227 posts • joined Wednesday 29th December 2010 17:37 GMT
Damn it people
We need to cut until we're profitable, so the board can award us bonuses with money we really don't have. But seriously, she seems to be throwing shit at the wall and hoping some of it sticks. @ Matt Bucknall: I agree. While I didn't really care for a lot of Yahoo's offerings, there were a couple I used. But after watching the utter cluelessness of the current officers, why not just liquidate the remaining assets of the corporation and give it back to the share holder(s), assuming there are any left.
bpos by any other name
Big Piece of Shit I refuse to pay MS one damn dime after Windows 8. I'm going to stick with my old apps.
Maybe this is just a rhetorical question...
What happend to our humanity? High profile rape cases all over the world, high profile murder cases and people take a passe' attitude about it. I don't understand. This has just gotten sad.
@ Bob Vistakin
OK being forced at gunpoint to buy this crap, doesn't constitute legitimate sales. When people are leaping over sale clerks and service desks and companies are poising their IT departments to deploy, then I'll believe their sales forecasts.
Until otherwise, it's just another pile of steaming crap like Windows CE,ME,NT, & Vista.
OK, that's really cool and certainly a testament to building something reliable and repairable. A tip of the mug to these folks!
the sphyncter as a whole
ok this is quite the dilemma. I can hear my wife draining our bank account and ordering me one pair for every day of the year. However, nothing gives me more joy than to bust ass in an empty elevator (or full, assuming it wasn't chilli night, the previous evening). Or cropdusting HR, the mall, the grocery store, the movie theater, the houses of friends and families, aircraft during take off and landing, every government building I can get my ass into, and any new car I test drive.
I suppose I'd be interested in a low rise thong, but over all, I'm gonna miss sharing the funk
I don't know how the absence of tragedy related scams degraded into a "brilliant" political analysis of the first idiot and his pin head challenger, but the biggest difference is that New Orleans sits below sea level. There are levee's surrounding it and there are massive sump pumps under the city that run pretty much 24/7. So when the city floods, there's a fairly probability that the power feeding those pumps stops. A fair portion of NYC sits a fair piece above sea level and it's on bedrock.
While Sandy was a big storm, statistically, the storms that move through the gulf of mexico are much more powerful and bring a much higher storm surge along with them. So one would figure the municiple government of New Orleans would have learned from neighboring gulf states.
While Bush was another poor example of American leadership, he didn't go to New Orleans simply because he knew the Secret Service would attempt to rob every available first responder from the job of actually helping for additonal security detail support. The current administration wanted to come to NYC to survey the damage, but the mayor at least had sense graciously decline the visit request. Instead he toured New Jersey with their governor.
Perhaps the biggest difference is that instead of the examples set by the Mayor of New Orleans and the Governor of Louisiana, the Mayor of NYC remained in the city and the necessary authorities made sure that the City's support infrastructure didn't degrade. When the management of both New Orleans and Louisiana bailed to save their own skins, even when they had every convienance at their disposal, the city and state fell into a state of anarchy.
Finally, even with all the warnings to evacuate, most of the people down in New Orleans stayed put. Being unable to live off the land like the cajun folk and completely unprepared, I'm really quite surprised there weren't more tragedies. Personally I hold the mayor of New Orleans and governor of Louisania completely responsible because of their utter lack of leadership.
This means every time the phone rings a TV will burst into flames, and a blue/black screen will cause a cell tower to explode.
Re: Not a reason to refuse to buy an Apple product................
It's a paradox. Apple will use any means necessary to provide frugal consumers a desirable product. While Apple could definitely lean on their manufacturers they generally don't and in turn, attempt to walk the line between keeping the margin high and distancing themselves from a necessary evil, in it's supply chain.
Is Apple breaking any laws? No. However, I do find it questionable that given the demand of the product, that someone at Fox is scrambling ass over applecart to deliver product to Cupertino to sell. So circumstantially, they're pushing the boundries by subsidising a company that abuses its workforce, through long hours and crappy working conditions.
So, we as consumers are left with a choice between: A) Shiney new kit that's relatively inexpensive or B) Being supportive of human rights in a developing, but major world power. Idealistically we'd all support the latter, but most of us don't.
Do you think Google employs any actual adults, or people with just a little bit of sense? I know... I don't think so either..
You are entitled to your opinion, but as a retired service member, proponent of the second amendment and critic of the entire Obama administration I have to ask: Why in the fuck is a system like that accessible to and from the internet? Furthermore, one figure that they’d be using something a little more robust than the run of the mill hardware needed to access siprnet . Spear Phishing or no, there is absolutely no excuse for anybody using that machine to have access to the public internet.
It’s bad enough that it endangers the safety of US citizens, but think of all the collateral damage that could happen to other countries IF someone got those launch codes. But, if you want to take potshots at those who have conservative values and ignore the severity of the blatant stupidity of the individual(s) who allowed this to happen then knock yourself out. Obviously you neither give a crap about the population of North America nor do you give a shit about the hundreds of millions of people (or more) who could be murdered because of espionage.
Finally, since you had the audacity to mix politics into your reply, John Kennedy (bless his soul) is probably spinning in his grave at the sheer travesty that’s happened to the Democrat party. Look at the vast majority of the hard line socialist countries. Most have either collapsed into civil war, fragmented or have a high tax rate (income tax, sales tax, VAT tax, usage tax etc). In a truly utopian world Socialism would work, that’s assuming individual held the same general life philosophy. Considering the gridlock in DC, the uselessness of the UN and the fact that the middle east burns every time someone says something that disagrees with the "religion of peace & submission", I'm thinking Utopia will arrive about a week before hell freezes over.
What Obama is doing to America is nothing more than celebrating and promoting mediocrity and waging a war on success.
I think we could take him...
While I'd suggest warm water and a couple of oz of dry ice, combined in a 2 liter bottle, I'm somewhat partial home made black powder. However, if you wanted to get a little exotic, either some pure potassium or sodium, throw it into a bucket of water. Comedy gold.
Re: La la la la la
While I will conceed Vista was most reliable and secure version of Windows, I submit that the only reason it takes that title is because of the general frustration, derision and rage it causes. This leaves the majority of non-professional IT users in the position of either stomping off in a huff or simply powering the machine off (unsafely).
Once again, a turned off and disconnected machine is the single most secure, followed powered off and disconnected being tied for second place.
Re: La la la la la
Uptick just because of the hysterically funny visual it gives me. Him hunched over, fingers jammed into his hears (up to the second knuckle), obscenity laced rants interrupted with the occasional screaming LA!!! Wisps of steam wafting off his brow as he kicks chairs across the office.
Good god that's funny.
5 BPS for a footlong?
Jeezus, you guys are getting screwed. I mean Subway does in a pinch but just too damn much. Lordy how I hate (inter) national chain operations...
he on crack or something, again?
Has Visa commercial written all over it...
Contracted Chinese manual laborer - roughly 300 dollars a month
Contracted Indian Tech Support - Roughly 350 to 400 dollars a month
The fact that you're a CEO of a company thats stock is worth over 600 bucks a share AND still have the grapes to say that Apple are committed to human rights, sanitary and safe working conditions AND the environment: Priceless.
I don't care if the iPhanboi's flame me or not, I just find the whole thing just sad.
As I said in a previous post, I don't begrudge Apple any of the success it earned through the iPhone. It was the next evolutionary step back then. But you cannot ot tell me that the current and past CEO of Apple didn't/doesn't know what's going on with its major suppliers, and can still plead ignorance when something goes awry or becomes an international news snippet?
Business may just be business but this appears to be indicitive a company that has completely lost any last ethics it ever claimed to have.
Ya'll can keep your iPhones and iPads, I'll have nothing to do with them.
that's like watching a "normal" person compete in the special olympics (nothing against special olympians). Never been a fan of outlook, wouldn't use 365 on a bet and Notes is, well, a relationional database that just happens do to a half fast job at email.
"... stock was overpriced" - No. Shit."
You (sir or madame) are my hero!
but at the end of the day...
it's just an Apple iWhatever and it's fetching 30% more than a comperable competitive product.
Re: Back to school for me
"How does one become a patent lawyer?"
Easy! Start by learning how to chase ambulances, then lose any remainder of a soul.
well bully for apple
While I can't rip Apple for the iPhone, they could corner the entire smart phone market and I still wouldn't waste a penny on their products.
I remember watching the landing of Apollo 11 live. I was 5 years old but I still remember the images vividly. I watched every televised rocket and shuttle launch, until the TV networks couldn't be bothered to carry real historical events live, unless it was a tragedy or something. I felt a sense of pride when our Astronauts made the headlines and I cheered the Soviet Cosmonauts when they launched and safely launded.
As Mr. Armstrong said on that day, "... a giant leap for mankind". Every journy into space, no matter what country or countries are involved, is another leap for mankind. Who would have guessed that only 66 years after powered flight, we would be launching animals, men and women into the heavens, thousands of miles above us.
After my father, Neil Armstrong was a hero of mine. Also like my late father, you will be missed but never forgotten by any who knew you or of your accomplishments. God speed and good tailwinds
Slap on the wrist?
Seriously? If Google takes in 22.5 m every 5 hours, that's not even a blip their radar. That's less than one half of one percent of its gross income. That's not a fine, it's a travesty!
OK, who honestly didn't see something like this coming?
Enjoying a nice cold pint and quietly reciting the motto of the ASR: Non ex transverso sed deorsum! Over and over in my head. I raise my mug to my brethern and sistern all over the world! May you be appreciated by even your most clueless and problematic user.
God speed and drink heavily!
great for laser pointer...
If you wanted to point out interesting sites on someting in the Oort cloud. God forbid if you accidently hit the moon, as it would probably burn half way through before the duty cycle turns off.
Why can't I get toys like that? As for the electric bill, honestly, I'm good for it... I can make $150.00 installments for the next what, 5 or 6 thousand years?
How about making fucking OS that works, is fast; oh here's a novel thought: isn't one giant threat vector! So why don't drop all the cutesy bells and whistles and make something work, I mean you'd figure after 8 or 9 times it would much better, or am I asking too much?
Brings a tear to my eye
Here I sit in my basement, two days after Independence Day, and I can still hear the neighbors launching what's left of their mortars off. It's inexplicable “wtf” moments chronicled by the article's author that make me proud to have been born here, because you have to admit, no matter what the circumstances were, it's damn funny...
My nephew is a licensed pyro technician for a demonstration company that usually does displays for larger cities, and I've read through some of the regulations that they have to abide by, when handling, transporting, STORING and detonating fireworks. So, methinks someone was either cutting corners, not properly licensed, or just plain dense to store them in an area like that. Combine that with the sheer genius of our real victim, the hapless shooter, who now has to live with the knowledge that he single handedly ruined the fourth of July for a number of people. If I were his lawyer I would either plead the “Hey! Watch this!” or the more famous “Hold my beer” defense.
However, what did me in was the response of the inspector. Such precision, clarity and backed up by irrefutable physics, described in three words: “It went boom”. Now who can argue with that?!?
I wonder if that area of the country has the same problem as mine, where the farmers have to paint “COW!!” on their cattle, during the first few days of deer season.
But I also have to ask the more important question: What kind of wine does one partake in, when sport shooting after midnight? Chablis? Zinfindel or something that comes in a 2 gallon box? My guess is something light and cheeky but hardly ostentatious.
At the risk of sounding serious, I truly hope nobody was seriously injured, because then it stops being funny.
lovely plumage, the norwegian blue
While I have a gmail account (for all my spam) my ISP provides me with a nice smtp server that I've been using for years. Sure, there's a web client, but as another poster brilliantly put it, I can at least back up my mail to my media, and I can export my contacts to a CSV file, do whatever the hell I want with them and not worry about them getting held hostage like they did with that bastard live mail crap from M$ (Yet another brilliantly executed gaff, Mr. Ballmer). While I've never been a man of extreme violence, for the longest time I wanted to find the tool who sold that little feature to the dev team and punch him in the neck.
Oh, and not worry about them getting sucked into facebook, google+ or whatever the social fad of the day is popping at the time.
I don't have to worry about adverts pandering to the general theme of the email, popping up in the right side of the screen.
Yes the UI is annoying but at least it's not outlook! Some of us prefer a simple, spartan, utilitarian email client and not the ever changing abomination that Microsoft (et. al) evolve into every year or so.
Re: Wow. Their deception and contempt for their users really has no bounds does it?
"AND IT WORKED! 900 MILLION PEOPLE FELL FOR IT!" is simply a brilliant (albeit humorous) observation. El Reg, I'd like to nominate this for quote of the year.
"Tomorrow we want to see a bikini-clad Larry Page leaping over a tank of sharks on a motorbike."
This little visual will wake me up screaming in the middle of the night, for weeks to come. Thanks a lot.
new face of anonymous
could be zuckerberg's face? While I admit I much prefer the general lack of peach fuzz on my masks, but in this case I'd be willing to pull a sparticus on herr ceo.
I'm almost tempted to buy a share of stock just so I can write "SUCK IT" on my proxy vote. That would be what, 8 bucks (?) well spent!
Plastic tipped hollow points have existed for awhile, however I'm rather puzzled by one irrefutable fact: the 5.56 and the 7.62 Cal rounds are primarily military rounds. Signers and followers of the Geneva Convention have all agreed NOT to use hollow tipped rounds in combat, as they were deemed inhumane. I happen to agree with that and I personally own a couple of 5.56 rifles.
Now, I can understand small caliber (.17, .22 and pistol rounds), because I've narrowly avoided being accosted by gaggles of man eating, zombie Canada Geese. (I don't care what anybody says, they DO have teeth). But I would be remiss if I didn't mention Kamakazi squirrels and the occasional psychopathic raccoon.
Anything over a 9mm pistol round is overkill (pardon the pun). Generally when you hit someone with a high powered FMJ rifle round, or shotgun slug, they're down. This includes zombies, based on recent movie lore.
However, I have to give props to the Hornady marketing folks for coming up with that ploy. I haven't stopped laughing about this for at least 10 minutes.
Any fool knows that stock speculation is nothing more than the type of gambling where you are allowed to count cards. You could be a wizard at math, but if the house over inflates the cost of the chips, you still lose. And like everybody else, you walk away from the table.
Personally, I blame the idiot who cast the deciding vote on setting the "great idea" IPO price. Secondly, Yes, Facebook attracts a LOT of users, but is it's revenue model truely viable long term?
For every attempt to cram revenue generating advertising or collecting of user info, there's someone who's working on ways to hide or evade FB, thus causing twitchy advertisers to become shy. Besides, web 2.1 is just around the corner.
Hell finally has frozen over!
Two words I never thought I'd hear used in the same sentence: "Sexy" & "Oracle".
Wait, do you work for CSC?
I wonder if it's intentnional? I mean given that Symantec Enterprise Protection (SEPA) product's transition from v11 to v12 actually did more damage than most of the viruses it was to supposedly protect you from? Or the fact that it would randomly lock remote users out of VPN sessions. My personal favorite is when we were able to consistently replicate these problems to their technical support, only to be told "It's not our upgrade that's the problem, it's because Cisco hasn't updated their code to reflect our changes".
Here's where it gets funny, after months of denying any problems, they quietly release a patch that magically fixes all of our problems. Wonder if that's how they're going to address all the bitching and anger from the Backup Exec customer community?
But, to the individual who commented on the similarities between CA and Symantec: Brilliant, however at this point it's down to arguing which is worse, a kick to the balls from the front or from behind, by someone wearing steel toed boots.
Re: Facebook users have *never* been seen as "members"
What's this "we" shit, roundeye?
switched the "red button" with Jim's 'e' key. Let's watch as the hillarity ensues.
I wouldn't be so presumptious to speak for most 'institutionalized' IT professionals, but I know I for one would abuse the piss out of the red button, just out of principle. Another evening of unpaid overtime? zap. Being asked by boss "how to open excel spreadsheet"? zap. Crude, elaborate practical joke perpatrated on unsuspecting coworkers who built home made taser and wired it to my mouse "for their amusement"? zap.
Think of all the possibilities of remote detonation: User: "I can't get to the internet and I can't understand why you guys are just sitting around looking at your screens?" Zap (note to self: for extra negative reenforcement, get said coworkers taser mouse deployed to the masses, immediately!)
Receive lol cats email from relatives or friends? zap. Receive FB friend request from, well, anybody? ZAP ZAP ZAP ZAP zap zap ZAP!!!
27 teraflops? Utility?
Make one hell of a game server...
methinks it's Microsoft who's having the identity crisis, with the mass rebranding & all. Some of their products are rather nice, others not so much. I happened to think that the whole "Live" brand was a bad idea from the get-go. I liked OE over the live mail fat client, because it was straight forward AND there was limited third party support, in the form of reg hacks and various quasi-plugins. Live mail looks like they ripped the user interface out of Microsoft Works (which is a big fat lie, unto itself) and merged it with a lite version of outlook.
Thanks, but no thanks Steve & co. I'll stay with my xp/win 7 box & office 2003.
Oh, and the new version of office... Whomever was the person who said "This is a great idea" should be fired.
As another learned individual stated, some of us don't want glitz and shiney bells & whistles, some of us just one something that works, that's intuitive and helps us be more productive.
@ Tim - Re: Oh how times have changed
I'm going to give you a thumbs up for that one, because you do raise a couple of very valid points. Yes, I admit that the evidence is purely circumstantial at the moment, and if it's proves to be incorrect, I will be the first to come back here and formally apologize for and admit my mistake.
Given that this was a number of years ago, I looked up to Marius, because of the work he did and for the consistent interaction and tone of the messages he posted, in the forms on his website.
As for perception of my reaction to this revelation, well sir, I happen to be one of the folks who find Google's blatant disregard for the law somewhat reprehensible, as it's compairable to illegally connecting to a wired LAN and capturing data that you're not authorized to do so.
You can question my reaction, I neither mind ror really care, for all that matters, I fail to see what gain Google expects by mapping the location of WLAN's, other than just being nosey. Furthermore, while it's not a crime to correlate your position, in relation to where you pick up and lose the signal of a given WLAN, the fact that Google has admitted to holding a large amount of personal data (information stored within the data frame), which technically violates a number of state and federal wiretapping laws.
So reguardless of what you think of me or my reaction towards any individual(s) that have alegedly participated in this, is completely your perrogative, as it is my perrogative to be extremely angered by the actions of named and unnamed individuals working for Google.
Oh how times have changed
I used to correspond with Mr. Milner, back when he moderated his own website (netstumbler.com). And at the time, he was rather blunt about the differences between simply collecting ssid's and using someones network without their consent. Wow, how times have changed. I looked up to Marius, even donated some old equipment to him to test on, so he could develop an application that didn't need to rely on the Orinoco adapters.
I remember the long threads about the ethics of stumbling, vs. capturing actual data, and at the time, and between him and a gentleman named "Thorn", they worked damn hard to pursuade people against the latter. But this was how many years ago? Back when netstumbler was pretty much the only gig in town, and he had to beg for donations (because he wouldn't charge for it).
Peoples values, icons of certain segments of the technical society suddenly lose any ethics and then they fall. By their own hand or by someone elses.
Marius, I thought you knew better. You sir, are a hypocrite and have sold out. After this sad affair gets settled, your 15 minutes of fame and any good contributions you made to the wireless network community will be forgotten, or with the stigma of disgrace associated with it.
Google: STOP BREAKING THE LAW, ASSHOLES!
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