* Posts by ps2os2

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

ps2os2

re: Has a customer ever apologized to you

My incident revolved around an auditor. He had a distrust of the mainframe where I worked. Whenever he called I was honest with him to a fault. Our security system was not IBM's but another one. He was always calling up and asking questions like why did I access this specific data set. I informed that that was part of my job as when a drive was just about to go, I would move all the data off of it to one that was ready for use. That way I told him there would never be calls at 0300 about a drive failing. I was also responsible for all the DASD on the system. It was typical for me to do hundred+ datasets at a time. He was suspicious of me. for some reason. I was installing maintenance on a copy of the system and all of a sudden I was seeing thousands of loggings of datasets that were *mine* (well they belonged to the system). I watched as the logging went up to 3000 or so. For the sake of good relations, I called him up and asked if he wanted to see what I was doing. The listing for applying maintenance can grow rather large as practically every system data set is updated, it was 6 foot high. I put it on a paper cart and took it up to his office and said where do you want me to go through this with you. He was surprised that the listing was so large.

I went through each update and why it was logged. I think his eyes glazed over as I went through every fix that went on. I asked him after 50 pages if he wanted to continue. and he said well could I come back later, I said yes. The next day he called me up and asked if I could start again. I said yes. I got a cola and went up there prepared to start up again. Sitting at the conference table was a VP and our security person and I thought oh no I am getting fired. I asked him if he wanted to start over and he said yes, I was not happy to repeat myself but I thought if I was going down for something, it wasn't what I was doing as it was part and parcel of every day on the job. So I explained the process of how IBM sends out fixes and a little bit on how they are packaged. So I started at the first logging message and what was going on. This was way over the VP's head but the security guy grasped the fundamentals and understood vaguely what was going on. He was getting into it pretty good and the VP fidgeted looking for a way out. I asked the security guy that what I was doing was normal and he said "yes". With that the VP got up and walked out of the room. I asked the auditor if I should continue and he said no. The auditor and the security guy got up and left. So I took 6 foot of paper back to my desk to go through by myself and was done in 2 hours as I knew what if any issues I had to look for.

After that I never was questioned about anything I did. The Auditor actually warmed up to me and apologized for getting me into the situation. He thought I was doing something I shouldn't have and he saw tha it was normal for me to update system data sets on a not currently used system.

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China's 'future-proof' crypto: We talk to firm behind crazy quantum key distribution network

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Didn't the Swiss do this first?

I remember an article about the Swiss doing thi a year or two ago. Anybody remember?

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RBS is to lay off 92 UK techies and outsource jobs to India – reports

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There is a video on YouTube about exactly this and how HR could get around the H1B visa issue and it makes one sick watching it. It is a step by step instruction video on how to get people cheaply for IT.

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America's net neutrality rage hits academia

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Re: It's fairly safe to say..

Wonder how you would react to a Trump Tweet?

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

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Easy fix

Just get rid of all your Windows machines and convert to LINUX. And before the flames get too high, there are plenty of application that will run on Linux.

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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Re: A bit flippant

Look at Trump, what would happen if he tweeted the wrong word. Nuclear war might happen.

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BA passengers caught in crossfire of Heathrow baggage meltdown

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About 20 years ago, I was leaving for vacation as I used to do every year. This year I was traveling to a remote island. I landed and went to the baggage area. After 2 hours I gave up and went to the airline's problem area. Nobody there. Couldn't report missing baggage because there was no one there. I stayed overnight at a hotel (planned). Next morning I went to pick up my luggage and of course, it wasn't there. After talking to some people they referred me to the "right" people. After explaining the issue, I was told since I waited overnight it was not a priority issue. I couldn't get through to them that there was no one there to report it to.

So I took my next hop to a remote island where I stayed two weeks without luggage. I arrived at my home two weeks later and was called by the airline (United Air) that they found my baggage, great I thought but they want *ME* to pay to have the luggage delivered to my home. I called my travel agent and let her know what was going on and next day I had my luggage. Have no idea where it was for 2 weeks though.

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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Re: Waiting....

Knowing that airlines cheap out on just about everything. I expect there is a clause in the insurance policy that if you somehow give access to the pilot your insurance isn't valid. If however you die because of resistance to a hijacker then your policy is limited to X.

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IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

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Around 1995 I was working for a company that had decided to buy a new MainFrame. I needed some numbers for a report I was doing for management, so I called our "local" IBM rep. He informed me that in order to get the numbers I needed we would have to get a contract for IBM to supply the numbers. It went down hill after that. The people IBM brought in were non IBM types and wouldn't talk to the customer unless we signed anoth contract. I brought this issue to my boss and he almost had a heart attack. He called up the IBM rep and was told the same thing. IBM came withing an inch to loosing a sale over that.

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ps2os2

Re: Nobody got fired for buying IBM-

IBM's network (here in the states) has a lousy uptime number. The Mainframe keeps chugging along at .999999 percent uptime. Of course IBM is using INTEL now and it is showing (and not in a good way).

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FYI – There's a legal storm brewing in Cali that threatens to destroy online free speech

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Re: "Proper notification of court proceedings is central to our concept of adverse legal process"

This ruling is likened to our FISA Court. Where proceedings are so secret no one but the filing person knows what is going on. While I admit there is a need for the court, I hope it never expands to anyhthing but espionage.

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ps2os2

Re: Thanks California...

This smells like a Grosuch decision.

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SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

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US Government

Is doing much worse now. Trump gave the go ahead for the ISP's to sell your browser history. Seems like the greedy just got greedier. Privacy just evaporated.

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

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Re: Grandstanding on both sides

He won't be able to do away with them as he uses them in his hotels and his Florida golf course.

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ps2os2
FAIL

Donald's Products

We know his ties are made in a foreign country, there are several other of his products as well. What is his wife going to handle it? If he is true to form he won't. He has contradicted himself so many times you can't figure out when he is telling the truth(even then its up to interpertation).

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Re: You are obviously running a puppy farm

In the US its called a puppy mill. We are trying to eliminate them but pesky state rules get involved.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: IBM sheds more workers – this time, tech sales

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IBM then and now

IBM at one time was the top notch employer in the US. People lined up for jobs and were considered lucky if they were hired.

When I had a question on Sales I would walk over to the friendly IBM salesman that had his own desk in our office.

Ten years go by.

I had to ask around who our sales rep was, nobody knew.

I finally get a phone number. I call the person and he listens to my question and says something to the effect that your going to have to sign a contract in order to speak to tecnical person at IBM.

I asked HUH?

He tells me any question that has to be asked a technical person at IBM now requires a contract.

I left shaking my head.

IBM did a 180 turn around in 10 years. I couldn't even ask about a new CPU that we had bought, We had to sign a contract... sigh.

IBM used to be the customers friend and would gladly answer a question without a flinch.

IBM will pay for this in the long run.

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Google Fiber goes full Wizard of Oz: We're not in Kansas any more

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Comcast is pretty bad

I am a comcast user and have been for 20+ years.

Kansas got the raw end of the deal becuase of Google. I know there are people desparate out there for cable but getting Comcast is a nightmare. Right now you just have lust in your hearts, but its better to have lust than broken promises from Comcast (aka Xfinity).

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New Zealand puts the bite on Apple over taxes

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Now other nations are finally seeing the problem taxes

The US has "breed" the best tax experts in the world. NZ is seeing what the US has been having done to them what the IUS has been doing to us for years. They find a loophole and stretch it to fit them. Ireland is another Tax dodge, for the US as are other countries.

The US must get their system under control. Only one option has been suggested and everybody across the board rejects it (flat tax). GE a multi billion dollar company pays either zero or a few thousand. They broadcast the fact that they have the lowest tax rate in the US.

All those MBA's must justify their salaries and this is one way. If you fire them in a few years some one else will take their place.

I don't have an answer but our tax code is so complicated that it breeds this type of abuse.

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Volkswagen pleads guilty to three Dieselgate criminal charges

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Short sightedness loses business

I was astounded when I read the first stories of this andf found it unbelievable.

The more that came out the worse it was for VW.

Now, hopefully after the smoke has cleared I wonder if VW really knows how much they have damaged their reputation.

I for one would never buy a VW of any type again PERIOD.

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ZTE-gads! Chinese giant fined $900m by Uncle Sam for Iran trade deals

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Where is the Russian - Trump connection?

We know that Trump is entangled in the Russian Mob who is also involved with the Iranian guard in Azerbaijan, I am surprised that you didn't tie in the connection or is this the first layer of the onion to unpeel?

I want to know how a yearly salary of $12,000 (US) got to be a billionaire.

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Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

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IBM office consolidation

Yikes, IBM sold their d/t building to condo types. I expect we will be seeing IBMers out on the street panhandlingm for office space.

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

ps2os2

Re: Absolutley Brilliant

Falling TARDIS?

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Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

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Re: Upside Down World

The new (not yet voted on) Secretary of State has been awarded the highest Russian civilian award. Add to that trump is floating around the WH a memo giving Russia back its status of Most favored Nation.

Also allowing his wife to sell merchandise off the White House Web site out a wrinkle in everything.

Putin (and his FSB agent IVANKA) must be jumping for joy.

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ps2os2

Re: Executive orders and SCOTUS

But Trump does exist in his ALT fantasy world and he doesn't get security briefings everyday.

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ps2os2

Buy stock in any company that is survivalist oriented,. Right now on Cable TV they are selling dried food that can be reconstituted with water.

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

ps2os2

Re: Protocol

Remember this is Indiana and the former governor will be the next VP. Close the hatches and give up all hope.

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ps2os2

Re: And using Google is a good thing?

You get what you pay for.

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

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Re: Didn't some German car companies get stung for billions a few years back?

Also do not forget how VW cooked the books on MPG in the US.

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ps2os2

Apple and Tax's

Tom Cook's claim sounds hollow given their propensity of moving money around the world to suit their needs rather than fulfiling the spirit of the law. I am sure some tax accountant got a tidy sum for letting APPLE figure out a way around the spirit. Shame on Apple.

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Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

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Megaphone

I ran OS2 on a IBM PC and it never crashed in the 5 years I ran it. The only minus I could give it was there was a maximum cut and past size of 32K. Going back and rememberibng 20++ years ago I think this was a Windows issue. It worked nicely in non Win (IBM) code. But then I was never a win fan and went directly to OS9.

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ps2os2

Re: Pity

I think IBM will use this as base for running their mainframes (again). IBM is probably gun shy of letting MS anywhere near their mainframes. Rightly so, in my opinion. OS2 was rock solid and it never crashed (like their mainframes).

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

ps2os2

Re: Government investment in the Police

Now the Brits are BREXIT you should have plenty of quid. Are you going to hold the pols to their promises?

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ps2os2

Re: Government investment in the Police

This sounds eerily like the US and Afghanistan back in the 1980's. Lot's of money for the "police" but not enough for the schools.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Alien

Re: What date is good for you?

I still vote for windows 3.11 its still available and still works

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Booming sales of flippy detachables offers hope to glum PC market

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Re: At which point...

When it becomes Politically Correct.

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FBI says NY judge went too far in ruling the FBI went too far in forcing Apple to unlock iPhone

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Re: Given the choice....

Once the government gets involved into deciding anything there is no real privacy. End of story.

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Your xenophobia is killing us, Silicon Valley warns US Congress

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Re: @Gordon 10 -- No surprises there then

I am a Vet and I certainly don't care how I am addressed but it seems the older one gets the more pumping up of ego occurs. I suspect that the VFW (and others) have a lot to do with it.

I generally don't join such organizations because of these few pompous asses. I dislike all authority figures.

The older they get the more they forget about the people who were civilians and indeed paid for most of the wars, either by taxes or by effort they did contribute. Yes the Vets paid with their lives and painful separation from their loved ones.

The politicians can share the blame especially now days with the Republicans wanting to start every war they can dream up of. The irony of the whole mess is that when we have wounded the politicians finally get the real idea of the cost of these so called wars and when the VA screws up they try and blame the VA rather than properly fund them.

Bah Humbug Politicians aren't worth votes they are given.

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Ah, that new 'baby' mainframe smell: IBM shows off z13s

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Z13S Mainframes

To be fair the cost of any large machine is complicated.

I think the fair equivalence is check which check mark which items you want from column a then column b etc. etc. etc. add them up and that is the cost. Your IBM rep is able to do it on their HONE system and give you a bottom line figure.

Software alas is a different animal and with this you need to do some wheeling and dealing with both IBM and what ever vendor(s) you have. Some will deal and some will not and it will cost you dearly if they don't.

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Comcast celebrates Presidents Day with Gerald Ford impression

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COMCAST sucks

I have been a subscriber to COMCAST for 15 years only because they are the only place to go in Chicago. The other option won't run a line to the building even though their box is right across the street. I am just fed up with COMCAST and their "support" people. Even if I get a "local" instead of India its bad. Of course Chase outsources much of their support to India as well.

Can we get all support back to the US, PLEASE???!!!!!

Don't get me going on forced upgrades at additional cost which I don't get any of the benefits of.

COMCAST can go to hell and I will shove them if I have anything to do with it.

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

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Re: James is a dick...

There was one company here in the US that thought differently and tried to get its workers to sign on the dotted line. After an up roar the company backed down. They thought otherwise.

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Re: a very well known company supplying fantasy wargaming products

Can't help but to remember recently several items on Disney hiring foreign workers to replace local help at a cheaper rate then getting rid of local workers (after having to train them). Talk about chutzpah.

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ps2os2

Re: James is a dick...

This is why you are nice to people even though you are going to fire them.

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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Trump

What Trump isn't saying that he will allow unlimited H1B's to people from other countries.

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Chicago cops under fire for astonishingly high dashcam, mic failures

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FAIL

City of Chicago IT

Yes I live in Chicago and have been for the last 40+ years.

Chicago isn't unique in the IT department, sadly for years it has used obsolete equipment. I walked in to a Data Center one day about 30 years ago and was flabbergasted at the condition of the data center. People were smoking in the computer room old boxes of forms were strewn about and the place was just filthy. In another place the CRT's were brown with tobacco stains and wiring was exposed all over the place.

Chicago has two issues.

1. Is Politics they hire not from the average crowd but hire from the politically connected.

2. They scrimp to the last decimal point on all IT expenditures and they end up getting the worst equipment as a result.

I had one person that left the city and attempted to find a job in the private sector and no one would hire him as his knowledge was 20 years out of date. I suggested he go back to school to get caught up (not that most of the schools in Chicago were really current at the time) but at least he would be playing in the same ballpark.

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Sysadmin's former boss claims five years FREE support or off to court

ps2os2

Re: Dear former boss of SetSquared....

There was a company here in the States that tried something similar. Once the news got out the employer had to retract the request. I agree with your comment about INDIAN types that would be the only ones that would work for that type of company.

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Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

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Peter, Excellent?? He is arguably the worse Doctor yet.

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Who's running dozens of top-secret unpatched databases? The Dept of Homeland Security

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Re: Surprised? Nah

"Remember, the Federal bureaucracy incompetently implements idiotic laws passed by Congress whose members have been accused being less intelligent than a flea by Mark Twain."

Err the pot calling the kettle black?

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Dell buys out EMC in mega-super-duper $67 BEEELLLION deal

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EMC

I am happy management got rid of our EMC boxes last year. Hate to see what Dell is going to do here.

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

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Re: Finally hired someone who knows good software

How many BSOD can MS program?

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