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Comment Re:Flying under the radar? (Score 1) 45

To the contrary: go big or go home.

As the post from Solandri above points out: small scammers ask for 200 dollars.
Those are easily caught because The Big G probably don't buy small quantities of anything.

But send an invoice for 3 million and... "Hey, I'm not supposed to tell you this but manager X needs this gear for this super-secret, super-important project. You know, he's reporting directly to Sergej and Larry on this one. No red tape, no fuzz. Now do the needful and approve the payment so we both don't get into trouble for delaying this thing any further. I'll tell Eric you saved the day the next time we go golfing."


This man obviously knew how to press the right buttons with people. Hall of fame indeed.

Of course, as long as it was working, he couldn't quit.

Comment Re:On-site service; cargo (Score 1) 232

I used to bike to work (~30 minutes, about 100m of altitude gain) in my normal clothes.

Not any more. First, it wears out normal clothes at a much faster pace and they become smelly faster.

Bike wear makes for a more relaxed ride.

I don't give a shit what others think. Especially if they are easily offended.

But then, 30% of the inhabitants in the city I work have no car at all.

Comment Not too bad, all things considered. (Score 1) 223

I remember buying wireless cards from a seller on ebay (10-15 years ago). Those were Netgear cards (PCMCIA mostly) and they would work most of the time but fail regularly (the longer the more often...).

Turns out that the guy had sources in Asia who literally pulled these out of trash-bins at some recycler.

Netgear refused to honor any kind of warranty or responsibility for those cards.

I believe, the best way to reduce waste is to carefully consider if you actually need the product in question - and start from the assumption that you don't.

Comment Hard to say (Score 1) 857

The first "thing" was a C64.

Then came an Acorn A 5000 - which, together with the RISC-PC 600 (later upgraded to StrongARM and then equipped with a daughter-board that housed an actual 486-SX to run Windoze) - actually taught me useful lessons that helped me understand computing from a more general point of view, without the narrow focus (and obsession) on DOS- (and Windows 3.1 / 95) idiosyncrasies that most of my fellow CS students had.

It also helped that almost no computer games were available for the that platform - you actually had to do something useful with it :-)

Comment The problem is really (Score 1) 606

all those people having voice-activated "somethings" in their living room that aren't somehow trained to listen only to their voice - and not seeing a problem in it.
They get what they deserve.

Everything else is just a dichotomy between Google and BK, where each profits from the actions of the other.

Comment Re:Sentences (Score 1) 129

Not a single bank executive has seen jailtime for causing the 2008 crisis, even though the extent of damages makes scams like this seem like pickpocketing and it's quite clear that the banks knew exactly what they were doing.when they started creating collateralized debt obligations from the subprime loans to circumvent the credit rating system.

I think at least one of the CEOs of the three nationalized Icelandic banks is in prison.

It's an Icelandic prison, of course, so it's not quite the same as a US prison...

Comment Re:Is it possible... (Score 1) 557

It's the City of Munich. They don't have a CRM. They don't have customers, they have subjects ;-)
And Exchange - how many of these people have a packed agenda that they need something like Outlook to shuffle around appointments?

GIS-software and other specialized software for all kinds of things (large and small) the city manages and runs is probably a bigger problem. IIRC, they run thousands of pieces of software altogether. Most of that only available on Windows. They could have (and did so, to some degree, AFAIK) run it on Terminal-servers or Citrix - but that probably still incurred significant CAL-costs...
Also, only very recently has Linux started to get "Ok-ish" for mobile use.

That said, Linux on the desktop was never going to happen. It's an oxymoron. To succeed on the desktop, you need something like Apple's or Microsoft's development-models that are at the same time fundamentally opposite to what Linux is, at its core.

Though, some of the people in Munich welcoming this change (employees weren't exactly thrilled about Linux anyway) are going to have a rude awaking when they realize that their Windows 10 client has to be locked down to point where it barely exceeds the capabilities of a thin-client (or a Linux-Desktop) because the threat-landscape has completely changed while they were running Linux and LibreOffice. Back in the day, APTs, crypto-ransom threats existed but were very rare. They're everyday's business now.


Comment Yawn (Score 1) 211

Didn't download much during December - consequently only shows a single torrent.

Because my employer is also my ISP and we don't give a shit about American lawyers, these tickets that urge the ISP to warn or punish the user (or forward his details) just get deleted ;-)
Nobody has every presented a court-order.

You get these mails usually only when you download complete seasons of "hot" TV series - or a very new cinema-blockbuster.

Comment Re:Hypocracy (Score 1) 236

I didn't realize that the CIA and FBI were now "bhutt hurt liberal media shills", thanks for clarifying that.

I honestly don't know how conservatives sleep at night, knowing that their system failed badly enough to put Trump in the White House (too many candidates spreading their support too thin, failing to counter his bullshit effectively)... I guess they are just happy that they can now ram through all their policies and are willing to overlook the rest of it.

They must be terrified over what Russian has on the GOP though. You can bet that if Putin's man in the White House ever goes rogue there will be some strategic leaks to neuter him.

What could be worse than a video clip of " can grab 'em by the pussy"?

Comment Who needs this? (Score 1) 229

I never oder anything from Amazon. Or maybe once or twice per decade.

I also don't really listen to music (or anything else) at home. I enjoy the silence, after being inundated by sounds and voices all day around at work.

And I certainly don't want everything I say being transmitted to a server at some place and having it influence the products I get presented on my next visit to that web-page (or other web-pages, via ads and cookies).

People whose lives literally revolve around shopping online or offline should really question if they're making the most of it - and whether they'd fall in a depression if they for some reason couldn't do that anymore.

Comment There's an upside to this (Score 1) 1028

When it happens, it will hopefully be over very quickly.

That said, I live in Switzerland and my apartment-building has bunker in the basement, complete with steel-enforced concrete door, ventilation and chemical toilet.

Out of reflex, I'ld probably flee there and survive a couple of days until the fallout brings me an agonizing death.

Maybe evolution is smarter next time.

Comment Good (Score 1) 289

I pay almost everything in cash here (where I live, it' still a cash-world, thank god, with almost no limit on the amount you can pay cash) and Apple Pay has only recently been introduced anyway - but if I would use Apple Pay, I'd be thankful that random apps can't access the secure enclave and access that payment data.

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