Why are "we" calling asset strippers and market manipulators "activist investors" now?
Um, because it's an equally accurate description as the two you offered, perhaps?
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Sadly whilst ever there is data held in databases, someone will find a way to steal it.
I'm pleasantly surprised by how CareFirst have handled this, they appear to have been up-front and honest with their customers.
Contrast this with how so many other big companies in recent memory have behaved after a data breach.
I have no axe to grind here, just thought it worthy of comment.
The Northumbrian Police have released a statement saying:
"In anticipation of tonight's demonstration, we have authorised the use of lethal force to control the crowds, and have mobilised more than 15 police vehicles, a helicopter hovering overhead, and three or four officers in sniper gear to deal with the gathering, which may cause dangerous and severe obstructions to a major highway."
Wouldn't it be more practical to have a gyroscope turn really really fast to accelerate the rotation of Earth?
What we need is every able-bodied member of the population to stand facing away from the direction of the Earth's rotation, and start running really, really hard all at the same time...
I'm sure this would be trivial to organise.
Oh come on, guys?
Yep, It's only last year we were sent a backup of a database from a client, they wanted us to import the data into their systems. Turns out they were running Microsoft SQL 5 on Windows NT4, we had to build a legacy machine just to read the data!
Minimal set of apps and still has a GUI software center.
I don't get why you need a GUI for software installs? Seriously, I don't get the point of them?
If' there's a piece of software I want, I find it in a repo and then apt-get, or yum install depending which machine I'm on.
If it's not in a repo then download the source.
I mean, come on, who'd give their child a christian name that no-one can spell correctly, never mind Starbucks personnel.
What kind of stupid name is it, anyway...
Ha, ridiculous! You wouldn't catch me going around with a name like that...
Hang on, just off for a word with my Dad...
You know how each packet is supposed to have a responding acknowledge packet which is source routed back to the originating hardware address using the Bourne Protocol? Well ours has apparently been flipping between Ghost protocol and the Fourth Protocol because of a memory issue
Yet they still felt the effort to create the "sweet" snake logo, nickname (surely took several researchers multiple 2-hour meetings to agree on it) and marketing release was justified ey?
Agreed, you can imagine the marketing meeting for a new vulnerability:
MarketDroid "You can't call this new vulnerability SPLODGE! What does it even mean?"
Tech "Well it's an acronym of what the vulnerability does".
MarketDroid "Well think of a better one! We can't use SPLODGE, it would adversely affect uptake of our new product... er, I mean... er... no-one will take any notice of this critical vulnerability..."
The thing is, although all of our important stuff was migrated some time ago, I'm really really going to miss Server 2003 R2, it was just so rock solid (for a Windows product).
We've got 2008, 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 running in various places, and not one of them is as reliable as 2003 R2 was. They all have their own idiosyncrasies which seem to translate into unexplained crashes or downtime.
In which case I will offer my services. I have extensive experience in Refrobulation and indeed, was instrumental in designing many Reciprocating Flangulators.
Ah, I'm glad to hear it, I've been having terrible trouble with the elliptical cam gradually sliding up the beam shaft and catching on the flange rebate, with disastrous results as you can no doubt imagine.
Seriously, if he's doing it on his own time, how's it any business of his employers?
I don't know if it is still the case, but historically a police officer had to adhere to certain moral, ethical, and legal standards in their private lives - for instance they would face disciplinary action if they defaulted on a debt, and were prohibited from taking part in certain activities.
The offence committed would be "bringing the force (service) into disrepute".
PC-as-tellybox just not a popular enough idea, it seems
Well, no, I don't think that's true, PC-as-a-tellybox-but-having-to-run-the-whole-of-the-Windows-software-stack-underneath was maybe not as popular...
The Linux based ones were/are much more frugal in their power needs, and will run on minimal hardware, meaning you don't need a big PC with lots of noisy fans running - not really something you want under your telly...
Has the human race really degenerated to the extent that they need to be told that wearing a watch strap (or other close fitting, non porous item) can cause a rash due to the build up of sweat between the strap and the skin?
I suppose Apple will face a class action now, instead of the litigants being told to fuck off and grow up.
It's nearly as bad as having to mark a packet of Dry Roasted Peanuts with a warning sign:
"MAY CONTAIN NUTS!"
Nature editor Henry Gee, a palaeontologist and evolutionary biologist, said a feathered dinosaur with a wing membrane "is not something anyone would ever have expected to find."
As a complete lay-person, I wonder why that's the case.
If it's accepted that there is an evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds, then to me, there must have been a point in the evolutionary process where you would have pre-bird lizards with some type of wing, or post-lizard birds with wings, and therefore the existence of fossils of these must have been expected to exist, even if no-one had yet found one?
The fact that there are no obvious signs of feathers on the wing doesn't mean it's much different anatomically to present day birds - feathers on flight surfaces were perhaps a later refinement.
My roast chicken this weekend had a wing membrane without feathers...
Network Rail already have an existing countrywide telecommunications infrastructure which is completely independent of public communications and the internet, so they may not be as susceptible to external attacks as some other industries.
Whether they choose to make use of that network, though, or whether they consider this an opportunity to cut costs and use the internet instead, remains to be seen.
when did they stop making repairable Land Rovers.
Well I reckon it was the later model 300Tdi - so '87 onwards? when they introduced the ECUs in both the Defender and Discovery. Prior to that I reckon they were still completely fixable by a knowledgeable home mechanic.
I started with a Series 2A SWB in 1983, and have owned (and fixed) most types of Land Rover since then at some stage or another.
I really dislike the fact that my D2 is mostly black boxes, but it's still possible to do stuff yourself (like the injector loom) to stave off the effects of old age.
The D3 onwards however, you've got no chance...
And why do people still bang on about reliability? There are no unreliable cars anymore, it's not 1981 and we don't pull out chokes and flood cylinders.
The Land Rover brand has had a well deserved reputation for poor reliability with their recent vehicles, particularly to do with their electronics and electrical systems. The early Discovery 4s in particular were known to suffer from various problems on a regular basis.
However, I do believe most of these have been sorted in the last few years.
From my own experience in a Discovery 2, the wiring loom to the ECU has required replacement due to oil contamination twice now, due to poor design, and the sunroofs are known to leak badly, although mine doesn't have this problem.
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