Well first of all, I think a video blog is definitely an efficient and user-friendly way of getting some points across and fostering discussions on topics, so I like the format, Rich.
Secondly, I wanted to comment on your opinion about home employees. I think you have a good point, even though I work remotely and there is no way I could possibly even commute to the office form where I am! But I do think employees working together does inspire more collaboration and someimtes people come up with better ideas; that has been my experience.
Then again, I have worked in offices as a journalist where people didn't speak to each other much at all, since our jobs can be quite solitary when you really are working on a story and have to chat with sources and write privately.
But I know personally I wouldn't mind working in person with people, but it's not really an option. I also think there should be a balance and not an edict completely against working from home. Working from home sometimes makes sense and actually sometimes people can get more work done in isolation rather than in a busy office where it's easy to get caught up in idle chatter. So in essence, I, too, see both sides.
gauges of a car are often arranged so that when everything is normal, most the lines are pointing in essentially the same direction. this makes it easy to notice when, say, your water temp is skyrocketing.
I didn't know about the sunspots, either, Al. I do know about lousy service, though, which is what I get from my Internet supplier here in the Chicago area. To add to what Rich said about home employment, I might add that the lousy Internet service makes it hard to be a home employee.
@richnass: Your cable company isn't pulling your leg. Sun outages are a real problem with geosynchronous satellites. They occur when the earth, the satellite, and the sun are arranged in a straight line. The signal from the sun (which emits radiation across a wide range of frequencies, not just visible light) overwhelms the signal from the satellite. This happens twice a year, first around the spring equinox (later this month) and again around the fall equinox (in September).
As far as 160 mph speedometers go, this puts normal U.S. highway speeds right in the middle of the dial, which reduces the amount you need to lower your eyes to read the speedometer.
Regarding Yahoo's policy, I agree that there's no substitute for physical presence. That being said, there needs to be some flexibility for employees. I'm not sure that a total ban on telecommuting is the best idea. But telecommuting should not be the norm, either.
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