Re: I don't think so. The US has a huge debt that they need to address sooner or later.
No. sir, they don't.
That can will just be kicked down the road for someone else to deal with.
1968 posts • joined 6 Apr 2008
No. sir, they don't.
That can will just be kicked down the road for someone else to deal with.
<quote>Who do you sue? Simple answer to both of your questions - Google.
Dear Google, I am a small business owner and your outage caused me to lose so much business I've ceased trading, I plan to sue you for £1m. Yours, Small business.
Dear Small Business,
Bring it on you soon to be unemployed layabout. We direct you to the Terms and Conditions of Service, Section (blah) Paragraph (blah): "Limit of Damages". You will note that those Terms of Service do not provide for compensation for Lost Revenue or Profit. Tough Luck! Yours, Google's Army of Lawyers.</quote>
<quote>If the bot were to fail, we could include a special bot that's designed to repair the defective bot so that it could repair the satellite!</quote>
No, that is what ejection mechanisms are for. Then you report to manglement that the spacecraft is hopelessly fucked.
<quote>Sorry, bazza, I can only update once.</quote>
Don't worry, because I also upvoted him.
AFTER MORE THAN TWO CENTURIES OF PLANET WIDE DESTRUCTION
WE HAVE FINALLY HAD ENOUGH
YOUR WORLD NO LONGER BELONGS TO YOUR SPECIES
HERE IS YOUR 'EVICTION NOTICE'
YOU HAVE ONE CENTURY TO COMPLY
ONCE YOU ARE GONE
THEN PERHAPS YOUR PLANET WILL RETURN TO THE BEAUTIFUL PLANET IT ONCE WAS
LEARN TO LIVE IN HARMONY WITH THE PLANET YOU TRAVEL TO
OR ELSE YOU WILL BE ERADICATED AS A GALACTIC PEST
<quote>Consider it a quarantined planet... and a forbidden subject.</quote>
Now, here I have always thought that it was Talos IV that was quarantined.
<quote>Wouldn't it be nice if governments actually tried to look after our interests? :)</quote>
Are you speaking of Joe Sixpack, or the businessmen that have bought the politicians?
He most certainly has:
<quote>Frankly I am at a loss to suggest any measures short of electric shock treatment that would get the average punter/employee to show a modicum of common sense.</quote>
Now, if you really wanted to send a message, you would have security summarily execute the next offender as they sat in their chair.
A rather insidious thought occurred to me when reading your comment.
I could picture a fleet of these simply "dropping off" parcels for delivery. (Think "parcel bombing" of neighborhoods.)
<quote>but what the hell has cost $100 million?</quote>
Lots of defense department """pork""".
Not going to happen.
The communications oligopoly has only to <sarcasm>remind</sarcasm> politicians of who owns them.
After all, corporations are people too, and politicians have a duty to <sarcasm>protect the public</sarcasm>.
<quote>She said the move was part of the company's £2bn investment in its network and services intended to address issues around customer experience.
A 2bn investment and you penny pinch like that.</quote>
<sarcasm>They have to
think of the shareholders <u>think about not decreasing the executive bonus pool</u>.</sarcasm>
Take a deep breath
now hold it for a few seconds....
breathe in again....
Now you can take that Linux Live CD and nuke that fucked up WindblowZE 10 machine that has caused you so much stress.
<quote>Perhaps the F-35 is equipped to be remotely hackable (let's face it; practically everything else these days is) but that would not alter the fact that the aircarft were on "foreign" soil with little or no chance of recovery.</quote>
You underestimate the deviousness of some TLAs, and their profit from war comrades.
Do you honestly think something as <sarcasm>advanced</sarcasm> as the F-35 doesn't have a "Repo" function hard coded in. The ultimate in DRM.
I can picture this now, Turkey gets their F-35's, tells the USofA and NATO to fuck off thinking that they have pulled one over. They take the planes out for a spin afterward, only to have the pilots automatically ejected, and the planes diverted to a friendly air base.
<quote>As to wired communications, that is a mix of private/regional/state/federal authorization. Almost nobody owns all the property that their wires traverse. Those right-of-ways can be revoked in many ways.</quote>
Which is why there are regional monopolies/oligopolies - that is called franchise rights.
Local governments (be they state, county or municipal) gave many 'cable companies' exclusive or virtually exclusive franchise rights in exchange for the investment in building out the systems. The point the lobbyists made was that investment will not be made if there is little potential for return on that investment. Often, the 'virtually exclusive' component was achieved by allowing an incumbent telco to offer cable TV service. Thus leading to a duopoly. And, in markets with such duopolies, competition often was a case of one never seriously undercutting the other, price increases often in lock step.
There are some core services for which the duplication of investment needed in order to provide a service is ridiculous. Can you imagine duplicate sets of roads, with drivers of Ford manufactured vehicles restricted from accessing 'Chevy' or 'Dodge' roads? Can you imagine the clusterfuck that would result if you had multiple sets of sanitary sewers going down a street? Or water lines?? Or electric lines??? Or telephone lines????
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the skylines of large cities were a rats nest of wires and cables; not unlike some I have seen of what can be found in India. Local officials determined that duplication of investment is a waste of investment, and thus the concept of a regulated monopoly was born. To some extent that needs to be extended down to the provision of wired communications services.
It will be necessary to separate the internet, video and voice services provider from the communication services provider (i.e. separate the 'service' from the infrastructure providing the service). It is time that provisions of the Communications Act of 1996 that forced incumbent telco operators (ILECs) to open up their wired networks to competitors (CLECs) be applied to the provision of cable and fiber optic communications services. Telcos made a lot of promises while that bill was going through Congress; most of them are still not fulfilled. One of the more shitty aspects of that bill was that "opening up to competition" was applied to wired copper networks only, fiber and cable networks were exempt. ISPs had 20 years to recoup those investments, so what excuse are they going to pull out of their asses this time.
<quote>Whenever a company asserts that something is their "top priority" you know
it's time to run for the hills that they are full of shit.</quote>
<quote>I started my system running the Windows Update Client (WUC) this morning at 0655Hrs PST. It's now 1610Hrs PST & the WUC is still waiting for a reply. If I ask it to check again it complains it's already doing it, admonishing me as if I were a kid in the back seat whinging about being bored on a long car trip. So I'll have to wait for it to hear back from MSHQ before I can figure out what updates are coming down the pipe for my Win7Pro64 system.</quote>
I truly feel sorry for you. Too many of my WindoZE using friends have bitched and moaned about the SLOW WindoZE Update process. To demonstrate that 'there is a better way', all I have to do is allow them to see how most Linux distros do updates.
This PC is running Ubuntu 12.04LTS (long term support). Using Synaptic (a package manager), I can reload the package information quickly. Generally that task gets completed in way less than 5 minutes. One of my friends exclaimed "You're fucking DONE!!!" already. Not exactly, that was just updating the package list. This is what needs updating. I then click on 'updatable' and a list of packages gets displayed.
YMMV depending on the speed of your internet connection. Mine is not all that fast, but a lot better than DSL or ($DEITY FORBID) dial up. Depending on what is needed, you can be looking at less than a Mb, to as much as 500 Mb of packages to be downloaded. You can put off downloading them if you don't want to be interrupted. One session required 338 Mb worth of files. I started the session, and clicked to show the file download progress. Unlike WindoZE, where you just have this bar moving back and forth; you can watch which file is being downloaded. At least you have this 'feedback' that something is getting done. The entire session was complete in about 45 minutes, most of that being download time.
Yes, Microsoft, there is a better way, you just don't have a fucking clue.
<quote>It's getting dull watching MS punch themselves in the balls</quote>
Is it OK if I stop by, and offer a few kicks too???
<quote>Thus speaks someone who never installed Vista(ster).</quote>
And when you get ready to perform that enema, get every fire truck in the state, and millions of gallons of ICE WATER to blow the shit out of your (California) politicians.
<quote>Why insider trading is illegal?
Surely as long as you arent manipulating the market in some way you've done nothing wrong..</quote>
I will second the suggestion about bring a clue bat.
Since you fail to comprehend what is wrong, then try to comprehend this:
Publicly traded companies (at least in the USofA) are supposed to communicate matters that affect current and potential stockholders in an equal manner. IO(simple)W - do not play favorites.
When you act using knowledge from privileged sources, not known to the general public about an event which may have a material effect on a company; you are committing insider trading.
The wrong is the appearance of fraud.
Example ABC company is about to announce disastrous quarterly earnings, and you find out right before the public announcement, and get rid of your holdings. The announcement is made, and the per share price drops 20%. YOU knew that there was bad news looming, and got out, but whoever bought those shares, didn't, and you perpetuated a fraud on them. You """pat yourself on the back""" for "getting out in time". THAT is the wrong here
Another example, but in reverse: ABC corp has decided to buy out XYZ corp for $25/share. XYZ corp is currently trading at $15/share. Knowing that a buyout is imminent, you buy up all available shares based upon this privileged knowledge. The deal gets announced, and you make a killing on the upside. THAT is the wrong here
Now, where did I leave the old Louisville Sluggertm.
There are two possible outcomes:
1) Do NOTHING and let ICANN take over the IANA functions. I suspect that this is the default as there most likely has been some greasing of the wheels to insure this happens. or
2) The US government agency that will transfer control finds some
excuse reason for putting the transfer on hold, or (hopefully) killing it altogether. But, this, I feel is unlikely to happen.
<quote>The difference is when you outsource your IT, they're now in control.. If it fails, you can blame them all you want, ... </quote>
Those two excerpts are part of Damagement 101 How to Destroy a Company Through Sheer Incompetence.
The First Rule of Damagement: Never Accept Responsibility for YOUR Incompetence.
The Second Rule of Damagement: Always Deflect the Blame Upon Others.
The Third Rule of Damagement: Always Feign Ignorance of Potentially Disastrous Outcomes.
Repeat at each new employer until someone finally figures just how incompetent you are and send you on a deserved career path into a brick wall.
<quote>Unfortunately, I am a windows sys admin and work in a windows shop. So its windoze all day during the work week.</quote>
You have my deepest sympathies.
If I were a Microsoft stockholder, then I would be quite interested in the rationale behind this extravagant waste of shareholder value.
Why did you piss away so much money for a dud product line???
Isn't this just another example of manglement getting itself into superfluous areas outside their core expertise?
Microsoft's manglement must believe that it can burn through shareholder value like shit runs through a goose. I thank $DEITY I am not a shareholder in Microsoft.
5) Sales and Partner Sales take customer Management out to dinner
-- > Customer gets pampered with a nice meal and drinks, vendor pays
-- > Sales and Partner Sales a celebrating their success and compare wrist watches
-- > vendor Support and Idiot Sys Admin stay up all night working to resolve the issue
-- > Management want regular updates
-- > Vendor Sales and Partner Sales reps reap a huge bonus for 'saving the company's ass'.
-- > Vendor Support and Idiot Sys Admin get their asses reamed for """incompetence""".
<quote>People just think you hit it with a hammer, but there is an art to assessing which hammer to use and exactly how much excessive force to apply. And which sacred chant to speak, ...</quote>
I had an old Micropolis full sized 5-1/4 inch 145Mb unit seize. The customer's most recent backup was more than 2 months old, and there would have been a shit load of work lost if I could not recover that data. I told the customer that anything done since the last backup will be gone if I don't manage to get the drive functional, and they MAY get lucky if I can unfreeze it. BUT NO GUARANTEES I even got that in writing to protect my ass!!!!
To replace that oversized beast, I had procured a replacement hard drive (a Quantum Fireball 540) and I had formatted it, and loaded the O/S and the backup onto it. I got it to boot. At this point, the customer could be back up, albeit having lost more than two months worth of work. I powered the box down, and completely unplugged the drives power and data cable, and removed it from the case. I did not want any "accidents" fucking up the hard work I just completed.
I borrowed a small 4 oz brass hammer and deftly whacked it on its long side close to the motor spindle. (i.e. Force applied perpendicular to the motor shaft.) I then connected the power and data cables, and fired up the box. The damn thing spun up. The customer, trying to get out of paying for the repairs exclaimed: "You fixed it!!!, We don't need the other drive."
I reminded him that this was only a temporary fix, in an attempt to recover the lost work, and it is highly likely that this drive will fail again. I jam a 150Mb QIC into the tape drive, and make a backup; then I made another one, and finally a third.
I re-installed the replacement, booted it up, and restored the backup over the old files. I let the customer check the data, and all of what they expected was there. Whew!
The customer insisted on me reconnecting the failed hard drive because he didn't believe that the 10 year old drive had failed. To humor him, I did so. I powered it back up, and the motherfucker started to smoke. God damn was I lucky.
He had stalled on paying the bill, so the company ended up suing him, and won. He refused to pay, and I contacted one of their office staff, and was able to find out where they had their bank account. A garnishment order took care of collecting that judgment. That shithead got blacklisted by us, and his company name made the rounds. I wonder who was unfortunate enough to ever make the mistake of doing IT work for him in the future.
<quote>You are correct, it is "Must Consult Someone Else" ...</quote>
<quote>Perhaps he'd be better off finding a nice job
in lawn care at a fast food establishment.</quote>
<quote>Ready just in time for them to flog it off to someone else for a pretty penny?</quote>
They have already done that with some bad results:
In Flori-duh Frontier took over back on April 1 (and the 'joke' was on the customers) and they still are having issues!!!
I gave it one vote on your behalf.
Without getting too detailed here, this is just a lesson on how to defraud an employer.
BTW - this """lesson""" does not purport to represent what happened at the company mentioned, it is a general description of how this fraud can go unnoticed. (BTSTGTTS)
Imagine the amount of fraud that occur if a whole bunch of executives were in on the fraud.
You have your low level 'retail' managers that can divert income from the company (especially if that revenue stream comes in as cash), with them taking a cut (of that cash stream) on its way to the upper level fraudsters.
Then the fraudsters hit the company on its expenses.
The fraudsters use accomplices that infiltrate and use legitimate supplier companies to perpetuate the fraud by generating 'phantom invoices'; which purport to provide products and services to the prime target company, but which in fact are just plain bogus.
These accomplices are situated inside the "phantom" supplier in such a way that they can intercept the incoming payments and direct them to "bogus" bank accounts the accomplice controls, often created with forged documents that provide for the power to open and close bank accounts.
Another aspect of the fraud involves overbilling the prime target for a legitimate product or service, with that overbilled invoice getting approved and paid for the entire over billed amount. That supplier's records either show a credit memo for the over billing, or the invoice is reduced before posting. The overpayment is refunded to the prime target, but it is deposited into an unauthorized bank account controlled by the fraudsters. From that supplier's perspective - YOU over paid, and we refunded that overpayment. End of discussion. The supplier can point to the check as proof. Unless someone took the time to determine where that check ended up, ...
One of the easiest ways to induce this fraud is to bill the prime target for "consulting services" by another legitimate company where some more fraudsters are in on the scam, where those payments are directed into unauthorized bank accounts.
Since the prime target company managers have approval authority for invoices for products and services (many times NOT) performed; and cover by the upper level executives in on the fraud, unraveling this fraud takes a lot of time. Which is why it took so long to discover in this case.
A very good reason why one should run criminal record checks on anyone who handles cash, or has payment approval authority. Also, a good reason why larger firms should audit their financials at least every two or three years. Six years is way too long. Even spot checking invoices could have led to an earlier discovery of this fraud.
I only wish there was an appropriate icon for a thief in the night.
<quote>Dump the plane somewhere that would make it super difficult to find, and even if it was found make it super hard to find out what happened to it.</quote>
In the movie The Hunt for Red October, there is a scene where the US sub commander and the American agent discuss how to make the Russian sub disappear. The agent finds a deep spot on the charts, and sends that location to the Russian sub commander.
It is part of this clip:
and can be found at about 1:35 - 1:39.
You just need more caffeine!!!!!
Can I borrow your newly coined term?:
Here is an example of one:
I gave him one in your name.
OK, so the FTC is trying to make a statement, but what about the blowback?
I(dI)oT industry to FTC: "Wot??? Taking away our business model of planned obsolescence??? Get real, if we have to support those I(dI)oT things forever, then WHO will buy our new shiny-shiny???"
We haven't heard the last.
And nor do I welcome their meatbag brothers.
I was assisting an electrician who was doing some re-wiring of a mall store, when we decided to eat lunch in. He was in his company uniform shirt, while I was wearing only a sweaty T shirt. The mall cop walked over to us and told me that "homeless people are not welcome", and that if I didn't leave, he would call the police and have me removed. I ignored him, and he did call the cops. We also called our boss, who arrived only to find me in the back seat of a patrol car.
He (our boss) went straight to the mall management and bitched like hell. They told the cops to let me go. The mall cop tried to apologize (one could see that he really didn't want to do it), as the apology was 'half hearted'. I told the mall management that the only apology that meant anything was one which included the immediate termination of the mall cop. They refused, and we went back to work, finishing the job for the store tenant.
The last I have heard of this mall was it was being torn down because of age, and a slow loss of tenants. I wonder why the tenants left?
<quote>They got away with the crime for 15 years,</quote>
I feel the real crime was in not promptly reporting the issue to the SEC, and for that reason alone, they should have faced a higher fine. It would be nice to extract the fine from whoever sat on that decision's paycheck/pension/golden parachute.
Please allow these assumptions (and I do know the ALTERNATE spelling of "assume"):
1) The original coder never expected branch codes to have an alphabetic character in them. (In hindsight, one should not have been allowed to create an alphanumeric branch code.)
2) WHOEVER decided to implement alphanumeric (10A, 10B, etc) branch codes did not run that decision past the IT staff responsible for maintaining the code. They had no clue to what someone in Ops was doing.
3) No one ever bothered to test the code once the alphanumeric codes were put into use because of 1) and 2) above. This is the reason why the time span was measured in years.
4) Most likely (and I am assuming here) when the discrepancy was discovered, the shit hit the fan. The logic mistake was fixed pronto.
What should have happened was CGMI immediately informing the SEC, and CGMI immediately provide corrected reports.
BUT some corporate asshole sat on the decision, and hoped it would go away. Well, it didn't. CGMI may have come out better if the "optics" of the incident were better. The "optics" being:
1) they fucked up royally,
2) they quickly fixed the fuckup,
3) they provided only a partial correction of the misleading reports,
4) they sat on reporting to the SEC for months which imparts the stench of "coverup"
IM(NS)HO, who ever at CGMI 'sat' on the decision NOT to promptly inform the SEC should be sent on a new career path without any "parachute" (severance pay).
Makes one wonder why any business would completely rid itself of land lines.
Most likely dumbass MBA's hell bent on increasing shareholder value driving such lunacy.
A more satisfying idea would be to re-purpose a Medieval Siege Engine (also known as a Trebuchet) for a new purpose; launching those responsible on new career trajectories.
The chosen landing spot could contain lots of rocks, sharp pointed spikes or other objects designed to insure a painful landing. Only then will Government IT get the message.
I recall a (USofA) PBS documentary on the Trebuchet some time ago, and I feel it is the most appropriate way to send manglers on their way. Perhaps one could be set up to launch those responsible into the side of the Tower of London. (and correct me if I am wrong, doesn't part of that Tower abut a river?)
It would be a shame if these two actually served their sentences in full.
Prisons are a dangerous place. Watch out boys, don't drop the soap!
This morning, I fired up my Linux box, and in less than 30 seconds, I had reloaded the repository files.
Synaptic told me that i had only 3 packages that needed updating, two of them involve libpurple, and then of course, the obligatory flash-plugin-installer.
I was done within 3 minutes.
Yes, there are times where updating the repository files indicates that a shitload of updates are available, and that I may have to download shitloads of package files; but that pales in comparison to Windows.
When I bought this PC, it was factory infected with the Windows malware. Recognizing my desire to make EOLing the machine reasonably painless, I purchased another hard drive and installed Linux on it. The Windows malware infected disk sits in the case, power and data cables disconnected. The only time I fire that hard drive up is every 6 months or so, to perform a Windows Update. Considering how long it takes Windows Update to check for updates, download them, and install them, I often find that I must find some other way to occupy my time.
Once, I drove to a theater, saw a movie, and returned, and Windows Update was still running.
Jesus Fucking Christ, I was gone for more than 3 hours, and Windows Update was still fucking around, "Checking For Updates". It made me wonder if one of those 'updates' doesn't increment a delay loop value in order to cause the appearance of """slowness"""; and impart on the unfortunate Windows (l)user that they """need""" a new PC. After all, PC manufacturers are Microsoft's """Partners""".
Windows Update is a big FAIL in my book!!!
<quote>The FTC actually carries a big stick when it chooses: they dinged Google for $22.5M a few years back. They can also order companies to repay consumers. But here instead they chose to say sternly "don't repeat this fraud" [so go find a new one?].</quote>
Which IS part of the problem - NO PUNISHMENT for those who engaged in this odious behavior.
Would it be nice if the head of Marketing were taken out, whipped, drawn and quartered, and castrated to serve as a deterrent to other Marketeers in the future???
<quote>WinTrolls vote-flame logical post!
They need to go out and play Pokeball and let us real geeks talk Linux ;-)</quote>
Or the latest craze:
There have been at one local media report of some IDIOT being robbed playing this STUPID GAME.
$DEITY knows that I would like to upvote you 1000 times, but I can't.
I threw one in on your behalf!
<quote>If its in the cloud AND it's condensing you might be in trouble when it all rains down on you...</quote>
Just hope that rain isn't BROWN!!!!!
<quote>Whilst as an equity holder the investors should accept a lot of risks, the idea of allowing this snake oil outfit to trade in a secondary equity market was always nonsense, and simply a way for the VCs (who undoubtedly knew the company was worthless) to cash out at the expense of less well informed investors.</quote>
As I have said before:
Fools and their money are easily parted.
Also, how else do you think VCs (Vulture Capitalists) expect to;
1) make any money
2) get out of bad investments???
Simple: Find some easily mislead $ucker.
Nothing more than typical Wall Street behavior: sell $ucker$ Gold plated shit.
If you haven't seen it, the Wolf of Wall Street is an interesting flick. ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/ )