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Comment Re:Managers are dumbasses (Score 1) 83

if only it was "bonks LIKE an animal"... A manager brought his son's computer in to have a 'quick look at when I've got a spare moment' /raises eye to my manager "just get it done, no need to upset anyone" "ok then..." "like... now? drop what you're doing and just sort it" "ok..."

The Manager and my manager follow me into the workspace and hover over my shoulder as I plug it in, power it on, do the usual updates/driver checks/system info/clear temp folders/scan disk/defrag, the sort of stuff you do before you really start putting your trouble shooting head on.
me "oh, what's this I see here?" as I find a hidden folder in the root folder called 'sex'.
tits.mpg /doubleclick expecting some random lightweight boobs juggling.
No, full on animal stuff, some chick being rogered by a horse.

the room went very silent very fast. "so.. uhm.. what did you say the problem was again?" "it's ok, as long as it turns on and runs eh? just pop it back in it's box, I'll take it back to him.

Then the MD who retired was having trouble with his computer, top end kit that he'd ordered for himself just before retiring to have at home. He'd bring it in every month for some new problem where he'd installed something and the malware had knocked something else out, the usual stuff, happened often. What was different was that he was well into using usenet. Not often I saw anyone with that, and probably where he was getting all the viruses from, lets have a quick look, and... oh. uhm, OH! Right, uhm... "Oh, that's ok, don't worry about it, I have a friend we try to out do each other which who can find the strangest things on the internet." Well, I think he won all right. Luckily no kiddie stuff, just lots of (again) animal stuff, and interracial gay stuff, all perfectly normal! We'd had a big project to get everyone sorted with email. At the time, company being around 125 people, 6 locations, I found it odd they'd not had email a long time before, but as a haulage/shipping company, they lived on crazy amounts of faxes, but were a bit behind the times before they realised they needed an IT department and had hired my boss and then me. Still, they didn't like spending money, and instead of doing it right and spending even half the budget they could end up spending in the pub for a 'management meeting', we did it really on the cheap. 28kbaud dial up modem. Internal emails flew around obviously, but the model was 'dial up every hour, send out, receive, drop the connection' Then changed to 'every 30minutes' as the quickly got hooked on email. But basically, from the moment it first dialed up in the morning, it never dropped it's connection, the amount of 'emails' quickly saturated the slow link. Head bean counter saw the phone bill and wondered what was going on, my manager used it as an excuse to get an ISDN line paid for, but still the bean counter wanted to know what was going on. Especially as we'd had a few virus breakouts that had brought a couple of departments down for an hour as we sorted things out. So we stayed late one night, head bean counter included, to go around each machine and see what was going on.
well.. being a shipping/haulage company, with there being a few firings for some of the drivers running pr0n importing businesses on the side, it was obvious what we found. Hundreds of megabytes per machine filled with sick and depraving stuff. Wasn't anything mild, it was all intense fetish(where did her arm go?)/gangbanging/animals again. Head beancounter was not happy, that we found so much of this in the SENT folder to external addresses, he was flipping his lid that there was a huge liability/legal issue that so much sick stuff had been sent out from our company. He flew up to his office to send out a company wide email/print out a memo posted everywhere to warn people that this was it, last chance, firings and police involvement if done again. Now, we never got all the machines cleared out in the evening, so we carried on in the morning. I'll never forget going to one department, and the one annoying girl saying "feel free to check my email, I think you'll find there's nothing untoward going on there!" "yup, looks all good there, nothing bad, now lets switch profiles and see whats..." "STOP!! YOU CAN'T DO THAT, THAT"S PERSONAL EMAIL!" "err, this is company property, hardware/software/the lot" "YOU CAN'T DO THAT!" "why not? you just said feel free to search, you've nothing to hide" at this point her manager wandered over "what's going on here? not a problem is there?" "Well, she's freaking out about us checking the machine, we're trying to clear all the virus attachments and pr0n from the computers, and this is one of the last machines we have to check, all the rest have been done, and there's a problem..." "TELL HIM HE CAN'T CHECK MY PERSONAL EMAIL" the manager starts looking agitated, but right at this point, head beancounter comes into the room to distribute his paper memo, and... yeah, her manager backed off, beancounter floated over my shoulder as we changed profile and...
Yeah, a whole lot of persona email, that her co-workers next to her were busily snooping at, all the more fun because it was obvious she was having an affair with the contractor brought in, who was married, and she was getting married within the month. Oh, and a whole load of sick pron. Turned out that she won the prize for the most megabytes of pron in her inbox/sent folder by far. She wasn't with the company for much longer after that, this was just the nail in the coffin.

They should make us swear nda's or something, as we see all the dirty secrets to a company. So.. yeah, it's very odd being in IT support, the stuff you see... /shiver.

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 415

Reminds me... BMW i3 Wifey hates me tootling around in my Smart Car, and for some reason though the BWM i3 would be better. Went to the showroom, and... so unintentionally hilarious. Sales guy is smooth, he's got the answers to all the obvious questions, the range, the option of the small gas motor for extra range, the 'if all your doing is driving 10 miles there and back, you'll be fine' stuff. And we got to the 'gas cap' thing, the cover over the power socket that you actually plug the power into. It's electrically operated. The showroom car was totally flat, "err, how do you open the power cap thingy if it's battery operated but the battery is flat?" "hmm, that's odd, but let me show you the... " "no, hang on, this is kinda a bit design issue for me, if I can't open the cap..." "yes, yes of course, let me look into that for you while we get you a test drive" and he calls over the other sales guy to handle that, as he then goes crazy at the 'youngsters' "I WAS AWAY TWO WEEKS, YOU HAD ONE JOB, ONE JOB! MAKE SURE THE ELECTRIC CAR WAS PLUGGED IN! If any of you idiots lose me this sale, you're all fired" lots of arm waving, wildly gesturing, probably thought we couldn't hear him outside through the glass, but the whole showroom was watching, and I was offering helpful commentary. We went for a test drive, back in 15-20 minutes and 5 young sales associates and the first guy were clambering all over the car, pushing/prodding everything you could thing of, all the optional extras were on the floor as they continued to look. The test drive sales guy realises what's happening and takes us to look at the different models, and one last look over the shoulder see's the 5 people still all over the car, one of them underneath the car, as the head sales guy is flipping furiously through the think manual. 10 minutes later, we're back, the port is open and the power cable is plugged in, no lights on the car yet, they must have /really/ let it drain out "oh, all sorted?" "oh yes, no problem at all really, there's just a tiny hidden button behind the rear seat that you need to press, no problem at all really..." Sure everyone in that showroom knows where the manual cover pop open button is now though.

Comment The time (Score 0) 55

I find it odd to wear a watch these days when my phone is next to me when I'm out and about, and when I'm at the desk, in the lower right corner there's the time/date as needed.
Wife wears a broken watch that looks pretty as the phone is practically glued to her hand, and the moto 360 I bought her was worn for a week, then added to the tech junkpile that's my desk.
Perhaps we just don't need watches these days? Like we don't need a PDA and a phone. The phones ARE the pocket watches of old that do everything.

Comment Star Trek: Renegades (Score 1) 438

They should have a view different to the usual Star Fleet. Perhaps a small bunch of misfits trying to avoid the Federation, just making a living doing whatever needs to be done, keeping a low profile. But one of their members is more than they appear, and the Federation REALLY wants their living weapon back.
I know, I know, it'd be easy to create Firefly lite in the Star Trek universe, we had a bit of a bash tabletoping such a thing a solid 10+ years before firefly, but we had Ferengi/Romulans and a tank/Klingon. The cloaking device always needed topping up, but it was a fun campaign. When Firefly came out, we were sure the writers had been sat in some of our sessions, even some of the dialogue sounded familiar ("I'll be in my pillow fort")
But... I'm just bored of the sparkly feds, the honourable klingons, the sneaky ferengi blah blah blah, I want to see a different view of what we're used to. Firefly could almost have worked in the ST universe. Almost. Hopefully we get that, and not the filler episodes we had so much of in the past.

Comment Re:Military funding to thwart this threat? (Score 1) 273

Seriously, you want to spend 10% of the US military's entire budget on one line item?

One off payment for that much bandwidth, that improves the world's communications? Yes, I would. One of the best uses for taxpayer cash I can think of. Let the US own the world's internet hardware infrastructure, or at least have a backup to sell/lease to private companies in case their links get cut/broken.

Comment Re: Oh, they're a big company, (Score 1) 527

You will. One machine (win7 upgrade), no messages at all, all the others, yeah, the 365, the store, the 'new features to windows 10' (really? a couple of weeks after installing, NOW you're telling me all the cool things I've already been using?). The notifications window could/SHOULD be a thing of wonder, same as it works on Android, but I suspect it's going to be the next vector for mass amounts of spam (that Android USED to get until better controls for managing were added, MS will get around to it eventually). Not seen the Bing message yet though, maybe a bit more time.

Comment Re:Ulterior motive implied (Score 1) 198

Exactly what a few of us were commenting on. That it's go so many antennae for 2.4 that goes further, I'd expect these routers to be standard for Google Fiber installations to start throwing cell phone wifi coverage further out for people to hop on, and scatterings around other places too. One router patch away. Probably the sell would be 'earn extra data on YOUR Fi bandwidth if you share a small % of your home bandwidth out when you're not using it, here's some helpful friendly charts showing you how it'll work and how little it'll impact you". The main sticking point for non-Google Fiber will be the existing ISP's who as part of your subscription forbid the reselling of bandwidth, But with net neutrality, and encryption, they shouldn't be able to tell if you're sharing some bandwidth or using your own phone at home and voip. After them selling a lot of their tech to this router company/cross licensing patents, knew this was only going to be a matter of time. Look forward to someone tearing down these routers to see if there's anything else interesting about them over a regular router.

Comment Re:apple? (Score 4, Funny) 118

And after the first dozen accidents, Apple will trot out experts who claim that the 'drivers' were 'sitting in it wrong' and iCar 8 will fix the problems current drivers are having, but you'll need a new car to get the benefits. Plus, you won't be able to drive and listen to music at the same time, and if you buy the car with an AT&T plan, you'll only be able to drive 50 miles a week before you have to pay for more mileage.

Comment Re:He wasn't able to give it up. (Score 1) 466

Hmm, would it help if remoting to a datacenter in the NorthWest being powered/cooled by hydro? Ok, still the comms gear local but perhaps we can shift resources to where the power is with a bit of smarts. Sync'd machines over the US to take advantage of where the sun/wind/hydro is most efficient! Makes little sense in small scales, but scaling up, doable perhaps (depending on the tasks).

Comment Not sure this too valid (Score 1) 170

Not after playing with Win10 for the last day and a half. This isn't running smooth at all, the app store is down more than it's up (fair enough, everyone will be hitting it hard for updates, but even so, timeouts for this? odd for MS to not have the machine/bandwidth, unless it's others trying to mess MS about). At this point, to just have a box that plays games without having to fix windows permissions/dcom/registry tweaks, and connect upto the gaming rig that's doing nothing but run steam? I'm tempted.

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