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158 posts • joined 21 Nov 2017


IT giant CSC coughs up $2m after helping New York City bill Medicaid for child therapy rather than insurance cos

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Re: Pity they were caught

You're totally misunderstanding the situation. The kids got the therapy whatever happens: CSC was employed to act as NYC's claims agent make sure that private insurers paid the cost if the kid was covered by private insurance. If there wasn't a private insurance policy, then CSC was supposed to bill Medicaid (taxpayers).

However instead of doing what they were supposed to do (hassle insurance companies to get them to pay up and save taxpayers money), CSC decided it would be much easier if they didn't bother themselves too much and billed the lot to the government. Bunch of spankers.

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Re: I am somewhat confused by this statement

That's correct. The CSC is saying things that didn't happen...that no-one claimed happen. It is muddying that waters

"I am happy that the court confirmed that CSC did not commit genocide, smuggle rare birds across borders, or double park on crosswalks".

Microsoft confirms pursuit of TikTok after Satya Nadella chats to Donald Trump

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We will know this is true if in x+1 years (where x is the year Trump leaves office) Melania is hired as Microsoft Ambassador for Social Media Kindness with a whacking great big salary.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

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Re: Which is why I always turn off email sigs...

"Below email refers. Please action the necessary".

EU tries to get serious on cybercrime with first sanctions against Wannacry, NotPetya, CloudHopper crews

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Re: The Nation State seeks to maintain its Monopoly on Hacking

"Since Germany has disproportionate influence in the EU they will therefore be blocking the EU sanctioning Russia..."

You're unequivocally, factually wrong. It was Germany that was pushing the EU to impose hacking-related sanctions.


'I think the police are here...' Feds reveal Skype, text chats of Canadian trio charged with $8m crypto-coin fraud

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"Under that logic, the courts in Islamabad would be able to prosecute Americans living in America who post videos on TikTok which are deemed offensive and illegal under Pakistani law"

Not quite. If Pakistan law were the same as American here, Pakistani courts could prosecute American residents who sent copies of those naughty videos to people in Pakistan, used servers in Pakistan to distribute those videos, or sold copies of those videos to Pakistan residents.

Having said that, you've identified a big problem with English libel laws where if a Pakistani website calls a Pakistani politician a crook, the website can be sued in England if even just a single English resident read the defamatory article and in reality it has sod all to do with England.

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This is explained in the complaint to which the article linked.

The federal courts in Ohio have jurisdiction because they promoted their dodgy bitcoin to residents of Ohio, used the wires and mails of Ohio, and fleeced an Ohio resident. The Canadian courts would also have jurisdiction to prosecute those and other offences.

Reply-All storm flares as email announcing privacy policy puts 500 addresses in the 'To' field, not 'BCC'

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Re: Reply All

Please stop posting. The more you post on this thread, the longer the thread is. Please do not reply to me, because I do not want to be in this thread any further.

UK housing associations offer framework worth up to £400m to eBay-for-plumbers startup (but it won't get to keep it all)

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Re: where?

They're not...?

The only dollar figure I see is the one at the end, the $4+m invested into the provider.

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I don't think it's the tenants that will be buying and scheduling the works - surely the landlords...?

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

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Re: The hardest part

...and the fourth hardest part of my job is making sure no-one asks questions about the disappearance of the people who have been bothering me about the first three issues...

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on

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Re: 25,000 fewer applications to join the military in the following year

The only possible explanation for Capita's continued existence despite its many failures, commercial underperformance and general shittiness is...it's a Putin-funded plot to bring down the British state from within.

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Re: When I was young...

They were never particularly busy, they were terrorist targets, they were expensive to rent. You don't see many recruitment agencies with High Street shopfronts any more but 20 years ago they all used to have little postcards in the window. Now you don't need them because it's all online and easy...


Tony Blair tells Russian infosec conference that cross-border infosec policies need more gov intervention

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Re: Simple Qiestion Tony.

It certainly would be news if Tony Blair was found to be a socialist. It was Blair who turbocharged the privatisation of the health service, for example

CEO of motherboard maker MSI dies after plunging from headquarters' seventh-floor

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"someone should be performing a root cause analysis"

Making jokes on a forum is not performing a root cause analysis.

Criminals auction off stolen domain admin credentials for up to £95k. Your bank account details? Barely get £50

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Re: I'll do you a deal

Similarly, I'm willing to give full login details to my bank account for a tenner. It's loaded up with twenty grand of debt, so you'd be increasing my net wealth...

Cereal Killer Cafe enters hipster heaven, heads online: Coronavirus blamed for shutters being pulled down

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Most post-pub noshes don't happen in restaurants (unless they've got very dark lighting).

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?

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It depends on the product. If you've bought dog food before, you probably will buy dog food again, and it makes sense for me to advertise dog food to you. I agree there is no point in advertising ladders to you if you've just bought a ladder, but maybe I could try selling you some paint.

E-scooter fanboy so hyped for Teesside to host UK's first trial

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Re: At Pen-y-gors, re: they know who you are...

"Sure it's a serious pain in the ass, but it's not impossible to beat them at their own game."

All you've managed to do is prove that it's possible to steal a scooter. It's also possible to steal library books, bowling shoes, supermarket trolleys and cars. Despite that, we still manage to have libraries, bowling alleys, supermarkets and hire car companies. (Well, not Hertz, I admit).

The good news: Vodafone switches on first full-fat, real-life 5G network in the UK. The bad news: it only got sent to Coventry

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Re: News flash!

"5G is perfectly fine, but I heard that 6G will make you impotent and ugly."

That's good news. I'm already impotent and ugly so 6G had no downside for me.

You'd think lockdown would be heaven for us layabouts – but half the UK has actually started 'exercising more'

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Re: Snowflakes....

"So broadly speaking the young aren't coping and the old are doing just fine. It turns out then that sitting about i...[tedious list of stereotypes goes here..."

You're being wilfully silly here. The real reason the young are doing worse during lockdown is that they're more less likely to be able to access furlough (as gig workers, students etc), more likely to be put on furlough if eligible, more likely to be living in cramped city centre housing, more likely to be sharing with people, less likely to have a garden, less likely to be able to work from home...

Bricks and mortar chemists take down Indian contact-tracing website

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Re: "Indian law prohibits online medicine sales under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940"

The Act won't have been unamended since 1940. It just means the first version was passed in 1940.

Infosys denies former head of diversity recruitment's accusations of racial bias and visa fraud

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Re: "Infosys has denied the allegations"

Infosys is an Indian company founded in India, headquartered in India and traded on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Obviously if you look at their global board of directors most or all of them are going to be Indian.

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

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When buying wireless headphones for the purposes of Teams, Skype for Biz etc, it's important to check not only that they connect with the PC but also that they're compatible with the software. bought a perfectly good pair of JBL headphones off ebay last week, connected immediately with the laptop - totally incompatible with Skype for Biz. Googled it and it's a common complaint. Bugger.

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

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Re: It's an unknown

I don't love Facebook but asking there is any good reason to use WhatsApp just shows a degree of ignorance and a lack of imagination. Not everyone has a phone contract (plenty of people esp in developing countries) just use their device on wifi, not everyone has texts and data included in their contract, not everyone has international texts and calls in their contract, its easy to use so grandma gets it, it's got free video calling, its encrypted (to a degree...).

Creeps give away money to harass recipients with abusive transaction descriptions on bank statements

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Re: How hard is it to trace the source?

I'm not sure - only one way to test: send me test transfers with naughty messages. Start with a few grand and reduce the amount a bit each time. I'll let you know when I stop receiving them.

(I think you can send £0.01 in the UK if you really want).

Home Office waves a cool £1bn to outsource handling of British visa, citizenship applications

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There are no words in the English language to explain what an expensive and poorly administered shitshow the UK immigration system is. I'd like to think it was a deliberate strategy to create a hostile environment - but I doubt the government is capable of evil that intricate.

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?

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Re: Fraud is a big issue for etailer

Alligator leather is perfectly legal - it's not an endangered species and there are big farms that feed the leather trade.

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims

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Re: Stelios & EGM

He has in fact offered a payment to anyone that sends him evidence. Despite him describing that person as a whistleblower, anyone sending Stelios evidence of that bribery instead of to the cops or their own boss first will be in a world of pain. Good news for laywrs tho

Runaway Latvian drone found meditating in tree after shutting down nation's skies

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Re: Great

Leaf it out mate.

Car crash: Uber axes another 3,000 jobs, closes 45 offices as punters snub app during coronavirus lockdown

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Re: Pesonnaly

"Each of whom I want to personally thank...except you, Chris. You're useless, and this whole thing is your fault alone."

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

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Re: Should have been shot...........

Maybe calling for the death of politicians isn't really the best idea at the moment.

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Re: There is no such verb as "to author"

Author is a verb in UK English. It's in the dictionary and everything. Interestingly, "gullible" is not officially a UK English word.


verb [ T ]

UK /ˈɔː.θər/ US /ˈɑː.θɚ/


to write a book, article, etc.:

He has authored more than 30 books.


You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

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Okay. We won't miss you! :p

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Re: And in other news...

You might get served with child support writs every time you went to Tesco's, though...

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Re: Why bother?

Or walking through a demonstration with your hands in your pockets

Or sleeping naked in bed in Brighton

Brit defense contractor hacked, up to 100,000 past and present employees' details siphoned off – report

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Interserve also empties the bins at shopping centres. Although the MoD won't be impressed, it doesn't mean that any super sneaky spy info has disappeared.

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help

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Add to this rant the tedious GDPR messages that leave you with two options: "yo, dawg, that's triflin" and "righteous, dude, hit me up with that sweetness". There was nothing wrong with just saying "no" or "yes" ffs!

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things

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Re: Einstein vs Newton? Where the hell did that come from?

"his behaviour towards Leibniz was dire..."

Seems like a harsh way to treat a beloved biscuit baker.

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Re: A possible explanation for sudden behaviour change.

"It's not based on a rational analysis of the available data - and that's unusual for Musk."

There wasn't any rational analysis of the available data when he went on either Twitter tantrum to call a totally innocent person a "pedo guy".

Samsung to launch debit card and financial-health-as-a-service service

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No-one has ever said "God, I wish my debit card came from the same people who developed Bixby".

Ex-Imagination Technologies boss tells UK Foreign Affairs Committee: Britain needs to stop overseas asset stripping

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Re: Xenophobia and Racism

"so what if Chinese, German, or Russian company wants to buy something? The Cold War has been over for 35 years now, but some people can't seem to look past it."

You can tell how the Cold War is over because Russia isn't invading its neighbours (Ukraine, Georgia), isn't an authoritarian regime (how many doctors have fallen out of windows for criticising the COVID response?), and isn't undermining weak democracies (Hungary, Guinea). No reason to examine why Russian companies might want to invest in dual use technologies at all...

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Re: And who will pay ?

"why not sell non-voting shares to raise capital?"

Please give me money. You don't get to decide how I spend it.

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Re: And who will pay ?

"Britain was build on laissez faire"

Are you having a giraffe? There's no laissez faire economics under imperialism. The Brits destroyed the Indian textiles market after invading. Those slaves, cotton, rum, steel etc that flowed through Liverpool, Bristol and London weren't being freely traded with willing buyers and sellers.

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'

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What a world we live in

When a propaganda channel for the Russian state (Ruptly) retransmits a propaganda channel for the Iranian state (Press TV). Now that Jeremy Corbyn's got more time on his hands, maybe he'll comment on the "news" reported by his former employer?

Guess what's heading to trial? IBM and its tactic of yoinking promised commissions after sales reps seal the deal

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Well, that and the fact that the two white guys mysteriously got paid in full.

This machine-learning upstart trained software to snare online drug dealers. Now it's going after fake coronavirus test equipment peddlers

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If "Traditional Chinese Medicine" worked, it would be called just "medicine".

Australian digital-radio-for-railways Huawei project derailed by US trade sanctions against Chinese tech giant

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Re: "This decision will also ensure the state complies with US trade restrictions.”

"But why not simply ship them straight to Oz?"

Legally: because it would still be Huawei that receives them.

Practically: because there isn't a Huawei factory in Australia.

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home

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If there's one thing the last decade tells us, it's that the UK electorate doesn't vote for woke Marxists.



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