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What you are missing is that some of these people were hired for things other than their computer skills. That guy who is dumber than a firehose around IT may be the companies best lawyer.
The IT systems are (unfortunately) configured for the average person - not developers. Unfortunately IT might not have enough resources to solve more than the average - and developers get caught up in it. . . and to be fair - I've seen my fair share of developers doing pretty stupid things as well.
Agree you need to trust people to drive safely - but enforcing seat belts is not such a bad thing. You might even find yourself thanking the seatbelts at some point when you had an "In a hurry, not thinking, just send this file, brain fade."
On the other side of the fence - provided you are not a cowboy - most IT staff (given the time) would be happy to set you up better. Speak with them - they should be your friends - not your enemies. Most of the time they can come up with something.
Now is a good time to remind you of one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Allegri’s “Miserere mei Deus”, which the Vatican absolutely forbid to be copied, and prelates looked out for anyone who might be doing just that while it was being sung. However, the teenage Mozart went to the Tenebrae and listened. That night at home he wrote out the whole thing. note perfect, in full, all parts, in all its contrapuntal glory.
Not when you are trying to recover a system in front of a customer. Recovery keys are a joke lets, make it so long you have no chance of rembering it, thank for masking tape and a pen, so you can write on the blooming stick
I can't use the mini-hub as the Work lappy will not see things plugged into the usb ports!
We have the McAfee virus at work. Its primary faults are two-fold.
First, every time you plug a removable device it that isn't encrypted, it offers to do so. You can say no, but it's not the default choice. The encryption typically bricks the device.
The other is in insane. Any application that writes executable files is subject to their "Adaptive Threat Protection". This is a heuristic mechanism that locks the file being written and then scans it for malware. Unfortunately, if the original writing process closes the file and then re-opens it, it's now broken. Visual Studio's manifest embedding and Inno Setup get caught in this a lot. I've had stern words with our IT department over the whole thing, with less than pleasant results.
McAfee?, I went in now it appears to be working apart from I log into the VPN, but I have to go in tomorrow to run some tests (if the hardware is ready..!). I've only had the weirdness with it (McAfee) not running the VPN software, being updated runs fine, McAfee won't run the VPN.
I thank I haven't had to Vis Studio yet...
If my situation with it gets any worse, I'm going to look at measures of my own. Fortunately I'm an administrator on my machine. One possibility is an access control list on some of the McAfee executables that prevents them from executing. Another is a separate Windows service that terminates the Adaptive Thread Protection processes whenever they run.
I removed McAfee from my main computer and switched back to Windows Defender, when McAfee kept flagging the executable of an application I was developing as 'suspicious', and wouldn't let me run it until I identified the executable as 'safe' every time I updated it.
I had a case where I was compiling an Inno Setup install. McAfee locked the Setup.exe being created, terminate the Inno Setup process, and deleted all files that process had open, other than the process executables itself. Unfortunately it deleted the source code for the installer I'd been working on. I lost over an hour's work, since I had to start from the last version of the installer source in our source control.
If it was just Home Office which suffers from paranoid IT. I had several cases of my work code being marked as malware by some paranoia "solution" (which does exactly as much against malware as Defender does, except with more false positives). I had an API, which according to Microsoft documentation, works just fine, only work when started as administrator. I once had the whole of our worldwide IT chiefs meet at the head quarters just because I've used robocopy (which is such an evil and forbidden tool, the IT didn't even bother lock it with group policy because hey, since when do IT chiefs need to know what's available on a stock Windows machine).
"Keys don't lock doors, they only lock locks" - me.
I hate it when they give me a new laptop that is locked down.
I do like getting a new laptop. What I don't like is the time I waste figuring out how to get it back to a state that serves my needs; so that I can do what I am paid to do.
Even better: You physically get up early, go to work, go through leaps and bounds so you can get in to the area where you are going run the test, find that the pre-test failed. So the favours you pulled to get some free time to run the test are now in vain. Why didn't the lot that failed the pretest tell me, 'We didn't have your phone number', no Teams, Email or smoke signals!!!!
We implemented USB Write blocking. Our people are able to use whatever USB devices they want to use, they just can't write files to them. So, devices like network hubs, printers, scanners, etc. work without problems.
If someone needs something written to a USB drive, they can either file a request to have us do it for them, or they can put in a request to be exempted from the policy. Exemptions go all the way up to SVP level for approval, but having us do it may only require their manager to approve depending on the sensitivity of what they want written out. Of course, anything done under exemption is logged and reviewed regularly.
We have had issues in the past where someone abused his exemption, and was downloading CAD files and source code to a USB drive to sell them. We pegged him in less than a week. Only served to cement in the necessity of such security measures.
We clamp down where we have to, but we do make an effort to not stop people from doing their jobs.
Money makes the world go round ... but documentation moves the money.
I can understand the whole thing about security ( A company I once worked for one the 'seniors' left for another role elsewhere brought a USB portable hard drive plugged it in and down loaded somefiles, it took nearly an hour, my guess was he was downloading the projects directory, no one said anything!)
but this system you lock everything down. Tried to log in this afternoon remotely, Wi-Fi will turn on but the second you try to scan for a network it turns it off, so I have to be on an approved Network for the Wi-Fi to work?
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