* Posts by Just An Engineer

56 posts • joined 4 Nov 2010


The biggest uptick in demand for software devs by bosses is for... *rubs eyes* blockchain engineers?!?

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Re: Blockchain

Could also be called a Management Chain..

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Pot Plants?

" artfully lit and adorned with pot plants, brick walls,"

Having this benefit alone would make not having Mugs agreeable.

US prosecutors: Hey, you know how we said 'net gambling was OK? LMAO, we were wrong

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Considering this DOJ, I would assume the Giant Orange Pillock will be trying to get back into the Casino business, in the not too distant future, and wanted NO additional competition. Either on-shore or Off.

Americans are just fine with facial recognition technology – as long as they get shorter queues

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Re: I think the real problem is...

You beat me to it.

Notice it doesn't ask, "what if it screws up N% of the time?" or "what if it wrongly identifies you?" or "would you support strict limits if facial rec. wrongly identified and caused X people per day to be detained for Y minutes/hours?" and "what if one of those wrongly identified and detained caused a delay to your flight?"

They did not ask as they know the results, if it becomes personal, then no one would want it around. if it caused them to miss a flight to see the grand kids they would be right pissed.

I have always had a healthy skepticism of the accuracy of "online" polls. Since most of us just ignore them and only those with nothing better to do will fill them out. But I am SURE it must be reflected in the margin of error.

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

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Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

I think you meant G.W. Bush shut it down. Started the shut down in 2004.

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Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

To keep him at his word, 1956 Miles x 23 million = ~ 45 billion. Granted there are rivers and natural barriers, but he did say a wall from sea to shining sea.

Amazon exec tells UK peers: No, we don't want to be dominant. Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues

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Re: Tax allowance for costs is a grace

"Now they're making money, as the shareholders insisted on some return on their equity"

I might just be me, but if stock purchased prior to 2006 for around $5.00 per, or even in 2016 when it priced out at ~$300.00 and today it is $1650.00 per share, I think they have gotten more then a fair return on equity.

Shareholders have not asked for profitability only share price appreciation.

Gartner to wearables biz: Through failure comes success!

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The 2018 Ig Nobel Prize Winner

NUTRITION PRIZE [ZIMBABWE, TANZANIA, UK] — James Cole, for calculating that the caloric intake from a human-cannibalism diet is significantly lower than the caloric intake from most other traditional meat diets.

REFERENCE: "Assessing the Calorific Significance of Episodes of Human Cannibalism in the Paleolithic," James Cole, Scientific Reports, vol. 7, no. 44707, April 7, 2017.


Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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I think Caddy Shack 2 should get a reboot. The Original was so bad a reboot could not help but improve it.

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

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Re: .cobol

"when the boss comes in at 5:30 in the evening and says he has a presentation at 10am at CeBIT the next day and needs 40 slides..."

There are 4 little words that come to mind when this happens to me. "sucks to be you".

Or conversely "it's really going to be a log night for you, boss."

Usually when this happens the "Boss" has known about it for 3 to 4 weeks, then the Oh Shite moment happens and remembers the night before. Usually when his boss asks if he is ready for tomorrow...

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts

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Re: Case sensor

In the WAAYYY back in the day, you did the same with the Sparc IPXs and IPCs. If for some reason the system was shutdown over a weekend, you did not hit it with a mallet, you dropped it on the desk.

It seems the lubricant used on the drive spindle would congeal when it cooled off, specially if the system was a couple years old, so a good slam on the desk top while powered on would crack it free and it would boot up nicely.

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Karma can be tough

Working for a large Financial Services firm via a well known Professional Services firm in the early 2000's. My jobs was to keep the Solaris systems running and ensuring the replication to the DR center was running and up to date, with limited back log.

Since I was a contractor and being paid by the hour, I did not care if I had to go to the Office once every 6 months, so the DR could be tested on a Saturday.

For the next 14 months This was done and duly documented. Then the S&%T hit the fan. There was a new Service Delivery Manager put in place, who frankly did not know his Arse from a hole in the ground, and he wanted his "own" people on the contract.

Since my contract only had another month to run I was shown the door at the end. He was "smart" enough to wait until after the bi-annual test. Test went smoothly and everyone was happy.

Then a mere 6 weeks after I was shunted out the door, a real disaster occurred. Apparently a contractor managed to dig up the networking cable to the building where the DC was located, and they assumed the fail over would occur automagically. It didn't since the clustering SW in use at the time did not have the intelligence to perform that act.

So my phone rings on a Wednesday night and it is the new SDM, and he is begging me to drive into the city and help restore the services. I politely decline the offer. My replacement was supposed to be fully certified in this particular SW and should have been a no brainer. Turns out that was BS as well (no one ever checked the certifications).

Since I had already accepted a new position and was awaiting my start date, and since I had tee times for the rest of the week I felt absolutely no guilt watching from afar the CF that was this disaster.

Hooo boy, Commvault, your activist investor is not a happy chappy

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Dear Elliot Mis-Mangelment



Commvault Management

HPE HQ to leave Palo Alto birthplace as it 'consolidates' offices

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Dear Mug

"no one dares tell you the clothes you wear are invisible."

Now I will have that visual in my head for the rest of the day, Thanks A Lot...

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: Rudd

that would be something like Amber Rudd Raxacoricofallapato.

How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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Re: If they’re a 'DevOps Expert', they probably aren’t

You had me right up until you mentioned Agile...

Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

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Re: What will this country do once everything has been outsourced?

We don't want them, we have enough dysfunctional Pols of our own..

A Beer because that will be the only thing left.

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

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Hmmm, well. Either it will become:

Actually not surprising at all.

They only want to inconvenience "them Forinars". We cannot be inconveniencing the locals, you know the folks that pray at the alter of the Great Orange One. Of course because it kills the tourist trade, they also do not care since it will keep them "Forinars" out of "our" country. Yep Making Amerika Great Agin....

But you also miss the real reason: It becomes a money making scheme for the airlines. T

Use this as a way to rent device to the parents of fidgety kids o long and short haul flights. Those who really need to have something can rent the "approved" tablets to watch the airlines entertainment offerings. Win Win for the airlines.

So the evil overlords get something out of it, and they do not care since they fly private anyways.

Wow, someone managed to make money on Fitbit stock – oh, 'fraudulently'

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Actually it is called the Death Penalty. They can be shut down. It never happens but it can.

Also in the Good Ole US of A corporations have all the same rights and "privilages" and a real person. At least according the the SCOTUS. But they also have legal protections. Don't Get Me Started....

Need one of these now.

IBM's pension fund sells most of its IBM shares

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Re: Fiduciary responsibilities and all

That is why over here they changed the laws after Enron. Firstly 410K plans in many cases gave just 2 options, Company Stock or a guaranteed interest account. So you know where the "growth" was, and most people chose the company stock. The collapse of Enron and other companies around that time, Lucent Technologies and MCI WorldCom, come quickly to mind, made this change imperative. Only a certain percentage of a pension fund can be company stock, and it is a very low percentage. Also the company can no longer dictate that the 401K must be in one or the other, GI or Company Stock.

IBM: Remote working is great! ... For everyone except us

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Re: Is it just me, or is this "retro" trend appearing in workplaces ?

Plus the bodies are not there to Hail Caesar, to massage the Managers Ego. So since this type kind of manager requires this daily, then the home worker is automatically redundant since they are not hear to kiss their @$$. In this case it will also restrict the chances of career advancement, since you were not there to learn to art of @$$ kissing.

IBM to UK staff: Get ready for another game of musical chairs

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Ask Watson

I wonder if they have ever asked Watson to drill down into their "BIG data" and find a new business model that works. Unlike the last 8 or 10.

I think they know better then to try that, I can see it now.

Ginni: Hello Watson.

Watson: Hello Boss.

Ginni: Watson, Can you root around in our BIG data and see if there is anything salvageable and then develop a business plan to match?

Watson: Of course Watson Can.

Ginni: How long will this take?

Watson estimates the time till Hell Freezes Over to be 1.6 million years.

'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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Re: At the risk of sounding controversial...

"On a personal and moral level it may be dubious, but companies aren't people." Actually in the US according to the SCOTUS they are people.

Dell EMC lifts the post-acquisition axe, swings

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Re: Hopefully...

Agreed since that is where the cuts I know of have taken place.

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: "While streamlining is never our first alternative, and we strive to minimize it as course of action, in a merger of this size it is necessary given some overlap in functions."

I call BS. Overlap in functions are not design, development and engineering. That would be the marketing droids, and HR functions that are an "oeverlap in functions". Engineering no so much.

They are eliminating folks from the higher paid locations, and will more then likely just keep everything in business friendly, (read Cheaper) Texas.

At least there are jobs available in the Ma, and Ca areas for those affected.

A vintage year for snoopers and big state-ists

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" CEO Ginni Rometty, meanwhile, wrote to the President-elect explaining how she, for one, welcomes the US’s new orange overlord, and reminding him how as the chief of a large technology company she could be helpful in rounding up others to make America great again."

Now this was nearly "laugh out loud funny", since this company has done all to can to make America the land of the H1Bs and outsourced native workers.

Since the overall US head count is down about 70 percent over the last 10 years, but world wide headcount has remained pretty steady, I would guess they can certainly "MAGA", in the image of the Orange Man.

Facebook hires Hillary Clinton to lead assault on fake news*

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Re: Sharing is not Believing

You also forget that Darwinism has been put on hold by the Nanny state. Which means there are millions out there with their uneducated preconceived notions, that believe these to be absolutely true. If the evolution of the human race had not been put on hold for the last 30 years, this may not be the case. The "weakest" or "weakest minded" among us would have been eliminated from the gene pool years ago.

And if you doubt what I say about Millions. How do you explain the ~63 Million who voted for Trump. I could excuse about half that number, but not all of it.

Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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Re: "Lukewarm Lemmings and the Lysenko Larceny" at FauxScienceSlayer

"Only those who are profoundly ignorant, ill-educated, ill-informed or who in the pay of oil and coal companies deny the reality of climate change."

You just described 40 percent of the American population, and I am not sure it might be higher. At least if describes the 25 percent of the population which showed up and voted for the man of Orange.

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

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In this part of the world...

they ask you on the application if "you have even been convicted of a felony" if you answer yes then the little box asks for details. If you answer no then move on.

The last question on the app is usually "do you attest to the accuracy of the statements above", if you answer yes, then move on.

However, by not disclosing you had a conviction, you have essentially lied on the application, and this in and of itself is enough to get you fired, or not hired at all , depending when it was caught.

Not sure the rest of the world has the same type of system.

KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

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Re: Get the IT head's head on a stick.

"It's too bad they got rid of all the old punishments", otherwise impalement might be an option for complete incompetence.

Trumped? Nope. Ireland to retain corporate tax advantage over the US

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Re: Yeah Donald, you punish those coastal elites

trickle down yes, and not to forget teh elimination of the Estate Tax, that only him and his rich buddies have to pay. If eliminated as he wants, it would save the Trump Spawn 4 Billion if his self stated worth is correct.

Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: What's truly important here...

Actually I see an independent investigation into the leaks from the FBI, and many career officers being shown the door with extreme prejudice.

Dum dum dum - another cloud bites the dust (Adobe's photo cloud)

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It is the 1st rule if IT, but IT does not control the Bean Counters and they want you out at the first opportunity, in order to "reduce the cost of IT". Since most of these fools still see IT as a cost center and not the keeper of the family jewels.

ICANN taking over the 'net from Uncle Sam? Ted Cruz to the rescue!

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Lack of Intelligence

How can you tell it was written by the Staff of one of these fools? Someone actually knew what the root zone file was and how it was spelled. You knew these 4 ID10Ts didn't.

Email reply-all cat-nado drenches Cisco inboxes with pics, memes

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Re: Usually

It is even funnier when they hit reply all and tell everyone "do not reply all".

Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Re: The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) IS THE PROBLEM!

That is how it is already done. You work for XYZ corp, and you invent something, the corp usually has the ownership of the patent, you register it in your name but the patent is assigned to, and all resulting possible revenue belongs to the corporation.

New twist in telco giants' fight to destroy the FCC's net neutrality

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Laws or not, telecom is a utility with big upfront costs

You mean the bill the taxpayer has already footed for the promised and not delivered bandwidth. The US Taxpayer has already paid these vultures 100s of Billions of $ to upgrade the networks. Most of which was never done, and was partly responsible for the ruling in the winter on the "what constitutes Broadband". Since they will never deliver what was promised with the tax breaks they were given to deliver it, then the taxpayer should have the option to take over the infrastructure.

If there were a couple of bodies floating down stream then so be it.

Citizenfour director Laura Poitras sues US for years of border security harassment

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Re: No doubt that "our democracy" is anything but

There had been NO bigger embarrassment to the US then the war criminal that occupied the WH from 2001 - 2009, as well as his puppet master "simon bar sinister".

This was initiated by that group of people in 2006 or can't you read. If you want to spill your vitriol at this WH, at least get your facts straight. Now I also believe this start well before the Snowden revelations, so it may have something to do with it continuing, but not why it started.

My top three IT SNAFUs - and how I fixed them

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Dead Quiet Data Center

Working in a datacenter with a break fix engineer to repair some servers. There on the other side is an escort with a truck driver to remove a rolling cabinet and relocate it to another location.

While working away, the DC goes dead quiet. Looking up I noticed the truck driver was just heading out the door. He was fairly running down the ramp to the loading dock.

It appears the BIG RED BUTTON about 6 feet up the wall was though to be the door release.

So the power interrupt between the DC / Call Center and the UPS was turned off.

From the time of outage to my mobile ringing was abut 30 seconds. After explaining what had happened, my Mgr said he would be right over to help bring things back online. Then the Director and most of the staff arrived,to do what exactly I do not to this day know. My manager and I were just sitting and waiting for power and they could not understand why we were just sitting there.

One problem, the company that owned the building has laid off the building engineer, on the previous Friday. So there was no one either authorized or with the knowledge to reset the power.

Took just an hour to find an electrician to reset power. Then while waiting for that to take place all of our servers needed to have the power cords disconnected. Had the director and staff do this, since there were storage arrays that needed to come up first , then the servers.

Meanwhile there were alarms starting to go off in the next room, it seems that the call center had battery backup, and the batteries were only good for 45 minutes, since there would usually be a generator to kick in when the power went down.

It only took about an hour once power was restored to get the rest of "my" stuff back online. But the BIG RED BUTTON(s) had covers installed on both sides of the door, and you had to sign in and out of the DC which was really a PITA.

Data AWOL? Thank God for backup. You backed up, right?

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Re: Tell the management

All to often it is the Backup Admin who fails to test the backups and it is usually due to not considering it important. As a Backup, Recovery and DR consultant, I have spent the last 7 years going to customers and examining the processes, architecture, and helping to design backup, RECOVERY as well DR Strategy.

Management always overlooks the recovery part. They believe that its backed up so I am covered. However the BA needs to stress the recovery portion is important as well and usually fail to do so.

When a BA has been in the same position for more then 5 years and I have seen them in place for as long as 20, then the resistance to change is incredible, this is called being to comfortable in the job. I have had BAs shocked when even before I have finished my interview with them, I can give chapter and verse on the processes they use or in many cases not. Some of these guys think they are the only ones doing it this way "this is what we have done for the last (pick your number) of years and it has always worked......" When people have been there that long the process is usually ignored if it even exists, and the documentation is non-existent.

I have had front line management tell me to make sure I pointed this out in my final report so Sr. Mgt would see that I saw what he was telling them, and I did. It shows a definite lack of ambition being in the same desk in IT for more then 5 years and even that can be interminable. Especially when advancement and career paths are available in larger organisations. But they all believe they will be the boss wen the current one leaves ,and it does happen which only perpetuates the current poor practices.

Why does Uber keep its drivers' pay so low? Ex-CFO: 'Cos we can'

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Re: Cab drivers dont make a ton of money either ( at least in the U.S.)

Actually they are not employees, they are considered "contractors" and they usually rent the cab from the cab company. So by the time they pay the "rental" fee, and fuel, there is not usually much left. They essentially have to live on the tip they receive.

FCC hit with SEVENTH net neutrality lawsuit

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Re: This just feels wrong...

Ah but were that true.

The SCOTUS has declared Corporations are People, regardless of what the actual Constitution says.

Even though they cannot be sued due to special protections given a Legal Entity. They cannot not usually be held criminally liable, particularly the firearms industry. There are many advantages to being a Corp.

Cisco boss Chambers: It's our fault H-1B visa shakeup is struggling

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You Want more H1B

If the tech companies want more H1Bs then prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that there are no qualified "locals" in the part of the country you are looking to hire.

There are pockets in the country where you have people unable to answer the 2 + 2 question correctly, but most tech companies are not located there.

The problem is the H1B holders are essentially indentured servants to the company for the period of time the visa lasts. So the pay is almost always much lower then you would get a qualified "local" to do the job. So the requirement should be "is there a resident qualified that can do this job, yes or no" fairly standard binary question. If no then maybe a visa holder. But prove it to me that there is no one local with facts not the usual, we can't find anyone. You could if the pay was competitive.

Private equity grabs Informatica for $5.3 BEEEEEELLION

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Good Bye Informatica

LBO = We will saddle you with the debt required for the LBO, then sell of the rest of the pieces inside 18 months.

It's all got complicated: The costs of data recovery

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@1980s_coder Archive

You hit the nail squarely on the head.

I have over just the last 3 years done a number of File System assessments, only to discover that as much as 75 percent of the data, in any given FS, has not been accessed recently. By recently I mean neither accessed or changed in over 180 days, and many for over a year. The customer then has the light bulb moment that they really should look at archiving and some sort of HSM solution. This they discover remove 70 percent of unstructured data from the backup stream and frees up an enormous amount of primary storage as well, thus killing 2 birds with a single stone. It is relatively easy to make the case for archive if they don't have to also purchase additional primary storage every year.

Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Well here in the good ole US of A we have more then half the population thinking the guvmint can spy on anyone as long as it keeps us safe from "terrists".

Then they go about screaming about getting our "guvmint" back. There is a complete disconnect in this country between Security and Security. If they want to spy on us then I might have a problem, if they want to spy on the bad guys then more power.

They just do not see the idiocy in their arguments.

These are the same people who want Snowden tried as a spy and not protected by current on the books whistle Blower statutes.

Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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Actually it is about the paymasters not wanting any competition and finding someone to pay for the lawsuit. TN AG is probably doing the bidding of the "broadband providers" under the umbrella of State vs Federal.

NORK internet outage was payback for Sony hack – US politician

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He is a Republican From Texas, they only know how to talk in that manner.

Premera Blue Cross is sick after hackers plunder their servers

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A Sophisticated Attack

This was a sophisticated attack. That is always the response when an American company gets it data stolen. Yep sophisticated alright, open this email attachment so i can deposit this Trojan on your desktop, then i will track your key strokes and grab your system password. There was probably someone sitting outside the building with an unsuspecting users password and jumping on the companies unsecured wireless network.

Is it just me or does this happen more in the US then anywhere else, or do we just do it bigger in the US of A, and how did this go undetected for 8 months? There needs to be a REAL penalty for these A$$hats so if you security is so lax nearly any fool can access you systems and steal the IDs of now more then 100 million customers. There needs to be a corporate death penalty for crap like this. There is NO excuse.

Abuse of health data deserves JAIL, thunders ethics body

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Privacy appears to be a funny thing.

Google was required to remove from it searches a public webpage stating a certain person had filed for bankruptcy.

However it appears that there is litle outcry when your health records are made quasi public, or that housing can be denied based on information supplied by the government, which may or may not be accurate.

This is really disturbing and you should be more then angry if these are in actuality accurate.

Privacy is something that is being eroded every day by the governments around the globe and the monied interests where profit and executive compensation is the all important driver.


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