Mild-mannered janitors. Them's the ones you need to watch
1244 posts • joined 31 Jan 2013
Re: The benefit of being forced to accept a customer's licencing terms
PHB: 'This piss-ant little vendor wants us to accept a perpetual license agreement. Sounds too good to be true. It must be a trap. You there. Copy and paste the Oracle terms and tell them to accept a grown-up's license agreement or fuck off. This is why they pay me the big bucks.'
Re: Road Runner testing?
Now come on, who here wouldn't love to draw a curve onto the divider line up to a brick wall and paint a tunnel on it as a test of this technology?
Yeah sure but you'll feel a right cunt when the AV goes straight through the tunnel and when you try to follow it you smack right into a wall
Re: No thanks
But all that is set to change now I've discovered that there is an office suite I can use for listing US state capitals. When I think of the countless times I've been sitting in front of the the screen staring at "Little Rock AR, Sacramento CA..." and wondering what comes next. Not any more!
Well you just destroyed 4% of the value right there
Re: Bias in, bias out
it is the old correlation != causation coupled with structural inequalities.
If you have data that shows a correlation between skin colour, home postcode or whatever with criminality then if you have a limited budget it makes some sense to deploy your resources disproportionately at that demographic. You will get more 'hits' for your money which reinforces your sense that this is a good approach so even if the original correlation is based on historical discriminatory policing your approach may appear valid. If the affected demographic is relatively poor and under-represented within the planning process then it is even less likely that a discriminatory approach will be called out.
A counter-example would be for a financial crime unit to adopt the approach of kettling the Square Mile and shaking down all the white guys in suits. They may well achieve a better hit rate than random selections but as well as being as unfair as harassing black people you could expect more successful push-back against such an approach due to the way power structures work in society.
Intelligence led policing might be even more successful in percentage terms. Now ask yourself if non-causal correlate led policing is likely to reinforce cooperation in the community most likely to have useful insights to share,
Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain
Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...
Re: Simple solution to Dell's problem
"If I was lucky enough to have $11m in the bank I would certainly not want the IRS demanding that I hand over $700k to them for every $1m I earn."
Why would you having 11m in the back affect your top rate income tax?
And if your hypothetical wealth were income, do you understand the difference between marginal and flat rates?
Re: So predictable !
...Google sell *you*(1), not your data. ...
(1) You in this case is a person identical to you, who advertisers and others can target, via Google's services (for which they pay Google,) but without those advertisers and others actually knowing who you are - so they can't bypass Google and target you directly.
Dear Google (if that is your real name), I, 's water: of the music family, a flesh and blood human being in possession of a sovereign and individual spirit, a living soul, do hereby make Oath and state the following:
Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong
Re: Red Herring
I think you underestimate religious fanatics.
I think Iran is pretty aware of what American religious fanatics would push for in the event of an Iranian nuclear strike under pretty much any circs, or perhaps of the mainstream support that the fanatics could expect for crazy stuff they are already pushing for
Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager
Re: The FBI paid him back in return for his services
...Imagine having a national government backing you up, not to mention probably placing you in a completely different and unrelated location...
Yes, imagine a national government underwriting your personal data security. What could go wrong..? I'm not even going to bother putting anchor tags linking to all the obvious breach stories
Re: Switched on Bach
When I later heard the same [as Wendy Carlos' Switched on Bach] Bach pieces on classic instruments - it was amazing how electronic the sound of the classic instruments was
Generally I am a sucker for cross-genre mashups or musical parodies but I was underwhelmed by these.
What I have been amazed by was whilst pushing a horse along with a motor car doesn't seem like a big deal, you should see how fast an un-motorised hay cart could push a horse back in the day. I'm at a loss to explain how it was done really.
Luckily I sat a few feet away and there she was, one leg crossed over the other, pointy shoes, and her leg starts swinging as she gets into her work - and the tip of her bloody stilletto hits the mains switch on the wall, just enough to break the power.
Score one for the creepy IT guy always finding excuses to crawl around under certain desks in office hours
Re: Protection from what?
various things stuck in places they should probably never have been inserted. Kids seem to have a bit more sense in these matters.
Not in my family. Blue-tack in the ear of one of mine and a niece who had a grommet operation was presented with a recovered lego on uncertain vintage by the medical staff.
Personally, I blame the parents.
Re: Just like buying a magazine.
There are several long-established chlidren's games that involve moving about while blindfolded. eg pin the donkey; blind man's buff; Piñata. The latter also involves flailing about with a heavy stick.
And, for older children, the classic 'thinly vield excuse for a bit of groping one another' which can also involve flailing about with a heavy stick later on
Re: More fuel if any is required...
otherwise Karen from HR may want a to call you in for meeting regarding unusual browsing activity recorded over the weekend
Serendipitously I was watching a documentary film at the weekend on just this topic. I'm casting a hopeful eye over my desk diary even as we speak.
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Re: Branding B0110x
the revolving door has never yet resulted in a better plane or a better deal for the taxpayer
I think you are making a category error wrt to the purpose of the revolving door. I think you will also find that there are several taxpayers for whom it has yielded more than satisfactory results
Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?
Re: "on every bit of information about every resident of the UK?"
You fail to understand those data already exist in government databases. You should ask to destroy any electronic storage and return to paper archive only. Maybe better if they are on parchment, or clay tablets. Only approved scribes should know how to write, so less risks of fakes and leaks
Clay tablets you say? Pretty sure the Sumerians could tell you some stories about data leakage in the long term