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(Newser)   If you're reading this while at work, watch out: Doing so could someday become a federal offense   (newser.com) divider line 15
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2012-12-12 04:14:58 PM
3 votes:
That's what your phone is for. And don't connect to their wireless. I mean if I was to do such a thing, which I do not.
2012-12-12 09:00:17 PM
1 votes:

doczoidberg: they have a web blocker that won't allow you tube, facebook, or any gaming or streaming media sites.


Yeah, I'd go ape in that environment. I don't FARK much at work, but I'll have Pandora (or other music sites) streaming all day, and I won't hesitate to stream a sporting event on one of my monitors if I'm especially caught up on my work. 

The fact I get along with the IT guys and kiss ass to mgmt in other ways helps buy a leash for that kind of thing.
2012-12-12 08:53:10 PM
1 votes:

storm16: You know, you really can't expect workers to be completely focused for 8 hours a day. You need a mental break. I work in the IT field, and you have to give your employees some "mental floss" time. Otherwise, they would burn out much more quickly. After all, don't doctors say you should take a few mintes break every hour?

It's like, for example, suing an employee who does physical labor for stopping to stretch his back or work out a cramp or whatever. That said, I don't condone people who slack off the entire day. I remember when I was a contractor for a government agency, they were hell on contractors. But there was a government employee in the cube across from me who daily would come in, read his newspaper, go to a 2 hr lunch, then come back and nap until time to go home.

Hopefully, it won't gain much traction, as the first few companies who try it will find that they have trouble hiring and retaining employees.


Worked for a company that terminated you for surfing and labeled it as stealing or theft of resources.
2012-12-12 08:39:23 PM
1 votes:
Fark makes me happy, and thus more likely to get along with my team at work. It's for the company.
2012-12-12 08:28:28 PM
1 votes:
It does kinda depend on the industry you work in. We have completely unfettered internet access at my job mainly because the sales department (which I'm not a part of) is openly encouraged to look anywhere and everywhere for leads.

That said, of course there's plenty of retards who befriend damn near the entire company on Facebook, and then post an update along the lines of "lol I surfed Craigslist for a couch instead of working today", and will inevitably be surprised they might get a talking to about it.
2012-12-12 08:13:11 PM
1 votes:
You know, you really can't expect workers to be completely focused for 8 hours a day. You need a mental break. I work in the IT field, and you have to give your employees some "mental floss" time. Otherwise, they would burn out much more quickly. After all, don't doctors say you should take a few mintes break every hour?

It's like, for example, suing an employee who does physical labor for stopping to stretch his back or work out a cramp or whatever. That said, I don't condone people who slack off the entire day. I remember when I was a contractor for a government agency, they were hell on contractors. But there was a government employee in the cube across from me who daily would come in, read his newspaper, go to a 2 hr lunch, then come back and nap until time to go home.

Hopefully, it won't gain much traction, as the first few companies who try it will find that they have trouble hiring and retaining employees.
2012-12-12 08:11:21 PM
1 votes:

Makh: That's what your phone is for. And don't connect to their wireless. I mean if I was to do such a thing, which I do not.


Heck, I brought my own laptop and tethered to my phone. First EDGE, then 3G. Then I got a WiMax hotpsot from Clear. There's no reason to be mixing personal and business stuff.
2012-12-12 07:54:35 PM
1 votes:
Dear FCC:
I am a self-employed business attorney, who caught myself surfing Facebook while at work last year. I hired myself to sue myself, and won, but decided against firing myself because I didn't want to risk a counter-suit. I still won a substantial cash judgment however. The problem is that the award was more than I had and it bankrupted me. So I had to file bankruptcy, and now my wages are garnisheed and a substantial portion of my paychecks are sent to myself every week to satisfy the judgment against me. Understandably, my bank was very confused at first, with money transferring back and forth from account to account all week long. I explained it to them and they seem to be satisfied that nothing illegal is going on. With the constant bank activity and positive balances, my credit rating (previously in the tank as a result of the bankruptcy) has shot back up to over 860...higher than it was before suing myself! So I just thought I would take a moment to write and say thanks on behalf of lawyers everywhere. This piece of legislation will keep us in the catbird seat for many years to come.

Sincerely,
A. Shyster, attorney
2012-12-12 07:41:09 PM
1 votes:

Makh: That's what your phone is for. And don't connect to their wireless. I mean if I was to do such a thing, which I do not.


The sad thing is in my office the ATT reception is spotty. But it's still good enough for me to do everything I want on my phone. I'm amazed at how many people use their work computers to shop online send out personal emails, etc. One guy had so many personal emails that when he left the company he asked IT to save his personal emails to a DVD and mail it to him. The IT people were irritated with him because it was gigs of email data they had to get but he wasn't even working for us anymore.

But my job isn't all that bad, when I consider the time I somehow accidentally emailed my boss a two girls one cup link. She had no idea what she was looking at, but she did not fire me. Just gave me a serious talking to.
2012-12-12 07:40:47 PM
1 votes:
If you're reading this while at work, watch out: Doing so could someday become a federal offense, LiveScience reports.

And if my aunt someday had a sex-change operation she could hypothetically become my uncle, too.
2012-12-12 07:38:50 PM
1 votes:
If your hours are billable to a DoD project it already is.
2012-12-12 07:38:31 PM
1 votes:
That article is total crap

FTA:some appeal courts have already ruled that things like accessing social media constitute a violation of CFAA, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently took a narrower interpretation of the law in a case involving the employee of an executive recruiting firm who was trying to set up a competing business.

That's quite different than reading an article.
2012-12-12 07:35:32 PM
1 votes:
To criminalize textual mind/speech. A good idea?

No. Is this America?
2012-12-12 05:33:10 PM
1 votes:
If I couldn't read Fark at work, I would probably go on a murder spree on my co-workers. Those insufferable bastads drive me crazy.

Plus being a state employee, how else am I going to waste my time?
2012-12-12 04:50:45 PM
1 votes:
I wonder if you could argue that, by not blocking (for example) Fark.com, the company is giving implicit permission for its staff to waste an entire day arguing with dumb-asses on the politics tab?
 
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