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Opening Arguments

Pushing the boss's button

Holy cow. Not only can we watch live streaming of the NCAA games on our workplace computers -- a helpful Boss Button is provided, "which will instantly cover any viewer's screen with a spreadsheet." Of course all this nonproductive time will cost companies an estimated $250 million (said to be a conservative figure), not to mention the disruptiuon of services customers might encounter:

According to IT experts, a medium-sized company can see its internet connection slow by 30 per cent because one employee is “streaming” live video. With millions expected to log-on to see the games, the consequences for networks could be disastrous. Now IT mangers are rushing to block access to video feeds and sports betting websites.

Remember when the Boss Button was, "Sorry, sir, but I'm feeling really terrible; I think I need to take the afternoon off" and hoping 10 of your co-workers hadn't already hit him with that line? A word of warning to all you office loafers, by the way: If you're boss isn't used to seeing a spreadsheet on your screen, don't expect the sight of one now to impress him very much. You might find yourself going home to watch the games after all.

Posted in: Sports, Web/Tech


Steve Towsley
Fri, 03/17/2006 - 12:21pm

I don't have a problem with any company that chooses to block or permit certain web activities. Imagine how many man-hours are lost to furtive eBay use every working day of the year. Oops, I let the cat out of the bag.