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Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 124

by FirephoxRising (#48808545) Attached to: Do We Need Regular IT Security Fire Drills?
It would mean IT security and correct procedures would be much more likely to be followed.

What are the consequences for not following correct procedures at any time? Basically none. Seriously? Major problems happen, this is backed up by your own points below. IT policy is considered a list of suggestions at most companies. This is part of the problem. It would also raise the profile of IT within the organisation As an IT worker, you don't want a high profile. The tall nail gets hammered down. You don't want to be easily visible when it's time to pick a scapegoat. An IT department is doing its job when nobody knows who you are. As an individual I agree, however IT needs to take its place as a key component of business! Yes I have worked in places where they barely noticed us because everything "just works". However this creates a rod for our own backs, they can't see what we do, so they do not respect us and think we are disposable. Too often IT is treated like the red-headed step child janitor, until it hits the fan. The janitor has better job security. And when it hits the fan, it doesn't spray all over the people who caused the problem. IT, however is in the kill box. Why correct someone's behavior or train them, when it's so much easier to just fire people. Hell, they're probably mostly contractors to begin with, so they're about as disposable as a paper towel. This is part of the problem that needs to be fixed. The focus on IT needs to come from the top however, I'm not suggesting that IT just does it. Please note: not every IT problem is caused by chair moisteners out in the cube farm. Recently our IT department lost our source control server. As in it's gone. As in there were no backups. As in the source of our flagship product just went in the bit bucket. Fortunately we were able to reconstruct from local copies on people's machines, but there's really no excuse for that sort of thing. That's just stupid and unacceptable! Why was it like that?! If they wouldn't fund redundancy and backup them it's their problem and fault, not IT. This is one case where IT being highly visible is a symptom of the problem, which is gross incompetence in IT. That's being visible for the wrong reason. Being invisible because you're doing your job well is just as bad, not in and of itself, but because of how business people think, as explained above. IT needs to be an important part of any organisation, and needs to be treated as such. Your own example shows what happens when it's done wrong. We can't just quietly do our jobs, if C level people made IT a priority and running drills with full management support is part of that, then we'd be much better off. The organisation would be too, IT is vital, it needs to be treated as such.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by FirephoxRising (#48771933) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
Of course they made some advances, mostly however they did "borrow" from other cultures (0 from Hindu culture etc.) and like below says there were pre-islam advances. My main point was that we don't follow rules from the bronze/iron/dark/middle ages because they're totally inappropriate today. If they can't work out which bits are totally wrong for modern society (not hard), then islam need their own "Vatican Two" re-write with rules for today. They can keep 95% of it and chop out the barbaric/stupid/intolerant/slaving parts.

Comment: Re:Waste of money (Score 1) 341

by FirephoxRising (#48762629) Attached to: Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech
So you're talking about the temporary, physical bond inside the uterus? I totally disagree that dads are less connected to their babies than mums. Sorry, but most dads today love their bubs just as much. The closer tie to mum happens later when more dads are away from the home working than mums, so the kids bond more with mum. This is not fair either and I hope that society will get over the idea of dads spending more time at home means that they're losers that couldn't make it at work.

Comment: Re:any repercussions? (Score 1) 165

by FirephoxRising (#48762581) Attached to: Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub
It seems simple, there needs to be a "price signal" for the rights holders, each request should cost 10c, there should be a right of reply and the search/video/whatever shouldn't be pulled until the reply time is over. If the request is false, there should be a $1000 charge levied by Google (or whoever the request was sent to) and damages may follow if it was taken down and it was wrong. The fess and penalties would be to cover Google's costs for checking the requests. I have had friends have videos pulled of their original compositions!

Comment: Re: Waste of money (Score 1) 341

by FirephoxRising (#48762561) Attached to: Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech
They were creating the basic algorithms of logic and programming! You can't get any more fundamental than that. The designed and wrote the code up until the mid seventies. The hardware guys were considered the real engineers until then. Once people realised that software was probably even more important, then men were keen to enter and eventually dominate the area. In any case, I think that any affirmative action is a waste of time, people should get positions on merit only. Females are graduating more often from university than men at the moment, they hardly need extra help. Besides, the STEM fields are being depreciated as people can see that you will do less work and get more pay/bonuses/respect in other fields. This is what has to be reversed. They will not fix it as they prefer cheaper and weaker H1Bs. Iff they really need to bring in overseas people, then let them pay them 125% of the standard pay and have to cover their sponsorship. Interest in the "vital" overseas workers would be gone overnight.

Comment: Re: Waste of money (Score 1) 341

by FirephoxRising (#48761845) Attached to: Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech
This. And the sad thing is men get labelled as workaholics if they do and lazy no-goods if they don't. And then, if they do, 50% of marriages fail and she gets the kids, house etc, child support and spouse support....... SAHD (stay at home dads) are great and I know some blokes who do it, but they're in the minority and can struggle with disrespect in the community even if their partner is fine with it, which is rare. I'd love to be at home more, but I really don't have that choice.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by FirephoxRising (#48761467) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
Yes, but we don't follow this stuff literally, it's all from the bronze age/iron age. It's the 21st century, you don't follow any book from another age blindly. Islam was formed in the dark ages, and yes they lived in the dark ages too, they just pillaged learning and thinkers from other cultures.

Comment: Re:growth is good... (Score 2) 155

by FirephoxRising (#48751651) Attached to: The Fire Phone Debacle and What It Means For Amazon's Future
While I don't want to harm business, I am sick of paying lots of tax (and GST on top, and fuel tax with GST on top of that) while big multinationals can "move" their profit offshore and pay no/minimal tax. Close the loopholes! Get rid of diesel fuel excise exemptions. That's all corporate welfare.

It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river. -- Abraham Lincoln