* Posts by raving angry loony

1225 posts • joined 13 Dec 2008


Amazon claims victory after warehouse workers in Alabama vote to reject union

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Dirty tricks work.

Bezos knows all about dirty tricks working for the benefit of his corporation. But the US legislation (written by corporations and passed by bought-and-paid-for legislators) is growing more and more anti-union, so the courts might not see it that way of course.

US govt ups minimum H-1B tech salaries to $208,000 a year, more than startups can hope to afford, say VCs

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Re: Think that's a lot?

ACA passed in 2010, after my experiences with it, and wasn't it repealed or castrated under Trump? If not, good for the USA, maybe finally taking baby steps to being a civilized nation. Long way to go yet, of course.

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no, it doesn't have a lower cost of living.

Because you're not counting healthcare and education.

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Think that's a lot?

Sure, most of these jobs come with decent health insurance. Unless, of course, you have what they love to call a "pre-existing condition", in which case should that be the cause of your hospitalization then that US$200k will last two or three days in a hospital and you'll end up bankrupt anyway. Unless you can quickly retreat to a country with public healthcare of course, after not having paid any tax in that country while you earned that much. I know several people who did that.

I despise the traitorous swine who go there then come back when the going gets tough. They contribute to the wealth of US corporations and their government after having sponged what they could from good public education systems in their home countries, then come back to their home countries after having paid no tax for years to get the benefit of a civilized healthcare system that doesn't condemn people to die just because it was a problem that existed before they got their last job.

Good ole' USA, still plundering other countries for their wealth and brains. Nothing but murderous pirates really.

Oculus owners told not only to get Facebook accounts, purchases will be wiped if they ever leave social network

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Oculus is fraud

Over 9500 people ripped off for just under 2.5 million based on false promises on their kickstarter. Followed by lie after lie.

Now this.

I can only hope Oculus just dies. Hard. It deserves to die. As a company. As a product. As an idea that it's ok to lie, cheat, lie again, cheat, defraud, and somehow still be able to find enough people purchase the product. The people who were behind this massive shit-show of a fraud need to be taken down.

They won't, I know. They'll keep their millions, they'll laugh at all the stupid fucks who bought into it, but damnit, it's not right.

Airbus drone broke up in-flight because it couldn’t handle Australian weather

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There was a spider...

... so I had to smash it with this drone/satellite.

Stop asking for Amazon, Google and Microsoft cloud with 'no justification': US Library of Congress told to drop its 'brand-name'-tastic RFP

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Standard practice

When you get the sales reps from Amazon, Google and Microsoft to write your RFPs for you, they're not going to be "neutral" RFPs. At all. I've seen FAR too much of that in various government organizations in the UK, US, and Canada. Vendor lockin is something governments should be assiduously working against, not aiding and abetting.

What price security? Well, for the US ban on Huawei/ZTE kit it's around $1.8bn, and you're going to pay most of it

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Re: Evidence? Anywhere?

bombastic bob writes: "Yes, comrade, we must NOT anger our communist overlords..."

Oh, I'm sure they're ecstatic that the US and other "western" nations have devolved to a government run "you're guilty" model that bypasses anything resembling due process, with a press that simply repeats those claims without any kind of investigation.

Sounds familiar...

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Evidence? Anywhere?

Has anyone, anywhere, presented any evidence that the Huawei and ZTE hardware does what they claim it does? Or is this just another example of American corporate warfare being carried out by their bought-and-paid-for puppets in government?

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?

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Australia, not Northern England. Or have I got the wrong wombat by the tail?

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: You supported a system...

AC writes "You remember the amount of Voter Fraud from the Dead and Illegals in 2016 right?"

Well, no. Because the only "evidence" was your liar in chief, well, lying about it having happened. NO evidence has been found, by anyone who isn't in the business of creating fiction, that it actually happened.

So basically, people like you are part of the US's problem. Too many liars. Not enough fact checkers or people with the critical thinking skills of a dead newt.

Eclipse boss claims Visual Studio Code is an open-source poseur – though he would say that, wouldn't he?

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How soon we forget.

Microsoft's standard play has been "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish". Invariably for their own profit and to the detriment of everyone else.

So many companies have learned this lesson to their everlasting peril. The number of companies that "partnered" with Microsoft, only to go bankrupt a few years later, is too long to list. Working with Microsoft, or in a Microsoft-only shop, is bloody stupid and short-sighted. So glad I'm out of that industry, because there are a lot of companies out there who believe Microsoft salespeople over their own techs, let alone are willing to heed any warnings about anything to do with "Microsoft".

Hong Kong coronavirus quarantine evaders collared by cops with the help of smartphone-tracking tech

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Re: 1984

Ah yes, and fuck those who do get seriously ill, including healthcare workers who don't have a choice but to be in harm's way? And fuck those who die and their families, is that it? Not to mention the overwhelmed healthcare facilities. Lovely attitude. Eugenicist, are you? Let the strong survive (maybe), screw everyone else?

So far about 18-20,000 deaths (again, depending on whose numbers and how up-to-date they are). That's so far, and rates are increasing, not decreasing, except in areas that have actually taken adequate measures (so, China and Italy, apparently, but not the USA or many parts of Canada yet).



"Not the Stand" isn't exactly a measure that should be used, unless one is a patron member of the VHEM/VHEMT.

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Re: 1984

You theoretically have to be alive and not critically ill to be happy.

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry

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You write "Goodenough's new battery – co-developed with Maria Helena Braga of the University of Porto, Portugal, and described in a paper published in 2016..."

Note that the FIRST name on that paper is Braga's. As it is on the 2018 paper you quote. Which means that it's Braga's new battery, co-developed with Goodenough. I've found there's a tendency to minimize the work of female scientists, especially when a famous male scientist was on the team. How about El Reg avoid that mistake for once, unlike so many other publications.

Apple's latest keyboard travels back in time to when they weren't crap

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Bad keyboards...

I'm surprised Apple didn't use the excuse that "You're typing wrong". Seems to be their go-to excuse when their design is a failure.

What do you get when you allegedly mix Wireshark, a gumshoe child molester, and a court PC? A judge facing hacking charges

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Re: Jeez

Not necessarily. Sadly, the USA elects judges. This one was elected in 2012, and re-elected in 2016. There is no indication how much training a newly elected judge gets on the arcane intricacies of I.T.

Admittedly, she is/was a lawyer, and did serve as a municipal judge prior, so maybe there is. I find the whole idea judges chosen by popularity rather than competence to be... very odd. And worrisome.

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool

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Yikes! He wasn't the only one! as we see here

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Re: Hardware Testing

Maybe because "phoque" got turned down? Just guessing.

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Our neighbour was Mr. Dyck, a perfectly good Dutch (sort of) name. Why he named his son Randy, I don't know.

Those furious gun-toting Aussies were just a glitch. Let's try US drone deliveries, says Wing

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Re: Seriously

In Canada trials have started on delivery of medicines to people living in remote locations here on the west coast. Useful where getting to and from the nearest pharmacy is almost impossible, especially for house-bound sick people living far from cities. I see that as one of the few positive uses of using drones for delivery, where the extreme noise is outweighed by the need. Other than that, they're just another addition to the incessant noise pollution.

Scotiabank slammed for 'muppet-grade security' after internal source code and credentials spill onto open internet

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The same people who own shares in the banks also own and control 99% of our "free" press in this country. So no, I don't expect ANY public notice to happen in said publications. As it wasn't client information that was leaked, which would be covered by legislation, "muppet grade" security (and that's an insult to muppets) is not covered by legislation. No crime, no news, no mention. Move along, nothing to see here, everything is fine.

Analytics exec nicked as Ecuador tries to rush through privacy laws after massive data leak

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Re: Hmm?

Didn't realize security was a function of the type of office space, and that it was not possible to secure a computer, network, or location in a home office with one occupant rather than in an "regular" office with, presumably, others around. Especially others around with keys and "permission" to be in the building.

Oh, wait, it's totally possible to secure data, networks, and locations (as much as some operating systems might allow, anyway) in any office, assuming the person in question wants to and knows how, or knows someone who knows how. It's also possible to completely cock up the security, as we've seen from multiple leaks from multiple sources over the years. Very few of which we from a home office. For that matter, even someone in a home office can use cloud containers and remote storage solutions should they decide to do so, which has its own set of security challenges of course.

The results are in… and California’s GDPR-ish digital privacy law has survived onslaught by Google and friends

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admit defeat?

I can guarantee that "big tech" has not admitted defeat at all. They're simply regrouping and will continue to subvert any such laws until they are successful in doing so. Eternal vigilance is necessary. Perhaps some revolutionary fervour while we're at it.

Apple's making some announcements! Quick, lay off 435 Uber workers

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Re: Too early, need coffee

I read the headline as Apple announcing they are laying off Uber employees.

Same. I was wondering how I missed the news that Apple had purchased Uber.

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Re: "always holding ourselves accountable"

Waterproof keyboards. It helps. That or quit drinking, but I spend far too much time on the internet (research, news, etc.) to even consider doing that.

Astroboffins baffled as black hole at center of Milky Way suddenly a lot hungrier than before

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Slight timing issue

Correction: Since Sagittarius A* is about 25,580 light years away (7.86 kpc [1]), what the boffins are seeing is what happened about that many years ago. We'll have to wait a few (for a very generous definition of "few") decades to know what it's doing *now*.

[1] Boehle, A.; Ghez, A. M.; Schödel, R.; Meyer, L.; Yelda, S.; Albers, S.; Martinez, G. D.; Becklin, E. E.; Do, T.; Lu, J. R.; Matthews, K.; Morris, M. R.; Sitarski, B.; Witzel, G (2016-07-19). "An Improved Distance and Mass Estimate for Sgr A* from a Multistar Orbit Analysis". The Astrophysical Journal. 830 (1): 17.

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein

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Re: Taking the Trash

Around here if you put yours out the night before, they fine you for contributing to a potential bear problem. Because they couldn't be arsed to create bins that unlock when the "automated" truck picks it up, and instead depend on the punters manually unlocking them when they get put out.

Brit MPs: Our policies are crap and the political process is in tatters, but it's Twitter's fault, OK?

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Re: No s##t Sherlock...

You are incorrect in assuming that "total tax" is "maximum possible tax", and that therefore the wealthy are paying anywhere near their fair share.


Total income tax paid: 100

Person making 10 pay 5 = 50% of income. Pays 5% of total tax collected.

Person making 1000 pay 95 = 9.5% of income. Pays 95% of total tax collected, but has a MUCH lower rate of taxation. If they were paying taxes equally, the top would pay the same rate as the lower-middle. But if the rich paid their actual fair share, the lower-middle would not need to be taxed at all as heavily.

You are, like so many of the apologists for the rich, comparing total PAID and trying to equate it with percentage of income. In other words, your math is misleading. I'd say deliberately so, at least by those who first came up with that particular bit of propaganda that you are repeating.

A more fair, graduated distribution of tax would be for person making 10 to pay 1 (leaving only 9, but paying only 10% of total income as tax), and for the person making 1000 to pay 200, leaving 800, which is still 88 times more, but paying 20% of total income as tax.

Total tax revenue would therefore be 210, which would equate to more money for social programs, education, and health care, especially for those who aren't even making 10.

Making any changes revenue "neutral" (as compared to the current unequal system), the person earning 10 could pay 0.5 (5%), and the person earning 1000 would pay 95.5, or a net 9.5% of income. Just 1/2 a percent more than they pay under the old system. Total tax revenue stays at 100 under that model, but with a more equitable distribution.

Again, it's percentage of income that counts, with those at the top being MUCH more able to afford higher percentage than those at or near the bottom. "Total tax paid" is a meaningless and even completely misleading metric.

PS: off the cuff example, so there might be calculation errors. If so, my apologies,but I think the argument still stands in the face of potential miscalculations.

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Re: No s##t Sherlock...

The real number is not the total tax they pay, but how much tax they pay as a percentage of their income. By THAT measure, the 1% (or even the 10%) pay a disproportionately low amount of tax compared to the rest of the 90%.

Attempting to make it a "look at how much they pay" is part of the confidence scam trick that hopefully won't work any more.

JACK OF ALL TIRADES: Twitter boss loses account to cunning foul-mouthed pranksters

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Re: Twitter Hack

If Trumps account started spouting racist and homophobic content... would anyone notice the difference? I mean, his supporters would be saying "YES! He speaks truth!", and his detractors would probably barely notice the added profanity. Not sure even Trump would be able to tell the difference.

Otto man thrown under the bus: 33 crim trade secret theft charges for ex-Uber exec Anthony Levandowski

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Ah yes, double standards

"Theft is not innovation". Except, of course, if you're a corporation, esp if the name is "Microsoft". Or, for that matter, "Uber" and how they treat drivers.

It's a pity that they only seem to pursue individuals in these cases, rather than going after the really big thieves.

Harvard freshman kicked out of US over OTHER people's posts on his social media

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If democracy, voters are responsible, see option (a) - go down in flames and unpicked crops because voters ARE responsible in a democracy.

If not democracy, voters are just being misled, see option (b) - you need a revolution, and the fact you don't think you do means you are just as guilty.

So yes, I guess I am tarring all Americans with a large brush. Especially the wilful blindness as they look the other way when their police kill non-whites, or when their border guards ruin peoples lives in ways that completely violate peoples rights to even basic things like due process. Either way, the people there need to accept responsibility for the mess they're in and start taking control back from the special interests that are shitting all over the rest of the world.

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Fuck the USA. I really hope they do succeed in kicking out every single last "illegal" immigrant or any visitor who doesn't meet their bigoted, white nationalist viewpoint. Then we call sit back and watch the pirate country that got rich plundering others finally go down in flames and unpicked crops, after having done it to so many others in the past.

That or they could have another revolution to kick out the sick, hypocritical, rich fucks currently running their country from their offshore tax havens. That would work too.

Glad I no longer have to travel to the USA for *any* reason. Every time I'm tempted something like this comes up, and I'm reminded why I'm so happy about not living or visiting there. It's bad enough living within 200km of their border.

Another 3,900 staffers gone, 3 data centres to be closed, and yet DXC revenues keep falling

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Highest costs first

Well, if things went logically, they'd get rid of the highest cost, lowest return items first. So when's the CEO and the rest of the senior management getting replaced by people who are just as good or better but willing to work for a fraction of their pay? Instead of getting rid of the staff that were there to actually bring in revenue, and without which they cannot operate?

Introducing 'freedom gas' – a bit like the 2003 deep-fried potato variety, only even worse for you

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Re: Now where do humans put all their capital cities?

@swm - the rich, who are overwhelmingly responsible for the issue, can move.

The poor don't have that option. Those who die won't be those responsible. Not unless there's some sort of revolution that brings those self-serving idiots down. Hard.

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Re: Sleep is a Good Thing(TM)

Anyone who thinks basic chemistry and physics prepares them for climate science is a fucking ignorant, self-important idiot. Or a shill for certain organizations who profit from ignoring the obvious. Either way, first up against the wall when the revolution comes.

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Re: My main regret ...

The only thing that Trump is due is a much delayed date with a jail cell. Sadly, given the nature of American politics and their absolute adoration of crooks and fraudsters, I doubt that happy event will ever come to pass.

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Re: Sleep is a Good Thing(TM)

re: climate alarmists.

The difference, which I would consider to be important enough to make your argument just another batch of bullshit from the head-in-the-sand nothing-is-wrong denialists, is that climate "alarmists" are backed by some fairly good science. Unlike the Jesus apocalypse folks.

Oh, and for what it's worth, it's not "global warming". It's "catastrophic global climate change". Some areas will get colder, some hotter, overall the extremes will be more extreme, only on average will the planet get hotter. But it'll be a much more unpleasant planet to be on overall. Thanks in no small part to a core of people like you, mostly in power but some just being ignorant short-sighted idiots, who keep trying to belittle the problem because actually DOING something about it (and, in my opinion, it's too late now anyway) would impact their short-term profits, and those of their friends.

Freed whistleblower Chelsea Manning back in jail for refusing to testify before secret grand jury

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Between the whole "secret trials", the ability of their police to confiscate anything even if there's no crime proven, their willingness to overthrow democratic governments to protect the profits of their corporations, and their unilateral decisions to murder innocents in other countries without any consequences, I guess the USA really doesn't actually believe any of the propaganda they've been busy slamming around for 50 years. They're just another pirate, and not even a dashing one.

Also find it rather hypocritical how one person gets thrown in jail indefinitely for refusing to testify, but others with better connections (ie: certain people close to Trump) are simply argued with when they refuse to testify.

It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware

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USA/UK and others when a group that isn't purely pro-corporate hacks software: HANG THEM HIGH!

USA/UK and others when a group that's totally pro-corporate, almost fascist hacks software: Nothing to see here, move along.

Accenture sued over website redesign so bad it Hertz: Car hire biz demands $32m+ for 'defective' cyber-revamp

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So, standard practice? Every "web design" company I've dealt with did shit like that. Ignored specs then charged more to fix their mistakes. Since they usually dealt with technically illiterate salespeople-managers on the other side, this worked when wrapped in enough baffle-gab. And when I said "dealt with", I mean "worked for, then quit in disgust at their unethical practices". Anyone in the companies involved who tried to push for a more ethical, competent practice was either shoved out the door or told in no uncertain terms they weren't to interfere with a profitable business model.

I hope Accenture is sued into the fucking ground on this one, and that other clients of theirs get the courage to stand up and do the same.

Strewth! Apoplectic Aussies threaten to blast noisy Google delivery drones out of the sky

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Re: Shoot them down?

Depends where they live. Slingshots are regulated in several Australian states, outright banned in others:


That said, I don't see any regulations that cover this device, although I haven't looked very extensively:


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redefining words

Yeah, they're "environmentally friendly" so long as you don't include in that noise pollution, chasing birds away, and all the various other ills that Google (that company that does evil while claiming it doesn't) tried to sweep under the rug.

Yet again, I'm guessing that those who profit from the things live nowhere near where they're allowed to operate. Or they're stone deaf.

Decoding the President, because someone has to: Did Trump just blow up concerted US effort to ban Chinese 5G kit?

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"Contrarian in chief" assumes he's not just an idiot.

Trump has managed to damage the American government and institutions more than any person before him. I'd say the Russians have had their money's worth and much more with this quisling. Well done USA, you elected an idiot. Not the first idiot, but definitely the most damaging.

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

They'll claim "freedom of the press", and they know they have their President in their corner, at least until the lying, unethical scumbag ends up in jail. Just as the folks at the National Enquirer should, but never will, because society seems OK with unethical, psychopathic behaviour.

Huawei pens open letter to UK Parliament: Spying? Nope, we've done nothing wrong

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There is far more evidence for American corporations handing over information to the American government than there is for Huawei spying. So either they're really, really good at it, so good that even tearing apart their kit hasn't revealed anything, or they aren't doing it.

This is just American commercial warfare taken to a new level. So far all I've heard is lies and innuendo, but *nobody* has presented any actual evidence.

The Chinese companies are eating America's lunch. They hate it when they aren't the ones winning.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: Go for it, Google!

Ads don't need scripting. They can be just images. Servers can track how often they served up the image.

If advertisers don't trust those serving the ads, how are we supposed to trust the advertisers? Especially when it's been repeatedly demonstrated that yes, they DO track people across sites, they DO track behaviour, they DO destroy expectations of privacy, and they DO serve up malware with their poor quality easily hijacked scripts.

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Re: Waterfox, my friend

Yes, it seems to work "properly". And it plays nice with many of the privacy-enhancing tools out there, like uBlock, Privacy Badger and others.

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

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Entire tech industry

How is Oracle different from most of the tech industry, especially in North America? Add in age discrimination and all the charges describe every high-tech firm I've ever dealt with in the last 30 years in North America. High tech is a shit-show when it comes to discrimination.



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