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Sony Pictures in IT lock-down after alleged hacker hosing

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Re: Predictable and not going away

Maube a lot of people remember how many peopler were hacked by Sonys rootkit.

Sadly, I am a member of that club; so I have no sympathy for them.

Arrogant bastards.

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You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

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Re: "new memory related functions which are not fully compatible with Avast."

Avast was operating correctly and detected abnormal behaviour

It detected Windows was running installed on the PC?

FTFY!!!

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

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Re: This is part of the larger problem with the NSA's dual responsibility in the U.S.

Even if we/you were to split agencies into analysis/operational roles, we all know that the pathways between their buildings would be well worn an enclosed pedestrian bridge.

FTFY!!!

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

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Re: Single point of failure?

Only if the routing tables permit the traffic to bypass GCHQ.

or the NSA.

When I read this, my first thought was that the NSA had bungled a cable tap.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: Sorry

Soccer moms in land barges, texting while putting on makeup and feeding their offspring OTOH...

Don't get me started.......

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Re: The "Patriot Act" won't be allowed to die @Ugotta B. Kiddingme

So you have the democrats who represent every fringe element in society and the republicans who represent the wealthy. Where do I fit in?

Short answer: YOU DON'T!!!

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'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal

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Re: Shut your pie hole....

...and finish your kool aid!

Someone give me an address, and I will drop ship a 55 gallon drum of it!!!!

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First Congress, now top govt watchdog digs into ICANN's internet grab

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Re: US Republicans supporting big government and socialism ... again

I see you managed to get a copy of RMoney's 'talking points' (albeit those for private benefactors).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney_presidential_campaign,_2012#Video_of_private_fundraiser

and the video itself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU9V6eOFO38&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_786897

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Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP

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Re: "storage blob front ends going into an infinite loop, which had gone undetected during fighting"

Microsoft Flight Simulator? which is running on a special version of Windows? ("Windows Aircraft Edition" perhaps)

I really wished I had book marked the page that had the screen shot of the image that I have in mind. It features a pilot and co-pilot at the controls with a BSoD on the screen, with the caption (paraphrasing it a bit mind you) "Where do you want to crash today?"

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So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

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Re: Whose device is it anyway?

Excellent point, and one made by our CIO to those clowns that tried to persuade the company into allowing BYOD for our employees (those clowns being the sales weasels). What helped crash that 'trial balloon' was the assistance by the company's lawyers in detailing potential legal hurdles (like an employees' device being subpoenaed due to litigation).

BYOD crashed harder than the Hindenberg. (For those of you too young to remember it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindenburg_disaster )

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GT sapphire glaziers: You signed WHAT deal with Apple?

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Re: What were they thinking?

Pushing your suppliers to bankruptcy isn't a recipe for success.

I believe that is called the WalMart way to maximize profits.

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Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder

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Re: We are affected :( ... The phones are ringing crazy with our upset clients.

Currently have 3 websites down, email down, our licensing server down, ...

If you are referring to a Mother May I... server that must be accessed so that your customers can use the software that they have paid for, then, I am sorry, but you deserve all of the bitching you will get from customers who have been locked out of their systems, because you will get NO sympathy from me.

YOU chose a DRM solution, now deal with the fall out.

("Why?", others may ask, it is because, for me it is a case of BTDTGTTS.)

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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RE: This is why I don't do automatic bill payment.

A lesson a former employer of mine learned the hard way.

He had a 'key person' insurance policy, with the monthly premiums to be automatically deducted from the company's account.

The insurance company screwed up, and, in the first month, deducted 12 months worth of premiums. While that did hurt financially, he assumed that that would be the end of it, and the policy was paid for the full one year term.

But, NO, they insurance company did it again in the second month, deducting 11 months worth of premiums. Now that DID hurt financially (employees did NOT get their paychecks because of it). Insurance agent was less than useless, and the insurance company was busy offering explanations, and excuses, But we had to wait on the refund.

They did it again in the third month, taking out 10 months worth of premiums. Since our bookkeeper was "expecting that it might happen again"; she kept watch on the bank balance, and on the day that automatic deduction tried to post, we hit the bank with am order to refuse to honor the deduction, and not to allow any further deductions from that company.

Soon afterward, we got a new insurance agent, and transferred away the usual business insurance policies away from the old agent, kissing that agent "goodbye" when the term of the 'key person' policy expired.

Lesson learned - YOU control WHO gets paid, and WHEN, not some scumbag company!!!

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

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Re: @ MrDamage "Like money on expensive consultants?" I ask

I was about to write: You do know that analogy also applies to Manglement?

BUT, I don't like how it reads, so let me fix it:

You do know that description1 also applies to Manglement?

1 Seagull: As in "flies in, creates a mess, shits all over the place and then flies off, leaving you to clean up afterward."

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ISPs are stripping encryption from netizens' email – EFF

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Re: One does wonder... or at least should wonder.

Or something more sinister?

One could suppose that it may have something to do with governments and their attempts to spy upon internet users.

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Judge: Terror bomb victims CAN'T seize Iran's domain name as compensation

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Re: What else can they seize?

(Permanently as its own property,...

I think the Mexicans might have a few things to add there!

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Mozilla makeover to boost Tor torque, capacity

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"RecogniSe"?? (I thought it was spelled "recogniZe"!!!

"We recogniSe that privacy is not just a functionality on your computer or a setting you can turn on or off, and we're excited to see what we can do to advance privacy online with Polaris."

"Recognise"???- my spell checker Red Flags that one.

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Re: Nice, but that's what GIS is for...

IMHO= big storm sewers make ideal fiber runs...RS.

Google has already started down """that""" road:

http://www.google.com/tisp/

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FCC to Obama on net neutrality: We work for CONGRESS, SIR, not YOU

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Re: Reports to Congress?

More like "reports to bought and paid for by the corporations."

FTFY!!!

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RBS faces BIGGEST ever fine for THAT huge IT meltdown – leak

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Re: From an insider

Management built the culture and practices that let a mistake become a disaster.

Manglement, in its zeal to increase shareholder value, sent the work that was being done by experienced IT staff, and sent it offshore to less experienced IT staff, just to save money.

Manglement should be taking the hit - garnish their pensions for their incompetence.

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Rich techbro CEOs told to SLEEP ROUGH before slamming the poor

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Re: As someone whom lives near Silicon Valley...

Nice post.

My take, is to really drive the point home; dump a group of CEO's out somewhere remote, ala Naked and Afraid style with shit to live on, telling them that they have to trek 100 miles through (insert environment of choice) to be rescued. Let them be forced to live off the land. I doubt that any of them make it out alive.

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Watchdog bites hotel booking site: Over 3k card details slurped

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Re: £7'500?

So, if you're bad business people you get away with such "fuckwittery of the highest order"*?

What the hell do you expect coming from the job creators??

Some Mangler was more likely worried about the reduction in his annual bonus, than spending the $$$ to do it right from the onset.

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Hans Neij of Pirate Bay arrested in Thailand

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Re: It's all good

Perhaps you're talking about some other special interest group?

THAT AC was probably a MAFIAA shill.

I have been wondering for some time as to what an appropriate 'punishment' for members of the MAFIAA should get in the event they ever get caught breaking the law.

In the US of A, one group that comes to mind for interesting punishment would be the principals behind Prenda Law. (In case you are curious: http://www.popehat.com/tag/prenda-law/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prenda_Law )

IIRC, you too in Blighty have your own bunch of scoundrels, but their name escapes me at this time.

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Mozilla promises browser just for DEVELOPERS3

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RE: Fix the UI and I might like it.

Do you mean like tear out that Australis (??) crap?

Still using FF 28 because of that shit.

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RE: Developers! Developers! Developers!

Steveie B left the building quite some time ago.

IIRC, he has a professional sports team to run fuck up.

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BOFH: Stop your tiers – when it comes to storage, LESS is MORE

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The "Boss"

<u>The Boss, however, is unlikely to learn from these mistakes, having no grounding in the good and bad of IT</u>. Like a simple-minded relative, he must be protected from harm and gently guided by the judicious use of a cattle prod.

FTFY!

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ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff

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RE: Re: Hey stupid.

"Scary that they're letting the same level of stupid that exists on our highways out on to the open ocean."

Sometimes that level of stupid is allowed to operate large vessels permeate corporate culture.

FTFY!!

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US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'

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Injunction?

The injunction requires that their websites and telephone numbers must be shut down and disconnected, and their assets be frozen.

FTFY!!!! (look very carefully!)

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Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

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Re: Always remember...

The faithful of a certain political persuasion like to whine: Government regulation is an 'invisible tax' on Job Creators

</sarcasm>

</rant>

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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Re: a thought

I know quite a few folks that have said "screw it" and abandoned christmas almost entirely. No gifts, no tree, maybe dinner with a couple people if that.

So, in that regard, I am not alone. Good!!

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Re: Maybe they don't want that reputation to be spoiled by fakes?

Like the way high end watches, fashion apparel, perfume and jewelry manufacturers go after the cheap "knock offs"?

I recall once seeing a photo of a steam roller being used to flatten a bunch of fake Rolexes. (OH, wait, I found it: http://newslite.tv/2010/04/28/7000-fake-rolex-watches-crushe.html )

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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Re: Microsoft is like Ebola, you must avoid it completely to kill the infection.

No fucking shit!!!!

Get out the bleach!

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Re: Microsoft embracing Linux?

Be very careful when you 'embrace' Microsoft, as, based upon past history, you are quite likely to get a knife in the back.

RUN AWAY AS FAST AS YOU CAN.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: Pottering just doesn't get it...It needs to be reliable.

prior to that, uptimes over a year) from being replaced by a system that will be run by a trained monkey...as it's a half trained monkey that's in charge of our IT.

$DEITY, I feel for you, under the thumb of another graduate from your typical "School of Damagement".

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Re: the "fun" part about systemd

"It's not like we reboot our machines all the time."

Where I once worked, it occurred DAILY.

Manglement, in its zeal to save money did the cost calcs for 148 hours of non business hours, and decided that we should shut them down at the end of the day.

Now, considering that those machines ran WindblowZE that Global Monopoly Operating System, which was (and still is) a prime target of miscreants; it made sense to shut them down at the end of the day.

One day, I had to deal with a whining (L)USER who bitched and moaned about having to wait for the machine to boot each morning. I reminded him that a shutdown machine can't:

1) be hacked (while it is shut down),

2) be used to send spam,

3) be used as a launching point for network infiltration,

4) put power on hours on the hard drive (at that time they did not power down the hard drives, again due to (L)USER complaints)

5) subject the machine to overnight/weekend weather related power disruptions.

So, yeah, some people DO reboot their systems on a regular basis.

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Re: Oh...

... you mean it does what the Message Filters I already have set up in Thunderbird do which allow me to file messages into sub-folders of my inbox?

Oh?

Shit!

You figured that one out too?

And here I thought I was the only one who used message filter rules!!!!

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SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?

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RE: Why do all of this yourself when you can consume from a public provider ?

I won't repeat the comments made by another poster regarding some of the drawbacks of The Cloud&reg.

But, I must ask, what School of Damagement did you graduate from?

Because if you accept the following as a 'reasonable' definition of Damagement, then I feel it may describe you to a Tee:

Damagement: A person in a position of authority in an entity who makes decisions outside of their training and/or expertise that have the potential to be extremely detrimental upon said entity; and does so, disregarding the opinions of those who "know better" just because the decision maker is in that position of authority.

You espouse jumping into the cloud, "putting all of your eggs into one basket". $DEITY, I would not want to be you when the sledgehammer shatters those eggs, and they end up on your face.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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WTF?

RE: How about asking the congress to represent the citizens.

That will never happen.

Congress is completely bought and paid for by the special interests.

BTW, where did you get that idea? Out of a 100 year old high school civics textbook?

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RE: Stop spying on us, assholes!

... before you know it this could get abused to the point of monitor people who've committed the heinous act of running a stop light ...

I guess then you have never heard of RED LIGHT CAMERAS?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_light_camera

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Re: Comey:

You sir are either an fucking idiot or a New World Order thug...

FTFY

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Re: What a fuckbag

Eloquently put. Have an up-vote.

Add one from me also.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: 10 years

I for one would like to see more research put into fusion power. If and when it can be made to work, it's a civilization-wide game-changer.

Which will stir the vested interests to stop this as quickly as they can. Nothing provokes action in a sloth-like (energy) oligopoly than an upstart who invented a better mouse trap. Wait for the vested interests to start their FUD campaigns.

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

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WTF?

RE: I remember the days when you had to mount the CD drive...

Oh yeah? I remember the day when we had to get up early and pre-heat the Olivetti so that at around 10:00 one could boot MS-DOS from a gigantic floppy (HIMEM.SYS: Unable to load) .

Goddamn, you were LUCKY!

I remember the days of sitting at the front panel, setting the switches to load the boot code which then dragged the IPL from the paper tape.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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RE: Sony is forbidden in my household as well.

Mine too!!!!

Now, as to Microsoft, well, I did purchase a new desktop a few years ago, and it did have WindblowZE pre-installed on it; but a new hard drive, and a Linux Live CD cured that problem.

The OEM hard drive was disconnected from the motherboard, and placed in the static bag from the new one, and a bio-hazard sticker (thanks to my Dr's office assistant for one) was used to seal it shut. While I am using the PC, it just sits in the case. Some day, when I finally decide to dispose of it, I will reconnect it back to the motherboard, and keep my Linux hard drive. Some lucky bastard will get a PC with a pre-installed WindblowZE 7 that was never used.

Meanwhile, another malware magnet is prevented from corrupting the internet.

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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Re: Aw, c'mon!

I can't believe no-one has commented on how SSL is continually dogged by security issues....

/ Baddum-dum-tush! Yeah, suck it up, I'm here all week!

Well, I guess you earned your paycheck this week!

</snark>

PS: Mr Nadela wants to see both you and Loverock Davidson in his office first thing tomorrow. Something about a new assignment.

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Re: an accounting firm should be exacting and not allow typos in their public statements.

I see what you did there????

I would do the same thing when I had to write a check to the Infernal Revenue Service.

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NASA: Mars satellites menaced by speeding SPACE ALIEN

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RE: artists renditions of comments flying through space

Do you mean something like brown matter flying from the face of a rotating impeller?

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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RE: "Why ask for more money when you can just get "karma" instead?"

Because karma doesn't pay the fucking bills!

I can't go to my local electric utility and pay them in 'karma'; they want ("borrowing" from Jackson Browne) 'legal tender'. Duke Puke energy doesn't give a shit about 'karma'. (See below:)

http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/energy/duke-energy-says-it-erred-in-meter-malfunction-that-nearly-cost-company/2197835

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2014/10/07/duke-energy-misreported-credit-information-thousands-hoosiers/16864605/

http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/duke-energy-gltich-may-hurt-your-credit-score

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RE "Hard" working bosses

Mind you, theoretically the bosses should be paid by the amount of work they actually do compared to the amount the employees do.

If that were ever to be applied to the sales weasels at my WROK PALCE, then some of them would have to take on second jobs (too much time out on the golf course, out playing tennis, etc).

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Re: Oh Noes!

The twenty-first century phrase is " be glad you have a job" "we have to cut costs in order to increase shareholder value".

FTFY!!

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