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In Australia, Bosses May Get Power To Snoop On Emails

wadiwood Agree Re:It's a beatup about a non-story. (287 comments)

It's always been legal for companies in Australia to read their employees email. The techs do it as a matter of course as part of making sure their email servers are working correctly. And most? companies do backups and virus scans these days.

I know of several employees that a company wanted to sack - and sending sexist jokes became the convenient easy to prove excuse. It does help if there is an employee policy that states that the Company owns all the material created on their computers and may read any emails or all of them when ever they want. I know of a few companies/government that filter dirty words out - sometimes with strange consequences like when you're trying to buy a female dog or eradicate prickly pear.

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wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Bizarre - what a CSS update does, must do a screen dump and send it to cowboy neal. I can't see or read the bits that let me edit my journal, but I can click on them.

Added bunyip to my "friends". I wondered who got my favourite nickname.


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 10 years ago

stunning tripe

And s/he/it whinges that there are no shortage of slashdot members to point out the factual mistakes.

Well I think this person has dispensed with facts as a way of life. Atomic bombs are not a sensible deterrent. Mutual destruction is a bad idea, and the USA/USSR came real close many times by sheer accident let alone deliberate will.

And the Japanese were already in retreat before they got nuked, the USA was just "field testing".

And to top it off s/he/it thinks they're difficult to build. Sometimes the ingredients might be hard to find, but how to make one is taught in final year High School physics.


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I laughed so hard I choked
Context: Who is going to take over the world with a lot of bizarre comments by someone I'd never heard of called "Stewie", and then a comment - "how can any post in this discussion be modded insightful" - modded 5 - insightful. Mods have a fine sense of irony and humour. I hope the nerds take over the world.


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 10 years ago

A magnificent comment about how your "manager" should really be like a Personal Assistant for a techie.

I've added solprovider to the friends list in the hope of finding more eloquent gems like that one. Also seems to be a spider robinson fan. Bad puns anyone?

My best boss was one that pushed me to get more done, asked me what was holding me up, and made those hold ups go away. Often it would be some slack arse somewhere else that I was waiting on and he'd get better results than I could.


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I've never eaten a pasty of the nipple covering variety either.

Added cammoblammo from Portland Victoria (not too far from Mt Gambier I think) as a friend and fellow pastry connaisseur. Who'd'a thought that Portland would have internet and people who like slashdot.

I think I'll go stuff my country bumpkin tech prejudices in the bit-bucket where they belong.


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 10 years ago

~Elpacoloco added as a friend. Weird conversation about humans being better at handling unexpected situations than computers.

Computers can be programmed to a default recovery given situations they can't handle. Perhaps mine is "run away". That's what I did today when I got brain fade. Possibly not the best solution, but a solution...


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago imagine the intelligent people got to run the country that has the biggest stick?

They're not all nuts

Would they use it as much as the stupid people we got now?

BTW I think softspokenrevolution might be wrong in asserting the USA allows rights for other "white nations". I don't think they allow rights for anyone except those with lots of money who buy influence (hmm they don't even have to buy votes anymore).

Self-evident, life, liberty, property? I think they've lost it with the self evident and the life and liberty and got stuck with pursuit of property at the expense of most everyone else. Otherwise wouldnt the USA have the best healthcare and education available to every single one of their citizens. And as for us internationals, we have to get our noses completely brown just for the right to be screwed in trade negotiations. You want cheaper beef steak or bread or steel cars (steel anything), write to your local rep and complain about USA tariffs and trade blocks. {never ending rant}


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago The moderators of slashdot had ten thousand mod-points. They modded posts up to 5 and then they modded them back down again.

At least that seems to be what happened to this post about NZ. People couldn't decide whether it was insightful or flamebait, and settled for declaring it over-rated. Certainly if a post gets modded up to 5 (or 4) and then back down again - that's over done.

Sadly, I think some of the modding was done by people who imagined that Kiwis would be offended by the post, or were offended by the expressed implications of being on the leading edge. There were no responses you'd expect for flamebait, most of the discussion ended up being about Rugby Union being used to identify geographic regions of NZ.

Trouble is that giving Mods to the people leaves the system open to popularity contests and rewards ignorance. I really would like a rating for "ignorant", I so often see these as "insightful" because they express an opinion so far from the truth that some moderators mistake them for having new knowledge on the subject.


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago Slashdot invite to post your dumb user stories and I missed it because I was out playing sport. What a strange techie I am.

But an at-homer edunbar93 posted a techie response to the techie that I liked. Ie the real challenge is getting the most clueless (but not necessarily stupid) user to do what is required to sort the problem. My mum said my instructions were easy to follow. I said that was because my job was to write instructions for morons (computers). Mum was vaguely insulted. Figures.


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago So I added CharterTerminal to the list of friends. See this thread.

Meanwhile I have nearly completed a faux stainglass artwork. How can a programmer be an artist. Or perhaps an artistic programmer ought to avoid general ledger applications and move over to graphical systems.

Why am I here? Do I care?


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago Just had to add inflex to the watch list. And he seems to have a good set of entertaining posts too.

In an unrelated comment
Tucker Max is attracting my attention in the same way that a train wreck might. This guy reminds me of Sam Newman and the Farrelly brothers who made "Dumb and Dumber" and "Something about Mary". Yuk but Why???


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Geek girls of the world unite. Although this one is very young/new perhaps. Anyway I like anyone who encourages diversity of ideas and she is trying to encourage more inclusive comment from the geek-guys.


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago dgood added as friend. Anyone who has worked on a cyber has gotta be a friend, united by shared trauma (and age). Gawd I feel old.


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago why is it that mod points are never there when you want them. Metamoderation came as a complete surprise, you get a random list of moderated posts and you get to evaluate the moderations of the posts, and I have to look up the context if I haven't seen the post or topic before...

And you only get three choices, fair, nothing, unfair or in the case of funny: funny or not funny. Sheesh. Dumb and dumber was funny to some but I hated it. Where is the maybe option. Or the mod up is good but I thought the comment was funny not interesting?

Maybe one day it will be more flexible?

I suppose this is what you get for one too many posts to cowboyneal querying the nature of moderations ie things modded flame when they're funny or off topic when they're directly on topic, but maybe the moderator didn't understand the contained tech info. If the post doesn't make any sense to you for *^#$(&@ sake leave it alone.

let someone who understands it, mod it.

And remember a troll is someone who posts something rude just to get a bite eg calls everyone who likes Linux, a smelly penguin.

Seriously, penguin colonies are very very smelly

Someone who posts a comment with a different opinion to yours is interesting. Viva diversity.

I still wonder how many mods that seem out of context/wrong are because people scrolled the selection after they selected and before they changed their cursor context. Oops.

moderating is such a burden. Where is a comment interesting enough for me to mod it. Is it ROTFL funny or just amusing?


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago At least the Patriot act thread has introduced me to a new Canadian state/territory, Nunavut. When I lived in Toronto and went to primary school, there were ten provinces and two territories and I was glad I didn't live in the USA (50 etc). But unfortunately when I got home, I couldn't tell you how many states Australia had. I had been further north than anyone else in my class. Although admitting that made me no friends at all. Sigh.

Like Canadians, I hate it when citizens of the USA refer to themselves as "Americans". Perhaps it is only a reflection of the USA desire to take over all of North and South America. Personally, if Australia becomes the 51st state, I'll be moving to NZ. At least they have an electoral system that prevents corporates getting to much control.


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago I marked up a new friend because they had a huge rant which made sense to me and then at the bottom they had a link to a religious site, that promotes Jesus.

Can I be friends with a believer? When I'm not sure, and I would like to believe in a benevolent god but see little or no evidence for one and considerable evidence against. Eg compare the beautiful things in Nature with the ugly things. Compare the beautiful music inspired by god, with the ugly acts inspired by god. Anyway I thought about de-friending be-fan and then I thought again. I could just welcome be-fan to the diversity of opinion that makes the world interesting, same reason I marked Reziac

Note to self: remember to put the / before the a when marking the end of a link.


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago Did anyone else notice something very strange with lack of moderation over comments posted this week ie from 24th thru to 27th. Moderation seems back on track now (28th), but boy you sure notice something when it aint there. I had my filter set for level 3 and was getting almost nothing to read and everything if I modified the rating.

I tend to notice replies to my comments if you want a discussion. Although for the moment I feel like I might as well be writing on a piece of paper then burning it...


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago Have just had gnome installed on the new freebsd machine. Lots of grief because it is an intel with everything motherboard with an intel extreme graphics card which "features" dynamic memory sharing between the card and the cpu RAM. Sheesh. And none of these things are known to freebsd/X/Gnome. Sigh.

I just had problems with the old computer not recognising a nice new 80Gig drive although I think that is mainly a win98 Fdisk bug which can be fixed. And now the new PC and freebsd won't speak to each other. And just to make the combination of old and new really diverse, I have an ancient 3 button serial port mouse to go with and it doesn't like that either.

well it's working a bit now after a few shutdowns and restarts, and mozilla is working, no more popups? But how do I get each link to open in a new window (ie ie shift right click but how do I do this with mozilla?)


wadiwood wadiwood writes  |  more than 11 years ago So I really ought to write nothing here. But I can't.

I like only one man especially his John Belushi quip.

Just for interests sake, I think that the longer this war takes and the more casualties no matter how caused, the more people will join the peace rallies. And the angrier the peace rallies will get, especially if the leaders still villify the marchers.

I wonder if Bush will finish the job this time?

Or will his push depend on the opinion polls. I admit I thought, well they've started now, I hope they finish the job properly. Unfortunately things seem to be going sour. I expect Saddam is hiding out in the Museum or most beautiful Mosque in Bagdad, or maybe one of the international hotels that the C of Willies don't want to bomb.

The sourness kind of reminds me of the parents with the screaming baby in the checkout queue

I can tolerate the screaming so long as the parents don't give in to the child and give it the lolly, but if they're going to give in, please do it straight away, not after five minutes of screaming.

On a completely different topic
I relate really well to the Hacker FAQ, it explains a few problems I've been having on my current job. I need to do a lot of thinking without much interference. The interference has stopped pretty much but about once a week or fortnight I get the "if there isn't some output we'll have to sack you" crap. Sword of Damocles. I like some pressure like "when is it going to be finished" but not "we're thinking of sacking you"... Blech.

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