* Posts by SoaG

223 posts • joined 31 Mar 2011

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Vendor rep 'Stinky Sam' told to wash and brush teeth or lose job

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Vendors?

I always found our own sales and marketing types caused far more problems than vendors.

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Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

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Re: Minimum wage actually means $0 in the US

The minimum wage everywhere is always $0.

If government regulation prevents an employer from hiring someone without paying them more than they're worth, they don't hire them at all.

This is why jurisdictions like Portland see a stampede of entry level employers for the exit when they drink the 'living wage' koolaid.

Yelp isn't a viable business in the long run, so Talia needed to leave anyway. A shame someone who thinks she's should be paid lots of money to do media for a reputation company, wasn't bright or savvy enough to realize trying to publicly shame an already reviled company could only impact her reputation, not theirs.

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You've heard of Rollercoaster Tycoon – but we can't wait for Server Tycoon

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So 3 guys...

...gaming since 1981 and somehow 20 years experience, not each, but combined?

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Forget anonymity, we can remember you wholesale with machine intel, hackers warned

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Re: Hungry for results?

You've got a 100-sided coin that lands the same way 64% of the time?

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Re: code by known malware authors

Perhaps could be made to work the other way too. Within a secure network, regardless of credentials of the user/admin trying to run something, refuse to run any code other than by whitelisted authors.

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

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“Some people will say, 'Freedom of speech, Freedom of speech', These are foolish people."

Well, hopefully that's enough to finally pull the wool off his supporter's eyes and end his clownshow of a campaign.

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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I fail to see how anyone, other than public employees and self-serving politicians, benefit in any way from inserting the corruption and inefficiency of government into charity.

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So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?

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RsWyp

I believe the only appropriate response to your proposal is "Shut up and take my money!"

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

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Joke

Re: don't expect humans to turn troglodyte.

Clearly you don't know very many humans.

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Voting machine memory stick drama in Georgia sparks scandal, probe

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Re: There's literally zero evidence so far of any tampering.

The ONLY reason to even have electronic voting instead of physical ballots is to make tampering with the numbers easy.

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GCHQ's CESG team's crypto proposal isn't dumb, it's malicious... and I didn't notice

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IMEI blocked?

Doesn't even need another network or country. Guess what your provider does when you call them to activate your replacement phone? They delete the old IMEI to add the new one thus removing the block. There is no master list of blocked devices. Only purpose of blocking is to keep them running up your usage bill until you get the new phone.

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Snakes in the aircon, killer crocs in the river, virtualisation for apps

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Re: I can relate to Scott's experience

Wireless internet is always a bad idea for a whole host of reasons, signal attenuation being one of the main ones. Even if you were to put up an antenna mast tall enough to clear the trees around the house, you should still expect it not to work for much of the rainy season and work poorly when it's just humid.

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Wanna harvest a stranger's Facebook data? Get a mobile number and off you go

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Re: Well duh!

"only put things on facebook that you would be happy published in the national newspaper"

Metadata, you might want to look it up. Facebook knows you better than you know yourself.

They even know how big an idiot you are.

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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On the other hand..

...maybe if Facebook, Apple and Google are very publicly sharing everything with the FBI that might finally be enough to wake the sheeple to demand those companies stop tracking everything.

Nah!

People like their amusements too much.

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ZuckerBorg assimilates Microsoft boffins into potentially world-threatening FART

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MS guy that works in AI?

Good lord! They're making Clippy robots!

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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Afterwards?

"The Falkland Islands will be a barely habitable wilderness, afterwards"

Excellent expose and analysis piece.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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If the merits were adequate, they wouldn't need to bother with a trade show.

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Chipotle insider trading: Disproving the efficient markets hypothesis

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Re: non sequitur

When private groups redistribute money, that is charity, when government does it, that is socialism.

The former organizations can be extremely helpful and effective, the latter is always inefficient and wasteful (and not just when it comes to redistribution).

Mental exercise - what if, over a decade, all social programs were phased out, all tax rates were lowered proportional by the amount spent on them, and replaced with mandatory donations to charities of the taxpayer's choosing in the same portion of income.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

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Re: Isn't it about time...

Well, yes, though I'm curious, why httpS for recipies?

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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"a pair of spectacles that nearly runs SharePoint"

As long as nobody gets any ideas about glasses that run Power Point.

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Yes, yes, there's a hilt...

...but is it just me or does the blade (and mini-blades) look to be somewhere between jagged and flaming vs the all the movies/cartoons/book covers we've seen up to this point?

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Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

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I'm shocked! Shocked!

To learn that an app with the sole purpose of facilitating casual sex with strangers would have a surplus of creepy guys.

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YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins

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Re: "I read your email ;-)"

Did he actually read the email? Or was it a simple and effective way to educate users (at least a little bit) about data security?

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This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO

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Re: TO;DR

I can't tell if Barry is completely un-self-aware, or a brilliant meta-troll.

I hope the latter. If so, well played sir. If not, well, he probably won't understand this post anyway...

...or read it.

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Re: Europeans drive shorter distances

I'm Canadian, but largely similar for driving/vehicle purchase habits.

You can stop right there for a big part of it. It's a 16 hour drive at highway speed to my sister's place (and much, much longer in snow). With several more hours past each other to the East/West borders of the province we both live in. Hell, it's 100 km just to get across the Toronto suburbs.

Yes there's a lot of city folks buy gas guzzling SUVs either as status symbols, to feel safer in a larger vehicle or just to be higher up and see what's ahead in rush hour traffic. Outside the major centres though, anyone who drives a Smart car is a moron who's not going anywhere once winter comes.

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Re: Food for thought

I'll attempt to paraphrase Mr. Smith.

Money is a unit of measure.

Unfortunately, while the value of the unit was slightly variable in his time (coin clipping, etc.) in the modern age it is extremely variable. Whereas 340 years ago individual crooks clipped individual coins, now the Federal Reserve clips every single dollar on a daily basis. Economies of scale! (No I'm not arguing for a return to the gold standard)

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Re: Peak Whale Blubber

Thumbs for that. I must now endeavour to incorporate this into conversation regularly. Regardless of the actual topic, it's just too good not to use.

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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The last time we heard something like this...

...vague promises of changing the world accompanied by glowing praise and financing from all kinds of tech related bigwigs and business...

...we got Segway scooters.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Heh

"That's like Barack Obama asking me for a loan."

With US federal debt an unfunded liabilities closing in on $125T I found that quote amusing.

Still, while I'm skeptical overall, there is some merit to the argument that LHM may want investors because they're looking at a spinoff as it would be very much non-core business. They'll just hold onto the patents for any custom materials developed.

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Activist investors DESTROY COMPANIES. Don't get me started on share dealings...

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Shareholder is not synonymous with investor

Investors and speculators are both shareholders but their interests are often mutually exclusive. There tend to be fewer speculators but they're usually louder and more often the ones being catered to.

Related: If the execs are pushing EBIDTA numbers as the headline rather than a footnote, SELL! Someone is trying to obscure the real health of the company

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Re: Free Speech?

Well, let's see, they could have deleted the post from their privately owned website but chose not to. What was your point?

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Re: OpenStreetMap

Heh.So basically saying 'Here be dragons'.

I approve this nod to ancient map making tradition.

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Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list

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3 billion dollars...1

...worth of fraud.

Another 6 billion lawsuit settlements and 12 in lawyers fees?

No wonder Lowe's shares are up lately.

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Evil mining firms? Please. Obeying profit motive is KINDER to the environment

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Re: crushed waste, from the ground rock.

Sand.

The word you're looking for is sand.

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

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So basically...

...the iWatch is just an undersized PlayBook with a wristband attached.

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Re: Added to my Lexicon of Useful Phases

That and "policy-based evidence-making tricks".

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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Re: You've got it exactly backwards.

"A real solution would be to start with making different political choices: the state taking charge...and actively mandating how we live our lives."

What could possible go wrong?

When in all of human history has that approach had a result other than going disastrously wrong on an epic scale?

Nothing is more adverse to change, more inclined to treat symptoms not problems, to cover up problems and mistakes, and to punish whistle blowers, than government. The most sure fire way to prevent resolution of any problem is to give responsibility for dealing with it to people whose pay depends on the problem continuing to exist, and whose position & advancement on it continuing to get worse.

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A quibble

"The participants in those events clearly could not tell right from wrong. "

They knew (both the looters on the streets and the ones in office), they just don't care, and not just about right or wrong either.

So many people don't care anymore, that, even those of us that still care in the choices of our own actions, lean more and more to the sentiment captured by Mr Flugennock above.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Oral humming

Will work wonders for the wife too.

You're welcome.

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Re: It's not as bad as...

Still in business:

http://www.thrustmaster.com

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

SoaG

To paraphrase Ron Swanson

Soya is the food that my food eats.

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Verizon to FCC: What ya looking at? Everyone throttles internet traffic

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Re: As long as...

"'Top 5%' is fine"

No, actually, it's not (and no I'm not one of them.)

This years top 5% usage is next year's average usage. It's their best indication of how much infrastructure they need to be installing.

Kneecapping the leading edge today leads directly to greater and ever increasing congestion tomorrow. Retransmissions caused by packet collisions count towards billable data overage.

It's not about making 5% pay today, it's about making 95% pay next year.

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The Register is HIRING technology hacks for the WORLD

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Re: I'd love to...

No need to sort. Name topic of the week on Monday, then draw a random submission on Friday.

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Google to feed machines with evidence of human physical weaknesses – and that's a good thing

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It's a fact up here and will be down there soon enough.

Most Canadians still love our universal care of course but the political landscape will shift when it's the Baby Boomers that start getting told No instead of their parent's generation.

I don't doubt the desk jockeys that turn people down now would love to hand off the responsibility/blame to a machine.

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: We know, you know.

That's the whole point.

Just like oddball job interview questions. It's not about what you answer, it's about how.

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Re: how easy it was to speak to people without starting a fight.

Only because the local team won that day. Try avoiding one as an outsider when the local team loses.

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The Pirate Bay opens mobile site

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Yes, actually, carriers WILL love it

Highest monthly bundle plan available from any carrier here has a 6GB cap. Anything over that will cost you extra and it's not cheap. Of course, if enough people use their mobile for torrents the bandwidth will quickly saturate, which means more collisions and more retransmissions, which means even more billable usage. I see a big uptick in the incidence of 4 and 5 digit bills in the near future.

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

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Re: Why never any employees

Probably because that would require consent and most people don't like having their pictures taken by strangers.

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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

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So much wrong with this.

But losing DHCP whenever the internet connection goes down?

Show of hands, how many people never have more than one device on their LAN?

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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Re: On porn?

If anyone you know IRL even knows you have a Twitter account, much less your user name, you're doing it wrong.

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