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Old 11-15-2008, 11:58 PM   #1
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website blocker that can't be defeated by admin?


Is there any software that can block websites and not be overridden by the administrator (by knowing the password, deleting the software, or some other clever trick)? I'd like to keep myself off time-wasting sites (this isn't about making my computer child-safe, as I have none), but if I had a website blocker, what good would it be if I knew the password or if I could delete (or at least shut down) the program?

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Old 11-16-2008, 12:18 AM   #2
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God can't do something that god can't undo. So, you'll just have to practice more self control.
 
Old 11-16-2008, 12:37 AM   #3
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Why would you want to prevent a system administrator from being able to administer his computer system? If you want total control of a system then you should buy your own and then you can have free reign over everything on the system. If you don't own it you cannot expect to prevent the authorized administrator from making any changes that they deem necessary or desirable for the good of the system.
 
Old 11-16-2008, 01:00 AM   #4
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Amen Quakeboy02

Apart from restraint there's inconvenience. You could have your internet connection go through an external box that you don't have simple access to. In short though, if you can set it up, you can tear it down.
 
Old 11-16-2008, 03:59 AM   #5
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The only thing that I can think of that you do but not undo is to burn your network cable. But:
  • it is not exactly software
  • it might be a bit more dramatic than you would like
  • and, even then, you could buy a new network cable
so the only permanent thing that immediately comes to mind is to become an illegal file sharer and get kicked off the net permanently. I'm not encouraging this, but it is likley to reduce the time you spend on time-wasting websites.

By now, the self control option should be sounding attractive.
 
Old 11-16-2008, 11:42 AM   #6
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Why would you want to prevent a system administrator from being able to administer his computer system? If you want total control of a system then you should buy your own and then you can have free reign over everything on the system. If you don't own it you cannot expect to prevent the authorized administrator from making any changes that they deem necessary or desirable for the good of the system.
But I do have total control of it. It's my computer.
 
Old 11-16-2008, 11:50 AM   #7
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But I do have total control of it. It's my computer.
This is the main problem, actually.
You are administrator, so you can override any "time-waster blocker" you might install.
 
Old 11-16-2008, 12:43 PM   #8
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why not use a random selection of characters to set the password and don't write it down, changing the root password stopping you making changes.
 
Old 11-16-2008, 08:54 PM   #9
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why not use a random selection of characters to set the password and don't write it down, changing the root password stopping you making changes.
When you have physical access to machine, this also can be easily bypassed.
 
  


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