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Comment $100K in cabling that went unused (Score 1) 377 377

I was tasked with a fiber cabling project for a new upstream connection at a small ISP. I documented the requirements, placed a purchase order, interviewed contractors, recommended one of them and went ahead with the project. My boss was downsized during this process, and when I informed my new boss that the cabling was completed and that his signature was required in some document in order for the contractor to be paid, he said something along the lines of "did nobody tell you that the upstream connection will not use that kind of fiber?" I wanted to die at that moment, but the fact was that it wasn't my fault - it was a consequence of the massive layoffs, the resulting chaos, and the deficient flow of information.

Comment Re:Once a government has your money, no give backs (Score 1) 117 117

Here in Argentina, if you forget to make a payment, or if AFIP (our tax office) believes you under-withheld more than just a tiny bit, they might FREEZE ALL YOUR ASSETS countrywide without any warning, including your personal *and* business accounts, credit cards, etc. That is their way of letting you know that you forgot to make a payment - they treat you like you were a first-class criminal. Be grateful you live in a country where the government shows a little respect for its citizens.

Comment Re:Once a government has your money, no give backs (Score 1) 117 117

You are lucky to live in a 1st world country. Here in Argentina, AFIP will never send you a cheque, even when they *know* you paid twice. In some cases, you can apply overpayments to future payments, in most cases you can't.

Comment Re:A poor workman... (Score 1) 281 281

A great workman doesn't work with inferior tools, and so he has no need to blame them.

A great workman know which tools are inferior. If someone says PHP is a great language and chooses it for a new project, either he doesn't have the talent to be a good programmer or he doesn't know any other language.

Submission + - Cisco complains to Obama about NSA adding spyware to routers

pdclarry writes: Glenn Greenwald's book No Place to Hide reveals that the NSA intercepts shipments of networking gear destined for overseas and adds spyware. Cisco has responded by asking the President to intervene and stop this practice, as it has severely hurt their non-US business, with shipments to other countries falling from 7% for emerging countries to over 25% for Brazil and Russia.

Submission + - Bitcoin's Mt. Gox Shuts Down, Loses $409,200,000 Dollars->

satuon writes: Mt. Gox’s shutdown is circulating like wildfire. Its repercussions are being felt throughout the world. Mt. Gox was the most public and well-known brand that represented Bitcoin’s exchange market. The company’s shutdown is rumored to be caused by a “hack” or “security breach” that resulted in a loss up to 744,000 BTC or $409,200,000 Dollars. (Based on the approximate value just hours ago from Coindesk.com) This is truly an unfortunate event that has caused the international community to shake its trust in Bitcoin as evidenced by the massive price drop. This is par the course, when a pillar in the community falls in such a funeral pyre. The best parallel would be the Bear Stearns’ failure during the 2008 global financial crisis. Hopefully, Bitcoin won’t follow in the financial system’s footsteps post-Bear Stearns.
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