* Posts by a_yank_lurker

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GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?

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Interesting, very interesting

TCO has long been an area of FUD by Slurp but it seems like a few heavy hitters are saying that Macs are overall cheaper to maintain than Bloat by Slurp and they appear to have the numbers to back it up.

From my small sample size, Bloat requires more effort to support than Fruity as there are more weird things that seem to go wrong with Bloat. Fruity seems just to work much more reliably. Most of the initial support 'issues' occur in the transition as the user learns a new OS (some are in their mid-70s). I miss the money but I also do not have panicky phone calls requiring my near immediate attention at weird hours.

With Bloat10 being barely an alpha release, support costs will go up especially if the 'upgrade' have to be installed very often. I can see a Fruity OS and others making inroads on the desktop as Slurp ignores what users really need. Note, I saw a post today (Thurrot.com) that Samsung is making rumblings about Linux being part of their offerings. Did read it carefully but given the site it was posted on I thought it was interesting.

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@YAAC - GE is a big enough company if they said to vendor provide a Mac or Linux version or no sale I think the vendor might just get a full-featured Mac or Linux version out tout suit.

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Mohawks fling patent infringement sueball at Microsoft and Amazon

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Native Americans Sovereignty

What is confusing to most about this situation is the fact that Native American Tribes and a unique legal status in the US. Many feral and state laws do not apply on the reservations, especially excise taxes. Precisely what the tribal rights are is determined by specific treaty between the tribe and the ferals.

I remember an incident while living in the Buffalo NY area when the Senecas shut down the NY State Thruway over whether they owned NY state any taxes on sales on the reservation (they do not by treaty with the ferals). Since the Thruway ran through the reservation they simply blocked it until the state backed down. The Senecas had very strong local support and I think many in Western NY were hoping Mario Cuomo would opt for a showdown forcing the ferals to support the Senecas. But Mario backed down.

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is 'broken'

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Important Enemy

The NY flatfeet apparently ran into a judge with some technical knowledge. When the judge is questioning why do not have backups I suspect you might in a bit of jam.

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Watch out for Microsoft Word DDE nasties: Now Freddie Mac menaced

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Re: Bye

It is not that unusual for an employee to get an email about tickets to an event or something similar which looks legitimate at a skim. It is not like one is going to look at the email header or verify every sender in large organization, if it feels legitimate then some will respond.

Part of the problem is DDE is an Office 'feature' that has probably outlived its usefulness by a couple of decades. But Slurp will not deprecate it in new releases as it breaks backwards compatibility even if it is security risk.

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Programming bootcamp compiles $375,000 check after triggering New York AG's error handlers

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Inflated Claims

Given the ambiguous statements made by many about post graduation employment, Shyster Schneiderman has plenty of targets including an Ivy.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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Re: Police Scotland = Morons with time on their hands

In Chicago and New York, the flatfeet would have used him for target practice and chalked it up as justifiable homicide. At least is only out money, time, and aggravation and is still alive.

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Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

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Re: Of course, the DoJ will win

This case preexists Trump becoming President. I think it started in the Obama administration. As I understand the Slurp case, Slurp has overseas operating companies set up for issues like EU privacy requirements. The Irish data center is run by Irish company that is ultimately owned Slurp. The key is that Irish company is legally an independent company governed by Irish/EU laws. Thus serving warrant on Slurp US is idiotic as the warrant has to come from an Irish/EU court with territorial jurisdiction over the operating company. Proper procedure is ask the local courts to issue a warrant based as there are treaties in place for just this purpose. But given feral privacy law and EU/Irish privacy laws are very different that amount of information an EU/Irish court will allow to be turned over is less than what a feral court will allow.

If a case reaches the Nine Seniles, it has been kicking around the feral courts for a number of years. This is one Trump inherited.

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Ernst & Young slapped with £1.8 MEEEELLION fine for crap accounting

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Another Option

Maybe EY should get the Arthur Anderson treatment that AA got for Enron.

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Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

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Re: Why would Chrome have the privileges required?

It's not Chrome that is at fault as it does not ask for root privileges on Linux. Bloat has long been known for its poor security design and the necessity to run escalated privileges for idiotic reasons. Plus many installs of Bloat did force one to make and use a user account. So many users are using the admin account, whether intentional or not, which leaves the box in the worst possible security posture.

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Never mind the WPA2 drama... Details emerge of TPM key cockup that hits tonnes of devices

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Maybe

When Apple and ferals were going toe to toe a couple of years back and then ferals said they had a way in. I wonder if it is related to this, crackable keys because of poorly written security code Apple (and apparently many others) was using.

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Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

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In the doghouse again

Bloat10 seems to be the turd that keeps on giving to those who are wary of Slurp's Spyware-as-a-Service. Slurp seems to be headed to a nasty court fight over the appetite for useless user data. Either a regulator is going to hammer them hard or they will be caught up in data breach that is tied back to Bloat10. Either scenario is nothing but self-inflicted stupidity.

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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Re: 3D

3D is likely DOA for most as it generally does very little for most broadcasts. Also, it is known to make some people sick.

4K strikes me as not terribly useful for most people even if they have equipment and a 4K signal. Part of the problem is the physiology of the human eye and one's ability to focus. Also, I suspect the higher resolution would be pointless at the distances many are from the boob tube when they are watching.

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US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

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Congress Critters

No one every accused Congress critters of being intelligent or ethical. In fact, it is a good assumption to assume that adding up the IQs of all the critters would result in large negative number. And it is a good assumption they have are on someone else's till as well as the US taxpayers. Party affiliation only influences whose payroll they are on.

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Facebook, Twitter slammed for deleting evidence of Russia's US election mischief

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Real Reason

The supposed effects of the Russian advertising is just a smokescreen to cover up the fact Hilary ran an incompetent campaign and earned the loss by her ineptitude. Her sidekick Bubba, who knows a couple of things about winning Presidential elections, told her campaign she needed to campaign in the Midwestern states she lost not in California which she was going to win. But the campaign basically told Bubba he is an idiot and she did not need campaign in what are called 'battleground states' for a good reason. So they blame the loss on everything and everyone except themselves.

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It's Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs

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Re: Cue megatonne facepalm

Until someone with a large cash reserve decides to sue Slurp over breach of contract not much will change (depending on the contract terms). This is rather ridiculous, botched updates seemingly every month.

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Q. Why's Oracle so two-faced over open source? A. Moolah, wonga, dosh

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Re: The Open Source economy is a fraud...

Stock market valuations are bullshit as they are often based on investor wishful thinking and navel gazing. The major issue for any company is whether they are producing real profits. If they are producing real profits and seem to have a grasp of their market, they should continue to do so. If a software company is making money with open source they will probably continue to do so (and many do).

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Malware again checks into Hyatt's hotels, again checks out months later with victims' credit cards

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Again?

Didn't Hyatt have a breach a couple of years ago? Or was it some other hotel chain?

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Dumb bug of the week: Outlook staples your encrypted emails to, er, plaintext copies when sending messages

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Re: How long before ...

As developer I respect good testers as they can save you from a lot mistakes. The key is the system has to have different people do the development, code review, and testing even if it is because different people can interpret an ambiguous spec differently forcing someone to clarify what they want.

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Re: WONTFIX

Another way to slurp your data by Slurp </snark>

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Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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Re: What happens if...

The is the Nine Seniles do not grasp there is a difference between unauthorized access and data theft and sharing Netflix passwords or email passwords with friends and family. The shysters defined hacking as knowing the credentials without distinguishing between intent to harm or innocent convenience. Given there is a standing precedent, a shyster with a vendetta can charge someone with hacking for logging into a family members email or Failbook account.

Given that a couple of the Nine Seniles are doddering idiots and probably really borderline senile does not help either.

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Judge says US govt has 'no right to rummage' through anti-Trump protest website logs

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Re: Ministry of Truth

@Florida1920 - The ferals have been trying shred the Constitution for decades now and to a certain extent they have succeeded. Every once in awhile one of sleeping non-entities in the courts wakes up enough to veto the latest grab but goes back to sleep soon after.

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Et tu Accenture? Then fall S3er: Consultancy giant leaks private keys, emails and more online

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Insultants

Accenture is just a bunch of insultants of dubious competence.

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Overdraft-fiddling hackers cost banks in Eastern Europe $100m

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@AndyS - It's a combination of multiple accounts, phishing, and multiple transactions per account. They are getting inside the decision loop of the bank by various tricks. Keep the amounts 'reasonable', the transactions following reasonable pattern, etc. it will take awhile before anyone will notice. Plus, if one uses the accounts sort of correctly, the bank may be slow to realize they are fake.

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Visual Studio Team Services having some 'performance issues'

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New Feature

To the PHBs at Slurp:

There is this nifty new idea some are using. It is to test the code before release to find and kill the bugs. You might want to try it.

Signed

Your Users

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VPN logs helped unmask alleged 'net stalker, say feds

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Interesting, very interesting

So using a VPN does not prevent the few competent flatfeet from connecting the dots, only slows them down. It appears the real problem is if the ones movements and usage can be linked one stands a good chance of being toast. Also, since some stalkers have been murderers, it seems that a stalking campaign might get the flatfeet out of the doughnut shop.

Based on the sentence, it sounds like doofus will have a felony conviction to deal with for the rest of his life.

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Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

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Translation: please, please stop using Windows 7 and 8.

No problem here, Bloat is not used except for a couple of ancient locally installed programs that do not need to go online (XP could be used). Bloat is not allowed to connect to the Web ever. Also, it has been several weeks since Bloat has been used. Linux is installed on all computers with a couple not having any Bloat on them.

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@patrickstar - I get Linux kernel updates usually within hours of release for Arch. In fact if there is major security update announced and released within a couple of hours it will be in the repository ready for download and installation. The other distros I have used are similar in their efforts to get updates ready and available for users.

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What shocked Verizon more: The Yahoo! mega-hack or that it runs AIM (for not much longer)?

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Re: we hear ICQ is still going strong – as is IRC, of course.

Partly true, but many in NA never used them. However sending a text message on a phone to another phone is pretty easy with the added benefit one can text to any cellphone. The other services are trying to be more of a social network that are enough different than Failbook to not be Failbook. These other services also are platform and ISP independent from the start. At one point I believe AIM was AWOL only, so not an AWOL user you are SOL.

AOL = 'America OffLine' or 'Almost OnLine'

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Let's go live now to Magic Leap and... Ah, still making millions from made-up tech

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Re: The biggest Theranos Red Flag was it's Board

A bigger problem is Theranos never published, patented, or submitted a device for approval. Also, another alert is the vultures funding them were not those who specialize in biopharm startups. Having some knowledge of the biopharm industry, a competent vulture would be asking about their research and publications to review before committing money. It costs far amount of money to get a product approved anywhere in the world. But the funding vultures were IT specialists and did not know much about biopharm.

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Re: Procedure as normal

Given the scale of funding at this point, I suspect this is either a fraud or money laundering scheme. But unless someone complains, I doubt any of the flatfeet will even think of getting out of the doughnut shop over this.

As one commented, to write some code, if you some clue what your doing, might cost at most a few million to getting out. Back of the envelope calculation, 5 devs at 100K each/per year for a couple of years is 1 million plus another 500K for expenses, equipment, etc. The small number of developers is because after a certain point, adding more developers actually slows you down.

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It's 4PM on Friday, almost time to log off and, oh look, Disqus says it's been hacked

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User but not really affected

I use Disqus but a hack is more an annoyance. My Disqus password is unique as are all my passwords. I use a password manager (locally installed) to generate and track all my passwords. Plus, my passwords are long random strings of gibberish that use the entire keyboard when allowed.

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Open your doors to white hats before black hats blow them off, US deputy AG urges big biz

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Re: What a laugh

Or in the words of Bugs Bunny, 'What a maroon'. One of the major reasons most criminals get caught it their own blundering. Many crimes are unsolved because the criminals kept the blunders to a minimum. With DNA evidence many previous unsolved cases are actually being solved with convictions. With the typical electronic/internet trail determining someone's movements, habits, and interests is much easier than most people realize. This is without any backdoors or other illegal methods. Unfortunately though, even with these capabilities, it still requires the flatfeet to leaving the doughnut shop once in awhile and do actual work.

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Australia approves national database of everyone's mugshots

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@Mark 85 - I have a hard time believing there is another group of politicos that make Congress Critters look about as intelligent collectively as a rock. But Aussies have done it.

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US Senate stamps the gas pedal on law to flood America's streets with self-driving cars

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@Alister - Truly autonomous vehicles are probably further off than most think. There are a couple of very good reasons to push them. One is the reduction in accidents as most accidents are really due to some form of operator error/stupidity. The other is it will likely give more mobility to those who are medically disqualified from driving.

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

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Re: If it's good enough for Google and Apple

The problem with aping another company's business model when you are not a direct competitor is that you do not understand the pitfalls of the other model as well as you understand your own. 'Little details' that Apple, Dell, Google, etc have dealt with will often trip up Slurp as these 'little details' are important to the customers of the aforementioned companies.

For example, I would not expect Apple or Google to get into the manufacturing of self-driving cars. I would expect them to develop the software and license it the automakers as the automakers already have the expertise to build a car.

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Legacy clearout? Not all at once, surely. Keeping tech up to snuff in an SMB

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Re: Consultant inception

The correct term is Insultant as all they are insults to the human race.

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Microsoft shows off Windows 10 Second Li, er, Mixed Reality

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Re: This is great

For the next 'big thing' for most I suggest 3-D printing as more useful than VR. Before the down votes, I do not expect 3-D printing to be all that big outside of some engineering applications and small lot production. VR seems to have the same problem, it is useful in a few niches and basically pointless elsewhere. I could see a some justification in the future for more widespread adoption of 3-D printing but not necessarily mass adoption.

The problem with determining the next 'big thing' is finding a product that either is very useful on its own merits or has significant advantages over previous technology. Any example of the first is a microwave, it is a very useful cooking device that has numerous advantages over conventional cooking for most people. Thus, a device people will accept as very useful and even necessary. For the second, smartphones have supplanted the old wired phone as it is more convenient and useful than the wired phone could ever be. Thus, drop the wired phone service and get/keep the smartphone.

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Nothing matters any more... Now hapless Equifax bags $7.5m IT contract with US taxmen

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Pot meet kettle

It's good to see two criminal organizations doing business with each other. Now if the rest of us could avoid having to deal with them.

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Patch your WordPress plugins: Scum are right now hijacking blogs

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Oh Joy?

Is WordPress becoming the new Adobe Flash?

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MH370 final report: Aussies still don’t know where it crashed or why

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Re: planet is surrounded by spy satellites

Since the crash almost certainly occurred in a remote part of the Indian Ocean which has almost nothing of military significance to monitor, it would dumb luck a spy satellite would be monitoring at the right time and place. If there was satellite that actually picked the plane up I would think it is more likely to be weather satellite. This assumes the resolution is fine enough to detect a plane and again the satellite would have to be in the right place at the right time.

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Ignite: Microsoft drops veil on Honolulu, releases SQL Server on Linux into the wild

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Re: Lock-in

It can be done by features offered. However for most software, a unique feature is either to be DOA in the market or copied quickly by competitors. Any advantage will transitory at best.

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Man with 74 convictions refused permission to fling sueball at Google

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Re: Responsibility for ones own actions

More to the point, with any good search engine this clown's criminal history will be uncovered. At least enough to warrant getting the public court records if he has applied at your company or trying to scam you. Vermin like him, prefer to be in the shadows and difficult to spot. Google makes it rather easy for anyone to find out about his criminal past.

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SanDisk man tipped off his family to Fusion-io fusion, bagged $220k in share snatch – says SEC

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Re: desperation

Or flat stupid. Insider trading laws are on the books for these transactions. The problem some will face is they knew about the deal before it was announced. The question will really become who told whom what and when.

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Java security plagued by crappy docs, complex APIs, bad advice

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Source?

One thing I have noticed about Java is its tendency to bloat by design with needlessly complicated code. Any Java library will suffer from this problem. The bloat makes the code more difficult to understand, maintain, and utilize.

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Nadella says senior management pay now linked to improving gender diversity

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Dear Slurp Head PHB

I do not gave a damn about your diversity efforts when you produce crappy products such as Bloat 10. Start producing quality products that make sense in the marketplace then worry about diversity. Otherwise there be nothing to diversify.

Signed - a diversity token

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Bless their hearts: Democrats want $40bn to spruce up America's bumpkin broadband

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Re: IT'S FRICKIN EASY

@AC - You need to look at a map. Many of these badly served areas are literally miles from a small city let alone a major metropolitan area. Radio and TV broadcast reception in some areas is problematic. Running the lines to these areas is very expensive; probably an order of magnitude more than what numerically challenged donkeys pull out of their ass.

To put some perspective, it takes about 8 hours or so to drive from Cornwall to northern Scotland in the UK, about 1 day to drive. To drive from northeastern Maine to San Diego is 48 hours or so according to Google Maps, about 5 to 6 days.

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

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Re: Betokened

Having been the token for an interview, I heartily despise being the token for any reason for any purpose. It is demeaning to the person because it shows a complete lack of respect for the person's talents and abilities. And that lack of respect comes through loud and clear to the token.

The problem many IT companies have is they have an absolutely disgraceful, miserable work-life balance. Many first class professionals realize there needs to be a fair balance and a recognition that family obligations are important. The worst seem to be companies founded by those in their 20's and became very successful quickly.

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Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships

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Re: It just goes to show...

Or have another for travelling

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Equifax CEO falls on his sword weeks after credit biz admits mega-breach

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Local Story

According to WSBTV (local Atlanta media) he gave a talk at (th)UGA about cybersecurity in mid to late August, well after the incident. There was a Japanese custom of committing suicide if you dishonored yourself or others by your actions. If he had any honor he would learn how to do it correctly.

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