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Comment Re:Open Office Failure (Score 1) 272

Depends. I may turn around and talk with them (I have several bosses, and I'm a low level manager). They might see spreadsheets, documents, or email. Or they might see me surfing /. while I eat breakfast or lunch.

All that said, it simply shouldn't matter, as long as I'm getting the job done, and not abusing the company's surfing policies, or claiming time that I didn't actually work.

Comment Another Faulty Study (Score 1) 249

You don't just ask people what class they fall'll get inaccurate results. How many "rich" people volunteer in a group of 61?...or even 400.

There are regional and generational differences...the article didn't say if the experiment occurred in just one location or if they experimented in a variety. Or, did they consider the age of the participants.

Also, it's quite possible there's another explanation. There's plenty of prior work showing that more successful people are able to assess things more quickly than less successful. But no, let's jump to the SJW conclusion. Empathy has been shown to be a trait of successful people as well...

Comment Re:Open Office Failure (Score 1) 272

Even cheaper is an open office with unassigned seating at less capacity than the workforce total. Since not everyone is in every day, they figure they don't need one desk per one person. You just pack people in at the next available spot.

"Hoteling" has at least already gotten a bad reputation among many major companies that have tried it. I can name several that have experimented with, and given up on it.

Comment Open Office Failure (Score 4, Insightful) 272

The popularity of these among upper management is typically because of cost or control reasons. They're much cheaper than closed offices, and management can walk by to see exactly what you're doing. Typical penny wise & pound foolish mentality. The constant interruptions that occur end up costing them much more in the long run. And if this is how they think they need to see what people are doing, they fail at being managers. It's simple enough to give people tasks with milestones, and monitor their progress. I'm fortunate in that I'm able to work from home periodically. I get much more accomplished there because the only interruptions are from the phone or the doorbell. That said, I don't want to give up the face to face discussions that happen in the break room and hallways at work.

Submission + - Clinton Foundation works with Big Pharma to keep the price of US AIDS drugs high (

Okian Warrior writes: A newly released Podesta E-mail explains how the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) works to keep the price of AIDS medicines high in the US.

CHAI contracted with Big Pharma companies for AIDS drugs to be distributed in developing countries. In return, the group agreed to resist efforts to bring similarly lower cost and generic drugs to the US.

The email is a reaction to "comments President Clinton made on lowering domestic AIDS drugs prices at the World AIDS day event":

We have always told the drug companies that we would not pressure them and create a slippery slope where prices they negotiate with us for poor countries would inevitably lead to similar prices in rich countries.

[...] If we do try to do something in this area, we suggest that we approach the innovator companies that can currently sell products in the US with the idea of making donations to help clear the ADAP lists. For a variety of reasons, the companies will likely favor a donation approach rather than one that erodes prices across the board.

[...] I would guess that they would also likely favor a solution that involved their drugs rather than an approach that allowed generic drugs from India to flood the US market at low prices or one that set a precedent of waiving patent laws on drugs. ... We can go to war with the US drug companies if President Clinton would like to do so, but we would not suggest it.

Submission + - 'Calibration error' changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois ( 1

Okian Warrior writes: Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan: “I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

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