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Comment but they want the cc (Score 1) 148

At more than one place I've worked, our higher-ups have told us to cc them on just about everything. I keep thinking I only need to pester them if we need their guidance or their resources, but I'm told over and over that management wants to have full awareness, and it's a mistake if I don't include them by cc. So it's not that I don't trust my co-workers, it's that my bosses want to be aware of all our interactions and I get in trouble for being discrete.

Comment doesn't stop spam now, why would more be better (Score 1) 124

I already get spam -- and even phishing -- email from domain names that have proper DKIM and SPF records. Sometimes it's though easy cheap email services or mailing list services like or , sometimes is from hosts and domain names that were purchased just to blast out email, and 48 hours later I get the same advertisements from a fresh new domain names change with fresh new valid DMARC records.

More paperwork isn't the solution.

Comment Re:I wish that was it (Score 1) 281

Is it possible to use Windows 10 without the taskbar? When I had to use company-issued windows workstations, I'd get slowed down by the explorer.exe crashes that would demolish not just the file manager but also the desktop shell, so I replaced the shell with something else like Litestep or Blackbox (bb4win or bblean). I think the registry key to change was SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell ?

Comment I get _less_ because I don't use social media (Score 1) 142

I never got on the LiveJournal bus, and I noticed that the people I hung out with were talking about things I didn't know about, and talking about events that I wasn't invited to because it was only mentioned on LiveJournal. Now with Facebook -- which is broken for me -- I see friends less and less often because they talk to each other through Facebook, and organize get-togethers solely through Facebook. They don't even use email, nevermind telephone calls anymore. And since I can't use Facebook, I'm left out.

It feels like I'm isolated because I'm not using (or able to use) social media enough to keep-up with my peers.

Comment If I didn't need a phone (Score 1) 215

I'd really like to have a custom ROM so I can get better control over my palmtop computer, and better diagnostics for the crashes. But the custom ROMs that are available all have this in common: they don't have access to the "phone" part of my smartphone. This would be like putting a custom engine into a car so long as I can't use it on public streets. So no, the device manufacturer has made certain I won't be using a custom ROM in my Android smartphone.

Comment designing in a bubble (Score 1) 59

This will waste time for me in two ways: in a small way, the flickering display of suggestions will distract me and instil doubt from the answer I already know I'm typing; in a large way, I expect it will act like autocorrect does in wordprocessors and webforms, and I will have to erase what was filled in (maybe a more than once) to get it to be what I intended to type.

Comment Re:Set up correct secondary DNS servers (Score 1) 351

Dyn did do it correctly -- domain names had four DNS servers, two machines at each of two widely distant facilities. I don't think you grasp the volume of traffic that was involved; it was literally record-breaking, and future events will be bigger if we don't change the way we change the internet and internet-using devices. Adding more DNS servers at more facilities is an arms race the good guys are going to lose.

Comment false positives (Score 1) 320

`If I were a student, I'd be terrified. I didn't cheat, but I could still be accused of cheating for having a solution "too similar" to some other solution. Saying I've waived my right to defend myself against accusation because I didn't admit to something I didn't do would drive me crazy. I'd have to lie about cheating just to avoid the more severe punishment, despite not actually doing the behaviour the administration wishes to discourage.

The fear of punishment that's unconnected to misbehaviour will drive lab rats into neurotic self-harm, and students are pretty similar to lab rats.

Comment Re:Pre chaos theory (Score 3, Interesting) 242

The story has antigravity, faster-than-light travel, force-shield projectors you can wear as a belt buckle and you're okay with the unrealistic physics, but you dismiss the entire series because you don't like the abstractly-defined maths in the first book?

If you thought Asimov was unaware of chaos theory, then you haven't read past the first book, and you also don't know the author's other works.

Comment Manditory registration. (Score 1) 53

"All employees are required to register with Google Fit. Employees who are not healthy are inefficient, and their salary will be adjusted accordingly to the value they are withholding from this company by being insufficiently healthy."

Just like when employers demand the social networking data of every employee, sometimes even requiring Facebook passwords.

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