Strange Brouhaha

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Tempest in a teapot

There's a story about "Internet abuse" at the Department of the Interior. I'd like to put the "OH MY GOD THAT EXTRAPOLATES OUT TO 100,000 HOURS A YEAR!" fearmongering in perspective: 100,000 hours a year for the Department of the Interior is about an hour and a quarter per employee per year. A little over a minute per employee per week, maybe fifteen to twenty seconds a day.

There's nothing to worry about here. Personal phone calls, time off for errands, a little bit of Internet use...whatever. (Yes, obviously, if they're using the time for illegal things like child pornography or hiring out a hit, that's a separate matter.) An eight-hour work day is probably more realistically a six-hour work day. And that's okay.


  • Wait, hiring out a hit is illegal???

    (taking notes)

    By Anonymous david adam edelstein, at 11:39 AM  

  • Only if you use the Internet from a DoI computer and it takes more than 17 seconds per year. I'm not a lawyer, so please take that advice with a grain or two of salt.

    By Blogger Robert, at 12:00 PM  

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