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(610 WIOD)   Officials express concern over LA County Government computer system meltdown from (a) hackers (b) virus (c) workers watching the Olympics   (610wiod.com) divider line 29
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2012-08-02 01:14:15 PM
(d) pr0n
 
2012-08-02 01:17:57 PM

sulco: (d) pr0n


With all the nipples apparently going on, isn't the Olympics about the same? Oh, and "beach volleyball"
 
2012-08-02 01:18:30 PM
Let's take a poll. In a diverse workplace where is the bandwidth being hogged? Go ahead, be sexist...Watching Locte and Phelps swimming, that woman with the shotgun, or Chinese women's volleyball? Difficulty: 2.5 as some events have not even begun.
 
2012-08-02 01:21:11 PM
Guess they're not out building roads and bridges to those that didn't earn it on their own.
 
2012-08-02 01:21:32 PM
I'm going with B.

Government workers are retarded and wouldn't know how to use a computer to watch the Olympics in the first place.
 
2012-08-02 01:24:11 PM
/CSB
During the playoffs one year (maybe 1997 or 1998), the St. Louis Cardinals were in contention. Pretty much every computer had the Cardinal's website up. Whenever something exiting was about to happen, the network guy would disconnect the internet from the network. He thought it was funny but I would get about ten calls about the 'system being down'. Sometimes, I'd play along and get them to admit it was "just the internet." More than once, I'd say something like 'I'm examining the packets that were going to your workstation. How is www.stlcardinals.com work related?"
 
2012-08-02 01:27:01 PM

Grapple: sulco: (d) pr0n

With all the nipples apparently going on, isn't the Olympics about the same?"


What nipples? I apparently missed the nipples. Nipples,
 
2012-08-02 01:30:18 PM
My $50 "consumer" router provides QoS and content filtering features at a ridiculously granular level, yet a county-wide system in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world does not? Why am I not surprised?
 
2012-08-02 01:34:00 PM

RottNDude: My $50 "consumer" router provides QoS and content filtering features at a ridiculously granular level, yet a county-wide system in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world does not? Why am I not surprised?


A big heaping stinking bowl of this
 
2012-08-02 01:42:45 PM

RottNDude: My $50 "consumer" router provides QoS and content filtering features at a ridiculously granular level, yet a county-wide system in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world does not? Why am I not surprised?


Why is it up to the IT department to police people's work ethic? Isn't that the manager's job? And, if the managers aren't doing their job, why isn't leadership coming down on the managers? And if they aren't doing their job either, then this is why we have elected officials (to keep the bureaucracy in line).
 
2012-08-02 01:55:41 PM
If only there were some other way the Olympics could be watched, like a live TV broadcast or something. Sadly, there is only NBC's new reality show "Blathering Reporters" set with the Games in the background.
 
2012-08-02 02:01:06 PM
A city that size that doesn't have an A.U.P.? Wtf?
 
2012-08-02 02:01:23 PM

RottNDude: My $50 "consumer" router provides QoS and content filtering features at a ridiculously granular level, yet a county-wide system in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world does not? Why am I not surprised?


Bad policy to solve Management Issues with Tech.
 
2012-08-02 02:03:45 PM
LA county, mostly dems, loony left obamorons. The men did most of their work during the women's events because the women's beach volleyball made them queasy and it's gross.
They did create a new taxpayer funded public job. Jizz mopper during the men's swimming events.
 
2012-08-02 02:03:56 PM
I work for LA County, and once when I was working late (around 8:30- 9 pm) all alone in the office I decided to put on Netflix while I worked since I figured no one will be on the network at this time. I swear, 10 minutes into watching I get an e-mail that was sent to all county employees "There is a system slowdown, we are currently looking for the source of the slowdown."- IT" and after I stop watching I get a followup "The system slowdown has been resolved."

They do have some strict filters on the LA county network, but I've since figured out how to bypass certain filters and go on social media sites and install my own programs on my work computer. All for non-nefarious work related purposes of course. I like my job and would rather not get fired.
 
2012-08-02 02:20:16 PM
If anyone believes this is a phenomenon specific to public workers only, I have a slightly-used bridge in London for sale.

/Network Engineer in Fortune 500 company.
//Tour de France used to be worse.
 
2012-08-02 02:44:09 PM
There is also a concern of a computer meltdown for all city computers.

No there isn't.
 
2012-08-02 03:18:35 PM

ng2810: They do have some strict filters on the LA county network, but I've since figured out how to bypass certain filters and go on social media sites and install my own programs on my work computer. All for non-nefarious work related purposes of course. I like my job and would rather not get fired.


Work-related or not, you might want to read the EULA's on those programs you're installing. Most vendor licensing frowns upon personal programs in a corporate/government environment. I'm not even being snarky. Part of my job is to find people like you in our environment and force them to comply with licensing by obtaining it proper through the company or removing it from their machines. I've never had to report anyone as most people are genuinely ignorant when it comes to software licensing. It's not worth your job, especially if you like it.
 
2012-08-02 04:18:52 PM
This happened at my workplace, but it was the NCAA Basketball tournament.
 
2012-08-02 04:29:03 PM

genepool lifeboat: ng2810: They do have some strict filters on the LA county network, but I've since figured out how to bypass certain filters and go on social media sites and install my own programs on my work computer. All for non-nefarious work related purposes of course. I like my job and would rather not get fired.

Work-related or not, you might want to read the EULA's on those programs you're installing. Most vendor licensing frowns upon personal programs in a corporate/government environment. I'm not even being snarky. Part of my job is to find people like you in our environment and force them to comply with licensing by obtaining it proper through the company or removing it from their machines. I've never had to report anyone as most people are genuinely ignorant when it comes to software licensing. It's not worth your job, especially if you like it.


Private use in a corporate environment counts as "commercial use?"
 
2012-08-02 04:36:07 PM

Harry Freakstorm: /CSB
During the playoffs one year (maybe 1997 or 1998), the St. Louis Cardinals were in contention. Pretty much every computer had the Cardinal's website up. Whenever something exiting was about to happen, the network guy would disconnect the internet from the network. He thought it was funny but I would get about ten calls about the 'system being down'. Sometimes, I'd play along and get them to admit it was "just the internet." More than once, I'd say something like 'I'm examining the packets that were going to your workstation. How is www.stlcardinals.com work related?"


[csb]An acquaintance claimed he temporarily redirected all youtube requests for certain coworkers to see if they'd report the problem. For a day or so, they got RickRolled every time they tried to watch a Youtube video.[/csb]
 
2012-08-02 06:24:05 PM

Rindred: This happened at my workplace, but it was the NCAA Basketball tournament.


This. A couple of years ago the hospital I work at sent out a system wide e-mail asking people not to watch the basketball playoffs on their work computers because they were having problems with the network since everyone was doing it.
 
2012-08-02 06:24:21 PM
Great use of taxpayer funded infrastructure.

Management must really be looking the other way - all the time not just in this instance.
 
2012-08-02 10:38:38 PM
Manager, "Why haven't you been filling out your TPS reports?
Employee. "I was watching the Olympics on my computer.."
Manager, "Hey boss, I thought we told people not to do this..."
Me, "I did... write him up and dock him one vacation day."

/Watch TV and crap like that on your own time....
//Still easier to slap employees then have to set up complex filters..
 
2012-08-02 11:29:27 PM
24 posts in and nobody noticed the headline is wrong.
the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles are two different governments. The
article was referring to the City of Los Angeles
you know the one with the Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa
thank you
 
2012-08-03 03:28:07 AM

ProfessorOhki: genepool lifeboat: ng2810: They do have some strict filters on the LA county network, but I've since figured out how to bypass certain filters and go on social media sites and install my own programs on my work computer. All for non-nefarious work related purposes of course. I like my job and would rather not get fired.

Work-related or not, you might want to read the EULA's on those programs you're installing. Most vendor licensing frowns upon personal programs in a corporate/government environment. I'm not even being snarky. Part of my job is to find people like you in our environment and force them to comply with licensing by obtaining it proper through the company or removing it from their machines. I've never had to report anyone as most people are genuinely ignorant when it comes to software licensing. It's not worth your job, especially if you like it.

Private use in a corporate environment counts as "commercial use?"



Private use? Is it on your personal computer? On your personal network?
 
2012-08-03 08:35:12 AM

ProfessorOhki: Private use in a corporate environment counts as "commercial use?"


Pretty much, yeah.
 
2012-08-03 12:40:38 PM

intelligent comment below: ProfessorOhki: genepool lifeboat: ng2810: They do have some strict filters on the LA county network, but I've since figured out how to bypass certain filters and go on social media sites and install my own programs on my work computer. All for non-nefarious work related purposes of course. I like my job and would rather not get fired.

Work-related or not, you might want to read the EULA's on those programs you're installing. Most vendor licensing frowns upon personal programs in a corporate/government environment. I'm not even being snarky. Part of my job is to find people like you in our environment and force them to comply with licensing by obtaining it proper through the company or removing it from their machines. I've never had to report anyone as most people are genuinely ignorant when it comes to software licensing. It's not worth your job, especially if you like it.

Private use in a corporate environment counts as "commercial use?"


Private use? Is it on your personal computer? On your personal network?


If you're asked to deliver something on your lunch break is it private use of your car just because you own the car or is it still a commercial use because you're carrying out business? AFAIK, ownership and location != use. Could be different for software, no clue. Wouldn't be the first time it was inconsistent.
 
2012-08-03 09:19:08 PM

ProfessorOhki: If you're asked to deliver something on your lunch break is it private use of your car just because you own the car or is it still a commercial use because you're carrying out business? AFAIK, ownership and location != use. Could be different for software, no clue. Wouldn't be the first time it was inconsistent.



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