theNation.com: Edward Snowden: A ‘Nation’ Interview

theNation.com: Edward Snowden: A ‘Nation’ Interview
That’s the key-to maintain the garden of liberty, right? This is a generational thing that we must all do continuously. We only have the rights that we protect. It doesn’t matter what we say or think we have. It’s not enough to believe in something; it matters what we actually defend. So when we think in the context of the last decade’s infringements upon personal liberty and the last year’s revelations, it’s not about surveillance. It’s about liberty. When people say, “I have nothing to hide,” what they’re saying is, “My rights don’t matter.” Because you don’t need to justify your rights as a citizen-that inverts the model of responsibility. The government must justify its intrusion into your rights. If you stop defending your rights by saying, “I don’t need them in this context” or “I can’t understand this,” they are no longer rights. You have ceded the concept of your own rights. You’ve converted them into something you get as a revocable privilege from the government, something tha

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jdawiseman.com: Computing the ISIN checksum in Excel

jdawiseman.com: Computing the ISIN checksum in Excel
To facilitate settlement and hence trading of securities, each security has a unique identifying code. There are several types of identifying code, the one that is used internationally being the ISIN, or International Securities Identifying Number. Every security in almost every country has an ISIN (possibly excepting Colombia, whose government bonds-uniquely-appear to lack an ISIN). The structure of an ISIN is defined in ISO 6166, and the algorithm is described by Wikipedia. Defined below is an Excel VBA function LastDigitISIN(ElevenChars As String) As String that returns the last digit of an ISIN given the first eleven. UK securities also have a SEDOL number, also defined in Wikipedia. The function LastDigitSEDOL(SixChars As String) As String returns the last digit given the first ?6 characters. If the input is shorter than six characters it is left-padded with zeroes. ISINs of UK securities are typically made by prefixing the SEDOL with “GB00” (and perhaps with “IE00” for Irish se

spiegel.de: Teamwork – Warum Teamarbeit blind und faul macht

spiegel.de: Teamwork – Warum Teamarbeit blind und faul macht
Nicht, dass der Beitrag der übrigen Teammitglieder unbedingt besser wäre. Die meisten hängen sich an die Leitwölfe, statt eigene Ansätze zu entwickeln oder die Thesen der Gruppe zu hinterfragen. Dann verläuft das Gespräch nach dem bewährten Motto: Es wurde zwar schon alles gesagt, aber wir hören erst auf, wenn alle es in eigenen Worten wiederholt haben. Falls doch mal jemand mit eigenen Ideen ausschert, findet sich immer eine Führungskraft, die, gewollt oder ungewollt, signalisiert, dass man hier besser nicht auffallen sollte. Ein Zeichen für den Teamwahn ist der anhaltende Vormarsch des Großraumbüros. Hier wird auf Zuruf geteamt. Dabei sind die Nachteile erdrückend. Selbst Mitarbeiter, die stetes Bienenstocksummen ganz gut vertragen, fühlen sich bei kreativen Aufgaben gestört. Je zurückhaltender jemand veranlagt ist, desto schlechter kann er dort arbeiten, geschweige denn Geistesblitze schleudern. Und in Großraumbüros, das hat eine Forschergruppe der Universität Stockholm herausgefund

online.wsj.com: Step Into the Office-Less Company

online.wsj.com: Step Into the Office-Less Company
The Web-services company Automattic Inc. has 123 employees working in 26 countries, 94 cities and 28 U.S. states. Its offices? Workers’ homes. At Automattic, which hosts the servers for the blogging platform WordPress.com, work gets done wherever employees choose, and virtual meetings are conducted on Skype or over Internet chat. The company has a San Francisco office for occasional use, but project management, brainstorming and water-cooler chatter take place on internal blogs. If necessary, team members fly around the world to meet each other face to face. And if people have sensitive questions, they pick up the phone. Web ?rm Automattic has 123 employees in 94 cities-and everyone works at home. Having a remote workforce lets companies tap into a wider talent pool not limited by geography. Firms can also save money on real estate, though sizeable travel budgets may partly offset that.