2257 posts • joined 6 Apr 2008
Re: comforting innit.
<quote>We should all hope the cash spigot is left wide open through lack of regulation so executive bonuses can trickle down.</quote>
Trickle down, MY ASS!!!
Do you honestly think the executives are going to share those bonuses???
There will be a giant sink stopper at the drain of the executive level preventing any such "trickle down".
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Have you ever, ever felt like this? Have strange things happened? Is high-speed data going round the twist?
<quote>And you tell me just what management tools he has at his disposal.</quote>
IF it is like a former mangler I had to endure, those tools are:
1) a big mouth, and
2) steel toed work boots.
If the use of tool #1 doesn't achieve the desired result, then judicious use of tool #2 to your ass usually does.
Re: Does not take long to buy the hardware ...
<quote> Does not take long to buy the hardware ... at $156/month.</quote>
You are right, it doesn't.
In the USofA, no thanks to the Tax Laws, you run into the old debate - CAPEX vs OPEX.
Buy it outright for (let's use a round figure of) $3700. That's $3700 straight out of your pocket (and possibly out of current profits), and you have to depreciate it over its expected lifespan. Assume a residual value of $100 at the end of a 36 month lifespan; you get to 'write down' the value by $100/monthly. Again, assume that you bought it in early January, and your first year writedown is only $1200. You have to carry the remaining $2400 as an asset, and can not depreciate it until year 2 and 3 before it no longer benefits from a depreciation schedule. If that $2400 came from profits, then guess what - you pay taxes on it! Only in year 2 and 3 do you get the benefit of the previous expenditure. That depreciation goes against profits from year 2 and 3.
Contrast that to a lease - leases and a straight expense, written off as a business expense as they are incurred. No taxes paid on those writeoffs.
Now you have some inkling as to why beancounters want to shift as much CAPEX into OPEX as they can get away with.
<quote>Plus, the beancounters prefer spending money on fixing tomorrow than on digging today because digging is more expensive in the short run and nobody knows what the long run is anymore.</quote>
Today's MBA induced mentality is to always think in short term objectives (e.g. next quarter), you will not be around to reap the rewards of any long term thinking, as it is likely you will be gone in 5 years.
Second, there is that good old debate over CAPEX vs OPEX.
Re: Poor FCC Commisioner Rosenworcel. She will now be inundated and the carriers will laugh.
<quote>I'm not sure if this is still the case, but in the US aren't mobiles charged for receiving calls as well as making them?</quote>
One word answer - YES!
And $DEITY help you if you are on a plan that provides X minutes per month because you do not need an """unlimited""" plan. Overages are a BITCH!
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Re: I'm still running 14.04 on my laptop
<quote>Over the 8 years I have had complete hell of updates and failures on some other Windows machines I unfortunately took responsibility for...</quote>
You should never take responsibility for any Windows machines, because you do not """own""" the operating system. Microsoft does. You only get to use it as Microsoft sees fit.
And Microsoft does not give a shit if you encounter 'problems'.
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Re: Again.. How many people turn their machine off?
At my former employer - it was mandated that desktop machines be shut down at the end of the day.
If it isn't powered up, then it can not be pwned during the overnight/weekend hours.
This policy arose from an incident where an executive left his machine on, and it was infected with malware. Those behind the attack had the whole weekend to surf out or internal network. Cleaning up the mess was one of the reasons why we ditched Windows, and went to Linux. The other being a nastygram from the BSA that was quite costly.
I point to incidents like this one as reasons why you should not go to the cloud.
But penny pinching manglers never learn.
One mangler I once worked for bought that hype, hook line and sinker. So that company went off to the cloud against my advice. Cue one cloud failure, and people were sitting there unable to do their jobs, and said mangler starts screaming: "Do something!!!!!" I did. I handed him my letter of immediate resignation, packed up and walked out. A few days later he calls me up sheepishly wanting to know if I would 'come back'.
The answer was a terse: "FUCK YOU!!!" and I hung up. 'Fix it your own goddam self' was my attitude.
RE: Oracle exec "taking time off"
<quote>It's also possible that he's fighting a very private health battle with a
n uncertain foreboding prognosis.</quote>
He might be facing a situation where he has been told that you have X amount of time left; and he plans to step aside to enable his team to continue forward, and he can make the best of the time left.
In any regard, I hope I am wrong on that one.
Re: Patch Issues
<quote>There is actually no practical excuse for not patching personal computers and servers. Most of our machines are windows based and for the most part patches have gone without issues.</quote>
You seem to possess a selective memory. I (painfully) recall a day at the office when, after Windows had updated itself, everything broke.
Manglement was screaming about lost productivity, and placing the blame at my foot. After two frantic days, I was able to get their systems back on line. What didn't help was the constant carping of "When are we getting back to work?"
I learned two valuable lessons that day
1) FUCK Microsoft and Windows and in general, and
2) Get a new job.
As a result, I embraced the penguin (and very rarely regretted it), and I went to work for a company where the soon to be CIO actually knew about IT, and wasn't a transplanted MBA (Mainly Brainless Asshole).
Re: When Booking-Travel now the first thing I usually do is:
<quote> It can get pretty nasty if two Cabinet departments become at odds, especially if one of them is Defense. I would think a counter to the threat of rubber gloves would be a threat to have a serious talk at
the Pentagon a secluded Cuban resort about how TSA handles its people.</quote>
Re: This is serious business
<quote>Mindless following orders is not always a good thing - look at history and the atrocities that leads to.</quote>
Don't forget some of the punishments handed out at Nuremberg for those convicted at the tribunal.
For the yoou who didn't study History: