Re: Will Godfrey
NOW we're talking.
33 posts • joined 31 Mar 2017
"Although the two mice were in different offices the desks were actually effectively back-to-back with a thin plasterboard partition between so kept interfering with each other."
We had a similar jolly in a firm I worked for 10+ years ago. Some bigwig decided that the "clutter free desk" policy meant we should give everyone wireless keyboards and mice. Sadly, the allotted budget to implement this for 130 staff - mixed in with whatever kickback this tie-wearing-jobsworth from the supplier - meant that we ended up with some junk that, instead of "pairing" like most wireless kit - had 4 channels to choose from. Well, you can just imagine the hilarity that ensued.
Luckily - we'd had the foresight to keep the old kit.
"Sorry, but I don't see how you can say both "I need dual monitors to do my job" and then "I need a laptop". They are both just a status symbol and mutually exclusive."
Oh no!! I best not admit that I'm typing this reply on my work issued Dell Lattitude E5470 with an i5, 16gb RAM and 500GB SSD - all hooked up to my triple 24" Dell U2414 displays. All secured by Bitlocker Encryption, with a work VPN configured as standard in Windows 10 - so when I finish for the day, I can simply un-dock it and take it home. Imagine that!!
I'll get my coat, mines the one with the 2 tonne Dell power brick in the pocket...
The way I see it is it's the difference between receiving a letter and not acting on it and boarding up your letterbox so the letters can't be delivered in the first place.
If you receive the letter and fail to act - you are willfully blind (and some might argue, complicit), but if you don't receive the letters then you cannot be any more than negligent in your duty to accept communications. Of course, if they could prove that you blocked up your letterbox specifically to avoid certain kinds of letters...
No mention of how recent the files are (last modified dates etc.), though there is mention of a superceded ISMS grading convention, and the fact that the contents were in the single-digit GBs - so for all we know, this USB stick could be a few years old and the real-world risk very minimal (if any) - of course, it could also be bang up to date and a major disaster - we just don't know at this point.
Reminds me of a popular bat script I left on a network share in Uni that opened popup dialog boxes labelled:
"10,000 green bottles, sitting on a wall..."
"9,999 green bottles, sitting on a wall..."
"9,998 green bottles, sitting on a wall..."
They only clicked on the "Exam Papers - Faculty Access Only!" once...
(Mines the one with the notepad in the pocket)
Roundworld is a sphere-shaped world. Yes, it is silly, but people seem to be able to stand on it, so we shouldn't worry too much about it. It lies in a universe created by the wizards of Unseen University, as a way to use up the excessive magical energy generated by the splitting of the thaum. (However it should be noted that travel to the Roundworld and references was possible before the wizard's creation so it may not have happened yet.) Hex watches over the Roundworld, and can move small things in it and influence it slightly. Apart from that, it is (in theory) completely isolated from other universes, and there's no magic in it, not even essential elements like narrativium. There aren't even any gods. After several failed attempts, the wizards managed to create a nice planet (although it's not plane at all, which is quite depressing) where life started to develop.
For all intents and purposes, Roundworld is "our" planet Earth - it is home to a human civilisation which mirrors our own, though several other civilisations have risen and fallen in Roundworld's past, including the crabs and dinosaurs. Roundworld's human inhabitants have not led an untroubled existence; their history was severely threatened by an infestation of Elves, who twisted the stories of Roundworld humans (notably William Shakespeare) to their own ends, and later by the Auditors of Reality, who objected to the consequences of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species. The Wizards acted in both cases to protect their preferred Roundworld history; they feel a certain level of responsibility for the entire universe they have created, and especially for the humans who dwell in it.
But when you buy a CD/DVD/BluRay/Vinyl/Book etc - you are buying a physical item which becomes your property to do with as you wish (copyright case law long ago established that you can take a "backup" of physical media as long as you still own the original and are not distributing or reselling that copy).
But when you download a film from Netfilx - they still retain ownership of that material.
You pay for a streaming subscription - the option to download and view offline is simply an added bonus. If they had a pay-per-download model like Amazon, then that might be a different matter.
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