are timid and restrained.

Nearly got knocked over when crossing - legally - at a pedestrian crossing in Berkeley, and a driver refused to stop and I had to jump out of the way.

Comment Autoupdating is the biggest problem. (Score 5, Interesting) 45

The really bad thing about Chrome is the way it is impossible to stop extensions from automatically updating.

An extension can be perfectly good, when first installed, but if the author goes rogue, has a security breach or just sells the extension to a third party, there is no way to stop it from automatically updating.

Comment Re:It's only worth it (Score 1) 237

if you can afford it. I don't know anyone who takes public transportation if they don't have to. A drive that takes me 30 minutes by Car used to take a legally blind buddy of mine 90. Try spending 3 hours a day on a smelly bus with cheap, uncomfortable seats.

Hi. Nice to meet you. I'm the person who will always take public transport in preference to a taxi, despite the fact that I can easily afford the taxi.

I don't care how much money I have, $15 for a trip from the centre of Melbourne to my inner city suburb is a complete rip-off.

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