U R f1r3d

20% of companies have sacked a pornhound

(You know, I really didn’t intend that headline to have a double meaning.)

Check this out: According to a story in Silicon.com, a study of 544 HR departments found that 20% of the companies surveyed had fired someone for a misuse of the Internet at work. The vast majority of these were people viewing pr0n. Even more interestingly was how these people were caught:

In most cases employees were shopped by fellow staff who were miffed by the guilty party wasting time on the web.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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