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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

Cheerio Boy Re:Not sure why this is a question (246 comments)

I treat everyone's email the same: I don't read it. I may see subject lines but I don't see the technical reason requiring you to read them.

What happens when you get a request from management to help them identify/bring to their attention people potentially 'abusing' the e-mail system, such as by e-mailing sensitive information out of the organization, or by identifying employee(s) sending e-mail that are obscene, abusive, harrassing, or contain inappropriate language?

That's an official request from management and is part of your job at that point even if it wasn't before. Inform HR of what you've been asked to do and if there's a conflict let them hash it out. Document everything and keep a personal copy of the documentation in a safe offline place. If you get fired for doing your job you either have enough documentation to take legal action (if you can afford it) or enough to clear your name if it becomes necessary.

about 6 months ago

Montreal Union Wants a Camera On Every Policeman's Uniform

Cheerio Boy Re:Our local department has this (320 comments)

Started about a year ago. They are turned on when the shift starts and can't be turned off until the shift has ended.

Mounted on a hat above the right ear and they have sound.

Indiana, by the way.

This is absolutely needed. The powers that be forget far too often that they themselves are human and not only make mistakes but are corruptible as well. Kudos to your locals for doing this!

Of course this wouldn't stop a sudden application of silly putty on the lense and/or microphone. The mic would be the better choice there - "I'm sorry sir but we seemed to have had audio transmission issues during that incident."

about a year and a half ago

What's Holding Back 3-D Printing

Cheerio Boy Re:I've been designing/building a 3D printer for (348 comments)

I guess what I'm saying is, get an stm32. Or msp430 if you're ok writing in windows only.

And MPS430 actually has support in Linux now. Google for "mps430 linux" and you'll find a host of options. One of those is a port of the Arduino IDE called Energia. Though that one is not ready completely yet. (I had trouble getting it to run on Mint13.)

Regardless the TI Launchpad stuff is supported well enough outside of Windows.

about a year and a half ago

What's Holding Back 3-D Printing

Cheerio Boy Re:Nonsense (348 comments)

No. You can make a zipgun out of a ball point pen. Everyone has the ability to make a weapon; most people simply don't have the need, desire, or psychosis to do so.... and admittedly, many don't have the imagination for it either.

Technically a zipgun is made from plumbing parts: http://www.scribd.com/doc/23323372/Zipguns-Pipe-Guns-Silencers

But you're right about the imagination.

about a year and a half ago

Chemist Jailed In Russia For Giving Expert Opinion In Court

Cheerio Boy Re:Had it coming. (232 comments)

It happens enough in the US that prosecutors are willing to do unethical and sometimes illegal things to get their conviction.

Sad but all too true.

(Posting to remove mis-mod.)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

Cheerio Boy Re:What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever R (1365 comments)

1984 and/ or Soylent Green. The movie was so depressing. Would never bother to read the book. Was there an actual novel ?

"Make Room! Make Room!" by Harry Harrison.

more than 2 years ago

Copyrights To Reach Deep Space

Cheerio Boy Re:It will be a shame if our first contact... (247 comments)

Heh, I can see the ads now: "You wouldn't steal a galactic assault cruiser . . ."

Dammit! Now I want the Thingiverse files for a galactic assault cruiser!

*searches E-Bay for quantum string reels for his Makerbot*

more than 2 years ago

The Digital Differences In Americans

Cheerio Boy Re:What a surprise! (214 comments)

The more free they become the less they wonder why they should pay heed to those in power.

Sorry - meant "The more free they become the MORE they wonder why they should pay heed to those in power."

more than 2 years ago

The Digital Differences In Americans

Cheerio Boy Re:What a surprise! (214 comments)

First - the internet doesn't immediately rank as a survival item. Not even close.

BUT I agree with your point that it should be very close after satisfying those needs.

The problem is that a great many companies want to lock down what you can and can't learn on the Internet. They want you to be nice little servants and only learn those things that don't open the doors to you thinking about things other than those immediate survival things.

The more you educate people in how to think and what's available outside their front door the more free they become. The more free they become the less they wonder why they should pay heed to those in power.

And to those in power that's a dangerous thing. And until we fix the system (not likely any time soon) you will see them clamp down and clamp down hard on anything they consider a threat to their nice cushy positions.

more than 2 years ago

Data Safety In a Time of Natural Disasters

Cheerio Boy Nothing truly worth it digitally... (86 comments)

I have nothing digitally worth risking the life or myself or my family.

Really when you come down to it a disaster is just that and keeping the people around you safe is a million times more important than anything else you may have.

That said my choice of solutions would be a FedEx box full of hard drives to a friend across the country or a good tape safe that is water and fire resistant.

Of course like most I/T people I don't back up nearly enough. ^_^

'Scuse me....something I gotta go do...

more than 2 years ago

Sorry, IT: These 5 Technologies Belong To Users

Cheerio Boy Re:Sigh (348 comments)

Better than, I'm supposed to use this dingly dangly to do work, but the tools I'm allowed to use don't quite do what I need. If I could just use this app I could increase productivity, but IT has the system so locked down that to even think about using a different app is grounds for termination. Face it, IT's job is to facilitate the rest of the company's performance of the real purposes of the company. IT doesn't make money for the company it enables the money making areas to make the money. A wise IT dept allows users to add additional tools, but with the caveat that the only fix available is a system wipe and restore to original configuration. The Users are responsible for keeping their data backed up. As to the Gadget aspect, if the company didn't buy it, the company isn't responsible to fix it. If the company did, the company should have an extra stockpile, and any broken gadget is simply replaced with a baseline new one, again leaving it up to the employee to restore the apps and data they want. And it's the employee's job if their failure to maintain a backup causes critical data to be lost. Okay, everybody tell me how wrong I am.

You're not wrong. But neither is the parent. And this is all known by anyone that's been in the I/T field for any serious length of time. It's all a balancing act. And since you have to balance security with efficiency your friend through all the pitfalls (besides common sense) is documentation. Make the end user sign a piece of paper saying the device is his and will only be supported for X purpose and only to Y point.

When the user breaks something you told them is unsupported past a certain point that documentation will help point the user in the right direction and keep both yourself and the company safe from rampant I broke my $device while doing company work on it! Fix it or get me a new one!

more than 3 years ago

Canonical To Remove Sun Java From Repositories, Users' Machines

Cheerio Boy Oracle needs to be less stupid and less greedy... (307 comments)

First - I want to see in the license where it requires them to pull it off systems.

Second - What the hell are they going to replace it with? Are they saying you have to download and install Java manually? OpenJDK supposedly doesn't work with all things.

Third - What does this mean for Ubuntu derivatives like Mint? Are they going to have to pull the jdk as well?

Forth - Can we _please_ take up a collection to have the Oracle execs framed for terrorism and shipped off to Gitmo?

Honestly this is just stupid.

more than 3 years ago

Doctor Who To Become Hollywood Feature Film

Cheerio Boy Re:DO NOT WANT! (357 comments)

The first two Doctor Who feature films weren't so bad. Why do you think this one will be?

Because this director specifically says he wants to completely depart from the existing Doctor Who. In the hands of Hollywood that can only mean a disastrous big budget action film that means nothing to existing fans and would be Doctor Who only in name.

It would be a large-scale train wreck similar to the US version of Top Gear.

more than 3 years ago

Doctor Who To Become Hollywood Feature Film

Cheerio Boy Re:DO NOT WANT! (357 comments)

I'm reserving my collection of Pandoricas for certain CEOs, bank presidents, and members of government. ;-)

more than 3 years ago

Doctor Who To Become Hollywood Feature Film

Cheerio Boy DO NOT WANT! (357 comments)


What the hell?? I mean why would anyone...oh yeah...greed. Forgot about that for a moment.

I sincerely hope that this does not get made.

Anybody got any Daleks or Cybermen we can sic on these guys?

more than 3 years ago

Startup Testing Mobile Farmbots

Cheerio Boy Probably better for a more controlled environment. (243 comments)

You can almost certainly do this on a standard farm but likely it's going to be much much easier to do this with a hydroponics setup with side rails allowing robots to move quickly up and down the rows to place and tend the plants.

The big thing in this type of scenario I think that would still require the "human touch" so to speak would be harvesting. You could probably handle that with video recognition and soft grippers but there's still a chance of damaging the plant while picking the fruit/vegetable.

And harvesting vined plants would be problematic to say the least. Large melons and squash that are ground fruit would be particularly difficult.

I don't see "farmbas" doing harvesting any time soon. Not cheaply at least.

more than 3 years ago

1st Strikes Issued Under New Zealand Anti-Piracy Laws

Cheerio Boy Re:Thanks for the list of artists to boycott (123 comments)

don't blame the artist, they are getting shafted by the same ass-clowns that are issuing out these notices. The RIAA steals so much money from them it's unbelievable. I just wish that the suit against the Canadian RIAA hadn't been settled and had gone the course. Then, at least, the artists would have had some semblance of hope in seeing some money back from the thieves ill-gotten gains.

Part of what needs to happen is the artists need to stand up for themselves and stop being the slaves that the **AA turn them into.

Unfortunately most of them are stuck on the golden hamster wheel and are afraid to get off.

more than 3 years ago


Cheerio Boy Re:We Salute Our New Media Overlords (373 comments)

Infringing on (RIAA's) Copyright & Profitability - Pirate Bay Infringing on (RIAA's) Copyright & Profitability - Weird Al, cover tunes on YouTube, fair use, time shifting (all unlicensed DVRs) Infringing on (Microsoft's) Patents & Profitability - Ubuntu & Android (and All Linux) Infringing on (Apple's) Patents & Profitability - RIM (darned Canadians Eh?) Infringing on (Fox New's) 'Truth' & Profitability - BBC, CBC, Al Jezeera Infringing on (Catholic Church's) 'Truth' & Profitability - Scientific Publications, Tax-Free Status (and, well, reality) Infringing on (Corporate 1%) 'Truth' & Profitability - Government Regulation, Democrats, 'Occupy Everywhere' Infringing on (Government & Corporate) 'Truth' & Profitability - Anonymous, Occupy Everywhere, 'Free Thinkers' Infringing on (Corporate) 'Truth' & Profitability - Google (by providing access to views that challenge 'Everything is fine')

Expect some harsh censorship in this 'Land of Free' (copyright used without permission)

My kingdom for a mod point.

more than 2 years ago



Standard tests do not work for autistic children

Cheerio Boy Cheerio Boy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cheerio Boy writes "As any geek knows when you apply a standardized test to anything there will be a certain percentage that will not fit that test just by definition. IQ tests have long been the subject of controversy for testing what you have as existing skills and knowledge rather than your ability to think and learn. (Though some tests are worse at this than others.)

So it's no surprise that when you apply a standardized test to an autistic child they do not do well on the language and human interaction portions of the test. Being unable to interact in the common way they score much lower than normal.

MSNBC has a story about a researcher named MIchelle Dawson at the Rivier-des-Praries Hospital in Montreal that is using a test with less human interaction and showing considerably different results for autistic children:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20226463/site/newsweek /from/ET/"

Link to Original Source



Moderators on crack...

Cheerio Boy Cheerio Boy writes  |  more than 9 years ago I"m starting to wonder why I should be taking so much time to properly moderate at all. I try and find a good balance between things and follow the rules.

For instance Redundant is a moderation that doesn't make any sense to me because usually at the time it was written it wasn't redundant at all.

Other things are the trolls that mod themselves up with ghost accounts. Slashdot can't see that a bunch of accounts are all coming from a home DSL IP? I'm sure a few of those such things are multiple people on a corporate connection but most of the time I'm betting not.

And then there's the whole "I don't like your opinion so I'm moderating you down." Grow up people.


And Slashdot obviously doesn't give a damn any more...

Cheerio Boy Cheerio Boy writes  |  more than 10 years ago I posted a link from Reuters about how Bushco is trying to get laws set up to postpone elections in the event of a terrorist attack.

Apparently that's not as imporantant as the PS3.

For anybody that happens to be reading this the link is Here...


Apparently my life still sucks...

Cheerio Boy Cheerio Boy writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm really sick of being modded a troll when speaking from the heart. It's a pain in the ass.

I speak strongly about something and somebody mods me Troll. Yet I see plenty of trollish comments and they get modded Insightful.

Utter crap.

I think I'm just going to stop posting and lurk for the rest of my time here. Then at least the people that disagree with me but are too cowardly to stand up and say so won't have to waste their fucking mod points.


Life sucks...

Cheerio Boy Cheerio Boy writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well...my life officially sucks.

Maybe not but sometimes it helps me to think that.

Anyway, I've been out of the I/T field since April 2001 and quite honestly I don't want to go back. I'm actually enjoying being a warehouse person who does all his computer stuff for himself and himself alone. I may not have a choice in that matter though.

Due to money issues I may be forced back into a field that I can see is now filled with paper driven idiots with no experience. That's why I left in the first place. (Actually I was let go when the tech market died but I've chosen not to go back into it.)

The problem is one of certification. I have many years of experience but no paper. I could take the tests - if I had the money. But there-in lies the problem. I'm just not sure how to fix this - I'm good at fixing other things/people but not myself.

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