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Comment Problems with the Survey (Score 1) 227 227

First, you need a lot more in-depth. Run the survey by people who do this for a living. You are missing a lot of information. Look for what would be the next question and try to determine if you have any biases in your research.

For example, my company's personal device policy is based on safety more then security. I work for an EPC company and people jinking with devices while working in a construction site might put an eye out (literally) or worse. Let alone accidentally dropping a cellphone from a great height, into concrete, into nuclear containment, into turbine, etc... we have issues with people texting and driving... a crane, forklift, yard dog, etc... These can be bad things. The security and productivity fears of most management is nothing compared to the fears we face in the heavy industry environment. Ever want to explain to a customer why the multi-million dollar turbine was destroyed because someone dropped their cellphone into the system?

We also have security issues, such as SUNSI information. Just don't whip out the phone and start taking pictures willy nilly and we will be fine. If not, have fun with your talk to the nice guys with the guns.

Productivity / control is our last worry. Someone will usually get a talking to if it is really egregious, but usually we don't care if you are getting the job done. The manager who does usually gets a talking to... That said... don't take a picture of your rear on a bucket and post on Facebook about how you don't do any work on the construction site... might be career limiting. Seriously...

Comment MUMPS (Score 1) 166 166

As a former MUMPS programmer, yeah; it is bs. Modern languages do a better job in data management. However, certain health care systems do an EPIC job in pushing for obscure languages and technologies - like a message queuing database with a VB middle-ware layer to make it talk like a mainframe. Probably has something to do with lock-in and consulting... Yet, we have to push data into a relational data warehouse to do anything useful with it. SSIS and relational for the win.

Comment Re:Generally? You don't. (Score 1) 318 318

When it was 'in vogue' in the 2000s, people abused working from home horribly. That pretty much killed it. There are some companies that still allow it for a lot of their top talent, but usually you have to prove that you are top talent. ADP comes to mind.

Comment The advantage/disadvantage of my height (Score 1) 340 340

So, I am over 6 feet tall and have used standing and sitting desks. My recommendation, both. When answering emails and other admin work (time sheets anyone - the joys of line supervision...) I usually stand at my kitchen bar / in the break area, or on a low cabinet attached to my desk. Analysis and think work, I sit. Here is the magic trick...

I get up and walk around. I will do some work in some of the work cubby areas we have for really small meetings. Answer emails at the lake patio, Schedule walking meetings. Don't stay in once place for hours at a time staring at a screen. Make no meeting longer then an hour... 20 minutes focused meeting are the best. Change your perspective, it helps.

Just in case you are curious... I am one productive individual and my team is commonly cited for how much they get done and how well they balance work / life.

Comment Re:Welcome to corporate future (Score 2) 255 255

99.99999% of all stats on the internet are fake, especially if I disagree with them - Benjamin Franklin

Let us make it easy, here is the definition for hate speech:

Hate speech is a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic and religious groups and other discrete minorities or to women.

Is it overly broad, yes. But there you go.

Comment Doesn't work (Score 0) 167 167

Here is the problem. Blowing up or melting items does not work. Just leaves smaller material in orbit. Solution would likely be either breaking up space junk and then bringing it down or ejecting it out. Both are fraught with problems, mainly with timing and making sure we don't make the problem worse. Of course, if you want to clear out the orbit really quick, just grind up an asteroid and toss the resulting pebbles and sand into a retrograde, slowly diminishing orbit. What satellites?

Comment Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 3, Insightful) 270 270

Common sense at this level is why we need a score of 6 - Application of Common Sense. Point is spot on. When you are arrested, everything on your person, etc... is fair game. No need for a warrant to seize the laptop and such. Now, get the password is likely a court order.

Submission + - U.S. Links North Korea to Sony Hacking->

schwit1 writes: Speaking off the record, senior intelligence officials have told the New York Times, CNN, and other news agencies that North Korea was "centrally involved" in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).

It is not known how the US government has determined that North Korea is the culprit, though it is known that the NSA has in the past penetrated North Korean computer systems.

Analysis of code shows it used knowledge of Sony's Windows network to spread and wreak havoc.

Previous analysis of the malware that brought down Sony Pictures' network showed that there were marked similarities to the tools used in last year's cyber-attack on South Korean media companies and the 2012 "Shamoon" attack on Saudi Aramco. While there was speculation that the "DarkSeoul" attack in South Korea was somehow connected to the North Korean regime, a firm link was never published.

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Submission + - Google Proposes to Warn People About non-SSL web sites

mrspoonsi writes: The proposal was made by the Google developers working on the search firm's Chrome browser. The proposal to mark HTTP connections as non-secure was made in a message posted to the Chrome development website by Google engineers working on the firm's browser. If implemented, the developers wrote, the change would mean that a warning would pop-up when people visited a site that used only HTTP to notify them that such a connection "provides no data security". Currently only about 33% of websites use HTTPS, according to statistics gathered by the Trustworthy Internet Movement which monitors the way sites use more secure browsing technologies. In addition, since September Google has prioritised HTTPS sites in its search rankings.

Submission + - Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson as Chief Futurist->

giulioprisco writes: Magic Leap, a secretive Florida augmented reality startup that raised $542 million in October, hired renowned science fiction writer Neal Stephenson as its “Chief Futurist.” Stephenson offers hints at the company’s technology and philosophy: "Magic Leap is bringing physics, biology, code, and design together to build a system that is going to blow doors open for people who create things." According to the Magic Leap website, their Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal technology permits generating images indistinguishable from real objects.
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Submission + - Over 9,000 PCs in Australia infected by TorrentLocker ransomware->

River Tam writes: Cybercriminals behind the TorrenLocker malware may have earned as much as $585,000 over several months from 39,000 PC infections worldwide, of which over 9,000 were from Australia. If you're a Windows user in Australia who's had their files encrypted by hackers after visiting a bogus Australia Post website, chances are you were infected by TorrentLocker and may have contributed to the tens of thousands of dollars likely to have come from Australia due to this digital shakedown racket.
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