* Posts by uccsoundman

7 posts • joined 9 Feb 2018

Americans are just fine with facial recognition technology – as long as they get shorter queues


Re: I think the real problem is...

As a boy I was astonished how normalized this was. Of course you didn't subscribe to "Playboy", because, even though it came in a plain brown wrapper, your postman would immediately report you to the police. Say a curse word on the phone? The operator would immediately disconnect the call and you might lose your phone service. Find out your new friend has read Marx? Get rid of him; dad will lose his job! And what is so scary is... there was basis for their fears. We DID know people who said @#$# on the phone and lost their phone service. We DID know people who were jailed for subscribing to "Playboy" (Federal offense to get naughty magazines in the mail). And people having their lives ruined by associating with communists was on TV every night when my dad was a boy (see McCarthyism).

So yes, Cameras in the air... no problem; just another reason to not engage in any "Un-American Activities"


Re: I think the real problem is...

I might be able to explain the older folks tolerance for this. I've heard it at the coffee fellowship at my (mostly elderly) Church. If you aren't doing anything wrong, or are not someplace that you aren't supposed to be, or not associating with "undesirable" people, you have nothing to worry about and therefore should not object to the cameras.

But remember, this is the generation who grew up with McCarthy and heartily APPROVED of what he was doing. They have a healthy dose of 1950's conformity. They always assumed their phone conversations were listened to, their mail inspected, their friends scrutinized. That was the price of freedom (from those Communists, Socialist and other undesirable liberals).

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds


Re: Developer PC

I'm ASTONISHED at your story because (a) they let an outside piece of hardware onto the network and (b... and something I have experience in) once you bring your own hardware it becomes property of the company. My new pc-from-home became the bosses' new PC. Fortunately that company is in my past.

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB


Re: There are plenty of reasons NOT to use IP

But you are not supposed to be enjoying yourself in the Highlands. You are supposed to be in the city, either slaving away at your job, or at home consuming media that those in charge want to sell you.

UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues


Heard inside the develpment office

We're Agile; we don't need to test.

Sysadmin wiped two servers, left the country to escape the shame


Re: No shame in cocking up!

Or what I hear all the time... "We're Agile, we don't need to test"

Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin


Re: Live Steam

"Real engineers?" They cost money! It's a lot easier to get the local handyman to do it. He'll get it done cheap and won't be asking any troublesome questions, nor bring up those pesky rules and permits that other people seem to care about.

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