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Submission + - Why everyone hates the IT department-> 1 1

Barence writes: "Why are IT staff treated with near universal contempt? PC Pro has investigated why everyone hates the IT department. From cultivating a culture of "them and us", to unrealistic demands from end users and senior management, to the inevitable tension created when employees try and bring their own equipment into the office, PC Pro identifies the key reasons for the lack of respect for IT."
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Submission + - Occupy Wallstreet Wasn't What You Thought-> 6 6

iONiUM writes: "The media has portrayed OWS as being a bunch of hippies camping in a park without a message. While sometimes this was true, there seems to be a much larger, and more devious hidden agenda. From the article, "In New York, a state supreme court justice and a New York City council member were beaten up; in Berkeley, California, one of our greatest national poets, Robert Hass, was beaten with batons. The picture darkened still further when Wonkette and Washingtonsblog.com reported that the Mayor of Oakland acknowledged that the Department of Homeland Security had participated in an 18-city mayor conference call advising mayors on "how to suppress" Occupy protests." In addition, "The mainstream media was declaring continually "OWS has no message". Frustrated, I simply asked them. I began soliciting online "What is it you want?" answers from Occupy. In the first 15 minutes, I received 100 answers. These were truly eye-opening.
The No 1 agenda item: get the money out of politics. Most often cited was legislation to blunt the effect of the Citizens United ruling, which lets boundless sums enter the campaign process. No 2: reform the banking system to prevent fraud and manipulation, with the most frequent item being to restore the Glass-Steagall Act – the Depression-era law, done away with by President Clinton, that separates investment banks from commercial banks. This law would correct the conditions for the recent crisis, as investment banks could not take risks for profit that create kale derivatives out of thin air, and wipe out the commercial and savings banks.
No 3 was the most clarifying: draft laws against the little-known loophole that currently allows members of Congress to pass legislation affecting Delaware-based corporations in which they themselves are investors."
Has America really come to this?"

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Comment Re:Far scarier is the "concern" list... (Score 1) 386 386

What is far scarier than all of this is someone from the North Canton School System has the fucking gall to come on /. and somehow, more than once, try to defend this absolutely deplorable practice. For fucks sake, you people must all be idiots, and I can feel some comfort that my children live damn far from Ohio.

Comment Re:CFL are no savings (Score 1) 990 990

I have a cfl in an outdoor fixture that in the summertime ranges from 30-80f and in the wintertime ranges from below 20 to around 30f. I've been using the same bulb for at least 2 years, and it's assuredly a cheap one.

Just one experience and I'm sure I'd better pick up a replacement on the way home...

Comment Re:There really isn't a cure for this kind of thin (Score 1) 277 277

There is no OS or kernel patch that protects against stupid.

As most of my tech support assistance is for GOOD friends only (I long ago bailed on the frustrating path of coddling stupid users through their self inflicted fuckups), I have to agree that there is absolutely no protection against stupid, and as long as vectors use the path of least resistance, i.e. stupid, then they will win.

Stupid trumps all. Just watch some TV.

Security

Submission + - Poor Security for Electronic Medical Records->

cheezitmike writes: A report released by the US Department of Health and Human Services inspector general found that the push to convert health care providers to electronic medical records overlooks computer and network security concerns. From the story: "To underscore the point, the second audit examined computer security at seven large hospitals in different states and found 151 security vulnerabilities, from ineffective wireless encryption to a taped-over door lock on a room used for data storage."
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Comment Re:Of course it is. (Score 3, Informative) 85 85

The problem, as I see it, is that they will include this service as an add on rather than an "instead of" service.

I think the limiting factor here is just that, that DirecTV is developing this product as an addition to their standard satellite package, rather than as a unique product, and as such are reducing the pool of potential viewers to only their current client base. Netflix is alternate entertainment provider agnostic and given the way DirecTV nickels and dimes you on EVERYTHING, somehow I doubt this will be cheaper than Netflix's offering.

Good luck DTV...

I dropped DirecTV this past week because for $110 less a month I can get every show I watch on netflix, hulu plus and TED.

I wish I was in your position. I need my football and hockey, and I want them in real HD at this point to appreciate them. I so want this DirecTV box out of my house, but as I live in a broadcast TV "white zone" which means I don't get any reception AT ALL, I am shackled to DTV, Dish or god forbid, Comcast if I want to watch the NHL and NFL.

Comment Re:First to bat (Score 1) 160 160

Really, crap?

I try not to join in the Apple supporting around here, but i remember my 1st gen iPod fondly, and when other people saw and used it, I don't remember them recoiling as if I'd handed them a steaming piece of shit.

I'm sure your zune/rio/whatever is pants. Everybody's got one, remember?

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