* Posts by zen1

506 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Dec 2010


iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war


Re: Does anyone remember ...

I remember how aggressively Apple prosecuted anybody when companies tried to import clones into the US. I also remember the enormous royalties companies had to pay to sell apple compatible (//e, gs and early mac) hardware. The repressive tactics apple used back in those days are, in my opinion, one of the most significant reasons apple has had problems with mass product saturation in areas other than early education, mp3 or the cell phone markets.

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


and we all know social "justice" is completely infallible

Yahoo!'s Marissa! will! eject! with! $186m!.. $185m!.. $184m!..


fuck up, move up, cash out... the American way.

Webroot antivirus goes bananas, starts trashing Windows system files


goes bananas?

or really a public service?

Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft


what idiots.

The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye


Normally I pull for Team USA, just out of pride and loyalty, but Larry is involved, so GO UK!!!

Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools


I dunno

Something still smells rotten... How do we know this isn't some sort of way of infecting the wanna-be's for more intel? And given what little I know about NSA Ops, this stuff was probably considered obsolete awhile, even though it's "new" to us.

Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC


oh horse sh*t

"Microsoft engineers use that data to pinpoint problems". In the 30 or so years I've worked with MS products, I have never once received a coherent explanation on what causes repeat crashes. Almost every time I've called their support with a problem like that I was told to reinstall the OS.

Microsoft can kiss my ass and I have stopped recommending any of their products or services, because they simply aren't worth it anymore.

Dishwasher has directory traversal bug


What the hell

Why on earth would I ever need a web freaking dish freaking washer? What's more, the day I have to install a firewall in front of my dishwasher, fridge or toilet is the day I reject and all technology.

Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts


Re: Best traps

SNMP? Have to be a security threat some how...

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court


How the hell do I get in on this action? I'm still pissed about all of 10's nuances.

'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done


Re: Education PC seller says Apple is no good in that market

Ever since the days of the //e and GS, Apple has been trying to saturate secondary schools and high schools, as well as offering deep deep cuts to school personnel and university students. I remember back in the day, my apple rep implied that their goal was to go through the kids and teachers and stick with what they know.

Unfortunately, Apple didn't extend the same kind of discounts to businesses, otherwise they'd be kicking the snot out of the wintel platform. Now that pi and chrome books are starting to saturate that vertical market, it's only a matter of time that they either force apple to focus on just iPhones and get out of the pc/tablet business all together.

Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down


As a firewall engineer

I got blamed because a number of our users couldn't use outlook services. F U Microsoft!

Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash


Re: A company

damn you, I blew soda out of my nose while I was reading this.

Shock report: 92 per cent of US government websites totally suck


Only 92%?

Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more!



not again...

University DDoS'd by its own seafood-curious malware-infected vending machines


If that happened where I work, I would have the individual, who authorized the decision to stick that crap on my production LAN and NOT behind a fw, hunted down and lectured. And any monies spent mitigating that mess would come out of their budget. That's inexcusable, even if it was a university.

Secondly, I would be having a nice long talk with the vendor about them reimbursing my company for the expense, as well as what their plans were to prevent events like these from happening again OR a when I could expect them to get their shit out of my buildings.

Why does it cost 20 times as much to protect Mark Zuckerberg as Tim Cook?


Well that's just pissing money away on most of them.

Microsoft swallows up AI language biz Maluuba


And they expect it to run on Windows?

New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max



this is absolutely ridiculous. Microsoft should have be taken to task for assuming that people wouldn't have a problem with what they're doing. Secondly, that website is an absolute joke. It's nothing more than a front end to their services and email. MS: I don't want any of my personal data going to you. Period. I shouldn't have to resort to dual boots, alternate OS's, vm's or god knows what else. I just want an OS that runs my fucking computer and will operate with the applications I've paid through the nose for.

Office Depot halts PC Health Checks amid bogus infection claims


Oh really?

" Office Depot is committed to providing the best possible service to our customers." Oh bullshit. They're putting on a show just because they got caught. Wouldn't surprise me if the same crapware is dropped on machines taken to best buy and other box stores.

Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet


Re: And we thought BREXIT was bad

Some of us actually respected the UK even more for telling Brussels to piss off.

Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'


I fully expect down votes on this...

Well, as far as I'm concerned, one classified (or more sensitive) email is 1 too many. How many joint operations could she have compromised? She may be the smartest woman in the world, but as someone who spends 10-12 hours a day looking around for crap like this for my my employer, she's pretty damn dumb and the fact that the FBI opted not to charge her with anything in July, is proof to me that she gets a lot of political favor. I'm sorry, but nobody is above the law and in my opinion, people in lofty positions like that should and must be held to a much higher standard.

Furthermore, I'm still not convinced that Russia is involved in this, because those who conduct cyber espionage at the state level usually don't use a whole lot of IP's from their own country... Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not saying that they couldn't have been involved, but given the nauseating understanding I've been given of how my government works, I don't trust a damn thing that comes out of the FBI, Justice Department, Congress, State Department or the executive branch.

US govt straight up accuses Russia of hacking prez election



While I must admit I'm no fan of Mr. Putin, I'm going to have to ask for irrefutable proof before I believe any of that. I've voted in 8 presidential elections so far and this the absolute worst of the worst. On behalf of the average American, I'd like to apologize for my country, the actions of the current administration and the two absolute morons who are fighting for the position now.

Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin


First of all, three billion won't make a dent. Secondly, he's an idiot with money.

Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark


Re: "Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark"

the 400 million horsemen of the apocalypse


it's not FUD. You may or may not remember a promise that MS made to us, as users, a long time ago, which was roughly to the effect of: We value your privacy and will work to ensure that is protected. Over the years they've done a complete 180 and they're forcing us to an OS that's nothing more than a user metrics gathering device. They force an OS on me then they make significant changes without full disclosure or my consent. Then if I have a question or attempt to contact them because one of their patches fouled up my machine, I have no recourse other than to pay for crap support that normally can't fix my problems to my satisfaction.

You may be comfortable with Microsoft's mediocrity and falling quality or be perfectly fine with them selling your info to whomever is willing to shell out the money for it, but I am not. And if it weren't for the fact that this one machine has to be fit with 10, so I can provide support to my customers, I'd kick it to the curb. It's not worth the aggravation and quite frankly I don't have the desire or the time to piss away on fixing something that THEY fucked up.


Re: Windows 10? So What?

I've used just about every OS microsoft has deployed since DOS 2.1, except MS-BOB and ME and I have to say that this one sucks the most. Plus, I was even less pro windows 10 once I received kb3185614. Once that sucker was pushed to my machine, I lost the ability to map any shared drives. The only way for me to recover was to remove that "fix" and disable automatic updates, because every time I rebooted, it took me 30 minutes or so to undo the damage it caused.

So, while you are certainly entitled to your opinion, I can't say I agree with your glowing approval and would very much love to punch MS's CEO and the pinhead manager/director in charge of this piss poor excuse for an operating system.

Google-funded group mad that US Copyright Office hasn't abolished copyright yet


Google has a problem with copyrights because other people are making money from something and they aren't.

Seagate sued by its own staff for leaking personal info to identity thieves


Over my career, I've know of only one universal truth:

A company's security is only as good as it's most retarded user. And while the upper management & HR types target all security policies and procedures for the worker bees, in the trenches, fact is, some of the most prolific offenders are those in the upper echelon.

I don't know how many times I've been approached by an executive, demanding unrestricted access to the internet, and much to my boss's dismay, I will drag my feet and attempt to explain why this always isn't the best idea. When doesn't work, which for most of the higher grade folks doesn't, I explain how the corporate network isn't a democracy, especially in our line of business. They charged my department safeguarding the information, our equipment and our user community, which is a responsibility I take extremely seriously and very personally. And after getting caught up in the US government's OPM debacle, I've come to the conclusion that I would rather be fired by an executive for being a hard ass than being too lax and irresponsible.

So, when I hear about unfortunate situations like this, it makes me furious that the corporation attempts to shirk all responsibility and liability. At the very minimum they should pay for several years of credit record and identity fraud detection. Then they should help minimize the liability to any employees who've been victimized by identity fraud.

Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography


@ JeffyPoooh Re: "Policy is hard."

This has been my biggest complaint about cookie cutter rules and policies. The sad part about FB & Google's AI is that it struggles with context. We see a historical record of a terrible event, from the 60's. The social media filters see a black and white photo of a naked child. While I understand the why's I am still rather stunned that FB nailed a high profile individual and after it was brought to their attention, they didn't even bother to apologize.

This is one of the reasons I loath FB. It's basically gotten too big for its britches.

Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea


face palm..

Microsoft: The Hillary Clinton of the IT industry...

Yahoo! She said yes. Verizon confirms $4.8bn acquisition



Isn't Yahoo also in bed with AT&T? Because I know they had a lot of integrated stuff with their DSL subscriptions...

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?


Re: am i the only one resisting this

Microsoft can go fornicate themselves.

Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018


@ CompUser Re: Pulling dick moves has historically worked really well for Apple.

"Apple makes most of its money from its hardware sales."

Wrong. Apple makes most of their money from iTunes sales and fees.


Re: Pulling dick moves has historically worked really well for Apple.

No user replaceable battery.

No user upgradable memory.

High probably of bricking iphones when new IOS comes out, yes, every upgrade since I've had either my ipad or my company iPhone has caused them to be bricked.

Obnoxiously expensive equipment.

Hiring suppliers who thoroughly abuse their employees.


Re: Pulling dick moves has historically worked really well for Apple.

Back in the days of //e's, //c's, GS's and very early gen mac's, apple was charged a number of times, because they fought tooth and nail to keep all "clones" out of the US. Apricot comes to mind as they had some amazing apple compatible hardware, as well as complete systems capable of running DOS 3.3 and ProDOS. But then there was the huge power transfer at Apple and Jobs was out and Skulley was made head cheese.

Behold the ROBOT RECTUM... medics' relief


hmmm nobody has really jumped into the gutter yet, but with the right engineering, this could make one hell of a splash in the adult industry... iButtz (tm) (c) (sm)... I can see it now in giant neon lights.


Re: A robot arsehole for only £10K?

But wouldn't that require a refit to this equipment to fit the average sized human cranium.


Re: Truly dreadful

Genius... pure diabolical genius!

Isis crisis: Facebook makes Bristol lass an unperson


I just wanted to mention that Zuck is an idiot.

Judge rules FBI can hack any time, any, place, anywhere



Between this, the NSA garbage and all of the election travesties, the fools in Washington DC are simply out of control. This country needs a reality check and a complete reset.

Thunder struck: Apple kills off display line


Re: "Cupertino idiot tax racket"

Yeah, that one caught my eye, too. Stunning analogy!

The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you


Re: Good, it was time for LinkedIn to die already

Hopefully Microsoft will take aim at facebook then?

Oh I know... not going to happen, but a kid, who would love to short both at the same time, can always dream


Re: Next purchase?

I think we're fairly safe there... first update to a terminator would have it walking around in circles, before its head explodes.


Re: I've worked out my way to quit IT and become a millionaire....

""you're all paranoid !!!!!!!1" said the poster AKA "people's poet"

Who told you?!?!?!


fuck this... closing my li account now! stupid Microsoft... this is why we can't have anything nice anymore.

Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP


An open apology to the rest of the world.

I know I don't speak for all of my countrymen & women, but, on behalf of those who may agree with me, I'd really like to apologize for the two presumptive candidates. If it were up to me, I'd call a do-over, because neither one has the skills or the temperament to be the leaders of the US.

Yes, I will concede that my country has its problems, and we are working on them, so I ask for your patience and understanding while we try to get our crap together.

Time Warner Cable, you've 'earned your miserable reputation' – NY Attorney General


face palm

not just limited to new york!

Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'


I'm sorry, but...

I wouldn't be able to forgive myself if I didn't respond with the following:


Thank you for allowing me to get that off my chest. Carry on,