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Yeah....cutting the red tape sometimes is nice. But it depends on the project. Where I work we do not plan things out enough and it's a big problem because we have dozens of different components that all work together. So someone sneaks in a change and twelve things break and we have to drop everything and fix them and we get yelled at and complained about and fall behind on our regular work because we're so busy fixing things. But if you're working with stand alone stuff that no one else touches....sure.
Everything has to be planned and agreed and discussed and agreed and planned again, exit strategies have to be in place, risks have to be assessed, forms have to be filled out, testing has to be done from end to end, releases have to be synchronised and out of hours and tested before the users are allowed at them again.
I went to a "taster" for how Holacracy[^] works by giving people autonomous authority but with responsibility. So, for example, if you have the role of "release manager" with the authority to do the release, then you can do the release whenever you have completed your responsibilities, which are clearly defined, such as communicating to other department people, etc.
One of the neat things is that, as one works with this process, very clear statements can be written as to what the role's responsibilities are, which cuts through time-wasting meetings, "opinions", and so forth. I was very impressed by the scenarios that we worked through with the facilitator.
Nothing, Windows Defender seems to be pretty good and well supported. If you have a decent firewall (again, the OS one is up to scratch, and your router should be configured to reject incoming requests anyway) and don't set out to visit places you might get a virus, you don't really need third party software. Most virus software is so aggressive in terms of scanning files in use and disk access that it slows your life down more than getting a virus would ...
Bob's correct, some of the packages are overly aggressive. I have to use Xp in a VM, and we all know that Xp should no be used any more, gasp, it's not supported. So, my Defender updates stopped. I only due development in this VM, no surfing at all, but I'm paranoid. I installed Avast and have never been so frustrated. Kept having false positives for my application targets - shoving stuff into the quarantine folder, and on an on. Even if I told it to ignore things, it keep happily deleting files from my delivery tree.
Defender has worked quite well over the years....
<italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759
But since moving to Win 8.1, I stopped and just rely on MS security Essentials (or what ever it is called) and inbuilt OS firewall and router firewall.
The last reviews I had seen said that for basic protection there was nothing wrong with MS. At the end of the day, I don't go opening unknown links or attachments, so the probability is significantly reduced.
I personally don’t care for windows 8 but the new windows defender built in, at a quick look appears to be the same (same binary names) as Microsoft Security Essentials used in older versions of Windows but with the new modern application scanning stuff built in.
I would stick with it myself.
For Windows 8.x, just let Windows Defender do it...it does a pretty good job.
For Windows XP, Defender/Security Essentials no longer works...I installed AVG on a buddy's XP computer...just need to get a few more miles out of the box till it blows and AVG seems to consume the least system resources which matters a lot on a 10 year old computer.
“I speak in a poem of the ancient food of heroes: humiliation, unhappiness, discord. Those things are given to us to transform, so that we may make from the miserable circumstances of our lives things that are eternal, or aspire to be so.” Jorge Luis Borges
A lot of the stuff is actually swiped out by Sean when he's in the office, especially after weekends. If I publish an article in the morning (around 9:00 UTC+1, DST) I usually got it out by the end of the day.
I often swipe stuff out, too - Mostly stuff that was published before, got good votes and has undergone minor changes (So if that is the case for your article, you can publish it at almost any time [Again, UTC+1] and get it through as soon as I glance in).
I will never again mention that Dalek Dave was the poster of the One Millionth Lounge Post, nor that it was complete drivel.
It wasn't the approval process or anything that was crossing my mind, mine don't appear to go through moderation, but go straight out.
Sometimes you can publish an article and it is visible on the front page for hours (the Lastest list, not the moderation queues), other times it is gone in about 10 minutes, depending on how many others have published and how many tips are also published. Tips in the article list is a question for another day!
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