* Posts by Fatman

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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Re: at $5000

<quote>As for the heart attack? Well, my manager would have one if I put in a req for one of these. Then the Purchasing manger would follow suit.</quote>

If I were to put in a request for one of these, my boss might request HR to have me 'drug tested' as she would be wondering: "What IS he taking?"

The last time I requested something out of the box, it was one of these:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/14/canonical_orange_box/

and she screamed at me: "Are you out of your fucking mind???? There is NO way I would approve one, and even if I did, both the CFO, and the CEO would have to sign off on it."

Now, if you want to give a PHB a heart attack, have them carry one of those orange boxen, it weighs 32 Kg. If that PHB happens to be a CFO or CEO, then it's then (2014) price tag1 would happily give the PHB a heart attack

1the 2014 baseline configuration price was £7,575.00 ($12,750)

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Arrow: Fraudsters impersonated one of our execs to steal money

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Re: Irrational....

<quote> It really is not that difficult.</quote>

BUT, you forget that we are dealing with the cream of the crop dimmest bulbs in the bunch - the C suite executives. The only thing they understand is bonuses.

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Disney World-area University admits massive data breach

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Re: For the last fscking time

<quote>The only government guaranteed form of ID is your secret government issued citizen number which can be founded printed in invisible ink on .... is recorded on an RFID chip jammed up your ass right after birth.</quote>

FTFY!

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Re: Mickey Mouse security?

They probably outsourced their security to the same bunch of clowns that secured Sony.

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Bats and badgers hold up Apple’s Irish data centre plans

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Re: Line 42: (Enter accrued Badger costs)

I think he is referring to a line from a USAsian tax form, the IRS Form 1040.

We here on this side of the pond have our own tax code royal clusterfuck to deal with, just like those of you in Blighty (did I get that right??) have to deal with HMRC (and did I get that right?).

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Re: the bronze badgey thing

I have had one for a while, and I really don't care, BFD!!!

You are right about one thing, sometimes it IS useless drivel.

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Re: Don't underestimate the tenacity of these nut jobs!

<quote>And then the blame is on what you call "nut jobs'. Not fair.</quote>

A few years back, one of the telco monopolies was planning a near-by cell tower on a commercially zoned site. Out came the NIMBYs and the RF (radio frequency) phobes at the local planning commission meeting.

"ON NOOOOOOO!!! TOO MUCH RADIATION!!!!!! IT WILL MUTATE ALL OF US!!!!!! WE WILL BE MICROWAVED TO DEATH!!!!!" was their cry.

What a bunch of FUCKING IDIOTS!!!! They are so goddammed worried about a 100 watt RF transmitter that is at least 600 feet from the closest home, but, they have absolutely NO FEAR of standing right NEXT to a 1000 watt microwave oven.

The fucking dimwit who just 'parroted' the same stupid talking points as the previous clueless idiots before her got the brunt of my criticism of those loonies. I asked her if she had a microwave oven at home, and if she knew what its power was. She did, and it was an 1100 watt unit.

I admonished her of her stupidity when I remarked: "you are afraid of this transmitter that is at least 600 feet away from the nearest house; but you stand RIGHT NEXT to a transmitter with 11 times MORE power, every time you put something in the microwave. Why should ANYONE take your """concerns""" seriously, and NO, I do not work for the cell phone company, but I had worked at a radio station in the past, and had stood next to 10,000 watt transmitters."

The planning commission finally recognized those """concerned citizens""" for what they were.

'NUTTERS' - I believe is the term used on your side of the pond.

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

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RE: He's quite rightly paranoid about rendition to the US.

<quote>Secret flights have happened.</quote>

THIS is what he fears most:

He gets on what is supposed to be a chartered flight to Sweeden, and suddenly hears this cockpit announcement:

"Good morning ladies and gentlemen and thank you for flying ConAir.

Today's flight's destination is to one of the more remote spots on the planet - a CIA run blacksite.

Buckle up, you are in for a ride FOR your life."

And I would NOT put it past some ladder climbing member of the intelligence community to have the brass balls to attempt it, and give the gubmint plausible deniability.

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Mozilla officially kills Firefox OS for smartphones in favour of 'Connected Devices'

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Re: This is a distraction!

I wish I could UP VOTE you a THOUSAND times!!!!

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Sorry, Toshiba, speak up ... What was that? A $6bn loss amid an accounting scandal?

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Re: Culture ... pointing out mistakes

<quote>... it is pretty career limiting to point out mistakes to our PHB's</quote>

Agreed!!

They don't wan to hear that shit because it will affect their bonus.

That being said....

when you hear a jet engine start up...

and you see a septic tank cleaning truck arrive on site...

you better hide, and seriously hope the C suite is standing in the way to stop the flow.

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Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

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<quote>I'd like to thank the creators of Debian for getting so excited about systemd. NOW, can it please be put back in the oven and left there and not used again until it's done leave it there until is had been turned into nothing more than a pan of ashes.</quote>

There!!!

FTFY!

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CSC boss Gossain is now an ex-exec

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OK, so did he run, or just managed to get out before the boot?

I """just love corporate bullshitspeak""" trying to put lipstick on the lips of a slimy pig.

So, ElReg readers, did he walk, or did he get the boot?

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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"""Power Cuts"""

I once had to deal with a clueless MBA IDIOT who did not understand what a "tripped circuit breaker" meant.

That stupid bitch plugged a 12 amp electric space heater into her 'under desk' power strip, which took its power from a circuit that supplied the 3 adjacent desks. Cue overload and tripping.

And it is all IT's FAULT!!!!

Unfortunately, I was more than 100 miles away, so I could not just "walk over and check out the problem". I was reported as """extremely uncooperative""" and the shit hit the desk of my boss, who had a few run-ins with this """deranged bitch""" (HER words for that MBA); and my boss decided that it was time to put an end to the MBA's shit. So we1 packed up and went out on a road trip.

On the way there, I was told to stop in at a building supply store and we bought one of these:

http://www.lowes.com/pd_464308-295-40020S_1z0yt1x__?productId=50129726&pl=1

When we arrived at the remote location, my boss told me to 'follow her lead'. She walks in, and approaches brain dead MBA, and asks to be directed to 'non-functioning PC'. It is plugged into a power strip, so she plugs in the FRTPA2 into the power strip, which results in none of the indicators lighting up. She unplugs the power strip from the wall socket, and plugs the FRTPA into the wall socket, and the expected lights are illuminated. She then plugs the FRTPA back into the power strip, and plugs the power strip back into the wall socket. The lights are dark as they were initially. She then points to the circuit breaker mounted in the power strip case, and presses it to reset it. Suddenly, the lights on the FRTPA illuminate, and she them proceeds to re-boot the PC.

My boss, and her boss take the brain dead MBA aside for a """private conversation""" which resulted in the MBA being free to seek employment elsewhere. We left the FRTPA behind, and admonished that remote office's staff that before anyone of them call about a "dead PC", they better make damn sure that the power is actually on.

1 FRTPA: Fucking Real Time Power Analyzer.

2 We: Me, my boss (the CIO), and her boss (the CEO).

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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Re: adobe reader

When I saw <quote>last time I used A***e Reader to print some handouts</quote>,

my mind interpreted it as:

last time I used Asshole Reader to print some handouts.

Would that be a "wrong" interpretation???

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Techie on the ground disputes BlackEnergy Ukraine power outage story

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RE: Transmission SCADA systems

<quote>Transmission SCADA systems, on the other hand, can automatically open breakers in a matter of seconds in respond to the initiation of a number of different load shed schemes..</quote>

Like:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_blackout_of_1965

(and its re-occurrence) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_blackout_of_2003

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City_blackout_of_1977

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Western_North_America_blackouts

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Ice_Storm_of_1998

widespread outage resulting from cascading events in a power grid.

This is NOT news to those who actually are responsible for operating the grid, but it is ignored by the executives in the """lofty towers""" who don't want to pay for it.

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Lyft to drivers: Here's $12.25m, now shut up about employee rights

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RE: The Lyft drivers sold out for peanuts

<quote>The Lyft drivers sold out for peanuts. Hereon, as independent drivers, each driver functions individually as a sole proprietor and must be compliant with state statues and city ordinances and USDOT, FMSCA rules and regs in which most all states have adopted by rule.</quote>

You know that Lyft did not do this out of a sense of altruism, now don't you???

They (and quite likely with the assistance of their legal team) figured that this was the cheapest way out, and the drivers do not know that they have just been fucked. And you pointed that out so clearly:

<quote>Therefore, each driver;s legal position is that of a business operating as a sole proprietor in a regulated transportation industry.

Therefore, the driver must bear all costs in operating his vehicle for hire. Regulatory costs are very expensive.</quote>

And, you can include in those regulatory costs, the cost of commercial vehicle insurance, which is far more expensive that the usual passenger motor vehicle. In many states, passenger motor vehicle insurance has exclusions when used as a FOR HIRE vehicle. And, I doubt that Lyft would change its reimbursement rates.

That screraming you hear is the one emitted by the California based drivers for Lyft, who will unexpectedly find that they are having their "balls crushed".

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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Re: "it's just engineering"

<quote>Oh wait, where would we get the food necessary to feed them.</quote>

How about starting with useless politicians and bureaucrats, followed by the worst C suite executives.

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Re: Sad reality

You did a fine job in expressing my first two points about the inability of humanity to """think big""", those being

1) Greed (in all of its forms, such as the intense desire to accumulate wealth, essential resources or political domination), and

2) Instant Gratification (patience is NOT a virtue, the I """must have it now""" mentality).

and, then we can include

3) Conflict (and the failure to avoid it),

4) Arrogance (in all of its forms, on a personal, organizational, religious or governmental level),

5) Indifference (to the plight/suffering of others).

If you can espouse others, then please feel free to pile on.

Unless, and until humanity can get these areas of concern resolved, then humanity is doomed.

Until humanity can co-cooperatively work to improve the existence of ALL of us, and learn to co-exist peacefully with one another. we are doomed to continue to repeat the violence and destruction that has plagued humanity since the dawn of recorded history.

One of the most visceral examples of that mentality in the past century. was espoused in the concept of a Master Race, and the evil that resulted from it being unleashed upon the world; and the resulting global conflict to destroy that evil.

The waste in human lives and the destruction of the planet, and the unleashing of new weapons of mass destruction, established a mentality of mutually assured destruction that gripped the world in fear for the last half of the last century.

That fear (of global destruction) has been replaced by a new fear of pointless mass killings by those who would impose their concept of 'tribal God imagery' upon others who do not share their narrow religious views with butchery as punishment for resisting such imposition.

As I have said humanity is doomed. It may be too late.

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Would you like fraud with that? Burger chain giant Wendy's 'hacked'

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Re: It's time

<quote>For Wendy's to follow McDonald's and Subway and adopt Apple Pay.</quote>

<rant on>

In all seiousness, HOW is that ANY better???????

YOU are still putting a THIRD PARTY into the payment stream.

Simplest solution:

YOU (customer) ----> CA$H ----> merchant ----> product (or service) ----> YOU

As opposed to:

YOU ----> swipe card ----> POS system ----> payment processor ----> card issuer ----> approve/deny ----> payment processor ----> merchant POS system ----> product (or service) ----> YOU

ALL of these third parties have expenses that somehow must be paid, and guess who pays for them - YOU DO in the form of higher prices.

</rant off>

Hey ElReg, can we get a GET A CLUE icon>??????

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Aereo TV boss is back ... pitching gigabit internet and a $350 Wi-Fi router

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OK Investors, we are looking for a payday!!!!

On just how many levels does this scam fall apart?

Let's see

1) 38GHz bands (as mentioned by another commentard) really, really short range. IIRC, the proposed uses for 60 GHz took into consideration that their use was mainly line of sight, and suggested it was more of an indoor solution.

2) IMHO, it is proposed as a last mile solution, which may not scale well, because resources are shared. You still need some form of backhaul to connect to the internet backbone.

3) Because it uses short (millimeter) wavelengths, outdoors, it is subject to atmospheric effects. Those of you who have ever experienced "satellite fading" (also known as "rain fade") know what I refer to. This can only be expected to be worse than what is experienced in the lower frequency satellite bands.

4) Because of the limited signal range, there will have to be a large number of masts, which will only encourage the NIMBY and RF-phobia crowds to attempt to block their construction.

5) it is easily blocked by objects in the transmission path. Anyone who receives OTA digital tv signals (and, here my experience is tempered by my being a USAian), objects in the signal path (like airplanes) cause all kinds of interference resulting in pixellation. It is not a leap of faith to expect similar interference issues with data packet loss.

IMHO, these guys are just looking for some more investors suckers to fund their lifestyles if they are proposing this as a last mile solution. As point to point backhaul, then we may be talking about a completely different situation.

Icon that most closely resembles what they want to do to their """investors""".

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NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

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Re: Solid advice

<quote>'m consulting for a company at the moment and offered them such advice that was about to largely be ignored. Then I get a phonecall of how they have been compromised by a popular ransomware and I have to resist the urge to say 'told you so' :)</quote>

You DID triple your rate, didn't you???? (assuming you went out and cleaned things up)

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<quote>"use a cloud company you are essentially handing your data over to them and relying on their security, so he warned due diligence is even more important than usual."</quote>

Words that should be beaten into the heads of damagement until they finally """get it""", and then, maybe they will think twice about embracing the cloud.

It is my position that corporate managers and directors who support such idiotic decisions ought to be removed from their position as unfit to hold them, because they clearly can not see the risks those decisions would expose the company to.

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Mozilla slings web push notifications into Firefox

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Re: Hasn't it been a plus

<quote>In the 20+ years I have been working with IT and such, I've developed an inherent distrust for any application that does things I have especifically set not to be done.</quote>

Then I bet you must enjoy working with Windows 10?

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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Re: Do organisations not use 360 feedback for support services?

<quote>Stupid calls would get closed down as category "user error". </quote>

Around my company, we have instituted a requirement that all employees must demonstrate a minimum level of computer "competence". They are expected to know and understand many computer related basic concepts, like what is meant by "double-clicking". At the time this dictate was imposed, many would have failed miserably, executives included; so training classes were instituted, and everyone had to demonstrate their competency. A few """dinosaurs""" who abjectly refused to learn were eventually let go. New hires will not even get past the first interview if they are not """computer literate""".

It cost us some serious 'pocket change' to train people, but the effort was worth it, as we don't have to tolerate that bullshit any longer. Now, these days, if we get a 'stupid user' type of help desk ticket, and the reason is due to user incompetence, they get written up, and directed to the proper training, or are shown the door. It helps that our salaries are somewhat higher than what is typically paid in this area, so we do get to pick the 'cream at the top' as opposed to 'scraping the bottom of the barrel'.

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Re: If I were in Raoul's shoes…

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If I were in Raoul's shoes…

Raoul: If you would use your brain for a minute…

Manager: It's not there I have shit for brains.

</quote>

FTFY!!!!! (and more likely the case).

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Late night server rebuild led to 'nightmares about mutilated corpses'

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Re: Late times.

You forgot:

Engineer: "Here is my immediate letter of resignation."

Boss: "What the fuck?? WHY?????"

Engineer: "I have had it to here (points to top of head) with your cheap ass!!! Goodbye!!!" (Leaves room, walks to desk, and clears out.)

Boss: "What the fuck am I going to do now?"

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TalkTalk outage: Dial M for Major cockup

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Talk Talk outage

The reason is simple, they """upgraded""" their computers to Windows 10, and the shit hit the fan!!!

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Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

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RE: "Get back to work."

Jim The Boss, is that you?????

(Readers of CW's Shark Tank will get the reference.)

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Fortinet tries to explain weird SSH 'backdoor' discovered in firewalls

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Re: Time to update contract language?

The contracts will be signed by sales droids who lack the authority to make such a statement, and in effect, those terms will be considered null and void by the vendor's attorneys when an aggrieved purchaser attempts to seek damages.

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Kentucky spies stricken: Ban on web snaps of horror accidents mulled

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Re: That's not really what's happening

From the linked article:

<quote>The sponsor of House Bill 170, Republican state Rep. John “Bam” Carney of Campbellsville, said Monday that he wouldn’t push the bill this session.</quote>

The bold text says it all!!!

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Come in Internet Explorers, your time is up. Or not. Up to you

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Re: Stuck with old IE?

<quote>And no matter how many times we've pointed out the need for comprehensive rewrites the money's never been there because keeping the Executive Bonus Pool completely funded is a higher priority of the C-suite executives</quote>

There FTFY!!!!

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SpaceX makes rocket science look easy: Falcon 9 passes tests

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Re: Pretty soon....

<quote>....LEO pizza delivery boys!

Imagine the tip.</quote>

Me: "Man, I ordered DIET soda!!!! And, no, I won't take """credit""" on the bill. Go back and get me my soda!!!!"

"""Delivery Driver""": "SHIT!!!!! I have to waste all of that """gas""" just to deliver a 2-liter!!!!!"

</snark>

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Happy 2016, and here's the year's first ransomware story

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Re: "distributed via email"

<quote>Thus relying on the tried-and-trusted clueless idiot mangler who clicks on everything without even wondering why he was sent an executable in the first place - if said idiot mangler even knows what an executable is. </quote>

FTFY!!!

and, too often it IS the case!!!!

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Irked train hackers talk derailment flaws, drop SCADA password list

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Re: Who the fuck ...

In one simple, easy to understand word:

DAMAGEMENT

MBA PHB: "We need to cut the OPEX budget, those dedicated leased telephone lines for our plant to HQ links costs big $$$$ monthly, can we somehow get rid of them???"

PHB suckup: "Yes sir boss, we can connect them to the internet, and drop those expensive bonus killing dedicated lines."

MBA PHB: "Good, I want a larger bonus at year end."

PHB suckup (to IT): "The C suite wants budget cuts, and we can't afford those expensive leased lines anymore. Connect them to HQ through the Internet."

IT: "We can do that, but those old systems were NEVER designed for direct Internet connections. We could be compromised."

PHB suckup: "Who cares!!!! The C suite wants budget cuts."

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Some time later, the ClusterFuck Electric Co's Nuclear power plant is in deep shit because some hacker thought it would be funny to play games with the coolant pumps.

`MBA PHB` and `PHB suckup` are long gone, but IT gets to clean up the shit they left behind

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Researcher criticises 'weak' crypto in Internet of Things alarm system

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Re: Huh? ...not all criminals are clueless.

<quote>This "expert" needs to realise that not all criminals are clueless. Criminals can come from all walks of life.</quote>

Some are even politicians, and Government Agents.

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Facebook must face furious shareholders in class action over IPO

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Re: Eh? Didn't the share price eventually end up well north of the IPO?

<quote>No wonder much of corporate America is fucked.

Businesses don't have proper investors anymore.

They have leeches speculators looking for increased shareholder value instead.</quote>

FTFY!!!!

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Software bug sets free thousands of US prisoners too early

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A SERIOUS case of """What if"""

From the article:

<quote>The issue stemmed from a 2002 ruling by the state's supreme court that allowed prisoners to claim "good time" credits from when they had been held in jail before being sentenced to prison. </quote>

WHAT IF... you had a prisoner who was released early, let's say back in 2003, 2004, 2005, etc; who turned their life around, and now has to contend with The Long Arm of the Law arriving to snatch him from his (or her) current life situation and be expected to serve out some amount of time from so long ago, all in part due to the state screwing up.

At what point should "sleeping dogs be left alone"? If I were in that situation, and I were """snatched back""" to serve out some small amount of time, I would be looking to find the best plaintiff's lawyer I could get and sue the hell out of somebody. And, maybe make a "Federal case" out of it while I am at it. If I were Washington stae DOC officials, I would be very careful about how to proceed in dealing with long released prisoners, lest I be spending a lot of time in court rooms as a defendant.

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Feds widen probe into lottery IT boss who rooted game for profit

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Re: More proof

<quote>Lotteries are just taxes on people who are bad at maths the best example of a stupidity tax.</quote>

FTFY!!!

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Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

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Re: Non IT Callout

<quote>I was woken by a phone call from the police alarm company to say that the company alarm was sounding. Fair enough, I lived closest. "What, you say, I haven't worked for those assholes for more than 6 years, and I left under 'unpleasant circumstances', and YOU EXPECT ME to drive in to a former employer??? No, I don't have the asshole in charge's home phone number! Fuck off I say!!!!!"</quote>

FTFY, and it did happen.

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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Re: Pedant alert

@ Ledswinger,

Your quote:

<quote>And so began the sorry tale, wherein the Yanks have committed themselves to a vastly complex programme with a current expectation of a whole life cost of $1.5 TRILLION. And meanwhile, their security services maintain the biggest threat to the US is a bunch of bearded arse wipes straight out of the middle ages. In many ways, of course, the F35 programme is like the original Harrier programme - driven by the cutting edge of what you could do with technology, need to impress local voters with the pork you have brought home, and the defense contractors whom you have enriched, rather than a practical, realistic need by the military.</quote>

needs some editing, note the changes.

I hope you will find them illuminating.

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Hollywood given two months to get real about the price of piracy

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Re: Out on a limb here

<quote>IIRC there was a case where a distributor (possibly p0rn) put a film on a torrent site & then tried to claim it had been pirated.</quote>

I believe you are referring to the infamous Prenda Law case.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prenda_Law

Even ElReg has carried articles on these <redacted>. One of the more recent:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/05/prenda_law_ringleader_told_to_sell_house/

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RE: """unfortunate accident """

<quote>It would be a shame if his family met an unfortunate accident whilst out hiking, walking, watching a movie. </quote>

Would the title of that movie just happen to be Star Wars, The Farce Awakens???

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GOP senators push FCC to kill support for local broadband

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Re: Bah!

<quote>is to ask how much money the broadband suppliers have funded each candidate </quote>

AHHHH, So they (the politicians) did find those suitcases of campaign contributions in untraceable CASH!!!!

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Nokia, ARM, twisting Intel bid to reinvent the TCP/IP stack for a 5G era

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Re: What about 2G, 3G, 4G?

<quote>If I remember my el reg articles correctly 4G was a term coined by the marketing bullshit artists rather than the engineering department.</quote>

FTFY!!!

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Seagate wears dunce's cap in hi-cap disk ship slip

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Re: Gah, that chart hurts my head!

That chart, along with SOOOOOO many web sites that use a light grey text on a slightly darker grey background is living proof that many graphic designers are IDIOTS, and should be taken out back and shot.

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Microsoft extends Internet Explorer 8 desktop lifeline to upgrade laggards

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PHB 'involvement'

<quote>All those who banged on about standards compliance years ago please raise your hand.</quote>

You can include MY boss as one of those who should have their hands up.

This saga started around a decade ago, when she was the assistant CIO, getting 'ready' to take over as CIO with the announced departure of her then boss.

Those two could not be more different

HE was a BUSINESS major with some IT experience, and

SHE was an IT major with some business experience.

He ran the department like your typical MBA (mainly brainless asshole); she has run the department like any IT (intelligent thinking) pro would.

HE wanted to lock the company further in to the Microsoft ecosystem, while SHE wanted to insure that we would not ever be chained to the deck of the MS Titanic if it were ever to slip beneath the waves. HE wanted to 'insure' that his departure """left the company certain of its future""" while she wanted to insure that the """company had a future not dependent on Microsoft""". SHE bided her time, and got the CEO to hold off on replacing an aging bolted to Windows ERP system, with its latest and greatest version while we explored our options.

Over a period of 18 months (six months before his departure, and 12 after), we investigated alternatives. Several departments were used as guinea pigs for testing out potential replacements. A lot of people were "rubbed the wrong way" during that testing, and many executives never hesitated to complain like hell.

One of her requirements was that any 'solution' be web based, and be capable of being moved to alternatives to Windows Server. We would NOT be locked to a Microsoft only platform, and she got her wish. The experimentation was worth the effort as we now have a system in place that our employees actually like to use. All of that foresight came into play when tablets started to find their 'place' within the company, and some of her detractors started whinging that we 'missed the boat' on that one.

She asked the lead whinger for his tablet, and entered the (internal) url into its browser, and the login screen appeared. She told him to log in, and once he did so, the main screen of our ERP application appeared. His mouth just fell wide open. She reached over the table, grabbed his tie and yanked hin over toward her, and stared him in the face and said: "I think it's about time that you SHUT THE FUCK UP!" as she let go of his tie. Message delivered.

So, PHB 'involvement' isn't always a BAD THING(tm).

(PS - Hey ElReg, why doesn't HTML entities like &reg; work anymore???)

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Google cloaks Android in Red Screen of malware Dearth

Fatman
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Re: Dearth mauls malware

Are you sure the title shouldn't be:

SW: The Farce Awakens?

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Adobe: We locked our customers in the cloud and out poured money

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Re: The updates are <sarc>sooo wonderful</sarc>

<quote>But.. Every time Adobe $VENDOR changes something, she has to learn things again. How long can this go on before she realises that she can use another product, eg Gimp $ALTERNATIVE, to achieve what she does without having her workflow changed every time some twit at Adobe $VENDOR has a brain fart and shits all over the interface?</quote>

Now, let's see how we can use global find/replace?

$VENDOR, $PRODUCT, $ALTERNATIVE

Microsoft, Windows, Linux

Microsoft, Internet Explorer, Firefox

Mozilla, Firefox (w/ Australis), Pale Moon

and the list goes on....

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Vodafone slings sueball at Dutch telco alleging anti-competitive conduct

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Nationwide Infrastructure

<quote>"Other operators without the benefits of this nationwide fixed-line infrastructure must rely on KPN’s network in order to compete."</quote>

My recollection of the introduction of electricity and telephone service in many parts of 'Merika in the late 1800's was the duplication of investment in infrastructure was an undesirable event. Municipalities did NOT want multiple sets of:

water lines

sewer lines

electric lines, and

telephone lines

so the concept of a regulated monopoly was introduced. This worked well for quite some time, but in more recent years, breaking up these monopolies has been the focus of activists.

One would expect the incumbent to want to continue to 'milk that cow' until it runs dry, and do everything possible to prevent a competitor from taking hold.

That is where the (fixed wire) infrastructure that provides the service needs to disconnected from the service provider (KPN). KPN should be required to divest itself of the fixed wire infrastructure, and become a service provider only who, like its competitors, must """rent"""" the infrastructure.

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Smut-seeding Prenda Law ringleader must sell home to pay $2.5m debt

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Poor 'ole Prenda Lawyers

....getting what they truly deserve.

I shed shitloads of crocodile tears for those unethical, money grubbing bastards.

"Take their houses away, but where will the poor dears live?" a fool might ask.

I can think of the most perfect place for them, it is a large concrete building replete with lots of steel bars dividing the interior space into these little, small windowed rooms with a stainless steel sink and toilet. The walls of this 'retreat' are quite high, and topped with barbed wire and in strategic locations, men armed with guns, are stationed to keep those inside from escaping their """home""".

Hell, I even found pictures typical of such accommodations:

Here are pictures of the outside:

http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/primeval/images/1/12/Prison-4.7-exterior.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130528185650

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/19/article-2235213-161CF302000005DC-953_964x494.jpg

http://www.signplanning.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Bop-ext-ps.jpg

And of the inside:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/03/19/article-2584306-1C69971600000578-694_634x421.jpg

http://electls.blogs.wm.edu/files/2010/04/1-jail-cell.jpg

http://cdn.thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Jail-toilet.jpg

http://www.biocleanservices.com/images/jailcell.png

It would be so very nice if they could be accommodated for the next 20 years or so.

</sarcasm>

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