* Posts by ecofeco

2877 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

US trade watchdog deep-sixes patent infringement claim against Microsoft

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Re: Lawyers: Failure is success!

How dare you insult car salesmen! I have NEVER had a lawyer actually do or provide ANYTHING useful to me, whereas a car salesman at least delivered a car.

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AT&T accused of Wi-Fi interception, ad injection

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Beyond the pale

Fucking at&t.

I run 3 or more filter/blocking add ons just for ads and rogue scripts just for this reason.

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Ex-HP top aide in the clink for racking up $1m on company credit cards

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No surprise

At many companies I've worked at, I've seen many women embezzling from the company. It's quite stunning how many, actually.

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Yes and no. The outside consultants are often the very person described in the article. I left a large world-wide company earlier this year that decided to go with another well known vendor for their IT services and, well, let's just say it wasn't pretty.

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Re: 2 Years

Yeah, I've seen this as well. Upper management who's scared of the dark and the true cost of maintenance and it finally bites them in the ass but the blame goes to the wrong person.

I run away as quickly (financially) as possible.

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

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Insanity?

Agreed. But land deals on that scale in the U.S. are usually dirty as hell and you can bet someone or all of the council will personally benefit from it in some way.

You can literally take that to the bank.

I also forgot to add that you can find shady and stupid million dollar government land deals in almost every U.S. city.

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Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

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Re: Ironic?

How dare you point out facts and hypocrisy, sir!

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Re: No one works in Washington except contractors

We are still living with the consequence of Ronnie Raygun and Thatcher.

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Uhm, hang on...

"USIS failed to properly screen federal security clearance applicants and, in some cases, submitted incomplete background check reports to the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM)."

...who accepted them?

Case dismissed.

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Blue Termite hacker group eating Japanese business from within

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Now this is interesting

This is very interesting. My instincts say China.

Could be Yaks, but they already have a lot of control over industry and politics and they really do prefer to remain low key these days.

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LA explosion knocks LogMeIn's British customers offline

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Re: Shania Twain also had issues at a live concert...

The standard in the US is known as "cheap bastards."

Ain't capitalism grand? Now about that cloud thing...

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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"Of course I'm not driving and texting. What do you think I am, some kind of damn dirty human?"

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Microsoft sues InterDigital for 'monopoly power' over mobile patents

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HAHAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAHAA

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

*gasp*

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Fuck them. Straight to hell.

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OpenOffice project 'all but dead upstream' argues prominent user

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Re: Splitters!

Yeeaaahhh... how's that cloud security these days?

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China shutters 50 websites for spreading explosion 'rumours'

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Wait. What?!

"China's National Supercomputer Centre at Tianjin is two kilometres from the blast zone. The Centre's Tianhe-1 supercomputer was taken offline on the day of the blast. It's unclear if it is has returned to work, but with the three kilometre exclusion zone in operation it seems set to remain offline for some time."

Holy fuck! Er, this is far too "coincidental". Yeah, I'm kinda paranoid that way. So sue me.

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Surprise! World stunned to learn that AT&T is in the NSA's pocket

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Of course they are surpsied

Because they have forgotten.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITT_Corporation#Involvement_in_the_1964_coup_in_Brazil

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

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Re: Hmmmmm...

You're trolling, right?

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Re: Of course there is the alternative business model he's neglected.

Too true. What is it about property that does this to people?

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Re: No choice really.

JoeT, thanks for the insight and background.

I wonder if they realize just how bad they have screwed their future by banning more housing?

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He feels bad?

Bullshit. If he feels that bad, he can take the money and then pay to move them all. What will that cost? About a million at most? Maybe 2? That will leave him with a minimum of $37 million. Oh what to do, what to do.

He's a liar who IS going to sell them all out and leave them behind. I hope he proves me wrong, but I doubt it.

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You've been Drudged! Malware-squirting ads appear on websites with 100+ million visitors

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There's something poetic about all this

Not sure what it is, but it does seem as if the websites chosen have a mostly stupid-as-fucking-hell audience and provide nothing of real importance.

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Re: All your eyes are belong to us

I see most everyone missed Big John's sarcasm.

To be fair, you need to use the '/sarcasm' tag next, Big John.

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Ex-SAP director: I bribed govt officials to seal the deals on software

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Re: How else do SAP sell their ****?

Holy crap. Wow.

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Re: New SAP Motto

Sell And Payola

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Re: In some parts of the world, bribe (or gratuities, perhaps) are normal.

Some? Some? How about "everywhere".

"Some" are just more creative about it.

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Rise up against Oracle class stupidity and join the infosec strike

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Yeah...

Good luck with that.

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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Re: They fuck up, you have to sort it out?

What? You've never heard the phrase "privatize the profits, socialize the losses?"

What's even more amazing is that people put up with this shit. Truly, we have the governments we deserve.

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Another week...

...another million user records hack.

*sigh*

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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Flush toilets are civilization defined

"I’m sure regular readers are overjoyed to learn this, and I extend a particularly warm welcome from me and my toilet to those reading this Saturday morning’s column while eating breakfast."

Actually, quite. I can live without many things. A working toilet is not one of them.

So, HUZZAH!!!

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It's incredibly easy to bump someone off online, and here's how to do it – infosec bod

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Chris Rock?

When did Chris Rock become an infosec guru? I guess you need that kind of sense of humor to deal with all the fucking stupidity.

Oh, not that Chris Rock? Oops.

Anyway, welcome to William Gibson's world from 30 years ago. (although I do believe it's almost right on time)

Now about that cloud thingy and the IofT...

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Sane people, I BEG you: Stop the software defined moronocalypse

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Re: Might take a while

Exactly, Vic. Well said.

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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Re: "gig economy" = sound bite of the week

(damn auto-correct)

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Oddly enough, it turns out the local merchants and landlords are the biggest abusers of the welfare system.

Fancy that.

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Re: One thing does

"The working hours rules and the various benefits put in place were'nt some great evil socialist plan to destroy capitalism, they were designed to make capitalism better for the workers so they'd be less likely to stage a revolution and kill all the ruling class."

Exactly.

I am constantly amazed at how those of the upper 20% often forget who Marie Antoinette was. You would think they could afford a better education.

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Paid time off is a hardship?

"For example, almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per year (known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave). An employer can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual leave. Self-employed workers aren’t entitled to annual leave.

Who out there actually would, if given an entirely free choice of cash or holiday, choose to have exactly 5.6 weeks of it each year? Everyone who would not choose exactly that amount, rather than the cash an employer would be willing to pay (or withhold, for those who want more leave) instead, is losing out by having that amount imposed upon them."

I'm still trying figure out how being paid for time off is an "imposition." Doubleplus good, eh?

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Missed the entire history of the 19th and early 20th century, did you? Because that's what it would really look like. Again.

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"gig economy" = sound bite of the week

Gig economy is all about hyperbole. It is literally the soup du jour. It only exists at all because real jobs are hard to come by and companies are playing fast and lose with the definition of employee. something the US labor department fixed this month.

I've been working short term contract jobs for years now and people still ask me why I don't have a permanent long term job. It's like they don't get out or read the news. Temp jobs have been a good portion of the US economy for over 2 decades. This scam of being an indie contractor is just the logical extension.

As for benefits, there has been a concerted and coordinated destruction of benefits ongoing since the 1980s. If you have benefits and have been able to hang on to them, let along actually, you know, benefit from them, you are one very, very lucky person in this modern age.

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Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or RANSOMWARE?

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If you run the numbers, it's no surprise

First let me just say that ransomeware and it's creators must die.

That said, it's no mystery why they do it. A chance to make 100s of thousands up to a few million in a month is one hell of motivator.

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Re: Are any of us surprised?

Exactly. BobRocket. My bank spams the fuck out of me. They and their customers are literally sitting ducks. Needless to say, I've been looking for another, but it seems they have all lost their minds.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bacon and egg sushi

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What?

Great recipe, but what really floored me was the girl on the first page who looks exactly, and do mean exactly like my niece. Quite a surprise.

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Google Californian warehouse workers file to form union

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What an amazing coincidence!

Those conditions sound just like the HP server factory I used to work at!

No joke.

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Puppet draws back the curtain on devops magic with funky gfx and UI

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Re: A picture paints a thousand words..

Thanks for the link. Looks pretty cool. Too bad about the grey on white choice, though.

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Record-breaking $502m in sales, BIG LOSSES – OF COURSE IT'S TWITTER

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Sales?

Sales of what?

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WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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My bad.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Replication_(8optical_media)

I had confused replication with duplication. Thanks for the heads up.

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Each DVD has to be burned. They just burn them at very fast rates.

USB using vs3 have very high copy rates. They will just drop an ISO on them. It will actually be FASTER to create the USB and will probably result in a higher success rate than DVDs.

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Microsft showing us once again!

...how they have just discovered fresh, new and exiting 10 year old technology!

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

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Re: Commons

Would you two please keep it down? I'm trying to get the barmaid's attention for a pint and watch some footy and check my horses.

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Re: Big Society

"...the handful who suffer become screaming headlines, while the million who benefit go unnoticed."

Handful? Have you NOT been paying attention to population numbers? Or math in general?

The UK population is currently at 64.1 MILLION. If just one percent of that population is in dire straits or suffering some consequence of bad policy, that's 640,000 people. That is not "a handful" in anyone's book. Anyone sane, that is.

Now extrapolate to the other nations numbers. At some point, it goes beyond "mere" suffering and straight into "barely holding back anarchy and government overthrow that will result in mass deaths". Like yours.

See the problem?

So the millions who benefit can still have it taken away by those kinds of destabilizing forces. Many, many a government and leader thought those who suffered could just eat cake.

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Another well done article.

Regarding the third choice: the finding is correct that above certain populations sizes, the voluntary system no longer works. That's why it's so rare.

People really are, for the most part, stupid. It's also why psychopaths politicians and self made leaders are able to get away with the crimes they do.

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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Re: Bombing Japan

Don't forget that 2 of those bombs had to be dropped before Japan surrendered.

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