Computer privileges

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  1. kp2014friend

    kp2014friend New Member

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    How soon after indoc do the pc's get their computers? And I read on another thread on here somewhere that facebook and other things on the computer will be blocked....is that true?

    I was wondering when the pc's would be able to chat via aim or email or facebook or whatever.

    Thanks!
     
  2. shutterbugC

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    I understood from a former student about 2.5 weeks after Indoc started, so around the end of July since classes start on the 28th of July.
     
  3. jessibee2013

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    Use of Skype, AIM and Facebook seems to vary once they have their computers. Last year we were told that we would be able to skype with our plebe candidates when they received their computers. I ran out and purchased skype equipment but my DS used facebook (which was supposed to be blocked for security reasons) long before he had skype capabilities.

    Use of cell phones seems to vary too. I know many parents posted here that they figured they would know when 2013 was recognized because they would get a phone call on a day other than Sunday. DS used his cell regularly soon after Acceptance for texting and calling (to a lesser extent).

    I didn't heed this advice last year on many things - I suggest you wait and see on skype and other forms of messenging. Flexibility is the most crucial survival skill for KP parents, followed very closely by patience.
     
  4. KP2013dramamama

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    Skyping was allowed but only when the CTOs allowed it for their own company. And that won't be for a long time. And it was weird that they could facebook.I do believe there were those who snuck skyping in, but I don't think it's worth the risk. Cell phones come to keep at recognition. Phones go with them on TM (team movements) when the companies go off campus. Hang loose. Parents you'll hear a lot of different things from other parents and even PC from different companies. You have to live w/ what your PC company lives w/. Yeh, sometimes it's fair. But that's the way it is.:biggrin:
     
  5. jasperdog

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    I also understand that the general IT regulations/Policies and Procedures have/are once again undergoing revision - mostly being made more restrictive - to stay in concert with general Federal Government IT/Cyber-Security requirements since USMMA is part of the and connected to the Federal Government's IT Infrastructure....

    Bottom line personal thaought is that may further reduce or restrict the type of connectivity that enables things like Skype and "Social Network" applications....
     
  6. KPMum2012

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    Judging by DD's reactions to emails about the changes, I'd say jasperdog is probably right that everyone should expect new restrictions.

    DD's biggest concern right now is how to back up sea projects if she can't use either a thumb drive or an external hard drive. Maybe they'll have the glitches sorted out by the time she goes back out to sea in November. . .
     
  7. jessibee2013

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    Jasperdog is usually spot on with his information and insights but last year we heard similar dire predictions about social networking, thumb drives and external hard drives about this time in the summer, for all the same (and legitimate) security reasons.
    Our DS had all of those things last year and it wasn't a problem but each year brings new regulations... and rumors...
    Flexibility and patience. should be the parent motto, along with "buckle your seatbelt and get ready for the roller coaster."
     
  8. usmmasoccermom

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    Sounds like we need to be watching for the crash helmets and air masks to deploy on this ride. But this crazy ride, if taken in stride, is half the fun. What would life be if it were predictable? :rolleyes:
     
  9. jasperdog

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    My DS reaction was similar though he mentioned he was glad his sea year will be complete in November at which time when he returns to KP his computer will be locked down to make use of an external hard drive or thumb drive basically impossible. His reaction was that if he were going to go out to sea for sea year now, he'd take his own personal laptop - one he never intended on attaching to the Government's infrastructure and do his sea project on it so he could indeed back it up on his external hard drive, since its (a sea project) is so much work, you wouldn't want to loose it by having your laptop crash to the deck in a storm or otherwise.

    I know the Federal Government is adamant about NOT allowing thumb drives or external hard drives to be attached to the Federal IT Infrastructure so I'm pretty sure that will be - actually is the case now as the USMMA "Management" disseminated an email/instruction making it so already according to my DS.

    As for Facebook, etc. I don't know the current rules the Government has but the first time a big ugly computer virus is spread using one of them, I'd expect to see a lot of attention paid in that direction as well.
     
  10. KP2013dramamama

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    Excellent point Jasperdog. My son is leaving for sea and we were wondering the same thing your dd has wondered and is thinking about doing. Perhaps hubby a nd I should advise ds about making a purchase for sea.:yikes:
     
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    Our DS is on A Spilt and will be going out to sea for the first time. We had also thought about a stand alone computer with a thumb drive and an external hard drive. Now we have to find out specs abd software needed.
     
  12. shutterbugC

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    Can they not just do their work on the computer, save it and send it as an email to their parents or sibling to save in case something does happen to it? Wouldn't that work just like an external hard drive? Or do they not have internet access while on the ships?
     
  13. Yogert

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    From my discussion with DoIT, USB restrictions will be the same as admin rights. When you go to them before leaving for sea the USB ports will be reactivated at the same time you get admin rights back.
     

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