Maybe legislate that parents pay attention to what their kids are doing online instead.
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My previous employer had a clean desk policy. That's fine for documents but it doesn't work for a lab.
At the end of every day you were expected to clear everything away which was not practical when you have samples that have to cure and shouldn't be moved.
Put away sensitive documents but a constantly clear desk looks like you're not doing any work.
^This. Absolutely gets on my nerves. Give me a reference code, I'll go to the website to get an official number to call and do the verification that way. Not a chance I'm proving who I am when they called me.
Same goes for the cold calls about mobile phone upgrades. I have had good fun calling them out on their "we see you're due for an upgrade" schemes. First question to them is can they confirm my name?
I remember being so conditioned by Win95 to push the power button after the PC had shut down.
When we got our first Win98 PC (with a newfangled soft latch power button) it would briefly flash up the "safe to turn off" screen before cutting its own power.
For months I'd go to "turn it off" then have to wait for it to do its boot cycle (ah the old RAM check...) before I could shut it down again. Eventually learned I could hold the power button to force it off.
Sensor on the back is great when holding your phone but a real pain when it's sat on your desk and you don't want to have to pick it up to quickly reply to a message.
Sensor on front is great if phone is on a desk or (depending on size of phone) got both hands free.
It's not quite like the old days of nokias where you could pop the battery off in half a second and have the new fully charged spare on in the same amount of time. The longest part of the process was the phone booting back up again.
I had user training for a new piece of warehouse management software last year.
It consisted of someone coming in saying "it's a bit like the old software", me pointing out I'd never used the old software (cost per user licence and very low chance of me actually needing it).
He then promptly clicked through some unintelligible things on screen, declared that to be training and left.
I didn't have to worry about the poor training though because the implementation of the new software was so bad and buggy that they stopped trying to use it after 2 days. When I left 8 months later they still hadn't got it up and running.
I can totally understand the "hang on to get your pound of flesh" out of the previous employer. I was moving jobs and a combination of timing and sheer bloody mindedness meant that I wanted to get my bonus from the previous employer even though I'd be earning twice as much at the new place. I didn't believe they deserved to hold on to my bonus money. They wouldn't re-invest it in the business or employees, it would just go towards the director's annual Bentley upgrade.
But PAGE was a rite of passage for undergrad biosciences!
Having to remind the poor stupid darlings not to keep prodding the nice squidgy gel with a bare finger because it was still laced with un polymerised cumulative neurotoxin...
Was more fun doing large 2D SDS-PAGE protein separations because we'd wash the gel plates in hot water and detergent then, while still hot, rinse them down with ethanol. Wouldn't actually cast the gel until the next day so we had time to sober up again. 2D-LC makes the proteins far more recoverable but it takes the fun out of things a bit.
An original, significant contribution to knowledge.
Plenty of PhD colleagues that got to the end of 3 years and had stacks and stacks of results that showed that something doesn't work, but have still improved understanding of a topic.
There's a good movement to have research papers that document test methods that don't work (but are theoretically sound) because people don't normally talk about that part. Helps prevent a dozen groups working in the same field all trying the same wrong things wasting time and money.
I get annoyed with the over supply of regional power cords with things now.
You have to hang on to things in case you need to send the whole lot back but invariably end up with a cupboard and multiple drawers full of various european and american ended cables that a manager says you should probably hold on to just in case.
During an annual spring clean they normally find their way to an appropriate waste stream and off site.
I may change my opinion on this soon though as I'm working in a country that uses the British 3 pin and european 2 pin plugs pretty much interchangeably and I never know what kind of plug socket I'm going to encounter next.
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