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  • Apple employee petition demands flexibility against return-to-office policy

    rcomeau said:

    Not everything is measurable and companies that reply too much on measuring usually don't do anything creative. A lot of the benefits of being in person in groups are the random conversations that spark the ideas that changes things. KPIs (key performance indicators) are overrated.
    Yeah. It's incredible that people don't understand that WFH arrangements will quickly descend into a dystopia of automated performance metrics where your boss is an algorithm and you can't even talk to a human. It would basically turn programming for Apple into working in a call center or Amazon warehouse. Gross.
  • Apple employee petition demands flexibility against return-to-office policy

    mac_dog said:
    Spoiled brats? I don’t know about this, as I don’t know the particular people involved. I’m glad some of you do. 
    If you want to be paid but don't want to do your job, then yes, you are a spoiled brat. That's enough info to make that determination. And yes, showing up is part of your job if your boss says it's part of your job. You don't get to pick and choose what your job is. Unless, of course, you are a spoiled brat.
    I agree this should be handled with immediate managers. They would take the responsibility if their division fails to meet productivity requirements. They should be required to prove their increased productivity from home vs office. Simple enough to do and it’s measurable. 
    Doing a good job is about more than how many lines of code you write. It's also about the effect you have on your team. If you get your project finished and then spend your free time on slack organizing mobs to attack colleagues you've never met in real life over stuff they wrote 10 years ago, then you are dragging your team down no matter what your performance metrics say. That also goes for people making petitions. 
    Both sides should be open to the scrutiny that’s required to make this a fair arrangement. 
    Apple is open to you finding work elsewhere. There is plenty. Totally fair that that if you don't want to do a job you should quit that job.

    Ultimately, Ventura and iPad OS 14 are likely the most lackluster updates ever for the respective platforms. The laziness lack of group cohesion caused by WFH is on full display. Apple couldn't even be bothered finding a picture of Monterrey or Ventura for the wallpaper. That's called calling it in and its emblematic of the whole Ventura release.
  • Apple design team shows off 'quiet and calming' Apple Park

    DAalseth said:
    Cathedrals were designed for the Church Hierarchy, not the people who actually arrived on Sunday. 
    I don't know where you got that- you've been reading some sort of anti-religious propaganda I guess. To get good acoustics, the ceiling has to be at least as high as the building is wide. You know, so the "people who actually arrived on Sunday" could hear. In order for the illiterate "people who actually arrived on Sunday" to be able to understand, things had to be shown visually via sculptures, paintings, and stained glass windows. To be able to see those visual lessons there had to be light. Since candles can't light a space that big very well that meant the biggest possible windows which lead to innovations such as gothic buttresses.

    The design constraints above pretty much entirely made cathedrals what they are and are all about meeting the needs of "people who actually arrived on Sunday". People didn't toil away for centuries making cathedrals purely to please some bishop.
  • Apple's iOS 13 beta 3 FaceTime gaze magic is triumph of tech evolution

    I’ll leave it to DED to write thousands of words praising an unannounced feature that may or may not see the final release as an Android killer. 

    Now time to re-read his piece about street view being creepy and flyover being the next big thing. That one is always good for laughs. 
  • Apple finally kills vestigial Dashboard in macOS Catalina

    Please tell me is still alive?
    No, it’s dead as a door nail. Not sure how to recover my data either. 
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