Blocking Internet Gaming

Paul Lantinga prl at
Wed Jan 9 18:32:41 UTC 2002

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From: Stephen Griffin [mailto:stephen.griffin at]
>What needs to be done is to balance the knee-jerk IT folks reactions
>to make life as miserable as possible for the greatest number vs.
>allowing some amount of employee usage, to increase satisfaction,
>_increase_ productivity, and basically make it worth going into the

That's an excellent point Stephen.  Killing employee morale can have
longlasting repurcussions.  I had the pleasure of experiencing a good
decision of this type about 3 years ago when I worked in India.  The execs
decided NOT to block outbound port 80, even though it was taking up 75% of
the bandwidth on a 128k link.  They paid for an upgrade to 256k (SFO ->
Bangalore, not cheap!) and decided not to block port 80, as the damage to
employee morale would be too severe.

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