Blocked websites at workplace



  • I think for people who work late night shift to support global clients, they should unblock all websites.

    WTF: They have blocked www.bazee.com/ which is eBay India. Also all lolcats website are blocked. Youtube is blocked. 
    As it is I am trying to stay awake by increasing my caffeine intake. 3/4th of my blood has been replaced with coffee.  

    Do they have same policy in your country? Which websites are blocked?



  •  We block nothing. Blocking policies are stupid.



  •  They haven't blocked tdwtf yet? wtf are they THINKING? :P



  • My new workplace blocks all internet access except social networks.  In order to use the internet for anything else you must submit a request with a time frame to IT security...  They however make up for this with solid pay and a very flexible work schedule.  I started this past week and it was a 30k increase in pay to start.



  • @galgorah said:

    My new workplace blocks all internet access except social networks.  In order to use the internet for anything else you must submit a request with a time frame to IT security...  They however make up for this with solid pay and a very flexible work schedule.  I started this past week and it was a 30k increase in pay to start.

    Your location says Cambridge. ARe you at the University of Cambridge?



  • They don't block anything.  That combined with no accountability has been one of many factors in my teams 100% turnover rate.  Every one who was a hard worker has quit or is actively looking.  They got sick of working so much and seeing co-workers fart around on web sites all of the time with management that does nothing about the total slackers.

     I work in a cube area with room for four people.  One guy who I'm glad is gone played games on facebook or watched youtube videos from 2 to 6 hours a day.  One works on a web site he owns for about 4 hours a day, chats with ho's for 2 hours, and is breaks things I later have to fix the othe 2 hours.  I wish he would just spend those last 2 hours farting around online so I wouldn't have to fix his crap.  I guess it is some form of job security though.

    The last guy either does work on a side job or a gaming web site for his teen aged son for about 1/2 of the day.  He works about 2 hours and spends 2 hours complaining about management while trying to position himself to move into management.

    I can hardly wait to get out of this circus.



  • @Nagesh said:

    Your location says Cambridge. ARe you at the University of Cambridge?
     

    Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Which, interestingly, houses Harvard University and MIT.



  • @dhromed said:

    @Nagesh said:

    Your location says Cambridge. ARe you at the University of Cambridge?
     

    Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Which, interestingly, houses Harvard University and MIT.

    Goiing to MIT is big dream for many enginerrs in India. Espeically those who cannot get into IIT.



  • @Rob Graves said:

    They don't block anything.  That combined with no accountability has been one of many factors in my teams 100% turnover rate.  Every one who was a hard worker has quit or is actively looking.  They got sick of working so much and seeing co-workers fart around on web sites all of the time with management that does nothing about the total slackers.

     I work in a cube area with room for four people.  One guy who I'm glad is gone played games on facebook or watched youtube videos from 2 to 6 hours a day.  One works on a web site he owns for about 4 hours a day, chats with ho's for 2 hours, and is breaks things I later have to fix the othe 2 hours.  I wish he would just spend those last 2 hours farting around online so I wouldn't have to fix his crap.  I guess it is some form of job security though.

    The last guy either does work on a side job or a gaming web site for his teen aged son for about 1/2 of the day.  He works about 2 hours and spends 2 hours complaining about management while trying to position himself to move into management.

    I can hardly wait to get out of this circus.

    Wow, how does any work ever get done?



  • @Rob Graves said:

    They don't block anything.  That combined with no accountability has been one of many factors in my teams 100% turnover rate.  Every one who was a hard worker has quit or is actively looking.  They got sick of working so much and seeing co-workers fart around on web sites all of the time with management that does nothing about the total slackers.

     I work in a cube area with room for four people.  One guy who I'm glad is gone played games on facebook or watched youtube videos from 2 to 6 hours a day.  One works on a web site he owns for about 4 hours a day, chats with ho's for 2 hours, and is breaks things I later have to fix the othe 2 hours.  I wish he would just spend those last 2 hours farting around online so I wouldn't have to fix his crap.  I guess it is some form of job security though.

    The last guy either does work on a side job or a gaming web site for his teen aged son for about 1/2 of the day.  He works about 2 hours and spends 2 hours complaining about management while trying to position himself to move into management.

    I can hardly wait to get out of this circus.

    Meanwhile my company blocks nothing (although, this may be out of necessity), and it's jam-packed with mature, responsible adults who can manage their time effectively. Also me.

    So the problem may be more related to your interview process than the Internet filter.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @Rob Graves said:

    They don't block anything.  That combined with no accountability has been one of many factors in my teams 100% turnover rate....

    Meanwhile my company blocks nothing (although, this may be out of necessity), and it's jam-packed with mature, responsible adults who can manage their time effectively. Also me.

    So the problem may be more related to your interview process than the Internet filter.

    The real issue isn't so much the interview process but management not paying attention to what is or is not going on around them.  Read Alex's rant about embracing turnover.  Currently everyone left who is any good is looking for work elsewhere.  90% of the good people have already left.  What's left behind is mediocre since they have to have someone there to do the job even if they aren't doing it.  It is a real WTF.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    Meanwhile my company blocks nothing (although, this may be out of necessity), and it's jam-packed with mature, responsible adults who can manage their time effectively. Also me.

    So the problem may be more related to your interview process than the Internet filter.

     

    Ditto.

    I'm of the opinion if someone needs Internet filtering to be productive you're likely still not going to get the same productivity that you'd get from someone who doesn't need internet filtering, regardless of whether you filter the internet or not.

    I enjoy the occasional 5 minute break to clear my thoughts and watch a silly YouTube video, before I start on the next task at hand. I might even share it with my boss, if he's in need of the same thoughts to clear. And guess what? We get shit done. We know what's at stake, and we take our work seriously.



  • Our policy is this, we block chat, xxx, and malware related sites unless you can convince the goverment that you need to access them



  • @serguey123 said:

    Our policy is this, we block chat

    Does that include IM? Adopting IM team-wide has made us so unbelievably productive, you should be embracing it, not blocking it.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @serguey123 said:
    Our policy is this, we block chat
    Does that include IM?
    Funnily they block chat websites, they don't block chat itself, for example you can chat using google or websites that implement some sort of chatting

    @blakeyrat said:

     

    Adopting IM team-wide has made us so unbelievably productive, you should be embracing it, not blocking it.

    You do get this is the federal goverment we are talking about, productivity is not a goal.



  • We have a very special proxy system that filters not only web traffic, but email that used to get in the way of doing most productive things for a good long while - it is mildly less intrusive than it used to be.

    Blocked:

    1. All social networks,
    2. all streaming media,
    3. craigslist,
    4. pron (obviously)
    5. "time wasting sites" (read: something with Blog in the title, no matter if it's a trade publication or not)

    Not blocked:

    1. TDWTF
    2. somethingawful.com

    Also, it "only works with Internet Explorer" (not true) so all other browsers have been banned because they are too insecure. It's a great system we have here.



  •  My last employer blocked language translation sites.  About a month later I found an article in 2600 that probably explained why.  Seems if you tell the translation site to show you site X, translated from Korean to English, and site X is <font size="+2">already</font> in English, it'll just leave the text untranslated and show you all the pr0n graphics to boot.



  • @da Doctah said:

     My last employer blocked language translation sites.  About a month later I found an article in 2600 that probably explained why.  Seems if you tell the translation site to show you site X, translated from Korean to English, and site X is <font size="+2">already</font> in English, it'll just leave the text untranslated and show you all the pr0n graphics to boot.

    Nice giant font.

    There's a whole cottage industry of proxy domains that do nothing but re-serve websites under a different domain name to defeat web filters so, for example, kids can use it to view Facebook in the school library. I have a pretty thorough list of these, we throw out analytics data coming from domains not owned by the client.



  • @serguey123 said:

    Funnily they block chat websites, they don't block chat itself, for example you can chat using google or websites that implement some sort of chatting

    I once worked at a place that blocked some chat program (I think it was Yahoo) through the network. Except I found out by accident () that if I carried my laptop to the corner of the room where the 1 analogue phone line was, dialed out and logged onto the chat system, that when I returned to my desk and plugged back into the network I was still connect to the chat system. It seems that the firewall blocked the connection attempts but not the actual chat itself.

    It was by accident. I had been using the dial out at lunch time to check my personal email (as I couldn't get at that from my desk), and had briefly chatted with one friend. Then in the middle of the afternoon another friend popped up and started chatting with me. For a moment I was confused as I knew I couldn't log onto the chat from my desk.



  • Some colleague of mine use smart phones to access internet, but service on smartphone unreliable and buggy. I am saving money for iPhone. Once I buy iPhone, I stop caring for the blocked websites.



  • @Nagesh said:

    Some colleague of mine use smart phones to access internet, but service on smartphone unreliable and buggy. I am saving money for iPhone. Once I buy iPhone, I stop caring for the blocked websites.

    Ha Ha Ha  Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    But jokes aside haven't you heard that famous Queen song?



  • @OzPeter said:

    @serguey123 said:
    Funnily they block chat websites, they don't block chat itself, for example you can chat using google or websites that implement some sort of chatting

    I once worked at a place that blocked some chat program (I think it was Yahoo) through the network. Except I found out by accident () that if I carried my laptop to the corner of the room where the 1 analogue phone line was, dialed out and logged onto the chat system, that when I returned to my desk and plugged back into the network I was still connect to the chat system. It seems that the firewall blocked the connection attempts but not the actual chat itself.

    It was by accident. I had been using the dial out at lunch time to check my personal email (as I couldn't get at that from my desk), and had briefly chatted with one friend. Then in the middle of the afternoon another friend popped up and started chatting with me. For a moment I was confused as I knew I couldn't log onto the chat from my desk.

    How did it maintain the connection to the chat? That's a bit starnge.



  • @Nagesh said:

    How did it maintain the connection to the chat? That's a bit starnge.

    Probably just just blocked the DNS. Once your computer had the DNS cached, it worked fine...?



  • @blakeyrat said:

    There's a whole cottage industry of proxy domains that do nothing but re-serve websites under a different domain name to defeat web filters so, for example, kids can use it to view Facebook in the school library. I have a pretty thorough list of these, we throw out analytics data coming from domains not owned by the client.

    Canyou send me that list of proxy domains? I would like to try out from here.



  • @serguey123 said:

    @Nagesh said:

    Some colleague of mine use smart phones to access internet, but service on smartphone unreliable and buggy. I am saving money for iPhone. Once I buy iPhone, I stop caring for the blocked websites.

    Ha Ha Ha  Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    But jokes aside haven't you heard that famous Queen song?

    Fact: lead singer of Queen was from Bombay, what is now known as Mumbai. Which song?



  • @Nagesh said:

    @serguey123 said:

    @Nagesh said:

    Some colleague of mine use smart phones to access internet, but service on smartphone unreliable and buggy. I am saving money for iPhone. Once I buy iPhone, I stop caring for the blocked websites.

    Ha Ha Ha  Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

    But jokes aside haven't you heard that famous Queen song?

    Fact: lead singer of Queen was from Bombay, what is now known as Mumbai. Which song?

    Fact: Read them tags. 

    Fact: The Iphone is not without quirks, use the internet for that one



  • Yes, Blocking policy is a stupid policy in my opinion. Blocking policy? what the hell...



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @serguey123 said:
    Our policy is this, we block chat
    Does that include IM? Adopting IM team-wide has made us so unbelievably productive, you should be embracing it, not blocking it.

    An update on that one, it appear that our overlords have decided to agree with you and say that chatting and IM is ok as long as it doesn't require a client installed.

    Be Afraid.


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