* Posts by ma1010

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Washington Post offers invalid cookie consent under EU rules – ICO

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Well, how about litigation?

Paging Max Schrems, or someone else who can and will file such a lawsuit. Since WP does business in the EU, they either need to comply with the law there or cease doing business there, as far as I understand the GDPR. And since they've been ignoring the GDPR and doing business in the EU, they are subject to some serious fines, right?

A lawsuit of this sort would be, I think, a good thing, as the law needs to be tested in court and clarified as to how it will work in the real world.

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Trump in Spaaaaaaace: Washington DC battles over who gets to decide the rules of trillion-dollar new industry

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The FCC - who controls space?

Well, if you ask Ajit Pai, I'm sure the answer would be

  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • Charter Communications
  • any other similar organization that has him on their payroll

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5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1... Runty-birds are go: 12,000+ internet-beaming mini-satellites OK'd by USA

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Traffic jam?

It sounds to me like a serious potential problem, but I don't know enough to have an informed opinion as to whether it would work or not.

In any event, kudos to the author for the Zappa reference!

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John McAfee is 'liable' for 2012 death of Belize neighbour, rules court

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It makes sense

dies in Belize and gets sued in USA? Im not a legal expert, is that normal?

Lots of things can allow a court to have proper venue, irrespective of where the cause of the suit arose. For example, say you and I signed a contract in Colorado for me to do some work for you in Texas, and I live in California. If you felt I'd defaulted, and you wanted to sue me, you could sue me in any of those three states on the grounds of:

1) Contract entered into there (Colorado)

2) Contract was to be performed there (Texas)

3) Defendant resides there (California)

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Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

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The New Feudalism

The 20th century, for all its horrors of war was the century of the common person. Workers won rights and actually won a living wage and a chance to have a good life. The self-styled elite have been fighting back and winning as we see life becoming harder and harder for average people while a small class of "one percenters" get richer and richer. Life today is a lot harder for the young just starting out than it was when I were a nipper - I'm glad I'm old. Back then we didn't have anything like the homeless population we have today. Back then, if you worked even a McJob, you could afford to rent a cheap apartment. Nowadays, some of the homeless work, but can't afford to rent anywhere to live. Remember when Seattle tried to put in a small tax on large businesses to help alleviate their homeless problem - and oh how did Amazon and Micro$oft scream about it so they rescinded it. After all, those multi billion dollar companies can't afford to pay any tax. Oh, dear me, no.

I applaud those few in government who haven 't been bought out and are trying to push back against the Amazons and other corporate giants who want to restore feudalism and make the common people over into their serfs. It can be stopped. People need the same will they had back when labor unions were first getting started. We need to fight against this "all for the one percent" philosophy that's taking over not only America but much of the world. The Amazons, Wall-Marts and other such companies need unions to help their employees get a living wage and reasonable working conditions and end the practice of these companies hiring so many of their staff on a part-time basis so as to avoid paying benefits. And the governments need to help that happen and to see to it that these corporations pay their fair share of tax instead of getting "incentives" that shortchange the government and the people just so the one percenters like Bezos can bank a few extra tens of millions. I applaud the EU's efforts to get the Googles to pay up and wish it would happen here.

Sorry for the rant, but what's going on these days really pisses me off. I don't mind corporations making profits, but they don't need to rake in all these billions, avoid paying any tax and crush their workers into poverty. There needs to be a balance, but it's getting more and more unbalanced nowadays.

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Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao

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Wikileaks and Trump?

This is hilarious. Yeah, let's sue Russia! And then what? Get a court order for them to Cease and Desist whatever they're doing? Or maybe a money judgement? Pay up, Putin! (Yeah, I'd be holding my breath.)

I wish the Allies had thought of this winning strategy during WW II. Stalin could have just SUED Hitler, won a judgement against him for invading Russia, and the Wehrmacht would have immediately left Russia with their tails between their legs while Hitler wrote out a check for damages. Right? Would have saved countless lives lost during all that unnecessary fighting. Not to mention Blighty could have gotten a cease and desist order about those V1s and V2s and made those stop, and then could have France sued Hitler, too, and been free of Germans without all that D-Day nonsense. Why didn't Churchhill et al. try such a brilliant approach back then, I wonder?

And if Assange had some secret deal with Trump to make the DNC look bad, why is he still cowering in London, saying he's fearful some U.S. Men in Black will whisk him off to Gitmo or some such place the moment he puts his nose outside the consulate?

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Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

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What is this "Past" of which you speak?

Dear El Reg:

Don't make us send the boys from the Ministry of Love over to visit.

Repeat after me: The current update is the only update MS issued this Fall.

Oceania is at war with Eastasia. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia. Right?

-- Your Friend, "Big"

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30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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You're FIRED!

Of course Reid was fired. He realized the bosses were doing something stupid and told them they shouldn't do what they were doing.

Worst of all for him, events proved he was absolutely RIGHT while they were wrong, which is one totally unforgivable sin to a PHB. He simply had to be punished.

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Dot-com web addresses prices to swell, thanks to sweetheart deal between Uncle Sam, Verisign

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Yes, WE lose

The only people that lose out are the millions of consumers and businesses that will have to pay...

Isn't that kind the way it's been, pretty consistently, with everything the current government does? Our government and big corporations are consistently working together to screw us until there's nothing left except the feudal lords and the serfs. Welcome to the 21st century!

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In memoriam: See you in Valhalla, Skype Classic. Version 8 can never replace you

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A new graveyard?

I remember when Novell and Corel used to be the places software went to die. In more recent years, it looks like Microsoft is becoming the new software (and even hardware, considering Nokia) graveyard.

Have a great product you want destroyed? Sell it to MS. They'll take care of it for you.

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US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan

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Just Another Corporate Mouthpiece

Thus speaks another of the many corporate mouthpieces that proliferate our government these days.

These bastards are traitors to the people of their own country. Those big corporations don't pay much in the way of taxes HERE, much less anywhere else. Not paying tax means they have LOTS of extra money left around to buy Congress and the rest of the government apparatus, and they do. Anyone who doubts this just needs to look at Ajit Pai, who doesn't even bother to hide the fact that he's a hollow sock puppet of Big Telco and Cable. The rest of them are just a bit more subtle (not much).

And it's not all Republicans - they own plenty of Democrats, too. It doesn't really matter which of the two parties is in power as they're both pretty much bought and paid for. There are exceptions, but they're too few to do any good.

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Haha, good times: Larry Ellison regales noobs about when Oracle staff almost didn't get paid

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Getting paid

...about when Oracle staff almost didn't get paid.

So something like what they do with some of their salespeople nowadays?

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Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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Re: Incomprehensible complexity

@Milton

Your description (and very true it is) reminds me of the story "The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster.

And it makes me wonder about the future. What will our grandchildren do when the "Mending Apparatus" itself breaks?

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Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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This sort of "it's a bomb" madness isn't new

Back in the early 70's when I was doing my BA, someone reported a "strange package" left near one of the campus buildings. Our security folks responded and took the package to the student health center where it was X-rayed. They saw a couple of cylindrical objects and what looked like a bunch of wires. Scary!

The quad was cleared, the package placed in the center. They tied a rope around it and, from a safe distance, jerked the rope hard. The package fell apart. The janitor was annoyed that his lunch - two egg rolls and some chow mien - would up on the quad lawn.

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Yer a solicitor, 'arry! Indian uni takes cues from 'Potterverse' to teach students law

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Re: Ralph gets an 'F'

"The Llama is a quadruped, which lives in large rivers like the Amazon. Llamas are equipped with fins and a beak for eating fish. Llamas are dangerous. If you see llamas where people are swimming, shout 'Look out! There are llamas!'"

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Worrying Windows 10 wrecking-ball weapon weirdly wanders wildly on worldwide web

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Re: Windows 10

@ Someone Else

This is a gift?

Absolutely! But they were speaking German, in which language "Gift" = "Poison."

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Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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But will they listen?

This article is right on, I think. MS really has screwed the pooch. I'd actually like to be able to use Win 10 eventually (for gaming if nothing else), but don't dare as it's too much of a dog's breakfast. Maybe someday they'll get leadership who has a clue. As another poster said, just releasing a service pack for Win 7 would be a big step forward from where they are now.

Meanwhile, SatNad is doing his best to make come true that ever-receding Year of the Linux Desktop.

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Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Re: anti-crime

You can be convicted of being in possession of talcum powder if it can be proven that you thought it was cocaine.

I remember one case where a coke addict called the police and wanted them to arrest someone for selling her baking powder instead of cocaine. The cop didn't arrest anyone, but had a good laugh. He told the caller that he could arrest her for possession if she'd had real cocaine, so she should be happy she only had baking powder.

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Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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Backgrounds

Where I worked a while back, we had a guy who was SUPER ANGRY about the O.J. murder trial verdict. He just went on and on and on about Johnny Cochran (the lawyer who got him off) and what a bastard he was, etc, etc. Literally for hours.

After listening to his ranting for two days, I came in early the next day and set his background to a big picture of Johnny Cochran (the famous "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit" one) with the caption "My Hero." He knew who had done it and came to see me about it, although he took it well. I changed it back, but I think he got the message because the ranting stopped.

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Android creator Andy Rubin's firm might think its phone is Essential, but 30% of staff are not

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Re: Automatic Responses

One use for such a robot might be to connect all incoming spam calls directly to Lenny (for those not familiar with Lenny, see here).

In Eon and Eternity, Greg Bear talks about the use of "partial personalities" stored in a computer to handle routine tasks for the original person, so this might get some traction someday. Although with today's "tech" it's likely going to be pretty shite.

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Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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A popular idea with astronomers - NOT

I live in a city, and went on a trip to a country resort last summer. For the first time in years, I really SAW the night sky and the Milky Way. Street lights are a good thing, but we do pay a price for them.

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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I'm sure these crazy inventors would be completely mystified by the feeling of revulsion that I get at the very thought of having such a device in my home.They are living in a completely different world.

THIS^ We keep hearing about more and more ways that these "boffins" are trying to come up with better ways to spy on people. Why don't all you twats of this sort out there work on something useful or, failing that, just fuck off and die?

Any device in my home that turns out to have a microphone on when I'm not specifically talking to it will get fixed with a hammer.

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Penta-gone! Personal records of 30,000 US Dept of Defense workers swiped by miscreants

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NOT a good look - or anything else

That an outside vendor would be tangled up in the theft of personally sensitive information just as the Pentagon looks to offload the bulk of its agency and employee data to another third party with JEDI is not a particularly good look.

If it weren't for the fact that I am an American, I'd find this funny. As I am an American, I mainly find it tragic. Can't wait to see what sort of total cluster leak the JEDI contract will lead to - probably the "VADER" hacking group in Russia, China, North Korea, etc. will break in and have a field day. And who knows what sort of information they'll get hold of from the hack -- (nuclear launch codes, maybe?) <shudder>

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Icahn to Dell investors: You can't touch this DVMT offer

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WTF?

The stock market...

Stocks, trackers, "mathematical value," "swap value"...

With any type of business or contract, when it gets really complex, you know someone, somewhere, is getting screwed (usually you, if you're involved). Glad I don't own any of this crap, because I'm sure I'd be getting the shaft.

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Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Re: Monitor

Clearly a glitch in the Matrix software. Don't worry, Agent Smith will fix it for you.

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A learning experience

When I were a lad, long ago, I was a mechanic for a while. I remember I completely rebuilt a small engine on a plate compactor. And it wouldn't start. Not a bit of it. Spark - OK. Carburetor - OK. Compression - OK. But didn't even TRY to start.

After 2 days of intermittently working on it, I finally took out the NEW spark plug and put the old one back in. Engine started on the first pull. (See Icon.) But it was a valuable learning experience.

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I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

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Oracle and vendor lock-in

Oracle saying that the proposed contract is anti-competitive and leading to vendor lock-in is absolutely HILARIOUS!

Pot: "Hey, Kettle, you sure are black!"

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: *** Be careful *** Also new in 1809, changes to Disk Cleanup Tool,

@Dan 55

There comes a point where if you try to make an idiot-proof OS, your OS ends up just doing idiotic things.

THIS^

I was amazed, reading the article. This is an actual OS "feature"? "I'm too dumb and lazy to manage my hard disk storage, so I want to just keep stuffing everything into C:\FILES, and if the drive gets full, just let the OS magically put the files someplace else without me knowing what's going on."

There are times when "transparency" is good, but this strikes me as a bridge too far. I like to know where my data is stored AND where it's backed up AND have control over it all. And I'm not real big on "cloud," either.

Excuse me, got to go chase those kids off my lawn again.

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Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: @AC But that wouldn't bring three thousand million...

This is Win10. It decides to do the update for you, without warning, if you leave the OS running overnight.

Or in the middle of the work day, if the system was off at night. I was in a business meeting and was supposed to see a presentation, but their Win 10 decided to do updates instead. About an hour later, it decided to start working, so I was able to see the presentation.

Honestly, what complete moron would think this is an acceptable way to run anything, much less a major computer operating system? Every time I read one of these articles, I'm so happy I switched to Linux!

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

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Sounds like a great idea!

I'd written a script to deploy the latest changes to the live environment. worked great. except one day i'd entered a typo and it was now deploying the same files to the remote directory, over and again

Could you PLEASE get a job sending out Windows 10 updates? Or almost any other updates, except for security ones?

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Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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GDPR violation?

Earlier this week, it emerged Facebook was using people's cellphone numbers, provided for two-factor authentication, to target them with adverts, even though the numbers were only provided for security reasons rather than ads.

If this is true, it sounds like a massive GDPR violation to me, although I'm no lawyer, so I could be wrong.

If it is a violation, I'm hoping some folks in Europe manage to get a big GDPR case going against FB. Four percent of their global turnover would amount to quite a bill! And they so richly deserve every penny of it.

Icon 'cause FB (and just about every other big corporation) have about the same scruples as Blackbeard. If only there were some sort of regulation of these rapacious corporations here in America!

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Uber to dole out $148m settlement among US states over breach it paid $100k to bury

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It's just plain ILLEGAL

Companies in California and throughout the nation are entrusted with customers' valuable private information. This settlement broadcasts to all of them that we will hold them accountable to protect their data.

That's damn right, Uber! You can't GIVE away customers' valuable private information. You have to SELL it on to as many useless assbags as possible who will use it for endless spam and "targeted advertising" instead!

What was that about data protection laws that say you can't just sell everyone's data? Yeah, that's some sort of European thing, maybe, but no such limits here in the USA!

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'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls

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Many people have basically lost the use of telephones

I feel the pain of everyone on here. I get tons of crap calls all the time. My landline is muted, and I just use it for outgoing calls. Like some others, I use software on my cell. It has Extreme Call Blocker which I have set to send any call not in my address book to voicemail. It's a pain in the ass that we have to put up with this to avoid answering 15+ crap calls a day, but that's how it is Livin' in the USA.

If the Democrats (or anyone else with the slightest credibility) want to take over the country in the next elections, they could do so if they had a proposed program to fire that cunt Pai and actually REGULATE the Internet and Telecoms providers in a way that would benefit the PEOPLE for a change. But I know this is just fantasy.

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Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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Re: War Is Bad

@Aladdin Sane

Fighter escorts were kind of useless.

Sir, I must disagree with you. The daylight bombing raids of 1943 and early '44 were primarily designed to FORCE the Luftwaffe into the air. Hitler HAD to defend the key cities and industrial targets those raids went after. The Luftwaffe was ordered to intercept those bombers at any cost. Early on, the Allies' tactic worked fairly well, but soon the Germans figured out where the fighter escorts (mostly P-47s, which were good fighters, but had limited range) had to turn back and attacked the unescorted bombers. After the P-51s came along, with their "all the way to the target and back" range, the escorts inflicted massive casualties on the Luftwaffe before D-Day. This is what gave the Allies the air superiority without which the Normandy landings wouldn't have been possible.

Air superiority is critical, and both sides knew it. Goering launched "Operation Eagle Attack" with the aim of achieving air superiority over Blighty. His failure to achieve that air superiority, due to the RAF's heroic efforts in the "Battle of Britain," was a key factor that prevented Hitler from ordering his own "D-Day" attack on Blighty, Operation Sea Lion.

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Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market

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First prize is one device with Alexa-on-a-chip

Second prize is two devices with Alexa.

If I ever buy something with this (which I would only if there is no other choice), it sounds like I need to use MAC address filtering on the Wi-Fi.

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Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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Re: Cheaper option

Couldn't this have been done rather more quickly and efficiently by batches of simple SQL UPDATE queries?

That's just crazy talk - a simple solution for a simple problem, plainly you don't work in commercial I.T.

Or government! I've pointed out all sorts of simple ways to save time/money around here, but manglement isn't remotely interested. But they can spend millions paying con-sultants for a computer system that will slow down what we do here. Our tax dollars at work for us.

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An honest consultant

I knew a woman who was an honest consultant (can be difficult to imagine, I know, but true in this case). Her clients had 4 companies and wanted some sort of computer program to sort out the mail between the individual companies. She suggested they forget using a computer and just get separate P.O. boxes for each company and let the Postal Service sort the mail for them. Problem solved.

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FCC's 5G masterstroke little more than big biz cash giveaway – expert

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What did you expect?

As long as Big Telco's hollow little sock puppet, Ajit Pai, is running the FCC, there will be nothing but more subsidize-big-corporations-and-screw-the-citizens bullshit from them. This move is exactly in line with everything else that Pai has done from day one. He's an ass-sucking sycophant of Big Telco and the sworn enemy of everyone else in America. Probably the single worst appointment Trump ever made.

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'I am admin' bug turns WD's My Cloud boxes into Everyone's Cloud

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Another WD nightmare

And their customer service is so good (not).

I was thinking of getting a MyCloud, but I saw another post on El Reg that suggested ownCloud, which sounded interesting. I now have a new project where I'm going to take some old hardware and build my own home NAS with ownCloud - and lock out its IP number at the Internet firewall.

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Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Re: Testing

@Doctor Syntax

Management fit their important stuff around what Microsoft plans. Problem solved.

This is so true. We're in the throes of getting a new major computer system, and when I pointed out to the project manager how the software will NOT do some functions we need, I was told that we will just need to change some of our business practices.

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Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

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ADA!

(Screaming loudly, banging head.) You guys are giving me a PTSD flashback to when I did my MSc. back in the early 90's. We were required to use Ada for our final project and to take a course in Ada beforehand. We had '386 computers at home and work, and they all ran Windows 3.1. We also had a really funky Ada compiler which was all we students could afford to buy at the time. It had the wonderful ability to compile code that ran fine on the computer you compiled it on, but would not run on any other computer. Given that one of our instructors insisted that we turn in everything as an executable (as well as source code, of course), we had a wonderful time getting downgraded when the executables, which ran fine on our computers at home, failed to run on his. Somehow I managed to get an "A" out of him, but I never worked harder or had more stress in any class.

If anyone else out there is using Ada, I sure hope you have a better compiler than we did!

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A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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Re: When you're set up to fail...

@chivo243

"She had plans to get more budget... waiting for the ultimate clusterFcsk to cry to her superiors."

I think you're really onto something here. In the particular corner of Hell where I'm condemned to work, I've come up with ways to simplify and speed up key tasks. For a while, when we were way behind and had no budget, the PHBs were very happy with me doing this. Then, the budget situation got better or something. When another "big job" came along, I came up with a way to speed it up by at least 4x over the stone-age process they were using - and got a bollocking for "not going through channels" and was told not to use my shortcut methods or give them to anyone.

WTF? I wondered. Only answer I could come up with (other than total insanity on the part of PHBs - which I can't rule out) is that they wanted the project to be a total time soak to try to get more budget/headcount or something out of their PHBs.

Paris because she's fully qualified to be a PHB here.

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Solid password practice on Capital One's site? Don't bank on it

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Another miscreant who blocks password managers

21st Century Insurance. Wankers.

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Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

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Re: Hope it's true

Well, tachyons are supposed to have mass, except it's an imaginary number since once v is higher than c, you're dealing with the square root of a negative number as mass = "rest" mass divided by sqrt(1- (v^2 / c^2)). The faster a tachyon travels, the less its (imaginary) mass would be.

But they are certainly undetectable so far as nobody has invented any way to detect them that has indicated they exist. Can't imagine how you could detect such a thing, but some boffin may well figure it out someday.

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Hundred-million Kiwi Oracle project on hold after Deloitte review

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Re: Are all government health IT projects doomed to fail ?

It's government in general - they just can't do IT in any sensible way. The ones making the decisions are not the ones to USE the software, as well as many managers don't really understand the day-to-day processes that sustain their own department. That means you get software that either doesn't work at all or has such an atrocious user interface it requires 10 steps to do something that should be done with one click. The system we're getting before too long fits the latter category.

Deloitte throwing poo at Oracle is amusing. Deloitte took the California state court system for over $300 million for a supposedly statewide computer system that didn't work. The very idea was ridiculous because the scope made no sense. They were attempting to write software that would scale from a 2 judge rural court up to run Los Angeles County, which has a court system bigger than the entire U.S. Federal Court system. With such a ridiculous scope, of course it didn't work. Based on what I've seen, I wouldn't trust Oracle OR Deloitte any farther than I could throw one of their salesdroids. But those guys do know how to lie effectively to manglement, so the robbery and crap software will continue.

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Brit teen pleads guilty to Minecraft-linked bomb and airline hoaxes

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Fools like this should pay

Idiots who think it's funny to make hoax threats shouldn't be put in jail. Instead let them pay civil damages equal to the cost of all the emergency responses they generated. If he gets a good job, it shouldn't take him more than 100 years or so to settle the bill while he lives on subsistence.

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Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts

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Re: religious co workers

I well remember the "I love you" virus. We had a salesman who had been trying to get this one client signed up with our company, to no avail. Then one day he got an email from them - with the subject line "I love you."

Fortunately, our antivirus software flashed up a warning, so he came and got me before he opened it. I looked at it and quickly deleted it. He proceeded to have a fit because he thought that client had FINALLY replied to his attempts to contact them. I explained how that virus worked and eventually got him calmed down, but part of him kept thinking he'd missed some kind of sales opportunity there.

Paris because he was about that bright.

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Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking

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Hmmm

Did somebody say "Streisand Effect"?

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You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows

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Re: Libreoffice is free and just fine.

@big_D

I do a fair number of presentations. I hope you didn't buy from that supplier, because the presenter is an idiot. Why didn't he bring his own computer with the proper software for his presentation? Or, if he needed to use someone else's computer, save the presentation as a PDF?

All my presentations are done in LibreOffice Impress. When I do the presentation live, of course I have LibreOffice on my laptop. After the original presentation, I then export the LibreOffice file as a PDF, and that gets posted to the web site, and people can view them with no formatting problems.

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Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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Mushroom

This just underscores that patents are crap

Our current patent system is beyond broken. It doesn't protect or foster innovation, but rather stifles it. This particular instance probably hasn't been a major loss for the world, but how many individuals and small companies don't even bother to TRY these days? If I had a great idea for some invention, given the minefield of patent law and patent trolls out there, I'd most likely just say "screw it" and go fishing or something, because likely some assbag imagined something vaguely like it and filed a patent on "thing that does stuff."

It's a marvel that any innovation at all happens in today's toxic environment. I expect there will be less and less until they fix patent law. Patents should be issued ONLY for WORKING devices or manufacturing processes, not for vague ideas like "oh, you know, we could do some kind of Internet sex thingy, I think" and other such "business method" patents.

Death to patent trolls!

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