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Titanfall, shoot-'em-up gamers, cloudy contracts and cattle

fajensen

Re: SLA

The problem is not that they are measured by SLAs, it's that the SLAs have not been defined correctly to meet the users requirements.

Who are "the users" of the SLA? The business itself and the layer of managers who's incentive structure is based on getting the right numbers for their performance reviews. These being all smart, goal-oriented people, will quickly learn the reward structure - consequently, more or less *whatever* SLA one comes up with, will be thoroughly gamed and soon lead to dysfunction*!

The fall-back is: Trust, honesty, good intentions, decentralization, group identity and intrinsic motivation.

But, one cannot do power-points and KPI's with that!

*) "Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations"

by Robert D. Austin

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

fajensen

Re: Antimatter antigravity

... and that would explain why there is so little antimatter around.

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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

fajensen

Re: Seems strange...

That is not what the NSA want to know. They want to know how to backdoor Huawei gear - and obviously it looks like it could be hard and might take a while - because otherwise the NSA would send it along with their warmest recommendations to their closest, most loyal allies, exactly like they did before with their back-doored crypto.

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

fajensen

Re: IOS 7 issues

Ohh - and Skype's take on "push messaging" on IOS - to me this push stuff was something that died with the dot.bomb who invented it, but .... ooh No!

Bye, bye Skype!

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It's a scientific FACT: Online comment trolls are SADISTS

fajensen

Re: Are there really all that many trolls?

I don't think it's exactly a new idea that the average internet troll is someone who feels insignificant and powerless.

But it is only an idea along with the "money cannot buy happiness"-quip. People spouting it are hoping in vain that there is some Karma working somewhere in the universe.

Well, there isn't:

People hate other races, genders, religions, professions, social classes e.t.c. *because they feel better than them*, the homophobes e.t.c really do see themselves as superior human beings especially compared to homos. By being such good people they feel that they *have actually earned the right* to punish, hurt and ridicule the lesser, worthless persons and it makes them happy to do "gods work".

These people are not "pathetic" or "insufficient" - in other words - weaklings that can be safely ignored by us civilised and sophisticated folks because they will never amount to much. They do mean exactly what they say and they will do exactly what they threaten to do, should they ever assume any authority! They will not feel sorry for you in return, they will feel happy with you getting what you deserve!

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Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

fajensen

There is a patent for that (probably granted because this is quite easy to do, so lawyers can make some beer money from the inevitable dispute).

The patent is owned by Telenord: One configurer one or more base stations as needed, which one controls, so that they provide good coverage of the protected area. Mobile phones within coverage will then roam to one's base stations, when they do, issue a command via GSM to switch them off (there is a reason a mobile phone is called a "terminal" in GSM-speak, a mobile is really a dumb, passive, device)

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Robots? What a bunch of workers...

fajensen

Re: As a PO Robot...

They certainly don't like having to say "sorry royal mail lost your faberge egg but as it wasn't tracked or insured all you can do is fill out this claim form a ...

The rotten Swedish mail bastards certainly would absolutely like to say precisely that, it would be the pinnacle of their career ... the stuff of mail-non-delivery legend, to be retold and embellished upon at every gathering of the evil minions.

As it is, I simply have to put track & trace on all packages sent because, if I do not do this, they will simply mail the package directly back to the sender address, this apparently being the easiest option or funny or something - leaving only a smeared stamp as "evidence" so you can't even see which sorting office did it - for when you fill out The Complaints Form!

My local office make their profit from what they can nick and customers having to send their mail twice!

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Apple coughs up 7 hours of profit to refund kids' $32.5m app spend spree

fajensen

Re: Apple? More like sour grapes!

It's not the fight that Apple does not like. It's the risk that a judge decides that Apple is colluding with rip-off merchants and scummy people by providing the infrastructure they need to rip off people and provides incentives for this kind of business because Apple is taking a cut of the loot.

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Remember when SimCity ABSOLUTELY HAD to be online? Not any more – fancy that!

fajensen

Re: hmm

Naifs, the dog eating his own vomit! Et cetera. People may buy - or reinstall - this game only to learn that EA have invented some other, equally un-working, DRM crapware to infest it with!

Corporate stupidity and top-level pig-headedness simply demands it!

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

fajensen

Linux MInt - probably, for now. But I think on the next PC I buy, it will be SteamOS.

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Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

fajensen

Re: PC market not as bad as this REG article MSFT / INTC stock up today

MSFT stock went up a lot more when they god rid of Ballmer.

People "who are productive on PC's" are in the ppm-fraction of the potential customer base. The rest use tablets, android phones or cheap notebooks for whatever they need. That is why PC sales suck, "nobody" really need a PC

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fajensen

Re: Bah!

Exactly. We even have identified new market need for whips: to make the servarnt in front of the horseless carriage with the read flag run much faster!

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

fajensen

Re: Rol and I'll say it again....

The greatest gain will be the lack of civilian casualties due to your actions,

I bet that about five minutes into the first proper manned flight, someone on the plane was thinking: "All these people on the ground look like ants, I could soo squash them from up here"!

What does the robot operator see? Pixels. Not People. Once they docks his/her pay/time off or offer mandatory "operations training" for losing too many expensive* drone bodies, he/she will be lighting up those pixels either on principle or just for fun just exactly like in GTA.

If robot drivers are not evil to begin with, they soon will be - or they will be out of that career pretty soon, leaving the field to those "who can handle it". We can imagine what kind of character that will be.

*) Anything that goes into operating costs is Too Expensive in corp-rat land. We have to fill in request forms that cost more to fill out than the item requested - because our time to do paper work is for free, of course.

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fajensen

Re: IED's and RPG's make the Military Troop w/ Vehicle Redundant...

Libya is a good example of where neo-colonialism is going:

We didn't need land in Libya. The only requirement was that Libyan Oil be on sale in the world market rather than Ghadaffi wasting it all on his own people .... thus No Boots Need Apply!

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fajensen

Re: roger sillick IED's and RPG's make the Military Troop w/ Vehicle Redundant...

you still need boots on the ground to actually hold and passify an area.

... And when the aforementioned ground happens to be in a 3-rd world shit-hole inhabited by people that nobody cares enough about to bother with "collateral damage"? Then "Pacify" is Good Enough! ("Local Militias fighting everyone else - so they are not fighting you" serves the same purpose, but is a more "hands off" and less reliable approach).

Besides, Robots do not testify in military tribunals or post embarrassing pictures of their ear-collections!

In this modern warfare, the "boot on the ground" is more like a collateral, getting the buy-in from taxpayers, who all know some nice young person in the military but also know very little of what actually happens in their name on the sharp end of the war-business.

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

fajensen

Re: Not so crazy

James Bond is a great buyer of alcohol, but he rarely manage to finish even one drink before he has to shoot, fight, stab, or run from teams of assassins! .. or shag something!!

Besides, Churchill would not have endured the WW2 effort and lasted until his 80'ies without drink!

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IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

fajensen

Re: Again?

Get with the times: RBS is a "Systemically Important" Bank, this means that it has large, unbreakable, cash-umbilical right to the treasury and is pretty much immune from prosecution too. The taxpayers supplies RBS with capital, it does not need customers at all, in fact customers is the main driver in operating costs! It simply makes sense to drive customers away as much as possible!!

Systemically-Important banks exists only for the sake of their own importance - exactly as it says on the tin!

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fajensen

Re: Resolved? I think not.

RBS ... Is that not the bank that is deliberately bankrupting its own customers and buying their assets on the cheap from the receivers?

Oh Yes, it is:

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/12/ian-fraser-the-financial-terrorism-of-royal-bank-of-scotland.html

Good luck getting your money back, they probably snorted all of what the hookers left of it already

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Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

fajensen

Re: Brings back memories

Old WYSE graphic terminals, "high-ASCII" chars were magick. One could set the refresh frequency to Zero letting the smoke out. Dumping a binary by mistake to the victims terminal would usually do the trick.

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fajensen

Perhaps apple developers would all retire rich then?

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fajensen
Coat

Re: Compulsory casts.

Thats what the #pragma was designed to fix ....

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

fajensen

Whine, Whinge, Whine

All of the "insurmountable" problems were solved decades ago, with 1970's computers, and no GPS - with the AGM-86B. You have got to ask: What market can afford USD 100000 drones, that are sometimes lost, do not bother asking The Authorities, need short time change of pick-up location, and have a competitive advantage in Seller and Buyer never meeting?

That is right: The drugs business, with 5 kg of smack on board the cost of a customs-evading drone flight is like a postage stamp!

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

fajensen

Re: Bah!

I think that triggering the "Unload Magazine"-reflex conditioned into the airport cops will have at least some effect on the bystanders.

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

fajensen

Aaand: If you want to get TeeVee, these days it is distributed via IP - which will need another box and a remote for that box (and the box requires a cable to the broadband modem) -> The Reason I do not have TV, I don't want another poxy box + zapper + cabling.

I want one TV, that displayeth moving pictures, one set of wireless speakers to handle the sound and one remote-app to rule them all!

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Chinese Bitcoin exchange DISAPPEARS, along with £2.5 MEEELLION

fajensen

Any currency that can be used for "money laundering and illegal trade and tax dodging" has obviously a greater utility than standard money, which cannot without bringing trouble to the user.

So the former must be the more desirable currency and thus increase in value?

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I want NSA chief's head on a plate for Merkelgate, storms Senator McCain

fajensen

Re: what a nut job!

Would America be able to exist without being at war with someone? I think not. America is in deep trouble with the loss of a serious opposition to compete with. Now we have "Global War on Terror" a war against a concept, "War on Drugs" which is a war against a thing. The whole "war replacement therapy" is clearly not working

McCain is just trying to start something, anything, somewhere, involving people, so the Americans can stop ripping each other off while it lasts and perhaps become a great country again.

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fajensen

Re: How on Earth did McCain choose Palin?

Obama is the more effective evil so The Ruling Party decided to fix the election?

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

fajensen

Re: So fix it!

the Raspbery Pi should boot straight into BASIC or similar.

That can be fixed by: "init=/usr/bin/python" on the boot command.

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fajensen

Re: 6502/6809's rool btw... @ Jamie

In order to get the best out of the machines back then, it was necessary to know the instruction set very well.

And It was indeed possible by a single person to know that instruction set very well. The entire documentation for the Z80 instruction set was a slim book, from memory, about 80 pages. The complete hardware documentation was, again from memory, 250 pages. Fat, but one did not have to read the whole thing only the first part on IRQ's and the 1-2 peripheral's one would use.

Now, on a modern CPU, just the section on how to configure the memory controller is the size of those to books together and you have to read all that crap + the errata's to get that sucker to boot!

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Ahhh, SATISFACTION: Watch while we set a NAS on FIRE

fajensen

Dissapointed

I read it as .... "Watch while we set NSA on FIRE", which is one solution to that particular problem

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

fajensen

Re: Microsoft really needs to address this

I think Microsoft is pushing The Cloud to YOU: The 3 GB is an encrypted disk image that will be added to The Cloud whenever your computer connects to the internet, the 500 MB is the code for the new start button (400 MB of that will be "ressources" a.k.a graphics).

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fajensen

I wonder what SteamOS will clock in at. THAT is the only upgrade to Win8 the I need!!

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

fajensen

Re: I always

I disagree. The regulated, public, markets actually work pretty well at their primary function of mediating between buyers and sellers.

The markets that do not work (except to perpetuate fraud and instability) are the Unregulated Markets.

The financial reform needed is basically something that will force trade back into the regulated markets again; Going from "mild" we could start with, "not being able to use OTC paper as collateral for loans", all the way to the perhaps more satisfying "giving OTC traders a trip to the organ donation center"!

The EU has raised an anti-trust suit against CDS in the OTC/Unregulated Markets, claiming that these markets are closed to competition and therefore hindering the free flow of trade & service within the EU.

That may have a lot of teeth and the setup is deliberate, I think: Anti-trust charges bypasses completely the (presumably corrupt/incompetent) authorities that were supposed to regulate the financial industry but didn't and the EF-court have always decided in the favor of More Competition, even against nation states.

This will be interesting. '

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/07/eu-antitrust-authorities-sue-13-megabanks-over-credit-default-swaps-collusion-to-stymie-exchanges.html

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fajensen

I fail to see the argument: The Banks, in fact, creams off a charge from every cash withdrawal, The credit card companies cream off several percent from every transaction, even MORE if the card is used for cash. So, yup, the bad effects, whatever they are, should be plentiful now, should they not?

IF one want to argue against the FTT, a proper argument might be:

"So, What about the unregulated financial markets?" The unregulated markets are valued at, according to ISDA, about 60x world GDP. The FTT would just drive the rest of the trade into the unregulated markets, no rules, no public prices, closed club -> no taxes need to be applied, therefore - as long as unregulated markets exists - FTT is Bad and "bonkers".

and

"What about the blatant corruption in the finance business - wouldn't traders just churn clients portfolios all the way to Zero to show their anger at the FTT?" Of Course They Would - and since bankers cannot go to jail, FTT is Bad & Bonkers.

There, fixed it for you!

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

fajensen

Re: Xerox copiers?

Would it not be irony if the Xerox bugs were designed and put into place by the NSA to screw with the Iranians?

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fajensen

Re: @Don Jefe

Given that this is the NSA, wasting taxpayers money could be seen as a Good Thing; Better than The Alternative them getting our's money worth in spying on us, surely?

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

fajensen

Re: To be honest

They need the extra bits for the watermarking, encryption codes and some viriii-infested malware to authenticate the customers system. The actual "content" will be 1024x720 as always.

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NSA's Project Marina stores EVERYONE'S metadata for A YEAR

fajensen

Re: How stupid does the NSA think we are?

Pretty stupid. Too stupid and weak and insignificant to matter. In fact, we are like e-coli to them, some potential irritant that one runs statistics on the management of. Maybe they will add a little more fluoride to the drinking water in the future, as a precaution.

Representatives for the NSA straight up lied to congress too and got clean away with it, so why should they care what "the public" thinks?

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MPs blocked from ogling 'web smut' 300,000 times – WHILE IN PARLIAMENT

fajensen
Angel

Re: MPs == wankers

And we know why we too don't want TV cameras in The House!!

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NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

fajensen
Angel

Re: Embarrassment != Damage

As a fureigner I enjoy the outrage of the American people when they learn that they are not, in fact, Special but are lumped into the same "probably terrorist"-bin as us Untermenschen!

The funniest thing about Snowden is that while everyone are wailing about what he "took", nobody is bothered about what he put in ... and data integrity and stuff.

Maybe that too will come when the NSA personnel file accidentially goes on the "no-fly" or "murder by SWAT"-list.

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

fajensen

Re: Not that daft

Use a junker computer to send the files and then do a good wipe and re-install OS and other programs from a DVD right after you send out the c#$%.

Or maybe create a mobile app that are downloading a few random videos of cats from youtube, encrypts them with a random key and forwards the encrypted files onto random instances of itself, where they are deleted?

Think of the amount of RAID to back up all that crap for 5 years, racks and racks of FPGA's feeding custom chippery, CRAYS, Cluster Boxes with DSP's in them, MW air conditioning plants .... and eventually, after the NSA power consumption becomes a fraction of the US, "They" can get a stream of cat videos. Which cost "us" a few Wh/year and a data subscription that we had anyway.

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fajensen

MIcroSD are made of plastic, silicon and less that 10 mm^2 of some coppery alloy.

Problem is that "They" have metal detectors, not magick wands like them what exists on TV - they will not find a MicroSD in my pocket or stocking unless they search by hand. "They" frequently miss my watch and my belt too - bigger lumps of metal.

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fajensen

Re: Be careful Chris

Yeah - but maybe a valid train ticket is more useful to a terrorist so we should ban those first!

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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Coat

... but nobody noticed that

... another good reason to sack the admin staff: Since their disposal the reported error rate has gone down!

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fajensen
Flame

The management definition of "Obvious" is: Something that aggressively moves the needle on those KPI's that are feeding into the "performance related pay package"!

Everything else is "Wasting resources".

It does not matter what hiring costs "the business", what does matter is that HR gets rewarded for "attracting new talent" and manglement are similarly rewarded for "reducing headcount". The same process happens with "new customers" vs. "existing customers". To succeed in middle management one has to be stupid as piss and follow the KPI's wherever they lead.

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'Database failure ate my data' – Salesforce customer

fajensen
Trollface

Re: Hmmm...

If you have an SLA, and bother to read it, there might be some unexpected but legally correct definitions of: "promise", "zero", "data" and "loss". Just Saying.

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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Black Helicopters

Re: Wait, hear that?

If I was in MS's shoes, I would open-source Windows XP entirely - Mainly as a way to trip up Linux who is on a dangerous trajectory now, but also to suck in game developers who would otherwise be available for games compatible with open source.

Luckily, Steve Ballmer is still there to destroy shareholder value and drive away business to the competition.

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

fajensen

Re: skynet

"Colossus: The Forbin Project" - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064177

Still good, I think.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

fajensen
Angel

I think you just changed David Cameron's mind.

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fajensen

Re: My heart bleeds

Go away Mr. Taliban: She is a person and she is not harming anyone!

She probably makes more money from leveraging her assets on camera than she would getting RSI from cutting spam at some meat factory, thus lessening the burden on society.

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