* Posts by VanguardG

120 posts • joined 8 Apr 2016


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Re: Not sure who is more dull...

"Everyone's stories are dull and boring. Except mine. Share my own stories? Oh no, I'm far too busy for that. I'll just leave condescending comments, because....me.


One has to wonder...did this application owner have some incredibly gigantic payout clause if he were called in during his time off? Maybe he wanted to be called in to both heroically fix the license issue and get a huge payout for the incovenience

Sorry, but NASA says Mars signal wasn't Opportunity knocking


It was just two red-planet pranksters named Mart and Ian


Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active


Re: Do not disturb

Its not being polite. Its being afraid of the remotest possibility one might offend someone else. One is polite because one wants to make a good impression. This is about not making a bad impression. Not the same thing.

I am put in mind of a very well-established musician in the US who wrote a defiant song in the aftermath the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attack here, which quickly climbed the charts. That musician was invited to a major gathering because of his long and recently-stoked popularity, but was told he couldn't sing his defiant new song 'because it might offend some people'. The musician said "If they would be offended by my songs, they'll be offended by me. Have your party without me."

Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge


Re: @Martin Gregorie

There are idiots on both extreme ends of the spectrum, AC. Right and Left both have their share of moonbats all too willing to sacrifice all rights of a few, or a few rights of all, in exchange for the illusion of "security", largely against threats mostly invented, or at least heavily exaggerated, but those in Congress and the White House, regardless of which side of the aisle they lean toward. To focus so ineptly on the threat from one direction would blind you to the equal threat from the other. Our friends over in the UK, where there's a political party for every blade of grass, have the correct of it. A two-party system cannot help but eventually polarize as people are forced into one or the other, though they do not fit into the mold of either, and here we are. Elsewhere, these people would band together and form a new party and become, perhaps, a force to reckon with in time. Here, the titanic two have amassed so much money as the ONLY two that no third party can raise enough to combat them. Long term, getting this nation back means making it easier, a *LOT* easier, for alternate political parties to take on the Democrat and Republican parties, and ultimately, ideally, eliminate *all* parties and make every candidate run as an individual, espousing what they really believe instead of what the "party" makes them say in order to get the "soft money" campaign funds. I'm tired of voting for a candidate knowing its really the DNC and RNC that are pulling the puppet strings.

Script kiddie goes from 'Bitcoin Baron' to 'Lockup Lodger' after DDoSing 911 systems


"I'm too smart and too good at what I do for old guys to catch me!" - said every 20-something ever. Wannabe hacker: 0. Old guys: 1.

Kind of a shame though...these days its hard to even search for somewhere to live without going online...half the time you want to lease a place and they direct you to their online website to fill out the forms. Looking for a job - also way harder. Looking for one with limited experience, and zero experience in over a year and a half...with a criminal record *and* this set of restrictions...he can't even work at a fast-food place because the cash registers are networked. Not that he should be handling credit cards or cash - extortionists aren't the most trustworthy types even when they're incompetent and unsuccesful.

PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage


The United States is a Republic. Why should Democracy get a look in with the chief executive of a Republic?

Hello, this is the FTC. You have been selected for a free lawsuit... Robocall pair sued


Re: No fines collected?

I think the inference there is that fines would be assessed, but never collected. All the companies involved go under the moment the process begins, then re-emerge a few months later with new names and resume business.


Then they don't need a link to a person from the computer. Mark calls back, calls the boiler room where the scammers are at work. But there's no "line" connecting the robocall to the boiler room scammer. The defense could claim "the phone number that my client left changed to the scam number without our knowledge"

US prison telco accused of selling your phone's location to the cops


Re: Simple change to the law will fix it

It boggles the mind how "vote in our favor now, and you'll have a cushy job with us when you retire" isn't viewed as precisely that...instead its just "lobbying". Being absolutely ignorant of a thing has in no way ever slowed any politician's attempt to establish control over it. Often their very ignorance is why they are so dogged about regulating it. Most are intelligent people, but they want an "elevator briefing" on complex topics and then attempt to extrapolate, or intrapolate, the rest on the fly. In my personal opinion, the first thing every nation that elects leaders is term limits for EVERYONE. If every poltiican has the same "shelf life", and is banned from holding office at a certain level ever again after a set number of years, their value to the lobbyists is lower. Also, a politician can only raise so much money for a campaign. Everyone can raise a certain dollar amount for the primary election stage, and if the candidate goes to the general election, any money left from the primary phase counts against their budget for the general phase. If they are allowed "x" million, and reach that, they cannot accept any more donations from anybody. Level the playing field and make the jokers show they can actually work within a budget BEFORE they get elected. If some grumble their rights were trampled, they can contribute their money earlier next time. "Soft" money is harder to regulate, but that doesn't mean we can't start fixing what we can while working on a fix for the rest. The system's broken...citizens need to take it back and fix it, because the nimrods in DC like it just the way it is.

BOFH: Guys? Guys? We need blockchain... can you install blockchain?


Re: Unfortunately he hits the nail on the head again.

I once tried to get a co-worker's job title changed to Application Support Specialist. I might have snuck it past the boss, who was actually a very good boss, but I got greedy and tried to add "Head of Licensing Enforcement". That made the acronym a little too easy to spot, apparently.

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook


Re: Client support, we've heard about it

Due respect, AC, but a grown adult should be able to rationally address the problems they face...this academic had quite some time to get a leash on his temper (the tech was gone two weeks) and chose not to. While the "technical problem" was possibly just a stray mouse click, the show of rage was unprofessional. Sometimes, one needs to be sniped at in return to realize they're dealing with fellow humans and should offer the respect they expect to receive.

BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back


GIven the time frames, he is probably no longer Pimply-Faced, and certainly *not* a Youth anymore.

But yes, he's still the PFY anyway.


"we stuffed the red pill into your mouth and held your nose weeks ago." The Duo are getting soft - Not all that long ago it would have been duct tape OVER the mouth and holding the nose for anyone prying into the secrets of the sanctum.

BOFH has been a good reader of character, though - he did spare the over-eager youngster who became PFY, and became, in the man's own words, "a fiend with a scarcely human face." Though the PFY did have to demonstrate his chops by checkmating the BOFH's attempt to get him fired, invoking the "Uncle Brian" defense, he wasn't just accepted into the sanctum as James has been....

...or has he been? That engagement the lined up for him could still prove to be a tragic, carefully planned accident...

UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access


Re: Not to put too fine a point on it...

Your teenage daughter probably actually understands social media like Twitter. At least over here, people get addicted to that crap, probably much the same there.

One woman in her 30's actually robbed a bank, WHILE CHATTING ON HER CELL PHONE. Twice, three days apart. Police took her into custody the day after her second "unauthorized funds withdrawal".

Plan to kill net neutrality is the best thing/worst thing ever! EVER!!1


The UK has 94,000 square miles of land mass. The entire European Union taken as a whole comprises 1.7 million square miles.

The US has 3.8 million square miles, over twice that of the EU. With that much territory to cover, its going to take a *lot* more time for providers to overlap and provide the kind of competition you refer to, for now its really only a competition in certain suburban areas.

At some point my house was run for fiber - and for some semi-inexplicable reason, all the standard phone and cable outlets were simply cut off and stuffed into the walls, and covered with blank plates. But for THAT, I'd have a choice of 5 home Internet providers, and I know of those and 3 more that offer business-class services. Since my house is set up the way it is, I'm limited to just one, since only one provider has, thus far, run fiber optics in the area - unlike copper lines, fiber lines aren't shared.

Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport


I hate the concept of the Security Council where ONE member can vote down a proposed action before the UN in general can know about it, let alone debate it. Nations with despicable human rights scores nonetheless serve on the UN Human Rights commission.

I do not like the United Nations, they really accomplish very little of any value. Some dictator somewhere violates international law? Why, a UN proclamation will set him straight, and if not, we'll sanction him! If that doesn't work, we'll reiterate our sanctions every odd-numbered day until that dictator reforms! Really, its a useless bit of nonsense.

Look at North Korea. The UN wags its forefinger at them and tells them off for being naughty, and North Korea happily wags a different finger right back. Makes me feel safer knowing the UN is doing its usual stellar job with the more recalcitrant regimes out there.

Their peacekeepers did a bang-up job in Syria, didn't they? They could write a textbook on that operation. They also have a contingent in Haiti, because people on the verge of starvation make ideal soldiers. Disclosure: the US didn't do Haiti any favors, at all, by supporting Duvalier, but I was 7 when he was overthrown, so I don't accept any responsibility for that choice.

The UN often seems like it has zero respect for the rights of individuals, or national borders. All too often, the UN seems to operate as if it is in charge and national governments are subordinate to it, rather than it being little more than an advisory body.

As for NATO...well, every country *is* free to choose what percentage of the GDP they contribute to NATO, and this includes money and material - the "expectation" is 2%. But the money is supposed to go to upkeep and improvement over the member's own military forces that are designated as part of NATO's forces should they be called up. So with the largest military involvement in NATO, the US pays in the most. Iceland *has* no military, so they pay very little into NATO. If Germany or the UK *wanted* to raise their contributions, the US wouldn't argue against it, but the nation would need to increase the section of their military that is designated as available for NATO use, to absorb the extra funding, and then politics gets involved. No politician would want to sign off on (potentially) having more of the military taken away from home defense and deployed by, potentially, foreign commanders not even paid by the same government. That caused Pershing and Haig to lock horns during World War One, and wouldn't sit any better in the modern era.


As for not being permitted to go to San Francisco...just walk about with your head tilted about 35-40 degrees to one side, and you get a very similar experience to being there. Very expensive place to live.

As for charity...well, the United Nations is funded by its 193 member nations. https://factly.in/united-nations-budget-contributions-by-member-countries/. The US pays $3.024 Billion dollars (thousand millions to you chaps, I beleive) to the UN...on top of providing a large chunk of land for it to reside upon and housing for the ambassors and staff at cut rates. The US contribution is 621.9 million to the general operating fund, which is more than the 176 lower-paying nations *combined*...the contribution to peacekeeping is more than 185 lower-paying nations, combined. In terms of foreign aid, 25.6 billion dollars (American accounting) is paid Economic and Development programs and 16.8 billion (again, American accounting) goes to security...which includes military and counter-narcotics assistance. Who get it? Nations like Afghanistan, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Sudan, India, and, of course, Israel. For all the hype about Israel, though, only 3.05 million was actually given to Israel in 2016, though 3.1 billion was planned. Palestine got 163 million of 237 million planned. Even Switzerland and Ireland got some small pieces, though neither nation seems among those that are particularly impoverished. Its only tax money.

Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building


Re: Then King's guitar left him

Its nothing to do with the alcohol content, Sir John of Brown. its how readily the alcohol that is there can transition to vapor - which is the only form that will actually light ... 100 proof vodka chilled will not catch fire. In this scenario, the beer would be heated up already, and spraying in a near-mist form, so yes, it would burn. Not for very long, I grant you - there's not much fuel. But there could be a few flickers of more fire then there already was. One could carry an open shot glass of 90 proof through a house fire without it flaming up, unless you dawdled amongst the flames for an extended period. Still, in my opinion, should you need to transport hard liquor through a fire, I would recommend drinking it first, and carrying it through in your stomach.


Re: Then King's guitar left him

I *suppose* one might argue that the overheated cans might have burst and sprayed any firefighters nearby with a flammable liquid, while they were in an area already on fire, therefore he was trying to keep firefighters from being harmed.

BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample


Re: Virus on a cd?

I once installed two retail anti-virus programs on one computer. Each saw the other one as a virus.

So I told them both to scan the drive and left for lunch while they fought it out. Neither won...they locked the system up. I called it a draw.


I recall there *being* a Holmes episode, actually...not really a "vs" scenario, though.


'We should have done better' – the feeble words of a CEO caught using real hospital IT in infosec product demos


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Re: Why aren't they being prosecuted?

I expect the key phrase was "in this way". The hospital probably allows Tanium access to their networks for ongoing work. The problem arose when they disclosed the internal structure to third parties. If the tool is so great, though, why does Tanium not demonstrate it on THEIR OWN internal network, for potential customers? Why involve someone else?

Teen charged with 'cyberstalking' in bomb hoax case


Re: "tumour"

That's fine...in Whitman's case, a tumo(u)r may have triggered his hostility and anger - but they do not claim it affected his cognition...Whitman did not conceal his actions, he was a straightforward "kill until I'm killed" serial murderer.

No bearing on this kid who took NO actions of his own, but got his kicks in making other people scared. That's not some unbearable rage or anger - that's being a jerk.


Re: "tumour"

He's not a danger? Okay...245 misdemeanors then, and just 1 month in jail per false alarm - he'll be out in 20 years, 5 months.

False alarms put everyone at risk...and calling SWAT on someone *is* dangerous...SWAT isn't deployed to deliver search warrants, they deploy to kill. Hopefully, just the "bad guys", but around here, SWAT weapons-safety training isn't all that great. One shot an empty closet, while his team leader was apologizing to the homeowner for the team having invaded THE WRONG HOUSE. Perhaps the closet did something threatening.


"..affects his cognitive functions..."? Seems like his thought processes worked well enough that he knew what he was doing was illegal. Otherwise, he wouldn't have even tried to cover his tracks. I suspect he has the same "cognitive" malfunction most 18-year-olds do - thinks he's smarter and better than everyone else and can get away with anything. Because he found this website about being anonymous on the web, and didn't notice the "1998" timestamp on it. These basics probably would have worked 15-20 years ago.


Perhaps, to him, the investigators would disregard traffic from Israel - "Nobody from Israel would attack Jews...". Heck, maybe it actually worked - until they ran out of other suspects.

'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules


Re: Gilmore vs. Gonzales

Since it was "police officers" involved, LDS, I'm fairly sure "regulations" were already in place. Passengers have been so totally cowed that not a single person did anything more than film this dragging incident and make a few weak verbal protests. Nobody called out the gate agent who called in the goon squad, or the Captain who failed to maintain control of his or her aircraft.

How many abuses did it take before the government finally REGULATED how long airlines could keep passengers effectively imprisoned on an aircraft sitting on the ground? That went on for YEARS before there was finally a regulation passed that allows for "only" three hours. Which is still far too long. It works, sort of...but it takes far too long to go into effect and is totally without teeth when it does! Say Airline A violates the three hour rule. Like Continental/Expressjet/Mesaba did, with nearly six hour of delay. DoT fined them $175,000 between them. Did the *passengers* see a penny? Of course not!! They just PAID MORE for future tickets since the airlines jacked up the prices to offset the penalty! DOT got some money, Airlines went on business as usual, and the passengers got absolutely NOTHING whatsoever.

Imagine if Delta Airlines suddenly re-wrote their carriage contract to prohibit involuntary removal (except in cases where a passenger is disruptive to other passengers or crew). Do you not think every other airline would have to follow suit? Of course they would. No regulation needed, no fines that we passengers end up paying so the GOVERNMENT gets more money...more of OUR money. Just "Hey Delta did this...we have to match it, passengers can actually choose to fly with someone else if we don't!" Its the same thing with baggage fees...every airline glommed onto the idea and then they made PR points against each other by NOT charging for carryon...or charging for carryon but not checked bags..or just not charging either one but raising their ticket prices $25 to make up the difference anyway.


Re: 'you don't have to use the internet if you don't like it.'

If this is the best we can buy, we really need a bigger budget.


I went to his website, to send him an email, you have to put in your ZIP (postal) code, and if its not in his district, it will reject your email. Wow, that's security!!!

Took a few seconds to find the towns and codes he represents and plug them in with a mythical address. Not that he'll ever see the end message...since it didn't fawn all over him and show my reverance for his wisdom, I'm sure it was deleted almost instantly. A benefit of never actually being around the regular citizens - you don't ever have to hear, let alone listen to, criticism...you have a staff to ensure you only see messages that tell you how great you are.


Re: Benefit of the doubt? "Notas Badoff" might not be American?

California politicians are so far to the left they almost fall over when they walk. But they're not crazy. Look at the state they represent. They can't be normal human beings and represent a state with Hollywood in it.


Re: Senior Moment

Must be his "bunch of tubes" got clogged up. Every time any CongressCritter opens his mouth about technology, every comedian in the world writes it down, because mocking it will be comedy GOLD for months. Clearly, an aide oversimplified explaining the concept, probably because the Congress member could only spare 2 minutes to master complicated concepts.

He just needs to own up to it..."I voted the way I did because Bobby from Arizona promised to let me use his plane on my next junket to the Bahamas if I did. He has a very nice plane. Computers are just fads, they'll fade away soon and we can all get back to the radio for entertainment."


Re: Benefit of the doubt? "Notas Badoff" might not be American?

Is there reputable evidence that there's been "selective disenfranchising"? The districts are redrawn every 10 years, when there's an official census. Whichever party is in power at that time can finagle the lines this way or that way as they choose - sometimes eliminating whole districts over HERE and creating a new one over HERE, stretching and contracting them in whatever manner they opt to use...its not the privilege of just one party. Simple fact - if you can change something every 10 years, do you actually think that, in any way, provides *ANY* advantage for more than may be one election, given the way neighborhoods change drastically in just half that time? What was halfway to a slum can be "gentrified" in only a year or two and suddenly be a hot spot for idiot money, with people moving from the formerly grande area over THERE to the new hotspot, Between 10 and 20 percent of Americans move to another home in another place each year...given the population, that's somewhere between 30 and 60 million every year. After just 2 or 3 years, a district that was once a bastion for this party can become very partisan the other way. After 5 years, just halfway to the next census and next district drawing, the population can shift dramatically...and if the district includes apartment complexes, where people may be there and gone in only a year.

Thing is, if a district has, for round numbers, 20,000 people in it when its drawn up, five years later it might have 32,000 people and of those, only 5,000 were there five years ago. Any manipulation is outstripped by events so fast there's no point.

NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself


Re: Not again...

Unfortunately, the vast majority of people (both in government service and not) do their jobs reasonably well and with a level of acceptable intelligence. But nobody writes about THAT....people doing things right? BORING!!!!

So we get these stories showing idiots on parade. But few if these stories have any followup, showing that (maybe) these two idiots got roasted by their bosses once their actions came to light. Or, alternately, were perhaps praised because their bosses are just as stupid as they are. Thing is, we don't know.

And somehow, I think the people tasked with trying to keep track of rocks are not the people who design rockets and space capsules. I envision a different educational criteria...Rocket scientist = math, science, physics...rock-finder=watching movies about bar-bouncers and sports-hooliganism.


Re: Why does the US care if people own bits of the Moon?

No one can claim the moon or any portion thereof as sovereign territory. So NASA decided to go and retrieve it piece by piece. Once they have enough, they'll assemble their own moon. Its a lot cheaper to send astronauts to the moon when you have your own version on the front lawn. Matter of fact, you could make it a punishment..."Five laps around the moon and back. That'll teach you to nap during training!"


Re: Why does the US care if people own bits of the Moon?

I think you just described the heads of half the people I work with....round and mildly reflective.


Were there any cops? I must've missed it...I just saw two NASA employees, neither of whom was legit law enforcement at all. NASA has repeatedly embarrassed itself by taping over the moon landing data (what little they didn't lose outright) and having a very significant amount of lunar rock missing. Two interns at Johnson Space Center stole a SIX HUNDRED POUND SAFE (for those of you on the other side of the Pond, that's the WEIGHT, not the cost, of the safe), which contained 101 grams of moon rock, which they tried to sell.

Let the idiots prove they can actually keep track of what they have before they spend tax money shaking down grandmothers. Right now, they look like a bunch of idiots trying to cover up their incompetence with belligerence.

Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors


Re: Easy juice? Sounds good to me.

Popped over to their website, actually - I was reading the articles, I promise. No, I failed to note that 250ml tidbit. Kind of expected single-serve, though. I would expect this is meant to attract itself to the crowd that's already replaced an actual breakfast with a smoothie, so their pricing reflects this as a meal replacement, not an accompaniment. Given the alternative many people might resort to is a fast-food McBreakfast with who-knows-what in it and coffee for five or six bucks...meh.

Maybe you could "cut" the result with commercial juices and get something more to sip on most of a morning.


Re: Easy juice? Sounds good to me.

The problem I see with this is the proprietary nature of it. You spend a considerable amount of money on this, but have to buy THEIR packaged produce...if they go belly up, or hike their prices, you have an expensive piece of counter-clutter. Plus, at $5-8 each, the packs aren't cheap, but, I'm compelled to admit, aren't as pricey as I thought they might be. I, too, have been conditioned by the printer & ink pricing model.

But the best-insulated box won't keep the stuff suitably chilled if its dropped in a sunny area on a hot summer day at 10 or 11 and not retrieved until you get home 6 or 7 hours later...you could have an entire shipment warmed up to unsafe levels.

If you could make your own packs, might be different. You can keep enjoying the thing even if the company rolls over, and you can create your own blends.

Then there's the IoT aspect, which has its own issues. I'd just as soon walk in, load the thing up, and poke the "go" button, then come back later to retrieve the glass of crushed organic matter.

Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink


Re: Beating a woman is infamy

There was precedent...as I read it he was arrested previously, and charged with felony assault. She asked the charge be reduced in severity so he wouldn't be deported, so he ended up with a misdemeanor then. Maybe it was just for the kid's sake, but people in abusive relationships have a very tortured psyche. In many places around the US, the victim of domestic abuse does not press charges nor have any actual voice in the charges themselves - the police officer responding presses the charges. I expect its thought that, by giving the victim no choice, the abuser won't beat up the victim for sending him/her to jail, but I'm skeptical it works that way.


Re: @9Rune5

Back in the day, the bride came with a dowry - paid for by the father, intended to help with setting up house. Thus, in asking for the daughter's hand in marriage, one was also asking for her dowry. Since the goods or money that comprised the dowry belonged, rightly, to the parents, then marriage was a two-stage process. Getting her to day yes was only step 1, you didn't *just* ask the father. You got her agreement, then you dealt with her parents. Having the daughter an enthusiastic partner in getting this agreement would, doubtless, help considerably in ensuring success.

Asking the parents is probably only a formality now - legally if she's 18, they have no right to deny the match, but starting off with "We're getting married if you like it or not" is getting off on the wrong foot.


Re: @Symon

People who beat up those who are less capable of resisting (whether the beating by physical, emotional, or mental) are perhaps a half-rung above child molesters...both are indulgences of power over the weaker. Its reprehensible that the prosecution would have even floated this plea bargain. He probably will never even see the inside of an actual prison - where inmates who're already serving long sentences and have nothing to lose *might* beat him more senseless. He'll likely not even leave a processing facility - the equivalent of a city jail. Pathetic.

This guy should be paying with weekend, and evening, work for lots of years. Give him 4,000 hours of community service. Make him remember and regret his indulgence of strength while he's serving food to homeless people or cleaning parks...or whatever other tasks might be available. No....not jail..where the taxpayer provides his food and shelter - make him work for the community for a LONG time, for no recompense, after working at his company 8-5...6-10 and for 10 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday, he works for the community. 40 for him, for for everyone else. He'll be done in about 2 years, but he'll have spent those two years remembering...and the taxpayers don't have to keep the idiot fed and clothed, he still has to take of that for himself.

Conviction by computer: Ministry of Justice wants defendants to plead guilty online


Re: Ive got a solution...

I once had a company that bought a round-trip ticket for me to fly to Dallas, Texas to interview. I got off the plane, met the two interviewers, conducted the interview, and went to my gate for my flight home, never stepped out of the airport.

Another paid for me to fly to Chicago (and back), paid for a rental car (even got a free upgrade), and a hotel for one night...I flew back the next morning...they even picked up food and parking expenses.

Back in the day when flying somewhere was only uncomfortable when you actually were ON the airplane. Now one stands in line to check in, another line for an ID check, another for putting everything on your person into a plastic bin to make shopping easier for the TSA agents, then another line to go through the cancer-causing device...one ends up feeling like a cross between a cow being herded and a criminal being led to the execution chamber. If you're lucky, you'll actually still be on the plane when it leaves, so you don't have to go through the TSA circus (as one of the performing animals) again just to get home.

Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard


Not the pub, but...

Back some time ago, when keyboards were expensive, I worked for a reseller. One customer would literally hand out a beer to everyone in his building at 5 o'clock - whether they worked for him or not. There was a bit of a press among the techs to be delivering things to him at that magic hour, I never went myself, as I figured, he's not giving away the good stuff. From time to time, we would receive a box of keyboard from the customer that needed cleaning. They kept a shelf full of spares and would just unplug one and slap in another one until they'd accumulated a box-full.

The department smelled like a fraternity house the morning after a major keg-party for hours....stale beer is quite distinctive, and some of the keyboards must have gotten a considerable soaking. Careful disassembly and cleaning of the boards would usually resurrect 90% of them, but there were always a few that died of alcohol poisoning.

The boss at that time was one of those frantic sorts...he'd lambast any tech who was in-house for more than a few hours...until shown the ticket queue that showed only one active ticket, which was awaiting a parts shipment. Then he'd wander off like a puppy whose favorite chew toy was taken away, only to return a few hours later to berate people again. Finally, one tech said "Go yell at the salespeople, we can't install anything if they don't sell anything!" That didn't turn out well, but he was right. Unfortunately, he was disagreeing with the the PHB,

Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge


Terrorists - using old tech? Not likely

I haven't followed this case - but presumably, it has to with terrorism. Do the dingbats in law enforcement think terrorists who've made their attacks, and presumably are now deceased, are going to email their friends and leave a trail to the rest of the cell? These are the same people who think the terrorists are going to have their real cell phones on their persons during an attack, probably.

Terrorists are sitting around laughing at this. A: If they're going to email each other, it will be to email addresses in some email system well outside the reach of the nation they're targeting...if they're attacking the US, somewhere in Eastern Europe...there're lots of free-mail providers. It won't be to GMail. They might USE one, but not to communicate with other killers-in-waiting, it'd be for registering at the local pizza joint and other routine use. People aren't restricted to just having ONE phone or ONE email. While they're spending time on this, the real evidence trail is getting colder and colder.

BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'


Re: Being on a placement myself...

Bit of "extra seasoning" in the tea and the temp might just create a job opening for himself/herself ready to walk right into....

Burger King's 'OK Google' sad ad saga somehow gets worse


Re: Please Sir?

I suspect the fighting chance you refer is why blackjack tables (like poker) is heavily patrolled by waitresses with alcoholic beverages, to dull the players' faculties as quickly as possible. Note the relative scarcity of such services in the roulette and dice game areas, and near absence around the slot machines - where there's little to no action the player can take to improve his or her chances of a win, therefore there's less benefit to getting them buzzed.

Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business


Re: Hmm...

A system manager/system admin should always be paranoid. I was laid off once and left to pack and leave by myself (they did have the other, surviving network admin disable my logins while I was meeting with the CIO, the first, last, and only time he ever spoke to me). I had to go by five managerial offices to even find someone at a management level to turn my keys over to, everyone else was either absent or behind closed doors. At another job, where I was also laid off, I had the full "Manager will escort you to your desk to get your things, and then out the door" treatment, *and* once as a contractor I wasn't even allowed to go to my desk after being told I was being let go - the contract recruiter went to get my things - I got most of them...just lost my cable-testing kit, which the recruiter said he "couldn't find". So, I've pretty much experienced the gamut. I'd never retaliate - beyond making rude hand gestures every time I drive past the building the company is in. Revenge might cause some stress for the few people involved in the decision to release me, but *everyone* employed there is impacted, including those I would count as work-friends.


Re: perhaps he just turned it back on?

Article says some files were removed to prevent the server from coming back online. Apparently did that with several. Be rather pointless to simply turn the thing off, after all...though with Exchange, there *is* a good chance you'd foul up the datastore(s) with a dirty shutdown.


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