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oh yeah, gravatars are blocked here! My company has blocked little icons! – George IV Nov 3 '09 at 14:46
And who cares?... – GEOCHET Nov 3 '09 at 14:57
Would you rather they classify it as adult-entertainment? – random Nov 3 '09 at 15:16
@George IV that just started for us yesterday. Apparently after years of use, gravatar is now "network storage and backup" – Rex M Nov 3 '09 at 15:19
...and what's your question? – Brian Knoblauch Nov 3 '09 at 15:31
@George- my company does not block the gravatars, but does log them at "non-business related web surfing". Each "non-business" http request counts against a total allowed amount of time, and if you do that too much your internet is cut off. Too many cut offs and you get to have a chat with HR. I ended up having to manually block Gravatar on my local machine. – Joel Coehoorn Nov 3 '09 at 15:33
Rex M: Your company uses WebSense, doesn't it? So does mine, and it started yesterday. – Thomas Owens Nov 3 '09 at 15:52
As fun as it sounds to have the site blocked, how about having the jQuery files hosted by Google blocked by firewalls.... – RSolberg Nov 3 '09 at 16:05
you guys need a new job! just go to careers.stack.. oh. – Jeff Atwood Nov 4 '09 at 3:13

Unfortunately, that sounds like the correct categorization. If your employer wants to block job search sites, that's (literally) their business. It's probably a bad idea, but it's still their decision to make.

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This = the answer. – Thomas Owens Nov 3 '09 at 14:46

Hey, look on the bright side: if you needed any more proof that it's time to find a new job...

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use ssh's dynamic proxy option ssh -D -D 1080 to forward your connections through your home system. then set firefox to use localhose:1080 as a proxy server.
then find a job that doesnt require such hoops in order to find a better one.

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why not directly go for the "better one" rather than look for the intermediate job without the blocking? – GJ. Apr 27 '12 at 17:45 is a job search site...what do you expect us to do?

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Nothing - until my question was edited, I was just pointing out that BlueCoat now categorizes it as Job Search and so more employers who automatically block that category will block it for people. – Cade Roux Nov 3 '09 at 15:26

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