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(Mother Nature Network)   For the IT guys at your company who right now are stressing out over the legitimate fears that next Monday at approximately 9:06 a.m. the entire network is going to come crashing down, March Madness means something completely different   (mnn.com) divider line 51
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2013-03-14 07:05:25 AM
just install an extra ZIP drive
on the packard bell navigator server

it'll look kewler therefore faster
 
2013-03-14 07:10:31 AM
There are large companies out there where streaming video isn't blocked or flagged?
 
2013-03-14 07:11:03 AM
What's happening on Monday?
 
2013-03-14 07:14:56 AM

BMFPitt: There are large companies out there where streaming video isn't blocked or flagged?


Inside or outside of the IT department?
 
2013-03-14 07:15:07 AM
Since Y2K turned out to be not a problem no one will ever listen to any complaints about potential computer problems till after one actually happens.
 
2013-03-14 07:17:11 AM
Just hit the Turbo button on your $2,500 Packard Bell 486 DX. Problem solved.

www.debt.org

/I have to pay you back too? At 866%? And this solves my problems how?
 
2013-03-14 07:22:49 AM

BMFPitt: There are large companies out there where streaming video isn't blocked or flagged?


Tons of smaller companies. FTFA:  "Our survey showed that the stricter the IT policies are at a company, the harder networking professionals will have to work,"

it's easier to let a supervisor weed out unproductive employees rather than use the IT dept to vet everyone.
 
2013-03-14 07:24:39 AM

Green Scorpio: BMFPitt: There are large companies out there where streaming video isn't blocked or flagged?

Tons of smaller companies. FTFA:  "Our survey showed that the stricter the IT policies are at a company, the harder networking professionals will have to work,"

it's easier to let a supervisor weed out unproductive employees rather than use the IT dept to vet everyone.


Nevermind.
 
2013-03-14 07:25:09 AM
If by gearing up, you mean temporarily adding "sports" to the category of blocked sites to the proxy server, then... sure... but that took all of 5 minutes...
 
2013-03-14 07:25:34 AM

BMFPitt: There are large companies out there where streaming video isn't blocked or flagged?


Not where I work, but that's probably because we're a major CDN that'll be doing the actual streaming of March Madness.

It won't be me, but at least one of my co-workers will be literally paid to watch the event.  Of course, when things do go wrong, it doesn't get much worse than dealing with an angry sports media company.
 
2013-03-14 07:30:42 AM
Content filtering. Learn it. Live it. Love it.
 
2013-03-14 07:32:10 AM
Does anyone even watch basketball anymore?
 
2013-03-14 07:33:13 AM

Oldiron_79: Since Y2K turned out to be not a problem no one will ever listen to any complaints about potential computer problems till after one actually happens.


Things didn't fall over because a lot of money and time was spend and the two digit problem was fixed, not because there was no problem.
 
2013-03-14 07:34:58 AM

Freakjob_0: Does anyone even watch basketball anymore?


Yes, the people who are too smart for hockey.
 
2013-03-14 07:35:17 AM
I worked at a company where the network admin would disconnect the router connection to the internet right when something important sportswise was happening.

"Bottom of the eight, two men on, Slugger Slugsie at bat. First pitch, swing and a strike. Second pitch low. Swing and a strike. Third pitch, here it comes [Carrier Signal Lost]"

All the people in customer service screaming.
 
2013-03-14 07:36:19 AM
It department should worry about anything that threatens the integrity of the network.

Having said that, streaming video doesn't necessarily do that. If it doesn't, it's definitely an HR issue. I'm not the police, and I don't want to be.
 
2013-03-14 07:39:02 AM

thisone: Oldiron_79: Since Y2K turned out to be not a problem no one will ever listen to any complaints about potential computer problems till after one actually happens.

Things didn't fall over because a lot of money and time was spend and the two digit problem was fixed, not because there was no problem.


You sir are Technically correct, the best kind, but in the mind of theaverage numb nut that is more interested in whats going onwith the Kardashians than what could tank civilization as we know it, since nothing happened because of the time and money spent to correct it nothing can happen evar even if we ignore it.
 
2013-03-14 07:41:39 AM

thisone

Oldiron_79:
Since Y2K turned out to be not a problem no one will ever listen to any complaints about potential computer problems till after one actually happens.

Things didn't fall over because a lot of money and time was spend and the two digit problem was fixed, not because there was no problem.


I spent a lot of time rewriting code in 1999. Because of me, a lot of food color didn't automatically expire in 1908 instead of 2007 (or something). Do you want to go back to Pepsi Clear? Do you? Do you?

Yeah. I made the world a better place.
 
2013-03-14 07:47:36 AM

Ukab the Great: roblems


Dude... that's 3.65 MILLION DOLLARS EVERY YEAR!!!
 
2013-03-14 07:48:31 AM

Ukab the Great: Just hit the Turbo button on your $2,500 Packard Bell 486 DX. Problem solved.

[www.debt.org image 300x186]

/I have to pay you back too? At 866%? And this solves my problems how?


her teeth scare me.  like a serpant
 
2013-03-14 08:08:56 AM

finnished: It department should worry about anything that threatens the integrity of the network.

Having said that, streaming video doesn't necessarily do that.


Streaming video by 1 or 2 people doesn't... streaming HD video by a couple hundred... yes... it's call network load... you have a video streaming at 10Mbps on a 1Gbps line 200 times at the same time and suddenly... everyone's calling because they can't connect to citrix, or they aren't getting email, or it's taking 5 minutes to open that excel doc on the network drive...
 
2013-03-14 08:11:43 AM

CeroX: Streaming video by 1 or 2 people doesn't... streaming HD video by a couple hundred... yes... it's call network load... you have a video streaming at 10Mbps on a 1Gbps line 200 times at the same time and suddenly... everyone's calling because they can't connect to citrix, or they aren't getting email, or it's taking 5 minutes to open that excel doc on the network drive...


Which you know if your IT department was worth its weight in salt they would already have had in place QOS policies to ensure that business critical network protocols are always have the proper resources available.
 
2013-03-14 08:14:20 AM
qos won't do squat if there's that many people trying to stream... and around here, there are... and i work for a large company, 10k+
 
2013-03-14 08:14:49 AM
I'm in IT and I'm not worried about it.
Bandwidth throttling...  problem solved.
 
2013-03-14 08:16:17 AM
Besides... why should the IT dept worry about trying to juggle bandwidth to accommodate spoiled sports fanatics who should be working... block the ip's and be done with it...
 
2013-03-14 08:16:21 AM
I have never had a problem (from a productivity perspective) of having the game up in the corner of my screen while I work. In fact, if I didn't, I would be constantly flipping back to another website and refreshing, or checking my phone, for the latest score. It's much more passive and efficient this way.

Server load, well, I don't know anything about that. I'm just a simple man.
 
2013-03-14 08:17:01 AM
Fretting over increased internet connections seeking out basketball coverage?  LOL.

/I won't lie though:  We totally usurp a few 52" status display monitors to watch hockey.
 
2013-03-14 08:18:04 AM
Is this the 1990s?

I haven't heard of companies having problems like that since PointCast was a thing.
 
2013-03-14 08:19:32 AM

CeroX: qos won't do squat if there's that many people trying to stream... and around here, there are... and i work for a large company, 10k+


Then whoever manages your routers is a moron, or you lack the proper equipment for an organization that size. However I realize that in either situation, upper management is most likely to blame.
 
2013-03-14 08:21:29 AM

MyKingdomForYourHorse: CeroX: qos won't do squat if there's that many people trying to stream... and around here, there are... and i work for a large company, 10k+

Then whoever manages your routers is a moron, or you lack the proper equipment for an organization that size. However I realize that in either situation, upper management is most likely to blame.


Yeah, we're just now switching from xp to 7, mostly because of the whole MS not supporting a 12 year old OS any longer...
 
2013-03-14 08:35:25 AM
I know there are two proxy servers here. One for IT and friends, and one for everyone else. I will find that elusive IP address again.
 
2013-03-14 08:39:28 AM

CeroX: Yeah, we're just now switching from xp to 7, mostly because of the whole MS not supporting a 12 year old OS any longer...


I do freelance work and contract work on the side from my current gig. Trying to explain to a CFO why an investment of X amount of dollars will save them Y amount of dollars is an exercise in futility sometimes

"So your saying we'll have extra capital"
'No, Im trying to tell you that either way this money will be spent but this will reduce your spending over time'
"So we'll have extra capital"
*proceeds to bang head on table
 
2013-03-14 08:39:54 AM

Gifted Many Few: I know there are two proxy servers here. One for IT and friends, and one for everyone else. I will find that elusive IP address again.


Just run an (ze)nmap against the network, that's sure to find it!

/(Don't do that if you value your job and it doesn't already involved doing that in a scheduled fashion)
//if the IT guys are any good they've also got a whitelist of IPs that proxy will respond to
 
2013-03-14 09:07:59 AM
Im just curious why nobody just realizes most of the modern world has the ability to watch on their phones now. fark productivity.
 
2013-03-14 09:17:10 AM

TheReverendLei: Im just curious why nobody just realizes most of the modern world has the ability to watch on their phones now. fark productivity.


Or, for me, tablet + slinbox app + slingbox. I will use the company's wifi, though, because nobody cares about that and it's completely unblocked.
 
2013-03-14 10:26:24 AM
From the 80's:

Buy something with the word "Turbo" in the product name and slap it on your server.

It'll be fine!
 
2013-03-14 10:41:47 AM
When I worked in Charlotte, they would wheel in TVs for every floor during the ACC tourny and NCAA tourny because they knew half the workforce would call out sick if they didn't. Worked out just fine....
 
2013-03-14 10:46:23 AM

computerguyUT: I'm in IT and I'm not worried about it.
Bandwidth throttling...  problem solved.


*buffering*
 
2013-03-14 10:59:53 AM
We already throttle ours, but it's moot anyways because some of the sites can't handle the load anyway.

Unfortunately, that means I'll get dumbasses calling me saying that "the internet is down".  I always make them explain why they think so.
 
2013-03-14 11:00:42 AM

BMFPitt: There are large companies out there where streaming video isn't blocked or flagged?


Yes, I work for one.  In the Fortune 200, over 10K employees.  Executive leadership has expressly forbidden the blocking of March Madness streaming.  The first year streaming was available there was a catastrophic network failure, the root cause was identified to executive leadership but they would not allow it to be blocked.

I have also worked for a few other companies of similar size and the general state of things is that they have all laid off the people who only monitored internet traffic because they didn't add enough value.  So the only people with admin level access to the devices that monitor your internet traffic are overworked network security engineers too busy dealing with firewall policy to care what you do.  If there is a problem with your job performance, your boss will ask H.R. to request a log of your activity and it will get monitored going forward from that point for a set period.  Many companies decided the proactive internet gestapo wasn't worth the money.
 
2013-03-14 11:04:07 AM
Wait. What? There are companies out there that are stupid enough not to block streaming streaming video?
 
2013-03-14 11:08:19 AM

JackieRabbit: Wait. What? There are companies out there that are stupid enough not to block streaming streaming video?


Cause I am sure that 100% of all the streaming video out there is in no way helpful to production....
 
2013-03-14 11:16:20 AM

KiTTeNs_on_AciD: Many companies decided the proactive internet gestapo wasn't worth the money.


thus the general state of IT since 2002... and even worse since 2008...

I lost 2 great paying jobs because of the financial crisis between 08 and 09... First was a bank, the second was a law firm with a bank as their main client... The bank i worked for actually failed and went out of business... the law office lost Bank of America as a client and had to downsize, IT was the first department cut... in the meeting they told us that they are in the business of making money, and that any department that doesn't make the company money is going to receive cuts... they nearly cut out the entire IT department except for 3 people to manage everything...

Working basic helpdesk for my current company for 3 years now, 2 years as a contractor, and 1 as a full time employee... why do i stay? honestly i don't even want to work IT anymore, but my degree is centered on IT... Though i have a prospect to become a business owner in the next couple of years, so i am going after that dream now...

ok, i'm done ranting...
 
2013-03-14 11:17:22 AM

Burr: JackieRabbit: Wait. What? There are companies out there that are stupid enough not to block streaming streaming video?

Cause I am sure that 100% of all the streaming video out there is in no way helpful to production....


I know, youtube can be a fantastic source of computer training, but it's youtube, so, there's that...
 
2013-03-14 11:29:48 AM
Sometimes I revel in the fact my job is to keep apprised of Internet technologies and the Internet.

We have a fairly strict IT policy (shouldn't use any IT unless it's for performing your job duties), but very lax physical restrictions.  They don't outright block anything, sometimes they'll pop up with a warning message "Are you sure you want to go to site XYZ? It's currently classified as:  midget pornography and all access attempts will be logged.  Access is only permitted if you are attempting to access this site for official job duties.  If you believe it's incorrectly classified please file a report here:  ITGURUGuy".
 
2013-03-14 11:52:53 AM
About the only time the network was monitored at my last job was when there was a DOS attack. Afterwards all managers received lists of their people who were watching various videos during the attack.

Impact on employment? Zero.
 
2013-03-14 02:04:12 PM
I manage a company with close to 100 users over 4 geographically dispersed sites. I am the ONLY IT guy. No, I am not worried about March Madness. Host file modification is effective means of controlling content access when your company is too cheap to buy a decent web filter or a decent server to setup squid on.
 
2013-03-14 02:42:09 PM
Wow, sensational journalism is sensational.  Come on kids, in 90% of all offices, you either can't stream video at all, or you'll be reprimanded or fired for having done it.

Also, streaming video hasn't been a problem for corporate IT networks since... well about 10 years now.  Ever since pretty much everything moved to 100/1000 wired networks.

Lastly, even pretending this is some kind of scare is absurd.  There are two answers to a problem like this in IT.  1) Turn off the stream.  2) Fire the dumb farks watching streams at their desks.  No one is beefing up servers, or adding new routers to handle the "massive load" (of bullshiat).
 
2013-03-14 02:58:06 PM
My office is laughably backward. It takes decades for us to catch up. Streaming audio is blocked for bandwidth purposes (as I'm told), but streaming video is wide-farking-open.

Yes, there are legitimate uses for streaming video, no question. But, the same holds true for audio files.
 
2013-03-14 05:25:03 PM

Harry Freakstorm: thisone

Oldiron_79: Since Y2K turned out to be not a problem no one will ever listen to any complaints about potential computer problems till after one actually happens.

Things didn't fall over because a lot of money and time was spend and the two digit problem was fixed, not because there was no problem.

I spent a lot of time rewriting code in 1999. Because of me, a lot of food color didn't automatically expire in 1908 instead of 2007 (or something). Do you want to go back to Pepsi Clear? Do you? Do you?

Yeah. I made the world a better place.


I spent a lot of time rewriting COBOL code in 1996. Because of me the correct fixed percentage of the cost of depreciable assets (computers) was deducted each year out to a five year window.  I made some accountant's life easier.  Yay me.
 
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