* Posts by ecofeco

4315 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

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Re: It is not so much the companies as the idiot management.

Exactly. They fired this guy without first securing and verifying their access. Fuck them.

Negligence on their part is not malice on his part.

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Re: Triano Williams goes to court

Didn't read the article did you? There was NO other staffer. It was just him running the whole thing.

He sent the laptop back with the tech notes. The school failed to verify they had access and didn't know until a MONTH after he left. Why? Because there was NO one else in the IT department.

If he can show "the paper trail" then fuck the school.

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Re: Article Headline a bit misleading...

Why should he have helped them in good faith? They fired him. Fuck them.

He sent back the laptop. They failed to secure and verify they still had access before they fired him. They have a racial discrimination lawsuit against them. They are deliberately trying to conflate the two things to gain sympathy from suckers like you.

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Re: What ever happened to exit interviews?

Companies do know how to track this stuff. They rely on the IT department for this function. But when you fire everyone in your IT department, well.....

Much derp ensues...

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Re: Google-generated storm in teacup

Why doesn't Google just restore access to representatives of the organization paying the bills?

Because manglement is too stupid to know this, let alone do it.

Everyone outside of IT really does think computers are magic and anyone can do it. Yes, they really do suffer from severe cognitive dissonance. And everyone IN, IT also thinks just anyone can do it.

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Re: Well of course...

...but I wouldn't be surprised to find out this sort of scenario plays out a lot.

It does. I've been through several mergers and vendors changes and if the companies don't do what is required to secure access and keys to the kingdom, they are fucked. This includes a budget for the knowledge and number of employees required.

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But is he? The more I see this story, the more it looks like the school's fault all the way around.

You fire me and then want something from me and I haven't broken any laws, you ARE going to pay out the ass or fuck off.

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Re: Sounds like

No just the school. They should have never fired the guy without first securing the keys. They are trying to conflate one incident with another so that people like you have some empathy for them, when it was most likely THEY who trashed the PC with all the tech notes, and did not verify and secure that they had all the passwords before firing and very damn likely they did racially discriminate

The lone admin owes them nothing.

But we'll just have to wait and see.

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Re: Good for him?

Good for him? How is his website any different from any others offering the same service?

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There's just something...

There's just something a little more charming about British fascism compared to American fascism.

Maybe it's the accent?

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Devs reverse-engineer 16,000 Android apps, find secrets and keys to AWS accounts

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It's 2027 and developers are still doing really dumb things

I've got your future headline ready.

No need to thank me.

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OpenIO, blind nano-nodes and coffee cup detection

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What you don’t know, you can’t look for - obviously

Like hell.

Not according to many people I've met. If you don't what to look for or that the thing even exists, it's still your fault. And no, they shouldn't have to tell you what the thing is. You should just know.

Fuckers.

Yeah, I'm on a "people suck" rant today.

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AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs, says HPE CEO Whitman

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Meg is just following the HP tradition in place since Hewlett and Packard retired.

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Re: Still laughing at the title of this article...

it's been to replace highly paid, highly skilled workers with their lower paid, lower skilled equivalents in "best shore" locations.

Be fair. This has been HP's action since both Hewlett and Packard retired. It was even worse when they choked on the Compaq buyout.

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So what DOES HP make these days?

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Re: Do we though?

Isn't there something better, more creative, more human, that the humans could do? Or are you saying that the humans need to be kept occupied in some unnecessary employment to keep them off the streets? To keep them out of trouble?

Flame on, but yeah, most people do. Most people I've met in life are nosy, trouble making busy bodies and giving them more time to pursue, what many a philosopher and not my humble self, has pointed out is mankind's most pursued activity, not minding their own business, is not my idea of enlightened living.

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

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Cars are obvious and very public status symbols and also something that many people HAVE to spend a lot time using, so comfort, reliability and pride are very important.

PCs? Not so much.

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Re: Windows 10 wasn't the messiah to reverse slumping PC sales?

Whocouldaknowed?

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Re: The operating systems are the problem

No, hobby, home and business markets were developed simultaneously.

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Several problems

First the market is saturated. Most customers are just average people who barely know how to use a computer. If it breaks, they often don't bother to replace it, why?

Second, because the average computer is still too hard to use for the average customer. Period.

Third, see above.

Fourth, mobiles phones do what the average users wants: play games, send messages, takes pictures, browse websites.

One of the smartest things ever done to the PC was to create a UI standard. The action bar at the top was a giant leap forward and helped people familiarize themselves to the actions needed to be productive in their daily work-a-day jobs.

Then everyone started breaking the UI standard so unless forced by their jobs, serious need or overwhelming wants (games, pictures) they just gave up and don't care.

The other was "plug and play". Sure, it isn't and never was perfect, but in the last 10 years, we've seen THAT broken as well. Install program or device? There is ALWAYS a damn software update that may or may not fix a problem or make it worse. The average person gives at that point as well.

Summation: PCs are still too much of a pain in the ass for the average person to care. The industry has screwed itself.

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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Re: Pretty worrying appointments...

There is no upside except to unfriendly foreign powers.

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Re: Storm in a teacup

Did you miss the part that it's a website promoting... wait for it... security?

And you don't see the irony in that?

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Re: And fo rhis next trick

You just THINK you're joking...

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Re: You've all been had.

How did I forget mfws?

Thanks for the reminder.

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Re: I wonder

Trickle down indeed.

J6P has been getting pissed on for decades.

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Re: Awhhhhhh, how sweet

Oh it's pretty much the same almost everywhere.

Patronage is the rule in politics, not the exception.

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It's not just your browser: Your machine can be fingerprinted easily

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Re: Mine doesn't give that data.

Thanks AC. I've been saying this for years.

Apparently elegant and efficient are just not as hip as making everything as complicated as possible for street cred and job security.

Not to mention the fucking security holes all that bloat creates.

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Drone biz Lily Robotics takes $34m in pre-orders, ships nothing, shuts down, gets sued by San Francisco DA

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Incompetence or fraud

Millions of dollars and they couldn't find a suitable camera?

They've got to be kidding. I find that very hard to believe.

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The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't

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Re: yet again..

The U.S. has become, by definition, a police state. A very nice police state, gilded cage and all that, but a police state none-the-less.

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Re: Sometimes I dislike law

It's no slippery slope. It's outright police-state tactics.

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Re: Re. slack space

Your troll skills are weak.

You should "random search" some better material.

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Re: This is repair?

In this case the tech gets his $500 for finding the evidence on the computer he examined. He doesn't get more if the defendant is found guilty. He doesn't get more if more evidence is found on other systems owned by the defendant. His incentive to plant evidence on other systems is therefore non-existent.

This statement makes no sense. You agree the tech is getting a reward, but then say the reward is no incentive? WTF?

In case you don't know, most Geek Squad techs are paid shit. There may be isolated regional examples of above average pay, but most make $13hr. (oh I see it's been raised a whole fucking dollar in the last 6 years) To someone making that shit wage, $500 is serious money. It's an entire weeks pay, before taxes.

Best Buy is also a known shit employer who regularly fuck their employees often and hard.

There is so much incentive to make that $500 it would make a whore blush.

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Re: This is repair?

Do you then think that the technician then broke in to the doctor's home and loaded the images onto a Mac, his iPhone and two hard drives?

How do we know the feds didn't?

That's the problem. They already tainted their evidence.

Ever heard of "fruit of the poisoned tree"? The FBI really should know better.

Again, I am NOT defending the doctor, but I am defending everyone's right to due process as written in the Constitution. The Founding Fathers weren't stupid and often opined that they knew the risk of letting the guilty go free. That is was preferable to the oppression of the innocent. Something that seems to really go against human nature, it seems. Why is that?

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Re: OC Weekly...

A better car analogy is taking your car to a garage for a small repair, and they then take apart the interior to see if they can find any evidence of narcotics, which they then report to the feds for a fee.

That was basically my point. That having custody of some else's property does NOT give anyone the right to do with it as they please.

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Re: This is repair?

Oh it's definitely enough. Those tech are paid about $12hr.

And this is the real question.

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Backpage.com kills adult section, claims government censorship

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Many of you really missed this one

Child prostitution or not, it is still illegal as hell to advertise prostitution anywhere in the US.

That it is allowed at all shows just how corrupt the whole situation really is.

I am all for consenting adults doing whatever they want in private as long as nobody gets hurt, but the idiot that owns backpage is breaking the law. Fuck him.

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Re: Sigh:

Are you seriously saying banning adverts for child prostitution is not doing anything?

You really should take a cab home.

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Re: Hypocrisy

More money that way, ya see?

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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Re: Another dystopian future

You have no idea how incredibly fast the US is moving to that scenario.

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Re: Land of the brave and free?

The US has been moving that way since the 1980s.

In fact, the US has set the gold standard as THE police state of all time, with the most people currently in jail than any other country in the world.

East Germany ain't got shit on that.

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Re: One has to wonder

No wonder. No reality.

It really is that simple.

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Re: ...and the laaaaaand

Home of the knave.

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Re: Now THAT is worth hacking

Uh.. Bob... you realize these are Repubs trying to push this, right?

Bob is THAT broken clock.

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I thought that has already been tried? Wasn't there an article here about it?

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Re: How would this even work?

Like how a blurred, low-resolution image from a security cam can eventually be transformed into a clear picture of a suspect if the boss simply says the magic word "enhance" enough times over the technician's shoulder.

Well it works of crime drama TV, doesn't it?

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Re: Move along, there's nothing to see.....

It doesn't mean that it has a chance of passing.

You've not been keeping up with the times, have you?

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Re: Taleban

Talibaptists actually.

However, still not enough upvotes for you!

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Hahahahahahaha

Fucking clueless morons.

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Panzura picks up $32 million growth funding

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Huh?

WTF is a cloud storage gateway provider?

I mean, it's either cloud storage or it ain't. Everything else is fluffy wankery middleman bullocks.

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EU wants power to fine behavioural data bad boys and the ad men aren't happy

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Not enough upvotes for you for you either!

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