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well, you know my vote.

True, and when you put it like that, I almost feel obliged.

Still, with my 5 hours of fuzzy sleep, I think I'm going to nuture this new hatred a bit.  Keep it fresh in my heart until Monday.

So, Windows 10 attempted to install on my computer without my permission.


It is now an unlabeled "recommended upgrade".   :lulz:

Yeah, after some internet trawling once I uninstalled the spyware, I found a couple of articles to that effect.

Thanks, Microsoft!  I love spending my break time at work uninstalling shit.

Speaking of work, after my boss' hilarious backpedaling yesterday, he for some reason felt it appropriate to send me this email:

Hi Both,
Many thanks for taking the time to meet with me yesterday evening to discuss the unauthorised visitor concerns.
You have both made me aware you have a good working relationship with one another and that you are happy working the night shifts with no medical or emotional concerns with your current shift pattern of work.
I would just like to reiterate the college/accommodation responsibilities are quite clear when are dealing with students, engagement awareness being the key factors here.
Please ensure when especially manning the front reception desk that we remain visual, attentive and engaging to all who are entering and departing the building 24hrs a day.
We cannot afford to allow unauthorised personnel into the building, we have a duty of care to all that reside here and must do our upmost to protect  -
·         We are to monitor guests to the residence, ensuring all guest leave at the appointed time – All overnight guest to be valid, signed off and documented  accordingly.
Any further incidences’ of this nature may well lead to a more serious and formal outcome.

Emphasis in the original.

When I asked, I was informed yesterday this was not an official disciplinary meeting or process.  So I'm unsure exactly how I should respond to the above.  I'm torn between giving it all the merit it deserves by emailing it to my backup email address and deleting it, or responding in some petty, vindictive manner.

So, Windows 10 attempted to install on my computer without my permission.


I've been informed by my co-worker, who is doing some overtime this evening before the start of shift, that my boss has considerably backed down on his statements via email.

That said, he appeared in the office about 25 minutes ago, so...we shall see.

Eh, I visited the site, it's not that interesting.

For the sake of reference though, considering they're all about "limited government", 3 of their 4 "research programs" are focused on unions.

You know what makes that especially funny?

It's none of the explicit content.  Look at the top left corner.  Americans for Limited Government.

Trump has argued in favour of censoring the internet, restricting free speech rights and effectively outlawing/spying on an entire religion.  Apparently that is limited government.

Right about now, a bigass mountain is looking mighty tempting, I'm not going to lie.

Well, I know he knows that student has virtually no English...but as you say, it's a reminder of several other problems.

I also think I'm going to mention being undermined in front of my own member of staff.  The first email was addressed to both my co-worker and myself, and so is pretty clearly an attempt to "put me in my place" under the guise of telling me how to do my job and disciplining her.

Can't say I'm a fan of that.

Very true.  And while escalation before hasn't helped with optimal goals, it has had the effect of causing them to back down.

Regarding CCTV, despite what the email says, the unauthorized guest departed at 1500 the next day, so presumably that is what started the look at the recordings.

I'm not sure if I want to go to DEFCON1 just yet...I was hoping a few months to save up, slim down then look at the job and housing market before making a move.  But I'm not adverse to the idea, or to at least implying I will.

So, I got this shitty email from my boss today:

From: My manager
Sent: 14 May 2016 16:48
To: my co-worker; Me
Cc: Department manager
Subject: Unauthorised visitors

Hi Cain's co-worker/Cain,
On viewing the CCTV footage today at 01:41am [student name] (6a) walked pass reception with a unauthorised visitor.
On viewing the footage from this time through till gone 03:00am neither of you lifted you head at any time to engage with any student.
Please can you both write a statement as to why during the course of your shift you have both neglected to engage with students either entering or departing the building.
We have a duty of care towards all students who reside here –
I have spoken with the student who initially denied this, after approaching her again she admitted she snuck her friend in, in the early hours of this morning, the student will be permitted anymore visitors this month and all future request from her will be vetted by myself.
Cain – please discuss with Cain's co-worker when next on shift my requirements surrounding this issue also, you more than anyone should know my expectations surrounding this.
I will be arranging meeting with you both shortly.

As you can imagine, that didn't put me in a good mood.  Here are my drafted responses (if you have any critiques, please feel free to add them)

Dear Manager,

Firstly, thank you for your email pointing this out.  It is indeed unfortunate that an unauthorized guest slipped by on one of my shifts.

However, I would like to pose a few questions and raise some concerns in regard to this.

Firstly, you mention wanting a statement from my co-worker and myself, and having a meeting.  Is this part of a formal disciplinary procedure against either of us?

My co-worker has sent you her account of the night's events.  For the record, I was on my break from 0100 to 0300, and thus was not present in order to see what happened or form a response.  I had both a charged walkie-talkie and my mobile to hand, and upon return I asked my co-worker if there had been any issues, to which she responded there had not, only a few residents returning.  Please consider this my formal statement as to the events of that night.

More broadly, I would like to note I have mentioned, more than once, in person and via email my concerns about our current system for accounting for guests.  For the sake of reference, please see my "Concerns" email on January 7th.  All the concerns about guests I have put there continue to be valid, and have not been addressed.

I specifically mentioned, for example, the impossibility of being able to recognise all students, or be sure that students in large numbers are all residents without further processes being put in place.  I frequently see students I do not recognise but are residents here - I have seen 6 just this evening, by way of example.  Am I to detain students until I can ascertain their identity by their key or their passport photo?  If not, how do you propose we are to identify non-residents?  And how are we to balance this against the students right to privacy and freedom from undue scrutiny?

Furthermore, I did stress the importance of recognising students in regards to making sure only authorised persons are permitted to the building, when training my co-worker.  It was one of the first things I told her, and I have impressed on her a number of times since then how importantly it is taken by the College, including by discussing what happened regarding [fired guy].  My co-worker raised concerns about how to recognise resident students with myself on the first night, to which I did not have a good reply...because I am still waiting on one from my January email.

If you wish to see evidence of this, you can look to an incident earlier on the same night as this one, where my co-worker alerted me to a guest going past reception with a friend without signing in.  I raced to apprehend the guest, bring them back to reception, sign them in and explain the rules to them (the resident was 13C, whose English is, as you know, exceptionally poor, so I decided explaining to the guest would be easier).  I even mentioned to my co-worker that I was considering putting signs up in reception to remind students that their guests must sign in (which unfortunately I did not get around to that night).  This is one of a number of incidents I could discuss...all of which I note, have not been mentioned, in preference for discussing a single failure.  I do not consider this to be a balanced approach, to put it mildly.

in addition to the above, I have been mentioning security issues regarding the building and access for the better part of a year now.  If you wish precise dates and examples, I am willing to provide, though I will remind you I did offer the college the opportunity to use my services as a security analyst and professional before now, an offer which has yet to be accepted.

I sincerely hope this is a one off case, and of course my co-worker and myself will be more vigilant to the possibility of unauthorized guests in the future, but these issues will persist without a system in place to better prevent them.  Given the less than ideal circumstances we are subjected to, I do think we have done rather well thus far and so this kind of email is not necessary.


Dear Manager and Department Head,

On a more personal level, I do not appreciate my dedication to the wellbeing and safeguarding of the students in this building being questioned or slyly implicated as not up to par.

As mentioned in my previous email, I have raised time and time again issues relating to security and access, only to be ignored.  I have raised concerns that the set-up of this building is not conducive to being able to offer the full support to students that would be ideal, even on a practical level.

Not only that, I have spent my own free time, money and holiday time on training specific to security, radicalisation and other issues of key importance in a pastoral setting - at no cost whatsoever to the college.  I have gone out of my way on several occasions to offer my advice and expertise on these subjects, only to have them not be followed up upon or entirely dismissed out of hand.  It is not my attitude or dedication to the safeguarding of students that requires further examination.

If you feel my commitment to these issues is not up to standard, then I question why I was chosen for the role of Senior House Parent.  I am not happy to be working in an environment where my principal managers appear to not trust my competency, training, ability or dedication.

As you may have noticed, I am not very happy about the tone of this email, nor the comments directed specifically at myself.  I consider them to be a slur on my professional reputation, out of proportion to the incident at hand and purposefully ignoring my record of success, and I am considering how I want to officially respond at this time.

I am not unresponsive to deserved criticism or suggestions for improvement, but I do not feel this is either.


Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: May 17, 2016, 02:49:27 pm »
Would that be Henry "Kissinger is a friend, and I relied on his counsel when I served as secretary of state” Kissinger?

Also, it could be worse.  I mean, you may remember this conversation:

    Nixon: I still think we ought to take the North Vietnamese dikes out now. Will that drown people?

     Kissinger: About two hundred thousand people.

    Nixon: No, no, no, I’d rather use the nuclear bomb. Have you got that, Henry?

    Kissinger: That, I think, would just be too much.

    Nixon: The nuclear bomb, does that bother you?…I just want you to think big, Henry, for Christsakes.

And we're all still alive.  Somehow.

lol St Andrews computers are so antiquated I've forced the print office into submission and had to send a PDF.

Apparently the University wanted my dissertation re-formatted, for printing purposes.

It's no biggie - it was submitted on time etc. but it just means messing around in LibreOffice's settings to make it look more like a Word document.

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