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How to get rid of "Your computer is permanently blocked. Call for support at 1-855-841-4777"

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by Allene, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Unregistered User

    And from what I heard, most of the time they take the money and then don't deliver the fix, thus stabbing you twice: losing your data and losing your money.

    Those are really nasty people!

    I backup My Documents at least monthly, and often backup work product on the company server several times a day, at each point when I complete a milestone or get a feature working. I'm sure the IT department has their server covered no matter what happens to my PC.
  2. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    You would be surprised at how unprepared companies are when it comes to severe threats to their networks. The majority pay lip service to proper procedures, but in practice, are among the worst in practicing what they preach.
  3. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Unregistered User

    That's the same thing as ransomware only from your provider! They run a buggy version of PHP then charge you more money to sell you the VPS without the bugs.

    That's why I got my own server! I know what's on my server because I'm the one who put it there. I got just your basic Debian image and utility package, SSH was my only point of access until I secured my SSH with shared RSA keys and piggyback WinSCP over SSH to transfer files.

    My only problem is that I call the IT department my phone always rings! ;) Luckily I have a good friend who always helps me out of sticky problems. He owns the #2 porn site on the Internet!

    By the way, Planet Suzy with I forget what TLD is the #1 porn site according to Alexa ratings. I'm lucky I didn't follow through and get the XYZ TLD I was considering! I wadded up that idea and tossed it in the trash.
  4. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Unregistered User

    Well it's their proprietary data, and you know of course anything I do for pay is work product and is owned by my customer. The odds of my PC and their server going down at the same time are miniscule. If their server crashes I still have my work product on my own PC, so their server is not my problem.

    I have a feeling I'll write my last code as a contract worker before the end of the year, except on my own personal business sites. I wasn't kidding that I make more $$$ in a day on the market than I do in a week on my contract job. However they say don't give up your day job until your dream business is assured. My plan is to give up my day job when my personal business provides enough for basic living costs. My portfolio stays in the market until such time as the boom ceases to be, which I think will continue as long as Trump is in office, and I hope that's 7 more years.
  5. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    Back when I was a LT in Nam (you know, before they invented rope) we used to show porn in the battalion officer's club. It was my first experience with porn. After the newness wore off I thought it pretty boring. Well, we had a change of command and the first time the new battalion commander walked in and saw we were watching porn, he immediately banned it but the only watcher who got into a lot of trouble was the chaplain who was watching with us.
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  6. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    I worked for a company where I began as a dBase programmer. Within two years I was implementing their first Novell network. (Our first Novell server was the size of a tank and cost 24k with just 600 Meg of Raid 5 storage.) Fast forward ten years and we got bought by GE. We switched to all their MS products including networks. We crashed one afternoon and the new protocol required that GE networked people fix the server. They spent 12 hours trying to get it back in operation. For my part I got to do the work directed by the GE 'experts' from afar. I kept telling them we had a good backup done 4 hours before the crash. I asked to simply restore the backup but they kept trying. Finally at 6 AM they acquiesced and allowed me to restore the backup. Our backup system always had one year of end of month backups, one month of end of week backups and two weeks of daily backups. I lost that job when all tech support was moved to India.
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  7. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Unregistered User

    Shiny, you tell the most amusing stories! :)

    This forum is really growing on me!
  8. Allene

    Allene Registered User

  9. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old School Conservative

    The spirit is willing, the flesh was weak...
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  10. dsl987

    dsl987 Member

    I remember an incident from work, again back when email and the interwebs was brand new, and there was no filters. One of the guys in the plant decides to email his buddy a really bad picture, but he types the email address wrong and accidentally sent it to my buddy who has almost the same name. My friend opens it and goes into "Oh my God, what the fuck did I just see!" mode and quickly closes the picture and deletes the email. Five minutes later a very worried looking guy walks in and ask for my friend, and proceeds to apologize profusely for sending him the email, and asking if everything is cool. Luckily for him, my buddy tells him he's OK but not to send that crap around the company email. I told him he should have printed out the email and asked the guy for $100 every paycheck or he'd mail it to HR.

    LOL the guy was lucky, as he would have lost his job instantly, and he still works there 20 years later
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  11. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Unregistered User

    I don't understand why anybody would use company email when you can get an IMAP account at Gmail. With the correct settings your mail stays on the server.
  12. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Because many corporations do not permit the use of outside email services for official business. First time I'd find an employee using Gmail for company biz and he'd be fired in an instant.
  13. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Unregistered User

    Biker you totally misunderstood me.

    Your company email is for company business. You don't use it for personal stuff.

    Your personal email is for anything you want EXCEPT company business. Put it on your freakin' cell!

    Nobody with a brain uses company email for personal stuff, and nobody with a brain uses their personal email for company stuff. Capiche?
  14. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old School Conservative

    Except for half the population... :run-66:
  15. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Unregistered User

    Mark, half the population has below average intelligence (IQ). It's a fact of statistics and part of the definition of IQ.
  16. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old School Conservative


    Right now the IQ score median is 100. No one can get below 40-50 and keep breathing (i.e. they are a vegetable). There technically is no upper end of the scale, but the accepted top end is 200.

    Let's say we kept the same tests and scale for the IQ determination. Let's also say we found a way (pill/shot/surgery) to permanently add 30 IQ points onto everybody.

    We have now shifted the average score 30 points to the right, yet still "half are below average intelligence." Would you say the population, with the IQ median on 130 is more intelligent than the population with a median of 100? If we added 30 points on to everybody and re-calibrated the scale to keep the median at 100, are people smarter or dumber than they were before? Would all of your "below average" remarks implying "stupid" still be applicable?

    How about looking at people and their individual capabilities instead of a number to judge them?

    Statistics without context is basically lying. Whenever someone uses statistics to lie, the first thing to get deleted is the context.
  17. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Unregistered User

    Mark, the Stanford-Binet and other IQ tests are periodically adjusted so that average intelligence stays at 100 IQ and that 50% of the population is above, 50% below. Your pill would just shift the number until its periodic readjustment. That is the way our testing system works. This is a basic tenet of psychology.

    The fact is that the intelligence of the whole population can shift. IQ is meant as an indicator of where you stand compared to your fellows. If we all got smarter, that may or may not be a good idea. Would we have smarter criminals too? Smarter dopers? Would people smart up and quit smoking tobacco and reduce drug usage? Actually a good question would be if either correlated with intelligence. It never occurred to me to research it. You don't need a dissertation for a BA in Psych. It might be interesting if I go back for my Psy.D. or Ph.D. although considering recent career ideas I might be using my Lit degree instead.

    By the way, one of the most interesting classes I ever took was on the subject on how to lie with statistics. And yes, I took statistics classes in college too, they were required in my Psych major.
  18. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old School Conservative

  19. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Unregistered User

    I studied mean, median and mode in statistics. Psych students have to take statistics so that they can understand things like how IQ is measured. IQ 120 is one standard deviation above IQ 100. IQ 140 is two standard deviations. If it isn't they just finagle the figures until it is. They adjust it every few years.

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