Monday, January 01, 2018

New York State mandates paid family leave even on small employers; Vermont prohibits social media password demands

New York State has passed a law, starting today, to require employers to offer paid family leave for up to 12 weeks in a variety of circumstances.  These appear to include eldercare for parents or family pressures when someone (a spouse) is deployed in the military, as well as birth of a child.
The NBC article (by Pete Williams) did not say if it includes adoption of a child.
Vermont has passed a law, joining about half the states in banning employers from asking social media passwords. ]

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Want a job as a content moderator?

Here’s a job area that seems to be growing: content moderation.

Facebook (and I guess Twitter) hires content moderators to review user complaints or flags, or also content flagged by algorithms. 

I’ve wondered if people could get these jobs to do from home, or local office parks.  You would think this sort of job could be geographically decentralized.

No question, I could do that kind of job, given my background.  But would I have the time for it?

The WSJ story today is by Lauren Weber and Deepa Seetharaman.  

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Does Facebook's algorithmic placement of client employment ads lead to age discrimination?

Does Facebook’s algorithmic technique for placing ads on members’ pages lead to perhaps unintentional age or sex discrimination in employment?
The New York Times revisits that question today, in a story by Julia Angwin, Noam Scheiber, and Ariana Tobin, link here

Older job searchers might not see openings pitched by algorithms only to younger Facebook members.
The indirect result of this story is a reminder of the potential importance of online reputation, especially in major social media (not just Linked In) today in employment.  That wasn’t so much the case when I was working. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Microsoft send Fall Creators Update to Windows 10 users, apparently allows only three days before mandatory install

Microsoft has shipped its “Fall Creators Update” to Windows 10 Users.  

It appears to allow users to postpone updates for at most three days.


I accidentally allowed it to run in my hotel room last night.  It went through a typical update, restarted, and then restarted three times through a second cycle of applying cumulative updates.   The entire process took about 30 minutes on a modern ASUS laptop. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A few states and cities ban "asking" salary or compensation history

Gerald Skoning has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on p A19 on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, “When It’s Illegal to Ask, ‘How Much Do You Make?’” Apparently California has followed Delaware, Massachusetts and Oregon in making it illegal to ask salary history.

Skoning does seem to believe it’s better to keep overqualified people out.  I write this on the 16th anniversary that my long-track IT career had its cardiac arrest.  I’ve never returned to it.  But for W-2 jobs, most headhunters ask you the hourly range you want.  Do these rules apply to hourly gigs for contractors? 

Sunday, December 03, 2017

If you move (your residence) "clientization" can affect whether your credit cards keep working

I’ve had some misadventures after moving from an estate house (which I sold) to a condo, with “clientization” of my records with credit card companies and now Verizon wireless.

I’ve had a couple credit cards fail, and it seems critical to delete all invalid phone numbers (the old land number has been canceled when I canceled Comcast at the old address).

I prefer to use a UPS store address for contact and mailing (with that zip code for verification at gas stations).

But it is difficult to get some companies to set up a UPS store as a primary address now.  They can detect that, even though it is a land address and not a PO Box according to UPS, it still functions much like a PO Box.

Some companies make it very difficult to find the proper place to change addresses online, and hard to reach a human phone operator.  And some phone assistance operators have trouble following this idea.

Clientization was a major project at ING (insurance back in 1998-2001), in both DB2 and copied to a midtier GUi by replication.   Furthermore, we processed automated feeds from the USPS with Group-1 software (now Pitney Bowes).  I even had a job interview with that company in 2003.

Proper clientization is important for security and controlling identity theft. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Websites on Windows servers can have outages because of IIS permissions issues

Recently my legacy “” site has had some outages, in the form of slow response, connection refused errors, and sometimes HTTP 503 service unavailable.  Througout the outages I could log on to my account and see the files directly (without http).  I was finally told that the permissions for my account within Microsoft IIS server were not correctly set, apparently when it was transferred to another server over a year ago after a corporate buyout of the hosting company. 


Here is a document explaining how permissions work in IIS.  t this point, I do not believe it would be a security problem. 

Update: Nov. 30

Further experimentation (by chance, with a new laptop set up by Geek Squad for travel) shows that the IIS has trouble if the user enters or clicks on a url that requires translation of the "www".  That is "" will work when "" sometimes gives a service unavailable or connection refused. This sort of thing used to happen before 2000 on some servers.

Update: Dec. 25

The site "Bobcares" explains the complexity of IIS application pools and users that can cause 503 errors, here.

It sounds logical that problems could occur fending off DDOS attacks and botnets, but the topic is complicated, as in this Microsoft reference