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US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'

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Re: Google, AWS, Facebook

These companies don't appear to have much trouble with their own large projects.

Of course they don't, because they're not playing with the house's money. When you have some skin in the game, you tend to pay more attention to the details.

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Well, Well, Well...

Committee members Darrell Issa (R-CA) James Lankford (R-OK) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) [...]

Now there's a rogues gallery for you...led by a convicted car thief.

Yelling and screaming and jumping up and down about a failed IT project that cost some $300M over the period of 6 years is BAAAAddd, because these yutzes want to see SS fail. But these same fools have no problem approving spending 10 times that per week on a failed war in a place that we have no business playing in.

Hypocrite much, Darryl?

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'Unsolicited texts' outrage: Man fined £4k for DPA breach

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@ Lost all faith... -- Re: Not charged for SPAM txts?

Still need that humble pie icon.

Would that be pre- or post-Frampton?

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@ alain williams -- Re: What a waste of space ...

I can see that from the ICO's point of view they need to keep the cash coming in - but that is not the purpose that Parliament created them for!

You sure about that?

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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

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WTF?

Really?!?

Presumably this reexamination will include an estimation of how pissed off a customer has to get before the sales techniques persuading them to stay are halted.

Since when has TCI er, Comcast, given a flying fuck about how pissed of a "customer" is?

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

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Oh - comma - goodie!

For example, the OneDrive and OneDrive for Business engineers now work as a single team, as do the Outlook and Exchange groups and the Skype and Lync teams.

Partial Translation: Skype will be dumbed-down to the level of Lync, as there isn't an engineer in Micros~1's stable capable of understanding, much less maintaining and extending, Skype; and besides, Skype is NIH, so therefore must die (leaving it around for comparison w/ Lync would embarrass said stable, y'know...).

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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@ John H Woods -- Re: I have to defend the police here...

Recent example: an MP's claim that the "writing is too small" in Office 365.

Dammit, John! Yet another keyboard cleanup in aisle 5...

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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@ JEDIDIAH -- Re: Learn the First Rule of Computer Science

Apple needs to manage this stuff while being mindful of their audience. If they cater to idiots then they need to make things even more idiot proof.

To which one must apply the Ninth Rule of Computer Science: You can make something foolproof, but you can't make it damfool-proof.

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Learn the First Rule of Computer Science

"My son is on an internship in a somewhat remote place in Alaska (read: no Apple genius to bring it to), with his Macbook Air," he said. "He sent me a text informing me that his perfectly working MBA won't power on at all after applying a firmware update this morning. It's dead, killed by Apple, and it is out of warranty."

So, to sum up, you took a perfectly good working computer that you use for line-of-business work, and, for no apparent reason (other than it seemed like a Really Good Idea™, or perhaps because That's What Fanbois Do®), horked it up. Nice!

(The First Rule of Computer Science, for those that haven't heard, should still be familiar: If it works, don't fix it.)

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NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

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@Irongut -- Re: Refactoring...

Oooooh! VB refactoring!

I positively quake at the prospect.

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Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530

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@Mic -- Re: I swear

I dunno, but I could have sworn I heard an apology for Microsoft in there...

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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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@ courtland -- Re: I have argued for many years

You're a taxi.

(Sorry...)

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STILL no move by Brit data cops over Google's 2012 privacy slurp

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And this surprises you, how?

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: I got told off my the police once.

[...] did get an apology signed by the Chief Constable's computer, [...]

Nice! Have an upvote while I clean off my keyboard...

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HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

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@nematoad -- Re: For security - consider BlackBerry

It should be "... a summary of several instances of government pressure and varying degrees of caving in"

Never end a sentence with a preposition.

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Like, WOW, man!

His study has also shown that a user's data may not be as safe as Cupertino is making out.

Ya think? An American company surreptitiously placing "sekrit" access in its products? I'm shocked...shocked!!...I say....

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Secondhand Point-o-Sale terminal was horrific security midden

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@Andrew Jones

I assume you no longer frequent that shop...

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Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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Methinks you missed the mark, Jasper

“We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world.”
(Emphasis added)

This doesn't appear to be anything resembling "a tantalising clue to the fruity firm's interest in entering the financial services arena", but rather its succumbing to the new "standard" of American business: If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em. Like any monolithic American company, Apple has now officially shifted from creating to maintaining, making their primary product "increasing shareholder value" (whatever the fuck that is...you know, I've never seen a can of Shareholder Value anywhere on a shelf at any store...have you?). This, more than anything, exhibits the first paroxysm of Corporate FailureTM and it appears that Ms. Wagner, and her touted M&A expertise, will be the vector for the cancer that will eventually kill Apple.

RIP. And, int he immortal words of Elmer Fudd: "Good widdance to baaaad wubbish!"

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Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup

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Oooohh! Catfight!!!

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Fox wants Time to wrap up even more content

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Re: ...Murdoch...content super-colossus...

...something about the Fox watching the hen house...

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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The sweet irony is...

..that the 5 Eyes countries all puff up their collective chests and proclaim...no boast...about how "democratic" they all are. It would be laughable, if only I could stop crying.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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Really?!?

Many expected Microsoft to look for a buyer for the featurephones division, which still generates considerable cash.

What??? Sell off an up-and-running competitor to the WinPho hegemony-wannabee that has the very real possibility of eating WinPho's lunch and some part of its dinner? Shirley, you jest.

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UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law

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@ MrNed -- Re: But it IS of consequence

"Securocracy"...I like it! Have an upvote.

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@ original poster (AC) -- Re: I like mass surveillance

You are either a troll or a fucking moron (and that could be an inclusive OR). Either way, your nice, warm bowl of STFU is waiting...

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@EssEll -- Re: Dangerous precedent

Where does the line get drawn?

Here, among other places. To wit:

The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, Pub.L. 101-12 as amended, is a United States federal law that protects federal whistleblowers who work for the government and report agency misconduct. A federal agency violates the Whistleblower Protection Act if agency authorities take (or threaten to take) retaliatory personnel action against any employee or applicant because of disclosure of information by that employee or applicant. Whistleblowers [1] may file complaints that they believe reasonably evidences a violation of a law, rule or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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@ Paratrooping Parrot

For Facebook, I just...don't. So much safer than using it.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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@theodore -- Re: At the end of the day...

TCI, Tele-Communications, Inc. is the seed company from which Comcast emerged. It was the sole cable provider in the NE Illinois area in the 80's and 90's, before several mergers and such created Comcast. It was widely known and reviled for the absolute worst service and customer relations in the civilized world; it became the poster child for what is wrong with monopolies.

Wikipedia has a decent history of this WSH (Warm Steaming Heap) here

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At the end of the day...

No matter how many layers of veneer and fluff they try to slather on it, at the end of the day, Comcast is still TCI.

With apologies to Mythbusters, some turds you just can't polish.

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Re: There is one "a" in space. There are many in "spaaaace"

Actually, that is:

void * space = nullptr;

Please try to keep up...

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How many? All of them. Next question?

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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Re: "Unfortunately, we were not aware of Zhizhen's patent before..."

"Unfortunately, we were not aware of Apple's patenting a rounded rectangle before..."

Shoe, foot, etc.

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Hoist, Petard...

See title

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What's your game, Google? Giant collared by UK civil lib minister on 'right to be forgotten'

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Big Brother

"We think the 'Right To Be Forgotten' is wrong," said Hughes any official from every tyrannical government (specifically including the U.S.) since the beginning of time.

There...fixed it for ya....

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@nsld -- Re: Strangely

I thought our elected representatives worked for us and not for Google?

You fuel! (Although I must say this is a common misconception held by the vast majoring of the vaster unwashed....)

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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Interesting juxtaposition

This would be in spite of this statement being published in England, where “mere vulgar abuse” is an accepted exclusion from all of the libel and slander laws.

And on the west side of the pond, "mere vulgar abuse" is otherwise known as standard political discourse.

Interesting.

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US Supreme Court: Duh, obviously cops need a warrant to search mobes

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Re: @phil dude -- smattering of sanity...

To the downvoters: Thumbs-down me all you want, but my prediction did indeed come to pass, in spades.

I hate it when a plan comes together...

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Re: Two terrorists just...

I downvoted you just because you're a dick to assume that anyone who might have the audacity to disagree with your ass-holiness is necessarily a terrorist. Bush much?

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@phil dude -- Re: smattering of sanity...

It's only a smattering. Just wait until the seemingly-reasonable Roberts gets his chance to indicate decree that corporations have religion, and can impose such religion, sharia-like, on its subjects employees.

That ruling should come any time now...

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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@ Arnaut the less -- Re: @corestore

The simple fact is that the present US government would not introduce driving licences if they did not already exist, on the basis that it might restrict the sales of cars.

+5 Insightful. Have an upvote!

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Aereo has to pay TV show creators? Yes. This isn't rocket science

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What an immense pile

The winners in the tellyco's case are ethical technology companies, creators, and democracy itself

No, Andrew, the winners in this case are the fat-ass corporatists and their lackeys in positions of power (and, apparently, their other lackeys in the press). Outdated business plans triumphed over innovation (just like with digital music distribution); democracy left the building a loooong time ago.

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@dan1980

What I am asking (again) is: at what point does a service bear more similarity to a cloud-DVR service like Cablevision (which is not subject to re-transmission fees) than to a cable service (which is)?

Answer: When Big Business stands to make more money from such a distinction.

Next question?

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I/O: New Google design language will RULE OVER 'DROIDS

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@Mark -- Re: For all the metro haters

Remember, way back in Windows 95, the point of the start menu was to cascade, so that submenus opened, and took up the full screen.

Remember back to Windows 2, there was this thing called Program Manager, which gave you a full screen of icons (shortcuts) to your applications. What was old still sucks, which is why they changed it is new again.

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I think they were misquoted

Microsoft shot for consistency with Metro, putting the square interface on its tablets, phones and PCs under something it called three-screens and the cloud.

I'm thinking they meant, "three yards and a cloud of dust"

Or, perhaps more accurately, "three sheets to the wind"

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

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Re: I was expecting this...

If you think about it, Cable companies and Aereo are the same.

Actually, no they're not. The fact that you think this (for very small values of "think") indicates how weak your powers of analytical reasoning are.

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@ Ugotta B. Kiddingme -- Re: Sad? probably. Surprising? no.

I think the Supremes missed a great opportunity to clearly define emerging and evolving tech.

To quote your own handle: You gotta be kiddding me! These guys? This court?!? Defining emerging and evolving anything, especially tech??!!?? Shirley, you jest!

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@ThomH -- Re: But what if I choose to..

In other words, the SCOTUS did again what they do best: Bend logic into a tightly-wadded pretzel to come to a predestined conclusion -- one that naturally favors Big BusinessTM über alles

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Cryptome pulled OFFLINE due to malware infection: Founder cries foul

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NetworkSolutions is owned by web.com. We've put in a query to web.com inviting it to say when Cryptome.org is likely to be restored as well as inviting it to comment of Young's criticism of its actions. We'll update this story as and when we hear back from the internet service firm.

Don't you mean "if and when"?

/me is not holding my breath.

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Oz trade minister: TPP will happen in 2015

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@Thorne -- Right ... and wrong

The TPP is about letting the big corporations screw the little guys and making the government stay out of the screwing process

Exactly right. And who, exactly, do you think the first set of "little guys" to grab ankles might be?

(Hint: workers)

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FCC boss says he'll SHAME broadband firms for fibbing on speeds

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Carrot and Stick

A "sternly worded letter" from the FCC, on its surface, would impart about as much fear into the hearts and minds of the Verizon fat-asses as would a "sternly worded letter" from me. Without the appropriate warningthreat of sanctions, the FCC letter will be binned forthwith (costs $MONEY to process and respond to those things, you know.) So I wonder what incentives/threats would be included in such a letter that would cause said fat-asses to 1) respond to the letter, and 2) actually do something to stop lying to the public about their services?

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