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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: What Color is Your Parachute -- some thoughts
« Last post by benali72 on March 07, 2018, 05:48:45 pm »
Reminds me of "Who Moved My Cheese?"  I worked at a company where they made everybody read this, the idea being that everybody should be working like an entrepeneur... for the company. Bet they never thought some employees might think they might as well become an entrepenuers for themselves!
Discussions - Public / Re: Stuck in a hotel with public wifi
« Last post by benali72 on March 07, 2018, 05:46:20 pm »
I feel bad.... I laughed about that monitor cracking. But really, it is kind of funny in a black humor kind of way.

Thanks for the diagram and the recommendation of ProtonMail.
FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: What Color is Your Parachute -- some thoughts
« Last post by unix on March 07, 2018, 05:10:57 pm »

I saw that book in a bookstore. This is the type of stuff I *should* read but don't.

Another one, perhaps on the same wavelength, is who moved my cheese.
All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Being blacklisted by Google for your opinion
« Last post by unix on March 07, 2018, 04:54:46 pm »

 I don't know. IMO that's a dangerous path.

Discussions - Public / Re: Stuck in a hotel with public wifi
« Last post by JoFrance on March 07, 2018, 01:16:07 pm »
Neat diagram.  I use web mail.  I didn't think anyone used POP3 anymore.  Its more IMAP.

Its too bad that hotels don't offer secure network access to their guests.  I've known quite a few people that just are not aware that wifi internet access at a hotel is not secure.  Even if they charged extra for VPN access, it would be worth it.  Not everyone has the expertise to set up a VPN or even knows there is such a thing.

When I was at the hotel, I met this couple in the elevator.  These people truly had the worst night.  The woman had to work on Monday and was carrying her desktop computer CPU up to her hotel room.  Her husband had the 24" monitor and whoops, he dropped it.  The glass on the screen was totally cracked really bad.  He said they were going to try to use it anyway.  Yikes!  I'm sure that guy had a very bad night. 

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Brother-in-law's computer got hacked
« Last post by I D Shukhov on March 07, 2018, 08:50:08 am »
It's probably an interesting problem, but I'll let his company's IT department (since they have one) work on it.  He's working and probably doesn't need me interrupting him

JoFrance  -- are you looking in??  Does this make you want to go back to work?  Does Use Outlook Anywhere to connect to your Exchange server without VPN sound interesting?  Maybe you could find a little MIS department to work for in a friendly company. 

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Brother-in-law's computer got hacked
« Last post by The Gorn on March 07, 2018, 08:47:00 am »
^ Yeah, heh heh. Someone's fracked.

Glad it's not MY problem!

Did I make that big enough?  :laugh:
ilconsiglliere wrote:
Sounds to me like they need an anti-trust action against them.

Here's and article that addresses that point more thoroughly.

The real issue with corporate censorship

The reason that Google, Twitter and Facebook have censorship power is that they have become so big that they overwhelm the internet.  They are near monopolies.  Businesses who depend on them for income have nowhere else to go when Google or Facebook arbitrarily ban them.  The real solution is to break giants up into several smaller businesses, thereby creating real competition and alternative places for banned dependent businesses to go.  Real competition would sharply limit their power of censorship.

As the author wrote:
"The real issue isn't that someone decides to banhammer someone else.  It's that market power has been allowed to accumulate in a small number of hands, which is not supposed to happen by design but it has because anti-trust laws have been ignored by the government."

They are defacto monopolies and should be treated as such. That means they should either become highly regulated or broken up ala Ma Bell.

If your revenue depends on these people than by definition you are entirely dependent on them.

Here is something to think about - the govmt decided that a bakery had to bake a cake for gays even though they did not want to. Yet on the other hand these organizations are ALLOWED TO DISCRIMINATE against anyone.

So please explain the difference to me?
Thanks as always for your support and encouragement, Jo.

I'm glad you allow a walled off political area because I know a lot of people can't handle that Trump won. 

I think it's somewhat like this: a majority of posters to the politics section here are right wing. When a majority takes over a discussion forum, it removes the oxygen for any debate or dissent.

I'd rather not assign blame publicly for failure of one side or another to engage thoughtfully. It just renews the politics based anger.

After all, that's what the politics forum is for, to gossip about everyone who doesn't agree with us. J/k  >:D  :D

I understand why you did it. Its fine.

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Brother-in-law's computer got hacked
« Last post by pxsant on March 07, 2018, 08:22:48 am »
Wait a minute.  If he is on a corporate VPN this a much bigger problem whether the company realizes that or not.   On a corporate VPN, his system is nothing but a thin client.  When he is in outlook, he is on the VPN so anything he opens is opened at the corporate level.   He sees the open email on his thin client but Outlook and the actual email are open in the VPN space.

If he boots from scratch and never connects to the VPN, does he still have a problem locally?   Can he go out on the Internet over his own provider without the VPN active?

Depending on the answers, the issue could be restricted locally or the corporate servers could be the infection issue.


Let me modify that a bit.   He may not be operating as a thin client after all.   With a standard VPN, he is probably connecting to remote servers as if they were local but all his apps including Outlook are probably installed locally.  So when he opens an email, it is local, not remote.

It depends on how his connection exists - e.g. if he is using Citrix it is different than a VPN.

His only option is to get his laptop back to the support people to have it checked out and reimaged.  The best option is if they ship him a replacement FEDEX and he can return the old one.
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