Re: '"how far can I push this before it gets silly". A true engineer'
Upvote on that Mike, I do find I only read the reg for the comments :)
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I do agree and this might not be as relevant as we're talking about a TV purchase so money was paid. I think we have given up a lot of our freedoms for 'free' services. We don't pay to do searches or use Facebook, exc....
Personally I don't use pretty much all of them but I get that without ads or a subscription model they would go out of business.
In this situation though it's just plain greedy.
I'm not for or against but I did read an article years ago about something similar. The idea was to keep a CP database and if you wanted access you'd need to give a DNA sample, fingerprints and all that so you'd be caught if you did anything naughty.
Needless to say it never happened but I did find it an interesting idea.
True AI doesn't even exist yet so why would you bother. Only stuff I've seen i'd say is just machine learning. When I see actual AI that can negotiate a license for it's patent, then i'll consider this to be even the slightest of remotely possible ideas. What would they do with the royalties? Buy more RAM?
What gets me with Teams is once you put a message you're locked in to constant update reminders for that thread.
Really need to have an option to drop off it as it just makes me think if I want to add to a conversation as I know i'll be getting updates on it for the rest of the day. Just discourages communication instead of encouraging it.
Actually met a competent recruiter (unicorn?) he used to work in IT. No idea why he'd choose that career path but he lined me up with a nice job.
2 interviews, IT manager and CIO.
I've found it's not about the tech skills but about a good fit in personality. Both those 2 we just had a chat and while we did go over work history and skills it wasn't the majority of the conversation.
We had a case where they'd subdivided a room with a partition to make the IT room and manager room. IT side had no thermostat or temp monitor. End result was our room was freezing cold, manager perfectly fine.
In this case we didn't even get a dummy one on the wall, Solution, taped some A4 paper over one of the the vents in the ceiling.
Worked for a law firm early 2000's and when one of the partners called with an issue (any issue). You were expected to be at their office by the time they put the phone down. At least we had stairs between the floors as the lift could take a while.
Oh and one time in healthcare a Dr threatened to stab one of my collogues for not dropping everything to help him with a minor issue (he was actually holding a scalpel at the time). Was swept under the rug as this Dr brought in big $$$.
3rd one I can think of when IT actually won was back in 1990's was an office manager that brought in his work laptop about once a week riddled with malware/porn pop-ups. He always insisted it was is son using it at home but yea we knew better. We'd fix it up for him but Friday afternoons IT would all play multiplayer games (I was about 18), this was before there were IT managers so office manager was our "boss". If he turned up we'd just keep playing and ask him to wait, he did.
Had the halon alert go off once when in a DC. As I left the room I noticed 2 guys sitting on the floor in that area with laptops and uniforms for that DC still there unconcerned about their impending death.
Gave it a few minutes then went back in to query with them (they were alive). It was a test. Well at least I know I can get out of that room in time now so successful test I suppose?
I've had the same experience. I used to change jobs every year as I wasn't happy with the environment and work culture.
I've been at my current job 6 years because my managers are reasonable, considerate and caring. Makes sense to keep a positive and safe work environment as you don't need to constantly find new staff (and train them) to replace the ones that leave.
I also think you get more out of the staff when they feel safe and more than just a number
Back early 2000's I was at a law firm (doing IT). Had a paralegal who was still at uni and her PC died. She said she had important emails for her studies and if I could recover them as she backed them up daily. Was her personal PC.
Floppy disk arrived in internal mail and my first thoughts are how many emails could you be backing up on that. Turns out she'd been backing up the Outlook shortcut diligently every day to the floppy drive.
Had a happy ending, after i explained i'd need the hard drive, was all recovered. Case of beer arrived a week later :)
To me it comes back to something like Windows and IE browser as default. I know iPhones aren't exactly 95% of all phones people have but the point was choice. If there was an option to use a different app store (even if it wasn't secure and rarely used anyway) the problem wouldn't exist.
And 30% is a bit much, actually I was wondering on that for food ordering apps. Does Apple take 30% of the 3rd party app then the 3rd party charges the restaurant that + their cut? Had me thinking on if it's even worth using as a restaurant on their margins. Anyone have insight on it?
Funny all the Australian news sites saying how bad Facebook is for not sharing their cash when it looks like they're just doing what they were told. Guess they didn't want to pay for providing a free link to the news site.
I do wonder what would stop news sites just posting links to their own site over and over as well, essentially generating their own income under this law. Madness it actually got to this point.
Oh I don't use Facebook but seriously didn't think people used it for information (thought it was mainly for cat memes), guess that explains all the crazies.
Yep, solution is to improve wages and conditions in poorer countries. Then they can't afford to have more kids, you know cause of the costs of being better off.
Really though, it's been shown over and over that as a populations lifestyle and wealth increases (and less child deaths as a result) the number of kids goes down.
I'm in the same boat on this. Never quite understood why news sites didn't want what is essentially free links to their site. Also being Facebook it's kind of word of mouth so i'd expect people would be more likely to click through to read on the news site (and generate that ad revenue).
Seems backwards to ask to be paid for a free ad to your site.
30% does seem a bit rich but it's not like it's not been the case for how long now? Seems like the little guys have to put up with it and the larger app companies are now at the point to challenge it. Can't imagine any company risking this back when the first iPhone was released.
As always it boils down to corporate greed regardless of which side of the fence you're on.
Clearer explanation thanks.
Domain was registered before my time as well so no idea why it was UK. I'd guess they didn't expect Brexit back when it was originally registered 10 years ago.
As you said registrar only shows billing address, they can submit a request on our behalf to update the domain address (as I found out on Saturday) but we couldn't access this information. Everything we could see said an Ireland address.
This caught us out on Friday (and some of my weekend). We are a global country and have .eu domain for all our EU staff (including UK staff) to access our VPN. So you can imagine the headache this caused, especially right now Fortunately most staff were on leave being new years day.
The fix we did was to update the address with our domain provider to a site in Ireland. It was a little odd as the provider already listed our address as Ireland but apparently the EU has a separate address for each domain that you can't see when you login to manage them. The only way is to log a ticket and ask them to update it for you. Of course the only affected .EU domain was the VPN one.
What concerns me is we had no visibility of the address when managing our domains and no way of knowing this had a UK address. In hindsight I would have expected the domain provider we use to run a check on all .EU domains and their address then advise customers as they're the only one that can see this.
and boo to the EU for just suspending them.
Does look like a skip and wait for the next one if you've got an S10 or better. Personally i'm on an S8 and still find it does the job.
Still 16GB ram... if the OS was able to act a bit more like a desktop with a (small) dock you could use it as a laptop replacement. Don't think we're there yet but i'd rather a 174g mobile in my pocket compared to my slightly (much more) heavier laptop. I know you're thinking Windows mobile at this point, never used it personally but that ability to move between a desktop and a mobile did seem like pretty nice and seamless experience.
Found an issue with gift cards at the company I worked for about 10 years ago that essentially let me make them with any amounts. Did the right thing and reported it as any retail staff could also do the same, wasn't even any record in the logs and very simple a non-IT staff member would have figured it out. Literally showed them a blank card then the process any cash register could use to put any amount on them, took about 20 seconds.
Result, nothing changed. Decided to move on a few months later. Sometimes they don't want to know I guess. Still my morals were untarnished.
I'm in IT at a hospital and I can tell you while we have sorted out our extra licensing as needed back in March last yea the last thing we need right now (working 13 hour days 6 days a week) is to do a software audit. All remote access licenses like Zoom and Citrix require licenses to be there or they won't let you use them. If anything 20-40% of our on site devices are off right now and no need to buy more hardware along with the licenses.
I think if anything our bill would be less now during a covid audit than last time.
It's pointless. People will just do the things that give them the best score, at the expense of the other jobs.
Back on helldesk, years ago we had to do at least 20 tickets a day. I'd pick the oldest one as per the rules where as a colleague picked all the 5 minute jobs and took the afternoon off. Just doesn't work and definitely doesn't show actual productivity. Oh and that guy ended up being the SD manager....
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