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and so it begins

Posted by alexandra_k on June 2, 2018, at 4:13:32

apparently i can't work on my thesis.

Word 365 is telling me the files are owned by someone else and i don't have permission to modify the text.

back to writing the damned thing by hand?

shall i buy a typewriter?

talk about the tail wagging the dog...


Re: and so it begins

Posted by alexandra_k on June 2, 2018, at 5:52:29

In reply to and so it begins, posted by alexandra_k on June 2, 2018, at 4:13:32

The University Library:

1) Remove the books so there is room for computers
2) Remove the computers so there is room for group study desks
3) Intro the Wasteland.

Tragedy of the Informational Commons.

God, it's awful, here.


Re: and so it begins

Posted by alexandra_k on June 2, 2018, at 19:18:56

In reply to Re: and so it begins, posted by alexandra_k on June 2, 2018, at 5:52:29

So, I think it's a public school (including public university) thing, here. Office365 is something the school got thrown at it, for free, so they offer it to students to download to their personal computers, for free.

Only you are supposed to play ball. You know, train your system (that 'university IT' now has administrator access to) to recognise your face, give it all your logins for everything you have, and so on and so forth...

Then everything you do can be monitored... Because you need to do your work online... That's why no books for the poor, really, if we can't see them doing stuff on their computer they aren't doing stuff at all (so as we can measure / so as we care about that / so we credit it as work)... Because it's about keeping the bums on the seats...

And they log in with their name. Or they don't have access. And of course the university is their company who owns the copyright on everything they did with their free software.

And they leave school and find they are locked out of all of their stuff.

They scare into purchasing Office365 for themselves... Only to find it's 'read only' or whatever it is. Because the University owns any document that was first opened during student days.

That's what 'empowerment' looks like, people. Somebody 'owns' something, that's for sure.

I've figured a workaround. But it's f*ck*ng tiresome dealing with this sh*t...

It's the Romans. I found Machievelli (sp). That's the inspiration behind much of it, I think. Economics. The idea of growing a business. Conquering others. Expansion. And so on. Whereas I'm more into the Greeks. Plato. Developing the ideal of what things should be and then working towards that.

He's full of all kinds of practical advice. HOw to keep your advisors loyal to you you need to leave their women to them... Leave their harem to them... Perks of the job, or something... And how to use mercenaries to your advantage. Its a different view of life. For sure. It is very... Adolescent male. It reminds me of sealions and so on who chase the young males away because they are unruly and they eat too much and so on. And they band together and playfight and so on to build up strength. Then take on the alpha males of the group for their very own harem when they are big enough.

If that really is male nature... If people will do that... Over and over and over... If most people are hardwired to that (and you really can't keep most people locked up to prevent it.) I dont know... That's how civilisation goes? When things progress too much for indivdidual rights and liberties and the arts and culture gets too good (you start ot think the world is like that and there is no threat) you get it handed to you by barbarians. Over and over...

Because that really is how a great number of people like to live.


Re: and so it begins

Posted by alexandra_k on June 2, 2018, at 19:36:24

In reply to Re: and so it begins, posted by alexandra_k on June 2, 2018, at 19:18:56

The workaround is basically that I purchased Office 2013 for my Mac however many years ago. That's the workaround. To purchase a version that promises NOT to update things continually more confusing and shitter... That works okay at the basic stuff for however many years down the track. I could use that to remove the information about who created the document. So now I can edit changes to it using Word365, and I guess that means my advisors will be able to, too. You know, without us needing to take several days out of our lives for training.

I don't mind too much when people get to choose where to invest their money... When people have money to invest.

I read Skinner again... Beyond Freedom and Dignity. I agree with him for the most part. He is right that control isn't necessarily a bad thing. He had a view where it was harnessed for good. Where parents use reinforcement contingencies to try and get kids doing things that are good for them.

Only, the whole thing got hijacked for business interests. How to better exploit the masses by getting them to behave badly. To make short term quick decisions against their interets. To pay ten bucks for Word365 instead of a few hundred for the one you won't have to worry about for 3 or 4 or 10 years.

When people have the option.

Course related costs... I guess people do...

I guess the information is out there.

Of course it's just all low key... You used to (probably still can) buy Office for Home which is of course what you would do if you actually had a family... And the kids just go off to school and play technologically dumb for why they can't spend all their time on these fancy group edited projects and so on... Don't have the functionality for the ever increasing distractions from getting the work done....


Re: and so it begins

Posted by alexandra_k on June 2, 2018, at 23:51:33

In reply to Re: and so it begins, posted by alexandra_k on June 2, 2018, at 19:36:24

I do, of course, know that just because I can edit the author information in the author field that doesn't mean that there isn't author information enconded someplace else that is uneditable by me.

I'm interested in my supervisors being able to edit changes and add comments and stuff, easily.

With respect to the actual owner... Its a f*ck*ng thesis template downloaded from the f*ck*ng university library. Sure someone else made the f*ck*ng title page with the university logo. but that's as far as their authorial input went...

but, sure, it is a heads up on what I basically knew, already: Don't be lying or cheating or whatever. Stealing. I'm sure stuff you *can* copy-paste without consequence is marked in some way...

Just in case you ever actually make something worthwhile and there would be money to be made in other people claiming the rights to it etc. Of course.

Virus protection for a windows system. Does anybody pay for that once the one that comes with expires? I would pay for it if I thought it wasn't simply extortion. I don't know whether it is a legit thing, or not. I never paid for virus protection on a mac... And I don't see why I would / should. I don't know. Anybody else have thoughts?

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