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It’s a worst-case scenario for most people: there’s someone else in China who can do your job for about one-fifth of your salary, and your boss absolutely loves his work.
One U.S. software developer turned this nightmare on its head and actually benefited from outsourcing, a report says. He hired a Chinese developer to do his job, allowing him to take home impeccable performance reviews while actually spending the day watching cat videos and shopping on eBay.
According to Andrew Valentine, who works on the Verizon Risk Team investigating data breaches, the employee, who Valentine calls Bob, had pulled off the stunt for some time, relaxing and earning a good salary while someone in China did his job for him.
Valentine was hired to investigate when Bob’s employer saw that someone from Shenyang, China, was logging in to their computer network every workday. The breach was traced to Bob’s VPN network, but the company assumed he had to be innocent, the victim of some kind of breach. He was a quiet family man, “someone you wouldn’t look at twice in an elevator,” Valentine writes. But when Valentine’s staff looked more closely at Bob’s computer, they ultimately found the smoking gun.
According to a recent survey carried out by the Environment Agency and the AA, nearly half of drivers aged 65 and over would be willing to drive through a flood, putting themselves and their vehicle at risk, rather than turn around and find a different route.
Most of us are familiar with the warm orange glow of street lighting. The lamps are lit with sodium bulbs, which work by passing an electric current through a tube containing solid sodium. The reaction produces large amounts of heat and light.
This office is definitely not one for claustrophobics. Danish creative director Jonas Hallberg has renovated an old trailer into his own shabby-chic mobile office, meaning he can work wherever he likes.