You beat me to it - thanks. (posting because my mod points expired yesterday so giving you props this way.)
The thing you aren't taking into account is things like reorgs and reductions in force. You have the process and procedure - and a distribution list is set up for firstname.lastname@example.org which has as members the manager Jane and the senior sysadmins John, Jill and Juan. Jane gets promoted and the group gets put under a different manager - Scott from Business Systems. Scott says "why am I getting all this junk from this address -- take me off the list" - he's the new manager and they follow instructions. Juan moves to a different group with different responsibilities and is not replaced. John and Jill are both laid off because they became redundant with the staff from the Bangledesh office. Now the list is an empty list that no one sees the mail going to it. Mail administration *might* catch this, or they might not - or it may get removed automatically because company policy has some silly rule like "no lists with less than 4 members" or "empty lists are removed if they remain empty for 30 days". So through policy, you've now shot yourself in the foot and don't even realize it.
I am still laughing at all this because people forget to go back to the basics and remember that this is government/corporate and not your home mailbox. This is not Google's mail where it was revolutionary when they offered unlimited storage space. This isn't a technology company that treasures email communication like gold. This is a place that still is operating under late 90s/early 00s rules.
1) Storage is expensive - so (assuming) that they are running Exchange and somewhat recent (2003 - switching to 2007 would have taken too long when everything is working fine and made more sense to wait to 2010), they don't have a lot of storage space on the back end. Yes, I know you're bragging about terabyte drives and the like but the equipment on the back end is going to be circa 2005 and enterprise storage would be sitting around 72gb or 144gb SCSI, or maybe a NetApp or EMC device to allow clustering but it will still be limited.
2) Mail box sizes are going to be dictated by that same ancient policy - which means that they are going to be set at something like 100 MB or maybe even 250 MB. If they were *really* progressive, they'll be at 500 MB maximum size.
3) Standard IT procedure when the mailbox is full - archive the older messages to a PST file.
4) Standard IT policy is going to forbid putting PST files on home drives or any other networked drive because they are going to take up needed space. (remember, storage is still expensive in corporate/government world - we can't go down to Fry's and just get a few disks and pop 'em in a server without killing anything that resembles a support contract)
From here, all it takes is a crashed hard drive, a virus infected system (wipe and restore), moving to a new computer and doing a less than good job of moving the files from the old one to the new one or even PST corruption and that stuff is just gone.
Everyone keeps asking "how do you lose it" -- and it is fairly simple actually. They are running Exchange so they implement a maximum mailbox size of 100-200MB. There isn't even a need to have a message retention policy. Mailbox fills up, the end user is told to move mail to a
The vast majority of ISPs in this country do not have the vast majority of customers. The vast majority of end users (you know - ma and pa Facebook user) are on Comcast, Verizon, AT&T or Time Warner (soon to be Comcast). Comcast and Time Warner are content providers as well as bandwidth providers. Verizon and AT&T are the old phone company monopolies (AT&T and GTE). With that oligarchy of companies, policies and pricing set will drive the market. As far as the majority of money going to fees - the last year each of the companies mentioned didn't exactly have losses or even just make a couple bucks. Record profits - not quite.. but definitely in the range so the race to the bottom is still putting the gold plate on the swimming pools. As far as streaming - how many of those Facebook posts have videos attached to them? 25 cute cat doing something adorable videos a day will start to knock on those bandwidth caps fairly quickly. And lately those videos don't require you to click on them to start - they run quietly in the background and you don't notice them until you turn up the sound.
Don't mix up business users with consumers - different animals with different use patterns. And for a history - look at cell phone - and land line usage. (wondering if you're old enough to remember when calling cross-country was a once a month thing to talk to grandma instead of doing so on a whim)
And New Jersey, I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further.
Any magnitude >= 5 earthquake with an epicenter in the middle of a large urban area is going to cause some damage and make the news. One that is 100 miles away from the coastline and 800 miles away - less so unless it causes a tsunami (which the one two weeks ago didn't do). Why is it news for nerds - Irvine, Downtown LA (One Wilshire) and El Segundo are all within 30 miles and a decent amount of network traffic passes through those hubs or point of origination is in one of the data centers there.
Facebook is the same anomaly as AOL was -- critical mass and everyone was there that most people wanted to talk to / find. And MySpace was the same animal for a while.
Normally I'd avoid doing the feeding -- but what the hey - it's a Monday.
You'd like a satisfactory explanation -- okay. Fair enough. From 1791 to 1965, the statement "The Man is keeping me down" was actually true. It was the law of the land for things like "Separate but Equal", "No You Can't Ride Here", "No You Can't Have This Job" - etc. Second Class citizenship and all the trappings that go with it. Those that were successful in spite of things (Arthur Ashe, Bill Cosby, Diana Ross) were the exception to the rule. Since 1965, the official government rules were changed but things didn't change in the job market for another decade or so. Look up Red Lining. It is hard to get a house somewhere else if you can't get a loan for it, or if you do get a loan, the interest rate is so far above and beyond what the market rate is... And there are still places where the color of your skin will determine a multitude of thing.
Now we all know that networking helps to provide opportunity, and a lot of networking is done during the college years. If you can't get into the colleges to network in the first place it is hard to get the networking...
In any event, to match the comparison between the Vietnamese immigrants and Black Americans - the Black Americans are about a generation behind - the kids that are coming up now are being exposed to the same opportunities and are starting to be able to prosper. There is a lot of institutional backlog that is only now going away. Give it about another 3 or 4 generations.
Sadly though - the rules on left turn is the person turning left is always at fault - they are responsible for watching oncoming traffic and making a safe turn. If they are doing so, the person running the light would continue through and no accident would happen. I had this discussion with an officer friend after checking into whether or not another friend was at fault for the idiot who hit her car in Beverly Hills blithely talking on their cell phone while doing about 65 in a 30 zone.
Umm.. (eeep - I'm sticking up for Fry's - must be burning some karma somewhere) Fry's doesn't require an Ad - I use a phone app that does the price comparison for local stores and pull up alternate prices and they will match after figuring in shipping costs.
Blockbuster fell into the same myopic hole as Sears did in the 90s. At the start of the Internet boom, Sears had everything in place to be what Amazon is - they already had a full catalog service that delivered by mail and also had in-store pickup. A simple "order from" website would have been all that was needed as the rest of the infrastructure was already in place. Instead, Amazon owned that space and Sears is struggling to remain relevant.
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My fellow slashdotters keep forgetting that Doctors, Lawyers, Writers (in Hollywood) and Actors are all members of unions as well. The Bar, the Medical Association, the Screen Actor's Guild - all are unions no matter the name given. There is a way to make it work so that it benefits all involved - but then again we as techies have no problems when the networks are good enough to where once something is plugged in an engineer in the Philippines can take care of the rest of it...