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This is the winning approach.
This "beyond the honor system" approach might seem like a good way to throw money down the drain, but we've actually discovered that the opposite is true; by trusting our users to take what they genuinely need—with less red tape—we’re actually saving money and increasing productivity.

Why does anyone think they are saving any money by making folks sign a formal request and encumber staff support time when the user just needs a power adapter or a new mouse?

Sure some might accuse this of being penny foolish but that misses the point that in terms of pounds it is wise.
 
“Machinery should never get in the way of productivity.” goo.gl/8k57FX
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+Jeremy Seifert I like the relative automation.
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The forensics of art history.
There are far worse things to nerd out on.
A closer look at a newly rediscovered Rembrandt.
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The hinged picture frame at the end is a great way to display both the original artwork and its history.
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Art in a pothole, man I dig this.
Fill in a pothole with a bit of public art. This scratches so many itches, I'm like a cat in a thorn bush.
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The pothole in my head will stay unrepaired as the government cannot afford the tons of filler to do the job but i will apply for the improvement grant anyway
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The other kind of harm
Pop culture is enamored with the Bond villain, the psycho, the truly evil character intent on destruction. It lets us off the hook, because it makes it easy to see that bad guys are other people.

But most of the stuff that goes wrong, much of the organizational breakdown, the unfixed problems and the help not given, ends up happening because the system lets it happen. It happens because a boss isn't focusing, or priorities are confused, or people in a meeting somewhere couldn't find the guts to challenge the status quo.

What we choose not to do matters.
Pop culture is enamored with the Bond villian, the psycho, the truly evil character intent on destruction. It lets us off the hook, because it makes it easy to see that bad guys are other people. But most of the...
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+Roger Parkinson That mindset leads to people accepting wrongs they could have changed. Humans are very bad at being first; it's scary. If you're not capable of being blatantly first to say "no, this is wrong" at least do it quietly.

Everytime you accept a wrong you see and know is wrong, you lose a piece of what could have made you "that one" person.
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Art, Science, Wonder.
Sappho should be considered an informal contributor to early Greek astronomy as well as to Greek society at large. Not many ancient poets comment on astronomical observations as clearly as she does.
Sappho, a renowned poet of ancient Greece, wrote of the Pleiades star cluster setting at midnight. Scientists have wondered, what time of year did she see it?
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Nice painting 
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Today's Applicable Nerd Humor.
 
Google Hangouts, Messenger, Voice, Google+, YouTube Messenger, Spaces, Allo, Duo...
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I love 7zip. Time to update all the things.
A little disappointing, but this reminds me that every program I put on my client's PCs (or my servers) is a threat vector. All of them need to be watched.
 
Users need to update their 7-Zip version to 16.0, and vendors must update products that use the vulnerable 7-Zip libraries and components
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Updating: I recommend https://ninite.com and https://chocolatey.org
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Such are the long dark tea times of the soul.
 
Sysadmin/Devops/Programmer shouts from his/her cubicle: " EVEN GOOGLE CAN’T HELP ME WITH THIS ERROR! " 😢 #Truth #Xkcd 
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I have actually seen someone do this.
I'm not kidding. I've been told to step aside while someone with certs (quite a string of initials I might add) took over and then failed miserably in front of everyone.

I've gotten a few certs in the course of my career, almost all of them were accidents. I'd go to a training I heard was quality and at the end they offered us a piece of paper. These papers used to collect at the bottom of my office drawer.

These days, if I do get to a session, I'm just there to grab what I need to know, ask a few hard questions that require a follow-up later after the instructor has time to crunch on them, and then get back to work.

There is no substitute for experience.
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+David Dickens That's the only way I have ever truly learned anything, really.
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The cloud is not secure.
OneDrive, GoogleDrive, Dropbox: these places are not for your sensitive unencrypted data. Classify your corporate data properly and follow the appropriate guidelines for storage. This isn't rocket science folks.

In the real world you know you can leave some things out on your desk, but some things need to be locked up. Why is it so hard to make the metaphorical leap when it comes to digital files?
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+Ron Michel​ is one hundred percent correct. Nothing is secure even when they say it. Apple has been hacked and so has Microsoft. The fact of the matter is unless you integrate a separate LAN not attached to the ISP its not secure, but obviously that's not very functional. 
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This is more like teasing a friend, than biting satire,
But still, when you're confusing your friends that's a bad sign. The world of tech is challenging enough to ordinary consumers and we often forget how navigating the marketplace itself is an impediment to adoption.

Yes, I'm taking a funny comic way too seriously. Sorry about that. Just read the funny and move along.
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I see this being more of a problem for older people, not gonna put any reasons as to why, but thank god he corrected the Redtube mistake.
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