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In my office we have three tiny, windowless rooms that are used for small phone meetings or visitors from our other offices. My coworker was searching for something in the history when he discovered that every day, for the past few weeks at least, someone goes in there for a serious porn binge. Thankfully, the office gave everyone a bottle of Purell (unrelated--everyone got a nasty cold a few months back, so they have us Purell ourselves from time to time since then) which I advised my coworker to use immediately.

Seriously, can't people wait to go home for porn anymore?

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This can lead to a most amusing sting operation.
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I seriously don't get it, myself -- the not waiting to go home. I guess it speaks to addiction rather than simply "consuming" it.

A couple of work horror stories I've compiled over my Silicon Valley career:

1. Way back in the boom days, at one company we had a receptionist given to printing out his surfing results on a common printer, and using a conference room, complete with its video player, at lunchtime. (Jesus Christ.) No one wants to see any porn, let alone gay bear porn, when you're just trying to print up test cases or get a coffee.

2. A couple of companies later, we had a hire who lasted all of about two weeks. He had an innovative solution: he invented a cardboard monitor shield that he fastened onto his monitor, and no lie, his face would be inserted in that thing all working hours. It was said he was fired because his code was for shit, but I think differently.

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It was said he was fired because his code was for shit, but I think differently.

I dunno, I'd probably say the less-than-good code and his "other habit" were probably directly related to each other.
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A few years back I worked with a guy who, while in some ways a decent worker, was a horrible coworker. Mostly because whenever you disagreed with him, he would become so enraged that his face would turn purple and he would scream at you until you gave up. I always expected him to let go, because he just pissed off too many people.

Finally he was let go. But was it for being a nightmare to work with? No, it was because an IT guy noticed that he'd filled up his computer with midget porn. Knowing how confrontational it was, the management made sure they had all their ducks in a row before confronting him about this, so that there would be no danger of him suing to keep his job or anything like that. All the same, apparently he stayed true to form and did not simply say "sorry" and leave. According to somebody who was there, "it was not a pleasant situation."
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midget porn.


At least he only had a little habit.
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Geosphere wrote:
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midget porn.


At least he only had a little habit.


like a micro-nun
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Geosphere wrote:
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midget porn.


At least he only had a little habit.


That joke comes up short.
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Some guy applied for an artist position with a company I worked for and the link he gave us to view his work was all anime porn. It wasn't tame by any stretch of the imagination. My jaw dropped and then I felt compelled to show others in the office because I was in total disbelief. We make children's games....blush
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Geosphere wrote:
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midget porn.


At least he only had a little habit.


did you mean a hobbit ?
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Some guy applied for an artist position with a company I worked for and the link he gave us to view his work was all anime porn. It wasn't tame by any stretch of the imagination. My jaw dropped and then I felt compelled to show others in the office because I was in total disbelief. We make children's games....blush


What? There's no market for Dora the Explorer's Tentacle Rape Adventure?
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bbenston wrote:
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Some guy applied for an artist position with a company I worked for and the link he gave us to view his work was all anime porn. It wasn't tame by any stretch of the imagination. My jaw dropped and then I felt compelled to show others in the office because I was in total disbelief. We make children's games....blush


What? There's no market for Dora the Explorer's Tentacle Rape Adventure?


That's Go Diego Go's Tentacle Rape Adventure, dumbass.
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erak wrote:
Seriously, can't people wait to go home for porn anymore?

Why wait until you go home? Just have an affair with the secretary.

On a more serious note, it's idiotic, considering how many companies monitor this and how easy it would be to get caught.

(goes back to searching for porn on a work computer) ninja
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bbenston wrote:
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Some guy applied for an artist position with a company I worked for and the link he gave us to view his work was all anime porn. It wasn't tame by any stretch of the imagination. My jaw dropped and then I felt compelled to show others in the office because I was in total disbelief. We make children's games....blush


What? There's no market for Dora the Explorer's Tentacle Rape Adventure?


That put's the Gooey Geyser in a whole new light doesn't it.
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I once had to deal with someone who was looking at pornography on company time. Being the sys admin at that place, someone's computer had a nasty case of spyware on it, it was so bad I had to actually format the machine. Now the girl who sat at that computer was not to blame so I ended up doing some investigative work.

After I found out one of the night shift guys was going down there to surf porn. So I pull up the proxy records and sure enough, all kinds of incriminating evidence.

Then there was the listings that were just IP addresses.

I keyed one of them into my browser and I was in absolute shock. A pedophile was on the staff and was surfing child pornography at work! This was not a one of instance. Multiple addresses were found. After checking more logs, a USB key was used on the machine, presumeably to download said images to the key.

I sat in shock for several minutes not believing what I was seeing. I had another sys admin look so I can apply the CYA part of the investigation.

I took the information to the top of the chain. It was a wonderful conversation. Having to tell someone there is a pedophile on staff was not one of my favorite things I had to do.

It took TWO weeks for them to decide what to do with this piece of trash. My solution involved a baseball bat and knees but that was not a "professional solution". You would think they would report this to the police however they wanted to keep it all "under the rug because they did not want their name dragged into the press". I had screaming matches with upper management over this one.

In the end, they confronted him with the information we had. His claim, "I was checking out sites because I want to get my daughter into modelling." He quit before papers could be served firing him.

I was absolutely disgusted with how that was handled.

If I had of known they were going to get rid of me a year later, I would have gone to the authorities myself. At the time, it was strongly suggested that I keep my mouth shut.

He did get caught eventually. I just hope that he never did put his hands on any kid.

For those who are in a systems admin position and is put in this situation, if the brass doesn't want to go the authorities, go yourself. You'll sleep a lot better at night.
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It's only 39 seconds, but so worth it...(it is hard to hear, so you might want to turn up your speakers.)

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One company I worked at about 8 years ago got a complaint by a client who had an employee who had received an email containing porn from our company. Our company at that point put in some monitoring software.

Apparently the use was rampant in the company. About 8 contractors were released from their contracts. About 1/2 a dozen regular employees and managers received reprimands. One director was asked to resign immediately and a vice president was asked to leave after he transitioned his work over to someone else.

They made a mistake in one case, though. They accused one of the operations staff of viewing Internet porn, she's a grandmother who would never think of it. Apparently the way they determined who was doing it was by looking at the sign in on the computers and determined the computers by IP address. Well, the network was set up so that it only checked 1x a month as to who signed in and the first to sign in was the registered user. Well, these computers are shared by all the operations staff across 3 shifts. She told them it wasn't her and they should check when it happened. Well, the porn viewing happened during second shift and she was 1st shift so they realized it wasn't her and couldn't prove who was doing it because of how they tracked whose computer it was.

The company then went through a series of required sexual harassment courses that employees had to go through.

Of course, after the Tech Bubble burst, the company went out of business.
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His claim, "I was checking out sites because I want to get my daughter into modelling."

Ummm. Wow. shake
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I wonder if companies would ever consider providing Home Internet Service as a benefit. I mean, if employees searching porn at work is this common, wouldn't it make sense to offer to pay the $40/month for their connection at home for the promise that they stay off it at work?

Granted, it's a slippery slope (drinking alcohol while on the clock, etc), and certainly not deserved by employees, but with all the trouble a company would go through to deal with this, I wonder if it hasn't been considered...
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bbenston wrote:
I seriously don't get it, myself -- the not waiting to go home. I guess it speaks to addiction rather than simply "consuming" it.

A couple of work horror stories I've compiled over my Silicon Valley career:

1. Way back in the boom days, at one company we had a receptionist given to printing out his surfing results on a common printer, and using a conference room, complete with its video player, at lunchtime. (Jesus Christ.) No one wants to see any porn, let alone gay bear porn, when you're just trying to print up test cases or get a coffee.

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For #2 at least it was only his face that he was sticking in the hole.
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ewww...that was soooo wrong Michaellaugh
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All of the sudden I feel a whole lot better about spending so much company time surfing BGG.
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sisteray wrote:
bbenston wrote:
Griddly wrote:
Some guy applied for an artist position with a company I worked for and the link he gave us to view his work was all anime porn. It wasn't tame by any stretch of the imagination. My jaw dropped and then I felt compelled to show others in the office because I was in total disbelief. We make children's games....blush


What? There's no market for Dora the Explorer's Tentacle Rape Adventure?


That put's the Gooey Geyser in a whole new light doesn't it.


I never trusted that damn monkey.
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erak wrote:
everyone got a nasty cold a few months back, so they have us Purell ourselves from time to time




How soon before you guys just have to go through a decontamination shower before going into work?
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eggplantia5 wrote:
erak wrote:
everyone got a nasty cold a few months back, so they have us Purell ourselves from time to time




How soon before you guys just have to go through a decontamination shower before going into work?


How soon will they need to go through a decontamination shower when leaving from work...

Someone's been touching my keyboard....

ewwww! yuk
 
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