* Posts by ps2os2

101 posts • joined 18 Nov 2010

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

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Re: James is a dick...

There was one company here in the US that thought differently and tried to get its workers to sign on the dotted line. After an up roar the company backed down. They thought otherwise.

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Re: a very well known company supplying fantasy wargaming products

Can't help but to remember recently several items on Disney hiring foreign workers to replace local help at a cheaper rate then getting rid of local workers (after having to train them). Talk about chutzpah.

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Re: James is a dick...

This is why you are nice to people even though you are going to fire them.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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Trump

What Trump isn't saying that he will allow unlimited H1B's to people from other countries.

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Chicago cops under fire for astonishingly high dashcam, mic failures

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FAIL

City of Chicago IT

Yes I live in Chicago and have been for the last 40+ years.

Chicago isn't unique in the IT department, sadly for years it has used obsolete equipment. I walked in to a Data Center one day about 30 years ago and was flabbergasted at the condition of the data center. People were smoking in the computer room old boxes of forms were strewn about and the place was just filthy. In another place the CRT's were brown with tobacco stains and wiring was exposed all over the place.

Chicago has two issues.

1. Is Politics they hire not from the average crowd but hire from the politically connected.

2. They scrimp to the last decimal point on all IT expenditures and they end up getting the worst equipment as a result.

I had one person that left the city and attempted to find a job in the private sector and no one would hire him as his knowledge was 20 years out of date. I suggested he go back to school to get caught up (not that most of the schools in Chicago were really current at the time) but at least he would be playing in the same ballpark.

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Sysadmin's former boss claims five years FREE support or off to court

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Re: Dear former boss of SetSquared....

There was a company here in the States that tried something similar. Once the news got out the employer had to retract the request. I agree with your comment about INDIAN types that would be the only ones that would work for that type of company.

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Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

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Peter, Excellent?? He is arguably the worse Doctor yet.

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Who's running dozens of top-secret unpatched databases? The Dept of Homeland Security

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Re: Surprised? Nah

"Remember, the Federal bureaucracy incompetently implements idiotic laws passed by Congress whose members have been accused being less intelligent than a flea by Mark Twain."

Err the pot calling the kettle black?

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Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

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Re: Pity

I think IBM will use this as base for running their mainframes (again). IBM is probably gun shy of letting MS anywhere near their mainframes. Rightly so, in my opinion. OS2 was rock solid and it never crashed (like their mainframes).

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Dell buys out EMC in mega-super-duper $67 BEEELLLION deal

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EMC

I am happy management got rid of our EMC boxes last year. Hate to see what Dell is going to do here.

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

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Re: Finally hired someone who knows good software

How many BSOD can MS program?

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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Lenovo and IBM split

When Lenovo left the IBM "umbrella" I was afraid something like this would happen. I have warned clients to stay away from Lenovo and now I can gloat.

Suckers!

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Big, ugly, heavy laptops are surprise PC sales sweet spot

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Big power MACS are loosing?

I am not an insider with Apple. But from an outsiders view there were (are?) three issues.

1. Apple delayed the big power mac for a couple of years there by letting the portables get a sustained market Apple either intentional did this or stupidity (I don't know which)

2. There was a pent up demand for desk tops (I have been putting off a purchase for a couple of years.

3. The backlog was an idiots dream on how to market (and know) your market.

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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

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FAIL

WHY MS ANYTHING?

Apple is bad enough with their incompatible versions of IOS but MS???!!! I would not buy anything from that company they can't get their OS straight let alone any devices from the clowns.

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Gartner, Gartner, on the wall? Who is the fairest IT backup biz of all?

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Gartner was (and is) wrong about everything

They lost their predictive souls 20-25 years ago. Why are they still around ?

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Nude celeb iCloud hack: Feds seize Chicago man's computers

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Re: Dear Chicago

I live in Chicago and who are the Hawks (other than a 3rd rate basketball team)?

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Jeez, AT&T. Billing a pensioner $24,000 for dialup is pretty low

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I was just going to add that anyone still using AOL deserves what they get, but that would be mean, I guess.

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Redundo-happy IBMers will benefit from High Court pension ruling

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Re: I'm surprised....

As early as the 1990's trying to get help out of anyone at IBM was impossible. Oh you have a question that is going to cost you $$, but wait we were going to by this computer to bad any questions are now billable. You mean how much is memory? Yes it is costing people to buy IBM equipment to ask questions and on top of this mess, IBM is charging for physical planning. Hey how many CPU's to you want it will cost you for the advice. Bah Humbug. IBM outsourced to 3rd parties and you no longer have any interaction the IBM experts. Simple questions get tuned into billable hours. Bah humbug

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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Its too late

Their reputation has already sunk.

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Re: My exact thought

That a good idea however you have already paid for Windows so MS got their toll already.

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Re: Why are you even diagnosing this lappy?

Not only would I be getting these two apps off of any new system, I would be more concerned about the firmware (spyware) that does all sort of nasty things.

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Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

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Re: $30 extra for Signature Windows?

Hey I hear you can get XP for dirt cheap.

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Microsoft's message for Win Server 2003 users: FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES

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What MS Said: "We are told by Microsoft it wrote 20 security patches in 2014 and businesses that don’t move before July are opening themselves up to a world of potential pain."

What they didn't say how many of those 20 patches (for security) were for 2003.

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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IBM Layoffs

I have some good friends at IBM and will miss some of them (except one) if the numbers are correct.

Gerstner started the down fall and this just adds to my perception that IBM is doomed to failure in the long run due to management failure.

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

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Re: Are you my mummy?

The new Doctor is BORING. Time to regenerate and pick a Dr Who for the fans not for some unknown audience test subject matters.

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Compuware slurped by private equiteer for $2.5bn

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Compuware

Not a tear shed to them. They are bloated and it is surprising they lasted this long.

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Look out: The Far Eastern white-box boys are coming for EVERYONE

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Gartner

Gartner has been wrong so many times, why should we believe them this time?

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Re: BSOD

Won't the first nor the last until the sheeple move to LINUX.

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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

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1024 chickens

Now, how many Chicken Mac Nuggets come from 1024 Chickens

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Anecdote

To keep this short and to the point I have a disability that impairs by short term memory.

The hospital where I have all my testing done has now gone to a system which requires a 10 character password and upper/lower case and several numbers. I simply cannot remember this password. I told them so and it bounced off like teflon. I simply asked to have my record deleted and to mail me all information that they wanted to me to have. I have not heard from them since (other than my ID being deleted). I hope I am not missing any important information.

I suspect their system doesn't handle it well to have the ID deleted.

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Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

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I would pay more just to stay away from MS (any product) , MS has proven with their software how unreliable they have been why pay them to gobble your data?

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What PC sales slump? That's ALL OVER, declares Gartner

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PC sales are up?

As long as there are XP licenses are available they are.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: Lots of last-minuters out there.

One of our machines went belly up last week (XP). We went out and bought a new machine and a license for XP and reformatted the HD and installed XP.

MS is not going to tell us ho to run our business.

F*&^K off MS.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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Facepalm

How do you think the TARDIS works?

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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IT Angle

Hot off the presses (or is it the Internet?) parts of the plane ere spotted in the Bermuda Triangle.

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Chicago cabs embroiled in debit-card breach claim mystery as bank tells folks: Pay by cash

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Re: Use cash in the US?

It's the same stuff that we use to pay off the politicians.

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Microsoft: NSA snooping? Code backdoors? Our hands are clean!

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Re: Someone really looked at the source code?

There is probably (at least on other platforms there is) a program that turns executables into source code. At least on one platform its called a disassembler. Even though you got the "source" it is terribly difficult (in most cases) to figure out exactly what the damn thing is doing let alone insert code. So in order to insert "hooks" you really have to know exactly what the input and the output(s) of the program to do anything sinister.

Having said the above MS would *HAVE* to give the NSA basic information about any module before any code could be inserted.

MS can also deny everything since they have the get out of jail free card as they have the "letter".

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From 0 to ERUPTION in 60 days: You thought that volcano was COLD?

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Re: It doesn't make you...

My minions are dressed in thousand island and they are tasty too.

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IT Angle

Re: Laser beams

How about a death star in stead. That will bake your peanut butter cookies.

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IBM's top brass forgo bonuses after drop in yearly profits

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Re: How about.....

Why not 10 percent?

Every year at the stockholders meeting IBM ask for complete autonomy in granting bonus money so why not 10 percent?

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One wonders if it includes the CEO. They tend to be exempt because of contracts etc...

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Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

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I will take his word at making the most money BUT.....

To hide the money from the taxman they then splurged quite a bit on NOKIA there by hiding the money from the US Tax man.

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

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Re: seriously though..

Isnt' ACME the same manufacturer for the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner show?

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Re: seriously though..

The NSA probably have multiple nuclear reactors in the same complex, who cares about some extra lightening bolts?

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Re: I know what's causing it

Filtered electricity ... have the tobacco companies approved?

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IBM gooses 'business class' mainframes with z12 engines

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FAIL

Re: Why?

MIPS = Meaningless indicator of processor speed.

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Who will Dr Who chew in 50th TV do before Matt Smith bids adieu?

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I am not amused by the current Mr Smith. I can only hope the next Dr Who will be more interesting.

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Big Blue cedes software and systems training biz to partners

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IBM has been changing its mind very few years on education.

The IBM ED centers have generally been top notched until the tried video (remote training). That fell on its face (I walked out of a class and so did others). AFter that they retrenched and went back to face to face teaching. Then IBM started sinking and now very few want to attend the classes.

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MasterCard stings PayPal with payment fee hike

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Unhappy

Re: Coming to a wallet near you...

Why do you think that the big CC card companies are set up in Delaware or North Dakota (and other places).

The state laws are extremely friendly towards companies over consumers. .. I think AMEX moved to UTAH at least for their IT although some of it is in FLorida. UT and other states are notoriously anti consumer. That is why you would never want to move there. About 30 years ago AMEX moved their IT to Utah and there was a flood in market place of IT pros who knew better than to move there.

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Lenovo: Windows 8 is so good, everyone wants Windows 7

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FAIL

Windows 8

I have had three friend buy computers in the last month. 2 came windows 8 and 1 with windows 7. The windows 8 people just plain hate windows 8 and want to know how they can go back, FAST!.

MS just simply blew it face it.

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