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2006's Hot Topic: Unionize IT against Big Brother and bad grammar

By Jay Garmon Contributor ·
TECHREPUBLIC COMMUNITY NETNOTE NEWSLETTER for April 25, 2006

2006'S HOT TOPIC: UNIONIZE IT AGAINST BIG BROTHER AND BAD GRAMMAR

This will be the final edition of the Community NetNote's current
incarnation, so now is the perfect (and last) time to take stock of
2006's hottest TR topics. While the timeless blood feud over the
greatest operating system (Hint: It's not Vista) reared its head, and
the usual fears of invasion of privacy and Big Brother popped up, the
real issue of 2006 was the unionization of IT. I guess when you can't
decide between resigning from IT and working extra IT jobs (sometimes
for home users), it makes sense that organizing IT labor would be a
central issue. Well, that and bad e-mail grammar.

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community team? Post it in this discussion.

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2006'S MOST ACTIVE DISCUSSIONS

1. UNIONIZE IT NOW!
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2. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ALL THE BIG BROTHER STUFF?
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3. I'M DONE WITH THE IT FIELD!
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4. AM I THE ONLY ONE BOTHERED BY INCORRECT USE OF ENGLISH IN EMAIL?
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5. "BIG BROTHER"
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6. WINDOWS VS. LINUX
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7. THE BEST OS EVER WITHOUT A DOUBT
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8. VISTA, IS IT REALLY WORTH IT?
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9. DO A LOT OF IT WORKERS HAVE SIDE JOBS/BUSINESSES?
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10. SHOULD I SUPPORT HOME USERS?
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2006'S MOST ACTIVE TECHNICAL Q&A QUESTIONS

1. INTERNET CONNECTION LASTS 4-5 MINUTES
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2. NEVER ENDING SHUT DOWN WITH WIN XP
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3. IE ERROR MESSAGE REPEATEDLY IN WINXP
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4. WINDOWS LAGGING
http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-11184-0.html?forumID=47&threadID=192175&start=0

5. NEED HARDWARE SPECS ON OS-LOCKED LAPTOP
http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-11184-0.html?forumID=56&threadID=187620&start=0

6. OLD COMPUTER, NEW PROBLEMS
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7. UNABLE TO CONNECT TO DSL MODEM
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8. RESIZING WINDOWS XP PARTITION
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9. LAST REBOOTED
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10. EXTERNAL HD WINDOWS SETUP
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Find more open Technical Q&A questions with our All Open Questions
filter.
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TOP "TOO HOT FOR TR" OF 2006

The following discussions were sufficiently non-technical or
controversial to be suppressed from TechRepublic's Hot and New
Discussions lists.

1. BAN ABORTION & IMPOSE DEATH SENTENCES FOR RAPE & INCEST
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2. THE DATA IS CLEAR - WE MUST ACT NOW
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3. TYRANNY OF THE OFFENDED
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4. BULLYING AND DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT IN FORUMS
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5. SPACE, THE FINAL FRONTIER
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by vidalr In reply to 2006's Hot Topic: Unioniz ...

The term ?Interface? is used differently by individuals, specialist , media professionals, interface managers, plus those in computing and cognitive science . We cannot forget in computer interface the
abstract people, the hackers the game makers, chat rooms retrieval id's.
For example interface scholars have shown their concern in computer interface or human to human communication. Many designers have develop useful definitions in specific fields to improve this phenomena call computer interface.
This definitions has the fortunate consequence of having different kind of processes carrying the C.I. phenomena.
A general definition of C.I. is that man and machine, or machine as a medium for man can communicate whiteout hindrance, if there are errors or misinformation it will cause to humans a problem which consequences are the lack of creativity and evolution.
Why Linux does not have the in the broad sense the human C.I.? I do have 9 different versions of Linux live dvd, my pay check has arrived so for sure I going to buy 2 more? yet one of the most basic and brainless feature wont be there the human C. I.?
I ask why? why? why!!!!!!
waiting for your speedy feed back
R
It has never been the point of on these discussions to talk about Voip itself but of the lack of computer human interface. Linux does not have it.
Computer human interface has as a counterpart: information, which must de consistent and clear knowing that in exact nature (substance. Energy or abstract concept) isn?t clear. Linux provide to home users a repeat Computer human interface in most of their OS is not informative. In C.H.I be ?true? a lie or false or counterfactual information is misinformation, not information itself.
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This C.H.I. approach to information, like most human-centered approaches to information, leads one to emphasize the meaning and use of message, ``what the message is about?" and ``what is known already?" over the information carrying messenger and the message itself. When the C.H.I. is essentially random, or the message is of no value to the recipient, such as a repeated message previously received and understood, it is colloquially said that no information was received and no information was transmitted.
Some individuals equate information with meaning. Having a C.H.I. poor as Linux makes their statement not good enough to make an event an informative act; its meaning must be perceived to make the statement informative. Arguing against this approach, ``it is psychologically almost impossible not to make the shift from the one sense of C. H. I. to the other sense, information = what is expressed by the signal sequences?.
In an approach similar to defining C. H. I meaning, information is often understood in terms of knowledge that is transmitted to a sentient being ``that which occurs within the mind upon the absorption of a message"
The reasons of Linux and what implies not to have a Computer Human Interface is a?
R
Lets concluded the Linux computer interface, this topic is crucial to today?s human use of Linux as prewriting system , we are not talking about, how well the desktop is design, because we need to speak as well about the tools , the office, the consoles, the different ways of connectivity, the hundreds of applications that are in the lives dvd of Suse 10.1 or Knoppix 5.0 plus Ubuntu 6.06 or the releases of Knoppix hacks or hacking knoppix by O?really is in this systems of Linux were the Computer human interface is not found, were the input and output, speak volumes of were I?m getting into , the coherence of the theory of truth derived for and from Linux, were the belief in Linux OS has become justified . Statement may be understood as ``true" if it exactly represents what it is describing. This is referred to as the ``correspondence" theory of truth. This applies not only to statements but to the representation and belief. The coherence theory of truth, on the other hand, suggests that truth is essentially derived for and from Linux.
A statement is true when it is consistent with a system of accepted statements. Truth may also be viewed as a representation that is learned and that will not be altered, even given additional experiences. Defined truth as the vanishing point toward which we imagine that all our temporary truths will some day converge.
The justification of a belief is based on internal considerations concerning the qualities of the function producing the belief. A belief is ``justified" if and only if the input to the function is accurately represented in the output, stop the baby talk if the input of Linux is clear then the output must be clear. Consider a handheld calculator which accepts the keystrokes ``2" ``+" ``2" ``=" and then displays the digit ``4." We note that the digit displayed is not of the same form as the input, e.g., a keystroke. Instead, an accurate function takes keystrokes and produces a displayed number. If the calculator is broken and produces the digit ``3" given the above set of keystrokes, we clearly don't have knowledge that 2+2=4.Consider a different case where the calculator is broken but the above set of keystrokes produces, through erroneous sub processes, the digit ``4" in the display. While the output is correct or ``true" and may be interpreted as a belief, it is not justified--the function is not accurate in that it does not operate as the user intends or understands the calculator to operate.
Other models of knowledge have been proposed, such as the notion that knowledge is one's ``image," what one subjectively believes to be true [Bou56]. This is close to what we have referred to as a belief, and choosing to call it ``knowledge?. Yet, like the more conventional philosophical idea of knowledge, it can be understood as the values in the output of a process, actually, the hierarchical series of processes that range from low level atomic processes up to sophisticated intellectual processes.
Perception and observation can be understood as conveying information about the input to certain processes as Linux bug fixer?s, malware makers (for humans, sensory processes such as seeing, hearing, smelling, etc.) The output of such a process may be understood as a belief. Such a belief may constitute knowledge about the input when the process or set of processes producing the belief operate in a manner consistent with the understanding of the process. These definitions of knowledge and belief are broader than the common language notions of the terms and less human-centered, in the case of belief, making the concepts more objective and more easily studied. We note that knowledge is information that is both true and justified. These perceptual, observational, and processing functions take as input sensory data from the real world, as well as personal beliefs and cultural biases, when producing information bearing output. This conceptual framework for understanding information provides a mechanism for understanding both the cultural influence on information, as well as the minutest phenomena studied by physicists.

Errors, Misinformation, and Bad Data
When discussing knowledge, truth, and information, people often begin speaking of ``misinformation" or ``bad data." Scientists often speak of ``bad data," produced by faulty measurement or poor observations. Misinformation often refers to information that is ``false," that is, the information does not directly reflect the ``true" state of the world. Consider a ``lie" told by an individual or an organization. The person making the lie knows the truth and, instead of repeating it, chooses to produce a lie for some purpose. The lie is then information about the process that produced it. It is misinformation or ``false information" only in the sense that we may not know the nature of the full hierarchy of processes, that is, the characteristics of the function that did eventually produce the lie. The exact nature of misinformation, etc., is subject to a wide range of interpretations (and misinterpretations). ``no structure can carry the information that s is F unless, in fact, s is F. False information, misinformation, and disinformation are not varieties of information" or in Linux case their computer human interface.
Misinformation and related concepts may be defined consistent with the hierarchical model. When what is transmitted is not received as sent, i.e., $x \ne f^{-1}(f(x))$ for some xthat is input to an f(), an information loss has occurred in the process. This can occur when the function fcan be said to be a partially random or noisy process. When this happens, what is transmitted was not reproduced by the function; some of what was transmitted has been ``lost."
When information has been lost in producing a particular output characteristic, the value taken on by the characteristic is determined, in part, by a random or error component. When there exists a non-null error component in determining a characteristic or variable's value, the ``information" contained in the variable may be referred to as ``misinformation." The value of a variable is information about the input; when the information is only partial and is tainted by error, it is better understood as misinformation. Essentially, this is information that is partly or wholly false.
Economists and scholars interested in decision theory often refer to error free information as perfect information. Perfect information about a source domain Xexists when there is a one-to-one mapping in a noiseless environment for the source X onto the destination set Y [Los90]. Information may be said to be incomplete when the mapping from Xis into Y, not onto Y.
We may define another form of misinformation as information that isn't justified. If one believes something for the wrong reasons, one may be said to be ``misinformed." In these cases, there is a perception that something is wrong with the recipient of the information, and it is this faulty nature of the receiver that makes something ``misinformation.
R
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