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When stuff like that happens I go straight to my line manager. If I can't access the resources I need I can't do my job.
Our IT in their infinite wisdom keep removing peoples' permissions from the network share with all the MSDN stuff on because "we've got no business rooting around in there" and will only give you permissions for a very short time, so we've set up our own share and the boss is covering our backs.
I missed to switch on my wifi before opening my Outlook2010 inbox. It went offline sensing no internet connectivity.
Now, the status is "WORKING OFFLINE", but the darned email software displays "GO OFFLINE" everywhere. Shouldn't there be an easy option to go online again? I restarted the application over and over but it never senses the connectivity. This is total crap folks.
I wonder if exponentially increasing intervals could be used in our daily lives more readily to improve our lives. For example, job interviews and philanthropy.
Starting with job interviews. What if we started interviewing for jobs with a 1-hour interview. If that went well, then you get a 2-hour interview. If that goes well, you get a 4-hour interview. If that goes well, you get to work for a day. If that goes well, you get to work for 2 days. If that goes well, you get to work for 4 days, then 8 days, then 16 days, then a month. And so on. Eventually, you stop calling them interviews; they become performance reviews. Only, they don't happen at constant intervals. After all, why should you have to prove yourself for the latest year when you've already been doing well for the preceding 15 years? Each time, more is expected of you (accomplishments), and more is granted to you (a doubling of your contract).
Next, philanthropy. Suppose a nonprofit gives half of its money to some cause (say, clean drinking water in some impoverished region). If they keep giving that money away, they keep reducing their potential to snowball that money and make it into more money. However, if they hoard the money, it never is given to the impoverished region. I wonder what would happen if they made money for 1 year, then gave most of it away. Then, they made money for 2 years, then gave most of it away. Then 4 years, then 8, then 16, and so on. At each exponential milestone, they'd make an even greater impact; one they wouldn't have been able to make had they operated on a lower budget continuously. At least in a capitalist culture, this seems like it would be an effective way to run a nonprofit.
What do you think? Would our lives benefit if they were governed by processes similar to those used in computers (in this case, exponential growth)?
Problem 1: After working for the company for 2 years, I won't be reviewed for another 2 - so no pay rise? Or do you assume pay rises are automatic as I did fine in my previous review? In which case what is my incentive to try harder ?
Problem 2: After working for a company for 8 years, my next review is scheduled after I retire! Wow if I'm stuck in this kind of rut for 16 years I think I'll move on!
Problem 4: Over the first few years an exponential charity might work - but after say 4 years, people are going to be concerned giving money that isn't going to be actively used for 8 years - and then 16 years?
Problem 8: The red cross was started in 1881 ish. so in 1882 some money would have been spent. Then 1884, then 1888, 1896, 1912, 1944, 2008, 2136 ...
Do you see many people giving to the Red cross during WWII knowing it's just going to accumulate until 2008?
Problem 16: Teach a man to fish, and all that!
Where I do think exponentials would come into their own in my life would be in my income. My father once gave me the choice (I was about 5) of having 6d pocket money a week, or 1d this week, 2d the next, 4d the next. I chose 6d. He explained and I kicked myself (literally as I remember). I'd like the offer again from my employer (with the understanding they can't sack me for a couple of years!!
Raises could be continual (e.g., every day, you earn a penny more per hour). The rate of increase could depend on your performance for the previous period.
Problem 2^1: [retirement]
Basically, you have nothing to look forward to? Maybe at that point, the exponential increase becomes an exponential decrease (to wind you back down in ever decreasing time intervals).
Problem 2^2: [trust]
If they've done a good job over the last 7 years, but they do a crap job for the next 8, you've only lost half your investment, and they collapse (a new nonprofit can backed starting at their year 1). You don't need to trust them so long as your risk is reduced with an exponential track record.
Problem 2^3: [myopia]
We could solve this with promises. If they could have promised to end human suffering by 2008 and they had kept some large promise in 1944, people could trust them to keep their promise or at least they got something awesome in 1944 anyway and only lost half their investment. Bigger risk, bigger reward... but, never without gain.
Problem 2^4: [dependency]
There are many forms of altruism. Maybe a particular nonprofit's way of helping others is to teach them to fish. For example, Kiva allows you to give loans... rather than giving your money away, you're lending it to somebody with a plan to repay you (maybe with interest). Come to think of it, this exponential idea could apply to that concept as well.