* Posts by Marketing Hack

2672 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

FCC boss sketches out bargain broadband for hard-up Americans

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In general, I am in favor of this.

It's hard to even apply for a job these days if you don't have access to a computer and the internet. If this helps people stay connected to the rest of society and kids to get their schoolwork done, then I am for it.

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Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

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I agree with the posters above--don't subsidize bad IT security practices!

If IT security meets certain standards, then by all means pay the claim. If not, then by paying the claim you are subsidizing bad behavior, and when you subsidize something you get more of it.

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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National Socialist Environmental Synthesis Center?

Eco-nazis!!! Run for your lives!!

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Sex disease surge in US state partly blamed on hook-up apps

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We've given the machines another avenue to attack us!

They're probably just jealous that they can't get a little leg too.

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WTF is going on with the zombie NSA-friendly Patriot Act? Let us help

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Stranded Brussels airport passengers told to check Facebook

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That's not good!!

You'd think that something like air traffic control would have a couple redundant sources of power. Maybe its because the Flemish and Walloons can't agree on how to spell "UPS"?

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Death-to-passwords FIDO Alliance finds a friend at DOCOMO

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Iris recognition...

Great, at least if the bad guys get your password, you can change that. What happens once they steal your iris scan from an ill-protected server somewhere?

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: sigh

When they say "freedom", they mean their freedom of action.

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Pre-IPO Tegile looking at flash tiering, scale-out and the cloud

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Re: "It's similar to Nimble"

Yes, bad branding there, and way to promote a competitor Mr. Cummins! "Our offering is similar to Nimble, except that Nimble is more established, stable and has a larger support and services network!"

(Well, there are lots of companies that have survived worse faux pas.)

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Private cloud has a serious image problem

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Re: Talking Toasters

Except that over the years I've pretty much disciplined myself to run the dishwasher and do laundry at night, when electricity is cheap.

IoT appliances leave me concerned that some local hacker is going to disable or run continously my dishwasher, just for shits and gigles and because he doesn't have to pay the utility bills or the repairman.

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Re: According to recent Gartner data,

Well, if the toaster and the fridge can talk to eachother, maybe they can talk to you as well! Has to be at least as interesting as some of the conversations I've had with fellow Homo Sapiens.

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Will YOU be living in a cardboard box under the motorway in five years?

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Re: Yup

Add to the advantages of channel partners:

-Local knowledge of market conditions, regulations, business community and customs

-Expertise in certain verticals or solutions that tend to get lost in direct sales

-More of a "one-to-one" relationship for smaller customers who get put off dealing with Fortune 500 suppliers

Resellers go out of business all the time. They are mostly small, privately-owned businesses that sell out to other resellers as the principals retire, or fall off because they are under-capitalized, or they lose a couple key employees and their business goes south.

But lots of new resellers generally show up in the market to take the place of the departing companies.

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NSA bulk phone records slurp to end when law lapses next month – report

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Well, hopefully this will make a dent in the collection of data on Americans

It won't make any difference on the collection of data on the rest of humanity though.

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Salesforce snubbed Microsoft's $55bn biz gobble offer – report

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I'm glad that Salesforce.com is at least talking about staying independent.

No company is perfect, but Salesforce is very good. Microsoft has obviously had their success in the marketplace, but they've never been customer-friendly, and they haven't been visionary for +-20 years now.

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'The Google execs, the journalists, plus Brit and US spybosses in a cosy mansion confab'

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I agree with Grizewald. I'm glad that some pro-civil liberties journalists were there, but I get twitchy when a bunch of the high-and-mighty get together in private to discuss my freedoms, and come away with something like "and we reached an agreement in principle". Especially when a bunch of the high-and-mighty are spooks who have a bad track record of being credible when they talk about what great supporters of privacy they are.

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Re: So is Sir Snowden benighted?

"And I'm thinking of LIBOR, FOREX, IRAQ, banksters, crooksters. Can we have a discussion about how to dispose of these crooks?"

Magic 8-ball says!....."Forget it, kid" (Especially considering who all these intel agencies at the meeting work for.)

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HP storage revenues declining as the dithering continues

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Re: Is anyone doing well in the storage industry?

At least until the dump trucks full of money stop showing up! :)

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Is anyone doing well in the storage industry?

Even the mid-sized players like Pure don't seem to be making money, or at least that is my perception from a distance.

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

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Millions of members exposed!

That's all part of the FriendFinder premium package!!

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Cisco strengthens its hardware-defined networking products

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Sounds good, but kind of pricey....

But then Cisco is traditionally not a low up-front cost solution.

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Big sales growth nothing to do with NSA fears - Huawei top brass

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I don't think China is doing much more espionage than other countries are not doing...

But that's not exactly a vote of confidence. From a security standpoint, I would not trust Huawei gear any more than any other networking/telecoms equipment maker.

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NetApp's customers resisting Clustered ONTAP transition

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NetApp has a point about cloud storage taking their business

But I bet they are losing more to converged players (Cisco?) and the gaggle of sub $500 million revenue storage companies out there.

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Salesforce: Profit pah! We’ll be back in the red before you know it

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I think Salesforce is great....

But Benioff should lay off the cheap shots at SAP. Just say that "Surpassing SAP is our next target, and we expect that to happen about XXX."

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Why does Uber keep its drivers' pay so low? Ex-CFO: 'Cos we can'

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Cab drivers dont make a ton of money either ( at least in the U.S.)

That generally voluable, most always first-generation immigrant that drives you to/from airports/hotels/customer sites in the U.S. doesn't generally make a lot either. Most of the money he makes goes to the actual owner of the cab, the cab company that tells him where to pick you up and the owner of the taxi medallion/license that actually authorizes that cab to be on the road conducting business. The driver is usually an employee who gets something like minimum wage plus tips. So most of the money is really going to capital there too.

And by the way, the ex-CFO of Uber sounds like a jackass.

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'Logjam' crypto bug could be how the NSA cracked VPNs

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Re: Postfix Paranoia

Now the NSA is going to monitor anyone who buys that book :)

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NetApp consciously uncouples from 500+ staff

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"consciously uncoupling"

Sounds like NetApp chips it's employees when they come in the door? Will there still be a strong sub-conscious bond after the layoffs are over?

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Russia will fork Sailfish OS to shut out pesky Western spooks

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If you don't want to get backdoored, just go back to old rotary analog phones!

But then, I've always wanted to pick up the phone and say "Hello Central!? Get me Klondike 5427!"

(Dear Reg--can we please get some kind of "Joy of archaic technology" icon?)

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: Been there, done that

You've got to be careful driving past your headlights on Central American country roads. I've seen mules, dogs and once a herd of goats basking in the residual post-sundown road-top heat.

The goats were so numerous that we couldn't get past them, and felt obliged to go door-to-door on the few local huts to find out who owned the herd and ask them to help/approve moving them. I gave the guy a couple bucks for getting his herd out of the road, and we went on our way.

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Re: Typical

Yeah, this thread has quickly degenerated into just another bull session...

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The police had no choice but to shoot...

They couldn't risk that ol' Bessie was an Al Cowda operative! (/rimshot)

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FTC to scavengers: Radio Shack corpse doesn't include customer data

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Re: I'll miss Radio Shack

If you are in the SF Bay Area, there is always Fry's Electronics if you want to browse down aisles of components.

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Of course the customer data is good, and don't call me Shirley!

Adios, Radio Shack, once important enough to get lampooned on "The Simpsons"

"Homer: We'll search out every place a sick twisted solitary misfit might run to."

"Lisa: I'll start with Radio Shack."

(The problem with Radio Shack was that they got "Amazon'd" by various online electronics retailers, and running thousands of storefronts was just too expensive. By the time the end came, Radio Shack had very largely become a mobile telephone handset/service plan retailer.)

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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

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Re: Well, what a surprise!

I'm American, so I have joined the war against unnecessary use of "buy-a-vowel" in my vocabulary. Makes things a little less labor-ious. :)

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Re: This raises another serious issue

I think that at least in this case, the intent was that the public would definitely NOT be able to keep up with this particular legislative change.

Instead, how about a nice lengthy, public debate on whether traditional fox-hunting should be allowed? Or perhaps whether bangers and mash should be designated as the official comfort food of the United Kingdom? Maybe a long discussion on an act honoring Britain's Roman heritage through the return of bread and circuses for the masses?

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Re: Well, what a surprise!

To be fair, I bet the Labor Party would not be above this either. They're track record on surveillance/civil liberties/intrusive regulation and inspections was pretty crappy when Blair and Brown were living on Downing Street.

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It seems that Tricky Dick's body might be dead, but his spirit lives on--kind of like Sauron.

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EMC to channel: Put all your sales eggs in our basket and we'll hurl cash at you

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@ AC

I wouldn't say its a stupid idea, but as a customer you need to be aware that whatever reseller you are working with might be trying to steer you towards EMC in order to increase their own margin on the the back-end.

Demand some real benchmarking, ROI/TCO and validation of the solution design before you agree to a single-vendor storage solution from anyone, including EMC.

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ATTACK of the DINKY DRONES! US military creates ROBOTIC CARRIER PIGEON

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Robotic pigeons?

We're going to defeat ISIS by fouling their public spaces and spreading the occasional avian disease!

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Mad Max: Fury Road – two hours of nonstop, utterly insane fantasy action

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Disengage brain, eat popcorn....

Make sure you get it with extra artificial butter flavor.

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Re: Aye

The ACA does increase the income thresholds to qualify for Medicaid to 133% of the federal poverty income (I believe thats the number). The local state(s) do have to agree to participate in that though, and many have decided not to, either out of concerns about being able to afford the long-term expansion of Medicaid (states pay for part of the program for their residents) or because they want more flexibility than the Feds allow when offering Medicaid programs.

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BARMY bio-boffins are growing DINOSAUR SNOUTS on CHICKENS

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Re: Send a few to South Florida

And the (formerly) Burmese Pythons

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In Jurassic Russia....

Chicken like taste you!

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LOHAN's final test flight moniker: The people must decide

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Test name--REALITY STAR

Reconfirming

Endothermic

Appraisals

Looking

Into

Telemetry

capacitY

Should (LOHAN)

Takeoff

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aRrive

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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@TheOldGuy

What's the British English for "Ein Volk, Ein Reich"? That might work.

(OK, Godwin's Law--you got me)

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Re: this legislation is almost inevitably going to end up in abuse of power

@ Sabroni

Against all experience, I'm trying to remain optimistic about this legislation...

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What is lacking here are legal tests for what is meant by

--threat to democracy

--extremism

--radicalization

--hate speech

Without these, this legislation is almost inevitably going to end up in abuse of power to silence people who are fans of controversial or anti-hierarchical positions.

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Facebook tips India and Pakistan into NUCLEAR WAR of words

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Ah Mark, you little shit-disturber!

Someone check Zuck's hard drive for:

-Maps of the entire isle of Ireland

-Ukraine sans Crimea and the Donbass

-China sans Tibet

-Germany within it's 1914 borders

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

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Re: False advertising.

Let us know if you notice a couple caged Nazi parakeets on the sub. Doubtless they are there somewhere to enforce National Socialist air quality and battle ardor among the Third Reich's U-boat service.

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Damned Nazis!!

Wasn't there a story a few years ago on El Reg about Nazi-imported racoons spreading across Europe and crossing into Sweden? I searched for it, but I couldn't find it.

If Hitler couldn't grab lebensraum with his 1000-year-Reich, I guess he's going to reach out from beyond the grave and have his Aryan vermin do it for him.

P.S.--I haven't noticed any swastika-bearing skinhead parakeet colonies here in California.

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Failure to launch: Hadoop will be 'anaemic' for years, says Gartner

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The key is finding business reasons to deploy Hadoop

What information does a company have? What is the value of crunching that data in certain ways? How does that value compare to the hardware, software, services and personnel expense of a Hadoop deployment? What other analytical packages might be "good enough" analytically, and less onerous from an expense perspective?

Doesn't sound line Hadoop is making enough progress in positioning itself vs. lesser analytical solutions or communicating customer success stories in an intelligible "wow! We could do that!!" Manner.

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