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Aug. 28th, 2003 | 07:17 pm

I went out to dinner with my lab, and they spent some time complaining about one lab member who shows up late to our lab meetings and ignores the speaker and is probably just IMing people.

They want me to yank his access during the meeting (or a variety of other evil things) as a way of saying that if you're going to show up to a presentation you should be courteous to the speaker.

I wish I knew enough about hacking to send him spoofed DNS responses.

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from: bolowolf
date: Aug. 29th, 2003 06:09 am (UTC)

That would be a riot!!!

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from: neko_san
date: Aug. 29th, 2003 10:50 am (UTC)

Oh, geeze.

When i was working in IT at GNP, we got a request from a manager to turn off access to "internet sites where people can play chess online" for exactly one person using a shared computer on the production floor. (They wanted to keep all other internet access for everyone else enabled.)

After a bit of internal IT discussion, we turned around and said, "I'm sorry, but if one person is spending all his time playing online chess with people in Russia, that's an HR issue, not an IT issue." (We got backup from both the head of IT and the head of HR on this, luckily.)

Although, for our own amusement, we did sometimes look at the firewall logs to see what sites people were visiting. We found that one manager would access sites from domains like "hotasianchickswithhugetits.com". We took to yanking his internet connection for a few seconds whenever we caught him looking at such sites. At one point, he did mention to me that internet access to external websites could be flaky at times. I made up some BS about "Our firewall will try to block access to non-work related sites, although I suppose it could accidentally block something it's not supposed to. If you email the help desk the URL of the site you're having trouble accessing, I'll look into it." He just hmmmed and mumbled and never brought it up again.

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 29th, 2003 12:50 pm (UTC)

Yeah, what they wanted reminded me of a story I saw about some of the dysfunctionality of the dot-com era.

Apparently at least one person was fired by disconnecting their company cell phone and deactivating their keycard instead of telling them that they were fired.

After remembering that I thought the best solution would be to tell him that it's rude not to at least to try to pay attention to the speaker.

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