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Comment: Re:Most X have considered quitting due to stress (Score 1) 397

by andrea.sartori (#43300777) Attached to: Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress
I would have put it differently. Bad management is not unique to IT. Neither is the stress directly due to the nature of the job (social work, or anything else that puts you in touch with disadvantaged people... medicine... just name it. Which by the way gets to the same conclusion: most X have considered quitting due to stress. I know several (non-IT) people who did quit due to stress.

Comment: Re:Government Waste (Score 0) 220

by andrea.sartori (#37043184) Attached to: IBM Plays <em>SimCity</em> With Portland, Oregon
The first part, where "More walking and biking would lead to lower obesity rates for Portlanders", I think only requires a couple working neurons, so I do too sincerely hope they didn't need the model to find out that.
The second part, where less obese people would find walking and biking more appealing, well I sincerely hope they didn't use the model for it either, as they could have as well pulled it straight out of their asses. People from Portland are posting here they find it useful to walk and use bikes, and it desn't look like they are counting "fitness" among the reasons. I don't know in Portland, but where I live, if people could use their cars to go to the bogs they'd just do, irregardless of their obesity or slimness.
Security

+ - Banks Faulted for Fake Antivirus Scourge->

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krebsonsecurity writes "Merchant banks that process credit card payments for fake antivirus or "scareware" exhibit a distinctive pattern of card processing that could be used by Visa and MasterCard to weed out the rogue processors, according to a new study by the University of California, Santa Barbara. From the study: "The UCSB team found that the fake AV operations sought to maximize profits by altering their refunds according to the chargebacks reported against them, and by refunding just enough to remain below a payment processor’s chargeback limits. Whenever the rate of chargebacks increased, the miscreants would begin issuing more refunds. When the rate of chargebacks subsided, the miscreants would again withhold refunds." The study also highlights how few customers ever request a refund, and how affiliates pushing this junk software made more than $133 million."
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Technology

+ - Nuclear engineers: Don't tell the truth->

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mdsolar
mdsolar writes "Walter Tamosaitis, once a top engineer in the nation's nuclear weapons cleanup program, has been relegated to a basement storage room equipped with cardboard-box and plywood furniture with nothing to do for the last year.

Tamosaitis' bosses sent him there when he persisted in raising concerns about risks at the Energy Department's project to deal with millions of gallons of radioactive waste near Hanford, Wash., including the potential for hydrogen gas explosions.

"Walt is killing us," said Frank Russo, Bechtel Corp.'s top manager at the project, in an email to Tamosaitis' boss urging that the engineer be brought under control.

Now, an independent government watchdog agency, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, has backed up Tamosaitis and issued a rebuke to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, concluding that the safety culture at the $12.3-billion project is "flawed" and that significant risks exist in the plant's design."

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Apple

+ - How Apple became a Monopsonist->

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An anonymous reader writes "Writing for CNNMoney, Phillip Elmer-Dewitt draws on several sources to argue that "Apple has become not a monopoly (a single seller), but a monopsony — the one buyer that can control an entire market." According to Dewitt, Apple uses its $70 billion cash hoard to "pay for the construction cost (or a significant fraction of it) of [tech factories] in exchange for exclusive rights to the output production of the factory for a set period of time (maybe 6 — 36 months), and then for a discounted rate afterwards." This gives Apple "access to new component technology months or years before its rivals and allows it to release groundbreaking products that are actually impossible to duplicate.""
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Apple

+ - HTC Buys Graphics Veteran S3 To Block Apple?->

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siliconbits (943161) writes "Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has announced that it is buying VIA's stake in S3 Graphics which the press release says is "a leading provider of innovative graphics visualization technologies used in PCs, game consoles and mobile devices".
Obviously those in the tech trade for long enough will remember that S3 used to manufacture graphic chipsets towards the end of the last century before being purchased by VIA in 2001 after S3 filed for bankruptcy. The acquisition comes only a few days after Apple was found guilty of infringing two patents owned by S3 Graphics which covered IP found in SoC used in iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV)"

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Comment: Re:Bunch of smarties, those guys. (Score 1) 96

by andrea.sartori (#36597002) Attached to: US Congress To Use Skype For Video Teleconference
Exactly.
But hey, if you look at Microsoft's LIS draft, you'll see that there is nothing to worry about, and/or nothing a Congress member will worry about, or understand.
(And just to quote TFA from yesterday: "A request for clarification we sent to Microsoft has remained unanswered so far.")

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