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Communist China hacks the US government

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015


In case you missed extensive main stream media coverage of this story, here is a quick summary: “…the personal data of some four million federal employees who sought security clearances over the past 30 years had been compromised. Now the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, J. David Cox, has informed OPM in a letter that his organization believes “the Central Personnel Data File was the targeted database, and that the hackers are now in possession of all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to one million former federal employees.””

In other words, the US got pwoned by hackers in the employ of the Communist Chinese government.

The United States is loosing the Cyberwar big time and our Dear Leader really doesn’t seem to care.

Update: The number of Americans who had their personal information stolen from the OPM now at 25.7 million.

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Another tech bubble in the making?

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Michael Synder makes the following salient point over at Zero Hedge:

Shouldn’t Internet companies actually “make a profit” at some point before being considered worth billions of dollars?  A lot of investors laugh when they look back at the foolishness of the “Dotcom bubble” of the late 1990s, but the tech bubble that is inflating right in front of our eyes today is actually far worse.

For example, what would you say if I told you that a seven-year-old company that has a long history of not being profitable and that actually lost 64 million dollars last quarter is worth more than 13 billion dollars?

You would probably say that I was insane, but the company that I have just described is Twitter and Wall Street is going crazy for it right now.  Please don’t get me wrong – I actually love Twitter.  On my Twitter account I have sent out thousands of “tweets”.  Twitter is a lot of fun, and it has had a huge impact on the entire planet.  But is it worth 13 billion dollars?  Of course not.

You can talk about “brand value” all you want, but the companies with actual Brand Value are ones that are profitable, and have been for a long time.  That is what makes their brand valuable.  Twitter’s value is in improving someone else’s brand value, and trying to squeeze a profit out of that could kill the value that people currently see in Twitter.

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Another reason to not spend time on Facebook

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Leo Leporte reports that Facebook has added a new “Feature”.  Automatically uploading your mobile device photos to Facebook.

That’s right, all your photos, straight to Facebook.

If you were paying attention to the “user agreement”, Facebook reserves the right to use everything you load on it, including pictures, anyway they see fit.

That Facebook gets the right to use your stuff is nothing new.  Been that way since just about Day One, if not before.

Here is a basic rule of the Internet you Coppertops need to understand.

If you aren’t paying for the service, you are the product.

Originally posted at Urbin Technology

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Worst thing about Facebook

Friday, September 25th, 2009

I’m not a big user, but I’d have to say the worst thing about Facebook is all the damn “Mafia Wars” spam that floods your newsfeed.

Now the crap is starting to invade Twitter too.

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An alternative to coffeeshops for “freelancers”

Friday, August 14th, 2009

There has been a fair amount of whining over this Wall Street Journal story about coffee houses rousing deadbeats taking up space that paying customers could be in.

What started as a good practice to bring in customers, providing free WiFi access to the Internet, has been abused by freeloaders and deadbeats, causing coffeeshops to start denying power for laptops and declaring laptop free hours.

Thanks for ruining it for the rest of us you deadbeats.  If you are going to take up space in a place of business, like a coffee shop, how about patronizing the business?   One cup of drip coffee, which you leave untouched as you sit for hours on end, taking advantage of the free WiFi, does not count as patronizing the business.  Buy a couple of bagels at least!

Here is something these so called “freelancers” (i.e. deadbeats) can do instead of whining about their “careers” are coming to an end, visit your local public library.  Odds are that there is free Internet access there.   It may not be as “hip” as freeloading at the local coffeeshop, but are you interested in getting your work done, or merely projecting the image of being productive when you are actually just hanging out?

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Yahoo for the Epic Customer Service Fail!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

I get an email from Yahoo stating that the domain registration fee for the one domain I have with them has jumped to an absurd $34.95 and that my domain will automatically renewed at that customer gouging price automatically in three days.

So I immediately start the process to transfer the domain. During that process, the Yahoo site describing it says that Yahoo may take up to nine days to acknowledge a domain transfer request.

The crystal clear conclusion here is that Yahoo hates its customers, which has been pretty clear since their other epic failure their takeover and mutilation of They screwed that pooch so hard they ended up selling it at a big loss.

Update: I’m not the only one noticing Yahoo’s “Bait and Switch” tactics on domain registration, Elliot C. Back is justifiably pissed off too, as is YahooBullshit. CNet covers this rip off by Yahoo as well.

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Wolfram Alpha was clearly coded by geeks

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Head over to Wolfram Alpha, the universal computation site and plug in 88 mph.

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Fresh Sig Quotes

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Recently updated

Page 16 of political sig quotes

You preach tolerance, but you hate me for being a conservative when you don’t have a clue!
Che was KGB trained and a pure sociopathic criminal.
The left’s approach to debate: ignore facts and repeat false talking points.

Page 3 of SciFi sig quotes

“History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells, “Can’t you remember anything I told you?” and lets fly with a club.” — John W. Campbell
“In a society of criminals, the innocent man goes to jail.” — Phillip K. Dick, Solar Lottery (1955)
“Sometimes a giant energy cannon is your best friend.” — Deck Gibson: Far Reach Commander!

Page 5 of Clinton sig quotes

“One thing we know about the Clintons–they didn’t destroy us economically and don’t hate this country. Yeah, I’ll take that.” — Tammy Bruce

Barack Hussein Obama sig quotes

Obama is not the Messiah… he’s the Angel of Debt.
A twenty year old today will pay 114,000 dollars to the Federal Government just to pay the interest on Obama’s spending bill.

Page 9 of general sig quotes

“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” — Albert Einstein
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” — Bill Cosby
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas A. Edison
“The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” — Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
“The greatest conspiracy on the planet is stupidity.” — Robert Anton Wilson

Plenty more were those came from.

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