* Posts by TheVogon

1258 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Windows' Nemesis: Pre-boot malware pwns payment processors

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Using Secure Boot + Bit Locker + a TPM will defeat this sort of malware crap.

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Chrome trumps all comers in reported vulnerabilities

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"Everyone knows Google decided to sacrifice security in favor of "speed". "

Amusing then that Microsoft Edge beats them hands down - both for speed and for lower number of vulnerabilities over time!

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Windows Phone won't ever succeed, says IDC

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"is it? I haven't seen any information to that effect."

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/windows-phone/62419/windows-10-mobile-build-10586-has-been-released

Now confirmed that is shipping on the Lumia 950. There is a now a minor bug fix update available to Windows Insiders, but the main build number stays the same - 10586 is the RTM.

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Re: Uh oh, El Reg...

"But surely they must have had some sort of non-compete clause?"

It was time limited and expires soon.

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Re: Uh oh, El Reg...

"Unless you prefer fewer and subpar apps, and those silly tiles."

Or you prefer a faster, more secure and more efficient platform that is powerful, enterprise ready, easy to use and just works.

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Re: Harware Yes

"OS ? Are you having a larf?"

Obviously you havn't used it to make such a comment. You can now for instance upgrade a Xiaomi Mi4 from Android to Windows Mobile 10 - and it's then much faster - less laggy - and has better battery life. Not to mention is also far more secure with zero malware.

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Re: Why do people pay these people

Bearing in mind the accuracy of their previous predictions, presumably this means that almost everyone on the planet will have a Windows Mobile device by next year..

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

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"It is possible to run Exchange with 4 separate certs,"

No it isn't. For your OWA / CAS servers you need multiple SANs on a single cert.

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Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

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Re: Nuance

"Windows Phone's tiny market share is the major reason for its security record.

(Pretty certain you've mention this about Linux)"

Linux has historically had both a small market share AND a terrible security record.

Don't just take my word for it - how about some people that look at phone security for a living:

http://betanews.com/2015/06/11/windows-phone-security-is-top-notch-says-kaspersky/

http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-may-have-the-most-secure-smartphone-os-in-windows-phone

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2222370/windows-phone-safest-mobile-platform-but-android-security-epidemic-spreads

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Re: Nuance

" but not that Windows phones should actually run on Android OS"

Quite - that would be nuts. Windows Phone's far better security record is one it's major advantages.

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Microsoft wants to be your phone company, at least for voice

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Re: So Microsoft, who gets to see all that data then

"which is what Microsoft does."

That must be a different Microsoft from this one then:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/10/microsoft_datagrab_irish_email_case/

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Re: QoS

"I really don't want to have to get direct connectivity into MS to ensure QoS...."

Most significantly sized companies will want an Express Route connection for Office 365 / Azure anyway. For QoS this is no different from any other service potentially provided over the internet.

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Re: Skype “a verb synonymous with...”

"Is there anything quite so odd as being told that you've missed a call whilst still in the middle of that call? Par for the course with Lync, "

It is actually Exchange UM that is sending out this notification, not Lync.

You can disable the missed call notification globally in the Exchange UM Mailbox Policy.

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Re: Mac

"Can't see them getting much traction until they get serious about OS X"

Just LOL. You realise that Lync is one of Microsoft's fastest growing business segments - and they are currently wiping the floor with Cisco?

"There may not be huge number of Mac users"

Exactly.

"but lots of the decision makers love there shiny Macs"

Not many IT decision makers, and it's "their". You can give them a Lync handset if they can't use a proper computer.

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Part of the world's IT brought down by Azure Active Directory issue

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Re: lol @ Azure AD

"That's just a service to take customers hostages,"

No, it isn't. You sync it with your on premise AD.

"why not just use a cloud VM as an AD server?"

You can if you want to.

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

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"So a UK customer is secure from US access to their data ? I'm not so sure."

Only if you use the Azure RMS "bring your own certificate" option.

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British woman loses £1.6 million to romance scam love rats

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"Nigerian Ife Ojo, 31, and Olusegun Agbaje, 43"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN1F-DWpCo0

Just how stupid are some people?!

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German ex-pat jailed for smearing own pat all over Cork apartment

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Re: Jail sentence?

"Please, where is Merkin Land?"

Otherwise known as "Leader of the Fee World", "The Colonies", "Predatorstan", "The Fifty Chinese Colonies", etc. etc.

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Court: Swedish ISPs can't be forced to block Sweden's Pirate Bay

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Re: At the moment ....

"The final mile is via 1990's coax so your 200Mbits is a 'pipe' dream."

Coax can EASILY give you 200mbits of downstream data. Usable RF bandwidth for cable TV is approaching 1GHz which gives you way way more than that.

"More like 5-8Mbits between 3pm and Midnight."

Again not true. I can pull 20 MegaBytes per second relatively constant downloads at pretty much any time. Anyone who can't is probably using ports that get traffic shaped. Try setting your P2P port to 554 and ensure that encryption is forced on.

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Re: Hope?

http://cdn.godvine.com/uploads/2014/12/image_1418745710_jd_gv_whack_a_mole_kitten_FB.jpg

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Nuisance call blocking firms fined £170,000 ... for making nuisance calls

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"I am not prepared to hand my address book to a third-party."

Doing that is entirely optional.

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"I no longer answer any calls unless I have the calling number known to me and entered in the phone's memory,"

Just install the Truecaller app.

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Blocking out the Sun won't fix climate change – but it could buy us time

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Re: Cool the Core

"Right now forest fires in Thailand are emitting more CO2 than the whole USA is."

Nope, they are potentially emitting more than the UK (0.5GT), not the US (5.3GT).

However - this is still AGW - the fires are mostly started deliberately and illegally to clear forest for paper and palm oil production

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Re: Key Homo Sapience species trait

"The Arctic isn't the whole Earth, and isn't a place where temperatures currently peak at 50C which is where the claim for those places hitting 60C originated."

No, but then that wasn't what you asked:

"Find me one credible researcher who thinks there will be a temperature rise of anything like 10C in the next 85 years"

However, 60 degrees is possible too:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/26/extreme-heatwaves-could-push-gulf-climate-beyond-human-endurance-study-shows

"The scientists used standard climate computer models to show that the fatal WBT extremes would occur every decade or two after 2070 along most of the Gulf coast, if global warming is not curbed. Using the normal measure of temperature, the study shows 45C would become the usual summer maximum in Gulf cities, with 60C being seen in places like Kuwait City in some years."

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Re: Lewis Page and the open mind.

"shows how we do this without taking a substantial portion of the global tax base and handing it to a series of corporate entities and making them spectacularly wealthy"

Isn't that how it already works?

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"Man-caused climate change may or may not real {regardless of the advocates, the science is NOT finalized} "

That AGW is happening and that man is at least a significant cause of global warming hasn't been in any credible doubt for over a decade. The science is not finalised around the details (how bad will it get, and in what timeframe?) - not the headlines.

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Re: Refreeze the poles?

"There have been four ice ages in the last two million years."

So that's 1 every 500,000 years or so....versus decades for AGW

"The first three came and went long before we were burning coal and oil on an industrial scale."

I wasn't aware we managed to squeeze in an Ice Age in the last 150 years or so...

"How do the climate warmers explain that? "

Milankovich cycles.

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Re: Oh dear

"You can see Mr Page no longer works here."

Maybe he is just away at the Republican hustings?

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Re: Key Homo Sapience species trait

"Talking about a 200m sea level rise "

Blame the OP.

"Find me one credible researcher who thinks there will be a temperature rise of anything like 10C in the next 85 years"

The areally averaged warming in the Arctic is projected to range from about 2°C to about 9°C by the year 2100

http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg2/en/ch15s15-3-2.html

That's the product of lots of very credible researchers...

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Re: INSANE....there is NO Carbon climate forcing....

"Four Knowen Scientific Ways Carbon Dioxide Cools Earth's Climate"

It's called a greenhouse gas for a reason.

"http://geothermal-global-warming.myfreesites.net/ by Dr Arthur Viterito"

More utter bollocks that is easily refuted - for example solar radiation can be measured, the graph attributed early on to satellite measurements doesn't match the actual satellite measurements shown later, it uses a cherry picked temperature range from the 1998 El Nino year, it has pages of nonsense implying causation by geothermal flux, etc, etc.

"Dr Pierre Latour, PhD Chemical Engineering"

So not a climate scientist then.

"this 2 hour interview on 615 radios stations to 2 million listeners"

Ignorance is not limited by audience figures.

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Re: Escapee from UK asylum... What? Cambridge? Same thing.

" We are puny little microbes on the surface of the planet and have extremely little impact on anything,"

Microbes can kill an elephant.

"The raw data does not support anything but normal fluctuations in the general climate on Earth, but not global warming "

100% of climate scientists disagree with you , and 97% of those believe that the warming is at least partially man made.

"15 years of flat temps"

Nope:

http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/wti/from:2000/trend

"the Antartic ice sheet is growing in leaps and bounds"

As already posted the seasonal ice sheets have declined on average over 6% per decade since satellite measurements began. The land based ice is also melting - as evidenced by year on year sea level rise.

"Climate science, at best, is about 40 years old, not long enough to have enough data on anything."

We have ~800,000 years data on CO2 versus temperature and ~150,000 years on sea level versus temperature....

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Re: extract the suns heat.

"if you put thermal heaters on your roof, to extract heat and heat up your water, are you not taking the heat out of the atmosphere?"

Are you really that dim? Where do you think the heat from your water will end up when it cools down?

"you can't stop global climate change"

We could stop most man made climate change given enough effort / desire.

"According to Donohue and his colleagues' research, climbing levels of CO2 in the air correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982 to 2010 across arid areas in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa.""

Unfortunately the benefits only exceed the negatives for a very short time. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34800829

"Prof Richard Tol predicts the downsides of warming will outweigh the advantages with a global warming of 1.1C - which has nearly been reached already. He has previously highlighted the positive effects of CO2 in fertilising crops and forests. "

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Re: Question

"What is the max temperature allowable in the Arctic and Antarctic to stop the land-masses losing more ice to the sea in summer than they gain in winter?"

Firstly - there is only land mass at the Antarctic, not the Arctic. Secondly temperature is not the only factor - the weather also impacts the amount of ice. Therefore there is no exact answer.

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Re: Cool the Core

"An active volcano can spew out a thousand tons of lava per second"

Evidence of that happening?

"Over a year this amounts to thirty thousand million tons of material"

Evidence of that happening?

"and that the lava contains an appreciable fraction of CO2."

What fraction?

"Then the increase in oceanic CO2 is accounted for."

If the CO2 is contained in Lava then how is it going to be reaching the ocean?

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Re: Utter Tosh

"Mark Stein, news commentator and radio host, and book author"

So obviously an expert on climate change

"has discovered that the alleged '95% of scientists' often referenced in this "overwhelming scientific consensus" argument was actually a narrow survey of 75 hand-picked "scientists", many of whom are climate ACTIVISTS."

The evidence of overwhelming is also overwhelming! Actually it's "97% of Climate Scientists agree with AGW". For instance every single scientific representative to the UN from every single country on the planet agrees that a) the planet is warming and that b) the activities of humans are at least partly to blame. Also a survey of 928 peer-reviewed abstracts on the subject 'global climate change' published between 1993 and 2003 shows that not a single paper rejected the consensus position that global warming is man caused (Oreskes 2004). A follow-up study by the Skeptical Science team of over 12,000 peer-reviewed abstracts on the subjects of 'global warming' and 'global climate change' published between 1991 and 2011 found that of the papers taking a position on the cause of global warming, over 97% agreed that humans are causing it (Cook 2013). The scientific authors of the papers were also contacted and asked to rate their own papers, and again over 97% whose papers took a position on the cause said humans are causing global warming.

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Re: Cool the Core

"So most of the CO2 from coal and oil would have dissolved in the ocean."

Correct in idea if not scale - in fact about 60% of man made CO2 emissions are absorbed by the oceans.

"Where, then, did the measured increase come from? Volcanoes, is my answer."

Nice idea, but the facts are:

"The burning of fossil fuels and changes in land use results in the emission into the atmosphere of approximately 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year worldwide, according to the EIA. The fossil fuels emissions numbers are about 100 times bigger than even the maximum estimated volcanic CO2 fluxes. Our understanding of volcanic discharges would have to be shown to be very mistaken before volcanic CO2 discharges could be considered anything but a bit player in contributing to the recent changes observed in the concentration of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere."

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Re: Key Homo Sapience species trait

"Even 200 m rise will be less than fraction of a percent from the dry land. So you will only need to breath under water if you refuse to adapt and move elsewhere. "

Tell that to say Bangladesh - where there is no nearby free land to move to. And even in say the US and Europe - a 200 metres rise would sink most major cities under water - so whilst we can potentially adapt to all living in caves on a mountain, it's not exactly an economically attractive option versus not frying the planet.

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Re: The Conversation? - slow news day (very)

"woodfortrees eh? not exactly an authoritative resource."

But it is a very authoritative source - it has the raw and easily verified data - that you can process and graph yourself anyway you like - removing the inherent bias in for instance cherry picked time ranges.

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Re: Refreeze the poles?

"So you post from that website, that actually shows nothing unusual is happening."

It shows the ice is melting and that the melting is accelerating. Calling that "nothing unusual" might be true if you consider it in context of thousands of years of history, but it's likely going to mean several metres of sea rise by the end of the century...and a lot more over the next few hundred years...which is unusual in documented human experience - unless you count Noah!

"I thought the polar ice was like an ice cube"

Only the sea ice that floats. The ice sheets covering land do add to sea levels when they melt.

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Re: Satellite measurements don't .....

"The temperatures observed during the entirety of the satellite age show no warming of the global mean temperature."

Not true - see the satellite records here:

http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/rss

http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/uah

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Re: how stupid are you ... yes you

"seeing as over the last 20 yrs or so we have gone thru a maximum of the sun ..don't you think a fraction of a degree uptick would be normal "

We can accurately measure solar radiation, and we have ~ reached 1 degree C average surface temperature rise since the industrial revolution. Way more than can be explained by solar variance.

"it is the way the earth stands now impossible to over heat the planet check your Physics"

Fix your English...and explain your physics!

"and seeing as we are coming to the end of a very long interglacial we really could do with a little more heat .."

But perhaps not a lot more heat as we are currently heading for...2 degrees C rise by 2100 looks pretty conservative at the moment without drastic changes...

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Re: The Conversation? - slow news day (very)

"regarding the actual observed effects of CO2 - the observations to date most certainly diverge grossly from models that claim to be skillful and on which this balloons / mirrors / sea spray daftness is based on."

Well no, the actual observed effects are that global average temperature is still rising over any statically significant measurement period. There has been plenty of natural variance is the short term - which is to be expected - but the long terms trends are very clear. See http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/

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Re: Refreeze the poles?

"The same rise that has gone on for as long as we have been measuring sea levels..?"

Well no - it's has accelerated from near zero rise at the start of the industrial revolution to a few mm a year now. See for instance http://www.skepticalscience.com/Past-150000-Years-of-Sea-Level-History-Suggests-High-Rates-of-Future-Sea-Level-Rise.html

"Remind me - what proportion of the current interglacial does the satellite record cover?"

See the 150,000 years of sea levels versus polar temperature data referenced above if the recent satellite record isn't enough for you.

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Re: Key Homo Sapience species trait

"Key trait of Homo Sapiens as species is adaptability."

Hoping that we suddenly evolve the ability to be able to breath under water, or become able to survive regular temperatures of 50 C+ in certain parts of the world within a few decades might be somewhat pushing the limits...

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Re: The Conversation? - slow news day (very)

"Perhaps the author might like to check out OCO-2 satellite observations"

I took a look. It's in no way clear what point you are trying to make:

"OCO-2 provides valuable data to be used by the atmospheric and carbon cycle science community to improve global models of the carbon cycle, reduce uncertainties in forecasts of total carbon dioxide abundance in the atmosphere and make more accurate predictions of global climate change in which CO2 is a key driver. By studying the location, nature and processes of natural carbon dioxide sinks, a better prediction of the rate of build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere and its impact on the climate becomes possible. It is unknown whether the CO2 sinks will continue to operate at their current efficiency or if their uptake will decrease over time which could lead to a significant increase in atmospheric Carbon Dioxide which would project a very different future for life on Earth.

Measurements by OCO-2 will allow scientists to monitor the geographic distribution of carbon dioxide sources and quantify their variability in order to map the natural and man-made processes that regulate the exchange of CO2 between the Earth’s surface and the atmosphere on both regional to continental scales.

The data provided by OCO-2 may also be of interest to policy makers and business leaders to make better decisions to ensure climate stability over the long-term.

OCO-2 will also contribute to a number of other scientific areas related to the global carbon cycle:

◾the dynamics of ocean carbon exchange

◾the seasonal dynamics of northern hemisphere terrestrial ecosystems in Eurasia and North America

◾the exchange of carbon between the atmosphere and tropical ecosystems due to plant growth, respiration, and fires

◾the movement of fossil fuel plumes across North America, Europe, and Asia

◾the effect of weather fronts, storms, and hurricanes on the exchange of CO2 between different geographic and ecological regions

◾the mixing of atmospheric gases across hemispheres

In addition to carbon cycle research, OCO-2 will support other operational applications that include precise measurements of surface pressure on a global scale, water column abundance, cloud and aerosol measurement, and solar irradiation data. This data can be used for climate research and meteorological research as well as operational applications such as weather forecasting."

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Re: Utter Tosh

"That's the problem right there in the first paragraph."

The only problem I can see is that it says "that polar ice and glaciers are all melting" whereas it should say "some polar ice sheets and glaciers are melting". Otherwise it's in line with the overwhelming scientific consensus and the overwhelming observable evidence.

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Re: Refreeze the poles?

"You do realise that polar ice is at a maximum right now - compared to many years previous."

No - no it's not. Seasonal sea ice extent is currently increasing, but Arctic sea ice extent for October 2015 averaged 7.72 million square kilometers (2.98 million square miles), the sixth lowest October in the satellite record. This is 1.19 million square kilometers (460,000 square miles) below the 1981 to 2010 average extent, but 950,000 square kilometers (367,000 square miles) above the record low monthly average for October that occurred in 2007. From 1979 through 2015, the October sea ice extent has declined an average of 6.9% per decade over the satellite record. Some of the major ice sheets themselves also continue to melt. This decline in ice is evidenced by the year on year continual rise in sea levels.

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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It said that although Facebook workers earn "extraordinary" wages, the poorly paid drivers and other service workers can barely afford to send their kids to school, let alone buy a decent house anywhere near work.

Skilled employees versus unskilled. Don't want a crap job? Get a decent education.

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