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Sep 27, 16

<br />If I ask someone directly if they are thinking about suicide, I might make them think about it or act on it.
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<br />Reality:
<br />This is not accurate; there are numerous suicide first aid trainings being conducted in the world, and what research and trainings are teaching us is that you should ask someone directly about their thoughts of suicide. For example, “are you thinking about suicide?” or “are you thinking about killing yourself?”
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<br />Some may be wondering two questions about this reality:
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<br /> What about asking, “are you thinking about hurting yourself” instead?
<br /> Do I have to say anything at all? And if so, why directly?

If someone you know is struggling, and you suspect they may be considering harming themselves, take a look at this article to help guide you in what to do for them. And ignore the myth!

Sep 27, 16

Mental illness affects nearly one in five American adults in a given year. It brings about physical and emotional symptoms, none of which just disappear as soon as an individual steps through that office front door.
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<br />But having a mental health issue doesn’t make a person inept at his or her job. In fact, work may even help them manage their illness. Yet the stigma that mental illness is some sort of flaw still exists ― and that misconception (or the fear of it) could carry over into the workplace.
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<br />Below are just a few things those with mental health conditions wish their employers understood. Here’s what it’s really like to work with a mental health disorder:

There's no question that the workplace is not friendly to anyone dealing with mental health issues, and yet given the large number of people who are dealing with them, it's very likely there are a few working right around us on any given day. Wouldn't it be great if we could understand that and act accordingly? These suggestions are a good place to start.

Sep 25, 16

I never cease to be bewildered by how vile and evil some people are in this world. I never cease asking myself how someone's internal makeup can be so deranged that they hurt a child when my own instinct is to protect them so fiercely.
I never cease to be absolutely gutted that another human being has had to endure so much pain in their life through no fault of their own. I never cease to be amazed and inspired by the courage that survivors of abuse show when they come forward and tell their story.
This is what keeps me doing what I do. I am honoured to stand beside these people as they tell their story. They do so often to make things better for others — so that no other child has to go through the hell that they have been through.

Good and evil exist in this world. Strength and courage exist right along with horror and sadness. Not many things demonstrate that more than knowing what survivors have been through, and seeing them go on despite it.

Sep 25, 16

BuzzFeed recently interviewed four suicide attempt survivors in a moving video. Each spoke about the challenges they faced that led them to attempt to take their own lives, and then about the ways they've learned to cope since then.

"It gets better," one of the interviewees, whose name isn't shared, says in the video below. "You are worth life. You are worth living. You are worth breathing."


Sep 24, 16

GN Netcom, Inc. v. Plantronics, Inc., No. 12-1318-LPS 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93299 (D. Del. July 12, 2016) represents the perils that can arise from custodian self-collection when the company found itself on the receiving end of a $3 million sanctions penalty for evidence spoliation. The heart of the case emphasizes that establishing a litigation hold and notifying custodians are just a partial set of responsibilities that must be deployed in the collection process. Equally important are steps that monitor and insure compliance with the litigation hold.
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<br />What they did correctly
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<br />Plantronics promptly issued a litigation hold, conducted training sessions, and sent quarterly reminders to custodians requiring affirmative acknowledgment of compliance with the hold.
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<br />When did it go off the rails?
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<br />In spite of these efforts and strict policies clearly enumerated by corporate, a senior Plantronics executive deleted relevant emails and asked his subordinates to also delete some records.

See, I think they knew better, they just didn't really care all that much. It's sort of like cybersecurity. We train and we educate and we remind people all the time, and they still give out their passwords and plug in "found" USB drives, and so on. A lot of these people know better, but it keeps happening anyway. Because it's not their job. eDiscovery isn't really the first job of most of these folks, so they do what they need to do in order to get their job done. Our job is not front and center to them the way it is for us. That's why we can't understand why these kinds of things keep happening. We, literally, work in a different world.

Sep 24, 16

When it comes to employment and social media, the First Amendment does not apply. You can, in fact, get fired for what you write, post, and share online, and it is not a violation of your Constitutional rights.<br /><br />As HubShout’s June 2016 Social Media Conduct Survey found out, most people don’t understand the risks of posting their unfiltered thoughts and photos on social media, nor do they quite understand the actual conditions of the First Amendment.

Why don't people get this? It's 2016, the risks to employment from your social media posts is old news!

Sep 24, 16

As it turns out, Klawes was just one of dozens of NMU students, if not more, who have been told over the years that they could face disciplinary action for discussing their suicidal thoughts, according to an investigation and press release just published by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. The ostensible goal of the policy is to “protect” students from other students’ suicidal thoughts and actions. But this policy, in addition to violating students’ free-speech rights, could also be doing serious harm to vulnerable students at NMU, according to mental-health experts.

This seems like a really damaging idea. I wonder if it came about as a result of someone misinterpreting some very real concerns about discussing the details of a suicide in the media, and the risk of it creating a contagion. But, they are really misunderstanding that practice. Forcing students who may be having suicidal thoughts and feelings to isolate themselves is not going to help.

Let's hope someone figures this out and changes this policy.

Sep 23, 16

An unnamed US intelligence official was quoted by NBC News as calling the leak of contractor Ian Mellul's e-mails "the most damaging compromise of the security of the president of the United States that I've seen in decades"—one caused by the use of an outside personal e-mail account for government business. The e-mails included full scans Mellul had forwarded to himself from a White House e-mail account of passports, including Michelle Obama's. Mellul likely forwarded the e-mails to his Gmail account because he couldn't access White House mail offsite without a secure device.<br /><br />Government sources have described as being connected to Russian intelligence organizations. But just about anyone could have gotten into Ian Mellul's e-mail if he was using the same password for his Gmail account that was exposed in a 2013 breach of Adobe user data—just as was Navy Captain Carl Pistole's.

Don't use the same passwords in multiple places. Especially if you work for the government with data that needs to be secured.

Makes you wonder how many of your employees are taking data off of your network to make it easier to access, doesn't it? I mean you shouldn't do that, especially if you work for the government with data that needs to be secured, but it happens anyway, repeatedly.

Do these folks truly not know any better? I doubt it. I suspect they've had plenty of training and have read plenty of policies, and they did it anyway.

How confident are you about the people who work with your data?

Sep 23, 16

Yeah this didn't go well at all. Frankly, I'm not sure what USA Hockey was going for here. If you listen to the brain trust going into the tournament, and the explanation for their, umm, interesting roster decisions, they seemed to have been aiming for a gritty, defense-minded, tough, team. They also seemed to be using the 1996 World Cup team as their model. Similarly, that team had some guys on it who you would not consider to be All-Star offensive players. (Bryan Smolinski, Steve Konowolchuk, etc.) But they had plenty of offensive firepower too. That team had Brett Hull, Mike Modano, Brian Leetch and Phil Housley manning the points, Keith Tzachuk, Doug Weight, and so on.

And, in terms of being able to shut down their opponents, they had Mike Richter playing in front of Chris Chelion, the Hatchers, Leetch, et al.

The 2016 version of Team USA was not this. For firepower it had Patrick Kane, and a bunch of fairly decent NHL scorers, but left home some of the best offensive talent America has to offer. It also had a defense corp that was, well not 1996. And that's where I wonder what they were thinking. If the idea was to model that 1996 team, all you had to do was look at the defensemen on the roster for both teams.

Obviously, with the defense, 1996 could not have been the game plan. Not with that defense. Look again at the Hall of Fame defenders on that team. The 2016 version had Jack Johnson and Dustin Byfuglien. This was a failure of strategy, and not understand the talent in front of you.

Personally, I don't think the US was good enough to do much damage in this tournament anyway, but maybe it wouldn't have been as embarrassing had they not been saddled with this 1996 strategy, especially because the game isn't even the same as it was 20 years ago. The entertaining Team North America showed us where hockey is heading, and it's not back to the days of grinding out a 2-1 win against the likes of what Canada put on the ice.

Luckily for us though, much of that bright talent on display for Team North America are Americans. Let's hope the brain trust can get out of their way.

Sep 23, 16

Belichick certainly has more complete testaments to his coaching acumen – 13 AFC East titles in 15 seasons; four Super Bowls rings; a space waiting in the Hall of Fame. But few will be sweeter than this one: A 13-5 record with the three quarterbacks who have stepped in and started for Brady. That’s right. Brissett is now a piece of the answer to, “What has Belichick done without Brady?” Belichick still wins. Just like he did with Matt Cassel. Just like he did with Garoppolo.

The most surprising thing to me about the Thursday night game was not necessarily that the Patriots won, but that they just drilled the Texans with Brissett. Yeah sure, we all figured Belichick would have a game plan to help out the young QB, but I think we also all figured that with only 3 days ti implement that game plan, it wouldnt work to perfection the way this one did. Nor did we think Houston would kind of be a mess on offense, though maybe we shouldn't ever assume that Houston wouldn't be a mess on offense against a well-coached defense in retrospect.

Tip of the cap to the Patriots. Still not a fan, but you have to respect it. Especially after your own team went 1-11 last year without it's top QB. ;-)

Sep 23, 16

Sometimes I wish I could just remember everything. I wish I could rip off the bandaid and remember all the details and just get it over with. My therapist says that might come over time, or it might never happen. He says I need to keep doing the work, either way. Sometimes I get so tired of it, though. It feels like the work will never end, and I might not even get better.<br />It helps to know other people go through it and do get better, though.

There is no better reason to tell your story, if you're able. So that others can know that they are not alone, and they can get better.

Sep 22, 16

For most ExtremeTech readers this should almost go without saying, but if you find a mysterious USB drive in your mailbox, don’t plug it in. There are more dangerous things a criminal element could drop in your mailbox, but a malware infected USB drive isn’t good. Police in Australia are investigating a series of thumb drives that showed up in mailboxes carrying some nasty ransomware.

Do not plug in USB drives if you don't know where they came from. There are a lot of things that can go poorly for you.

Sep 22, 16

Given the wide range of personal information exposed, the possibility of attackers obtaining plaintext passwords is only one of the major concerns stemming from the breach. Yahoo users should be wary of communications that may use some of the compromised data to trick them into clicking on links, divulging information, or taking other actions.

Glad that I recently changed my Yahoo/Flickr password, but there are a lot of various things that are Yahoo properties, so I can't help but wonder how many areas were affected.

Sep 21, 16

"Depression also often comes with a sense of hopelessness, or a belief that things won't change no matter what you do, which doesn’t help when it comes to deciding to get treatment, Clark says. But unfortunately, not getting care can make things even worse. “This hopelessness, if left unchecked, can feed a vicious cycle of shame, guilt, and inertia that worsen symptoms over time,” Clark says."

This is why stigma against getting help, and thinking that needing help is a sign of weakness os doubly bad. Depression is already working actively against getting help, it's part of the disease. Overcoming that requires support, not stigma.

Sep 21, 16

In my experience, and in the experience of many others as well, unfocused attempts at visualization over raw, unreduced data produce visualizations that are not particularly useful for security operations.  Visualization does have tremendous potential to bring value to security operations when leveraged properly.  Performing data reduction by posing specific, targeted, incisive queries into the data provides a good starting point for producing visualizations of high value to security operations.  Get the picture?

The same is true for eDiscovery data. I've seen many a user go straight to a visualization of email connections, for example, over their entire dataset, and then dismiss the use of visualizations because there's nothing useful in it. Which, of course, there isn't. You need to define what kinds of connections you're looking for (Over a date range, to/from one particular custodian of interest, etc.) before you start looking at the pictures that are going to show them to you.

Sep 20, 16

I’ve never forgotten the lesson my math teacher taught me: that we need to learn how to talk about suicide. Here are a few numbers he probably didn’t know, but should: suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and claims more than 41,000 lives every year. I was not the only kid who lost a parent. My mom was not the only person who lost a spouse. And for each person who dies by suicide it is estimated that 25 more have made an attempt. Hundreds of thousands of children and teens and adults have lived through suicide attempts and suicide loss. One in five adults and one in five teens in the U.S. will experience a mental health issue in any given year. I would tell my teacher to do the math — you talk to people every day who have lived through depression or suicide or both. Stop shaming us and start understanding us. It’s time to become aware.

It's time to become aware. It's well past that time, and well past the time when we figure out how to talk about suicide. That's not a simple thing, I know, but it affects way more people than the things we are figuring out how to talk about.

Sep 20, 16

The web provides limitless opportunities for learning, creating, sharing, and exploring the depths of human knowledge. But it is also an unsafe arena where one needs to be equipped with the needed tools and know-how to better stay safe and browse the net securely. As parents and teachers, we need to teach our students about the basics of staying safe online and luckily there are several resources to help you do that. Google Safety Centre is one of the best of them.

Oh I don't know about this. The first video "Think before you share" might be useful for a lot of adults too... ;-)

Sep 20, 16

The reality is that my life was infected with the burden of depression and anxiety, and the only places I could find reliable information from were not churches in my local area. Why? Because mental illness wasn’t really talked about. I felt as if all the “Christian” resources were outdated and really didn’t address the fact that taking medication was okay in the eyes of God. There really wasn’t much information at all. It was as if all the answers I was finding were suggesting that I just needed more faith. Seriously?

Has it changed that much? For that matter, is the "solution" provided to many people all that different? Isn't "Have more faith", the religious equivalent to "just get over it", or "you're life isn't that bad". All of these completely miss the point of depression. You don't snap yourself out of a disease.

Sep 20, 16

CF: Do you think that stigma associated with age is strongest in the tech industry?<br /><br />DL: Yes. Mark Zuckerberg said that young people are smarter. Now, he said that a long time ago, he probably would be more diplomatic and discreet about it now, but I bet he still believes it. I think in tech there is a plentiful supply of people in their twenties and they are all looking for work. It may be that we are in this period where technology is erasing jobs faster than we are creating them, so we have a net loss of jobs. So that means that you have a surplus of workers. If that’s the case, why wouldn’t you just hire people in their twenties who are cheaper and younger and don’t have distractions?

I'm not even sure what to add here, but this is absolutely the truth. All things being equal, why wouldn't you hire younger workers who don't expect as much money, have fewer outside responsibilities, and will probably leave before you need to pay them much more, allowing you go back to the start of this process again?

Because things are not always equal. Sometimes, when you follow that practice, it's bad for you business. I'm not sure many of the people who run tech company's have figured that out yet. They don't have a long term vision beyond the IPO or acquisition. ;-)

Do you admit to being "old" when working in a tech company? Would you?

Sep 19, 16

Google Trips allows you to sync your Gmail account, which will populate the app with all of your upcoming and past adventures — all flight, hotel and car rental information is available in one place for each trip. Before heading out on your journey, download the city you’re going to so you can access all of its features offline.

This seems promising. Definitely going to try this on one of my upcoming trips, letting it sync up as I get my confirmation emails. If you beat me to it, come back and let me know how it worked out for you.

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