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US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Re: Old joke!

No they are not. If anyone ever actually did election work they'd know. The stubby pencils leave a VERY clear mark that they've been rubbed out. When on election work you'd also know you don't even get time to rub any marks out. The counts are counted IN FRONT of councillors/MPs or whoever is standing. They can stand and watch counts and request recounts. The conspiracy theory nut jobs that claimed "Here's a video of election staff rubbing out votes" clearly don't understand how any of it works. The votes are counted, then put on a specific bit of paper that is then taken to the front where all the election staff (can't remember their specific names) are there to verify the counts match the tally they have. If they don't they are asked to go back and recount. THAT is the number they were rubbing out. The incorrect tally count.

Simple when you've worked it and know there is no conspiracy. There are so many checks in place you'd easily get caught unless you paid off EVERYONE in the room which itself would be spotted.

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Re: Old joke!

Short stubby pencils here in the UK to. Why? Cause they don't run out of ink. If asked, people are told they can use whatever pen or pencil they like. Despite what the nut job conspiracy theorists during Brexit thought.

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Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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Thats typical NHS IT politics for you which is why I've grown to hate it. Unless your "in with the boys" (they don't employ many women it seems) or an over paid consultant you'll always be ignored.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Forcing....

...apps on people is a sure fire way of getting people to not use them. I've disabled the Bixby button on my S8.

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WhatsApp security snafu allows sneaky 'message manipulation'

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I had a thought the other day...

....and because I don't know how WhatsApp end to end encryption works I don't know if I'm talking bollocks or not. But I thought this.

You're in WhatsApp with its end to end encryption. You're then using GBoard from Google within WhatsApp. We know Google loves to collect data so are they actively collecting data from GBoard while its in the end to end encrypted WhatsApp? If so, are they then essentially breaking the end to end encryption by storing what you've typed? So could someone, if they knew, ask for the data that terrorist was typing while in his/her WhatsApp and using the GBoard?

Again, I don't know enough about this so I could be totally wrong (and I suspect I am) but just got me thinking the other day.

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Off down the Amazon: DCMS confirms UK national tech advisor Maxwell has resigned

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So...

....who wants to put a bet on that all cloud hosting within the government will now switch to AWS?

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Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

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I'm considering....

....a indexing system for a library that is on small cards that you then put in draws. You can have a wooden cabinet full of these draws*

You can then get some Ghostbusters to come a long and clean up the goo off them.

*Actually had that system back in my old school in the 80s. I loved it. For some reason I still want a set.

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Bit like this pager.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y3qeCz7JRmQ/UzUSvs4g9jI/AAAAAAANGxQ/DIyJwsXg61E/s1600/Columbo_Cries_Wolf-1990-VCSS4-229.jpg

Love Columbo.

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Re: "does this read more like an ad-icle"

MagicSensation no longer owned by you as you've just mentioned it to the world before getting your official copyright on it*

**

*As far as I was aware that's what happens if you have a good idea and tell the world before patenting it.

** I'll get my coat.

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Google's cuddling up to China with clouds in its eyes – reports

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So essentially...

...all data stored in Chinese data centres WILL be monitored and harvested and sounds like Google doesn't give a shit.

I know it went out the window years ago but even more so now there "Don't be evil" is truly dead.

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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Until the price...

...is right I'll still be stuck buying old skool platter drives. Still cheaper than large SSDs. Having said that, where I can afford it, I do replace old drives with SSDs. Like I did in my Lenovo. A cheap 1TB SSD has brought new life into my old war horse. Boots into Windows 7 in around a min now where as with the old skool drive it was taking about 5 mins.

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BETA Site

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Thanks :)

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BETA Site

I have it set on my phone now but can't find the article about the BETA site so can't set my PC to it. Anyone?

And I can't even see where this Cafe Vulture is on the forums? I can only see it when I go to create a post? The forums seems quite confusing.

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Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised

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Is that actually a case of....

...we won't renew the licence openly. We'll just keep it quiet and force any engineer working on it to never speak of it.

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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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Thats Southern Water...

...buggered then when Crapita goes bust soon.

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Why haven't the EU...

...done the same to Apple yet?

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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WHAT!

"from Windows 10-style dialogs or menus into the world of Windows 8 or 7 (yes, we're looking at you, Windows Control Panel) were polished away."

Take that BACK! I like Control Panel just how it is. I don't want them removing it like they claim they are going to.

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AWS will make switches to go after Cisco – report

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Re: Re : it’s a very odd move...

That's why "the cloud" was down this morning as the skies were blue. It's not until lunch that I saw "the cloud" come back*

*I'll get my coat :)

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AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs

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He's stolen...

...Steve Job's reality distortion field Rony Abovitz has.

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Desktop hypervisor fiends. Both of you. VMware's testing a new cut of Workstation

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I've always....

....like VMWare Workstation. Learnt ESX-i from an old engineer at last place I worked as it's quite different to Workstation.

However at new place I'm at they user Hyper-V so I'm having to play with that now. But getting it nested in VMWare Workstation is useful for playing until I turn my ESX-i dedicated machine into a Hyper-V machine.

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UK taxman outlines its CHIEF concerns for customs IT systems

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Erm...well there's your first risk.....IBM

"HMRC execs have set out a series of risks to the development of its new customs IT system, including ensuring that supplier IBM delivers on time and a possible £70m shortfall in funding this year alone."

That's going to fail then. You're using IBM.

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Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

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Quite an interesting vid on explaining Blockchain

As I didn't know what it was

Mark Russinovich from Sysinternals now of Azure CTO fame explaining it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYWal114BOw

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Maybe it's like Magic Leap.

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East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line

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BT are shit...

"Engineers have visited Mr Sampson twice during the last 12 months – in April and July. On both occasions they carried out a successful full test of the local network, without experiencing any issues."

Yeah like the 2 fucking engineers you sent out to a site we supported. Both engineers said the line "had no issues". Then they sent a 3rd. Luckily the 3rd engineer did his job properly and said

"It is showing fine at the bungalow but I'll go down the road and double check the box". And there it fucking was. He said "I've found the issue. The box this line is connected to out on the secluded street is opposite a pub. I think a lorry must of reversed over the box at some point crushing it. Then someone has come to fix it and instead of fixing it properly, just spliced it together so that it would report a "I'm fine" signal. Which of course, then sometimes fails in your case".

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Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

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My partners friend just moved into a new build she said that he said "I have to wait for a year for fibre as it wasn't installed when they built the houses".

Great. And that's a new build. Where as the house I just bought, built in 1890 has fibre.

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UK privacy watchdog to fine Facebook 18 mins of profit (£500,000) for Cambridge Analytica

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Re: Conclusions?

There might be a valid argument for the data slurp but what I don't understand is when people call Facebook a Stasi. It's people choice to use it. It's a free service. How else do people think they will make their money from the free service. It costs a lot of money to run and maintain all those servers.

I'm not defending Facebook, people have a right to be angry with them but it's still a free service and people choose to use it or not. I choose not to use it. Simple as that really.

"But some sites require it to sign up to stuff". Well then just use a dummy account, it's what I do. So when I say I don't use it, that was a lie, I use it just for signing into some sites that have no other option but to use Facebook.

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Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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Re: Common trick

I'm not 100% on routers but I thought Cisco's protected from this?

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Windows 10 S...

Windows 10 Shit mode. Considering the Windows Store is shockingly lacking this is doomed to fail.

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CEST la vie, IR35 workers: HMRC sets out stall for ignoring Mutuality of Obligation

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So...

...you work with risk, work with no entitlement to holiday, work with no entitlement to sick pay and work with no entitlement to the same rights as perm people until you've been their 3 months then you still don't get full rights. But....fuck you! We're still gonna make you pay same tax as if you were there as a perm. We don't care that this scared off loads of contractors on government work.

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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At a previous NHS...

...trust if I remember right they used Sophos encryption. I pointed out a flaw but was told "its a feature" because I "wasn't in with they boys" (c**ts more like. Harsh but fair description).

Sophos had a bad habit of locking us out of the laptops at boot. Would lock your account as well. But I had an old laptop I kept back that had my account on it that was unlocked. All I had to do was boot from the laptop with the unlocked account which would unlock the other laptop.

I gave up convincing them it was an issue. I left and later discovered someone else pointed it out. They finally listened and discovered they made the laptops overall the server instead of the other way round.

Dicks.

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Not impressive but....

...I was chuffed & know I was SUPER lucky.

Just been asked to get a password for Excel that was set to protect a sheet. Not the best of security I know but still. Normally use an article I found ages ago about the AllInternalPasswordMacro. Didn't use it this time, wanted to try something different.

I use Sysinternals software all the time. Didn't think it would help though, really need to look at memory I thought. So turned to Process Hacker. Ran Excel, got the Unprotect Sheet dialogue box up, put in anything, got the "The password you supplied is not correct" box up then looked in Process Hacker. Looked at the properties of Excel, looked at memory, then looked at Strings, did a filter for word "password" and only a few results back all related to the "The password you supplied is not correct" dialogue box. Double clicked it to show what was in memory at that moment in hex. Saw that wording and soon after saw

s.i.t.e-n.a.m.e

I wondered if this was some kind of hint prompt so put in the actual site name that the document was about. Sure enough it worked. I was in.

Nice.

I've tried to recreate it on the same document but can't. Haven't seen the s.i.t.e-n.a.m.e in the hex entries since. And playing with excel it appears when you set the password for the protection of a sheet, there is no option to give a password hint.

Got proper lucky on that one. Maybe I'll buy a lottery ticket tonight.

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Re: Only cracking I have done is

Get a settling torch. Cut a hole with it in the top of the safe. Pump a load of water into it until it's full. Put a charge in it to cause a small explosion. Set it off. The pressure inside and shock wave from the water will blow the doors off.*

Obviously only useful if full of gold or silver. Money would kinda get wet.

*Yes I've stolen that from The Score (sorry if that now ruins the movie. Still a great movie and still not fully ruined the plot for you).

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Re: Only cracking I have done is

Same here. A few years back I locked my bike against the railings on the sea front. Came back thinking "What If I forget the combo one day. That would be annoying". I put it what it was, it wouldn't open. WTF! Proper annoyed as it def was the combo.

Wondered around town looking for options (as in going in hardware stores to look for massive bolt cutters). Couldn't find any was repeatedly told it wouldn't work. Found a bike shop and spoke to the guy there. He asked what lock it was. Told him and he said "Well some you just need to put tension on them and turn the dials. Then you'll feel it pop".

I'd called the police first, the local number to warn them I'm not stealing the bike if you see me with bolt cutters. I went and tried what the guy said thinking it wouldn't work. And my god it did. One of the fucking numbers had changed while I was in the shops. I guess the lock was cheap and must of knocked the setting as I was locking it. Threw the crap away and ended up getting one with a key instead.

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Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps

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Re: Agenda?

The loft? Everything ends up in the loft.

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They grow up so fast: Spam magnet Hotmail turned 22 today

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And then go back to GMail...

...or not. I've had a Hotmail account since time began. I've kept my @hotmail.com extension. I was using it before they forced everyone in the UK to an @hotmail.uk address. I still use my @hotmail.com address because it's more powerful than GMail. I've had to use GSuite in a company and can say confidently Gmail is shit. Some things are OK but it's still not as powerful as Outlook.com. But Outlook.com also isn't perfect.

I hadn't had spam in years as I put lots of filters in. But, a few years back quite a few started to get through from invalid address'. So you click on the e-mail to put it in the spam filter and Microsoft being so fucking clever would say "Unable to add to filter as this is an invalid e-mail address". Well if it was infuckingvalid, why did you let it through into my inbox. Tits. Has taken them several years to fix that issue.

I may now use a mix of both but still prefer and mostly use Outlook.com/Hotmail. I no longer work at the place that forced users onto GMail by scrapping Exchange so only really use Gmail to keep on top of how it works, in case I'm unfortunate enough to have to support it again.

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BBC Telly Tax heavies got pat on the head from snoopers' overseers

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Re: Snail mail trolling of Crapita

He's always reminded me of a book I was given:

Delete This at Your Peril: The Bob Servant Emails

I wonder if he read that.

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Have I been paid, Sage? Cloudy wage service locks out users

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The Cloud....

...other peoples computers you have no control over.

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'Coding' cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients' wishes

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No but in A&E they all have generic logins and the login details are taped to the monitors. That is the situation at one trust I worked at.

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They aren't allowed to share the cards.

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Or could that be?

"It added that TPP and NHS Digital would "ensure that testing and assurance of patient data extracts is enhanced" in future to prevent similar errors."

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"Ensure that we actually test*"

I suspect a new recruit has been hired and spotted it due to fresh eyes with nothing to lose. Others may have reported it before but been ignored by senior management. I've seen that before. Having reported an issue 3 months before at the NHS, then been given a bollocking 3 months later about said issue, until I pointed out the e-mails I sent 3 fucking months earlier at which point they backed down. Really I should of asked for an apology and then walked but I needed the money.

*Obviously just jossing. I don't want to be sued.

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Each Doctor has a card they have to put in the keyboard to login. So it should be able to audit them.

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Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms

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Re: Or you're worried about the bill?

MMS are different to SMS messages. Most providers in the UK include "unlimited*" sms in their plans. But pretty much none of them include MMS messages.

*In the UK unlimited oddly doesn't mean what the fucking word means when it comes to phone and ISP providers. So there is a fair usage policy on most. I think Three's is max of 3000 SMS free on their "unlimited" plan. Why the UK government hasn't banned them from using the word unlimited when it's not is beyond me.

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When Google's robots give your business the death sentence – who you gonna call?

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Re: If its mission critical

True unless you have a director who keeps spouting the bullshit that is "Infrastructure Free".

A phase that doesn't even fucking exist yet he believes in.

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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I thought I was being....

...super secure by changing the security settings on Equitrac to purge all print jobs when a person logs off an MFD. I did this without a Request for Change.

Then I started seeing calls come in. "My print jobs are only half printing. What's going on?" by various people.

It then dawned on me. When people were sending print jobs, because they are impatient, they'd login with their card, start the print, then log off mid print. Or the MFD would eventually time out as their print job was too long and just log them off. At which point it would purge the rest of their job.

Oops.

I changed the setting back and closed all the opens calls before anyone in management noticed.

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Infamous 'Dancing Baby' copyright battle settled just before YouTube tot becomes a teen

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It will continue to happen...

..until something is done about the abuse.

I had a really old video from 2003 of my walk around the old family home. Put it on YouTube and hit got hit with a strike by Kings Of Leon. I looked at the end of the video and like all home videos, something had been recorded at the end. It was at my sisters old house and my brother in law filming my nephew in the kitchen. He was about 2 and they happened to be listening to Kings Of Leon in the background. While playing he danced to it but it wasn't what the video was about.

Yet the owners of said music still decided to flag it. Dicks. I ended up just re-editing the video to cut that bit out.

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UK Home Office sheds 70 staff on delayed 4G upgrade to Emergency Services Network

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Re: Will that include...

I blame my keyboard for all my errors. Despite reading that over a few times before hitting submit I still missed Success.

That should of been Royal Sussex County Hospital.

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Re: The wrong solution from the beginning.

True as the realists will be seen as "blockers".

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Will that include...

...all the over paid consultants or will they be kept and the people that actually do the work be canned?

I'll also say it again, how is this going to work when The Royal Success in Brighton hasn't got any pissing EE 4G signal when you're in the hospital. Pretty much everywhere in that place has no signal. Its a nightmare layout of a hospital and phone signals in the place is shit. If they can't get that right, how are they going to sort this.

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Another staffer at mega-hacked Equifax slapped with insider trading rap

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Re: Aaaaaaaand, YES, the big corporations skate again!

They've been like that since the 80s.

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Re: "Act normally! Ginni and the team are here to see what Austin is really like."

Got there before me.

This is everything that is wrong with big companies. Treating the CEO like they are a god.

If I had the confidence to run my own company and be the CEO of my own company, I would want people to feel they don't have to kiss arse around me.

In the words of Alan Sugar

"I Don't Like Liars, I Don't Like Cheats,I Don't Like Bullshitters,I Don't Like Scmoozers, I Don't Like Arse-Lickers"

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