UK Telecommuters Risk Not Showering For Weeks

from the working-from-home-actually-means-you-can-never-leave-work dept

After the US government decreed that telecommuting is vital to national security, a UK study found that working at home poses a higher security risk. The survey found that telecommuters are more lax with computer security procedures, and therefore expose their companies to computer virus and hacker threats. The survey also found that employees working at home were distracted by television and lonely. Worker issues are nothing new, whether the workers are sitting in cubes or in their living room. Telecommuting provides a more flexible working arrangement enabled by today’s technology. Supposedly, “the only way to protect against the growing security threat was for businesses to take the responsibility off home workers”. Well, that just seems obvious. If you just sent your workers home and didn’t take responsibility for their security, isn’t it obvious why there is a security threat? This study seems like an alarmist exercise. Oh wait, the study was done by Novell, who just so happens to sell security software. If only they had a solution for the loneliness and showering problem (though maybe those two problems are actually related).

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dorpus says:

The nuclear weapon of deodorants

Washing your armpits with soap just gives more food for bacteria, since soap is made out of mostly fat. The deodorant bars only work so well, since they just stop sweat instead of killing bacteria. What truly works is wiping your armpits with 50% bleach once a week, that way they won’t smell at all. Works for feet too.

Oliver Wendell Jones (profile) says:

Re: The nuclear weapon of deodorants

Dorpus, you’re a troll and not usually an idiot, but…

Deoderant, whether it be a soap, a stick, a roll-on or spray, is an anti-bacterial agent. It’s purpose is to kill the bacteria that feed on sweat and produce odors.

An ANTIPERSPIRANT stops you from sweating, but doesn’t kill the bacteria (although they may starve to death).

Keep spewing your comments about 3rd world countries that noone cares about, but at least get your facts straight first.

dorpus says:

Re: Re: The nuclear weapon of deodorants

“Deoderant”, despite the labels, are usually just anti-perspirants. I haven’t found them particularly effective — if they do contain any anti-bacterial agents, they’re just dilute solutions of triclosan, which are so ubiquitous that bacteria are pretty much immune to it.

dorpus says:

Re: Re: Re: The nuclear weapon of deodorants

Also, this new article shows that triclosan is implicated in cancer.

“Professor Peter Vikesland, of Virginia Tech University, who carried out the research, said: “This is the first work that we know of that suggests that consumer products, such as antimicrobial soap, can produce significant quantities of chloroform.” He has called for governments around the world to regulate the chemical more closely.”

TJ says:

Re: Re: The nuclear weapon of deodorants

Oh my goodness, please don’t feed the Dorkus troll. That only prompts triple the number of replies, don’t you see?

While deoderants aren’t the most effective solution, they usually don’t contain aluminium-related compounds, which seem to be a likely factor in Alzheimer’s disease.

Since the idea of losing my mind is to me about the worst scenario, I’d take possibly being a bit smelly over smelling like roses while I smear my own poo all over the walls because I’m so out of it mentally. Oops, sorry Dorkus, no offense to your personal situation was intended.

dorpus says:

Re: Re: Re: The nuclear weapon of deodorants

A techie shows his typical medical ignorance. 😉

The notion that aluminum causes Alzheimer’s disease came from a single study in the 1980s, when researchers “found aluminum in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients”. The aluminum later turned out to come from the dye that had been injected into them in the first place.

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