On what basis
Over how long a time period? Is it hours wasted per week or working day?
...and of course what else could the icon be regarding an article about slacking off?
Our recent shock revelation that Xmas boozing costs the UK economy a cool £790m due to shattered, post-piss-up employees crashing out under their desks or puking their guts up in mission-critical strategy meetings attracted the following provocative comment: How much El Reg costs UK biz each year? You should do a study... …
I am sure over a million man days are lost from hangovers, pissing of to the pub early, stayng at home the day after cause they have a vague but horrible memory involving Gretchen from the typing pool and the broom cupboard etc. etc.
The trouble with the calculation is it makes a false assumtion that these people would be productive had they turned up and worked. I have experience of several cow orkers who increase productivity merely by taking a day off.
Imagine how much better of the world economay would be if the OS group at Redmond had spent the last five years in an orgy of drink, drugs , debauchery and illadvised kebab consumtion. Instead they all turned up to work regularly, worked overtime every day, and inficted Vista on the world.
What about all the money El Reg saves the economy by providing a consolidated IT media source for virus alerts and security risks.
Surley companies are save millions each year by their IT staff keeping informed of the latest threats and proactively protecting their networks before disaster strikes.
Agreed! El Reg is a vital part of my research and development! If it wasn't for El Reg, I wouldn't be using SANs or even VMWare/Virtual Server. Not to mention all the info on Server 2008. A vital part of my working day. I think that everyone of my team reads El Reg at some point during the day - whether it be about new technologies, or the latest flame war between BR/HD-DVD or PS3/XBOX360 (Not including Wii as it's a different keelt of fish... let's see if this causes a flame war on this thread! lol!).
Magic! Also agree with AC:On what basis; Paris is the Slutty Queen of Slacking off! (or should that be "Jacki...." nope. won't go there..)
which is the value to the economy of specific articles. For example, an article about Microsoft and Google's advances in online software delivery could be extremely useful to me with my work hat on.
While an article about Paris Hilton obviously has zero value for my work. Unless I plan to stay there on my next work trip to France... You need to include, therefore, some kind of 'work page rank' for El Reg articles.
In my contract of employment - it actually specifies "keep up to date on new issues and developments" as a key performance indicator.
So by reading your articles I am increasing my worth to my company.
As Alex says above, this is a great place to find out about new technologies. It's also amazing how the odd story filters through to radio and tv a few days after too.
Thank you EL Reg.
"Imagine how much better of the world economay would be if the OS group at Redmond had spent the last five years in an orgy of drink, drugs , debauchery and illadvised kebab consumtion."
I have Vista. Please produce any evidence you may have that Vista is not the *result* of the afore-mentioned activities.
We, the plebeians, have decreed that the cost is 1 1/2 sestertii per reader per year. Now all you have to do is find out how many people read the Reg regularly.
We use the table below:
as = 1
dupondius = 2 asses
sestertius = 4 asses or 2 dupondii
denarius = 16 asses, 8 dupondii or 4 sestertii
aureus (gold Aprox 5.4 grams) = 400 asses, 200 dupondii, 100 sestertii or 25 denarii
Current Value of Gold = US $795 per gold ounce.....1 troy ounce = 31.10grams.........
1 Aureus = $138.......therfore 1 1/2 Sestertii 2.07$.
The plebeian decree is valid as we all know the cost of asses is directly linked to the US dollar via the Whitehouse.
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But someone beat me to this. It's certainly not someone in my company as there's only moi here...
I don't consider it slacking. Imagine the screeds of worthless crud and propaganda I'd have to wade through to get this much info in this little time. Okay, so I still have to do some crud-wading but hey, Santakins was fun. Yep, that was definitely slacking though....
One sad point though: if there's more than one of us in South Africa that will really knock your 'cost to the world' down big time once you've factored in our measly minimum wage in the rest of the world if you're lucky pay scales.
Using the Office Spreadsheet software I came to the conclusion that It is a break even proposition. I have used the same figures 5 times and got 5 different answers. Averaged the answers together and arrive with $0.00.
This, of course, allows for the buggy M$ software, in which case your cost is $63,000,489.27
"Over how long a time period? Is it hours wasted per week or working day?"
If you'd actually read the article, you would know it was per day.
It's quite clear in the bit where it says "...please tell us how much time you spend each day reading El Reg when you should be working..."
(PH as icon not because of angle, but to show just how dumb that question was.)
If there's others like me, (and I suspect there are) then the Reg could also garner revenue by threatening to go offline, because if I didn't spend all day reading the Reg I'd probably go out and get a job and, as many people would agree, any work place is safer and more productive without me. In fact, I can see a business model where nothing changes, except you end up charging different governments for different reasons... a real win win situation. It's been done before.
Let me, if I may, prise the average reader and contributor from the normal routine and hum-drum existence that has an invariable tendency to proliferate around the average working environ and instead allow that same battered mind to adapt it's thinking processes, to adopt a mindset that is atuned to a different, even a completely unrelated topic of discourse. Need I remind that very same learned person that, as the often quoted proverb dictates, a "change" is as good as a "rest" and perhaps it is trite of me also to add that the human brain is capable of digesting in its entirity the many fractious elements of a complex problem without ever leaving the limitless boundaries of the subconscious mind.
So having successfully circumnavigated another unecessarily diversionary contruct as might be found in any random article as depicted within the electronic pages of our most hallowed "El Reg" publication (black helicopters excused) we have obtained a state of mental accruity somewhat akin to intense work-related subconscious mental preparedness whilst symultaneously and consciously calculating the probability that tomorrow's newspapers might contain another pantiless crotchshot or other adult orientated reference to a slur on the character of our favourite European capital's namesake.
Or in layman's terms, reading and contributing to El Reg keeps us alert and therefore makes us better at our jobs.
73656.25/4463= £16.50(i rounded down) Per reghead! Thats enough for a few beers and a bag of nuts each down the nuclear should reg decide to share its new found wealth with its loyal fan base ;)
Of course the final number will yield us a new measure of the economy. Forget the Dow or NASDAQ averages, Pish off gold standard. The economic indicator of the web 3.0 world will be...The Vulture.
It was only a mater of time (measurable in average period between stories featuring the eeepc girl) before this standard is used world over.
"Thanks for that. The current cost of El Reg to the global economy is £78981.25 after 4810 votes"
Always glad to become yet another statistic. On the other hand, The Register is one of the few items that I don't need to conceal if I hear footsteps approaching. So how wasteful is it, really?
How much of our lives do we waste making a rich man richer thats the real question, we only get a short time on this earth and a vast chuck of it is spent doing something we would probably rather not do, theres the real cost. Money doesn't have feelings and doesn't mind not being made but I have a life and do mind it being wasted.
Apathetic IT worker doing monkey work from 9 - 5 oh and reading El Reg all the hours in between :)
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