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1943 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

Alienware injects EVEN MORE ALIEN into redesigned Area-51 gaming PC

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Alienware?

They're still around?

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Good find! Thanks!

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

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It's called piecework

It's called "piecework" which is just another way to exploit the "employees".

Nobody has ever made a decent living from doing piecework jobs. (sure there are exceptions. but that's ALL they are, exceptions.)

You're better off digging ditches for a paycheck.

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RIP MSN Messenger, kthxbai. Microsoft finally flicks on KILL SWITCH in China

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Messenger is dead?

Messenger is dead you say?

How... odd. At my last job we used an IM called Lync. Looked a lot like Messenger.

Just as slow anyway.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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You get an upvote from me, Pascal.

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RUN

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Seen this a thousand times

  • Well intentioned group gets together to help people. Achieve success. Attract well intentioned funding from corporate/orgs/gov/investors.
  • Outside funding now starts making demands. At least one of the original founders starts angling for personal gain and snogging with the outside funders.
  • Rest of original founders object and are systematically and summarily replaced by one means or another.
  • Original group and idea now co-opted by outside funders and turned into pet project of the idle rich/well connected while assuaging any feeling of guilt about reasons the less advantaged needed help in the first place.
  • Idea/project/program now completely mismanaged and ends up helping no one but the new leaders
  • Lesson learned? Why bother any more?
  • Result? Society goes to hell, but it's all the lazy poor people's fault!

Did I miss a step?

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We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie

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Naw, the solution is easy. An AI internet which will handle its own governance. Just don't piss it off!

No joke, it's already happening.

Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet into a Robotic Hivemind

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Re: Can I have that job?

Have you ever actually been in those kinds of meetings! Dear god man, if you love life at all, don't go there!

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Oh hell yes upvoted!

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Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen

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How many does that make now?

One a week?

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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Re: Apple school of marketing?

I'D BUY THAT FOR A DOLLAR!

BTW, thumbups to all of the replies.

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Want to buy T-Mobile US? Yours for $35 per share – report

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T-Mobile did not invent month to month

T-Mobile did not invent month to month, they were just the first big carrier to realize the old business model was going to eat their lunch as people were getting fed up with contract and hardware lock-in as well as the companies not honoring rates, overages and contract plans and even the end of contract and still trying to extort cancellation fees (see previous stories about cable companies doing same as well)

T-Mobile also had a program that a lot of other mobile carriers had: pre-paid. I used that for years until my pre-paid reached the first tier contract price that offered more. At that time I switched to contract.

Since then I haven't had a mobile contract in 3 years and never will again. I'm finding each carrier eventually tries to screw you and that's when it's time to move on.

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HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers

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Re: Am I getting old?

In a word, yep. Those big beige things went of production in 2006. I was there.

"Proliant" is actually the catchall name of their "everyday" server products from the small dept server that is just a beefed up desktop PC to giant rack suckers that can measure 5u and have a petabyte of onboard HDD space and 64gb of RAM to blade servers the size of a dorm room refrigerator that go into even bigger racks.

Google HP Proliant and select images. I've built, tested and shipped damn near everything you see there.

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"The existing DL 360e and 380e are also being rebranded as the 160 and 180, HP said, in order to give HP a better shot at low-priced “value” competitors.".

Oh bullocks. It's just meant to confuse buyers. These are some pretty decent price to performance small-to-mid range rack servers. If they aren't selling, there is a reason for that.

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Too bad I can't upvote this a few thousand times.

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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Eh? Spreading?

It's been like this for a long time. One of the first business models of the Internet, but pioneered long before that with disk based software.

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Groupon sales reps' overtime pay suit not eligible for class action

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This might be for the best

Most class action winners these days only get... coupons instead of real cash.

Irony, right?

Individuals suing individually still get real money, albeit, still not much and it takes years to collect, but it's not coupons.

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You, El Reg and a doctor walk into a Monopoly Pubcrawl chinwag

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So the bartender says...

"...shouldn't there be a priest, a rabbi and a nun with you?"

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Re: Drones will be drones

You just described most business meetings in every industry.

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That's not their only problem

Bad code is just a part of the problems. The others are inaccurate balance reports and ID confirmation that is either very poor or overly complicated.

List others if you've experienced them.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Re: Supercavitation

Yep.

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Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline

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Re: "blighting the telco"

You beat me to it.

Upvoted.

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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

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Wow. The derp is strong

..and these are the same people who are going to stop sophisticated cyber fraud?

My brain hurts.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Philosophical crap aside

Yes, the Internet turned into a sewer 8 years ago and search engines have become almost useless due to the noise.

But hey! It beats the alternative! Oh wait, there is no alternative.

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

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Wow. Where to begin

The one thing PC OS's lack is a simple messaging/contact app. Because of this, I don't even use my PC as contact database except for emails, I use my phone. This could really could be a winner for BlackBerry.

That said, Blackberry has an abysmal record of PC interface software design. While the concept is often good, the software itself has always been buggy. Let's hope they get it right this time.

A fully seamless phone/PC integration is surely the next evolutionary step. No, Windows, I don't mean you.

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Honey, I shrunk the workstation … into a Chromebook

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Re: Didn't we do this already?

Yes. Terminals and THIN Clients.

The main difference today is that the user interface looks just like a regular Windows OS instead of a dedicated single application or custom business interface. (a la green screen numbered menus. yes, people still use those)

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Wall Street's internet darlings require an endless supply of idiots

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Re: Meanwhile, Down Deep in the Dotcom Lair ........

Uhm, most people can barely turn on their phones and the PC is still a magic box of Satan.

Seriously.

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Re: Kickstarter is just a way of seperating idiots from their money

...and still far too many people with good ideas and talent who can't pay their rent.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: This is why people treat IT like a bunch of kids.

This is EXACTLY why.

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Re: Men AND women

Damn distractions.

"...no clue..."

My bad.

Oh crap. Saw another typo.

------------------------------------------------------------------>> me on this post. did not sleep well last night and my local weather temps are setting records this week.

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Men AND women

Most of the people I've worked with in IT, both men and women, really have to clue how to spell "discretion". Thinking before they speaking seems to be considered a weakness.

As Alastair Dabbs put it in an article from 2 weeks ago:

"With this comes the realisation that IT people are like couch-potato sports fans: no matter what the pros are doing, they are absolutely convinced that they could do it better and aren’t shy in letting everyone else know. "

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Intelligence blunder: You wanna be Australia's spyboss? No problem, just walk right in

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Automatic revocation?

Most places I've worked don't have automatic revocation of access. What usually happens is a note is sent to HR who then sends a note to IT, who then sends a note to the appropriate sub-dept, who then assigns the ticket, usually to the wrong person.

5 days sounds about right.

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Backoff malware attacks hit 'more than 1,000 big businesses', warns US government

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Most likely their security was out of date. Seen that FAR too many times.

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Why?

I can answer all three:

-Not just Windows, but windows XP in most cases

-Again, windows XP

-POS terminals are using the Internet as a remote repair back door

Lovely, innit?

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Re: Sir

I can tell you that theft in the U.S. is ALWAYS punished more than violence.

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Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'

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What? Again?

Dear Sony: U r teh derp.

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

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So they are rushing the schedule?

To badly paraphrase and mashup an old saying or two:

"Haste in space makes waste."

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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The trick to good coffee

...is to start with good coffee. It doesn't have to be some exotic grounds either.

Everything else is just snobbery and gimmick.

Well, keeping your brew pot clean is a good idea as well.

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Come up with some 'novel cloud' boffinry, grab $20m from US govt

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Day late and a dollar short

Why, why, why do we only hear of these giveaways AFTER the fact?

Rhetorical question, of course.

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"Governments have a piss poor track record of picking winners."

Oh?

  • Aircraft industry
  • Rural electricity
  • Rural phones
  • Hydroelectric power
  • The moonshot
  • Space industry in general
  • Interstate highways
  • Transportation standards
  • Safety standards of every nature
  • Weights and measures standards and enforcement
  • Pollution standards
  • Hygiene standard
  • Vaccinations
  • Physics research and applied physics
  • High end engineering research and applied engineering
  • DARPAnet (irony right here. you haz it)

Maybe you've heard of these things?

Shall I continue? The list is long.

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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James C. Wright

James C. Wright covered most of these concepts with the Golden Age series along with AI's (old, new and super) and the geo-solar poltics of the various modified splinter human species as well as everyone being immersed in virtual space 24/7.

I had to read that series twice to pick up all the nuances.

Sounds like they had more action as well.

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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Who would win?

Why, the 5th Element, of course.

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Wall Street woes: Oh noes, tech titans aren't using bankers

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Re: Well there are two words that can get these CEOs in trouble...

In a word: yep.

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Re: "without that adult supervision?"

That's an insult to Attila!

But yeah, "adult supervision" and "Wall St" would be an oxymoron.

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Re: Wall Street Woes : Oh noooooes, there are new kids in our sandbox.

Anything that fucks over Wall St is a good a thing.

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HA!

I wonder how many people get that reference?

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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

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Re: And to make it worse

Your last statement is the reality. The idea is NOT to save the taxpayers money, but to enrich friends, relatives, patrons and themselves.

In that context, they are more than expert.

Just remember who elected them. Yep, your fellow taxpayers.

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Re: And for the future ?

"Maybe they should outsource the Government as well as the IT department?"

You may not have noticed, but essentially it already is.

It's the same problem in the U.S.

We have the best governments money can buy.

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