Being a spare part at IBM isn't a good place to be," said one.
My heart goes out to those affected. If it were me, I'd be spending the weekend getting the resume done and posted, and then start looking for openings. Good luck to all!
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Exactly! Flashing, sticky, or other such annoying ads are annoying and something that would make me just close a web page immediately. But it's the CREEPY TRACKING that really got to me. I am a ham radio guy and started blocking ads years ago after I started seeing ads for ham radio gear. I know that hams are a very small portion of the population at large, so the likelihood that those ads just happened to be in my browser = 0. That brought home to me what people were getting at when they talked about tracking. I did a bit of research and installed Ghostery, which has done a good job for me for years.
I hope these cases turn into class actions (if they aren't already) and IBM has to pay out a ton of money. ANYONE who knows anything AT ALL about employment law knows this is totally illegal and has been for many years (even here in the U.S. where we have few rights compared to workers in many other countries).
IBM has no excuse. I'd like to add I hope they fire Ginny, but when CEO's get fired, unlike working people, they generally get enough in payouts to live comfortably for life, so not much suffering for her, unlike what she and her fellow PHBs have done to IBM's older employees.
I've had a Bank of America account for many, many years. A while ago, I got a fake text message claiming to be from them. I ignored the link in the message and went to their web site, logged on and went to "Messages" which, no surprise, was empty.
I've done some basic computer security training classes, and I always tell people to VERIFY any remotely suspect message by another route: either contact the sender by another route (not clicking on any links!) and verify the message or check for messages via a known good web site.
My healthcare provider sends emails that say "you have a message." They do provide a link to click, but I always just go to the web site directly and check there for the messages.
Okay, everyone have the downvote button ready to go? Then begin!
I know many people think it is a scam, and it may be, but I think Brilliant Light Power merits at least a look. I'm no physicist and don't have an opinion about whether Mills' theory is right or not. However, his equipment does produce plasmas, and people with reputations to guard, such as college professors and engineers, have done measurements that show excess heat (i.e., more energy coming out than going in) coming from the reactions Mills' company produces. It's true that they have not produced a WORKING, practical energy source. But neither have fusion pioneers, and we don't go around saying that fusion is crap because of that. Engineering this kind of stuff is hard. How do you contain and extract usable energy from plasma? Don't ask me.
My point here is that Mills postulates that dark matter is actually a form of the hydrogen atom below ground state and that electron orbits can have fractional ground states. He states that the conditions for this to happen don't occur naturally on Earth, although they can in stars. His theory does explain why the sun's corona is hotter than the surface, a fact that's been known for a long time but is difficult to explain using well-understood laws of thermodynamics. It also would explain the observations in this article if, as Mills postulates, dark matter is really sub-ground-state hydrogen atoms (he calls them "hydrinos"). Of course clouds of hydrogen atoms in space are affected by thermal radiation.
I'm also well aware that Mills doesn't believe in quantum mechanics, which I do, but I think the universe may just be more complex and tricky than we understand today. There may be room for hydrinos AND quantum mechanics. I know many physicists reject Mills' work because it doesn't agree with their preconceived notions. And Mills may be wrong, or even a charlatan, but I'd like to see more REAL physicists take a close, unbiased look at what he's doing and study his experiments. Either unmask the fraud and show how he does his tricks, or admit something interesting and possibly VERY beneficial to humankind is going on.
When the article said "Microsoft dropped a fresh..." my early-morning mind was expecting to read "grogan." But from the rest of the article, it looks like my morning-addled subconscious was right.
And yes, MS, certainly one round of crowd-sourced "testing" is all you need with Win X, given it's recent stellar record. One wonders what they're smoking (or, given its location, probably vaping) these days.
True story. Many years ago, my wife and her then-husband both applied for a job where you had to take a polygraph. She failed the polygraph because she was extremely nervous, although she was telling the truth. Her ex-husband, who was a con man by nature, passed the polygraph just fine, lying all the way.
However, the manager hired her and not the ex-husband because he realized who was trustworthy, despite what the machine said.
While I was working away, he suddenly interjected, 'OK, well now it definitely needs to be replaced, it's on fire. I'll call you back'."
Well done! A result that would gladden the BOFH or PFY, and you did it remotely on your FIRST EVER HELLDESK CALL! You, sir, are a true BOFH, and I salute you. Have a virtual pint on me.
...but my wife. She worked for a company that required women to wear skirts and nylons (yeah, this was a while ago). Then they were doing a big project that involved getting a lot of documents from the archive. The archive was a set of boxes on and under tables (on the floor) in the sort of dark, dusty and dingy basement room where people who annoy the BOFH might disappear.
She wound up having to crawl, in a dress and nylons, on the floor for hours each day for several days pulling documents from the archive boxes. Sore knees, torn nylons and revealing far more of herself than she had any desire to reveal to co-workers. She was not in a happy mood when she got home during that project. I thought it wise to take her out to dinner most nights until that was over.
Shortly after I started work for a medium-sized company as their "IT guy," our web site and email went down. If you guessed it was the company domain name had expired, you're right.
Although somewhat a lame excuse, I really hadn't been there long enough to start looking into all the infrastructure details, and my predecessor had helpfully set all the contact information on the domain to his own company email account, which he deleted before he left, so nobody got any warnings. At least it was an easy fix. I reset the contact info to go to both myself and my boss, the controller.
 It took me several days just to clean up my new work computer. It was good hardware, but my predecessor had a porn collection to rival the PFY's, categorized and all (including "BESTIALITY"). He also had a browser hijacker and other crap on there. I couldn't just wipe and re-install the computer because they didn't have the install CDs for all the software(!) It took me a couple of days just to get that computer sorted so I could start looking into the many other issues.
As often as not (probably more often) the side required to produce the information knows exactly what the other side is looking for, exactly what would help the other side make their case, and proceeds to bury it under as many tons of irrelevant crap as they possibly can in the hope the other side won't ever mange to find the "smoking gun memo."
Sadly, this is standard legal tactics.
When I give a talk about email security, I like to use the following example:
"You may think your email password isn't all that big a deal, because you don't send anything really sensitive via email. How about I log on as you and send some death threats to firstname.lastname@example.org, then pick up some popcorn and park down the street from your house and wait for the show to start?"
That tends to get them thinking.
My wife works for the State of California (I won't say which department, for obvious reasons), and their IT people follow Simon's "problem resolution" process exactly. They specialize in closing tickets without actually doing anything at all toward fixing the problem. So they start another ticket, lather, rinse, repeat.
From other commentards, it seems that Blighty has similar issues, so apparently the BOFH and the PFY are training helldesk people on both sides of the Pond.
I have a 6TB My Book (the larger USB drive) that works very well. Then I tried one of their newer 8 TB My Book drives, and it would NOT work with rsynch at all - it hung up every time. Thinking it was a bad drive, Amazon sent me a replacement that had the same, exact problem. I ended up returning it, too.
Wound up with a Seagate 8TB USB (it's branded La Cie), and it works perfectly with rsynch and Clonezilla.
...I always said that I didn't trust cloud technology like this. The problem is the single point of failure; Microsoft.
MS is not merely a single point of failure, it's a single point of so many failures these days! I remember when they used to make good stuff. I was amazed at MS Office when it first came out. I was an evangelist for Windows and MS Office back in those days.
But now I use Linux and avoid MS as much as possible. MS seems to be the death of anything it touches nowadays. Their cloud services seem to be down more and more. Their untested, buggy OS is pretty much total crap, and why, in the name of $DEITY do they insist on a short life cycle which seems to be just shoving out more bugs faster than what they used to do. They seem to destroy whatever they touch - look at Nokia and Skype. Don't know what happened internally there, but nowadays they seem to be driving off a cliff.
Maybe if they'd fire their current leadership and go back to what they used to do - produce stuff that worked - they'd be useful again.
Paris because I don't understand why MS seems to be set on committing suicide.
They do that in the US all the time, use the "Do Not Call" list as a to-call list. Unfortunately, there are no real penalties for doing that here unless you do it on a really massive basis, in which case there is a tiny chance of getting fined - about the same chance one normally has of getting hit by a meteorite while crossing the street.
The plethora of "marketing" calls flooding the phone system has pretty much made phones useless for lots of people - I never answer my landline phone because it's always crap.
There isn't anything the government can really do until they redesign the phone system to where spoofing numbers isn't child's play since we get lots of crap calls from outside the law's jurisdiction and have no way to screen them since they spoof local numbers.
What caused this? Lack of TESTING. But since MS fired their testers and decided that their users are now the testers - welcome to the world of crapware and constant outages.
As to doing emergency communications with email, download LibreOffice and a decent email client. Then subscribe to two different paid-for services (like Fastmail) and set up all the clients to check both as that way you eliminate THAT single point of failure. Likely cheaper than MS 3.625 times ten to the second power (and falllllling) and would certainly work.
Obviously, the article should have had the bit about "Only do this is you have only one Exchange server" at the beginning.
This reminds me of the old joke about the guys disarming a bomb with one guy reading the instructions to the other.
"Unscrew the cover!" "Okay, got it unscrewed."
"Cut the red wire!" "All right, I've cut the red wire. What next?"
"But first, cut the blue wire..."
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"give young people the unique chance to meet and work with the creatives behind its ground-breaking innovations".
So that would be the folks who work in their retail stores? Not to disparage retail workers in any way, but if they are the "creatives behind its ground-breaking innovations," what do all those engineers at Apple headquarters in Cupertino do, then?
Companies don't generally fire people who are making them money just because they're A) A women or B) old. That would be corporate suicide.
Ah, but corporations do commit suicide all the time, don't they? I believe that they have a lifecycle. Small startup that's quality and service oriented. Then they start to grow and tend to lose focus a bit. Then they get big and powerful, then full of hubris and start running things by whim, having internal warfare and/or invent other idiotic policies and practices which eventually kill them. Then they start to shrink with lots of redundancies and, often, even sillier policies and either sell out or turn into patent trolls. IBM comes to mind.
From everything I've heard about them, Oracle is a company that will shaft its customers and employees. This may or may not be true, but I've heard it enough that I would certainly be unlikely to contract with them. Considering the insanity of what's been happening with the quality of Windows X, MS appears to be heading down "Suicide Alley," too. It's all too common, I'm afraid.
Copying the file is a minor nuisance, but beats having my "cloud" account disappear for however long the provider decides to be TITSUP.
Also, I'm an odd duck and don't use my phone a great deal - mainly just look at email or make a call. I rarely use it on my phone, but on occasion it's handy.
I use Keepass which runs on Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and, I think, BSD. My passwords are available on my Windows work computer, my Linux home computer, my Android phone and a USB key which I use to synchronize the different machines - and the synchronization works perfectly. (I don't actually synchronize the phone - for that I copy the password file from one of the computers onto the phone.)
I've used this for years without any problems. I have my passwords with me all the time, without a cloud in sight.
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.
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)
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.
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?
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"
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.
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!
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.
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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