* Posts by disgruntled yank

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Revealed: The true horror of being a big CEO

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Billy Joel and Sting?

Maybe it is time to short Oracle stock. I bet the AWS conferences book musicians under 60.

(No, dammit, I'm not discriminating at the older among us, for I'm getting up there, too: I just think that certain jobs, e.g. pop musician, pop music critic, and high school athlete ought to have an age limit. Sing opera and I'm happy to let the conductor tell you when it's time to step down.)

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Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

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wow

Just imagine if people like the Fords or Rockefellers had done something like that.

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Add 'fattism' and hacker stereotyping to the list of Donald Trump's list of non-PC positions

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Re: Not so smart

Impressive. What did this candidate do before he ran for office?

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Books

Has any American president or serious candidate written his own book or books since Woodrow Wilson? I would be surprised to learn that Clinton wrote all of her books by herself (though curiously enough Powell's Books credits one to "Hillary Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton). I would not be surprised to learn that Donald Trump has not read all the way through the various books published under his name.

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Brit boffins get $800k for Los Angeles Twitter pre-crime tech

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Bravo

On to sentence first, then verdict.

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Behold the fruit of your techie utopia: A $43 San Francisco fog-infused martini

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Really

I find it hard to blame the restaurant owners, who are simply separating hipsters from cash that they can presumably spare. Were I ever caught purchasing such a thing, I'd become a strong advocate of the right to be forgotten.

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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There is a story that has circulated in Washington circles for thirty or more years:

Enemies of our country have captured three US citizens: a sergeant of Marines, a government auditor, and a government program manager. All are condemned but shot, but each gets one last wish. The sergeant requests to hear the The Star Spangled Banner before he is shot. The government auditor asks to deliver a talk on waste, fraud, and abuse. The program manager asks to be shot right after The Star Spangled Banner.

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Oracle happy to let Apache Foundation adopt NetBeans

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Re: "“I'm worried that anyone is still using java to be honest"

So is it OK to use Java not to be honest? If so, there could be a very large market.

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'We already do that, we’re just OG* enough to not call it DevOps'

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Re: Wrong, wrong, wrong!

How about OopsDev? You bring in the consultants, they do it their way, and the management says "Oops" when it doesn't work out. The managed don't, for they have been let go.

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Google tries to lure .NET devs with PowerShell cloud bait

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Eh?

I did not mind the little bit of PS scripting I did, but it wasn't the sort of thing that made me long for its availability on other OSes. Why PS instead of Google Apps Script?

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Student charity's ex-IT boss in the cooler for stealing $1.3m through fake tech contracts

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Well

The United Way of the Washington, DC, area got a remarkable amount stolen by its chief about 20 years ago.

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You're guilty but broke, judge tells Wash.io – the 'Uber of laundry'

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For once, it's true

The noise is coming from outside agitators.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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The damage seems all to Apple

Russell Baker once described covering the US Senate as "waiting for someone to come out of a room and lie to me." What does physical presence offer a reporter as against watching the webcast? If reporters get to ask questions (and dare ask questions that don't qualify them for permanent wait list status), then yes, there is some slight harm. If not, the events sound a bit like the opening show for the latest Star Wars movie: bragging rights, and a chance to commune with fellow enthusiasts.

(Yes, I'm ignoring the expense of buying the toys to review.)

How about making a stunt out of it? Say a small charitable fund offering $10/head for every authenticated slot on an Apple live event media waitlist?

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Chubby Chinese students refused top bunk

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Re: Mini-lift entrepreneurs take note...

I have not spent a hell of a lot of time in US dorms since I was in college, and am not likely to, now that I'm out of the business of turning up (or not) for parents' weekends. But I don't remember seeing bunk beds in dorms at the handful of schools I've attended or visited.

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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I know

He's tall, reasonably athletic, has a good voice and great name recognition, and will be indefinitely available starting in about four months: Barak Obama. Now, I know that he isn't English, nor even Scottish, but his attempts at an English accent can hardly be worse than many American actors have achieved.

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MedSec's 'hackable pacemaker' report autopsy: Bombshell crash claim in doubt

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Let's hope

They lose their shorts.

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French submarine builder DCNS springs leak: India investigates

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Oh, dear

Will somebody end up in the dock?

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HMRC's IR35 tweaks have 90% of UK's IT contractors up in arms

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revenue estimates

The government believes that it can pull an average of 20 thousand pounds per individual contractor? That sounds like one hell of a tax bite. Is there that much money to be had, or will the contractors simply be run out of business?

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Reminder: IE, Edge, Outlook etc still cough up your Windows, VPN credentials to strangers

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Re: it's only a vulnerability if you use a stupidly simple password though

a. "[our] small dictionary."

b. Then you trust their reassurance? Why?

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

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"replacing an ancient mainframe payments system"

With a modern system-integrator payments system? That part should work fine.

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You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

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Trump-Pence dog coat.

Dammit, now I'm going to be humming "I've got Trump-Pence, jolly, jolly Trump-Pence" for the rest of the afternoon.

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Ditch your Macs, Dell tells EMC staff

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Re: apple only? (@Nate Amsden)

Letting the interior designers dictate the computer platform? Are you working for Sir Steve Bong?

I can almost see the expression "Agile Desking"; the best desk is to the most agile. Will the insurers allow you to vault over desks to demonstrate your agility?

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branding

Some years ago there was a lawsuit in the US, arising from fiddling with the brand markings of sports shoes. As I recall it, somebody under contract with one of the big manufacturers was wearing shoes made by another, then fiddling them to look like the first one's. I think that it was the second manufacturer that sued.

As for me, neither Apple nor Dell is offering me endorsement money to be soon in public with its goods. Until that happens, I'll use what I use.

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Why Agile is like flossing and regular sex

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When waterfall is good.

You have a) an agile evangelist, and b) a barrel.

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The very latest on the DNC email conspiracy. Which conspiracy? All of them, of course!

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a. In what coin is Mr. O'Shea bought and sold for saying less bad things about Clinton? Register up-votes? As far as I know those aren't good at the supermarket.

b. Are we to infer that in 1972 you voted for George McGovern as the more honest, and therefore more conservative candidate?

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Uber's dud private dick given a hard time by judge in stiff surge case

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Re: typo

A quick browse to Newman's Idea of a University at Gutenberg.org, followed by a ctrl-f, turns up 'an abstract love', an 'intimate conviction', 'an "English Gentleman"'. One usually hears of Newman as a master of English prose.

As for beginning a sentence with 'An', it sounds to me as if you are thinking of the rule proposed against beginning a sentence with 'And'. As a general guideline it may be good, but better writers than those of the style books begin sentences with 'And', as for example in Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address: 'And the war came'.

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Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

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SJi

Sir Jony ive? If he has been trademarked by Apple, shouldn't that be Sir Jony iVe?

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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Healthy following?

Perhaps you meant "large following".

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Re: It's all for the best

Generally speaking it's folks on the left (as measured in American terms) who speak of moving to Canada. I'm not sure where the Breitbarters have it in mind to go.

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Welll...

Was anyone else astonished by the discovery that a resident of Kansas had a car with Kansas tags in his driveway? Was any American amazed to learn that there was a football field nearby?

If you had my address, you could learn when we bought the house we now live in and how much we paid for it. That I think is the case in most US jurisdictions; I know that one can look up real estate purchase in Maryland also. Hell, if you had my name, you could look up my salary, for reasons having to do with a particular federal law.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Hollywood: stop wrecking something good!

"Because they stopped at their peek."

Or because you were 17 when you encountered Abba or 14 when you encountered Elvis. In all the kerfluffle over Star Wars|Trek and Ghostbusters, it strikes me that for many a disgruntled moviegoer there is one essential thing missing: himself at 12 or 15 or whatever the optimal age is for watching.

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Question: What's missing in Microsoft's data science professional degree?

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T-SQL

"That’s OK if this was a training course, but if it’s meant to be training data science professionals, why not teach generic (or standard) SQL?"

As the late great Admiral Hopper said, the best thing about standards is that there's so many of them. I can imagine that it would be a useful exercise to have students design a set of queries that would work across multiple databases. But if you are going to touch on stored procedures and triggers, and I think you should, then I don't know what standard means.

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Ivory tower drops water bombs on dumpster fire

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Re: Concealed Carry? No Longer!

By gum, it's great that we have a horny-handed son of toil to vindicate the folks in flyover country. Remind me where Mr. Trump was raised and schooled--western Nebraska and Montana School of Mines?

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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Meh.

Economics, I can't say. As for philosophers and politics, the track record was never great, was it? Plato went off to advice a Silician tyrant and ended up in jail. Aristotle tutored Alexander the Great, and then, some said, connived in his poisoning.

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Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years

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10Afly, New Jersey?

Is Tenafly, New Jersey, the new on-shore spot for hiding money? Imagine the movie PR: "Tenafly: the clothes and hair aren't as cool as in Superfly, but there's lots more money."

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Pimp your ride with new Linux for cars and an rPi under the hood

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Automotive grade

As in Toyota, or as in Yugo?

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IBM scraps loyal staffer gifts in favour of... a congratulatory social page

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loyal employees

It sounds to me as if IBM has figured out how not to have loyal employees to give stuff to.

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Ad agency swipes 'unnamed bloggers' for calling out its cynically fake 'save a refugee' app

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Not an unalloyed success

Might I suggest a Brass Balls award to replace that Bronze Lion in the trophy case?

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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Re: Proustian neuroscience

I no longer have a copy of the novels around the office, but I think that the madeleine was accompanied by a lime-blossom tea, and that a relative offered the tea when the narrator turned up feeling under the weather. But it has been a long time since I read the book.

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Proustian neuroscience

For a long time I used to go to bed early. It helped me missed bogus "science" coverage on the nightly news.

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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Re: Interesting downplaying there

There are confirmation hearings for cabinet-level and some sub-cabinet appointees, but there are no such things for elected officials.

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Apple, Amazon and Google are screwing us, warns Elizabeth Warren

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potential running mate?

Clinton needs Warren on the ticket as much as Trump needs hair advice from Boris Johnson.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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Re: Procurement always works this wonder

My experience in working for a US government contractor some years ago suggested that the government has excellent rules for getting a good deal on shovels, screwdrivers, and manual typewriters; applied to something changing at the rate of computer technology, they more or less guaranteed the purchase of obsolescent equipment.

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Bacon is not my vodka friend

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Bacon garlic?

Is there a comma missing, or is this a new trend that I have missed?

I can see the point of such a law--do you want that bottle of single-malt Scotch topped up with moonshine from around back? However, the element of deception seems to be missing if one is serving vodka with pickle juice in it.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Don't have a dog in this fight, but

"Britain is the least racist country in the world (No one berated my Dad for not singing the National Anthem - whereas in the USA, immigrants have to wrap themselves in the flag and sing louder than anyone else."

I don't remotely begin to understand this. Immigrants to the US are of all complexions and backgrounds, and except at brief periods of hysteria feel chiefly internal pressure to conform. The US is anything but a post-racial paradise. But how many cabinet members--of serious departments--of color have British governments had over the last thirty years?

"the frightful inferiority complex of the English intellectual"

I gather this is purely in respect to the continent. Americans who pay attention to the matter would rejoice to see modesty in the English intellectuals we meet, let alone an inferiority complex.

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Sea of outrage after 'migrant-spotting app' turned out to be bogus

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I don't understand

What does it mean "to support the app launch in concept only"?

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Very sorry to hear this.

Condolences to family and colleagues.

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Workers rejoice! Marx’s vision will become reality, argues SAP veep

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disintermediation, disaggregation, disingenuousness

In the words of Groucho, he should drill a hole in himself and let the SAP run out.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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really

"Perhaps more to the point, unless you're on LinkedIn, with a well-crafted and carefully curated profile, you're a nobody. You don't exist."

And here I thought it was the gray hair, fat, and wrinkles that made me invisible to women.

Also, does a "curated" profile have something to do with junior clergy? I am acquainted with a few such, but they are not among the people who keep pestering me to connect with them on LinkedIn.

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