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Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

sam0ht Re:besides that (131 comments)

Agree, we use Yammer at work and it's fairly useful to have somewhere to share thoughts or problems with others, especially for something that isn't worth interrupting others for, but if you post it up then someone may have a useful comment on.

It isn't really a 'social network' - the resemblence to Facebook is only skin-deep - but it does form a useful channel of communication.

Then again, I like my colleagues and trust my boss - perhaps the cases where people don't want to engage are revealing a more fundamental problem of lack of trust within the workplace.

about 6 months ago

Subversion Project Migrates To Git

sam0ht Re:April Fools! (162 comments)

I use Git to good effect in a fairly traditional corporate environment. We're much better off since switching over from SVN.

Never mind the 'distributed' part - the big challenge for source control in a traditional setup is when two people have both modified different parts of the same files, and the second guy goes to check in. Git is much better at handling conflicts than SVN is - conflicts that would cause real pain in SVN often merge smoothly in Git.

It's also much better at handling branches, e.g. a release branch. Remember 'tree conflicts' in SVN? Not an issue in Git.

Git is a better SVN, as well as being a distributed source control system.

about 9 months ago

Nuclear Bunker Houses World's Toughest Server Farm

sam0ht Security isn't the only criteria (152 comments)

My company has its website hosted from a nuclear bunker. Very secure, reliable, etc etc. Actually getting the guys there to DO anything for us, (like upgrade MySQL), is an exercise in frustration, to the point that it is a real limitation on our ability to develop our product.

So, when looking for hosting or backup, don't allow 'OMG Mega Nuke-proof Security' to distract you from also evaluating all the other relevant criteria (such as responsiveness and know-how).

more than 4 years ago

Time Warner Cable Implements Packet Shaping

sam0ht A cunning plan... (492 comments)

TW are probably HOPING to lose 10% of their customers... the 10% who use 90% of the bandwidth. By biasing their customer base towards those who just want to read their email and check CNN online, they can carry on collecting the fees and not bother with the costs of providing greater bandwidth.

more than 7 years ago



Comic smashes cellphone used to record his act

sam0ht sam0ht writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sam0ht (46606) writes "When comedian Lee Hurst spotted an audience member who appeared to be recording his act, he didn't see the funny side.

He took immediate direct action to protect his jokes, grabbing the phone and smashing it on the floor. Defending the rights of comedians, Hurst called it. Criminal damage, Guildford magistrates called it, and fined him £60.

Outside the court, Mr Hurst said: "People should stop filming people at live gigs. When you go to watch a film you get adverts from the Federation Against Copyright Theft, but comedians aren't protected so they are taking the law into their own hands. I don't regret what I did. I have to defend myself. The public probably don't know that every time you send a joke text someone has written that, and they deserve credit.""


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