<quote>Especially when the admin and discussion comes wrapped up in a request involving PowerPoint.</quote>
Death to Power Point, and all of its users!
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<quote>Especially when the admin and discussion comes wrapped up in a request involving PowerPoint.</quote>
Death to Power Point, and all of its users!
<quote>I wish I could upvote you more than once. </quote>
I gave him an upvote on your behalf!
My new computer ritual is easier:
Insert pen drive containing Linux Mint.Remove OEM installed hard drive infected with Windows; and install new hard drive. Obtain Linux distro of choice and place on a flash drive.
2) Turn on, and follow instructions.
3) Copy home directory from old computer (optional).
Takes less than half an hour, but it's worth it if you want to actually make use of your computer.
5) When you have decided to replace with new, remove existing Linux hard drive, and reinstall the Windows infected original OEM hard drive.
6) Dispose of old computer.
Side benefit, NONE of your PII is left on the old computer as you get rid of it.
<quote>Never trust any
unpredictable amount on direct debit.</quote>
<quote>The solution is simple, ban the use of Linux and move to the industry standard Microsoft Windows.</quote>
By any chance, did the forum software """eat""" your <sarcasm> tag????
It will *NEVER* happen!!
The 'Misuse of Computers Act' only deals with Joe Sixpack's misuse of computers.
$BIG_CORP'S misuse of Joe Sixpack's computer is perfectly legal. It's a 'free speech' sort of thing, and $BIG_CORP is free to spread his speech any way $BIG_CORP wants. BTW, one of the ways $BIG_CORP """expresses""" his 'right to free speech' is in the form of 'campaign contributions'.
<quote>Sadly most taxi license plates are not owned by the driver, because they cost between $350,000 - $500,000 although the value has been declining since the entry of Uber. A taxi driver working for the owner typically receives 50% of the fare and the owner receives the other 50%.</quote>
Sadly, in many areas of the USofA, that (the section in italics) is not true. In my local area, those drivers actually lease the cab from the owner; and must fork out the daily lease payment before they make ANY money. A slow day may end up actually costing the driver money when you take into consideration the lease payment and gas.
Since the cab owner gets a fixed revenue from the daily leases, they have no incentive to use fuel efficient vehicles, and often purchase retired (gas guzzling) police vehicles at auction.
Then again, there are exceptions, like the one owner-operator who bought a used Toyota Prius and put it out on the street as a cab. He most certainly likes the 40+ MPG he gets out of it, when they typical Crown Vic ex-cop car struggles to get 10 MPG. But, then again he is an exception to the typical cab operator.
<quote>Come now, you don't expect a US legislator to use common sense do you?</quote>
No, but you can easily see him pandering to a certain block of voters.
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, I have seen reports of attacks on Muslims in the US.
What these stupid rednecks do not comprehend is that attacks on Muslims, and blatant hatred of all Muslims is EXACTLY what ISIS wants. How else can you approach other Muslims in these countries, except by pointing out that they are not welcome, and radicalize them??
One could make the case that Christians should be persecuted in the USofA because of abortion clinic bombers. So, go after the terrorists, not all believers of a specific religion.
Terr-orist: <quote>"My bomb vest isn't working."</quote>
HD """agent""": "Just press that red button."
HD """agent"""": "Not now, you stupid jihadi!!!"
<quote>What do you get for a Silver or Gold?
For Silver, a copy of Windows 10. Gold has to actually use it too :).</quote>
There is NO WAY IN HELL I would allow Windows 10 to infect this Linux box!!!!
<quote>What sort of specs do the ones supplied to the cops that like to shoot negroes have?</quote>
<sarcasm mode="devious"> <racist overtones="on">It has a 'light/dark' sensor. </racist overtones> </sarcasm>
<quote>Generally it only takes two managers being demoted to car parking duties for the rest to get the hint.</quote>
Around here, we just send them on a new career trajectory, using one of these:
"put their ass in the sling, and give them a fling...."
<quote>How in heaven's name did he get his job?</quote>
Do you really want to know????
It is most likely because the Boss had a few friends in the company.
If at first, you don't succeed....
(Is the 'second' time the charm?)
<quote>... but unless you can get the brains behind it all ...</quote>
How?? Would a .357 hollow point suffice??
I could not help but notice the name of one of the corporate defendants - Spanning Source LLC.
Did they deliberately make a typo in selecting that name (when it """should"""" have been SpaMMing Sopurce LLC)???
As a Scandal junkie, I gave you an upvote for that.
<quote>I'm not a fan of the shit they keep on adding to the browser and the UI fuckery...</quote>
Another member of the club!
<quote>Probably not, they are too busy introducing another round of
web 3.0 dodgy UI changes and other shit no one cares about.</quote>
<quote>When it comes to law and business the only topics seem to be "how can i become rich
without by only working 3 days a week month, and tell me the best way to increase shareholder value by cutting costs".</quote>
<quote>That's the hardest bit, because none of this huge effort has anything to do with the ordinary day-to-day running, and it
takes a leap of imagination is not conducive to increasing shareholder value that which is often sadly lacking among the sole focus of upper management...</quote>
<quote>* Go down with the ship. :-(</quote>
NO, NO, NO
Chain your damager to the rail, and jump ship before it goes under.
<quote>* Deny any and all responsibility. Shift blame as appropriate.</quote>
Taken from the Jim The Boss School of Damagement.
<quote>I read the post as an attempt at sarcasm not as a fact... </quote>
It would have helped IF he had used his </sarcasm> tag.
<quote>At what point does it cross over from "fucking stupidity" to "breach of section 3 of the computer misuse act (1990)"?</quote>
It never will!!! Because Microsoft """owns""" your computer, you are simply allowed to use it!!
<quote>...as Voyager is currently downloading a Windows 10 upgrade</quote>
Just wait until Windows 10 tries to connect to the DRM server!!!!!!!
<quote>"These settlements, if approved, will enable all of us to focus on our mission of protecting our
members future profits."</quote>
What the spokesperson should have said.
I wish more people understood what you do. For the PowerPoint educated masses, allow me to """bullet point""" what you have said:
1) Airpower can suppress opposition but
2) ground forces are needed to drive them out and
3) political will is needed to keep them out. (Didn't the USofA get schooled in that lesson in VietNam?)
4) You can't indefinitely occupy a country whose inhabitants don't _want_ to be occupied and (Soviets in Afghanistan?)
5) you don't win hearts and minds by dropping bombs on some bystander's family (again USofA in Iraq and Afghanistan)
6) (on the other hand, doing so is one of the best recruiting tools for terrorists that exists) case in point: ISIS
What is a shame is the USofA's BIG DICK military mentality.
<quote>Ergo, Rush Limbaugh ==
blimp flaming Nazi gasbag</quote>
<quote>So what is it about an estimated range of 1km that makes this so suitable for IoT devices??</quote>
A very good real world case:
A close friend of mine is the manager for an apartment complex spread over 120 acres in multiple buildings.
Currently either time clocks or photocells control the dusk-dawn security lighting, and the issues BOTH have with keeping the lights in sync are problematic. Old fashioned electric clocks suffer from being out of time sync with real time as well as one another; and photo cells suffer from inaccurate light sensitivity settings. This manifests itself with some buildings being "lit up" while others are dark, resulting time wasted on resident complaints about "non functioning lights".
Ditto the exact same scenario for the multitude of irrigation system clocks that control the sprinklers through out the complex.
They have looked at HARDWIRING that whole mess into one main controller, but bailed on the cost of having to trench the entire complex.
NOW, imagine a series of devices replacing the existing time clocks or photo cells, and the later extended to the irrigation controllers, and
you have a winner.
NOW, do you see where the range and lower bit rates could be quite usable?
I like YOUR way of thinking!!!!!
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<quote>Then I simply sit back and wait for the desperate call and that £600 PC suddenly costs £1200...</quote>
You forgot at least ONE zero.
<quote>My advice to anybody who thinks, as I did, that they can go in to one of these places and make things better is this: Run and do not look back.</quote>
And spread the word that the company suffers from Damagement Syndrome and employment there should be avoided at all costs.
<quote>Have too much time on their hands</quote>
Have a DOWNVOTE from me for not recognizing the utility of checking the dependent library programs for bugs.
<quote>This useful tool fixes all windows update problems, permanently.
The bonus is, that after installing, you will have a less attractive MALWARE target.
One of the advantages of these modular PODs is their relative ease and quickness of installation. If installed outdoors, provide power, communications and if required cooling, drop it in and you are done.
IF you did your initial planning correctly, you installed the necessary connections for a second location at the same time. When it is time to "upgrade" bring in the new container, connect it, and power it up. Move everything from old to new, and haul away the old one, thus freeing up the old space for the expected (future) replacement. Much better than dealing with replacing individual boxes in racks.
<quote>By "better" we mean that it may or may not bring functional improvements and useful new features, but these almost always come at a horrendous cost in code bloat, responsiveness, and system overhead. Oh, and a whole new set of bugs and expensive UI changes that cost way more in lost time and training than they ever save in productivity. By the time two-thirds of the bugs are sorted, of course, we throw the whole expensive and now fairly workable system away and start again.</quote>
Another poor bastard who had to deal with Windows 8 being foisted on his company.
And, then some manglement genius decided that Windows 10 (Microsoft's best operating system to date) is the cure.
The thing I have always HATED about MS updates is that they sometimes took a lot of time to install, and at a former workplace, the manglement didn't want to suffer the downtime, so no patching. And slowly, over time they were more and more exposed.
After i left, they didn't bother getting anyone with ANY IT experience to replace me, and in about 8 months they were pwned. And, due to the circumstances surrounding my departure, I refused to assist them. It made me so very warm and fuzzy inside when I heard that every one of their PC's were infected, and remediation service were going to cost them serious $$$$.
Today, I oversee a company using Linux systems, and we have so few problems, I have time to do stuff that, if we were stuck with Windows and its accompanying niggles; I would never have to time to accomplish.
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You OBVIOUSLY do not understand the problem!
What the FCC wants to insure is that equipment meant ro operate in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz ISM band does not stray OUT of that band, or is modded to operate with a power level inconsistent with the designated use of that band.
Can you imagine the problems created if someone figured out a way to crank up the TX power of a WiFi router to crank out 10x or even 20x the allowed power output. These devices are designed for a range of less than a 100 meters, imagine the problems if that range can be extended to 1000 meters by a simple SOFTWARE tweak? Every worthless sob would be tweaking their kit to get the max range, and suddenly the number of competing networks at a single location would climb, which would cause serious interference problems.
Also consider that the allowed ISM frequencies in US kit may not allow some frequencies allowed elsewhere, and software limits those frequencies in use. If a simple SOFTWARE mod would open up those frequencies not allowed in the US to be used, then the users of adjacent spectrum face potential interference.
I have no objection to allowing access to improve the overall functionality of WiFi kit, but you must not be able to fuck with the RF portion of the kit.
<quote>HP had been able to buy lots of strategic partners over the years</quote>
and squander lots of shareholder value in the process!
<quote>Would it be too much to ask that SiteScope was fixed?</quote>
No, because the "fix budget" was blown by the Autonomy purchase.
Take this son of a bitch out back, and execute him.
Apple did it!!!!!!
<quote> When you do move, leave any grudges with your former employer at the door of the old place. It's not worth the stress or resentment.</quote>
HOWEVER, retain all grudges that you may have had with former supervisors in place, so that, if you DO have the opportunity to repay in kind; you can do so. There was this supervisor who cost me my job because he lied to manglement, and I didn't have any way to disprove his lies.
Twenty years later, I was at this company, and guess WHO was looking for employment? A few words to the people in HR sealed his fate.
Hey ElReg, where is the "Payback is a Bitch" icon?
<quote>methinks it would actually be easier, especially if they know someone who knows someone who may be interested in a few
barrels of oil tankers full of crude....</quote>
<quote>You've got to hand it to the US military industrial complex, they came upon a winning business model when they armed, bankrolled and
trained the Taliban back in the 1980s defeated the Axis back in the 1940s. </quote>
I recall President Eisenhower making a speech about the influence of the Military-Industrial Complex Allow me to quote part of that speech: (the whole speech can be found here: http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/indust.html )
Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.
</quote> (BTW, emphasis mine)
Those words were true when they were first uttered on January 17, 1961, and are still are true today. In fact, one could make the case that what Eisenhower had foreseen as a possibility has actually occurred. Since the end of WWII, the USofA has been involved in one crisis or war after another. One must wonder who is doing the driving?
<quote>Light grey text on a slightly darker grey background does not promote readability.</quote>
AMEN BROTHER!!! and those idiots who do EXACTLY THAT ought to be shot!!!!
Now, where is the "You said it" icon?
<quote>Keeping window borders the same colour when selected as when not selected is decidedly uncommunicative as to their state, and no, subtly changing the drop shadow does nothing to improve the situation.</quote>
I hear THAT!!!
I am a user of the "Tree Style Tabs" addon for Firefox. I have painfully set it up so that the tab colors for the active tab are clearly different from the others. BUT the brilliant geniuses at Mozilla have decided to FUCK WITH those settings somewhere in the 6 week upgrade cycle and now, they are all the same color; and I have forgotten WHERE that setting is. WHICH pisses me off no end!!! Which is why I truly feel that Mozilla has lost its way, and needs to stop fucking with the UI and fix Firefox's REAL problems. For now, I have eschewed the latest version of Firefox as "fluff encrusted".
<quote>Some one whose core business is credit monitoring & identity theft repair like Lifelock or similar.</quote>
You mean THIS Lifelock?:
<qoute>The IT staff at Scottrade will be getting a boot up the backside from management, one imagines. </quote>
No, more likely they will get blamed for damagement's shortsightedness, and insistence on maximizing shareholder value.
<quote>Didn't know there where any Muslims on Mars...</quote>
I wonder, exactly what direction will they face when they say their daily prayers????
There was once a joke that went like this:
Q: What is the difference between Rush Limbaugh, and The Hindenbegr???
A: One is a dirigible, and the other a flaming Nazi gas bag!!!