* Posts by Fatman

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OK, your boss allegedly called you a lazy n*****, promoted the person you trained ahead of you and paid you less, but you can't PROVE it's racism, Facebook says

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RE: """prove""" that it is racism


Note the location of the office:

North Carolina, in the heart of Dixie, aka the South; loser of the War of the Confederacy (also known as the Civil War), and a place where ownership of blacks was legal.

Although it was more than a century and a half since the South lost, that attitude (of racism) is still alive and well. It is demonstrated by bumper stickers or license plate that feature a Confederate soldier and the stars and bars, and bear the phrase: "Forget, Hell"

So the allegations made do not surprise me one bit.

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Re: And this my friends

<quote>Is why you have to be very careful about who you hire in the first place.</quote>

Perhaps some of the downvoters might consider this:

"You would not want a convicted embezzler as your company's accountant, now would you???"

or some one who is a drug addict. (For the same reason - easy access to your bank accounts.)

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Re: I'm hoping UX/responsive design is a phase

<quote>The light grey on a white background paradigm seems to have spread from Apple</quote>

And the UI designers that implement it ought to be:The light grey on a white background paradigm seems to have spread from Apple

1) tied to a telephone pole, and whipped,

2) beaten with a baseball bat until most/all of their bones are broken,

3) have their eyes put out,

4) boiled in oil, and finally

5) burnt at the stake.

There are many people who need more contrast in a display screen, and those utilizing such a low contrast UI do not appear to take their needs into consideration. Inconsiderate bastards.

Pokemon No! Good news: You can now ban the virtual pests, er, pets to stop nerds wandering around your property

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Re: Pokemon No :o)

<quote>proof, if any were needed, that the devil looks after his own ffs :o(</quote>

You forgot the appropriate icon -------------------------------------------->

Former DXC Technology veep accuses 'toxic' CEO Lawrie of bullying staff in lawsuit

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Re: RE: Mean: Is that a valid management style?

<quote>"manglement "

Are you 5?</quote>

NO, add 60 to your suggested number.

In the cited case, manglement is a truly deserved title. Those in charge of the company looked at their jobs as getting paid to FOAD, and let the `peons` do all of the work; running the company into the ground.

They misled the owners, causing the value of owners investment to slowly diminish over time. They made sure they rewarded themselves, and punished the employees by withholding raises.

So, YOU tell me what is a more appropriate label? Manglement fits perfectly!

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RE: Mean: Is that a valid management style?

Sometimes it is.

I have seen evil, wicked, mean and nasty used to drive out executives that can be (charitably) described as "entitled twats" after a change of ownership. The new owners wanted to send out a clear message to the employees: do your job, or else.

For those that showed up every day, did their best despite the laziness, indifference and effects of manglement, they had little to worry about. But manglement, feeling entitled to working from home instead of going in to the office; it was a wake up call.

The general opinion of manglement was that they (manglement) believed it was OK to FOAD[1], and collect a paycheck for doing it. Manglement felt that the previous owners basically "gave them the company to run", and they chose to run it into the ground, instead of doing their jobs.

Meanwhile the other employees busted their asses keeping the company running, and finally, the former owners got tired of the lies and excuses, and sold the company quietly.

Did the shit hit the turbine blades the morning the new owners arrived!!!!

For each executive in the list, the response was the same: "Working from home."

That did NOT sit too well with the new owners. They consulted their lawyers, and then unleashed hell on manglement, which occurred one morning when the asset recovery agents showed up at manglement's homes with court warrants and sheriffs deputies. The warrants were for all company property and documents at that residence. Those agents took their sweet time tearing up the place, looking for everything.

Manglement was told that in no uncertain terms, their work from home privileges were abolished, and manglement better get their lazy asses into the office.

The next morning, they got sacked without severance pay. When word of the sackings reverberated through the company, the morale problems started to disappear. The employees were no longer stuck with stagnant wages while manglement rewarded themselves with raises and bonuses for incompetence and laziness. It took less than a year for things to turn around.

[1] (in this instance) Fuck Off All Day

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Hilton to DXC: "You screwed me!!!!!"

Hey Hilton,

As head of GDO you screwed people out of their jobs just to placate your boss, and meet some 'aspirational goal'.

Now, you are the one getting screwed!!!!

I have absolutely NO sympathy for you.

Karma is such a bitch, isn't it??

Prez Trump orders Uncle Sam to step up AI efforts – we all know the White House knows a lot about artificial intelligence

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Re: We could replace him with a Raspberry Pi...

I agree with the commentard that opined that a Pi would be overkill. I suggest something using either an 8080 or 6502.

Redditors start flinging Pooh after mega-forum takes cash from Chinese behemoth Tencent

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Re: Who cares?...

<quote>I'm not sure how Reg does their subliminals...</quote>

You might ask amanfrommars1, he might know.

Intel SGX 'safe' room easily trashed by white-hat hacking marauders: Enclave malware demo'd

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Re: Untrusted code

<quote>OK, hands up. Who here trusts code from Sony (for example)?</quote>

Not me for one.

I played one of their rootkit infected CD's on my personal development computer; and lost everything.

Fortunately, I had a recent backup,

I promised myself - never DO THAT[1] again.

[1] Use a development system for entertainment purposes.

Wells Fargo? Well fscked at the moment: Data center up in smoke, bank website, app down

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Re: Job opening

<quote>I see the position of Business Continuity Manager coming available soon.</quote>

You can probably add Executive VP of Operations to that list. (One would expect that PHB to supervise the BCM.)

Icon, because it is appropriate.

I wonder, did they hire anyone from the UK banking industry???

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

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Re: "retard ratio"

<quote>There is, according to US military research a 16-18% retard ratio in the human population - up to 18% of a given population can't be trained to point a rifle in the correct direction and use it. Yet we have given these people a Brexit vote... I'll let you do the math..

Oh... Right.. Sorry.

If you ever wondered by the way why the Conservative party get in most often - you can thank the retard ratio.</quote>

I think that is also the best explanation for tRump being elected in the USofA.

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it

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RE: "Shhhhh Don't tell anyone in the public about your recently discovered bug"

<quote>Professor Gus Uht, engineering professor-in-residence at the University of Rhode Island, USA, argues that everyone would be safer if those who discover serious vulnerabilities refrain from revealing the details to the public, allowing the flaws to be secretly fixed by vendors and developers, and updates pushed out before anyone crafts suitable exploits to hack victims.</quote>

OK Prof, what do you do about those vendors who just sit on their hands, and ignore the bugs???

My opinion of your position is lower than the bottom of a cesspool!

Windows Defender update: So secure, it wouldn't let Secure-Boot Windows PCs, er, boot

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Re: Windows defender stops Windows 10 from booting?

Didn't you know??

Windows IS malware!!!

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Re: At least you can get your machine back maybe -- sometimes with updates you are not so lucky

I gave you an upvote for clearly expressing your dissatisfaction with this intolerable situation.

I had a similar epiphany some 12 years ago, and made the decision to completely rid myself of anything Microsoft. (See icon)

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Re: Or another lower (and falling) number.

How about:

Officer 357?

Someone at Microsoft could take a clue......

Struggling with GDPR compliance? Don't waste money on legal advice: Buy a shredder

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"GPDR Compliant shredder"??

Fucking Marketing Weasels!!!!!

Lawyers' secure email network goes down, firm says it'll take 2 weeks to restore

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RE: Remind me why we got rid of those nasty fax machines, clerk?

Because the beancounters said it would cut costs!!!

Oracle boss's Brexit Britain trip shutdown due to US government shutdown

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Re: Just deserts... I hope he got a TSA "audit" too!

I bet there are many at HP who would like to see the TSA effectively Roto-Rooter his ass.

While Windows 7 wobbled, AI continued its relentless march at Microsoft

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Re: Azure not Linux

Allow me to correct you:

<quote>Win10 is just a conduit to allow this to happen ad slinging malware masquerading as an operating system.</quote>


Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: "trump is a bullshit artist"

God's honest truth!!!!

I upvoted you for that!

FCC tosses aside rules, treats Google to a happy ending following request for handy tech

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RE: Commercial monopoly

Considering that amount of cheaply1 produced tat flowing out of the Far East, is it a bad idea to allow only higher power levels for products that are certified to comply with the regs?

Cut too many corners, and that waiver can be revoked.

1 As in poorly engineered or manufactured. Current security of IoT tat is a prime example of this shove it out the door quickly and cheaply mentality.

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: In education

<quote>The reason that one truly is forbidden, is because it let's us know the real truth about managers (who have their sense of humour surgically removed when they sign the contract to become manager).</quote>

The contractual lobotomy, the prime reason why I turned down a promotion to manglement.

Anyway, it is more """fun""" to take cheap shots at them, rather than having ones taken at you.

NASA names the date for the first commercial crew demo flight

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Re: Prediction

<quote>CIMON is going to be "broken" soon. Very soon.</quote>

Or blown out of an airlock!

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

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'orange Klown' reference

I had to award one upvote for the reference.

FCC slammed for 'arbitrary and reckless' plan to change how text messages are regulated

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Re: comforting innit.

<quote>We should all hope the cash spigot is left wide open through lack of regulation so executive bonuses can trickle down.</quote>

Trickle down, MY ASS!!!

Do you honestly think the executives are going to share those bonuses???

There will be a giant sink stopper at the drain of the executive level preventing any such "trickle down".

From Motown to lockdown: Detroit bathroom bung IT exec gets one year in the clink

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Re: +1 is never enough for an ED-209 comment.

I gave him one, because I too appreciated the reference.

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

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Re: The beginning of the end...

<quote>...goodbye MS, you’ve shot yourselves in your feet nuts. Muppets.</quote>


OpenStack 2018: Mark Shuttleworth chats to The Reg about 10-year support plans, Linus Torvalds and Russian rockets

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Considering Ubuntu

<quote>I'll consider Ubuntu when they ship with a Qt based DE as standard...and got rid of systemD.</quote>


Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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RE: And how do you KEEP it that way? ...

<quote>And how do you KEEP it that way? Especially against both clandestine bridging and PHBs who don't know better?</quote>


"Man Overboard!!!!"

Uncle Sam, D-Link told to battle in court over claims of shoddy device security: Judge snubs summary judgment bids

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RE: now bend over and accept judgement !



Heart Internet stops beating, starts Monday with big portion of FAIL

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Re: Maybe

Your suggestion is somewhat incomplete. Here is a more complete version:

<quote>They need a 5Kg percussive maintenance application directed at the PHB's balls.</quote>

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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Re: Arggh no.

<quote>Don't tell me, Lennart Poeterring is involved with Wayland?</quote>

$DEITY, I hope not!!!!

£220k fines for dodgy dialling duo who didn't do due dil on data

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Re: Mass Dialers

In the USofA, many local school districts use them to inform parents of events at their kids local school.

Have you ever, ever felt like this? Have strange things happened? Is high-speed data going round the twist?

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Re: Is it someones job at El Reg just to work on punny headlines?

Sometimes it is so bad, you can almost "see" the sarcasm expressed.

But, then again, I am a sarcastic son of a bitch.

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator

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Management """Tools"""

<quote>And you tell me just what management tools he has at his disposal.</quote>

IF it is like a former mangler I had to endure, those tools are:

1) a big mouth, and

2) steel toed work boots.

If the use of tool #1 doesn't achieve the desired result, then judicious use of tool #2 to your ass usually does.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: Deinstall Win 10?

<quote>Microsoft has announced that its customers will finally be able to remove more of the cruft that arrives with a Windows 10 installation. In 2019.

I'd rather be able to remove the entire OS - i.e. all of the cruft.</quote>

It is simple, just get a Linux Live CD.

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

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Non repaiable surface..

Microsoft took a page from Apple's playbook.


HP dangles subscription hardware at power users

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RE: leasing hardware

Some one else who gets it.

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Re: Does not take long to buy the hardware ...

<quote> Does not take long to buy the hardware ... at $156/month.</quote>

You are right, it doesn't.


In the USofA, no thanks to the Tax Laws, you run into the old debate - CAPEX vs OPEX.

Buy it outright for (let's use a round figure of) $3700. That's $3700 straight out of your pocket (and possibly out of current profits), and you have to depreciate it over its expected lifespan. Assume a residual value of $100 at the end of a 36 month lifespan; you get to 'write down' the value by $100/monthly. Again, assume that you bought it in early January, and your first year writedown is only $1200. You have to carry the remaining $2400 as an asset, and can not depreciate it until year 2 and 3 before it no longer benefits from a depreciation schedule. If that $2400 came from profits, then guess what - you pay taxes on it! Only in year 2 and 3 do you get the benefit of the previous expenditure. That depreciation goes against profits from year 2 and 3.

Contrast that to a lease - leases and a straight expense, written off as a business expense as they are incurred. No taxes paid on those writeoffs.

Now you have some inkling as to why beancounters want to shift as much CAPEX into OPEX as they can get away with.

Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast

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"""Spending Money"""

<quote>Plus, the beancounters prefer spending money on fixing tomorrow than on digging today because digging is more expensive in the short run and nobody knows what the long run is anymore.</quote>

Today's MBA induced mentality is to always think in short term objectives (e.g. next quarter), you will not be around to reap the rewards of any long term thinking, as it is likely you will be gone in 5 years.

Second, there is that good old debate over CAPEX vs OPEX.

It's the real Heart Bleed: Medtronic locks out vulnerable pacemaker programmer kit

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Re: Humanity is doomed

<quote>We need a purge of these loons, hunt them down ruthlessly, lock them up for good put a bullet into the back of their head.</quote>



Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Re: The above is all well and good if you're running a business

Not all businesses have on staff IT people; and are reluctant to spend the money to have updates applied. So it becomes a case of fucked if you do, or pwned if you don't.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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RE: Um - 1900 was a Leap Year (it's divisible by 4 but not by 400).

In a word - NO, it was not.

<quote>Um - 1900 was a Leap Year (it's divisible by 4 but not by 400).</quote>


Screwed SAP salesman scores $660,000 jury award

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Re: Damn, I thought IBM had the title of the worst company ever.

<quote>...but it used to be a pretty decent company and it is nowhere near up to the standards held aloft shat upon by Oracle, SAP et al.</quote>


Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Re: New contractor

<quote>Ahh, a "pink slip" then.</quote>

Also known as walking papers.

Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins

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Orbital cleaning

Here, I thought that has already been done (so to speak):


'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls

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Re: Poor FCC Commisioner Rosenworcel. She will now be inundated and the carriers will laugh.

<quote>I'm not sure if this is still the case, but in the US aren't mobiles charged for receiving calls as well as making them?</quote>

One word answer - YES!

And $DEITY help you if you are on a plan that provides X minutes per month because you do not need an """unlimited""" plan. Overages are a BITCH!

Pain spotting: Russia's Aeroflot Docker server lands internal source code, config files on public internet

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Re: Shock

Aren't most websites are created in this manner???

Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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Re: Commitment

<quote>Office 365? Office 3.65 0.365, more like...</quote>


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