I get to know The Soul of a New Machine from the references of OSTEP. The professor said it’s a must-read so I better have a look.

Data General engineers work perhaps more than twelve hours a day without extra pay, sounds like 996? No! The difference is no one forces them. They thought they were building “their machine” instead of a “Data General machine”. This challenging but interesting job with the freedom to invent made them “don’t work for money” and push them to work harder.

Forcing people working overtime on trivial, boring and meaningless jobs is clearly inefficient, as for no extra pay, that breaks the law. If nowadays working condition is even worse than 1980…