bobstro t1_iyfdo05 wrote

All mid calendar year IIRC. That said, I should correct my statement. PTO accrual was not tied to the fiscal year. You accumulate a set amount each pay period. There are 10 or so fixed holidays each year, but other time off accrues and can be used for personal or sick time. You're allowed to run a negative balance if sick.


bobstro t1_iyf6li2 wrote

I'd have to see what data you're basing this on, but it's also very different between industries. A part time worker in retail will have a very different experience than someone working in an office. A LPT should certainly take this into account, as burning PTO that is also your vacation time is just dumb.


bobstro t1_ir1gi00 wrote

I think the headline and those like it are anthropomorphizing for a public audience, but it seems to be a touchy subject. If a mission was completes its original mission on schedule and continues operating for multiples of that span, what is the "correct" (non-offensive) way of saying it "outlived" its original expected lifetime? Simply saying it's "complete" seems to downplay the significance of the event. "Completed its 6 month mission in 8 years" also doesn't celebrate the event. What would you consider less offensive?


bobstro t1_ir1f59u wrote

The headlines were very similar for Spirit and Opportunity, even going so far as to attribute "last words" to Opportunity. NPR posted the headline "NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Is Officially Declared Dead". People tend to anthropomorphize these things. It's not scientifically correct, but it does make them more approachable. It's not meant to be offensive so much as sympathetic and respectful. The sub-heading is "But it leaves behind a long-lasting legacy after its eight years in space." Lots of space enthusiasts in the US (and I'm sure elsewhere) are happy to see successful missions regardless of the flag they launch under, and MOM certainly was.