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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

LordWabbit2 Re:Got one of these once (247 comments)

Perfect opportunity to impart one of my favourite quotes
Voltaire
According to one story, his last words were, "Now is not the time for making new enemies." It was his response to a priest at the side of his deathbed, asking Voltaire to renounce Satan

3 days ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

LordWabbit2 Re:What's the point? (507 comments)

Couldn't agree more - worked at a settlement and clearing company and their messaging systems where java based, every now and then they would freeze up and stop processing messages. Logs were ~500mb of text - java devs would spend hours pouring through them trying to figure out why the system was hanging on occasion, AFAIK it's still hanging.

5 days ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

LordWabbit2 Re:A complaint (207 comments)

Sometimes the 6000 are being laid off because they ARE a known quantity (i.e. lazy or incompetent and hired by mistake)

about two weeks ago
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

LordWabbit2 Re:A rather simplistic hardware-centric view (145 comments)

Virtualization is a pain in the ass. Want a new prod server? *click*
Want a new dev environment? *click*
Want a new db server? *click*
Need an FTP server? *click*
Need an HTTP server? *click*

Before you know it when you need to deploy a small software change it becomes a big deal because you have a billion bloody servers to update.
Before virtualization (or at least the ease of virtualization) you took your time and planned - checked available resources etc. Resources were scarce, RAM wasn't so abundant, disk space was metered out. Now the prices have dropped (or capacity increased, or both) that it doesn't really matter. At least in Dev, in Prod SSD space is the bottleneck now.

about two weeks ago
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IBM Creates Custom-Made Brain-Like Chip

LordWabbit2 Re:to save others googling (105 comments)

Looks like your grammar is not engaging any part of your brain

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

LordWabbit2 Re:Good, I say (502 comments)

Just like to mention that the transformers are oil cooled and require regular maintenance (ie, change their oil). The oil is slightly hydroscopic and absorbs water over time, if left for too long it causes a short and a high voltage arc in several thousand litres of oil makes a very big boom.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

LordWabbit2 Internet killed the video star (306 comments)

Video stores are closing all over the world because of the internet. Newspapers are downsizing, magazines are closing their doors because of the internet. It's another logical step to see book stores downsizing/closing as well. There will probably always be book stores around, but it's going to become a niche market where instead of having a book store in every town you will only have them in major city centres. It's inevitable. Kicking and screaming about it is just wasting oxygen. As for the publisher, you add a table of contents, some proofreading and expect a 30% cut! Word can add a bloody table of contents, pay some underpaid English school teacher to proof read it, get on Deviant art and get some underpaid Art student to do a cover and voila, instant publisher. The only need for a publisher was to upfront the costs of printing the fvcking book! That's gone now, and so should publishers. I have read about authors who eventually became big big names who were continually rejected by publishers because they had their head stuck up their own asses. How many masterpieces are lying rejected and discarded because some publisher did not enjoy the book or actually did not take the time to read it. I don't need some opinionated greedy middle man deciding what is good enough for me to read. Get rid of them.

about a month ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

LordWabbit2 How many times (419 comments)

How many times did he try this and it didn't work? He just kept trying until he got one lazy/incompetent teller and bingo! Scam!

about 1 month ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

LordWabbit2 Re:If this helmet is that great (184 comments)

I would imagine it would take a lot of rewiring to get the camera's etc in place. My father used to work for an aerospace company as an electrician, trust me, there is not a lot of room in fighter jets to just add more stuff. Components would need to be replaced with miniature or more compact versions to make more space for the new equipment, this in turn would require changes to the wiring harness etc. etc. Probably be cheaper to buy an F-35 than try retrofit another plane - well maybe not considering the price tag of the F-35!.

about a month ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

LordWabbit2 Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

There are ALWAYS people in a company of significant size who are not pulling their weight, or for whatever reason are no longer team players, no longer have the skills required etc. etc. This sounds like a classic chaff cutting exercise (soz to those who are losing their jobs though), I am sure having MS on your CV will help tons in getting another position, and since IT is in high demand at the moment it should not take long :-)

about a month ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

LordWabbit2 Re:Wow. Terrble Turn. (752 comments)

No, it's probably the separatists who wear a Russian uniform and were delivered by American transports using American bought Russian equipment so that America can stick it's nose into another war to fuel it's war machine.

about a month and a half ago
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Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

LordWabbit2 Re:The appcrap boom is over (171 comments)

If your comment wasn't already a 5 (and I actually had points) I would mod this. There is so much cr@p in the app stores it boggles the mind.

about a month and a half ago
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Google's Project Zero Aims To Find Exploits Before Attackers Do

LordWabbit2 Re:debug my software please (62 comments)

Or they just post an advisory stating that your software is a big pile of steaming security holes and to avoid it at all costs.

about a month and a half ago
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India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

LordWabbit2 Is it true, or is it another lie. (85 comments)

I wonder how accurate that figure is, even Russel Peters jokes about how if you want your taxes done "right" you take it to an Indian book keeper.

about 2 months ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

LordWabbit2 Re:Haha, nobody will do this. (208 comments)

Ditto, don't play much online anymore, tired of paying for a 6 hour single player campaign, there are better alternatives out there for single player games. Was VERY disappointed in Watch dogs :-(

about 2 months ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

LordWabbit2 Re:Yeah sure (371 comments)

The only reason they are "free" to speak what they feel like is because they have all been brainwashed by their own media machine into only speaking what they are trained to. Spend an hour or two on Russia Today to get an idea of how biased news reporting is (including RT, but it illustrates the point). I have feeds to several eastern and western news sites hoping somehow that the amalgamation of the two will be closer to the truth.

about 2 months ago
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UK Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Exporting 'E-Waste' Despite 91% Reuse

LordWabbit2 Re:They are dumping... (212 comments)

putting African TV manufacturers out of business
Wahahaha, that's real funny, we Africans get our TV's from the same place you do. China.

about 2 months ago
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New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

LordWabbit2 Re:American Date Format (134 comments)

Sorry, but as a programmer different dates formats are a bloody pain in the ass. Say it like you want to (while putting a pancake on your head, I don't give a shit) but store it (ie. type it) in ISO format. YYYY-MM-DD

There are a lot of systems which transmit data as strings (xml, json, csv) which need to get parsed back into datetime and a simple thing like YYYY/MM/DD instead of YYYY-MM-DD can cause a cluster fuck of note. If everyone just used the ISO format my job would be a lot easier.
As a developer who helped fix the Y2K issues that would have happened at a major bank I am well and truly tired of different date formats.

about 3 months ago

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1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  about 9 months ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The Vatican Library and Oxford University's Bodleian Library have put the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online.
The two libraries in 2012 announced a four-year project to digitize some of the most important works of their collections of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and early printed books.
Among the first up on the site Tuesday, are the two-volume Gutenberg bibles from each of the libraries and a beautiful 15th-century German bible, hand-colored and illustrated by woodcuts.
The 2 million pound ($3.3 million) project is being funded by the Polonsky Foundation, which aims to democratize access to information.
The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and is one of the most important research libraries in the world. The Bodleian is the largest university library in Britain."

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Bit-heist: Over $1mn in bitcoins stolen from Australian online bank

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  about 10 months ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "An Australian bitcoin bank holding over US$1 million of the crypto-currency has been hacked, leaving an unknown number of users with nothing – one of the largest thefts in the currency’s four-year history.

The incident took place on October 26, when the bank was hacked, with 4,100 bitcoins valued at $1.3 million stolen, the service’s operator only known as ‘Tradefortress’ said. He refused to give his name to the press, also stressing he was not much older than 18.

  It took the bank’s owner two weeks to notify the affected customers."

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$30,000 iPhone docking station

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The 8ft long speaker dock pumps out a massive 1000 watts of power and weighs in at over 700lbs. Making it the worlds loudest iPhone speaker dock. Unfortunately no specifications are available for whats inside this monster at the moment."
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