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Message no. 1
From: Todd Montgomery <tmont@****.WVU.EDU>
Subject: Wage Slaves & Cyber
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1993 12:39:21 -0400
I just have a question:

Why have a VR interface to increase work production IF at least 50% of
the work force does not have the ability to take advantage of it. (I
am talking about 50% of the work force that deal with computer systems
directly) It has to be cost productive. It has to increase
productivity in the company or else it is just to expensive to keep.
It becomes a liability and not an asset. The Matrix has to do more
than just look cool.

1 Solution: Not all Wage Slaves who work with a terminal need to have
a datajack. Some could use induction nets or some such. Induction nets
have been mentioned in several SR books in other cyberpunk literature.
This would be inexpensive to do and would allow people without
datajacks the ability to use MOST of the matrix features. (More
productivity) Not a full interface, but better than a terminal.

But what is the cost of a datajack for some corp?

Datajack (Level 0): 500Y
Surgery: Minor Invasive (Light Wound) 1000Y (?)
Hospitalization: None
CHeck-Up: 200Y

Total: 1700Y

Not counting the fact that a corp may install it themselves through
some contracted Body Shop. Cost then is just the WHOLESALE of the

Notes: In my campaign, to encourage players to upgrade their cyberware
every so often, I so that the surgery cost of an item is included in
the cost of the item. I also use my Brand Name Cyberware to enforce
Maintenance Cost of cyber items. Since the above is a Minor Surgery
and produces, at most, a Light Wound, chances are that the patient can
recoup at home and not have hospital costs.

1700Y for increased productivity. Oh yeah! Look at the costs that are
flund around know just to make one or two people happy in a company.
Happy workers make better products. And it would not be at all
required for a Wage Slave to get this done, but it sure would give
them a step up in the company.

The above is IMHO. I believe that the level of cyberware for the
average individual in SR is underated.

-- Quiktek
a.k.a. Todd Montgomery
Message no. 2
From: Dave Sherohman <esper@*****.IMA.UMN.EDU>
Subject: Re: Wage Slaves & Cyber
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1993 11:48:52 -0500
>Happy workers make better products. And it would not be at all
>required for a Wage Slave to get this done, but it sure would give
>them a step up in the company.

Of course, if there's a potential promotion involved, the corp could just
make it known that they pay employees with datajacks better and let the
employees pay for it themselves.


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