* Posts by a_yank_lurker

3157 posts • joined 16 Nov 2013

New claim dogs Oracle: After $11m of sales, I was unfairly axed before next big deal – because I am a 64yo woman

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Drip, Drip, Drip...

The adage 'Where there is smoke there is a fire' seems rather apt here. There too many seemingly creditable claims against Leisure Suit Larry and His Minions for there not be some serious nastiness going on internally. Exactly what the nastiness is, hard to tell precisely but it seems as if Larry and the Minions do not want to pay for top talent and likes to cheat their talent out of money due them by a variety of shady means. Exactly what the fraudulent means are is uncertain but something is very rotten.

Uptown func: Serverless types Nuweba trouser $4.8m as investors eye faster FaaS

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When I saw I thought it meant 'Fraud as a Service'.

HPE wants British ex-CFO to testify in UK Autonomy lawsuit before Uncle Sam sentences him

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Re: Just Hold The Popcorn Order

If the books were cooked correctly, due diligence would not necessarily catch the fraud. There is a certain amount of faith in the integrity of the books presented are accurate. Autonomy would have had an audit trail if they were publicly traded; do not remember if they were.

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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Re: @ yank lurker ... Gun show

@Ian- I am a little vague on private sales but I do know buying from a dealer requires at a minimum the federal check and any state or local requirements. I do understand the risk of selling a gun to another person without running a background check and agree having a dealer run a check is wise. Also, I am aware the 'the gun show exception' is largely a myth.

My concern about 3-D printing of key components is they are likely not to have the proper heat treatment if they are the correct alloy and may not be the correct alloy. I would suspect in either case the part would be weaker than it should be. So repeated firing would a roll of the dice, better odds with a 22 than 30-06, just how many firings is the question. I am assuming someone would not so stupid as to not use metal for these parts.

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Re: Gun show

The biggest problem with the Feral database is the fact it is incomplete as many do not bother to enter the names of those are to be on it regularly. There was a recent shooting in Texas were the shooter was supposed to have been banned from owning a gun but the USAF could not be bothered to fill out the paperwork to put him on the list.

The only time there is no background check is a private sale but I would recommend that one do due diligence on the buyer (like as posted said have a gun shop run a background check). Gun dealers are always required to do at least the Feral check and must refuse the sale if the purchaser fails. States and cities may add more requirements but not less than the feral ones. Again fail the additional requirements; no sale. Also 'straw purchases', sending a person with a clean record to buy a gun for someone who cannot own one, is also a felony (Feral I believe).

If you read the story, his attempts to buy a gun were denied by the background check. What he did was try to circumvent the check by making a gun using a 3-D printer. He was successful in making but he forgot the ban also included possession. Not being familiar with 3-D printers but knowing the parts that get you trouble are the parts that see the most stress during firing I would be concerned that those parts are not to spec. Thus the gun would work for a few firings but might be susceptible to a catastrophic failure.

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He is getting into Congress Critter levels of stupidity. Also, generally the law technically reads possess or purchase a firearm. So he could not get one as gift or borrow one from a friend and if the he is properly entered into the system he cannot buy one from a dealer.

One of the easiest felonies to nail someone over here in feraldom is possession of a firearm by a someone legally barred from having one (numerous ways to get on the list). This often results in the ferals poking around and giving a lengthy vacation in Club Fed. Not only is dimbulb in trouble with Texas but the ferals could make his life even more interesting.

Court sees Morissette Meter flip out as Oracle assumes anti-arbitration stance in pay dispute

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@AC - It's even worse, the Mob looks like a bunch of choir boys compare to them.

Airbus will shutter its A380 production line from 2021

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Re: Optimal Sizes

@Michail Wojcik - Screw steamships normally had the same number of engines as they had screws. Until the introduction of triple-expansion engines it was quite common for a steamship to carry auxiliary sails. With twin-screw ships with triple-expansion engines, auxiliary sail power was deleted. Twin screws were considered adequate on many ships in case an engine broke down mid ocean, limp to port on one screw. Larger ships (Lusitania, Titanic, etc.) often had 3 or 4 engines because of the horsepower they needed for their desired cruising and maximum speed.

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Optimal Sizes

For any vehicle including aircraft there seems to a series of sizes that nicely fit market needs. Too large or too small or otherwise unusual and the product is not going to be a good enough seller to justify the development costs. Airbus seemed to catch a nice case of gigantism, to beat Boeing let's make an even jet without really considering the overall market. First passengers detest the 'hub-and-spoke' model as means connecting flights. Anyone who has done any amount of flying knows changing planes in Atlanta (or other hub) is a risky proposition. So any aircraft that can bypass the hub are preferable to many travelers. Makes one wonder what they did for market research, like did they ask the passengers what they really wanted.

Oracle throws toys out pram again, tells US claims court: Competing for Pentagon cloud contract isn't fair!

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Larry wont get a new yacht

"Oracle is also cut up about some of the criteria in the request for proposals, which it says are "unduly restrictive" and have been crafted to limit the number of companies that can compete." - Vendors will try to massage the specifications to give them a better position in large government contracts. This is the way the game is played and Larry's Minions got outplayed. The trick for AWS, Slurp, and whoever else is playing is have the specs broad enough it is not a sole-source spec but narrow enough to keep the vermin out. It is an art but if done right you have competitive bids from a limited number of qualified vendors and those not invited; 'Sorry Charley'.

Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab

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Re: Blockchain doesn't map onto the real world goods

Most food supply chain problems are caused by mistakes, accidental contamination, or in rarer cases fraud. I have not heard of a case where the likely source of the problem wasn't tracked down eventually. Food safety is important and even the dimmest get it. So there are procedures in place to track food from the farm to the store. They do not use blockchains.

Now, hold on. This may shock you... Oracle allegedly juices its cloud sales with threats and shoddy on-prem support

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Re: Reap What You Sew

The Minions' 'audits' make a mob shakedown look like a picnic. And I would trust your average mobster to have more ethics than Larry's brigands. At least the mobster does not make any claims to ethical.

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Re: Oracle vs AWS in Pentagon contract?

I would depending on how the discovery goes in both cases, they could end up mutually reinforcing each other as well as the case that might ban Larry and his Minions from Feral contracts.

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So Leisure Suit Larry and His Minions might find themselves in a bit of jam. Falsifying financial reports and some the sales tactics sound a little to close to fraud charges; a criminal not civil complaint. If this gets to discovery there will be a lot of interested parties to see what comes out. I would not be surprised if a few so to be ex-customers sue.

Note to Larry and the Minions, treat customers and shareholders with respect and you might not find yourself in these messes. But since you lack ethics the only way for you to learn is to wrung out in series of lawsuits.

Oracle's claims of secret deal is a bid to 'distract' from pay bias case, says US Department of Labor

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Larry and the Minions

It looks like Larry and his Minions are in deep trouble with various TLAs and others. It would be fitting if the criminals in charge were given a long vacation in Club Fed, lifetime engagement might be nice.

Roses are red, Facebook will pay, to make Uncle Sam go away: Zuck, FTC in $bn settlement rumor

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So the Ferals might actually do some good and smack Suckerberg upside the head with a big enough stick to make hurt. Now if the EU would get with the program we might be rid of the vermin.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs

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Ah New Jersey

NJ is noted for its corruption and often inane laws. Might be something about being an open sewer for New York and Pennsylvania and the truly sort-of-competent politicians leave. The ones that are left seem to do a turn in Club Fed for various misdeeds. So I can believe the bozos in Trenton were paid off to enact such a stupidity and lawsuit magnet. So I would be following the money to see where it leads. I do have first hand experience with NJ corruption after watching numerous state officials get convicted as kid growing up in the sewer.

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

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Doctor Who

The only problem I have with feral 'elites' watching Doctor Who is they might think it is a documentary. Yes they are that stupid and vapid.

Ivan to be left alone: Russia preps to turn its internet into an intranet if West opens cyber-fire

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The is one big 'airgap' there, Ivan. But I can see Ivan's point. If Western spookhausen cannot get in or out they cannot get juicy tidbits for Ivan. Extreme but possibly effective.

620 million accounts stolen from 16 hacked websites now for sale on dark web, seller boasts

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Re: Undisclosed incidents

Clueless is bad enough but that can be fixed. Refusing to disclose is much worse as that is willful decision by management not to talk. However the reason why a site is clueless could be very problematic as it points to mismanagement or willful ignorance of best practices. But it someone gets the religion the clueless can straighten up surprisingly fast. A decision not to disclose indicates a company that refuses to take responsibility for customer data; something the GPDR is aimed squarely at. Any rate it could be interesting for a some of them.

High-speed broadband fiber in America: You want the good news or bad news first?

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Cable vs Cellphone

In Feraldom cable companies usually have a local monopoly of sorts. Local governments will limit the number of competitors but will not really regulate the services offered. Also adding a new service is expensive as laying fiber is not cheap nor particularly fast. But since there is little or no competition there is nothing pressuring the cable companies to provide quality services at a fair price But with cellphones, building towers is much easier and cheaper than running fiber everywhere still a pain and not cheap. And there is no local monopoly so companies actually have to compete on the price vs service equation to get and keep customers. Plus, it is not that difficult to switch phone carriers and some do not even have contracts. (Note many Feral carriers offer contracts which give you a nice phone for a discount - typically 2 year renewable contracts). Those that do not have contracts will offer phones at retail so you own the phone outright from the start.

After Amazon's Bezos exposes Pecker, National Enquirer pushes back, promises to probe itself

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Re: Dodging the accusation

The Irrational Enquirer has long had a very dubious reputation to be charitable with ethics and facts. They been known to pay good money for salacious photos and videos in the past with regard to the veracity of the source. And they get nailed for it periodically. Personally I doubt the leak was motivated by politics but by a big payday for some minion as this is most common source of their stories.

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery

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Re: Ah, capitalism at its best

Actually Google will still make money, it's the content providers (think local scandal sheet) that loses. Google gets the eyeballs for the search but the links are getting clicked.

Defaulting to legacy Internet Explorer just to keep that one, weird app working? Knock it off

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My Work Situation

Where I work we have an interesting situation of some intranet require Imbecile Explorer and others work on Chrome. These are only 2 browsers installed in the Bloat7 boxes. So you have to remember which browser works with each page, loads of fun.

National Enquirer's big Pecker tried to shaft me – but I wouldn't give him an inch, says Jeff Bezos after dick pic leak threat

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Re: I have some questions

Most public figures over here detest the Irrational Enquirer and their ilk over. At best they tolerate them. However a few have decided to nail the scum and have won easy and large judgments. The slimes who make the typical Yank yellow journalism look positively great have a long and disreputable history of publishing purloined photos and the like with stories with rather dubious sourcing.

Oracle accuses US of underhand tactics because discrimination case 'doomed to fail'

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Re: Oracle - innocent ???

What did Leisure Larry do to piss off the ferals? Normally, they are not so hard-nosed about hammering a company on these types of antics.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Re: Office 365

Given my experience and my colleagues experience with Orifice3??, I would rather use a traditional desktop version.

Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral

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Re: Depends

Not a comment on whether one should buy a Chromebook but on observation about their availability for the Joe or Jane Six-Pack. The point is a person could go in and buy at a competitive price a Chromebook instead of Windows box. This is much different than a few years ago when there is was nothing else available. I would prefer to a major OEM push a Linux distro.

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Slurp has gotten more evil if you are an ordinary user with Spyware-as-a-Service and the rush towards subscriptions instead of standalone products. For enterprise users, Slurp might have gotten nicer as most of the efforts are in areas that enterprises care about and they do not mind subscriptions as much. So depending on where you sit, Slurp is the epitome of evil still and has gotten worse or they are listening to their customers.

Slurp has a strong disinterest in the consumer market and is retaining its share mostly by inertia and the perception there are no reasonable, viable options by consumers. Once the bubble bursts, the consumer market will be toast and Slurp will end up being an enterprise only vendor. The risk for them is not now but future as many who leave will never come back and many will never become a customer.

SadNad has a vision of Slurp being an enterprise vendor and screw the little guy. However there a lot of little guys out there. And I have personally seen retailers like Best Buy and Wally World hocking Chromebooks to the masses. They must be selling reasonably well given the shelf space they are given; about the same as for a Bloat box. Also, Best Buy is hocking Macs with the same display area as Bloat. A few years ago you could not find an alternative OS in Wally World and a small Mac section Best Buy

How AI can help halt human sex trafficking – by identifying victims' hotel rooms from pics

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Many hotels and long-term residence inns over here have very similar looking rooms based on the age of the building. So the rooms will look the same except for some minor differences in decor and bedding. Differences that will change over time. Plus, if one is careful about what is in the picture, there is less useful information than one might suppose. Framing the picture is not that difficult.

As far as using the photo meta-data, it depends if the miscreant is smart enough to remove it and set the date deliberately wrong on a camera.

At best that might eliminate locations but I doubt is will very good at positively identifying a location. Valuable to a point, you know what you can safely ignore but is not by itself definitive.

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it

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Human Behavior

Companies are like people. Some are responsible and will fix a bug when alerted in timely manner. Others are lazy and will only get off their asses when shamed. Finally some are unethical and do not care; again the only hope to getting a bug fixed is public shaming. And of course all kinds of shades of gray in between. So to get bugs fixed there must be the threat of public shaming with the real risk of a law suit if the bug is not fixed. This is the real world.

Also, it is unknown how many unreported bugs are being used in the wild; it is some number greater than 0. Since we do not know what is being used in the wild we do not know their severity as a security risk.

Publicizing bugs does alert the public to be watching for an major update to X or to get the update to X. Keeping it quiet might mean many may not update X.

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Re: Keeping mum

No, just clueless, many will privately report bugs to the vendor and monitor to see if they are fixed in a timely manner. However too many including Slurp have been known to sit on bugs because they do not want to spend the money to fix them. Only public shaming seems to get them to do the right thing.

Our vulture listened to four hours of obtuse net neutrality legal blah-blah so you don't have to: Here's what's happening

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Ah Chevron

The Nine Seniles created the Chevron mess by ruling that agencies have a very wide (almost unlimited) latitude to reinterpret the law as they see fit. So the question is do they recognize Chevron was an idiotic decision in which case the FCC gets hammered or does Chevron stand, in which case the FCC can basically ignore its mandated activities. This will need to go to the Nine Seniles.

Ad-tech industry: GDPR complaint is like holding road builders to account for traffic violations

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@Lith - The Betamax decision said that a product is legal if it had legitimate uses regardless if there are potentially illegal uses. I do not think it is relevant here. One it is a US Nine Seniles decision so it is only important in the US. Also, they are running afoul of the GPDR legislation in the EU. Under the GPDR a company is responsible for how much data is collected and how it is protected.

Boffins debunk study claiming certain languages (cough, C, PHP, JS...) lead to more buggy code than others

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A good programmer tries to understand the limits of the languages they are currently using and tries to find ways to work around them. Also, a good programmer realizes that each language was designed for a specific set use cases. But some languages are badly designed and implemented which makes writing quality code more tedious. Also some languages are notoriously verbose, so while your error per line of code might be good the overall number of errors may be much higher because of the total lines of code.

I have not read the study but I have sneaking suspicion that the authors are not programming day-and-day-out. So their understanding of the problems is more theoretical and superficial than practical. IMHO a language that tends towards terse but readable code with a minimum of boilerplate with intelligent scoping rules, and strong typing is one that makes writing good code easier. Many of the classic bugs are forced out by design and implementation.

Even Windows 10 can't save the PC market as chip shortages, Brexit uncertainties bite

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Re: Windows 10 can't save the PC market

The PC market and to some degree the phone markets are mature markets. This means the replacement cycle will stretch out as there is no compelling reason to replace working kit. So kit gets replaced when it is effectively dead not when a new model or a new OS is released. Bloat 10 was never going to 'save' the PC market as it is a mature market and will act like any other mature durable goods market.

You like JavaScript! You really like it! Scripting lingo tops dev survey of programming languages

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Re: "frameworks" === "problems"

I see 2 problems. JackassScript was a poorly designed language with daft scoping rules, no modularization initially, and effectively no typing. All these plus other issues make writing good JackassScript harder than it should be. Thus frameworks are very handy to offload much of the grunt work so one concentrate on writing good business logic code. Unfortunately, the pitiful quality of the language tends to magnify a programmer's lack of skill or knowledge. So many noobs lean excessively on the frameworks which gets one into a vicious circle of the coder does not really learn JackassScript deeply and is always reliant on frameworks to be sort of productive.

Microsoft decides Internet Explorer 10 has had its fun: Termination set for January 2020

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Good Riddance

Now if we can get rid of Imbecile Explorer 11 while we are at it.

My chemical romance drowns tomorrow's money, warns TSMC: Chip maker's yields rocked by bad batch

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Re: First sign of a downturn

More likely a maturing markets for phones is the most likely cause of the slow down. As the market matures the replacement cycle often lengths as the newer devices only have more bling rather than useful features. So a phone that got replaced every couple of years might not get replaced for 3 or 4 years. Laptops and desktops the cycle is even longer.

FTC gets back to work: Now, where were we? Break up Facebook and fine it $2bn, you say?

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Re: Three companies that need to be broken up...

Chocolate Factory and Fraudbook I agree, they are slurping data like a wino with bottle. Amazon tends to get blamed for mismanagement when a retailer goes belly up. Retailers go belly up because they lose sight of their customers. While Amazon dominants the online market, they are a big finish in a small pond compared to the larger retail market.

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Suckerbuerg for Idiot

Suckerberg should study history. Fraudbook (as well as Chocolate Factory and others) will end up being regulated and their industries being regulated world wide. Too many people are getting hurt by their unethical behavior that local legislatures and bureaucrats will start drooling over how to regulate them.

Pentagon admits it's now probing conflicts of interest at AWS over $10bn JEDI cloud deal

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Re: Oracle...

There has always been some revolving doors between the government and industry. DoD is well known for this as ex-military work for military contractors and contractors get hired by DoD. Nothing new really. The only issue is how close the person was to specific project and whether they could influence the specs to favor a specific vendor too much. All government specs will favor a group of vendors by either by specific technical requirements or by the lack of some requirements. This is the way the game is played at all levels. You try to get some requirements in or out that favor a group of vendors over another. If done right, there will be a group (3 to 5 ideally) of qualified bidders so the bid is not a sole-source. Sole-sourcing is not easily done as it requires a lot more paperwork to justify it in Feraldom and the paper pushers hate extra work.

So whether this will have any effect, I doubt it unless the specs are so specific that only AWS can meet them. Then there might an issue but the key is what is in the paper trail.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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A Hunnish Meaning of SS

SS is also short for Stosstruppen, German WWI assault infantry. They basically took all the developments in offensive infantry tactics everyone was developing and brought them together in a coherent whole. BTW, the first major, modern combined arms attack was also in WWI but the BEF.

So this is how that terrifying killer AI will end us... by pushing us down hospital wait lists?

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Re: Misclassification- actually 24-52%

For an accurate diagnosis, one needs to understand nuances that might not show well in a x-ray but the clinical symptoms indicate. Some kidney stones show up poorly in a x-ray, if at all. But you have a patient with kidney stones. A competent person will understand the problem and will make allowances for it. Artificial Idiocy not likely unless someone programmed it to take into account other clinical symptoms. But your typical program is not a clinician.

Office 365 enjoys good old-fashioned Thursday wobble as email teeters over in Europe

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Re: Day one of Office 365 outages in 2019?

More like wide-eyed optimist.

Oracle robbed just about anyone who wasn't a pasty white male of $400m, says Uncle Sam

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Re: Entire tech industry

Leisure Suit Larry and His Minions got in trouble because they thought no one could catch them at their sleazy games. You behavior badly enough and you will get various people sniffing around as usually there is foul odor emanating. The way customers have been treated for years should give an idea of the company's ethical compass; treat'em bad probably treat employees as bad or worse.

What is interesting is one of the punishments is cancellation of feral contracts and being locked out of future ones if the ferals win this. Could be interesting with the JEDI suit.

Google faces another GDPR probe – this time in the land of meatballs and flat-pack furniture

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Mighty big paper cuts

GPDR may prove more deadly as it seems like strike, rinse, and repeat works very well. Get some hefty fines and watch the investors scream bloody murder both literally and figuratively. This could be interesting to watch.

Oracle's priorities for 2019? Repeat this handy mantra: Applications! Automation! Integration!

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Re: Oracle is continuing its descent into oblivion

There is another problem for Leisure Suit Larry and His Minions. Overall the IT sector is a mature market. Some segments are growing (cloud) but often at the expense of other segments. So unless you hit a niche at the right time you are going to have fairly flat revenues and profits. If you have a legacy of ill will from your former customers getting them sign up will be very difficult; people have memories. So many despise the Minions and their Leader and there many more options available from probably less aggravating vendors.

Wall St moneymen on IBM Q4 financials: Don't get your hopes up

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Wasting away

Itsy Bitsy Morons seem to have no real clue why they are floundering. Yes, they will have an occasional good quarter, law of averages says the stars will align favorably for them once in awhile. But they does not mean they have solved their problem, no really compelling products in most of their markets.

Dixons Carphone still counting cost of miserly mobile phone sales

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Re: It's not Dixon's fault..

No experience with Dixon's (in Feraldom not UK) but my observation most retailers who get into trouble is because they did not pay attention to market saturation and the ever changing retail landscape. Compound this with poor customer service and you have a situation were the retailer will be joining many others in graveyard in the not to distant future. Of course, the usual excuses will be trotted out to try blame more competent retailers instead of their own incompetence.

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