Time to set an example
Take this son of a bitch out back, and execute him.
1678 posts • joined 6 Apr 2008
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!!!
No doubt he went to the same School of Law that Prenda Law's principals went to. (Dewey, Screwem & Howe)
I was going to touch on that issue, but you beat me to it.
I would not be surprised that you have it 'spot on' - a shell corporation with no discoverable assets to confiscate in the event they lost. So, perhaps someone ought to go after the stockholders?
Like this prototype?:
<quote>At the most, they get "Sorry, mate, only Mac and Linux here."</quote>
Which still doesn't stop some of them.
Scammer: "Ah, yes, the Linux that runs on Microsoft Windows".
Now, you know that you are dealing with a scammer.
<quote>Wouldn't it be better to stay in the race to force up the price for the other bidders, even if it has no interest in purchasing itself?</quote>
But, one has to allow for the possibility that you may end up holding the bag (spectrum) that you were not interested in the first place.
That auction may be like the """Game""" in War Games (imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086567/ ) where the only way to win, is not to play at all .
We had someone at WROK PALCE do exactly THAT, and he was launched on a new career trajectory via the roof mounted Trebuchet.
Poor fool landed in the cactus patch. Damn those spines hurt.
<quote>BOFH: That's not a bloke, that's the BOSS.</quote>
<quote>I've seen Illinois, the AC is right...</quote>
I used to live in Chicago, Illinois, and I know that the AC is right!!!
for those of us who don't speak Morse Code?
Back in 1987: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092746/
<quote>Please, FOAD back to the
You must look very carefully to see that I FTFY!!!
See "Dark Ages": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Ages_%28historiography%29
I would hope that GoDaddy had initially filed a counterclaim for legal fees and expenses in the event AMPAS lost.
Now, it would be time to send them (AMPAS) the bill, and, in true Hollywood fashion, inflate the damages, just like the movie studios do when they sue pirates.
What is good for the goose, .....
<quote>So where is this new generation of muppetry coming from ?</quote>
The Jim The Boss School of Damagement.
(If you are a reader of CW's Shark tank, you will get the reference.)
It's a shame that ElReg has banned him for life, because he spouts plenty of wisdom when he sits on the (porcelain) Throne of Power. I feel sorry for the poor sod that has to clean up the left over wisdom! (Being a USasian, I hope I have the usage of /poor sod' right.)
<quote>The most remarkable thing is that no matter how many times people get stung in under-performing or over-priced outsource deals,
the world manglement clearly never learns that smartly dressed, smooth talking snake-oil salesmen are not to be trusted.</quote>
<quote>Romney said corporations are people too and the Supreme Court agree, as had been said elsewhere I'll believe that once Texas execute one.</quote>
OK, now just HOW do you execute a corporation?
Enquiring minds want to know?
Because if you propose that executing corporations may be accomplished by confiscating their assets and shutting them down; I can imagine the outcry from those of a certain business aligned political persuasion.
In the plaintive wail of a female voice over talent that THAT political party has used in the past, one can mentally imagine the whining about "Hurting the job creators". (The refrain that inspired me to spout this post was along the line of "Taxing the job creators".)
<quote> Taxi drivers can't claim gas money etc... from the taxi rank operators either. Gas money etc... is a business expense and should be claimed as a tax deduction.</quote>
I use cabs a lot, and I have come to know several drivers on a first name basis. In my area, cab drivers pay the cab operator a fixed daily rental for the cab; and all expenses are considered "cost of doing business". Thus, on a very slow day, it is quite possible for a driver to lose money (i.e. your fares don't even cover the daily rent.) The cab owner gets the daily rental, regardless, but, that does limit the owner's income.
Which is why I generally tip a good driver nicely (i.e. no long wait times). Another thing is that I have come to prefer is to pay in cash, that means how much I pay the driver is between ME and HIM. No third party sticking their hand into the revenue stream. One of the reasons why I stopped using a credit card to pay for rides is because of the card surcharges, and often minimum fares for using a card. Since the cab company I use is a "independent collective" (i.e. many small operators operating a dispatch center, etc) it is possible to contact a preferred driver directly on their cell, and bypass the dispatcher, and the dispatcher "knowing" about the fare.
You don't have this option with Uber and Lyft. They want to insert themselves into the payment stream, and regulate how much the fare is; unlike with a traditional cab, where you pay what is on the meter.
In my area, one county is engaged in a court battle with both Uber and Lyft over their not operating as cabs. In THAT county, the public transit operator is 'considering' """partnering""" with Uber and Lyft in an attempt to solve their 'last mile' problems. It is simply incredible that one arm of COUNTY government is trying to put them OUT OF BUSINESS, while a different one is trying to """partner""" with them.
Meanwhile, while several cities in an adjacent county, are more receptive.
Most likely, the resolution will be at the state level, which MUST include mandatory liability insurance coverage. Right now, in a marked cab, we know whose insurance is supposed to cover passengers and pedestrians in the event of an accident. That is why commercial vehicle insurance is so expensive. That is somewhat cloudy with respect to Uber and Lyft, exactly WHOSE insurance pays out, and when. Is a Uber driver responding to a call covered by their own PRIVATE insurance, or by Uber's 'insurance'. Do you have to sue both in order to get a a claim paid as one company might be pointing the finger at the other company. Cue the lawyers.
<quote>One of the partners thought that the IT department was also the janitorial staff. Kept asking us to clean the kitchen, take out the office trash, the final straw was when she asked me, The IT Manager, to vacuum her office one afternoon as it was a bit dusty. </quote>
Probably the shortest tenure at any employer I have ever had - all of 20 minutes.
Hired on to """improve""" their complete IT estate, by mom and dad; because it had slowly deteriorated into a clusterfuck, no thanks to the meddling of """sonny boy""".
FIRST day on the job, """sonny boy""" THINKS I was a member of their janitorial staff, because he demands that I:
1) mop the bathroom floors,
2) sweep out the warehouse, and
3) throw out the garbage.
I was NOT hired to perform janitorial duties, and once """sonny boy""" finished spouting off the mouth, I walked over to the receptionist, and asked: "WHO the fuck foes he think he is?"
"The owner's son." she replied.
"Well tell the owners that, upon reflection, I have decided NOT to take the job, and I wish them luck in finding janitorial staff that can double as IT techs. Also tell them NOT to even bother calling me, as I will block their number, and if they want to know why I changed my mind, just tell them what their `little precious one` had done."
I walked out the door, and never heard from them since. Later, I did hear that the shit hit the fan shortly after they found out what had transpired. My understanding was that """sonny boy""" was swiftly promoted to a position at another employer. I wonder how hard the door hit him on his ass as he was ejected from mommy and daddy's company.
I do remember that word got around to avoid them like the plague, and it must have been more than 6 months later before someone was
desperate stupid sufficiently cash strapped enough to take the job.
Yet, perfectly descriptive.
<quote>Now who do I send it to? This "suing for things based on documents originating from my organization" sounds like a lawyers money making wet dream.</quote>
<quote>Trying to cap the population to something only a little above today's level is far, far preferable to driving the population to the point where it takes all of humanities efforts to just sustain the higher population.</quote>
You do realize that in the past, one method of keeping the population in check was warfare. The most recent planet wide exhibition of 'warfare' claimed the lives of 10's of millions, with the resulting destruction of wealth in the BILLION$.
I agree, the overall population of the planet needs to be gradually lowered, and better geographically dispersed, so that population groups are located near resources, but that will take time, and inertia to overcome. Unless you have a better idea?
<quote>Before he touched ANYTHING, he should have made 100% certain he had a way to go back to the previous state if he broke something. </quote>
Agreed! But, you don't always GET that luxury, especially if the shit has already hit the fan. Like this one company where I had responded to an employment ad.
The first thing that stared me in the face were the numerous BMWs in the parking lot. As I waited for the interviewer, I chatted up the receptionist, and found out that those cars were leased by the company for the use of its executives.
After speaking to the interviewer, and before leaving, I requested an opportunity to 'review' the IT estate. This was back in 2010, and I found a number of Win 98 machines, and some early XP machines.. I pointed out the age of the estate, and inquired about the budget prospects for getting in new equipment. The response (some bullshit about increasing shareholder value) was inadequate, and I told the interviewer so. I then told the interviewer that I was no longer interested in the position because the executives had made their priorities clear, and I was not about to become their scapegoat.
The interviewer was shocked, and had 'wondered aloud' as to how I """understood""" the companies "priorities". I replied that the company executives would rather invest in toys for themselves, instead of tools for the employees to better perform their jobs. The interviewer didn't understand what I meant, so I pointed to the BMW's, and curtly remarked: "THERE are your fucking toys!"
Their owners sold them off in 2011, and the first move the buyer made was to shitcan the entire executive ranks.
<quote>De Perio, having engineered all this, thanked
his victims the departing board members for their service: "On behalf of the Board and all our shareholders, I want to express our deep gratitude to Mark, Bill and Tony for their dedication and significant contributions to Imation over the years. Together with Barry as interim President, we look forward to continuing to take the necessary steps to position the Company for long-term profitable growth, and we wish Mark, Bill and Tony all the best in their future endeavors.”</quote>
I guess it didn't matter much since the departing board members had been aware that their departure was in the cards.
I recall a recent 'orchestrated' (by my employer) exit of a manglement team that had run newly purchased company into the ground; and were expecting the new owners (my employer) to allow them to continue to destroy shareholder value.
They apparently were not aware that the 'sale transaction' didn't include the underlying corporate entity that was their employer; consequently allowing us the opportunity to pick and choose which employees to 'bring over'. Guess who didn't make the list??
The expressions of shock and dismay on their faces as they were ungraciously """kicked in the ass""" by our CEO are PRICELESS.
<quote>Why not put as much effort into collecting the free energy we get from the sun every day? </quote>
Because, in a nutshell, it will NOT completely solve the problem. Nor will wind power. Both suffer from the SAME PROBLEM - availability varies. With solar, it's time of day (i.e. nothing at night), with wind - calm winds does NOT spin turbines. And, if you can't store the "free" energy in some manner, it is wasted.
In most countries around the world, electricity is a huge source of energy. Electric power grids see fluctuating daily demands that are time of day, day of week and seasonal in nature. If electricity can not be used at the time of generation, it is wasted,
Storing excess generation capacity is, at the time, an inefficient process, regardless of source. IF efforts can be put to improving the efficiency of storing excess generation, then perhaps some good will become of your idea.
Power grid loads fall into three different categories:
1) base load - Base load is often provided by power plants that are not very 'agile' in nature (i.e. time delays in ramping up the power generated). Examples are nuke plants and some coal fired plants. These plants like to be run within a defined output range, and do not react well to demand spikes.
2) somewhat predictable varied load (time of day, day of week, season) - Demand increases that occur during the day as people wake up, and go about their day's activities.
3) peak load which can be weather related - An example is a higher aircon demand on a hot day. Here is one area where a solar PV array CAN be of use is when it is employed on site to feed a local time of day related load - like aircon. Having a large aircon load, with some or most of it supplied by solar can reduce the demand on the power grid, and lower the use of expensive turbine peaking units.
But, in order to make better use of that free energy from the sun, we must come with a better mechanism to STORE IT, when we don't need it.
Internet Explorer Device?</quote>
Not exactly, try this:
Internet ExploDer Device?
<quote>"The only truly correctly configured Exchange server is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and
sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards dumped at the bottom of the Marianas Trench - and even then I have my doubts."</quote>
For those who flunked geography: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariana_Trench
<quote>As far as manageability goes, how is this better? </quote>
YOU and I might know better, but this is pitched at
business executives damagement who don't.
The """pitch""" is: it's NOT Windows.
<quote>....NSA wouldn't never want to see them make a mistake.</quote>
Really, how could ANYTHING go wrong, when the NSA supplies the key beforehand.
<quote>After 15 minutes spinning its wheels in "checking for updates" mode ....</quote>
Which is one thing I really like about the Synaptic Package Manager. You can get it to show the progress of both the download, and the application of the packages (should you choose to do so) in an attempt to be assured that your b0x isn't frozen.
Can't say that about WindblowZE.
<quote>Oh hello Redmond marketing department, really? You really want to try and spin that one here, and really right now? </quote>
Oh, come on now, give Loverock Davidfson a break; it must be lonely in that dimly lit basement.
<quote>Enough BOFHs start demanding "mental danger pay" or taking stress/sick leave for working with MS products and the management will take notice and eventually look for alternatives.</quote>
In a word: BULLSHIT!!!!
All manglement cares about is how to duck responsibility for their clusterfuxks. If the use of Nicro
soft shaft products allows that, then they will continue to use that shitty O/S.
If you make too much noise, you might end up hearing: "Clear out your desk."
<quote>Hopefully much of the board will be kicked out and it returned to a working company again.</quote>
Let's not stop there, while you are at it, drag out the incompetents in
senior senile manglement.
<quote>I play the cover my ass so I can play the "I told you so" card.</quote>
I hope that you have used some 25 mm steel plate in that ass covering.
<quote>But in really civilized countries, the executives have the legislature's ear with
carrots and sticks suitcases of campaign contributions, blocking such efforts. What then?</quote>
<quote>Hence why I think both legislation and grassroots nerdrage are required. </quote>
I hope you `like it hot`, because it will be a cold day in hell before legislation gets passed that brings individual responsibility down on the heads of damagement.
Corporates OWN the government and legislators in MANY countries.
AFAIAC, trying to 'raise awareness' from within is a potential resume generating event.
Good luck getting a job when the corporate overlords make these kind of remarks regarding your time with them:
1) doesn't take direction well
2) can't see the `bigger picture`
3) not focused on the company's goals
4) too many personality conflicts
and I could go on, so I hope you get the idea. You seem to forget the cardinal; rule of HR:
When the prospective employee's version of events conflict with those of management; those of management are PRESUMED to be correct.
With a Celeron, it probably locks up.
<quote>There is NO NEED for an operating system to be that big. There just isn't. I mean what the hell is IN there?</quote>
I hear you. The machine that I am using to create this post has a 22GiB (Ubuntu 12.04) root partition, with around 13GiB FREE.
Now, the fact that my /home is on a separate partition, and it is chock full of media files.........
But, your point (that Windows is bloated) is so true. Time for Windows to go on a diet.
<quote>Yet US foreign policy will continue its unilateral 'my way or the highway' stance until it runs
into a wall off a cliff.</quote>
I wonder, did their principals attend the same law school as those reputable guardians of private profits known as Prenda Law???? (for those who haven't heard of Prenda Law: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/06/smackdown_smutseeding_copyright_troll_blasted_from_the_bench_again/ )
It smells like they may have shared the same classroom.
<quote>There's no need for them to audit your software use - they can monitor it minute by minute and shut you off if you don't pay up.</quote>
Try explaining THAT to damagement.
<quote>Could it be because of all those under-the-desk deals with "decision makers"?</quote>
No, no, no!!!
You have that all wrong. it's more like:
Supplementary contributions to my retirement fund.