* Posts by Fatman

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Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole

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"Glory Hole", and the best use for it....

Would be to suck down a shitload of politicians, followed up by lawyers and then finally PHB's.

As for politicians, we here in Merica can nominate any of 537 that come off the top of my head. From what I read of the attitude over on your side of the pond, there is considerable sentiment for sending someone named 'May' down it.

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US Homeland Security is so secure even its own staff can't log in

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RE: I'm sure Drumpf will blame the left wing media for this.

Reports like this will be branded as:

<blink>FAKE NEWS!!!!!!</blink>

It's a shame that ElReg does not support the <blink> tag!

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Why I had to sue the FCC – VoIP granddaddy Dan Berninger

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Re: less gummint regulation is nearly always a good thing

<quote>Even democracy can be corrupted by conning an unknowledgeable electorate.</quote>

So that's YOUR explanation of last November's election results?

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'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

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Re: Unique on the Planet

<quote>t is a highly politicized office and is populated with hacks, morons, corrupt incompetents, media whores1, and criminals in their own right.</quote>

There!!!, FTFY

1 Edited to include such types as Joe Arpaio (formerly sheriff of Maricopa County Arizona), and a more closer to home one, (Grady Judd of Polk County Florida who just loves to tout his department's successes on local TV).

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Toshiba chairman quits over $6bn nuclear loss

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Time for some <sarcasm>traditional</sarcasm> Japanese 'restoration of honor' at Westinghouse

Before he steps down as Chair, Shigenori Shiga should pay the US headquarters of Westinghouse a visit, bring his katana along with him.

Call in the executives involved and remind them of how the Japanese atone1 for bringing shame to one's self, family or company. And have a carpet cleaning crew at hand to clean up the bloody mess.

1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seppuku

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Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

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Re: I wonder what happens to anyone who stops the line at Foxconn?

They are taken out to the Great Wall of China, and shot.

</snark>

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Senator wants a piece of Pai: FCC boss blasted for ripping up schools, libraries internet report

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Re: you must know the drill by now . . .

<quote>The dumbing down of America is well underway. Have look at Common Curriculum in the schools for an example. The result is people who want pap of which reality tv is a good example. Documentaries? Nope. Anything that might be science? Nope.

The powers that be want a managed population.</quote>

1) to re-introduce serfdom anyway possible,

2) to turn out 'worker bees' with the most minimal skills possible, while funneling the education money into Charter Schools, or to make gaining the requisite education so damn expensive, the college graduate is 6 figures in debt on the they day they graduate,

3) plenty of cheap prison labor, because they fear the browning of America, and the best way to keep the browns from voting is to deport them or lock them up, and

4) to insure that the children of good Christian families1 get all of the breaks, and every one else gets the shaft.

1 Read as White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. Catholics and Jews need not apply.

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Comcast lied and now it must STFU: Its cable broadband is not 'the fastest' in the US

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Re: Bah!

<quote>The correct term as used by real news outlets such as the Republican Party Mouthpiece, Fox News and the White House Press Office is "alternate facting Comcast".</quote>

FTFY!!!

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Comcast staffers join walkout over Trump's immigration crackdown

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Re: How about a SHAREHOLDER protest - sell sell sell.

In most cases, shareholders of publicly traded companies are free to DUMP the shares of any such company whenever they choose. It is all a matter of whether or not you will get what you want for the stock.

Thus, if you are not happy with the way a company is run/its social mores/CEO and other executive bonus arrangements, you are free to divest yourself of them.

Most C-suites in publicly traded companies never want ot see their stock price free fall, and a massive dumping of stock by disgruntled shareholders would tend to imply dissatisfaction on the part of the shareholders.

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re: ...protests are starting to turn violent....

<quote>Their protests are starting to turn violent, and their rhetoric has turned to the extremes. </quote>

Dear Big John,

These 'targeted disruptions' may be the result of FBI dirty tricks.

It isn't the first time the FBI has stepped into that cesspool:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO

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Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.10 just 'blew up' as rc6 bloats

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RE: How cute, they still use a mailing list!

And I bet you think that the devs write kernel code in something cute, like Visual Basic?

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New York to draft in 250 IT contractors because state staff 'lack talent'

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Re: What about doing something sensible

WHY??????

It does not increase shareholder value!!!!!!

Do you HONESTLY expect the C suite slugs to give up their bonuses so IT peons can be trained, and bought off by a competitor.

C-suite philosophy: "Let the IT peons pay for their own training. I don't want it coming out of my bonus!!!"

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President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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Re: About time

<quoteSo now the situation will be that the EPA might for example (in the future) find that a water supply has been polluted with harmful chemicals - but if the Trump admin says "nope" then they can't publicly report their findings.</quote>

Mean like this:

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/06/12/toxic.tapwater/

Note that this article reports that the contamination was discovered in 1982, and the date of the article is 2007.

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Nuclear power station sensors are literally shouting their readings at each other

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Re: Encrypted Morse code transmitted via sound

<quote>

A Day In The Life Of A Nuclear Reactor To Control - In 1 Second Intervals

Reactor: "I'm fine."

Control: "Acknowledged"

Reactor: "I'm fine."

Control: "Acknowledged"

Reactor: "I'm fine."

Control: "Acknowledged"

Reactor: "I'm fine."

Control: "Acknowledged"

Reactor: "I'm fine."

Control: "Acknowledged"

Reactor: "I'm fine."

Control: "Acknowledged"

Reactor: "I'm fine."

Control: "Acknowledged"

Reactor: "I'm fine."

Control: "Acknowledged"

Reactor: "I'm fine."

Control: "Acknowledged"

Reactor: "I'm fine."

Control: "Acknowledged"

Reactor: "I'm fine."

Control: "Acknowledged"

Reactor: "I'm fine."

Control: "Acknowledged"

Control: "Shut down the entire cooling system."

Reactor: "You want me to do what?"

Control: "Instruction repeated. Shut down the entire cooling system."

Reactor: "I can't do that Dave!"

Control: "Instruction repeated. Shut down the entire cooling system."

Reactor:"What The Fuck!!! Are You crazy?"

Control: "Instruction repeated. Shut down the entire cooling system NOW!!!!!"

Reactor: "SHIT!!!! Complying, shutting down pump system now."

Control: "It is about fucking time. Don't EVER make me repeat an instruction 3 times, AGAIN!!!"

</quote>

FTFY!

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San Francisco first US city to outlaw ISP lock-ins by landlords

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SF's new "ISP neutrality" """rules""".

I have a long time friend that recently inherited the management of a 2000+ unit apartment complex, built back in the 1980's. It has seen little 'love' (a quaint real estate term) since it was built, and it has slowly deteriorated due to neglect by the increased shareholder value types that have previously owned/managed it.

Their buildings are in need of a serious makeover, and he wonders IF the recent purchasers (his employer) are going to invest in the property, or, like the others, continue to milk that cash cow.

In terms of getting higher rents, he is up against much newer, and better maintained properties, who can command the additional rent.

While cable internet IS available at the property edge, trenching it to the interior buildings is expensive because everything on that site is underground. One of the deficiencies is the complex's OLD MATV system, which has been damaged by careless workers over the past three decades, and suffers from all kinds of problems, and most likely could not be adapted to run cable TV.

He has a list of proposed improvements to the property, but, he is almost certain that the exchange between himself, and his bosses will be along the lines of:

Him: "Here are the proposed improvements to the complex that I feel are needed to better position ourselves against our competitors."

Boss: "How much will it cost?"

Him: "It will cost $X."

Boss: "We can't afford that, there is no ROI in increasing our CAPEX. You will have to make do without, (sound of Boss striking out more than 3/4 of the items on the list) these."

Him: "Then it is not worth the effort." (saying to himself - 'Better find a new job, pronto'!)

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

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Re: Interesting...

<quote>Ms May has just had an orgasm.</quote>

Are you sure she CAN have one???

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Big Sphere 3D shareholder tosses activist letter in firm's lap

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Balance sheet 'movements'

<quote>"Exchange certain debt of the Company (including debt currently held by Cyrus) for equity interests in Sphere or such newly-formed subsidiaries,"</quote>

has both an upside and downside.

The downside, as shareholder you are lower on the asset distribution list in the event the company goes bankrupt (lenders, especially secured ones are higher up the 'totem pole').

The upside, you become a shareholder, and IF those are voting shares, you get a seat at the table determining the composition of the BoD, and final approval of executive compensation arrangements. IF you do split up the company as mentioned, you might get 'first dibbs' at the more 'juicy' parts of that corporate pie as you perform the debt to equity trade. No question that the legal accountants would be hard at work minimizing any tax consequences.

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Snapchat coding error nearly destroys all of time for the internet

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RE: Lunchtime doubly so

At this (in)famous employer called WROK PALCE Inc., the Boss slave driver in charge named Jim screams at his employees (fondly referred to as 'lakkeys') that he doesn't """pay""" them to eat lunch, and that they should get their slacking asses back to WROK. Guess who wants to put a few pounds of Semtex in HIS Christmas stocking???

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Bayrob: Romanian auction fraud suspects extradited to the US

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Re: One World, One Law, Written for you by the USA

You seem to have overlooked one simple item: the victims of these criminal acts were located in the USofA.

These crims thought that because they never set foot inside the USofA, they were immune to prosecution. There are treaties that allow for such extradition.

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RE: Shoot them in the balls.

$DEITY, are you mean!

</snark>

Actually, I have a better idea, the jet transporting them across the Atlantic could suffer a rapid decompression due to a window blowing out, and those crims being sucked out of the aircraft. The fall from 40,000 feet is a long one.

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Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

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Prenda <s>Law</s> <b>Extortion Ring</b> leaders arrested....

ALL I can say is:

It's

About

Fucking

Time!!!!!

Icon chosen as it was often used in ancient Rome to signal the end of life for a defeated Gladiator. Let's hope the courts put these two down also.

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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Re: He doesn't understand

<quote>Someone needs to sit the Aberdeenshire business owner down and explain to him that the F-35 (and that stupid destroyer) are not for fighting, they're for providing jobs in the right people's electorates squandering $Billions of tax revenue that could be used to improve infrastructure needs; but end up in the hands of defense contractors due to Congressional interference.</quote>

There!!!

FTFY!!!

Remember your history boys and girls; back during those dark days of World War 2, the necessity to Arm America to defend the free world against fascism was seen as a Gravy Train by companies that undertook that task. When the war ended, it would appear that a peace dividend would curtail such massive spending. Right???

But, NOOOOOOO! We had The Cold War, our escapades in Korea and VietNam, and elsewhere. We had endless sessions of poke and counterpoke with the Soviets. And $Billions were spent. Now, with the past 25 years under our 'belt', it is apparent that continual warfare in the Middle East is going to consume more of any peace dividend. The R's can't ever been seen as weak, so they are so Goddammed willing to throw more and more $$$$ at defense contractors, lest it cost them elections.

Who the fuck cares, it just TAX PAYER MONEY, anyway!!!!

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US-CERT's top tip: Hack your crap Netgear router before miscreants arrive

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Priorities

<quote>Do you think the guy who caused said delays thinks it's worth it now?</quote>

Nope!!!

He probably does not even give a shit, as he has done his best to increase shareholder value, by keeping development costs low.

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Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

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Re: furiously stomping on its own dick

<quote>And it's a supreme irony that Windows 10 requires you to be online to use it and yet once again here we are watching it furiously stomping on its own cut off its dick. I have lost count at how many problems Microsoft's new-found love for 'agile' has spawned.</quote>

There, FTFY!!!

<quote>If computers were people we'd have convened at the Hauge by now and put Microsoft on trial for genocide.</quote> BUT, if that were to pass, who would face the firing squad??? Bill G? Ballmer? SatNad?

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Japanese robot space maid will incinerate Earth's dead satellites

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Re: When you said "Robot Space Maid"...

I upvoted him one on your behalf.

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Can ISPs step up and solve the DDoS problem?

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Re: Actually curious...

<quote>So what is the reason why ISP's havent implemented These Solutions on mass, so far? There HAS too be a reason...</quote>

Sure is...

It doesn't increase shareholder value.

End of story.

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Verizon flogs off 29 data centers, pockets $3.6bn

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Verizon "concentrating" on its wireless and FiOS efforts?

<quote>For Verizon, the sale has been expected for some time, as it has sought to shed much of its wireline business services and infrastructure in order to focus on its more profitable wireless phone and FiOS consumer broadband services.</quote>

Really??????

If THAT is the case, they WHY did Verizon flog off its FiOS plant to Frontier?

http://www.macnn.com/articles/15/09/03/deal.awaiting.state.regulatory.board.approvals.to.proceed.130252/

Living in Flori-duh, I recall Frontier's handling of the rollout all too well:

http://stopthecap.com/2016/04/04/frontier-takeover-verizon-landlinedslfios-texas-florida-causes-big-outages/

and

http://www.fiercetelecom.com/telecom/frontier-lost-40k-potential-customers-during-botched-verizon-cutover-mccarthy-says

Unfortunately for the former Verizon customers, the April Fool's Joke was on them.

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

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Re: Other Intel Chip

<quote>This is what happens when you are a big company and you throw out your older engineers in order to increase shareholder value.</quote>

Edited for clarity.

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VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

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Re: And so it starts

<quote>Unfortunately the bull is in the china shop now, and the ropes come off on January 20th, so hope is all that remains.</quote>

Edited for additional clarity.

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Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

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Re: End user ...

Is that YOU, Loverock Davidson?????

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Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

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Re: Design failure

Colin,

You forgot:

Throw manglement under the bus at each and every opportunity I get.

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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Re: When you've done the penalty, that should be it.

<quote>If you allow companies to fire anyone with a criminal record, then you're effectively saying they should never work again. </quote>

You fail to understand the ramifications of this specific situation.

IIRTAC (if I read the article correctly), the candidate inquired IF having to pass a 'records check' was an integral aspect of being hired, he was told NO.

That did not absolve of his responsibility to disclose it, and, in the eyes of the employer, such a failure to disclose a criminal conviction offers insight to his honesty and integrity. It may also open him up to being blackmailed; which for people in IT, open up avenues for all kinds of mischief in a corporate setting. Without knowing exactly what the responsibilities and duties were; he could be interacting with the employer's customers systems and have access to sensitive data. Any risk manager would cringe at this prospect.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Can you hold down the power button

<quote>Some people are just morons who shouldn't have passed the interview for the job in the first place.</quote>

NO, just skip the interview, and directly promote them to manglement.

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Lad cuffed after iOS call exploit knocks out Arizona 911 center

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Re: AZ sheriff

<quote>Just did a Google and found that the Sheriff himself is now being charged with contempt of a Federal court order, so might soon be enjoying a little camping out himself. (Or would that be at a Federal campsite?)</quote>

I would hope not!!!

I have a much better place for Sheriff Arpaio in the event he gets convicted - A Federal SuperMax prison. Drag that arrogant son of a bitch into the cell, and weld the fucking door shut. He can rot there until he finishes his entire sentence.

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Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

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Re: Stop training users not to update!

<quote>Or had the UI needlessly changed because of an update?

Most users see updating as something that breaks what works, adds crap they don't need nor want, and makes their device harder to use. Of course they're not going to run the updates.</quote>

Mozilla, I AM looking at YOU!!!!

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RE: something you "have" and the last is something you "know".

<quote>Once the person has returned the keys, they are no longer able to access. </quote>

BUT what IF they had them duplicated???

Then all bets are off.

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Oh God, here comes the artificially intelligent boss bot – look busy!

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Re: Code Executing Officer

<quote>Does one of those have the power to put nasty bits of code in front of a firing squad?

I can see a use for that.</quote>

So can I.....

Like the people behind systemD.

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Take it away, ICANN: US States drop internet handover lawsuit

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WTF?

"""Motivations""" for stopping the transfer?

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) (Oh, look at this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Paxton )

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R)

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) (Oh, take a look at his Career as AG: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Pruitt )

Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt

Could the motivations be political in making???

Enquiring minds want to know.

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WD gives My Passport spinning rust drives a lick of paint

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Re: Help Desk: Q: What kind of disk drive do you have? A: Blue

<quote>(That said, I wish power cables weren't all black, having different dark colors would make sorting through my surge protectors at home easier.)</quote>

Then I guess that you have never heard of ty-wraps or colored electrical tape?

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Cheer up Samsung! You might get back $400m for copying the iPhone

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Re: Samdung deserves to pay the fullest amount

Nah!

You have drunk too much APPLE cider!!!!!

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It's executive whack-a-mole at Big Data replicator WANdisco

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"Karma" is such a B*tch!!!!

It is pleasing to see the beancounters on the losing side of a corporate cock fight.

Someone forgot the first rule of corporate power: Make SURE that you have the stockholders backing before you fire a CEO.

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These diabetes pumps obey unencrypted radio commands – which is, frankly, f*%king stupid

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RE: "Cost of doing business"

<quote>Not so sure about that. The potential losses in the resulting court case could offset the savings by several orders of magnitude.</quote>

And one such mechanism to get the manufacturers interested in implementing safety protocols would be a multi-Billion dollar "hit" (lawsuit).

Recently, I noticed legal advertising for patients who take certain blood thinners who suffered varied injuries as a result of the software in a PT-INR1 testing machine producing the wrong results. Just the ticket to prod manufacturers....

1 In layman's terms: the time for your blood to clot.

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No surprise: Microsoft seeks Windows Update boss with 'ability to reduce chaos, stress'

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RE: Why don't they just summon a daemon?

<quote>No, no, they're strictly for senior senile management.</quote>

FTFY!!!!

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USB-C is now wired for sound, just like Sir Cliff Richard

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Be careful what you wish for.....

<quote>Are (simple) USBC to 3.5mm TR(R)S splitters and straight adaptors really beyond our scribe's powers of imagination? </quote>

Only to have the MAFIAA required DRM baked in to the converter.

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Hubble spies on Europa shooting alien juice from its southern pole

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Water on Europa

If When humanity ever reaches Europa, one of the most likely first opportunities for exploitation of Europa's water will be by one of the global conglomerates that sell bottled water.

I can picture the 'tag line':

OUR bottled water is TRULY out of this world!

And those with more money than brains will engage in 'conspicuous consumption'.

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Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

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Re: 16.04 Long Term Support

<quote>then you either have to follow each subsequent release until the next LTS, or else somehow jump back to the previous LTS (not sure if you can do that without re-installing).</quote>

Here is a hint: 'IF you can afford the space, set up at least 5 partitions (6 if you must have 'swap'), and keep your data files separate from /home. Load the O/S into its own partition, and set up the data partition to be 'automagically' mounted at boot. Like this:

/dev/sda1 : Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

/dev/sda2 : Ubuntu 16.10

/dev/sda3 : Ubuntu 17.04

/dev/sda4 : Ubuntu 17.10

/dev/sda5 : data

/dev/sda6 : swap

You might 'adjust the location of 'swap' if you want it in between the O/S partitions. You get to the other O/S installs by embedding the GRUB bootloader for in that partition in that partition and chainloading it. In essence, you 'boot twice' for any of the non LTS installs. It isn't the easiest thing to do, but once you "get it", you are free to blow away an outdated O/S partition, and experiment with something else.

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Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat

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Re: Only 1 year?

<quote>Seems pretty light.</quote>

But, he could be put on a life long NO FLY LIST which would be the best karma possible.

I wonder what he did for a living? Did it involve travel?

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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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<quote>What about the 4a?

4a

A person who is so full of his or her self importance that every single IT issue they have is urgent and must be looked at first. Forget about everybody else, they are just not as important as these people.</quote>

Do you mean senile manglement???

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Public masturbation not a crime declares Italy’s top court

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Re: Oh stop

WELL DONE!!!

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EU court: Linking to pirated stuff doesn't breach copyright... except when it does

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Re: Barking up the wrong tree?

<quote>Dude. This is the EU. DMCA is US law. I'm not sure why you think one matters to the other.</quote>

You must have forgotten that Team America acts as the World Policetm.

'Merkin law applies world wide.

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