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[#] Wed Oct 26 2022 14:03:11 EDT from darknetuser

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2022-10-24 14:41 from Nurb432
Ouch. yes. its good he cared enough about his people to warn you
all.  Could he assist in the search? i'm sure he has built up
contacts in your industry...

I think he warned because I had just fixed his coffee maker. I think he has told nobody else beyond his wife (who is a co-owner of the company).

I should take the chance and pick a job in some Tenesse horse ranch or something.


I am sure this guy would be willing help me find another job but I doubt he could get me anything. The job market is kind of crappy here. I have some freelance contracts with foreign firms to keep me going but this is certainly not the way I intend to manage my career.

[#] Wed Oct 26 2022 14:11:44 EDT from darknetuser

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2022-10-24 17:08 from zelgomer
Or why not retire and hand the keys to someone else? Why does the shop

have to close?



Hard to expain without blowing my cover, but here it goes: this is a small family firm which acts as the only direct competitor to a big badass company worth many $$$$$$. It only survives because $boss is very good at his job and at picking service employees, so a number of customers want only to deal with us. The issue is if he goes away, I see nobody in the vecinity capable of keeping up with the current quality of service, which is the only thing generating us big money and keeping us from oblivion.

If it went into sale, I doubt anybody would want to pick it up because it would mean competing with Big Corp $$$$$$. Big Corp is a Microsoft-like Mafia and the only reason why this firm exists is because they bullied off everybody else. I have heard the boss talk about selling the firm many times but there is just nobody interested. I think it is likely he will just break it up in sellable assets and sell equipment and the building instead.

[#] Wed Oct 26 2022 17:59:18 EDT from Nurb432

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its also hard to give your "life" to someone else. 



[#] Wed Oct 26 2022 18:38:03 EDT from darknetuser

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2022-10-26 17:59 from Nurb432
its also hard to give your "life" to someone else. 


Pretty much this. I just think nobody else around here has what it takes to take control of this firm and keeping it working half as good.

[#] Fri Dec 16 2022 09:23:14 EST from Nurb432

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Rolling out a company sponsored / approved online keypass system.

Can only access it via company devices, even tho its a web app.

No personal accounts allowed, like Netflix.  But if they dont have access, how would they know? 

 

 

lol. 



[#] Fri Dec 16 2022 18:16:26 EST from zelgomer

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No personal accounts allowed, like Netflix.  But if they dont have
access, how would they know? 

Usernames and passphrases are encrypted, but other data such as the entry name or identifier are not?

Or more likely they just have the ability to decrypt it all.


[#] Fri Dec 16 2022 18:38:11 EST from Nurb432

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either way its a big fat NO. 



[#] Mon Dec 19 2022 13:17:21 EST from darknetuser

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2022-12-16 18:16 from zelgomer
No personal accounts allowed, like Netflix. But if they dont have


access, how would they know?

Usernames and passphrases are encrypted, but other data such as the

entry name or identifier are not?

Or more likely they just have the ability to decrypt it all.




My bet would be the only encrypted component is the password itself, and username and metadata are in the open.

Or, if they are anything like a regular firm in my country, they put disclaimres about what is allowed and what is not, and never care to check if people is complying.

[#] Mon Dec 19 2022 13:48:55 EST from Nurb432

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We have entire agencies created to monitor and enforce the rules.  Even when the rules are stupid. They enjoy it.

Around here, be sure to wave at the camera as you work.  That was another nice thing about working from home, no camera over your shoulder. No tracking your movements via door badges.

Mon Dec 19 2022 01:17:21 PM EST from darknetuser

Or, if they are anything like a regular firm in my country, they put disclaimres about what is allowed and what is not, and never care to check if people is complying.

 



[#] Tue Dec 20 2022 10:26:00 EST from fandarel

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We're stuck in this stupid loop right now. Manglement wants everyone back at their desks, but they are afraid to push too hard for fear that people will quit and go elsewhere. So there is a large group of people, mainly software developers, who work much better at home anyway, who just don't show up. Fine with me, they sit on slack, I have their email addresses. I've been turning up, except for last week I stayed home due to my ankle crapola, but even stiff and sore I'm back in my chair this week. But I wonder why. Doesn't seem to be any great career advantage to doing so, half my stuff has to be done after hours anyway. Habit at this point I guess.

[#] Tue Dec 20 2022 11:59:41 EST from Nurb432

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Earlier this year we were mandated by the big guy to come back in 3 days a week, unless it was approved by HR. ( which is not easy, they fought the entire home-work thing in the first place and are stuck in the 50s. it took the blanket health mandate from above to get them out of the way in 2020 )

After the new mandate of return, depending on your director, the policy is either adhered to exactly, or tossed out the window totally.  Does not seem like much in the middle. My director at the time was one of the former, so we all came in 3 days a week.  But i recently changed directors due to some reorg of a couple of departments, and nearly all his people have not been seen hardly at all in 2 years. They all lost their desks too and have to make due with random 'hotel spaces' when they come in for a meeting or something..

But, being who i am, i decided not to take advantage too much, and come in every couple of weeks for 2 or 3 days as a middle ground. It will still save me tons in gas money and travel time, but i can still be around every so often so upper management sees my face.( and i can keep my desk without any static ) I make sure i walk around a lot on those days to be seen.  And since hardly anyone comes in on Fridays, i normally choose that as one of my days in. It makes it for a quiet day at the office.



[#] Mon Dec 26 2022 15:33:56 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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back at their desks, but they are afraid to push too hard for fear that

people will quit and go elsewhere. So there is a large group of
people, mainly software developers, who work much better at home

Heh. That's amusing for me to hear because that was my experience some number of years ago, back when someone up top decided to make a big push to bring back in people who had been working from home (this was long before the plandemic) because there were a bunch of people abusing the privilege. I no longer have work that involves collaboration with anyone in my local office so I had stopped going. My manager knew that the dude currently running that office was abusive towards me, so he let me stay home on a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" basis.

I bought a big whiteboard and put it behind my chair to make it impossible to determine my location during video calls. It remains there to this day even though working from home became mandatory during the plandemic and remains available to this day.

Now I've got the whiteboard behind my chair, and a blue chroma key curtain behind that, so I really can appear to be wherever I want. But we've only had more of a diaspora since then, so the chances of a mandatory return to the office is slim to none at this point. In fact, I have heard rumors of a major reduction of office space, either by ending the leases or turning the space into more data center floor.

This is one genie that they're not going to be able to put back into the bottle. Anyone who mandates a return to the workplace without a *good* reason for it, is going to find themselves hard pressed to retain talent.

[#] Mon Dec 26 2022 16:10:01 EST from Nurb432

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While its not a secret the director im under now prefers people not to come in, last week the ones that ruined it for us last time noticed i was there and made a big deal about me being there. "ya, you are back bla bla"  "ya hi"

After figuring out i wasn't away due to medical ( i had hurt my foot a few weeks ago as mentioned in another room ) Asked me a loaded question " how does it feel only coming in 3 days a week" ( which is not the case now )  " its nice not being here all the time, but having a place to go when i need it "

Be 2 weeks before i go back in, im sure they will figure it out eventually.  ( they still work for the other director, who does not believe in WFH ). IF they ask directly "what is your schedule"  " it varies now based on need so i cant really say"

 

Mon Dec 26 2022 03:33:56 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar
 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" basis.

 



[#] Mon Dec 26 2022 18:17:06 EST from darknetuser

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I bought a big whiteboard and put it behind my chair to make it
impossible to determine my location during video calls. It remains

there to this day even though working from home became mandatory during

the plandemic and remains available to this day.

That sounds fine to me.

I don't really get to do many videocalls because my latency and bandwidth just don't cut it, but when I am forced to partake I typically ensure I have a non-descript wall behind me so nobody can obtain any information from the background.

[#] Mon Dec 26 2022 18:27:29 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I also have a frame grab from a camera in an empty cubicle, which I can use as a video background. It's amazing how many people can't tell the difference, especially when the lighting is well matched.

I do miss the camraderie. But the people in my local office are a bunch of dorks and the people I want to hang out with are a thousand miles away, so video it is. At least there's no one to complain about my loud clicky keyboard.

[#] Mon Dec 26 2022 18:53:34 EST from Nurb432

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Lol.

When we went home for fluvid i took my keyboard home. Never brought it back just in case we got sent home again.  I got lots of comments about it due to the noise. both good and bad, but many noticed it was gone..

I'm keeping a minimal of personal items there now. Basically a usb hub and a fan are mine. Plus a couple of small trinkets i dont have an issue losing if it came down to it.  But that is about it.

Oh, and my off-site backup of my personal files from my PC ( pictures, email, bla bla ), but they are encrypted so other than losing a 100 dollar device and pissing me off, no real risk.

 

 

Mon Dec 26 2022 06:27:29 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar
 At least there's no one to complain about my loud clicky keyboard.

 



[#] Mon Dec 26 2022 19:53:44 EST from fandarel

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I used to have some art at work - nothing elaborate, but just some things to look at that weren't white walls. At the start of the plandemic, I brought it all home, found places for it here. When we were hauled back, I never bothered taking any of it back in, or acquiring anything new, since it didn't seem worth the effort - I wasn't sure how much longer I was going to stick around anyway. Even got a nice 2023 calendar with nature scenes of Western MA I was planning to take in, but I can't bring myself to do it. I'd miss it if it disappeared, and I don't trust those people that much.
Oh, here's a good story. Last Monday manglement decided they wanted to have a department Christmas party. They've done so in the past, but not for the last couple of years for obvious reasons. 12:30pm-1:15pm. Everybody bring something. I'm thinking, roughly 20 people show up to the office on a regular basis. The other 20 work from home, but will probably be tempted to come in for the food. At least half of the 20 normally present are sick with something - cold, fluvid, whatever - and presumably half the others are too. All standing around a conference room with open food everywhere, coughing, laughing, carrying on. I noped out and snuck out for lunch, stayed the heck away from that end of the building for the day. Within 3 days the fluvid warnings are in our emails, strong recommend wearing a mask again (hahahahahahaha), signs on the conference room doors limiting to X people, etc. Dumbasses.

[#] Mon Dec 26 2022 20:04:29 EST from Nurb432

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We have about 600 people in our department.  I heard only about`~150 showed up for the xmas dinner this year. Mostly purchased by management, but people brought in deserts, etc. 

I didnt go in the office for it, and even if i did id never go eat. Aside from it being flu season with everyone sniffling and pawing at the food, a few years back we had one where the managers brought in food. Didn't bring enough. Thought id be sociable that year for a change and participate. "team player" nonsense. I stood in line nearly an hour.. Finally got up to the food "sorry, we ran out about 20 minutes ago, but we have some chips and drinks left" wtf.  never again. 



[#] Mon Dec 26 2022 22:38:24 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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It does seem that we're in an awkward place right now with regard to regular seasonal sickness being back with a vengeance. It feels like everyone is experiencing the equivalent of the first time you send your kid to preschool and everyone gets sick for m onths until your immune system figures out how to cope.

I deal with it by drinking lots of coffee. It doesn't help or hurt; I just really like coffee.

[#] Tue Dec 27 2022 07:41:05 EST from Nurb432

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Its what happens when you isolate people for 2 years. Regular immunity tanks.

( the one down side of being an introvert too :) )

Mon Dec 26 2022 10:38:24 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar
It does seem that we're in an awkward place right now with regard to regular seasonal sickness being back with a vengeance. It feels like everyone is experiencing the equivalent of the first time you send your kid to preschool and everyone gets sick for m onths until your immune system figures out how to cope.

I deal with it by drinking lots of coffee. It doesn't help or hurt; I just really like coffee.

 



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