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Comment Re:Is using another third party service (Score 1) 188

"my Grandfather actually did build his own house... Sears used to sell kits of everything you need, he bought one"

What? He put together a kit? How is that DIY? If that's the case I'm a furniture builder when I buy something from IKEA.

When I was a lad building your own house meant fighting the indigenous people and moving them off the land, clearing a plot and using the trees to mill my own lumber, forging nails to put it together, making my own bricks for the foundation and making my own glass for the windows and I liked it. Whipper-snappers building kit houses, Harumph!

This is a stupid argument and boils down to self righteous semantics. Get over it. If I buy or find open source components, put them together and configure them myself to facilitate a working system I've "built" the system. If I buy the whole system ready out of the box, I've financed building the system. The Vanderbilt's built Biltmore. Bill built Microsoft and Steve built Apple. They had help along the way but all of them are credited and synonymous with their creations. How far down the raw materials and tools line do you need to go before it's DIY?

Comment Re:I give it a "Sigh..." (Score 1) 429

I had three paragraphs written. I erased them and will just concur with your comments and add a few.

The graphics and effects were great in my opinion.
The chick was hot.
The music was just OK to have been hyped so much. (and I'm an electronic music fan)
The story line was well off the mark when compared with the original.
The character development was lacking and the characters were cliched.


Comment Re:Mostly the fault of IT (Score 1) 387

Why let users login at all then? So they can do their job. The one that's in their job description. The one the company pays them for. Not watch some YouTube video or post to their blog or download the latest version of some virus from a torrent.

"You seem to want him pissed off. Because you can piss him off and be "right", you have authority."

Ah, I see now, some IT guy told you no at some point and now you have an inferiority complex about it. Did you stop to ask the guy/gal why? Maybe it wasn't licensed software. Maybe it wasn't in the budget to buy 30 of whatever you were wanting (Bob has a blackberry, why can't I get one?). Maybe there was a better solution but, because you didn't stick around and present a business need and the IT guy had 50 other things on his plate that day, he didn't follow through and tell you about it. Step back and think about this for a minute. If I said yes to everything that someone asked me to do in the time frame they ask me to do it, I wouldn't be able to do it all and I would lose my job because it would poke so many holes in the network I'd have script kiddies walking through it like a shopping mall.

To answer your other question:

I don't care about a laptop that isn't directly connected to the network that I'm responsible for maintaining. It's easy enough to re-image if it has a problem. Case in point, our sales guys who are never in our office or on our network, have local administrative rights on their laptops. However, when they come into the office and need to connect to the Internet, they go through our proxy which blocks things like Internet radio and streaming video. They are also provided a guest network that isn't attached to our internal network for access to the Internet too. That way we have some control when one of them has been surfing porn sites or have WOW installed or has some malware/spyware/virus on their laptop.

Just a question since I've answered yours. In your office do you let the guy who fills out an expense report write the check and sign it? Do you let the data entry guy make decisions to give raises to everyone? Do you let the sales guys run your sensitivity training and your HR group clean the toilets? No? Then why are you expecting anyone besides the IT group to set reasonable policy towards using network and computer resources? I know what I'm doing.

Want a case study to support my non-helpful naysaying: 85 data entry people who are expected to produce a certain amount of data every day doubled their output when it was suggested we block them from streaming media. We told them we didn't care if they brought in their personal radios or mp3 players and listen to music but that we didn't want them connected to the company computers. Why you ask? Because when we implemented this policy, the network utilization dropped from 80% to around 20% and the people stopped complaining about documents that they were downloading from government sites taking 3-4 minutes each. How much did it cost the company? Nothing. Who do you think was happy after that? Management, and they took the idea of closing that office off the table (Something the data entry guys weren't even aware of) because they were productive again.

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