Friday, March 13, 2015

Any Trouble Getting to the Page?

We've now had three proffies at three different institutions casually mention that they can't seem to access the page from work. All have been able to see the page at or from home, on their fancy fucking smartphones, etc.

This is a sample error page:


  1. Sudden loss of communications can mean only one thing... invasion.

    Cue huge barrage of starships landing on Naboo.

  2. Cue Mac OS vs. Windows vs. Linux wars.

    My joint lets CM through the gates, but Urban Dictionary is verboten. Too "mature/adult" for our sensibilities, or so says the filter.

  3. My place blocked Youtube in public areas for a while, in a bid to prevent students spending hours in the computer rooms doing very little.

    I sometimes wonder how much my place monitors what the instructors are up to.

  4. Maybe this is what we get for those perennial "die, IT, die!" comments?

    Or maybe it's the cursing?

    Last I checked (before spring break), CM was accessible from my office computer. I do occasionally read there, but never comment. It's not so much that we are monitored on an institutional level (though I'm sure we are, to some degree, if only to comply with various mandates from higher up the chain -- i.e. the legislature, which is very concerned about porn on the computers; both the university and the legislature are also concerned with the downloading of copyrighted works), as that all kinds of records are required to be kept, and are subject to FOIA, because we're a state institution. So one has to assume that any email sent over the uni system, and pretty much anything else one does on a uni computer, might potentially become fodder for an expose written from any number of political perspectives. CM usage is pretty harmless, in my opinion (actually, I think the site is useful), so I don't mind it showing up as traffic, even on a computer only I use, but I figure it's best that Cassandra not be directly linkable to me, the (contingent) state employee.

  5. "It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors." Perhaps the blockers see their own ugliness when they look at CM. Only perhaps.