Tell him you're doing research.
Yep - first thing this morning, pulled into the boss' office. They told me I came up on the list of top 10 internet users, I didn't know whether to be proud or scared. My boss is cool, it wasn't as much a reprimand as a warning. Half of the sites he showed me were either gmail or weather channel hits (I have a weather channel toolbar in Firefox) that refresh throughout the day, hence the hits. Plus he told me they track internet usage like cell phone minutes, so if I have a browser with five tabs open all day, it's as if I was one five sites for eight hours.
It's cool, as an I.T. guy I have an open line which they don't track. That's where I'm posting from.
if i get a new job, i'll definitely be posting from my cell phone instead of my work computer.
A friend of mine used to work for Dow Jones in the IT dept. He said they had dedicated servers for movies they'd downloaded off the net.
A place I used to work had a particular building that was absolutely LOADED with what I believed was pirated software. They claimed it was all legit to test all commercial software against their products but I later talked to one of the guys who admitted it was one of the biggest servers in the entire company and all pirated and another one was dedicated for porn. Who knew!?!?!?! That was the most liberal place I ever worked, many jobs back but I have to wonder if they still run things like that now? They're under several different ownership changes now so I'm guessing not.
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I can only imagine what is on our servers. We have a crapload of common storage space, really fast network access, and basically no restrictions on staff use of the net. I remember when I started, in 2005, I asked for some storage and scratchdisk space for some old x-ray data we were still working with, and they said 'no problem, is 20 TB enough for now, once you get your drives all mapped, you can consider the storage essentially unlimited.'. I'd be willing to bet one, or more, of our postdocs has written code to encode/rip DVD and mp3 on the IBM Checkmate project supercomputer.
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