* Posts by ps2os2

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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

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Re: Some would say...

Maybe they could trim down to the bone. Then there wouldn't be any more cloud cr** that never works when you need it, but by MS's account the availability is ta 95 percent and hey 95 percent is good enough, right? Hey, there Mr. Robot car would mind taking me home, please? Mr. Robot car: SIr the clouds are wet and it will be iffy if I can get you close, how about Scotland? Apple and a few others are about to put another major chink in MS's armor. Frankly, even if MS ever did get a car on the road I would refuse to ride in it, their attitude towards the customer frankly su***. And I am sure the customer would like to pay extra to use the cloud that doesn't work 5 percent of the time, would they put a meter in the car and every time the car accesses the cloud the costs would go up while driving you to your destination and gets lost.

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

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COMCAST is the WORST ISP PERIOD

I called up support people about people were sending me emails, and they were bouncing as according to COMCAST email servers I didn't exist.

I talked to one support person who passed me off to another. I finally put my foot down and told the person I want to talk to a manager.

The manager gets on the line and tells me he will have it fixed by next day.

Next day I get a call from a telephone person saying that the birds are causing the problem and he has some magical spray that will put an end to that. I rolled my eyes and told him to go for it.

I saw him spraying. Next day I called up and informed them the issue was not resolved. I told them I want a server person that could explain the issue. I was told I couldn't talk to them. I said OK, how about canceling my service.

Next day the problem was fixed.

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WORST ISP ... Not even close it is COMCAST

I called up support people about people were sending me emails, and they were bouncing as according to COMCAST email servers I didn't exist.

I talked to one support person who passed me off to another. I finally put my foot down and told the person I want to talk to a manager.

The manager gets on the line and tells me he will have it fixed by next day.

Next day I get a call from a telephone person saying that the birds are causing the problem and he has some magical spray that will put an end to that. I rolled my eyes and told him to go for it.

I saw him spraying. Next day I called up and informed them the issue was not resolved. I told them I want a server person that could explain the issue. I was told I couldn't talk to them. I said OK, how about canceling my service.

Next day the problem was fixed.

That is the worst ISP.

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What's that, Equifax? Most people expect to be notified of a breach within hours?

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Why is it the none of the "reporters" and none of the "Government agencies" have engaged their brain cells on this..............

One Answer: Trump

Follow on the answer: Trump has put billionaires and other people entirely unqualified people in charge of the government. He is making the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) into a political hack that you will no longer be able to trust any medication that is sold in the US. The others range from a person who is supposed to be in charge of education to one that wants to outsource education to other companies who want to run the system for profit. Another wants to close down our National Park system, like The Grand Canyon, or Yellowstone etc. Another one that has been put in charge of our Nuclear system to a person who wants to shut it down. This country will poison itself before the communist take over.

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NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

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The real question is when Trump blows the planet up and there is nothing to come back to, what do the astronauts do?

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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Re: Rolf

Hope there is no shrinkage because of the noise cancelling earphones.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Scammers are children compared to US scammers

Everyone in a while you pick up your phone and there is this unbelievable fast talking person after they get you to stay on the line for about 5 minutes, they then will start talking about your brothers and sisters with her name and they know what age they are, they go into extremely detailed discussion of your life and the amount of DEBT you have and about how much you owe in credit card debt. They also know how much you owe on your house and how they could get you a better rate.

I listened to one for two minutes he thought he had me fooled. I hung up on him, I don't have time for such foolishness. These guys are *GOOD*.

If you want the personal touch you can call these 1-800 (toll-free) and talk with a person that has a special talent and she will read you like you have never been read before. These girls are scary, They also get $5 a minute so they keep you on the line as long as possible.I am told these women are excellent talks and before long your phone bill is-logging with charges, first its $5 then connect time j

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NYPD head of IT doubles down on Windows smartphone idiocy

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Is the blond in the article the same person that did this deal?

If it is, start watching out for the ditzy blond jokes as she is one of her own makings.

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Uber sued by Uber for tarnishing the good name of Uber

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Re: Maybe just change your name?

4. Trump Hotels

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Re: Why does she still have that job??

The old Daley days are long gone and sure there are some hangers on. But, for the most part, the old timers are retired (or left).

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Re: Brilliant.

They probably know she is incompetent and wouldn't let her work there.

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Because she is the daughter of a billionaire, that is why.

Bloomberg did a good job for NYC. The powers that be decided hey if one billionaire can do a good job, why can't another?

This indeed what happens when you let rich people who don't have any concept of the job try to do a job that they are incapable of doing.

Bloomberg did it right and got the best people, he would never have allowed her in the job in the first place.

There is a term for these types of people, but it is lost in short term memory.

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

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Uber

This is typical of a dot com company to treat its users so poorly. I would never use them as the people that I know can't make a living off of it and they do work 12 hours a day.

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Drive-thru drive-by at McDs after ice cream no-show, say cops

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A couple of years ago, there was a picture of a BMW convertible that was parked next to a fire hydrant. (illegal in the US). The picture also showed 10 fire hoses and the water that comes with them. The inside of the BMW was a small pond. Couldn't have happened to a better person.

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He already has a golf course down there (which at one time was advertised on the State Department web site but taken down).

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Global Warming and Florida

Be careful, if Trump hears about that, he will build a wall along the northern border of Florida and will tell the US that Florida will have to pay for it.

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Re: Flaunting a replica assault weapon in the US?

In the US the police tend to gather at one of two places. Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, to be eligible for a Darwin Award the event would have had to take place at either place.

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Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

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Re: When will this bosses realise it works both ways?

I used to be a manager (until I quit). One of the groups I managed was a help desk. I asked for volunteers to come in 15 minutes early on each shift to take turnover. This woman said she would. great, about a week afterward I came in 30 minutes and was doing something else and I watched her come in and sign in and sit down and read a book. I asked the shift people did she ever take turnover, and they said no. I let this go on a few days and watched her out of the side of one eye. I finally went over to her and asked her why she wasn't doing her assigned job to do a take over from the previous shift. She indicated, well if they had anything to say they would. I told her she couldn't come in 15 minutes early anymore and I would find another person to do takeover. She went straight to personal and complained that I was discriminating against her. I explained the situation to personal and they said I had to give her 2 weeks notice before taking her off. I was really mad. Next day I told her that she had 2 weeks and then no more overtime. She went up again to personal and complained. They called me up and I ask, what was the problem now? They said I could not tell her any more overtime, even though I would give it to others. I said fine next time there is an issue you will have to take care of it as you are micromanaging this. The woman was never offered over time again.

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The cheek of it! Beach bar owner shoots nude bather in the booty

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Low jeans

The Low Jeans thingy has been around the US for 20 or so years. Mostly the black gangster types do it. It's their thing and if they like it and it doesn't hurt anyone let them have their "Fashion" statement.

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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