* Posts by Nunyabiznes

315 posts • joined 6 May 2010


BOFH: Bye desktop, bye desk. Hello 'slab and a beanbag on the floor


1st sentence

Got me.

We joke about some of our coworkers having prime particle detection space attached to their necks but I like this even better.

Thanks for the laugh!

Amazon triples profit to $11.2bn, pays ZERO DOLLARS in corp tax – instead we pay it $129m



So, by losing 25000 jobs in the NYC metro area this is a win by OAC and her cohorts? So what if there is a tax break? The long term taxes (especially in a tax heavy area like NYC) will outweigh the short term loss (assuming the breaks are structured correctly). The taxes on wages and other knock-ons add up quickly also.

This is aside of whether I think (as I've stated before) that there should be a flat tax on all income including sales, stock dividends, etc. at the Fed level. I've also stated that if a company is paying less that what your tax laws were supposed to make them pay because they figured out a LEGAL way of reducing them via your tax laws - well that isn't the company's fault. They beat you at your own game.

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


Re: Welcome to the world of Corporate Exec bastards

To be fair I've seen this in virtually every organization big enough to have a chain of command. By the time a person floats up to an executive position they stink (mostly).

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut


Good man gone

I have quite the collection of Haynes (and Chilton's) manuals. They might not be comprehensive, but they are certainly helpful. Sometimes just having the firing order handy is worth the price.

I gave my non-mechanical son a Haynes for his car when he went away to college. I take great pleasure in asking him if he RTFH when he calls me with issues. :)

National Enquirer's big Pecker tried to shaft me – but I wouldn't give him an inch, says Jeff Bezos after dick pic leak threat


Re: Right...

So Bezos, whose company is hosting Pecker's, sent Gavin Becker to investigate Pecker, and Pecker tried to stop Gavin Becker by exposing Bezos' pecker, but instead Bezos exposed Pecker(s).


Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles


Century Link

It looks like it was a Century Link fat finger that caused the issue. It just so happens that we use CL for our backup fiber and noticed that those circuits were having intermittent issues late Monday and until lunchtime or so Tuesday (MST).


Re: Marketingspeak?

Well while you're down there have a look at Microsoft's service!

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos


Tax Rate

The problem isn't the tax rate, it is the ability to legally avoid taxes. Make a flat tax on all income regardless of variety with no exceptions. This applies equally to businesses and individuals. I would prefer 10% of a million vs. 70% of 0.

The problem with this is that overnight you would add thousands of unemployed to the rolls. In the US, the IRS would be virtually completely unnecessary. Tax accountants, lawyers, most bookkeepers even, would be in the streets.

Oof, are you sure? Facing $9bn damages, Google asks Supreme Court to hear Java spat


Root for?

While I think Google's argument is probably correct, I would feel slimy rooting for them. And rooting for Oracle? EWWWW.

Oracle robbed just about anyone who wasn't a pasty white male of $400m, says Uncle Sam


Re: Be surprised if this goes very far ....

It was an 8-4 opinion, with the majority opinion written by, yes, a Pres. Trump appointee.

I didn't bother looking up all of the Panel's bios, but I am fairly confident that not all 8 majority-consenting judges were appointed by Pres. Trump.

Your world view would be improved if you just set aside some bias, much like I counseled many friends to do when Pres. Obama was in office.


Re: Be surprised if this goes very far ....

And to the DNC. It pays to pay off both sides. Most big companies understand that.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?



Chicken of course!

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff


Pfft. He wasn't a good manager anyway. If he was it would have been an underling's head in front of the wheel.

Google to yoink apps with an unauthorized Call Log or SMS habit from Android Play Store



"unless the ad-slinger has OK'd the given developer's justification"

ie. the check has cleared.

Techie basks in praise for restoring workforce email (by stopping his scripting sh!tshow)


MS update

Did the OP ever work for MS, say in the Win7 update group this spring?

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow


Re: And the opposite...


I was laid off once for telling a manager that. I could prove that he held the project just to screw over a couple of us and our scheduled vacation but it didn't matter.

Ended up getting a better job, so no harm no foul. I wouldn't mind having a little anonymous wall to wall counseling with said manager though.

BT: Soz about that £1.3m CEO bonus vote, shareholders. Friends?



How can a bonus be justified when the company's share price has fallen drastically under your tenure?

*If there were a world wide recession and the company value declined less than the average, maybe.

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol


Re: Again the BOFH teaches me something

Simon's plan is working. You think you know more than you do, inevitably you will start trying to use the flawed knowledge to climb the corporate ladder. That's when you will become the sacrificial goat to the real plan Simon had running. Plans within plans within plans...

UK taxman told to chill out 'cos loan charge is whacking tax dodgers and whoopsies alike


Re: also Christa Ackroyd

It was a loan repaid with hours of their lives. Fair enough?

Wanna save yourself against NotPetya? Try this one little Windows tweak


Re: Makes You Wonder...

A company where IT has quite a bit more input to business processes than we do here.

Honestly, this is a very proactive approach. It also puts everyone involved with IT security on the hot plate. While it would be uncomfortable to find out (maybe) you aren't as good as you thought you were, better to find out in controlled circumstances than with the Next Big Thing.

Did you by chance hack OPM back in 2015? Good news, your password probably still works!



I work for a small local government and pretty much everything the GAO recommended is standard operating procedure for us. It isn't rocket surgery people.

Six lawsuits against FCC's 5G idiocy – that $2bn windfall for telcos – is bundled into one appeals court sueball


That's rich.

"They also argue that the new rules deprives them of their right to own property – because they are being told what they can, and cannot, do with their land."

This coming collectively from the very same governments whose planning departments can tell you exactly what you can and cannot do on the land you own outright.

Not that I'm cheerleading for the FCC either. They are all a bunch of dipwiddles.

Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex


Carpenters have a saying

"He's half a bubble off plumb."

She's plumb off her rocker.

Or, she is quite intelligent and values the money she's getting from the attention more than she values random people's opinion of her sanity. :shrug:

Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage


Re: Been there got the t-shirt

When you are lucky you learn by others' mistakes!

Motorola: Oops, phone busted? Grab a spudger and go get 'em, champ



"Nothing is foolproof because fools are so ingenious."

Corollary to Murphy's Law.

Samsung's graphene batteries promise to charge five times faster – without exploding


Sometimes "We're done developing that" means it was a dead end; either commercially or technically.

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...


Quote from the article: "While it may make some uncomfortable to be faced with religious screed while maintaining software,

Really Kieren? This CoC is a screed? I'd say a little bias is showing.

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


Re: Four weeks???

Just wondering: What interaction have you personally had with Mr. Torvalds that leads you to the conclusion he is not a nice man?

I don't know him and haven't had any interaction with him so I wouldn't know one way or the other. All I've seen is what is reported and I can't conflate that to mean he isn't a nice (enough) person who occasionally has verbal outbursts when dealing with obstinate stupidity.

If you have had interactions with him on a level that have made you conclude he isn't, please share.

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean


Raises hand. I do have keys to the house, but damned if I use them much.

I'm more worried about a civil suit from the would be robber because of hearing loss from my dog welcoming him/her into the place.

Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'


Re: "Health minister shares 'vision'..."

Oh, it is a vision - with full audio. He's probably been smoking the peyote. That stuff is awesome for giving you visions that can be interpreted many ways (so I've heard).

Stroppy Google runs rings round Brussels with Android remedy


The ball is in the EC's court

That seems to be the problem, actually. There aren't enough balls there to put Google's googlies to the fire.

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


Re: New contractor

""We're going to be making half the company redundant."

"What are we doing to prevent sabotage of the equipment once we tell everyone?"

"Nothing, no one would do that."

Followed by half the factory going down over the next week as the operators started sabotaging the equipment."

Yep, been there, fixed that. Working at a brand new factory that replaced one in another state. All of the equipment we received from the old factory had to be refurbished because of sabotage. We figured it out pretty quick after the first *BANG*.

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


Re: The answer is simple

That's where the no limit Visa and an ATM comes in. Those countries tend to be amenable to brown paper bags full of currency in exchange for a discreet exit.


Re: The answer is simple

Simples. Just give me their personal name/address/phone number. I'll need a get out of jail free card for each country I'm going to visit. And a really good Visa (and an anonymous visa) for all the travel.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit


Re: It happened to colour TVs, too....

*Raises hand*

I've fixed a lot of CRTs over the years, and I was grateful when indoor smoking became a thing of the past.

We used to have to clean overhead cable trays in a certain high security area every year. It took a few years before we got all of the bleah out of the crevices after smoking was banned in the area. Ick.

Isn't it amazing how much has changed since the 60s (specifically in IT/electronic repair/etc)?

As one Microsoft Windows product hauls itself out of the grave, others tumble in


Upvote, but the fork of Android that would have to be done to make it work as well as Winphone on the backend would be hard slogging.

I quite liked the 3 winphone based handsets I had/have (I know I am in a very small subset of mobile phone users!) and they did everything I needed in a mobile and did it better than the competition. Good battery life, good camera, good call quality.

Of all the things that MS do to piss me off, wrecking their phone division ranks right up there with everything Windows except 98, XP, and 7.

Still holding out on Windows 10? Microsoft tempts upgrade with virtual desktop to Azure


While we have made Win10 work, it has been much more fiddling than should be necessary. Win7 was much easier to manage. The GUI is enough different that we probably could have gone to one of the various .nix distros and had less user training. The holdup, as always, was the vertical market software that was written only for Windows.

For those that CAN go to Linux, please do! Maybe that will put some pressure on MS.

Big Tech turns saboteur to cripple new California privacy law in private


Re: We need to strike back

Thumbs up.

I've been saying this for years. Either you barter your privacy for content or you pay money.

If more sites offered a choice I would be spending a lot of money on subscriptions. Unfortunately most sites that do offer subscriptions still serve up ads and sell metrics.

Rimini Street slapped with ban in Oracle copyright dispute


Re: Irreperable damage to Oracle's Rep

I think he might have meant reaffirming Oracle's reputation.

Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes


Re: "Once these obscenely rich people have grown out of their thirst for continuous success"

Warren Buffet is trying pretty hard, in conjunction with Bill and Melinda Gates. And I think Melinda should get more credit than she does. She married the money and then tamed some of Bill's more anti-social/business behaviors. Then started giving the money away.

There are quite a few more, but they don't get the press that Musk, Bezos, et al get. They quietly amassed fortunes and are quietly giving them back without fanfare because they are intrinsically good people who happen to be good at money management and/or lucky.

Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again


Re: Buncefield boom

"I was doing a Windows migration in hemel hempstead at the time Buncefield oil depot went up."

Sunday morning 5 AM?

Windows migrations: Something best done in the dark of night where no one can see you.

Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'


Re: Mini switches and hubs! Grrr

We've got the same policy. Unfortunately our CAO believes IT policies are only there to be roadblocks to innovation and encourages other departments to actively skirt them.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich quits biz after fling with coworker rumbled


special envelope

Someone must have had this tucked away for awhile waiting for Brian to piss them off.

I didn't know Simon worked for Intel...

I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software


Re: Last line says it best

True, but I would settle for developers knowing what they are actually *doing*.

I support way too many applications that were obviously written by the lowest bidder and/or the 2nd string team.

German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way



I had no idea that German IKEAs were like American Walmarts. The more you know...

UK's Department of Fun seeks data strategy head – experience not needed



Our CAO just pronounced that "your new boss does not need knowledge of the subject matter to make decisions".

Our new boss? The head of Facilities. IT are now the computer janitors.

Our CAO was not impressed when I responded to his additional statement of "He knows workflow" with "Only on how to impede it."

CV updated and sent out.

Total WIPOut: IT chief finds his own job advertised


*checks pay stub*

This all sounds so familiar - it is almost as if they changed the names to protect the guilty and are reporting on my organization.

Brain monitor had remote code execution and DoS flaw


Re: All code is written by offshore idiots to the lowest price

"Ah downvotes honesty. I suspect those are from off-shore contractors or their paid schills."

Or could be from people who know just how much shitty code has been\is being written on shore. Cue Linus T.

Floyd Mayweather-endorsed cryptocoin startup knocked out by fraud allegations


Financial advice

It is hard for me to have much sympathy here.

It seems to me that putting faith in the financial advice of a guy that has blown the vast majority of his earned wealth on supporting his posse, various poor investments, many many confidential payouts, fraudulent business managers, etc isn't the best idea. But at least he has the excuse of being repeatedly beat about the head for his miscues. What excuse do the bilked investors have?

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win


Good racing


There are lots of other forms of motorsport that ARE entertaining. Watch and support them.

I've pretty much given up on all forms of pavement racing outside of MotoGP and Australian Super Car. Oh the 12 and 24 hour endurance racing is good too - especially LeMans of course.

But for sheer entertainment I prefer dirt track stock car racing. The little local tracks that have a bunch of people (men and women typically, although fewer women) that work for a living also funding their own programs out of pocket. They are the chief engineer, car owner, driver, janitor...If they are lucky their spouse is the pit crew. I am the flagman at a local track - so biased obviously.

Alternatively, if you like off road racing the new combined Lucas Off Road Racing series is pretty good stuff. They also have regional racing for amateurs and up and coming drivers. I race a regional series so I'm partial. ;)

Robby Gordon's SST series is fantastic to watch. You have to hustle those trucks around.

See also WRC.

See also Dakar.


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