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19 Oct 01:01

Would Nancy Pelosi Become Vice President If Trump Left Office Early?

by Alex Kasprak
The 25th Amendment is pretty clear on this front.
19 Oct 00:51

FAA Confronts Boeing Over Internal Messages Revealing Flaws

by AP News
Boeing turned over a transcript of the messages to Congress and the Transportation Department, and the reaction was swift and negative.
18 Oct 23:46

Netflix's 'Cowboy Bebop' production pauses after John Cho is injured on-set

by Richard Lawler

The wait for Netflix's live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop will be a little longer than expected, as Deadline reports production is shut down for seven to nine months. Unfortunately the pause is due to a knee injury suffered by lead actor John Cho on the show's set in New Zealand that will require surgery and rehabilitation.

According to the report, the show was a few episodes into its 10-episode order when the incident occurred, and now things will wait until next year to resume filming. In a statement, a Netflix spokesperson said "Our thoughts are with John and he has our complete support as he recuperates from this injury."

Update: Cho posted on Instagram, saying "Water can flow or it can crash." - Bruce Lee. Thanks for all the well wishes everyone. Gonna be back and flowing in no time!"

Source: Deadline

18 Oct 23:40

How Many Fish

by Reza
17 Oct 17:48

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Quantum

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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Based on a very weird twitter conversation.


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17 Oct 11:53

Ghost and Vampire

by Reza
17 Oct 11:52

GERMAN TIGER

by noreply@blogger.com (JerryMaguire)
17 Oct 11:49

Oracle, how do I live forever?

by Matthew Inman
Oracle, how do I live forever?

A collaboration with James Miller of A Small Fiction.

View on my website

17 Oct 11:48

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Fun Fact

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If you replaced the term 'space' with 'everywhere-in-the-universe' I feel we'd get more funding for everywhere-in-the-universe exploration.


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17 Oct 11:47

Percent Milkfat

"So what's dark energy?" "Cosmologists and the FDA are both trying very hard to find out."
17 Oct 01:05

Virgin Galactic passengers will wear these Under Armour spacesuits

by Christine Fisher

Yesterday, NASA revealed the spacesuits its astronauts will wear on future Moon and Mars missions. They're impressive but clunky and a little heavy-handed on the patriotic theme. As you might expect, commercial space travel will be a bit more stylish. Today, Under Armour unveiled the space gear -- a base layer, spacesuit and boots -- that it's designed for passengers on Virgin Galactic flights.

The base layer looks like something you'd wear on a cold jog, and that's partly because Under Armour retrofit the UA RUSH, mineral-infused fabric that it sells to athletes. The company says this will help with temperature regulation and sweat management.

Under Armour

The fitted spacesuit is the same dark blue but with gold accents inspired by rays of sunlight. According to Under Armor, each spacesuit iteration underwent rigorous testing with pilots, spaceship engineers, medical professionals and astronaut instructors. It has functional features like an integrated communication system and plenty of pockets. It also has a clear pocket on the inside of the jacket (above the heart) for a photo of a loved one, and each suit will have a removable patch that can be transferred to flight jackets for everyday wear.

The look wouldn't be complete without matching boots. Inspired by racecar drivers' footwear, the boots are designed to be lightweight, not the big, bulky moon boots you might expect.

Under Armour

Virgin Galactic is still preparing for its inaugural commercial flight. Despite facing setbacks, it has sent its first passengers to the edge of space, and it has a waitlist of more than 600 passengers from 58 countries who have paid or put down deposits for a ride.

Source: Under Armour

17 Oct 01:02

Yahoo is shutting down its Groups website and deleting all content

by Jon Fingas

Yahoo (owned by Engadget's parent company Verizon) is phasing out one its longest-standing features. The internet pioneer is closing the Yahoo Groups website in a two-phase process that will effectively see it disappear. You'll lose the ability to post new content on October 21st, and Yahoo will delete all "previously posted" material on December 14th. Users can still connect to their groups through email, but the site will effectively be vacant. All groups will be made private and require an administrator's approval.

If you're at all interested in preserving your history on the site, you'll want to download your data either directly from posts or through Yahoo's Privacy Dashboard.

Yahoo hasn't formally explained the shutdown, but you could see this coming. Yahoo launched Groups in 2001 as a sort of forum and mailing list hybrid, and it quickly became a home for specialist communities. There was one major problem, however: social networking happened. There's not as much incentive to use Yahoo's community when your Facebook group, Twitter friends or Discord chat will fit the bill, and often more effectively.

Still, this could be a sad moment for some. Much like the GeoCities shutdown, Yahoo is erasing a piece of internet history. Even if you haven't used Yahoo Groups in years, you might still have a presence there -- say, a fan club for a favorite band from your youth. Yahoo is effectively erasing that historical record, even if it's likely to live on through archive services.

Via: Motherboard

Source: Yahoo

16 Oct 13:19

Best Enjoyed Alone

this is a diesel sweeties comic strip

Tonight's comic wants to go 𝘖𝘜𝘛 for coffee??

15 Oct 18:41

Careers in Education for the New Woman

by Mary Kelly

education for the new woman

Careers in Education for the New Woman
Skagen
1977

Whenever I see titles that tout advice for the “new” woman, I am immediately concerned. It was a phrase thrown around in the 1970s that alluded to career oriented women also known as a “liberated” woman. (I should further limit this definition to privileged, educated white women.)

For the most part, this book outlines educational oriented careers, including librarianship. It gives a brief overview and peppers the rest of the book with personal narratives. Yes, this book was still in circulation and I have a particular pet peeve regarding career materials. Just remember that all those new women are now old women.

Mary

education careers

librarians and education

librarians as teachers

The post Careers in Education for the New Woman appeared first on Awful Library Books.

15 Oct 18:16

How to apply eyeliner

by Cassandra Calin

Oops.

15 Oct 11:52

employee “likes” critical posts on LinkedIn, avoiding dog-sitting for my boss, and more

by Ask a Manager

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…

1. Employee keeps liking critical posts on LinkedIn

I have an employee who I am connected with on LinkedIn. I am not their direct manager, but I am the head of their department (they report directly to my boss, though). I’ve noticed often in my newsfeed that this person likes articles on LinkedIn that tend to be critical towards managers, with titles like “how to deal with a bad manager” or “5 signs that you’re ready to quit your job.”

I don’t think this employee knows that people can see everything they like on LinkedIn (personally I don’t like this feature, but I’m also very careful not to like things that can be misread by others). What’s the best way let this employee know how visible this is to others? I don’t want to assume they have intent to quit based on something as simple as LinkedIn likes, but I have to wonder if senior managers (whom we are mutually connected with) are thinking the same things as me.

I’d lean toward leaving it alone and instead just taking it as possibly useful background info that the person isn’t terribly happy in their job or with their manager. If you managed their manager, I’d start paying more attention to how this person is being managed, and see if you spotted areas where their manager might need coaching or support from you. But since they report to your boss, that’s not an option.

If you have good rapport with this person, you could possibly talk to them about how things are going, and then mention it from there. But every time I’ve tried to come up with wording for this, it has ended up sounding overly Big Brother-ish. For example, let’s say you said this: “I don’t know if you know that your activity feed on LinkedIn shows every time you ‘like’ an article. I’ve noticed you’ve liked a bunch of articles about dealing with a bad manager or signs of being ready to quit a job. I don’t want to read anything into that, but I didn’t know if you knew LinkedIn shows that activity to other people.” It sounds like you’re policing the work-related articles he reads. And although you’re not — you’re talking about perception — I think it’s going to feel like overstepping.

2. Coworker solicits sex workers on Twitter

I have a coworker who does not seem to understand that Twitter replies are public. I stumbled on their account with replies that are soliciting prostitutes and reveal they are bisexual. I’m not sure the best way to let them know what they have done without completely embarrassing them. But if I don’t say something, they could be fired over the solicitation.

This is an interesting juxtaposition with the previous question! In this case, I do think you should tip them off, if you have any amount of good will toward them. I wouldn’t assume posts revealing their bisexuality are a problem — that’s not inherently something you should assume they want to hide — but soliciting sex workers publicly generally isn’t a great career move. You could say, “I came across your Twitter account and thought you might not realize replies you send are public — they can be seen by anyone looking at your account. There’s some stuff on there that you might want to take a look at.”

3. I don’t want to dog-sit for my former boss

I recently started a new job and left behind a manager with whom I had a great relationship. Mostly. While working for her, she asked if I would watch her dog while she was out of town on business for over a week. I agreed but instantly regretted it. For one, she lived 25 minutes away from the office and asked that I also go back to the house during lunch to let the dog out (something she did every day). Then, she required that her 85-pound and very elderly dog sleep on the bed with me every night. I don’t mind the dog on the bed, but the poor thing had arthritis and flat out refused to jump up with me. I ended up sleeping on the couch in the living room with her most nights while she slept in her dog bed. The dog also would get up at 3 am to use the restroom, an activity I had to accompany her to as she had problems getting down to the yard. Finally, while my boss did pay me, it was a fraction of what I have made dog-sitting elsewhere — not to mention there was nothing added in for the extra gas I was using going back and forth multiple times a day. I never mentioned my discontentment — I mostly just wanted it to end. She asked me to dog-sit a few times after (usually just for a night or two), but I was always busy so I could say no guilt-free. I assumed once my new job began, the requests would stop.

However, she has begun reaching out and asking for dog-sitting for a variety of upcoming work friends — some many months in advance. I just plain don’t want to do it — it’s not worth my time, energy or money! Not to mention, I now live with my boyfriend and we are settling into a new house. The last thing I want to do is sleep somewhere else. I want to keep in touch with my old boss, but I just don’t know how without these requests! Every time we talk, it seems a new dog request is tied to it. I’m worried this will force me to end our personal and professional relationship. Any advice?

Just say, “I’m not dog-sitting anymore. I’m sorry I can’t help!” If you feel like you have to give more of a reason than that (although you don’t!), you can say “I’m not dog-sitting anymore now that I’ve moved in with Barnaby” or “It just got to be too much with everything else I have going on.” Say it cheerfully and matter-of-factly (not like you think you’re dealing her a devastating blow) and then pivot to a different subject. Seriously, that’s it! You’re allowed to stop dog-sitting.

4. Can I wash my face at work?

We have a bathroom on our floor that everyone uses. I start work at 6:30 and my skin usually gets oily and thirsty by about the time for my first 15-minute break. Is it cool to wash my face in the bathroom sink as long as I used scent-free wash?

You should be fine as long as you’re not splashing water all over the place (or clean it up if you do) and not making anyone wait for the sink while you languidly lather cleanser into your skin. Get in, get out, don’t leave a mess, and it shouldn’t be a big deal.

5. Do we have to be paid for “working lunches”?

I work in a university library. Our new director (here about six months) came in during the strategic planning process. While the former director did the last strategic plan themselves and imposed it on us, the new dean wants us all to participate. Which means they have been commandeering our time left and right — the time we normally spend doing our actual jobs. Which is having a bad effect on our productivity for now but may end up being worth it in the long run. Maybe.

Anyway, their latest thing is holding a lot of “working lunches.” They seem to think that if they feed us, it counts as a “lunch break” even though it *seems* to be mandatory and we are doing work. I suppose the exempt people are out of luck, but what about the non-exempts? I don’t think this is legal. If the non-exempts don’t clock out for the “working lunch” and then clock out for their break before or after, that would be okay, but I doubt that’s happening. Our HR rep hasn’t been explicit about that being what they *should* do. And if the “working lunches” are not mandatory, that hasn’t been spelled out, either.

Yes, if they’re working lunches, your non-exempt people need to be paid for that time. Work doesn’t stop being work just because you’re fed during it. They should stay clocked in during the lunches, and then take their actual break before or after. (If you’re in a state that requires a lunch break, denying them that would be illegal. State-mandated lunch breaks must be free of work. If they’re in a meeting or otherwise working during that time, that doesn’t meet the state requirement.) That’s true whether these meetings are mandatory or not. If they’re there and working, whether by choice or not, it’s legally required to be paid time.

employee “likes” critical posts on LinkedIn, avoiding dog-sitting for my boss, and more was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

15 Oct 11:45

Same outfit

by Cassandra Calin

COMMISSION GIVEAWAY INFO: Last call for the commission giveaway! You have until tomorrow, October 14 at 11:59pm PST, to enter for a chance to win a personalized black & white ink portrait drawn by me. All you have to do is: 1. Be subscribed to me OR any other artist on Tapas from daily comics collection: https://tapas.io/collection/daily-comics 2. Comment on my episode called “Lovely Photos” on Tapas

14 Oct 18:19

Phonocut will let you make your own vinyl records

by Marc DeAngelis

As CD sales continue to fall, vinyl is becoming more and more popular of a music format. Some fans enjoy the bigger packaging and artwork while others claim vinyl playback produces a "warmer" tone compared to CDs and digital files. But vinyl doesn't have the flexibility of those formats. Phonocut hopes to change that with its home vinyl recorder, which launches on Kickstarter this week. The device's diamond stylus cuts the waveforms from an external source into a blank 7- or 10-inch vinyl disc so you can create records of compilations or your own music.

The Phonocut sounds relatively simple to use. Place the company's blank 10-inch disc (about $10 each) on the platter, connect and play a stereo audio source (such as a computer or phone) and hit the start button. The machine will perform real-time EQ and mastering processing while carving grooves in the vinyl. The end product can have up to around fifteen minutes of music per side and can be played on any turntable. For comparison, this is longer than a 7-inch record, which contains five to seven minutes of music per side, but shorter than a 12-inch LP, which holds 22 minutes per side.

Phonocut

The Phonocut simultaneously sounds like a product that is too good to be true yet also very niche. The records that it cuts aren't likely to rival those that were produced in a real factory, despite the company's vague claim of high quality results. With typical vinyl production, a stylus only cuts master discs. These masters are used as stamps to press waveforms onto thousands of blank vinyl pucks. With the Phonocut, a stylus will cut every record, and since it's a consumer-level device, it won't be as accurate as industrial equipment. And that's not to mention how clean the cuts will be; the cutting process could potentially create dust and debris that would damage a turntable's stylus.

That said, the Phonocut could be a fun purchase for DIY bands, who could create small runs of records. DJs who use vinyl could also print their own sample libraries on-demand. The mix-tape aspect doesn't seem particularly likely, but compilation records could serve as wedding invitations or gifts for special occasions.

Phonocut will be hitting Kickstarter tomorrow, following in the footsteps of Machina.Pro, who designed the Desktop Record Cutter. Backers pledged over $20,000 to the DRC project, but nothing ever materialized. "This is predominantly due to component quality when bulk ordering from external suppliers," the company stated in a Kickstart update. "The DRC was viable based on initial quotations, but the parts [at these lower prices] didn't cut it technically, so everything has to be brought back in-house, raising costs exponentially." Rather than searching for additional funding, the company gave up and (presumably) refunded its backers. (Some backers have complained online that they did not receive a refund.)

With a $999 asking price and a thus-far undisclosed monetary goal, Phonocut's chances of being funded might be a stretch, but hopefully it will go into production: Even if the sound quality of the records is underwhelming, the project could prove that there is a market for pro-sumer vinyl cutters. Other companies could iterate on Phonocut's work and develop more and more accurate machines, similar to how 3D printers have improved over the years.

Images: Phonocut

Via: MusicRadar

Source: Phonocut

14 Oct 18:18

Nietzsche and Wagner

13 Oct 13:34

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Where

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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It's actually a test. The ones who 'fail' to find Waldo are chosen for a secret agency, battling for truth, run by Waldo himself.


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12 Oct 13:30

Elizabeth Warren Facebook ad mocks Facebook's fact checking policies

by Richard Lawler

Earlier this year Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign ran ads on Facebook that proposed breaking it up, and they were temporarily pulled. Now, after Mark Zuckerberg talked at company meetings about the threat she poses, and as Facebook affirmed its policy to not fact check political ads, the campaign is at it again. CNN points out a Warren ad (that you can view here, collected in Facebook's political ad library) that begins with a lie claiming Zuckerberg endorsed Donald Trump.

After admitting that's not true, the ad states "If Trump tries to lie in a TV ad, most networks will refuse to air it. But Facebook just cashes Trump's checks," while also claiming the site "already helped elect Donald Trump once." In a statement to CNN, Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said "If Senator Warren wants to say things she knows to be untrue, we believe Facebook should not be in the position of censoring that speech." And so the ad stays up.

Warren Facebook ad

Source: CNN

12 Oct 13:26

Refired Pow! Nancy Lamb at ArtSpace111

by Christopher Blay

This Saturday, October 12, is the last chance to catch the recently returned paintings of Fort Worth artist Nancy Lamb, from the Smithsonian’s Rockwell Museum in upstate New York. Fort Worth’s ArtSpace111 exhibition of the works, in its newly expanded Great Gallery, is part of Lamb’s Refired Pow! show.

Nancy-Lamb-Refired-pow-at-artspace-111-fort-worthThe Rockwell show was a select retrospective of 15 of  Lamb’s social and party paintings, borrowed from collectors, and the paintings are as universally Texas as they are uniquely Lamb’s. The artist’s subjects range from museum directors to total strangers, from friends of friends to family members.

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Nancy Lamb, Royal Crown, Neat.

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Nancy Lamb, Too Heavy On The Sauce. This is a Portrait of Bob Powell, the artist’s late husband.

Lamb’s paintings shine a hard light on the circles she finds herself in, yet without a single trace of snark, malice, or indictment.

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Nancy Lamb, Zoo Ball, 2009.

Lamb is the constant observer, reflecting back what she sees and rewarding us with etched grooves in faces that tell stories, all embellished with ornate clothing, jewelry, and human action and interaction.

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Nancy Lamb, Margarita Mixer, 2011.

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Her content makes sense. With her Facebook friends list maxed out at 5,000 and her Instagram account at 4,000 followers, Lamb has no shortage of invitations on her social calendar.

Visitors-at-Nancy-Lambs-exhibition-at-artspace-111-fort-worthNonetheless, Lamb reflects discernment and restraint when it comes to to the images from these soirées that she turns into paintings.

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Nancy Lamb, Bat Cups All In A Row, 2012.

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The artist paints from photographs taken at the many social events and art parties that she’s frequented since the 1980s, and from more personal photographs she’s created from catching people off-guard.

Portrait-of-Nancy-Lamb

Portrait of the artist as a young woman.

Lamb is a Fort Worth icon, and I would imagine her collection of photos and memory cards tell an important story about Fort Worth through the artist’s eyes.

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Nancy Lamb, Dairy Queen and Dominos, 2001.

Lamb’s subjects, painted from a paparazzi-like perspective, are brightly lit in flash lighting. While they reveal much in one sense, they’re also brimming with mystery and untold stories. Some of the untold story/mystery in one painting, though, Dairy Queen and Dominos (2001), is revealed through the words of Lamb in a text message to Glasstire:

“Bob and I were driving to Colorado and we stopped in Claude, Texas at a Stop and Go. I went in for a bit and as I was coming out I see these two old gentleman that I wanted to take a photograph of; I go out to the car and I’m really nervous about it, my heart is pounding because it’s sort of the first time that I’ve taken pictures of strangers, but I go back in anyway and take photographs. Problem is is that I don’t get their names and I don’t tell them my name.

It takes me about two years to do the painting, and about a year after that a woman from Dallas calls me and asked me where I got the image. I tell her and she says that’s my uncle John, John Goodin.

It turns out that they filmed the movie HUD with Paul Newman in Claude, Texas. John Goodin happened to be in the first scene with the first line in the movie, and his whole life he got residuals for that movie and was kind of famous in Claude. Sadly his niece told me that he had just died… but she also told me the day I took photos of him he had gone home and told his wife that someone had taken his photo.

He and his friend in the painting practically owned all of Claude and they had gone to high school together and Bob and I became friends with his widow, and visited every time we went to Colorado. I added the Dairy Queen interior complete with flyswatter, and have them playing dominos like you’d think they would.”

The artist.

To see more of Lamb’s paintings, visit her website here, or on her Instagram page.

The post Refired Pow! Nancy Lamb at ArtSpace111 appeared first on Glasstire.

12 Oct 13:23

Chemistry Nobel

Most chemists thought the lanthanides and actinides could be inserted in the sixth and seventh rows, but no, they're just floating down at the bottom with lots more undiscovered elements all around them.
10 Oct 11:10

Virgin Orbit plans to send cubesats to Mars as early as 2022

by Christine Fisher

Virgin Orbit plans to be the first private company to send cubesats to Mars. Today, it announced a partnership with the Polish satellite company SatRevolution and a dozen Polish universities to design a series of small-satellite missions to the Red Planet. The first cubesat could launch as early as 2022.

Virgin Orbit is a spinoff of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and is dedicated to low-cost smallsat projects. This new Virgin Orbit endeavor was reportedly inspired by NASA's recent InSight mission, which successfully sent two cubesats to Mars. Now, the company believes it can send its own similar spacecraft (as light as 110 pounds) into deep space using its LauncherOne rocket.

Once the cubesats reach the planet, they may take photos, study the atmosphere or look for water. Eventually, Virgin Orbit may examine the moons of Mars, Venus and "maybe a couple of the asteroids in the asteroid belt," Will Pomerantz, the vice president of special projects at Virgin Orbit, told The Verge.

Virgin Orbit will have to complete its LauncherOne rocket first. The 70-foot-long rocket will be dropped from Virgin Orbit's Boeing 747 carrier, dubbed "Cosmic Girl." The rocket will then blast off from mid-air. LauncherOne has completed 'captive carry' and drop tests, but it has yet to take its first test flight. The success of these Mars-based cubesat missions will likely depend on LauncherOne.

Via: The Verge

Source: Virgin Orbit, SatRevolution

10 Oct 11:01

Apple removes Hong Kong protest app following Chinese pressure

by Rachel England

Apple's complex relationship with China has made the headlines again. Just a day after Chinese state media criticized the company for allowing HKmap in its App Store -- and a week after Apple flip flopped on its initial decision to delist the app -- the crowdsourced map app has been removed, again sparking concerns that Apple is pandering to China's political regime.

The app, which shares information on the location of pro-democracy protests and police activity in Hong Kong, was slammed by China Daily -- owned by the Communist Party of China -- for enabling "rioters in Hong Kong to go on violent acts," adding that Apple has to "think about the consequences of its unwise and reckless decision."

HKmap's creators, however, say that there is no evidence that the app has been used to target police or threaten public safety. They added that apps such as Waze, which use crowdsourced information to help users avoid traffic cameras and police, are still permitted on the App Store, and noted that they are sure there have been occasions where criminal activity has been discussed and encouraged on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. HKmap is still available on desktop.

Critics say that Apple's decision to remove the app is just another example of the company kowtowing to the economically influential country. Two years ago Apple pulled all the VPN apps from its App Store in China, while more recently it removed the Taiwan flag emoji from the iOS keyboards of users in Hong Kong, in a move many claim was designed to appease Apple's third biggest market.

Via: TechCrunch

10 Oct 10:36

The Talk

by Nicholas Gurewitch

The post The Talk appeared first on The Perry Bible Fellowship.

09 Oct 22:53

my employee locked me out of a work document in a fit of pettiness

by Ask a Manager

A reader writes:

I took a job a few years back to manage an area that previously did not have a manager. My employer doesn’t fire people, it just moves them around, and this area was the dumping ground for problem employees before I arrived, so I inherited some colorful personalities.

One employee in particular, Jason, is infamous across the entire department for being very difficult to work with. He plays constant power games, loses his temper frequently, and has horrible people skills. Every month or so, there’s another crisis involving him that requires me to patch up relationships across the department, sometimes up to the level of my boss’ boss, the director of the department.

This one is thankfully more local, but feels serious. A while back Jason made a report that gets emailed to another employee on my team, Chidi, to use. Over time it has become unusable because it’s not filtered well enough. Chidi’s been asking me to fix it for a long time, so recently I went in and fixed it.

Jason found out and was very upset that I changed “his” report. To be clear, he never uses the report, it doesn’t even have much to do with his job responsibilities, he just happened to be the one to originally create it a long time ago. Also, I didn’t change it for fun, it was unusable and I made it usable. I responded by calmly telling him these things and I thought that was the end of it. He left for the day less than an hour later for an unrelated reason.

And then I find that I’ve been locked out of the report. I can still view it, but I can’t make changes to it.

Some background: the software that the report is made through was managed by another position in the department that has been unfilled for the past few months after the employee retired. Jason really wanted that position and applied for it, but my boss, Tahani (who is beyond fed up with Jason), wouldn’t give it to him in a million years. Tahani told him he was rejected for the job because he doesn’t have a bachelor’s degree. (He actually decided to get a bachelor’s degree because of this.) He wants so badly to move up and be promoted, but he can’t seem to internalize that his horrible interpersonal behavior is what’s holding him back, though I’ve told him multiple times in performance reviews.

The position still hasn’t been filled, but Jason was given administrative access to the software to cover the position in the meantime. My boss also has administrative access and she’s been meaning to give me administrative access for a while, but just hasn’t gotten around to it. This is how he could lock me out of the report.

Coincidentally, that same day I asked him to give me edit access to a folder with some work files in it that aren’t part of his job responsibilities anymore. He flat out refused. I was so shocked I didn’t know what to say and then he left for the day for unrelated reasons.

This feels serious, but I’m having a hard time judging how serious because my workplace norms are getting so out of whack from this job. Part of me is worried making a big deal about this will just make me look controlling. But I can’t have my employee locking me out of work documents because of his ego! I’m his boss!

If I bring this to my boss, she’ll go nuclear and yank his administrative access. But that administrative access is very important to Jason, and he’ll throw a fit and start playing even more power games. Similar scenarios have happened half a dozen times before. I have to keep managing him, and it’s much easier to do if I don’t make him feel “threatened.” I’ve worked hard since I started this job to convince him that I’m not out to get him. I’m going to talk to Jason first and I hope to get it handled and then tell Tahani about it. But what do I say that won’t just trigger more power struggles?

Also, there’s a chance he’ll threaten to “go to Tahani” about this, which he has done multiple times before and is always uncomfortable for everyone. Tahani always agrees with me, but I feel like it reflects badly on me when my employees waste my boss’ time “tattling” on me. I’d love to hear your suggestions on what to say when he threatens me with that.

Just to head off the obvious response: I can’t fire him. I’ve documented everything, and maybe if he does this again I could escalate it to my boss’ boss and it’s theoretically possible he could get fired. But he’s not getting fired over this.

Just to drive that last point home: Some employees in our department were found to be driving company vehicles to fast food places, spending the entire day there, and coming back at the end of the day to hurriedly make it look like they worked and clock out. They were not fired, just transferred to a different area. (Not mine, thankfully!)

Your company is a bigger problem here than Jason is. To review:
* Your company won’t fire people but just moves them to other teams so they become someone else’s problem, including people found not to be showing up to work and falsifying their timecards.
* This has resulted in you having an employee who loses his temper constantly and causes crises on a monthly basis.
* This problem employee is so convinced you won’t take any real action against him that he is locking you out of reports and openly refusing to give you access to other files (!).
* Your boss is “beyond fed up” with this employee but instead of addressing the problems in an honest way, told him he didn’t get a promotion because of his lack of a bachelor’s degree (which he is now getting, which is setting everyone involved up for a serious explosion when he gets it and finds out it didn’t matter). This is incredibly unfair to the employee, problematic as he is, and astonishingly terrible management.

Your company is really, really badly managed.

To your credit, you seem to be trying to be direct with Jason (telling him multiple times that his horrible behavior is what’s holding him back).

But he’s crossed new lines with his latest actions. Locking you out of a report and refusing to give you files you requested is really serious (especially the latter). It’s not controlling to have a problem with this. It’s really serious. Firing serious.

And I know your company won’t let you fire him for this. Which is an enormous problem of its own! Normally I’d tell you that you can’t manage in an environment like this and you should get out, because this will hold you back in serious ways (you’ll achieve less, learn really messed up norms, and pick up all sorts of bad habits — and fundamentally, be prevented from doing your job as a manager).

But you gave me a small amount of hope when you wrote this: “I’ve documented everything, and maybe if he does this again I could escalate it to my boss’ boss and it’s theoretically possible he could get fired.” It that’s the case, then start that process. Document this, escalate it, and start putting together whatever paperwork it will take to eventually make the case to fire him. If you can fire him at some point, just not now, then get that ball rolling so that day comes around eventually.

And meanwhile, stop hesitating about letting your boss know about this major incident. You said you don’t want to because she’ll go nuclear and pull his administrative access, and that will cause Jason to throw a fit and play more power games. Good — let all that happen. Your boss deserves not to have you hiding things she’d care about from her, and the more Jason misbehaves, the more ammunition you’ll have to put in your case to eventually fire him. Hand him the rope and let him use it.

(Similarly, when he threatens to go to her about something, stand back and let him. She might as well see exactly what you’re dealing with, and you give up too much power if you’re afraid of that threat.)

But really — all of this sounds exhausting. It sounds exhausting to have to go through the lengthy gauntlet your company is going to make you run here, and it sounds exhausting to work around Jason if you don’t. Is this job — this job where you can’t do your job because they won’t let you — worth it?

my employee locked me out of a work document in a fit of pettiness was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

09 Oct 21:46

Feeling Nostalgic

by Reza
09 Oct 21:40

Germany synagogue shooter livestreamed attack on Twitch (updated)

by Jon Fingas

Unfortunately, mass shooters are still livestreaming their attacks. Twitch has confirmed to CNBC that the shooter who attacked a synagogue in Halle, Germany was broadcasting the murders on its service. The company has pulled the 35-minute clip and reiterated its "zero-tolerance" policies against hate and violence, adding that it would ban anyone trying to repost the material.

The content doesn't appear to be available on Twitch as of this writing, although CNBC said it found downloadable copies on sites like 4chan (which also had Christchurch shooting videos in that attack's immediate aftermath).

The tragedy underscores the difficulties Twitch, Facebook and other services face with livestreaming video. It's difficult for them to anticipate what someone intends to broadcast, and automatic flagging technology is limited. This also illustrates the problems with curbing distribution of videos like this. While the original host can quickly remove the clip and prevent uploads of exact copies, it's all too easy for users to upload modified versions or redistribute the footage to sites willing to carry it. As such, it may remain tempting for extremists to livestream knowing that they'll have some kind of audience.

Update 10/9 5:06PM ET: Twitch has posted a Twitter thread with more details on the Halle shooter's stream and the company's response. Only five people watched the live attack, but about 2,200 people watched the replay in the half-hour before the video was flagged and removed. The streamer's account had been created two months earlier and had only been used to stream once. The video didn't appear in anyone's recommendations or directories, and an investigation suggests people shared the video through messaging services.

The service also shared the hash for the video with an "industry consortium" to prevent the spread of the original copy. As we've noted, though, that might not stop people from modifying the video enough to bypass this and upload the footage to other sites.

Source: CNBC

09 Oct 21:30

Crackdown Announced After Alec Baldwin Falls for Statue of Liberty Tour ‘Scam’

by AP News
New York City officials vowed to crack down on vendors selling boat rides around the Statue of Liberty after actor Alec Baldwin complained.