Thursday, January 31, 2013

Samsung fined $900 after fatal gas leak.

The gas leak reportedly occurred sometime on Sunday at a Samsung facility south of Seoul, Korea. Several hours later, Samsung contacted a maintenance company to clean up the leak. Five crew members arrived on the scene and started to clean up the spill. However, one of the individuals, who was reportedly not wearing a full hazmat suit, died due to exposure. Four other individuals who were wearing their full protective gear were sent to a hospital, but fully recovered, according to reports.

Investigators have determined that Samsung took too long to alert law enforcement to the spill, and the company has been assessed a fine of up to 1 million Korean won (about $900) - Yonhap News, citing sources within the police office assessing the fine.

Samsung has remained tight-lipped on the leak, but reportedly told Yonhap in a statement on Monday that it believed the leak was "minimal."

Source: CNET

Casual Fridays go formal...

A Foosball table, M&Ms, Fruit Loops, he bottle of whiskey on top of the fridge....these are the things you see at a Silicon Vally start up, along with staff casually dressed in sweatpants, hoodies, jeans, flip flops, or even pajamas.

Many American companies have come around to practicing Casual Friday, encouraging employees to dress down after four days of business wear. Silicon Valley was a pioneer of just that, with one exception: many opted for casual dress every day. Now, however, you will no longer see casual on Fridays!

Welcome Dress Up Friday, where normally comfortable employees dress in suits and ties, silk dresses, and pumps. Just the opposite of what you would expect any company to do. But hey, "Sometimes you just want to bring the heat for no particular reason at all, and Corporate Friday is your opportunity to suit up."

Read the full Wall Street Journal article here:

Is this fine even legal?

Here's an excerpt of an article from the Wall Street Journal from June, 2012 that raises the question "Is that even legal"? How does one have the right to fine their employees? Especially for such a dumb thing like this.

"I cringe every time I hear people misuse 'is' for 'are,' Mr. Silver says. The company's chief operations officer, Mr. Silver also hammers interns to stop peppering sentences with 'like.' For years, he imposed a 25-cent fine on new hires for each offense. 'I am losing the battle,' he says."


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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New iPad sticker shock:

The new iPad Fourth-Generation comes in at $799, with the cellular enabled one hitting $929; just under $1,000.

Sure, the storage capacity is 128GB. But it has all of the same features as before, including a 9.7-inch Retina Display, a FaceTime HD camera, and an A6X processor. All that was upgraded was the storage! Are you serious, Apple?

Read the full story here:$799

Monday, January 28, 2013

Blog contributers explained:

So far, there are three users setup on our blog to contribute content. Here's a breakdown of who these users are:

iesAdvisors: The main account for our company. Any IES employee or contractor with access can post via this account.
Tom - Tom's account; owner of IES. Only Tom has access to posting via this account name. See Tom's profile on LinkedIn.
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*We are currently in the process of securing guest bloggers. Once they are brought on, a posting will be created to introduce them.

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