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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

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Re: Compulsory voting

I don't follow you.

Having an up to date list of who can vote seems like a very important step in making sure those who can't, don't.

Otherwise you end up turning into a corrupt 3rd world banana republic of dead people casting ballots at multiple polling stations...like the US for example.

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Re: Yes I predict it will be exactly as terrible as Y2K!

I had to work that night, just in case any of our clients had a major issue.

Why wasn't my satellite owner/operator employer worried about their own systems?

They'd gone around a couple months before and told all the old, but critical systems, that it was 1985...

Could be interesting to see if any of that old kit that nobody even manufactures replacements for is still in use at the end of this year.

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RSA booked TV's Stephen Colbert to give the final speech. This is what happened next

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Re: Growing like Topsy

"but they seem better at not getting pwned."

You're kidding, right?

The MIs were practically subsidiaries of the KGB throughout the Cold War and there's absolutely nothing to suggest they're any less thoroughly infiltrated by foreign sympathizers now. Russians, Chinese, Iranians, etc. don't need a UK Snowden because they're already have a better FOI fulfillment rate than the UK public does.

Still, better to be like the UK with a few bad apples in the intelligence agency than what we see here in Canada. Reams of files passed to the Soviets during the cold war? Entrusted to a Hell's Angels groupie in the '08? Having a fling with a Chinese spy in '10? Must be someone in Cabinet.

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It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen

SoaG

Prediction

There will be a scene with the 1812 Overture and more than a few Creepers.

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

SoaG

She wasn't assaulted. People showed great restraint defending against an invasion of their privacy.

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Re: Hate Crime?

If they weren't obnoxious and clueless, they'd have no interest in wearing the glasses.

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MtGox MELTDOWN: Quits Bitcoin Foundation board, deletes Twitter

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Virtual currency banking has been done before

Anyone else find these repeated implosions of bitcoin banks reminiscent of Eve Online player-run banks?

It's been a few years since I played, but every single bank in the game eventually turned into a scam (dozens that lost some huge amounts of currency and many more smaller ones). Every single one.

Even those that were plausibly not founded with anything other than honest dealings as the goal. Sometimes the temptation grew to be too much for an individual. Other times success meant too much work for the original people necessitating eventually taking on others who turned out to be of lesser character.

I don't see any reason to think that every single Bitcoin bank would have any different ending than every single Eve bank.

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SoaG

Re: Seen this sort of pattern before

1970s? Try 2014 Argentina, Ukraine and Venezuela (with more to follow).

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You’re a LIAR and a CHEAT... la-la-la, I can't hear your lawyers

SoaG

Two thoughts

A) I believe such names are driven more by the desire for copyright/trademark than a flighty desire to appear 'creative'. Though of course it would then fall to the more...erm...esoteric types in the marketing department to come up with the new name.

B) Does the CEO rate high for amusing and low for intelligence? Have they spoken with a lawyer about how a low intelligence rating might affect their future senior executive employment opportunities? On second thought, based on many real world data points, they'll probably have no problem getting another corner office.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Potty time dilema

If you have time for any of those you may want to increase your fibre intake before colon cancer sets in.

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AMD tries to kickstart ARM-for-servers ecosystem

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Re: Huh?

Marketing people?

They're usually the ones who want to throw away an established, recognized name/logo for no better reason than a vain attempt to justify their own existence.

This looks like a rare case where the grossly overinflated egos of the marketing people were overruled by someone not in marketing with some actual business sense.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: Big rubbers

They could probably shift a few novelty ones labeled Colossus

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BT warned: Speed up Openreach repairs or face PUNITIVE FINES

SoaG

Only 80% in two business days? Wow, that's extremely poor, no wonder the regulator is after them.

Oh...wait...

That's what the regulator wants them to improve to?

Meaning they're even lower than that now?

That's just insane! It may even be worse than Bell Canada

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We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

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Re: A lie on a lie

If -> When & would -> will.

US debt + unfunded liabilities is up to what? About $125T give or take? And that's just their federal government. If they used the same accounting rules as business they'd have been in bankruptcy court ages ago. They're way past the point of no return. Charles Ponzi was an amateur.

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BOFH: Resistance is futile - we're missing BEER O'CLOCK

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Re: Bwahahahaaaah.

"I almost wonder why The Bastard and his PFY don't just shop the agency"

Then what would they do for fun?

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BlackBerry on the brink: Security kink sinks rinky-dink Link sync in a blink

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Terminator

DAV?

Just what do you think you're doing, DAV?

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Anonymous threatens cyberwar with Anonymous

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Re: Vociferous @ 14:55 GMT

Don't take my word for it, look up where you're own 90%+ number comes from beyond the mere headline.

People asked those publishing papers on climate what their political opinion was. The majority refused to give one, 90%+ of the minority shared the same opinion. Since that was the narrative the people asking the question wanted to push, that's the number they lead the publication of their results with and what the public media headline writers followed.

Further, not all those publishing papers are in any meaningful way scientists. There's been more than trace amounts of fraud, mostly (but not all) from the believers. Think CRU, Mann's hockey stick, Pachauri's glaciers, Greenpeace and Sierra club as IPCC contributors and on and on.

Less than 30% of total authors of papers (including those such disreputable groups and individuals) is decidedly not 98% of legitimate scientists.

Climate always has and always will change. Whether we can/are influencing that (including whether reversal of any change is possible regardless of whether the original change is man made) is intriguing and worthy of study.

That terms like 'settled science', or 'climate denier' equating temperature swings with mass executions, would even be invented, much less used publicly should be a source of shame. Such Alinskyite terms make it very obvious that the most extreme radical Malthusian left wing of the environmental movement is making a concerted effort to hijack that process of study.

Anyone, therefore, who actually cares even the slightest about scientific process, levels of taxation, state control of individuals or any combination of those, will view such hijacking of science by leftist political interests (and less frequently economic interests on the other side) with greatly hightened suspicion and raise their threshold for the level of evidence they need to support political action on a massively disruptive scale.

This is why the number of agnostics on this issue is growing. Trying to beat people into submission with over-the-top rhetoric and blatantly disingenuous numbers like your 98% is counter-productive as it only arouses their suspicions.

Funny thing about agnostics though. If you stop trying to beat them over the head, and shouting down your opposition, and instead stick to reason and science (not contaminated by being built on the work of the aforementioned charlatans) we can be persuaded.

The more you uncritically bleat regurgitated nonsense like your 98% number, though, the harder that will be. I say that as someone who used to believe AGW was likely rather than merely slightly possible.

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SoaG

Re: I want a popcorn icon! (to go with the beer)

I fully endorse this sentiment.

Have you accepted Orville Redenbacher as your AGW debate lord and saviour?

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SoaG

Re: JLV

Quite so. The sheer number of over-the-top shriekers and conspiracy theorists on both sides of the debate, but particularly among the AGW believers, only serve to move ever more of the sane people into the agnostic camp. Which is probably an acceptable result for the skeptics, but definitely counter-productive for the believers.

Like the homeless guy on the street corner downtown alternately screaming about religion and 'get these giant spiders off me' probably doesn't convince many to show up to church on Sunday.

Of course he's also hard to distinguish from Greenpeace protesters by appearance or smell.

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SoaG

Re: SteveB299 Why on Earth...?

This is the case for climate science, where 98% of scientists feel that the preponderance of evidence shows that anthropogenic global warming is real.

Umm...no.

90%+ of those with a political opinion who call themselves scientists share the same political opinion.

70%+ of the scientists who've written papers on the matter have not expressed a political opinion either way, because, well, they're actually scientists. That includes the majority of scientists whose papers are used by the political activist organizations like the IPCC.

Since you're obviously math-challenged, that means less than 30% of those claiming to be climate scientists (after all this includes many papers from nut jobs like Greenpeace and engineers for the Indian national railway) are actually part of your 'overwhelming majority'

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KRAKOOM! iPad Air EXPLODES in FIREBALL, terrified fanbois FLEE Apple store

SoaG

"Apple's hottest (sorry)"

No you're not.

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Impending Windows XP doom breathes life into flagging PC sales

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Re: It's 6:15am PST

Not sure why M$ would bother paying a forum troll when The Register is already doing bi-weekly DO0OOm!!1! pieces on XP as it is?

A brief monthly update on migration numbers would arguably be newsworthy. The constant stream of Chicken Little BS that the world will end when people can't get updates that El Reg is putting out is ridiculous.

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

SoaG
Facepalm

How archaic

People still use an email client by choice?

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SoaG

Re: And....

Same thing with Opera. What idiot still writes web interfaces that are browser dependent? The only other place I've seen that in the last 10 years is Windows Update. There's a company who's client experience you want to emulate...

Two screens between clicking to open email and actually getting to see email is just stupid.

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Wanna run someone over in your next Ford? No dice, it won't let you

SoaG

"car widths have increased 16 per cent in the last decade"

Nonsense, and in '91 my first car was the 1977 Ford LTD to prove it!

That beast was always over the line on both sides and hung out the back a foot and half. Heck, I had a 2-door and it was bigger than my grandparents 1980 LTD wagon.

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Dear Apple: Want to stay in business? Make an iPhone people can afford

SoaG

Re: Ferrari should also make a bargain basement car

What kind of growth are investors pricing in for Ferrari vs Apple?

The article isn't saying Apple is doomed if they don't broaden their market, it's saying they won't be able to maintain their recent growth rate. Growth failing to meet inflated expectations may well doom their share price, and thus the board/senior management's jobs, but not the company itself.

The low-end market will eventually saturate as well, after all. It's a question of whether they want to be bigger and broader or remain (relatively) niche as they have in the desk/laptop market, and as Ferrari has done with cars. Either way, the choice has consequences.

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Techies with Asperger's? Yes, we are a little different...

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'Sorry'

No you're not.

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SoaG

DSM-5 is a load of crap. So was most of the previous 4 for that matter. The author has been mis/over diagnosed. He is not at one end of an 'autism spectrum' as there is no such thing. He is at one end of the normal spectrum.

That said, I'm glad his over diagnosis helped him realize that his old boss was a douchebag and he should move on,. Also that it made him more self-aware about how he differs from those at the other end of the normal spectrum.

It is unfortunate (but typical) that the Type-As at the extreme other end of the normal spectrum suffer from the delusion that they're actually in the middle. Unfortunate because they gravitate to positions where the other 75% of people at various points across the normal spectrum have to work around their expectations, rather than everyone cutting everyone else some slack because we're all different. Heck, even spectrum isn't really an accurate term unless in terms of colours resulting from an obscenely complicated 3D Venn diagram.

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Police constable 1337 stunned by Lego lookalike

SoaG

Playmobil recreation?

Or would that cause a rift in the plastic of space-time?

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Feds: Silk Road pirate king tried to SNUFF customer AND employee

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Re: There is an interesting question here

What are you talking about?

They contacted him about finding a buyer for coke

He contacted them about the assault and again to upgrade the assault to murder, no enticement from law enforcement about that whatsoever.

They may also choose not to charge him relating to the coke buy. Instead just use it as evidence that he definitely was well aware of how his website was being used and charge him for facilitating every other deal that went through the site.

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

SoaG

Why go to Japan for this story?

Odd a NY paper would look to the other side of the world to write about an employer dealing this way with unwanted employees. This is what the NYC school board does. They've got an office that holds about 100 teachers that have been disciplined for various reasons and are no longer permitted in the classroom but can't be fired.

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CLIMATE CHANGE made sea levels FALL in 2010 and 2011

SoaG

Re: I'm sure that there'l be a variety of amusing commentary here ...

"66.4% of abstracts expressed no position on AGW...0.3% were uncertain about the cause of global warming."

The most surprising part of that survey of papers was that, (despite all the vitriol, fraud and grandstanding on both sides) a majority of 66.7% are still possibly interested in science rather than one political agenda or another.

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

SoaG

Re: Only the KGB?

Of course not! PRC got their copy first remember, and I wouldn't be surprised if they shared with DPRK. Frankly, I'm a little surprised Snowden isn't sipping an umbrella drink on a beach right outside the wire of Guantanamo.

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SoaG

Re: Wait a minute

Indeed.

I would not be at all surprised if many of the junior folks at a number of government agencies very much disagree with what's been coming out as much as the rest of us. However, they can't do anything about it without throwing their entire lives away as Snowden has. After all, everything from themselves and all their friends and families has been caught in the net too.

So, when the higher-ups order you to go out and do something that you know will draw even more negative publicity to themselves and what they've been doing,you don't point out that they're making a PR disaster worse, you happily comply.

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SoaG

Yeah...that'll work...

I'm sure those HDDs contained the only copies in existence other than on Snowden's personal laptop. None of the data is stored a dozen different places on the internet...

Here's a hint for the cops. The only likely reasons the entire trove isn't all publicly available, are that releasing a bit at a time A) keeps Snowden in the public mind so he feels safer and B) it sells a LOT more papers. If the US feds don't work out something with Snowden before the effectiveness of that strategy inevitably wanes due to the public going SQUIRREL!, it will all be available via wikileaks/torrent/etc.

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Probation officer gets TINY fine for spilling domestic violence victim's ADDRESS

SoaG

Umm...no.

A) They were fired because they weren't competent in their job, not as punishment. This incident merely brought the incompetence to light.

B) Such externalities shouldn't be considered in sentencing At all.

C) Even if the judge did consider it, not harsh enough. In this case, the maximum isn't harsh enough anyway.

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Knocking China with shocking phones and mocking tones

SoaG

If you don't think 90% of Chinese output is crap...

...then obviously you've never been to Walmart. Or pretty much any other big retail chain for that matter. It's worth every penny to find something made elsewhere (even elsewhere in the 3rd world) and pay double or triple for it. Unfortunately that's becoming harder and harder to do.

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Paypal makes man 1000x as rich as the ENTIRE HUMAN RACE

SoaG

Re: Are you telling me...

Baseball is also as Canadian as apple pie. Just don't tell the yankees as they so desperately want to believe they were first to invent something. Anything really.

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Run for your (private) lives! Facebook's creepy Graph Search is upon us

SoaG

Context

The discussion was of adults using the service to stalk school children.

If that doesn't qualify as appropriate use of 'pervert', what do you think does?

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

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Charlatan denigrates other charlatans, film at 11

First off, who are these people that still watch TV and why have they never heard of the internet?

Second, a business prof is the LAST person to refer to as an authority on business related matters.

Third, stopped clock, twice a day, and all that, this time he's right.

Fourth, the internet would be an exceedingly dangerous place for any that need to be told that reality shows bear no resemblance to reality. So it's probably for the best that they're still watching TV after all.

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Pussy galore: Bubble-bath webcam spy outrage

SoaG

Re: Ratters

The scope of this problem came to my attention a few months back:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/03/rat-breeders-meet-the-men-who-spy-on-women-through-their-webcams

Having young daughters myself, I decided to do a little further investigation on my own to verify. While not ubiquitous, it's certainly more widespread than I expected, or Mr. Dabbs seems willing to believe. Both in terms of the number of pwned devices the trading and selling of control of same. I've already removed such software from the computer of a female acquaintance last month.

Suffice to say any integrated cameras in my home get disabled and the external ones get unplugged when not in use. A simple enough precaution, no new laws required.

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When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

SoaG

@ AC 12:11 GMT

I hope you don't have any plans of running for office with that attitude.

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Report: Foreign owners blocked T-Mobile, Verizon from NSA snoops

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Black Helicopters

How do you see where a black hole is?

To me the story wasn't that they served one carrier to deliver call records.

It's that they got the call records from all the other carriers without even being asked for the paperwork.

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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

SoaG

Where it gets really weird is...

...as a divorcee now dating women* in their 30s and 40s how many are obsessed with getting tatoos and piercings and pink hair because they still think they're rebelling against...something? Kinda? Maybe?

'Youth culture' is becoming the culture.

*I'm sure there's just as many 40 year old men trying to be 14 again, but I'm not meeting them to be able to say how it's manifesting.

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Re: Orwell vs Huxley

I unreservedly recommend to all Neil Postman's book Amusing Ourselves To Death. Written in the TV era but all the more relevant in the age of the internet and smart phones.

Also a letter from Huxley to his former pupil, Orwell, after the publication of 1984:

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/03/1984-v-brave-new-world.html

Bread and circuses people, bread and circuses.

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Whoever recently showed us the secret documents: Do get in touch

SoaG

Re: Somewhere in the depths of Prism

"Every person who clicks on "http://regmedia.co.uk/2013/06/11/gpg_public_key.txt" is having a flag switched."

NSA ,might be a bit swamped today, I wouldn't worry about it...

http://trollthensa.com

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Longer, stronger love starts online, finds 19,000-marriage study

SoaG

Re: Misrepresented

Speaking of misrepresented...PoF isn't dinky, it's larger than all the other sites combined. However, there is some self-selection when using marriage as a yardstick in that sites with a fee (match/eHarmony/Lavalife) tend to be perceived as having a higher concentration of 'serious' members than free sites (PoF/OKCupid).

Sites also vary greatly depending where you're located. I gather Match is very popular and thus useful in some large metropolitan areas, but in my region w/ total population ~500k, it has less than 20 active women in my age range vs 200+ that PoF does. So not worth paying for here, but could be in NYC or London. I wouldn't be surprised if which site is best in a given area varies by age as well.

Both meeting and dating women were very different when I started again. In terms of being 2011 vs 1995 and 38 vs 22 years old. So for anyone that really wants to geek-out on the topic, I refer you to http://blog.okcupid.com where they get into all kinds of data and analysis. Some of it's Captain Obvious stuff, some of it's US-centric, most of it's interesting but unimportant, but for someone like me that was married and out of circulation for 16 years there were some real eye-openers.

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BT Tower is just a relic? Wrong: It relays 18,000hrs of telly daily

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Re: Yeah but....

"Yeah but who watches 18,000 hours of television a day?"

My ex-wife.

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

SoaG

Re: Brilliant

"Sorry wrong department, I'll just transfer you over"

There's a reason that's so common.

Departments/3rd parties that deal with customers track a number of different stats about the calls they get. NONE of the other stats matter unless the Average Handle Time (AHT) target is being met.

I was in a place with an 8 minute target.

Overall AHT for tier 1s that made it through 3 month probation (including 2 months classroom training so only 1 on the phones)? Varied week to week from 6:45 to 7:57 minutes with transfer rate of 33%

AHT for tier 1s in 4th and final probation week on the phones? 10 minutes with transfer rate of 10%.

New class of trainees every month representing 20% of tier 1 staff total. Why so many? 90% of those that complete training not kept on because they don't meet AHT, even though the low transfer rate actually means less time on the phone for the customer.

So keep in mind it's not that they don't want to help you if they can. Doesn't matter if you're the tier 1 drone, department manager or CEO of a 3rd party call center. Beat the AHT target you're getting a bonus, blow it and you're fired.

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'LulzSec leader's' victim named: tiny Oz council

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Re: Yep, it does seem feasible

Quite, and looking at the map, if he's in Sydney local court, he may well have a personal connection with the town. A hacker is also more likely to make mistakes when they're emotionally invested in the target.

Or, if he did work for them, using a password or other information he knew from the job, rather than obtaining access as an outsider would have to, could also narrow the list of suspects.

Australian law has more in common with us here in Canada than US. People here have gotten house arrest for manslaughter, I wouldn't bet on him getting anywhere near the max. Such possible sentences exist as deterrents and for, a broad law such as this, for the rare infraction that would justify such a sentence (major hacks on targets causing loss of life or massive financial losses).

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