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Comment Policies are not only for banning use of PEDs (Score 1) 227 227

Of all the firms I've worked at, we've allowed the use of PEDs. From the survey, it seems like the only policy possible was one that bans PEDs. I feel like the survey should specifically ask if PEDs are banned. Because my company has a policy regarding PEDs in place, but they do not ban PEDs. There are device management policies in place instead. I think the survey would benefit from making that distinction.

Comment Re:Why use ISP email? (Score 1) 269 269

But then that's like saying why are we using iPhones or Android devices, they might go away in the future. Just because in 2035 you wouldn't want to use the services/product doesn't mean you should avoid them now. Anyway, Gmail is part of Google's Apps for Work platform, so it will be supported long after we stop caring about it because there will be companies paying for it.

Comment Why not let him know what to do (Score 4, Insightful) 279 279

If he is not a disgruntled worker just work with him to set up expectations from the IT side of things. Do you expect him to turn his computer in? When? Should he delete files off? Yes/No? I think most people would be happy to work though an exit checklist and it would make you seem really organized. But if the employee has it in for you, then you may want to do more than that. But it looks like you've already made back ups of things that you think may be important. In any case, I would formulate a standard policy for people leaving the firm. So that they have clear expectations on what needs to be done on the IT side of things.

Submission + - Google's DeepMind developing artificial intelligent video game players->

misosoup7 writes: Smart programs have been beating humans are various games since the early 90's. The problem is that these programs are specialized and can only do one thing. The Deep Blue chess computer can only play chess, not even tic-tac-toe. The Google DeepMind team now has made a breakthrough against this "narrow" intelligence problem by creating an AI that can perform well across a variety of games. Published in Nature, the team describes their new algorithm. And you can watch the program play Space Invaders and Breakout at the bottom in the attached videos.
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Submission + - New DDoS Attack And Tools Use Google Maps Plugin As Proxy

An anonymous reader writes: Attackers are using Joomla servers with a vulnerable Google Maps plugin installed as a platform for launching DDoS attacks. A known vulnerability in a Google Maps plugin for Joomla allows the plugin to act as a proxy. Attackers spoof (fake) the source of the requests, causing the results to be sent from the proxy to someone else – their denial of service target. The true source of the attack remains unknown, because the attack traffic appears to come from the Joomla servers.

Submission + - New Icons of Windows 10 Do Not Please Users Aesthetically-> 2 2

jones_supa writes: A lot of people got nauseous about the flat looks of Modern UI presented in Windows 8. Recent builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview have now started replacing the shell icons, and to some people they are just too much to bear. Basically, Microsoft opted to change the icons in search of a fresh and modern look, but there are plenty of people out there who claim that all these new icons are actually very ugly and the company would better stick to the previous design. To find out what people think about these icons, Softpedia asked its readers to tell their opinion and the messages received in the last couple of days pretty much speak for themselves. There are only few testers who think that these icons look good, but the majority wants Microsoft to change them before the final version of the operating system comes out.
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Comment I don't think it's really a security audit (Score 1) 114 114

The Chinese is most likely doing this as a response to the US banning ZTE and Huawei telecom products in the US. The US government is accusing ZTE and Huawei of building backdoors and other security concerns into their hardware, so China wants to hit back with something equally annoying. China is basically saying that's cool, we can screw with your companies too. Especially since China is a huge market to cell phone makers that most US companies have yet to really tap into. And with a huge growing middle class, the amount of profit for products like iPhone and Android based phones is huge. China is basically holding the iPhone hostage to get better treatment of its companies outside of China.

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