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Comment: Re:Reputational Damage (Score 1) 346

by kaladorn (#47378997) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails
Won't this strategy fail if the email address you don't mean to send something to IS a valid email in your address book? If so, you can still send the email to the wrong place pretty easily.

Autocomplete and lack of sleep once had me send an email to my Ex's Ex. The content was benign thankfully. They had very similar email addresses and names so I then changed one of them significantly and removed the other entirely from my address book.

Comment: Re:besides that (Score 1) 131

by kaladorn (#47378907) Attached to: Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks
There are plenty of collaborative technologies that can be quite useful to a team.

Wikis are a great example. You can have everyone contribute to them in areas they have expertise (even if the contributions are small).

Email gives communications with a backtrail - often necessary when someone in the situation is being an obstruction and you need to have a record of what you did, when you did it, what their response was (and I love the ones who always respond by calling or visiting to avoid email responses, but I deal with them by writing a summary of the call or visit and conclude with 'I assume this matches with your understanding and if I do not here a reply, I will proceed accordingly'), etc.

Conversations F2F are faster, more clear, and take less time. They do help resolve simple questions. Often, people won't want everyone to know they have a question they feel is dumb/ignorant, but they know they need to ask someone, so they'll go talk to one other person. They'd never post the question on a social network as it would reveal their self-perceived dumb/ignorant moment to everyone. Sometimes that is just a lack of self confidence, sometimes it is the key to job success (not appearing dumb to the key people above you - depends on how sensible your management is about all the stuff people have to know and learn in an ongoing career).

IME, if your work environment is such that you have to focus extensively on formal/informal distinctions in your work activities, then your work environment is not as productive as it could be. In places where that worry really exists, less actual communication and thus less actual work occurs.

Comment: Re:Waste of time (Score 2) 131

by kaladorn (#47378851) Attached to: Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks
<quote>c. Have already established a friendship with the person who can fix the problem. I brought cookies for you! Hope you like them. By the way, there's a small problem with the X. Could you look at it sometime?</quote>

I agree with all of your points (for large companies). I think this is generally a result of siloing and reporting chains that are vertical when necessary job activites are often horizontal across reporting chains.

I'd like to single out your point c. as a key example of why it is better to get along and go along and to be friends with key assets in your company. As an employee and a consultant working for other companies and requiring their technical assets to assist (when time is rarely budgeted for those assets to do so), I can say that it has always been a great idea to know, make friends with, and be thought of as a friend by:

i) IT staff (someone has a non-critical problem, I have a non-critical problem, that other person is a jerk to the IT department, I have lunch and commiserate with them.... guess whose non-critical problem gets first attention?)
ii) Admin/reception/payroll staff (timesheet issues and invoice issues get solved much more easily)
iii) Key developers in customer organizations (who then make the time to help a friend moreso than to help 'the contractor')
iv) Key developers and project managers in your own organization (who then listen to your issues if you present them carefully and sometimes this buys you extra time or management support)

A lot of times, it is just about listening to other people's issues re the job or their home life and being a bit sympathetic. Sometimes it means spending a few minutes of your time helping them out when you aren't obliged to. Combine these, and you've got both a sense of debt and a sense you are a friend and those go a long way in ANY setting.

This isn't a mercenary/manipulative concept - I actually do care about the people around me and their troubles. I know that if I help them, they'll usually help me if they can. Sometimes they can't and being understanding about that is pretty important too. If someone is swamped, recognize that and let them be - just ask if there is a time you might be able to talk to them once they are less swamped. Often times they'll be able to help you later in the day or the next day.

Exhaust all your own resources and solutions first before bothering others (unless they will take exhorbant amounts of time). When you go ask for help, you want the other asset to understand that you've done your due diligence and have actually hit a wall.

Another problem with some social networks inside companies is that they end up being trolled by management, HR, managers, etc. and so nobody wants to speak up much on them. Honesty that would come out in meetings of a few people who didn't feel threatened by one another or their manager won't come out on larger public forums where anyone in the food chain could be watching.

Comment: Re:Oh my ... (Score 1) 253

The United States is not signatory to all of the Geneva Conventions.

The Geneva Conventions (a number of them at any rate) extend generally to uniformed combatants in the armed services of a government, not non-uniformed combatants working for an NGO or nobody (except in a very diffuse way).

However, for them to be criminals, there would have to be jurisdiction for legal process to occur. I'm fairly certain that the there is no law enforcement jurisdiction belonging the US in some of the places these combatants have been detained and removed from.

All of that said, these foes are best described as insurgents or terrorists. They are willing to engage both military and civilian targets, to impersonate members of any local police or military, and are not themselves signatory to the Geneva Conventions and thus denied their protections. Their tactics involve terrorism and generally involve destabilization of a region which would basically be an insurgency against the existing power structure.

Comment: Re:Oh my ... (Score 1) 253

As one of my USAian friends, a veteran of 18 years US SF and 7 or 8 more in 82nd Abn before that likes to point out:

When Obama was elected, everything was going to be different. Warrantless wiretaps would be going away, Gitmo would be going away, extraordinary rendition would stop, and so on.

Then the new President got his first National Security Briefing. Then nothing changed and the surveillance powers extended, drone strikes intensified, Gitmo is still there, and so on.

His opinion was that once anyone understood the full nature of the varied threats and their agency leaders explained that the tools were very useful in threat management, this would inevitably happen no matter who was in the White House.

Comment: Re:Cabbies. (Score 1) 314

by kaladorn (#47227283) Attached to: California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs
Have you ever ridden in a cab?<br><br>Routinely, I've seen: speeding, lane changes without signals, driving with one hand (at best) on the wheel in traffic, following too close, driving in cars whose brakes and general state of maintenance I have doubts about, talking on the cell phone and sometimes also radio at the same time while driving, cutting people off, etc.<br><br>I'm sure the cab driver profession is the first thing we can replace with automated cars to have greater road safety.

Comment: Why is Beta posting line breaks all over my reply? (Score 2) 314

by kaladorn (#47227273) Attached to: California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs
I can't find a place in Beta to change my default posting mode and obviously the post above is pooched - &lt;br&gt; inserted but not correctly parsed.<br><br>How do I fix this within Beta?<br><br>I didn't insert these HTML codes, something in the submission interface must have but I can't see any preferences under profile or account in the Beta that will let me amend this.

Comment: You are talking about repair and medical (Score 1) 314

by kaladorn (#47227261) Attached to: California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs
That's not a 'safety requirement' as such.<br><br>Even if what you mention is the case, why is it safe to drive other places and not to the airport?<br><br>Methinks city revenues and cab driver unhappiness are behind this. The Taxi Guild is a powerful lobby because it pumps money into CIty Hall's coffers. Neat new disruptive technology is all well and good until it threatens the city's bottom line....

Comment: Well, no. (Score 1) 249

by kaladorn (#47216549) Attached to: New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure
And they'll stop geeks, some of the potentially most heavy users of their technology, from leveraging them, recommending them, or wanting to develop for them.<br><br>I don't see that the current permission system was preventing anyone developing anything. Have you noticed how many apps are on Google Play? This seems like trying to pursue business that is already being done....

Comment: Re:How is this a good idea? (Score 1) 249

by kaladorn (#47216527) Attached to: New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure
I'd agree entirely with that.<br><br>I'm already not sanguine about the permissions apps ask for (and in fact, several security research firms have pointed out the risks). Often times, a well meaning dev will explain that he has to have X permission because google has buried one particular function (not always obviously related) into that permission and that function makes sense for the app. You almost get the feeling the dev is apologetic in many cases and would like to just have a single finer grained permission.<br><br>It's okay to HAVE permission groups, but you should also have very finely grained permissions. Good companies and devs would only use the fine grained ones that did the MINIMUM they needed to do. And one would then not install overly broad permission groups.<br><br>Why is Google putting the work of vetting permission groups and understanding the implications onto end users versus onto themselves and the devs for apps? This smacks of something for lazy devs versus something for consumers.<br><br>And one more thing: How about installation require the minimum number of permissions to make the basic app functions work and additional permissions queried and granted/denied if optional features are enabled?<br><br>I have a lot of apps that want permissions for social media integration and I'm not on that boat and will never use that part of their app. Why do I need to open that security door to install since the rest of their app functions fine without it?<br><br>Mobile development seems to be about as poorly thought out (API wise and design wise) as PC software was in the early days of GUIs.

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