* Posts by ecofeco

5779 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

We've reached the endgame: Bezos 'in talks' to turn shuttered department stores into Amazon warehouses

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Re: The truth...

Ah HA!

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What's new is old again

Sears anyone?

China slams 'dirty' America's 'clean network' plan, reminds world of PRISM snoop-fest exposed by Ed Snowden

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Re: It's all about the money

You won't have to wonder for long.

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Re: All money is theft!


Nothing new here and nobody is innocent.

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Sounds like the history of America.

Oh, you didn't know many inventions were stolen by America in the first hundred year of the Industrial Revolution?

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Pot, kettle

The three top countries which are responsible for the most hacking in the entire world:





What happens when holes perfect for spyware are found in the engine room of millions of Qualcomm-based phones? Let's find out

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I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault

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I've worked in many places the IT dept's bad reputation was deserved. Needless to say, I didn't stay there long. Nor was I very well liked my co-workers. It's weird how many places punish competency.

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Re: Ahh yes the

I have done exactly this.

A VP was eventually dragged into it. The VP made spares happen very quickly.

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Re: Rudest, Dumbest - same thing no?

That's how most places I've worked do it, although we put a little more effort into contacting the user. But if after 3-4 tries and a week goes by without the user getting back to us, we close the ticket.

Funny thing though, the user ends up calling back within hours of the ticket being closed.

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Rhetorical question?

"Ever done a good deed, only to have it thrown back at you by an angry user, or finally snapped after one petulant request too many?"

At least once a year, sometimes more.

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

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Why don't they use some other spreadsheet of database?

This is insane!

You think the UK coronavirus outbreak was bad? Just wait till winter: Study shows test-and-trace system is failing

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Re: We are not discussing pneumonic plague, Ebola, or smallpox

I am both amazed and appalled at how many people just brush off a million dead people.

In ONE country!

UK govt finds £200,000 under sofa to kick off research into improving mobile connectivity on nation's crap railways

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Must be nice

It must be nice to be paid this kind of money to be Captain Obvious.

Raytheon techie who took home radar secrets gets 18 months in the clink in surprise time fraud probe twist

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Re: Training and infosec

No kidding. This is some serious fail by the security department.

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The hardest part

The hardest part of my job is enforcing I.T.security. The second is obstinate executives. The third is average everyday obstinate users.

The technical side and vendor idiocy is easy compared to those.

Microsoft wants to show enterprises that Edge means business, rather than the thing you use to download Chrome

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IE? Your I.T. department is incompetent.

Forget about Wipro chairman saying no one would lose their job due to COVID-19: UK staff told they're facing redundancy

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Re: I feel sorry for any Wipro customers

...and never ending round robins of emails discussing the problem but never fixing it.

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Every time. I've had to explain this so many times. And people STILL don't believe me.

Ew, that's unsanitary: SEO plugin for WordPress would run arbitrary JavaScript inputs instead of scrubbing them

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Re: I must admit

I can relate. I'm no fan of Wordpress. What a steaming pile.

Oh sure, we'll just make a tiny little change in every source file without letting anyone know. What could go wrong?

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Re: Mail Storm

I once had an Exchange admin call us (helpdesk) wanting help with... Exchange.

I had a little chat with my boss asking him why the admin couldn't do their job and explained there was nothing we could actually do.

The look and response I got told me I wasn't going to be there much longer.

Seven 'no log' VPN providers accused of leaking – yup, you guessed it – 1.2TB of user logs onto the internet

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See title.

Hundreds of forgotten corners of mega-corp websites fall into the hands of spammers and malware slingers

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Re: Just so we’re clear

Shocking innit?

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Re: Resource management


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Re: Xerox

Obviously duplicated.

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Too funny. But I'm not surprised. So much neglect out there ripe for the picking.

Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again

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I've seen it

They've made it worse.

Low(er) contrast flat colors.

Effing brilliant. /s

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

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Re: Form or function?

For many "average users" (tech support people, please join in) a simple change of GUI is a major earth shattering event.

Yes. Yes it is and I've been downvoted a few times for saying so.

Which doesn't change the fact and the hundreds of trouble tickets I've gotten that prove it.

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses... but not your H-1B geeks, L-1 staffers nor J-1 students

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Re: Qualified

It is ALL of those things.

It is premeditated and concerted effort to drive tech workers wages.

And it has worked.

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Re: H-1B visas [ ... ]

That is in fact already law, but the law is regularly broken.

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

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Re: What do you think it is about

Try telling that to the gadget fanbois and be ready duck.

They have no clue.

Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

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Re: Unclear article point

Still. After 20 years they can't get updates mastered.

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Re: No I am not salty about Windows for Phones dying, why are you asking?


Walled garden company complains about other walled garden companies? Microshaft can GTFO.

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

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...that it lacked the drivers for the existing printer, a common enough occurrence in those early days of Windows.

Oddly enough, it still is.

Ever found yourself on the receiving end of an idiot-blast when a user doubled down?

At least once a year. At the very least. End user. Boss. Co-worker. Vendor.

ServiceNow slammed for 'tone deaf' letter telling customers contracts can't be tweaked as COVID-19 batters businesses

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Re: @Chris Hills - Are you telling me

I see you've got your proper scars.

You absolutely nailed it.

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Re: We use Service Now where I work...

I've used SN a lot.

It's utility really depends on how it's configured and it is very, very easy to set it up wrong and usually is.

In my opinion, it's absolutely overkill for it's purpose. It defines granular micro-management.

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Re: Tone Deaf ...

So... like IBM then.

Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up

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Re: Why do people put with this nonsense?

...and all this as well.

Decades of illegal business practices.

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Re: Why do people put with this nonsense?

There is always resistance. To upgrade. updates, new hardware, you name it. So why stick with a broken platform?

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Re: Why do people put with this nonsense?

Because lots of Windoze fanbois in corporate I.T. departments.

Top tip, devs – your Chrome extension doesn't have to suck: 'A few hours can result in big improvements for millions of users'

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Optimized code?

Heresy! Heresy I tell you!

Bummed code is for commies and anarchists!

A fête worse than death: After struggling to connect into SAP's SapphireNow online shindig, we were all 'rewarded' with a Sting concert

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Re: SAP Deployment.

Nailed it.

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Hot spirits

In the material world.

Living up to its 'un-carrier' slogan, T-Mobile US stops carrying incoming calls, data in nationwide outage

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Possible reason

T- moblie is merging its network with Sprint's.

Microsoft 365 and Azure outage struck Australia and New Zealand just as business rocked up for a new week

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How's that cloud thing working for you?

I will never get tired of posting this.

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches

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Re: It's an unknown

Sad but true.

'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails

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They ALL think they are special

Users egos only become a problem when they are friends with or related to, the executive or ARE the executive.

But they ALL think they are special. Well, most of them.

Logitech Zone Wireless: Swanky headset means business, but that also means it comes with a hefty price tag

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Pricey is not the word I would use. That is being far too kind.

From off-prem to just off: IBM Cloud goes down planet-wide so hard even the status page didn't work

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How's that cloud thing workin for ya?

OK Windows 10, we get it: You really do not want us to install this unsigned application. But 7 steps borders on ridiculous

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Re: Hanlon's razor

Subscription and app store in definitely their roadmap.


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