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akwaman
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Re: Skype
akwaman   3/5/2013 10:36:51 AM
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Video conferencing is pretty much free, and this kind of collaboration works just fine, although I find that communicating through text is sometimes more efficient and here is why:

1) Each party is more likely to actually 'listen' to the others' ideas, instead of waiting for person1 to take a breath and blurting out what person2 is thinking.  It is hard to listen to others when you are trying to remember what you are saying.

2) There is no need to waste time with small talk.

3) It is easy to get side-tracked when in a physical voice conversation, but easy to stay on subject with a text conversation

4) More efficient to work at home, because no gasoline needs to be used.  No stress after driving in traffic and then trying to refocus on work. 

5) Letting someone work at home is like giving them a raise, because they spend less on gasoline, insurance and lunches.

6)  You get happier employees and less conversational arguments that waste time and kill efficiency.

7)  There is a record of text conversations that can be useful in many ways.

Of course, it is important that the supervisors keep a close eye on the progress made by home employees.  This can be difficult and more work for the supervisors, but overall, in many cases this work at home is a winner for business.  It is certainly not something for everyone.

Zippy
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Speedometer
Zippy   3/5/2013 11:04:02 AM
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With regard to the speedometer question, this is manufacturing efficiency for the car companies, in that "one size fits all."  As long as you are not Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, etc.  ...

richnass
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Re: Speedometer
richnass   3/5/2013 11:11:29 AM
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Zippy, I disagree. They had them all the same before, but then switched to a speedometer with higher MPH.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Skype
Ann R. Thryft   3/5/2013 1:08:23 PM
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I think the discussion about telecommuting and F2F communication is an interesting one. I've been working remotely for 25 years, and I think it's pretty clearly the wave of the future--heck, it's the wave of the present, especially when combined with freelancing/home businesses, which have grown hugely. Yahoo is arguing against a global trend, one that has liberated many people, including mothers, to work at home. And like Elizabeth, a continent away from the US, I have worked for publications a continent away from me, in Asia. Commuting wastes a lot of time and energy and creates pollution. OTOH, I think occasional F2F meetings in person are a good thing, but so is the intelligent use of tools like Skype. 

bob from maine
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Re: Speedometer
bob from maine   3/5/2013 1:11:29 PM
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RE Speedometers; If your car tachometer with a 5500 RPM red-line is showing 1600 RPM when you are driving 60, then the gee-whiz gizmo makers think your speedometer should be able to display a significant fraction of that maximum theoretical speed. Remember we came from 10 years of car makers installing 100MPH maximum speedo's even though the cars were easily capable of exceeding that "politically correct" number. Telecommuting; Have we heard the whole story on this? There are companies that make you re-apply and re-interview for your job every 3 years (the average life of "new" management). I interpret this as a sensationalized report on a company re-analyzing it's priorities (glad it's not me). Sunspots; Yes, sunspots cause communications disruptions. Radiation emmited during high sun-spot activity often exceeds the design limits of the compnents in satellites and they shut down to prevent damage. Increased cosmic radiation causes changes in the radio frequency propogation characteristics of the atmosphere. Antenna's aimed directly at the sun during the one or two days a season the sun is aligned with that radio path will be overwhelmed. Also, economically, it is much less expensive to blame service interuptions on sunspot activity than it is to upgrade equipment.

Dave Palmer
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Re: Skype
Dave Palmer   3/5/2013 1:57:43 PM
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I think the concept behind the Yahoo policy is that unplanned face to face interaction (water cooler conversations, etc.) can foster innovation and collaboration.

There's a lot to be said for the benefits of this type of interaction, but it doesn't follow from this that nobody should ever telecommute.

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Skype
Cabe Atwell   3/5/2013 3:29:34 PM
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Rich's "You know what grinds my gears"

Sometimes these things need to be discussed.

1.      Did you experience any disruptions? Solar flares, or whatever they were claiming, is a valid concern. Though, wasting paper to let you know is a crime.

2.      I think going from 120 to 160 seems silly for a commuter car. However, I have a few friends who do track racing, and street events too, I think they would like that option. But they all buy aftermarket speedometers that go even higher than 160. Maybe Ford's move is more of an artistic one. Where the needle sits will make people feel better about going 45? Who knows. Why stop there... max speed at 400mph. It just encourages an occasional testing of the needle's maximum.

3.      It depends on the job. Most of the time, it was a waste to go into work to just sit there all day by yourself. I had to drive 1.5 hours to and from a job once. By the time I got there 7am, I had already been up since 4:30am. After a month of this, I was done. I fell asleep constantly at work. There was zero need to be there. If you do everything on your own (most engineering jobs), then staying home is beneficial. Being distracted at work is the biggest contributor to slow development.

Yahoo is struggling to stay afloat. Keeping everyone on the same page and pulling the same cart, to use come clichés, is their only option.

 

Gorski
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Re: Sun outages
Gorski   3/5/2013 4:57:45 PM
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Many utilities try to find excuses for poor service. Your TV provider just found another one. Complain, complain, complain to them. It took 4 years of poor electrical service and many, many complaints by residents here in Glenview, Illinois to improve service. This year we have had NO interruptions. As to the 160 mph speedometer, it'sjust a sales gimmick. Remember when odometers only went up to 99,999? The Japanese added the 6th digit implyingtheir cars lasted longer, Well at on time they did. Now American speedometers have teh 6th digit and do last longer. My last three American cars made it to at least 125,000 miles. Finally, I think a mix of home and office work would make a nice combination.

GORSKI PE

Gorski
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Re: Sun outages
Gorski   3/5/2013 4:57:45 PM
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Many utilities try to find excuses for poor service. Your TV provider just found another one. Complain, complain, complain to them. It took 4 years of poor electrical service and many, many complaints by residents here in Glenview, Illinois to improve service. This year we have had NO interruptions. As to the 160 mph speedometer, it'sjust a sales gimmick. Remember when odometers only went up to 99,999? The Japanese added the 6th digit implyingtheir cars lasted longer, Well at on time they did. Now American speedometers have teh 6th digit and do last longer. My last three American cars made it to at least 125,000 miles. Finally, I think a mix of home and office work would make a nice combination.

GORSKI PE

Zippy
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Re: Speedometer
Zippy   3/5/2013 8:34:11 PM
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Richnass, I think there may have been a period when US automakers were all 120 mph, but Volkswagon Beetles were once at 90mph and Jettas are at 160 mph, so Volkwagon is a little more manic-depressive...   :)

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