* Posts by Smedley54

7 posts • joined 3 Jun 2016

Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

Smedley54

Oh my. Butt Hurt Republicans determined to harass the Clintons until the end of time. If they can't get Hillary, they'll pick off anyone that helped them. These people are pathetic.

Stay out of my server room!

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Unless you're a director, or have the support of your reporting director, it's hard to run a shop at all. Or you can play truth or consequences: Communicate clearly the problems caused by hijacking the server room or wiring closet for storage or - worse - janitorial supplies, and then just let it fail. When you come to fix it, stack the crap in the hall, make the repairs, lock the door, and leave their crap in the hall.

There's tremendous satisfaction in staying calm while an executive gets red-faced over your explanation that an errant mop handle - that should never have been there - shut down his office or plant for the afternoon. I learned to hate the self-important buffoons, and just let them dig their own graves, documenting every shovel full.

Allow me to excel and you'll have show piece, but if you won't listen, pardon me while I save some sanity and just put you're gear on life support. Failure to listen on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.

FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Re: Disregard for consequences

Be fair, Mr. Gray! Single minded police types are everywhere, so calling it a uniquely American trait is near sighted. Otherwise I agree; my adult conversation on this is "The answer is still no, and if you ask again I'll send you to your room."

Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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Re: DR-DOSJA VU?

Microsoft would probably like to avoid a repeat of Windows XP, a.k.a., the OS that forgot to die. Chatter about vulnerabilities is contrived, but as the programmers that wrote it retire and die, and The Kids want their own toys, even Microsoft has to make choices.

Smedley54

Unless you have legacy applications that require an older OS, this only stings for a moment. Adapt and overcome or look around for a more static line of work; this one gets cleared out every few years whether we like it or not.

Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

Smedley54
Happy

Oh please?

Please let this be true.

For several years, very profitable US corporations have used corporate inversions to park profits in tax haven nations - like Ireland. Like Apple, some have promised to repatriate the funds if the US would only adopt a reasonable corporate income tax like - of, I dunno - shall we say .0005%? If they get smacked now for their greed, and Ireland nets a windfall I'm sure they would - reluctantly - accept, I'm good. Hopefully, this is only the beginning of some real tax reform, but with the amount of money at stake, I'm afraid someone's gonna get bought.

Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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He almost had me. Google cribbed Java's design but wrote their own code. It would have been better for everyone but the lawyers if Google had struck a licensing deal with Sun or Oracle, but unless I missed something this looks like fair use.

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