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Comment Re:This is seriously up to for debate..? (Score 1) 380

If we're devolving into stories like this...a project of mine was once suspended for about a week because of a contract dispute with the customer. During this time we were told explicitly not to work on the project, not to work on any other project, but come to work and stay there during working hours anyway. And this was early 1980s so I don't even think Usenet was much of an entertainment source.

Comment Re:Contract negotiation... (Score 1) 316

Nope, I simply did good work and got successive significant pay rises as a result. Never threatened to leave, never felt the need to job hunt. When I did hand my notice in, I actually left, no threats involved.

You never explicitly threatened to leave, no. (And you seem to have a very strong reaction to the word "threat" here.) But...come on. The only reason employers pay anyone at all is because if they don't, you won't work for them. And I'm sure, they love the fact that you seem to think that holding out the prospect of not working for them is morally offensive.

More generally: what you're describing is the fact that you were able to get a large enough piece of the pie that they allocate for salaries. Your "opponent", in this case, was your co-workers. Strikes, generally, are about getting management to make the pie bigger. The writers aren't striking so that Aaron Sorkin or whoever can get a better deal; they're striking so that all the writers get more money when a series gets sold to Netflix.

Comment Re:A Perfect Illustrationk (Score 1) 295

I tried to get my mother (in her 80s but, for all that, pretty tech-friendly) Netflix for her birthday, which with her 8-year-old not-Smart flatscreen would have meant a Roku box. After I explained it (for the 5th time in my life, I think), she finally announced "I don't want that stuff on my TV. It's too much." Calling it "just a computer" would not have helped. In this case, I think if it didn't require a change of HDMI input when using it she might have gone for it.

Also, even with the Chromecast, you have to control it from your mobile device or computer, and now for some people that's an entire different category of complexity from using a cable remote.

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