Monday, September 17, 2018

How well do Facebook's family leave policies work?



Facebook is not as family-friendly with parents, especially working mothers, as it has claimed, at least according to a USA Today story by Jessica Guynn. 

 There are stories of mothers not allowed to work from home when they want to do child care at the same time.


The story sounds interesting since Facebook has hired many people to monitor content for fake sources in conjunction with the 2018 mid terms.  It’s not clear if these people are all over the country and could work from home.

Facebook also has probably had to hire more people to verify the eligibility of persons to run political ads (must prove residency in the country with which the ad refers to, for openers).

How would Facebook’s policies affect childless workers?

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

USB vulnerabilities



If you plug a device backward into a USB port on my HP Envy (like a Sandisk reader) you get a “power surge fault”.  It’s a little bit tricky because the plug on the cord is hard to see.

The port won’t work again in Windows 10 until you restart the computer.
  
But the idea is significant for another reason.  In extreme security-sensitive environments, it is possible to hack computers across air gaps through USB ports, I am told.   It may be that Microsoft’s requiring a restart is simply a security protection against this possibility.