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2077 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

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In unrelated news...

Board of directors gives selves large raises.

(of course it's not a reward for the failure. oh my no.)

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Upset your Apple's now a BANANA? Get bent, iPhone 6 Plus owners

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Is that a phablet in your pocket?

...or are you a little bent?

Seriously, what idiot carries something that big in their pocket and expects no damage?

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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Tweak the search engine, how exactly?

Just exactly how do they want it tweaked? I have yet to see any of the demands, let alone the over all detailed desired result.

Granted, I'm not going out of my to look for it because I really don't want to slog through page after page of legalese and bureau-speak.

Maybe that's the problem right there.

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Staff unions call for removal of controversial UN patent agency chief

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Nice to see equal treatment

Nice to see whistle-blowers are treated the same everywhere...

...as pariahs.

(no, it's not nice to see. and people wonder what's wrong with the world) :rolleyes:

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The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft

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Minecraft the new 2nd life?

Has Minecraft become the new 2nd Life? Anyone remember that place?

(I just checked on it and surprisingly it's still going strong)

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Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay

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Well this turned ugly rather quickly

As an American, all can say is thank god for the Germans and the pressure they are putting on American companies to pay decent wages.

Have all of you not read the horror stories right here on El Reg about working conditions at Amazon? Do you think Amazon is an exception? No. Most Americans companies are run exactly like Amazon.

My point being is god help you if you are a "blue collar" employee in America or working for an American company, because nobody else will, except, it seems, for the Germans. (and a handful of other European companies)

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Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst

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Meaningless?

Well, they certainly mean nothing to me.

*snerk*

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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Re: Article is wrong on so many counts

Average you say?

Forest. Trees.

See the difference?

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Welcome back to the 19th century!

We, the robber barons, missed you terribly!

Seriously, nothing new here. Look at Europe during the Medici era. Though technically not monarchs, they were in fact, the rulers of all of Europe. How? They were... bankers.

All the problems we have today are the same as then: manipulation of power through money to the detriment of the average person and they only finally lost the power after literally centuries of inbreeding. (14th century to 18th century)

Yes, they were in control during the Renaissance, but it was the Black Plague that directly caused the Renaissance, not the wealth of the Medici, by causing a severe shortage of labor, although the Medici did fund many large and highly visible public projects.

My point? This ain't first time the human race has danced this dance and short of very nasty upheavals, nothing is going to change it anytime soon.

But then again, Marie Antoinette didn't understand it either.

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Re: The next crisis will be along shortly

There has a been a recession EVERY decade since at least the 1960s.

Recovery times have averaged ~6 years.

The next one will happen before the end of this decade.

Bank on it. (if you have any spare money, that is)

This is not a failure of consciousness, conscientiousness or intelligence or will to fix things, it is intentional.

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Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

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Poverty eradicated?

Double plus good, comrade! Goodthink really does work!

Now about that war with Eastasia and chocolate production...

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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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Re: While they're fixing things....

Wouldn't that be nice.

Have an upvote.

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Re: Am I the only one...

Same here. I use the communities because that's all I really want from social networking, not endless blathering about the food you just ate at some trendy restaurant and the vacation you took that I can't afford.

The communities are actually pretty cool and *gasp* dare I say it? useful if you are discriminating and have somewhat good judgement.

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Almunia faces GRILLING from MEPs over FAILED Google settlement deal

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Re: Lets he honest

"Has it really come to the point where companies like Microsoft are allowed to gimp their competitors simply because their own offering is rubbish?"

That's been business as usual in the US since day one from the top all the way to small town. Big money uses laws to SPECIFICALLY stifle competition every day.

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Ex-basketball star CUFFED on suspicion of stealing Apple gear worth $14k

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Re: Blown Away.

Yep. They do it all the time. Most athletes really have no idea how to invest their millions or to realize when their manager or wives/girlfriends are stealing them blind.

Lovely ol' world, ain't it?

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Re: All too true

With ANY project in every industry.

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ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee

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It's not bribery

It not bribery. That's against the law. So is gouging.

It's "free market" forces" and "lobbying" in order to provide a "richer customer experience" for the "customers convenience."

It's just so uncouth to say "bribery". So... unsophisticated. And nobody gouges either! What plebeian accusations!

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Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate

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Re: Floor boxes - don't get me started

Gospel truth, that is.

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Record sales for Herman MIller

Just heard on the news the other day that Herman Miller has had record sales driven by their commercial office division.

Nice for some one. I'm lucky if the places I've worked had cube farms that are less than 10 years old. And that's at Fortune 500 companies. (worked at one that still had cubes from the 1980s. No joke)

Now some of the energy companies I've worked for, different story. Top of the line Steelcase and Herman Miller even for the worker bees and nothing ever over 10 years old.

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Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

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Re: PC-powered registers?

...or just plain XP.

Seriously.

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Re: > with no physical connection ... they won't be able to break in, and data can't get out.

<"After reading some of the comments here, I too wonder if jailing the clueless CEOS and IT staff that let it happen wouldn't improve things, but I don't actually think so."

Wanna bet? And it's not the tech staffs' fault. These disasters are the direct fault of the CXOs. It is they and they alone that set budgets and make policy.

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How many tech guys have the ability?

Certainly not the ones they are hiring for bottom dollar.

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Re: There needs to be a fine of something

Can't jack the prices? What fairy world are you living in?

Target raised prices across the board months ago to cover their disaster. In many instance by 25%.

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Re: XP based self checkouts

I see I hit a nerve.

And you would be right Phil because security updates can and would break the software.

Now, want to guess the most popular retail checkout software being used? Rhymes with Tomb Raider Lara. Goes by the initials RMS.

Bar and restaurants use a different kind, but they have the same underlying problem. XP. Thank god staff aren't bright enough to pull the hack required.

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XP based self checkouts

I know for a fact those self checkouts were XP based.

Just like millions of others.

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You - vendor. Pin your ears back, I've got some things to tell you

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Standards?

"We don't need no stinking standards! Who do you think you are gringo?"

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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Oh my god

Wow. Just... wow.

Well, I guess if you liked Larry, you'll love Mark. And I'm not talking about their business skills.

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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

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Wait. What?

Damn. I'm in the wrong business.

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Microsoft's axeman Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

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Same old story

If you are the wrong side of any merger, you will be fired.

Been there, done that, got the scars. Many scars.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Bravo!

The only thing that could possibly top the iPhone 6 is this snark of all time snarks!

Bravo!

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Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

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Re: Hmmm

Both of you beat me to it.

Have some upvotes.

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China hacked US Army transport orgs TWENTY TIMES in ONE YEAR

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An Army of...

...wait for it... wait for it... wait for it...

Won.

Not even mine. I'm nicking it right before your eyes.---------------------------->>

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Can't afford it

...and don't need it.

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Big Data's being held back by little talent, says Huawei head techie

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Re: What do you expect

Feature creep in job duties is everywhere. I'm now seeing requirements for basic server admin for... desktop support.

And phone and scripting and VM and more than a passing understanding of AD and...

All for desktop support with, naturally, the pay staying the same. Server admins are now expected be programmers as well.

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Read IBM's note to staff announcing mandatory training and 10% pay cut

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Do not get me started

First, that 10% is most likely their temp contractors. Yeah, IBM contracts temp workers to staff many of their on site client contracts. So a typical client on site team can easily be 10% temp contractors from various temp agencies who will NEVER be asked to join IBM, yet work under the IBM aegis. It's the worst kind of limbo.

Second, the amount of bureaucratic busy work just for the worker bees is astounding. So much so that it often affects their ability to fulfill the SLA. That's for both IBM and the temp employees.

In my region, IBM pays BELOW market rates for their worker bees, especially the temps. Pay cuts? The turnover is going to be fun to watch.

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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Healthkit?

Am I the only one who keeps seeing that as HEATH-kit and thinking "WTH?"

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Hate Facebook? Hate it enough to spend $9k fleeing it? Web 'country club' built for the rich

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Re: How do you know....

"The rich stay rich by figuring out how to spend as little of their cash as possible, it's true :D"

Yep. Often by stiffing their vendors, suppliers and contractors and anyone they can get away with.

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Cable internet won't need dose of fibre to stop feeling bloated

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Re: It's a start

I also agree with both of you.

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It's a start

The whole TCP/IP stack needs an overhaul to begin with and has for years and while it's easy to point to the what appears to be the obvious solutions, IP6, it has its own not-ready-for-prime-time problems.

If this does what it claims, it will help.

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Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

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Re: I thought America was all about the free market?

There's no such animal as "free market" in America.

"Free market" in America means free to eff you up the arse without consequence and nothing else and the ability to buy lawmakers to pass laws to enforce the buggery of punters.

American companies talk a good game of efficiency and innovation driving the market, but the reality is those very things are a threat to them.

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Re: Buying direct is the future

They now have car dealers in 3rd world countries as well.

Just sayin'...

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OUCH!

That's gonna leave a mark.

That said, all I can add, is, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAA

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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TV stuck in the 1970s?

The ENTIRE ENTERTAINMENT industry is stuck in the last century. From the artist getting screwed to the customer getting sued, the "biz" is a rotting festering nightmare except for those at the very top.

They rejected the Internet and now the Internet will destroy them. It will take time, but it is inevitable.

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Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID

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Re: Don't see what the fanfare is about

That's what these are.

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Re: Tinfoil Hat time?

It's not your imagination.

Badly coded websites, too many operational layers piled on the servers, bad firmware, spam-bots (yes the world is crawling with them), slapped together data centers, underpaid support techs, and 24/7 hacking.

The list is long.

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Just to clarify, ebay uses both auction and just plain "straight price" retailing and long ago became a strictly business market that is very unwelcoming and unfriendly to a private seller who just wants to unload some stuff from the storage shed.

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Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces

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Holmes

A truly amazing device

The discovery of this machine often makes me wonder just how much science and technology has really been lost in the past and why.

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

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Re: It's completely backwards half arsed system

Ah yes, because something is popular means it must be good, right?

I also didn't miss how popular the cloud has become as well. How's that working out?

Both are some of the stupidest shit I've ever seen in years.

VM - back to mainframe leashes

Cloud - "my stuff is safe here, right?"

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Re: Yet another layer?

It's completely backwards half arsed system, yet I get 6 thumbs down.

"IT'S WHAT PLANTS CRAVE!"

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TorrentLocker unpicked: Crypto coding shocker defeats extortionists

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Yeah, the average user will know how do this

Not.

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