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News Volunteer for Mozilla Service Week

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 17 Jun 2009.

  1. Tim S

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  2. Elton

    Elton Officially a Whisky Nerd

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    Cool stuff, and it kills 2 birds wit 1 stone, good PR and helpful to the community. GJ Mozilla, unlike the Geniuses who run Opera...
     
  3. Phil Rhodes

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    Nice idea, but the red tape involved in some of those example tasks would be preclusive. Libraries are local-government run, and local governments have famously prickly IT departments which would neither want nor feel able to let Johnny Random Volunteer go poking about their servers. Equally, can you imagine the red tape involved in letting some nerd wander into a school full of other people's kids? The mind boggles.

    Sorry, but we're in far too much of a suspicious, unpleasant world for this to work well. Trust is in short supply.
     
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    I ditto that Phil.

    My experience of local council run IT is a spine chiling experience. I wasn't allowed to plug anything into the network without it being fully inspected and audited by the IT dept. and have their anti virus put on it. Unfortunately, due to the specialist nature of our software, they didn't understand it and their anti-virus killed it. All that had to be done was exclude one small directory from the AV for it to work. They refused. (I did it without them knowing, so far the world has not ended).

    When I did eventually get to plug the server in, I wasn't allowed to configure the network or any settings. However, as they knew nothing about our software, I had to sit next to the guy and talk him through it. A week of my life wasted...
     
  5. Phil Rhodes

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    That's pretty much exactly my experience. I was building systems to run digital projection at a council-run cinema - eventually we had to tell them it was a "digital video player" not a computer so they'd leave use the ^%!@ alone.
     
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    I'm glad I never worked for schools.

    Those idiots don't even know what a proxy is.
     
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