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Re: less appetising job
usually followed by:
Must be available for on call 24/7 support, rotating shifts and occasional (*COUGH COUGH*) after-hours/weekend work. Must be team player in a dynamic, fast-paced matrix environment. Must be available to travel on short notice.
See a lot of that in IT job postings lately.
On the other hand
After reading the complaint on my phone (PDFs from external sources are blocked at work) it seems that her case centers around MATCH.COM knowingly approving fake profiles with her likeness (and several others) on its website and other sites owned and operated by MATCH.COM and using those fake profiles in adverts, thus profiting.
If these are the facts she may have a case. I smell settlement from MATCH.COM.
Doubt she'll win
Unless she has evidence MATCH.COM were complicit in the scammers' actions. Most websites in the US are not liable for damages caused by posters' actions unless they are proven to be grossly negligent in taking action against such posters. The article doesn't indicate whether MATCH.COM ignored requests to remove fake profiles in those 6 years.
Re: Serial issue
These are your poster childs for XP holdouts. Apps/systems written that are OS-dependant which don't function properly or not at all in newer OS versions. Many of these have to be completely re-written because of such dependencies.
Much as I like XP for certain things
I certainly wouldn't use or trust it for business due to its age and impending lack of support.
Other than myself on a vintage 2005 laptop I don't know anyone personally running XP. Most businesses I'm familiar with have migrated to Win7, some to Win8 in the past year.
It's been my experience that no home user or small business will ever upgrade the OS on their PC no matter what end of life MS disctates. They simply use whatever came on the PC. They'll upgrade to a newer OS when they upgrade their PCs. Period.
The XP holdouts are probably SMEs that can't afford the short term expense of upgrading or the home user who is oblivious to Windows upgrades and will remain that way until they can no longer access E-mail and Facebook.
Not so much evolution of English language slowing down as Oxford Dictionary's desperation for mainstream acceptance into pop culture.
This has happened before although incidents haven't been reported as frequently as they used to. The last time I had any AV on my XP machine was when a certain nameless suite deemed WINLOGON.EXE to be malicious and quarantined it. Couldn't un-quarantine it since I was locked out of Windows as a result but was able to manually restore it from Windows install CD - not something a noob would be able to do. I now run naked with no AV or firewall and my Windows 7 system boots in 15 seconds.
I know many of you here do tech support for friends and family like I do. Notice how much a dead weight any AV is against garbage toolbars, search re-directors (CONDUIT et al) and pop-ups? I clean this crap on a regular basis, being paid in dinner/beer. Would hate to do this for a living.
Treat the printer as you would a faulty mouse. Just throw the printer away and get a new one. That should last you 2-3 years before print quality starts to degrade and it refuses to print followed by incessant notifications to replace ink cartridges that you know have plenty of ink left in them.
Inkjet printers are made to be disposable and non-serviceable regardless of the manufacturer.
Beer icon because I just saved you hours of pointless troubleshooting that would prevent you from nipping off early to the pub on a Friday.
Class-Action status is actually bad news for the plaintiffs.
"The lawsuit against big tech firms like Google and Apple over their hiring practices has been given class action status, making it easier for the
workers attorneys to lever greater wads of cash out of the companies while the workers are awarded a token percentage if they win."
There, fixed that for you.
Yea bunch of geek toys and gadgets. That's going to make long days at work more tolerable. No, not really.
The only cubicle comfort I require is a nice ergonomic chair with lumbar support and all kinds of armrest/height/angle adjustments and my PC standing vertically under my desk to double as a foot rest.
There aren't any actual keygens to download from those sites
They are there to test the effectiveness of whatever AV suite is installed on your PC.
I had practically written this yearly event off of my calendar because much as many of you, it's always cloudy/rainy/overcast for this event. I haven't viewed them in more than a decade but this weekend's forecast here calls for clear skies! Woohoo!
That calls for several drinks!
What a strange new world we live in - one where the tin foil nutters are starting to sound credible.
"Opera believes the impact is limited to “a few thousand Windows users” who may have automatically received and subsequently installed the malware."
That must be the amount that are actually still using Opera.
Opera is irrelevant, especially now since it is currently nothing more than a theme for chromium.
Re: Oh, Amazon
Streaming services have their place. Stuff that you really like enough to watch again you download to your own server. No DRM, no "aww, they removed [INSERT SHOW OR MOVIE HERE THAT YOU REALLY LIKED] from my streaming service due to contractual reasons".
Stuff that you kind of like but not enough to take up your personal storage space you watch via streaming. Netflix fills this niche for me and I feel is good for the price even though I watch it about once per week. I connect when there is nothing else to watch.
Most Blu-ray players come with a Netflix app (this is how I watch it) so no PC required.
Re: Network admins are an endangered species..
Ahhh...talented Network Admins...
System upgrades or failures are the only times the importance of your existence is appreciated or acknowledged.
Otherwise you're an overpriced obstacle in head count reduction that can be replaced by a rent-a-tech whose communications skills and personal hygiene are both abysmal or a shiny black box. Or so the vendor's Powepoint presentation would have you believe.
I survive thanks to the ever-increasing demand for my Banyan Vines 4.11 Network Administration certification.
And the clock just rang Beer O'Clock as I finish typing this.
Re: Whiny teenage drama queens
"Let's hope Facebook's decline into irrelevance happens quickly."
What good will that do? Some other equally if not more annoying attention whore attracting service will replace it.
Facebook, twitter, et al are merely conduits for the high school mentality crowd.
Crappy field gets worse and worse. "I Work in IT" = equal "I'm a skilled laborer paid unskilled laborer wages". Same prestige as call center operator.
Re: Free investment advice from a recruitment consultant
Thanks for that! Nothing like a good laugh on a dreary Monday.
I've worked at many firms, most which allowed working from home 1 day per week.
It depends on the nature of your work. I found it more time consuming to coordinate meetings or contact people and get things done that required group effort / collaboration when you are not in the office. Those days I prefer to frown and bear the commute to work knowing I will have a more productive day in this respect.
On days where I will be spending the majority of my time updating charts, status reports, miscellaneous paperwork, billing with minimal phone contact I prefer to work from home. It's easier to get such work done without constantly being interrupted which happens at work. With the exception of Monday we get to choose our WFH days - most people here, myself included opt for Friday.
I am under the impression that Yahoo had no formal policy in place to manage telecommuters. Everywhere I've worked it was considered a privilege that could be revoked at any time so no slacking. We have a hard time reaching you when you are telecommuting? Privilege lost until further notice. No complaining to HR, it was made clear during orientation that WFH is not a right and not deemed necessary to perform your job.
I disagree with Mayer's mass punishment of telecommuters - the productive ones shouldn't be lumped in with the lazy slackers that abused the system. I've seen this knee-jerk reaction before, she won't last long at Yahoo!. But then again, who does?
Beer icon because WFH allows an early trip to the pub that day - once all my work is done of course!
Apple hater here, somewhat Fandroid. Not Apple approved you clueless AC (pretty much all AC are clueless tards unless they are posting something against the company they work for).
Apps with in app purchases have been around awhile on consoles and now IOS/Android.
Last nail in the coffin of Opera's irrevelance
No longer a browser - just a GUI like Maxthon. How much lower can Opera's marketshare go?
Re: The problem is not HP...
As big as an Apple overpriced wizmo gadget that underperforms compared to similar products hater that I am - they didn't invent this. I recall reading about how Nike paid underage kids in Paskistan $2 USD per day to hand sew soccer balls long before the invention of Ipod. Designer label clothes made in sweatshops cost $5 to make and are sold for $200.
It's standard business practice. Behind every fortune ever made there is a crime.
I-thingys are also more popular in the USA because they're fashionable. Your typical I-person is buying one not because they have a specific use for them but because everyone else has one and they don't want to be left out..just like when they were in high school.
I tried copying some 5 megapixel photos from a friend's camera to an Ipad 2 purchased new spring 2012. Can you believe the overpriced Ipad2 can't handle 5 MP images? Really? (check Apple forums, that's where I found out). I had to lower the resolution for Icrap to accept them. I uploaded them to my 2009 Android phone AND my 2007 WM6 phone, both displayed 5MP images easily (although the WM6 rendering was slow as molasses).
But that's ok. It's shiny and a status symbol for people who are clueless or low self-esteem, much like those who drove the most ugly car in the world, the Hummer.
Well that stinks.
UPnP is not required but it sure makes things a lot easier! No reason to be used in corporate environment but can you imagine getting called every time your friends/relatives get a new game or gadget and they want you to either go there in person or guide them over the phone through manually permitting IP/Ports in their wireless router?
Back in the WIndows 3.0/3.1 era I made the transition from 1-2-3 to Excel once I learned the minor differences. I didn't take to Word for Windows and used Ami Pro instead because it had a feature new to word processing / desktop publishing and not yet present in Word for Windows - WYSIWYG editing. You had to print preview if you wanted to see layout/formatting in Word. Lack of WYSIWYG editing is another reason why I couldn't stand Wordperfect despite it being the DOS word processing standard, opting for Q&A 2.0 instead.
Only two browsers left for Android
Firefox and Webkit. Android has a built-in Webkit-based browser and all the so-called third party browsers for Android are nothing but GUI wrappers that use the built-in browser's core. Opera Mobile and Firefox were the only ones with their own rendering core. They definitely aren't perfect and have their glitches but it's good to have choices. So now Opera Mobile on Android will be just another GUI like Maxthon, Dolphin, X-Scope etc.
A web browser consists of its own rendering core and GUI. Maxthon on Windows is not a browser but a GUI for IE.
Looks like downloading any further updates of Opera Mobile will be pointless since I already have a GUI I have settled on for my Android device. Hopefully Firefox for Android won't go the coreless route and continue improving as it's the only third party Android browser left.
Agree 100% - I already spend enough hours with my co-workers too, both at work, sometimes lunch and the occasional after hours pub crawl. The only connection they have to me after hours is via work cell phone or work email.
I live here in the states, NYC area and not once has any employer inquired about my absence on social networking in general - I have been subject to fingerprinting and background checks for all but a few contracts but no interest has been taken in my internet life with the exception of co-workers. When asked why I don't use FB, twitter et al I always reply:
A) I have a life
B) I'm not an attention span-disadvantaged teenager
Somehow they always take offense to this which is pretty much the way it was intended.
DON'T DO IT!!!!
This field is pretty much the same as medicinal. It sucks.
The only people that I've ever met who actually enjoy working in the field are those who are married with children and can't stand being around them and therefore welcome the long hours / mandatory weekends that are indigenous.
If you enjoy life, friends (real, not chat room/Facebook friends), the opposite sex, hobbies, outdoor activities and being treated like a human being by your employer this is absolutely not the field for you (or me).
Turn back while you still can!
Babylon 5 dissappointment
I started out as a fan during season 1..but then the writing started to fall apart, like they were desperate for new ideas and were just making things up as they went along - either that or the show's writers' 5 year old kids were the one coming up with the premises.
That episode when Delenn was going through some transcendental transformation..the transformation? She grew hair. Probably the most anti-climactic episode of any series I had the misfortune to see. Last episode of B5 I ever watched.
Slap on the wrist. Used to work there, worst place I ever worked in my entire life, worse than fast food joint in my teens. Very high turnover rate while I was there.
Oh well, not surprising really, US polits receive considerable contributions from Wall Street mega-corps like this so par for the course. They'll get this money back in no time from the next investors they'll fleece.
Filer, email quota hog
For work I have folders, sub-folders, sub-sub-folders, etc.. I keep everything. Having worked in several Fortune 50 firms (the financial firms being the worst) and surrounded by clueless idiots I have no choice. I keep getting notices about my email going over my quota, I keep ignoring them. I don't have to delete anything thanks to Sarbanes-Oxley. Sorry servers admins. Besides, it's not my fault clueless idiots keep sending me Word documents chock full of bloated graphics and their endless stream of constant subsequent revisions.
You might suggest, "Just keep the latest revision." Ahh but this is corporate IT and this environment does not allow for simple solutions.
"Why is this project taking so long?"
"Well the constant changes to the original plan kept changing the scope."
"You were copied on all correspondence, check your email."
"Umm, I can't find them right now, I have so many emails, could you re-forward them along with the bloated attachments?"
"Give me a few minutes and you'll have them."
This scenario happens regularly throughout the course of the day. In all fairness we all are juggling more projects than we can handle so I don't blame them for amnesia, happens to me too. Another reason why I keep everything. Those emails I just forwarded? Yea, I'm keeping them too along with their bloated attachments as proof this conversation happened. Oops, another email quota notification. Ignore.
In an environment where when something goes wrong the first priority is placing blame email is your CYA armor.
Commentards - this isn't about Apple vs. Samsung
"Multinationals are increasingly opting for outsourcing for various reasons. But at Samsung, out of over 200,000 staff worldwide, more than half are manufacturing jobs, which indicates we are very much a manufacturing-driven company and it is where our core strength is," Mok said.
Everybody does it - slave labor is what made the southern US rich in its infancy and continues to make multinationals rich today. Slavery was abolished here and now there are laws in place but the incredibly high demand for slave labor persists. Outsourcing to third world nations where life is cheap is the perfect way to wash your hands of the whole affair and maintain the image of an upstanding corporate citizen.
Honest guv, we had no idea how something that costs $300 to make here in the US only costs $25 in that other country - we thought it was magic!
From the clothes on your back to that PC you're typing this on - All made in 'Santa's Sweatshop".
Just be thankful you weren't born in one of those countries or you likely would be one of those 'elves'.
At least the premium beers I enjoy aren't made in sweatshops.
Re: White v Hispanic and Black
Typical AC grey matter-disadvantaged racist. AC because you're afraid to get downvoted and if it weren't for the internet you wouldn't know anything about the outside world.
If you had ever completed education past the third grade and didn't look to family reunions as potential hookup time you would remember that this country is supposed to be the largest melting pot in the world.
Another super l337 badboy gets punishment that he should consider a gift. No jailtime and by removing internet from his life he will get back something meaningful. He'll be able to see the sun and finally get some color on his ghastly complexion. He'll develop a personality (real, not internet avatar personality). He may even get a (GASP) girlfriend that he met on his own! He'll see that the internet actually kept him from enjoying the fun things in life, travelling, exploring etc.
When his probabtion s over he will realize that the internet is a toilet, useful only for pr0n and scams...and occasionally news, weather and sports scores.
I pity those AC commentards who consider this cruel and unusual punishment. See a therapist (real, not internet bot) immediately.
Ballmer and company clearly have no idea about how enterprise IT works. No matter what trick or carrot you dangle convincing these enterprises that their OS/PC refresh should align themselves with Microsoft's OS release cycles just isn't going to happen. Like many large MS shops we just upgraded to Win 7 this past summer from XP and there's still some kinks with some departments' apps that have surfaced.
Updating an OS and updating an application are two fundamentally different beasts, something that needs to be apparently explained in simple language to Mr. Baller and co. (possibly via a Powerpoint presentation).
Beer icon because it's Friday and I thank God for that and for the fact that I no longer do production support.
United States of (insert corporation name here)
Mildly surprised and disappointed. I like to think of myself as cynical but life proves me to be a realist more and more each day.
The current patent system is nothing more than a business made to keep lawyers rich. Nothing to do with innovation or protecting anyone's ideas. If it were there wouldn't be any patent holding companies.
The time will come when some corporation will patent the wheel. The sad thing is I probably won't be surprised.
Need a lawyer icon.
Spawn of Satan icon will do nicely.
Re: @ AC 13:19 Merely getting old, maybe?
Just as Captain Save-a-ho says, it's now more competitive than ever and you need to evolve. Or become extinct.
If it seems harsh that's because working in IT is now harsh.
There was a time in IT where you would leave one high-paying gig for another high-paying gig because one offered a better commute or you simply didn't like your boss (me, circa 1997). Those were the days when demand outweighed talent by a huge margin. The magical time when you didn't have to look for jobs, jobs looked for you and you could dictate both compensation and working conditions (I don't work nights or weekends).
Quality of life has been and ever shall be important to me - 3 things that were essential were health, disposable income and time to enjoy spending said income. The past decade IT was severely cutting into QOL by adversely affecting those 3 things and I begrudgingly decided it was time to end my marriage to this career after maybe two thirds of my life devoted to her. It was a beautiful wedding and honeymoon but lately all we do is argue and fight.
Currently in project management/sales working 8 hour days (not that bullshit 10-hour "Professional Work Day" that has become the norm in IT) and my QOL is back to 1997 levels. For now. As part of my evolution I have learned to embrace volatility and transience, nothing is guaranteed in life and always be prepared to fight for what is yours.
My job doesn't define me, it is a means to an end, nothing more. I could care less if I was juggling bowling pins in a circus - as long as my quality of life is high all is well!
Best of luck to those of you stuck in the rent-a-tech world - you're gonna need it!
Re: DRM = Draconian Rights Management
That pretty much sums up not only DRM but any EULA or as I prefer to call them End LOSER License Agreement. All EULAs are can be summed up as 'We win, you lose'.
Hoarding = don't leave the house often
Junk is junk. Is it taking up lots of space? No? fine, stash it somewhere. The Sony Walkman can be put in a drawer. It's filling up the attic/basement? Garbage.
You have one Commodore 64, a few drives, monitor. Fine. Each and every variety/color of Commodore that ever came out and drives stacked to the ceiling? Get help. You're one step away from being found dead in a house with 50 cats, some feasting on your corpse and garbage piled to the ceiling.
Beer icon because quite frankly, you need to get out of the house more often.
Re: cool!, but depressing
I take offense to that remark about managing/supervising. Well OK not really, like I give a rat's ass what anybody here or anywhere thinks of me. Some of us started as techs but it is true that you're just a glorified babysitter for those reporting to you and but-kiss/liar to those you report to.
Parody yes but not far from the truth.
Beer icon because it's Friday and nearing that time!
Now this is a Friday article!!
Well done El Reg!!!
I'm a contractor/consultant and I take offense to that!
To every corporation's HR manager whom I've contracted for past and present:
I'm as committed to you as you are to me.
In my late teens and early twenties we would wait in line overnight to get good seats for concert tickets (before ticketmaster monopoly) so this is probably not too different.
I guess that's a sign of getting old, there's nothing currently that I would be willing to wait in line for..other than waiting in line at motor vehicle services to renew my driver's license.
Why? Why? Why?
Would anyone download such useless apps to their device? Aren't IOS/Android market already full of useless/worthless apps?
Hahahha yes but then they would run right back inside, frightened by that bright yellow thing in the sky!
Re: Missing stuff
I signed up for an account but was disappointed with both lack of IMAP and mobile support. Every email provider I use has a mobile webpage for speedy access but somehow outlook's doesn't work properly. Try m.outlook.com and it will initially open a mobile-looking outlook site but quickly re-direct you to the full website.
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