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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
11/6/2018 1:25:07 PM
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Modern homes
> "The average home today has more than ten connected devices..."

So true... it's a pain to manage a home network now. I almost need to hire an IT department to keep my home running efficiently and securely.

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afwriter
afwriter
11/7/2018 10:40:03 PM
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Re: Modern homes
@Mhhf1ve I was about to argue that this couldn't be true, but then I started counting up all my devices in my head and laughed at my naivete. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
11/8/2018 1:04:11 PM
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Re: Modern homes
> " then I started counting up all my devices ..."

I'm just laughing quietly thinking about how many devices are connected during holidays like Thanksgiving and Xmas when teenagers all have phones that they're staring at.... :P

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afwriter
afwriter
11/8/2018 5:50:13 PM
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Re: Modern homes
It is a nightmare trying to get any work done over the holidays because my mother-in-law's network just can't handle the number of devices that flood her home. 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/21/2018 4:53:54 AM
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Re: Modern homes
It's a real problem when the network can't handle certain -normal today- number of devices. Every reasonable person has a minimum of two devices working simultaneously. If you are in a house, like in your case, with several aduts wanting to get some work done, plus a few kids perhaps wanting to do their important stuff you get a very slow network. This is something that service providers should fix according to the demands of today's lifestyle. 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/21/2018 4:20:11 PM
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Re: Modern homes
" ... working from home can save people between $2,000 to $6,500 a year." 

How much does a company save when employees work from home? That would also be interesting to know. Just like with the BYOD programs, enterprises are saving a considerable amount of money when people work from home. All in all, everyone wins. 

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afwriter
afwriter
11/22/2018 12:35:52 AM
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Re: Modern homes
I feel like our society is increasingly moving toward a work from home economy and I am all for it. It would be interesting to see the numbers on company savings by hiring remote workers. 

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batye
batye
11/22/2018 3:56:07 AM
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Re: Modern homes
@afwriter yes as technoology changing the game... people and Co. must change and adapt to this changes... 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/22/2018 5:34:06 AM
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Re: Modern homes
The whole working atmosphere and working scene show changes. One is that, more people are working from home. Companies don't need to have office space for everybody, resulting in huge savings. And then we have all the co-working spaces in more and more cities.

Many startups even run their business from co-working spaces, which is also great for networking. You get great Wi-Fi speeds, a different environment as many times as you wish, and a cafe packed with hot drinks and healthy good quality snacks at reasonable prices.

I only know co-working spaces in Europe and the UK, not in the US. But you could investigate and try some if you are working from home. Or when you are away from your own place, like in this case of Turkey day. 

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afwriter
afwriter
11/23/2018 1:33:49 AM
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Re: Modern homes
@Susan Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, the town that I am in is much too small for a concept like co-working space. It is funny that you bring it up though because I just learned about it this past week listening to a piece on NPR. It sound like an excellent idea that has a lot of benefits. 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/23/2018 2:55:22 AM
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Re: Modern homes
afwriter: That's bad there are no co-working spaces near you this time. It would have been a great solution for your current situation while visiting your MiL. I have used co-working spaces in several cities around Europe and the UK and they are great. It's basically the future of working, I would say.

When you go back to your city, try to find one and go to explore. You will see the benefits this kind of space brings to startups, bigger companies with  remore workers, remote workers. One of the biggest benefits to anyone working in a co-working space is the super fast broadband connection that supports all the many devices you can imagine. 

 

 

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freehe
freehe
11/25/2018 10:03:18 PM
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Re: Modern homes
@susanfourtan,iagree.companiesandemployeessavewhenemployeestelecommute.hereisanarticle,lettingoneemployeetelecommute50%ofthetimesavesacompany$10,000peryear.https://www.greenbiz.com/news/2010/07/06/telecommuting-saves-companies-10k-employee-yearly
lettingoneemployeeworkhalfoftheirtimeoutoftheofficesavestheircompanyabout$10,000peryearandtheemployeeupto$6,800peryear.https://www.greenbiz.com/news/2010/07/06/telecommuting-saves-companies-10k-employee-yearly


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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/29/2018 8:43:01 AM
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Re: Modern homes
Hey, freehe: what happened to your text?

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/29/2018 8:45:53 AM
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Re: Modern homes
10K per employee yearly? That’s quite a lot of savings.

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afwriter
afwriter
11/22/2018 12:32:42 AM
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Re: Modern homes
Within an hour of being at my MIL for Turkey Day I was already annoyed with how slow everything was moving. The problem is, not everyone is even here yet. Maybe its a sign that I should take a break, or maybe you are right and providers should anticipate and react to surges like this like they do with big sporting events.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/22/2018 5:24:21 AM
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Re: Modern homes
Perhaps both, afwriter. There is also a possibility that your MiL didn't upgrade? Old connections used to support less devices. But later upgrades have been better supporting a greater number of devices at the same speed. Did you ask her? 

And yes, perhaps you should consider taking a brake for Turkey day. If not everyone is there yet, that connection is going to be useless if everyone wants to be online at the same time.

Depending on where she lives, a Starbucks or other cafe with good Wi-Fi speed, even McD works well for that, or a co-working space could save you if you need to work. The cafes at hotels are always an option and are good working spaces. Just have a cup of coffee and imagine you a tourist for a day. :) 

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batye
batye
11/9/2018 11:40:03 AM
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Re: Modern homes
@mhhf1ve for me it a scarry reality as what if you have one new infected device joing home network ???

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
11/18/2018 7:04:14 PM
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Re: Modern homes
That is an interesting scenario if one gets a hacked or intruder into their home system and just how long it might take one to realize a problem. Multiply that by millions and there is certainly some concrn over how to increase security in home devices commonly bought off the shelf.

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
11/9/2018 8:12:20 AM
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Re: Modern homes
It's always interesting to me to see that " consumers rank reliability, speed and low latency as the top three most important attributes in a network." That reliability issue probably would come farther down the list if providers had better reliability to begin with I would suspect.

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JohnDrake
JohnDrake
11/25/2018 2:34:08 AM
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I have done that
I have done that, too, using public WiFi from a parking lot. Once, when there was a power failure across my neighborhood, I drove to a fast food lot with my laptop to upload my work to the office.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
1/4/2019 11:12:39 PM
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Re: I have done that
Did you take the opportunity to have a fast food meal while uploading your work to the office? :) What I did once was to enter a shopping mall to send my work. Apparently, the WiFi from the cafe I was working was not working well and my work had not been sent. When I noticed, I was already out walking. I had to find an emergency place.

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freehe
freehe
11/25/2018 9:50:31 PM
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Fiber Broadband
The Fiber Broadband Association is informed. Unfortunately not all organization are as informed. How will it take for them to become enlightened.

 

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freehe
freehe
11/25/2018 9:50:52 PM
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Innovation
The U.S. could rank in the top 5 in terms of innovations and technology if broadband was provided to the underserved and unserved areas that need it the most. The next Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Mack Zuckerberg is waiting to get connected. 

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freehe
freehe
11/25/2018 10:06:41 PM
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Telecommute
Employees save two work weeks worth of time in gas, parking, food, clothing and other costs. Employees can save $360 per year in gas costs. When employees telecommute it reduces greenhouse gas emission and pollution.

Here is a telecommuting calculator. 

https://www.skipthedrive.com/how-much-money-can-you-save-by-telecommuting/

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/29/2018 8:49:12 AM
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Re: Telecommute
That calculator is a nice too. How do employees save in clothing, though? Telecommuting or not, they still need to wear clothes.

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afwriter
afwriter
11/29/2018 9:08:55 AM
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Re: Telecommute
@Susan I wonder if they are comparing costs between nicer business clothes that you would wear to an office setting and more casual clothes you would wear around the house? That's the only thing I could think of that would make sense because as you noted, it's not like people who work from home do it in the buff. 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/29/2018 12:14:12 PM
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Re: Telecommute
Perhaps. The clothing people choose to wear when working from home is also personal. Some people prefer to actually get dressed when working from home rather than working in their pijamas. So, no idea about that part, what they mean with saving in clothing.

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
11/29/2018 2:59:50 PM
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Re: Telecommute
Greetings from a rainy Southern California--an interesting discourse no doubt--the flexiblity that being virtual is critical--I personally try and have the discipline to dress up reasonably well to realize that work is work--play is play.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/29/2018 6:56:11 PM
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Re: Telecommute
Commisio: Exactly! I do the same. I like dressing well when I am home and having a home office implies you still have an office. It's a personal think perhaps, but because I dress for myself not for other people I like to do it properly, wearing nice clothes I like. Too informal clothing has never been my thing. As you say, realizing work is work and play is play is important. Clothes sets you in the mood for work or play. 

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
12/3/2018 12:51:16 AM
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Re: Telecommute
A sense of self discipline is absolutely vital-isn't it?

 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
12/3/2018 12:52:05 PM
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Re: Telecommute
Indeed, it is. Self-discipline is paramount when working from home. And being appropriately dressed is part of the whole.

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freehe
freehe
11/25/2018 10:21:15 PM
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Green Telecommute
Employees drive an average commute of 31.6 miles roundtrip every weekday drive to work. This generates .69 pounds of pollution or 180 pounds per employee per year. Pollution causes breathing problems, asthma, allergies and other health issues. 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/29/2018 8:53:15 AM
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Re: Green Telecommute
So much can be improved and saved adopting more telecommuting, especially in areas with heavy traffic and high levels of pollution.

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
11/29/2018 4:10:53 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
An interesting side note:  Traffic has become worst in San Francisco due to the rise of Lyft and Uber--it appears that we have a lot of adjustments we still to make--don't we?

 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/29/2018 6:58:53 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
Does Lyft gove a better service than Uber? Uber in certain countries is so bad that I really wonder why there is no more competence. 

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
12/3/2018 12:52:34 AM
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Re: Green Telecommute
What is clear is this:  the slugfest is going to be fascinating to watch--and as for Uber, they're trying to get in the bike-sharing business as well--exciting times for sure as we embark upon the final month of 2018!! 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
12/3/2018 12:59:13 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
Bike-sharing business? For some reason I can’t see that business model taking off. Is it a new thing?

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/3/2018 1:37:32 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
> "Bike-sharing business? .... Is it a new thing?"

Not really? It's a big thing in China, and startups have been trying to do "dockless" bike rentals in the US with varying success. I assume success has to do with whether or not there's bike lanes and willing cyclists in a particular location. 

Electric scooters seem to be taking off in more places -- maybe they look cooler and are easier to ride? 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
12/5/2018 11:39:23 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
I see. It makes sense in China for vatious reasons. China has a big problem with pollution and the cities are so over-populated that it just makes matters worse. Not owning a bike also helps with the small living space. I am not sure the model would work in the US, though. People in the US like to own things and love their cars. How much of a bike culture as means of transportation is it in the US? I agree, the success of this pretty much depends on how much cities support bike riding. In Amsterdam, there are more bikes than cars and the bike lane system is just impressive. They even have their own traffic lights. I have recently seen a few means of future transportation at the Smart Mobility Congress which include electric scooters, and some other which reminded me of Back to The Future.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/6/2018 12:46:18 AM
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Re: Green Telecommute
> "People in the US like to own things and love their cars.".... That sentiment may be changing with the younger generation. Fewer younger professionals are buying cars and the trend appears to be going towards short term car rentals. Millennials prefer Uber/Lyft rides to the hassle of owning and maintaining a vehicle, apparently. And if autonomous Uber vehicles become reliable, those rides may be more efficient and productive for everyone. Makes me wonder when the last drivers license for a human will be issued....

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
12/7/2018 2:30:38 AM
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Re: Green Telecommute
Yes, I think so, too. Beside the Uber/Lyft/Taxify ride preference there is also a car-share trend among younger generations mainly and some of the other generations who prefer to live according to the current trends. Electric autonomous shared vehicles is going to be an increasing trend that we are going to witness in just a couple of years’ time as smart mobility develops and unfolds. Uber, however, doesn’t work well everywhere in the world. Like in Turkey, for instance. A couple of months ago, I had a really bad experience trying to use the Uber service in Istambul. Drivers kept on cancelling because they are not really allowed there. They made me waste precious times waiting for long periods of time to finally cancel. So, what I mean is that governments will either have to let these forms of transport roll in their cities or they are going to fall behind from the rest of the world.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
12/7/2018 2:38:06 AM
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Re: Green Telecommute
Yep. I’ve wondering about that as well. I also thought about the first one and when it was issued. I think the last driver’s license to be issued is going to be as important as the first one was. They will represent the beginning and the end of an era in the automotive industry. Also the start of a new one, of course.

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
12/3/2018 4:22:00 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
China is big on it--and others around the World--Including London--seem to be at the forefront as well.

 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
12/5/2018 11:44:39 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
London is not big in bikes, no. Amsterdam is.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/3/2018 1:39:59 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
With all the bike-sharing and electric scoother services popping up.. I wonder if the Segway folks are kicking themselves for not creating something simpler many decades ago. I saw that Segway is trying to catch up with its own kind of slightly cheaper hoverboard, but that seems like they're still missing the target.

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
12/3/2018 4:22:56 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
There is an issue of sustanability no doubt--and cost effectiveness--but the reality is here and it is exciting to be witness to it all.

 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
12/5/2018 11:43:42 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
I think simplicity in transportation is going to become paramount in the future.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
12/6/2018 12:40:40 AM
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Re: Green Telecommute
Simplicity in transportation... sure, but as Einstein said, "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." If transportation stays too simple, we'll never get autonomous vehicles!

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
12/7/2018 2:04:42 AM
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Re: Green Telecommute
Of course. I agree. And a Chinese proverb goes like this: Simplicity is an advanced course. :) In fact, autonomous vehicles are going to simplify pretty much everything for everyone. There are pilot trials going on in many places in the world and soon we are going to be taking public electric autonomous shuttle buses instead of the buses that pollute the streets today.

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afwriter
afwriter
12/7/2018 11:49:25 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
I just read the other day that - and don't quote me on the details, but - Waymo is testing driverless taxis in Arizona right now. 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
12/9/2018 8:55:33 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
Pretty much every company involved in driverless vehicles is testing their vehicles. There is not too much time left. By 2020, many of those are scheduled to be on the roads.

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batye
batye
4/2/2019 1:57:37 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
@afwriter  any news on the end result or if they still testing ???

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Commisio44354
Commisio44354
11/29/2018 4:09:34 PM
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Re: Green Telecommute
What you noted is part of the broader challenge exemplified by the Federal Government report last week and also the changes at General Motors--CHange occurs faster than we could literally blink an eye....

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freehe
freehe
11/25/2018 10:25:52 PM
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Benefits Telecommute
Companies are the biggest winners when employees telecommute. Companies benefit:
  • Reduction in overhead costs
  • Increased productivity and job satisfaction
  • Expand job pool and quality of candidates
  • Employees work longer when they telecommute.
  • Reduction in turnover.
  • Reduction in administrative costs.
  • Reduce office supply costs.

 

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/29/2018 9:02:47 AM
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Re: Benefits Telecommute
That’s a good list of benefits.With telecommuting increasing and also more people freelancing and being location independent a lot of things will change in the next few years. Changes in broadband service providers is also going to be noticeable.

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