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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

Joe Drunk
Linux

For home users

that are still running XP and can't/won't upgrade to a more recent Windows version throw Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on there. I just did that for someone who used her XP laptop for facebook, Youtube, email, occasional word processing, solitaire (probably about 90% of home users with an XP PC) and she is happy that she hasn't lost anything in functionality AND will still be receiving system and security updates after April 8. She is also less prone to drive-by installs, trojans and the like because those mostly target Windows/MAC. Yes, she has grown to like Unity.

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

Joe Drunk

Newsweek? That's still around?

See title.

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

Joe Drunk

Is this a UK thing?

Because here in the US you can't get medical test results of ANY kind over email or phone - you have to go directly to the physician that ordered the test(s) (and subsequently pay another consultation fee as this counts as a doctor's visit, grrrrr.) just to get results.

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The browser's resized future in a fragmented www world

Joe Drunk
Unhappy

I just saw the image of Windows 3.1 running in DOSBox and I thought...damn, I remember accessing the web in Windows 3.1 on a real PC with NCSA Mosaic and Trumpet Winsock just like that screenshot illustrates.

Damn I'm old.

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

Joe Drunk

The reality is those who can will move to more lucrative contracts while the remaining staff will have to perform double the amount of work. The stack of CVs with desperate candidates who meet your qualifications is taller than you.

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Joe Drunk
Unhappy

Re: Banks don't understand IT staff

You're correct on both counts - IT staff with banking experience are always in demand and banks either don't understand or are indifferent to IT staff. I am inclined to believe it's the latter based on treatment of IT workers. I disagree with your view that IT workers, especially contractors, are willing to sacrifice their livelihoods to prove a point or force senior management to recognize the value of their contributions to the company. It certainly doesn't work that way here in the US nor has it in the past decade. Aside from the few unionized IT shops I've worked with there's only two entitlements that have been recognized by myself and fellow contractors.

One is your paycheck and the other is that no matter how much your performance is lauded by the firm you work for you can still come to work one early Friday morning and find your ID badge doesn't let you in the building anymore.

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The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

Joe Drunk

$10 = only bottom feeding, lottery playing, monthly government check depending people will apply.

Even if I got hosed on 256MB DRAM 10 years ago it was too long ago for me to remember or care. I have moved on.

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Your 'funny' cat pics are weighing down the web, so here's a better JPEG encoder from Mozilla

Joe Drunk

OMG lolkatz

People who post funny cat pics have no idea what Mozilla/Firefox is.

Click on the 'E' for internets!

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

Joe Drunk
Pint

Re: Sounds about right

That's my rate as well although it could be double or more if I have to remove crapware that was inadvertently installed, the number of beers varying with the difficulty in removing the crapware. I'm looking at you Conduit Search!

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

Joe Drunk

Wait what?

"Chief Experience Officer of the My Life & Work Team"

In my many, many years in corporate I've seen job titles that left one scratching their head envisioning the true role of what is obviously a patronage position but this one wins the "Most Ambigious Job Title of The Year" award.

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

Joe Drunk

Re: re: I can convert it into an MP3

"If you are some sort of pirate terrorist you can."

"It's people like you insisting on buying only one copy of a record and listening to it in many places that is killing music - well that and home taping."

It's the labels that are killing music having turned it into talent manufacturing process and paying artists as little as possible for their efforts. That and the assumption that consumers would eagerly empty their wallets to pay for the same content multiple times to play on various audio equipment.

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Is your IT department too tough on users?

Joe Drunk

Pros and cons

Every company I've worked at that had stringent controls regarding security and devices that could be used for work also had highest availability of their systems.

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Well done for flicking always-on crypto switch, Yahoo! Now here's what you SHOULD have done

Joe Drunk

Symbolic gesture

Since any US based hosting entity is required by law to make any data/traffic accessible to NSA. Now you can feel safe from script kiddies when using public wifi.

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IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

Joe Drunk
Windows

Having XP on one PC in a home environment for an IT pro isn't so bad. Some older games or apps may not work properly or at all with newer Windows.

I wouldn't keep it on an internet facing PC in a business environment once security updates are no longer available.

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Want to be a better CIO? Get a twenty-something to show you the ropes

Joe Drunk

Headhunters giving career advice...interesting..

So a 30-something rent-a-tech with a brand new in-vogue certification where the ink is still wet is going to teach me...nothing, If you are a CIO of a large company you don't get involved with the low level technical aspects, that's why you have the 30-something rent-a-techs that have to spend all their spare time studying for new certifications working for you. You are interested in the business aspect. You must also keep reminding them that although things are technically possible they may not be legally or financially possible as mentioned above.

I've had the fortune to have a few individuals working for me in the past who understood the technical and business aspects of IT - they were 40-somethings BTW.

Headhunters - stick to what you do best. Memorizing buzzwords and acronyms without understanding their meaning and making promises you can't keep.

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

Joe Drunk

Re: You will only usually fail on the experience side .....

Yes, you are at the bottom of the pile. The bottom of a large, steaming pile.

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Joe Drunk

"Plum tech job"?!? - quit lying to these wide-eyed grads

Even with a bachelor's degree in computer science in the early 90's the best I could manage was entry level data entry. Took on more responsibilities and moved up into a proper, mind-numbing, soul-sucking corporate IT job years later but it has been experience that's been highlighted at every interview not education or my vintage 90's tech certifications.

The only thing that's keeping me from an IT tech job is me. I like having a life. I like being treated like a human being. I like having a glass of beer in my hand on a Friday afternoon, not a cup of strong coffee because it's going to be another long weekend at work with all the changes we've got lined up for our network infrastructure. I like not having to get a new certification du-jour every six months that I have to pay for just to keep my job as a consultant. I also like not having to train a new co-worker every month because the last one burned out or left for a supposedly better job.

Wide-eyed college graduates: Can't find an IT job? Count your blessings.

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

Joe Drunk

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.

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Romance is dead: Part-time model slings $1.5bn SUEBALL at Match.com

Joe Drunk

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.

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Joe Drunk

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.

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Migrating from Windows XP – Time to move on...

Joe Drunk

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.

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Joe Drunk

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.

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From the Dept of You are Old: 'Selfie' officially 'Word of the Year'

Joe Drunk

Re: Wow

Not so much evolution of English language slowing down as Oxford Dictionary's desperation for mainstream acceptance into pop culture.

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Dodgy Kaspersky update borks THOUSANDS of NHS computers

Joe Drunk
Facepalm

Nothing new

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.

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Have you reinstalled Windows yet? No, I just want to PRINT THIS DAMN PAGE

Joe Drunk
Pint

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.

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Silicon Valley 'no-hire pact' lawsuit gets class action status for tech workers

Joe Drunk

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.

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Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

Joe Drunk

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.

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Microsoft DMCA takedown requests targeting OpenOffice

Joe Drunk
Windows

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.

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This weekend: Watch HOT STARS shower! Moon won't interfere

Joe Drunk
Pint

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!

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New NSA tool exposed: XKeyscore sees 'nearly EVERYTHING you do online'

Joe Drunk
Big Brother

What a strange new world we live in - one where the tin foil nutters are starting to sound credible.

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CIOs bombarded with hybrid cloud surveys

Joe Drunk

You must be the CIO of a start-up

or some other insignificant business entity If you bother to fill out surveys.

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Opera network cracked

Joe Drunk
Trollface

"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.

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Amazon yoinks Dora and SpongeBob from Netflix for MEELLLIONS

Joe Drunk

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.

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Industry execs: Network admins an endangered species

Joe Drunk
Pint

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.

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Facebook teens' kimonos - basically never closed

Joe Drunk

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.

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Analysts brawl over 'death' of markup language

Joe Drunk
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Forrester Gump versus Chauncey Gartner

Best comment yet!

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US to hand out wads of green (cards) in bid to staff tech industry

Joe Drunk
Pint

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.

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Apple share-price-off-a-cliff: Told you that would happen

Joe Drunk
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Free investment advice from a recruitment consultant

Thanks for that! Nothing like a good laugh on a dreary Monday.

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Speaking in Tech: Ya-boo! Marissa! Mayer! how! COULD! you!?

Joe Drunk
Pint

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!

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Apple to cough up $100m after kids rinse parents' credit cards on apps

Joe Drunk
Thumb Down

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.

Scumware.

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Top Firefox OS bloke flames Opera for WebKit surrender

Joe Drunk

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?

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HP clamps down on student labor in Chinese factories

Joe Drunk

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.

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Official: Fandroids are smarter/tighter* than iPhone fanbois

Joe Drunk

Duh.

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.

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UPnP scan shows 50 million network devices open to packet attack

Joe Drunk
Facepalm

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?

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Lotus 1-2-3 turns 30: Mitch Kapor on the Google before Google

Joe Drunk

Re: Preferred

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.

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Opera sings WebKit's tune for new mobile browser

Joe Drunk
Unhappy

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.

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Web is turning us into kid-ults with no 'private identities' - report

Joe Drunk

Re: Agreed.

@Esskay

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.

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Which qualifications are worthwhile?

Joe Drunk
Unhappy

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!

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Up your wormhole: Star Trek Deep Space 9 turns 20

Joe Drunk

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.

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Morgan Stanley cops $5m fine over Facebook IPOcalypse

Joe Drunk

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.

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