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Nuclear brinkmanship with North Korea, ok, what is the breaking point for Republicans ?

I mean, seriously, how much worse does it have to get before REPUBLICANS in Congress decide he's too fucking crazy/narcissistic/sociopathic and stupid to run our country? We Democrats have known this for a very long time. I despair for my country at times.

Live discussion of German election by Merkel, Shulz, et al


Why IT projects still fail


In the age of agile development, devops and related management techniques, is IT project failure even a thing anymore? The answer, sadly, is yes.

In the past, IT failures often meant high-priced flops, with large-scale software implementations going on way too long and way over budget. Those failures can and still do happen. Case in point: IBM’s never-completed $110 million upgrade to the State of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation system.

But IT failure today is frequently different than in it was in the past, as agile, devops, continuous delivery and the fail-fast movement have changed the nature of how IT handles projects. These iterative management methodologies and philosophies are meant to minimize the chances of projects going spectacularly awry, but the fact of the matter is that IT projects still fail, just in new and sometimes more insidious ways.

Here’s what seven IT leaders and analysts say about the state of IT project failure today.

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CBC: @realDonaldTrump's petty, racist speech in Alabama was beneath the dignity of the office


CBC: "(Donald Trump's) petty, racist speech in Alabama was beneath the dignity of the office"


Shotgun Pleading Shoots Equifax Data Breach Complaint In The Foot


Atlanta-based consumer credit reporting agency Equifax recently announced that a massive data breach compromised the personal data of 143 million Equifax customers. The announcement resulted in a series of data breach class action lawsuits against Equifax, at least one securities class action complaint, and an enforcement action by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D). There’s even a possibility that Equifax executives may face a shareholder derivative suit over allegations that they sold company stock after the breach was discovered, but before it was disclosed to the public.

However, aggrieved consumers shouldn’t hastily file suit, as courts don’t take kindly to thrown-together-kitchen-sink complaints. The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida reviewed a complaint against Equifax seeking to represent all consumers in the U.S. affected by the breach concluded that it wasn’t up to its standards, and told the plaintiff he needs to replead his claims.

Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr. said the 33-page, nine-count complaint “is a shotgun pleading that provides a very faulty foundation for this complex case.” The court explained that the most common type of a shotgun pleading is “a complaint containing multiple counts where each count adopts the allegation of all preceding counts, causing each successive count to carry all that came before and the last count to be a combination of the entire complaint.”

Dismissing the complaint without prejudice, the court said that the complaint’s allegations “reflect diverse legal theories” but each allegation “improperly incorporates by reference all of the preceding paragraphs.” The court also found that the plaintiff sued two distinct defendants—Equifax Inc. and Equifax Information Services Inc.—but the allegations are “confusingly” directed to Equifax.

Saying that such errors must be corrected before the action can proceed, the court gave the plaintiff until Oct. 6 to file an amended complaint.

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Did You Know this about Japan?

It is a tradition in Japan that all centenarians, those reaching the ripe old age of 100 years, are sent a silver sake cup by the Japanese Prime Minister.

from my How-to-Geek newsletter https://www.howtogeek.com/

Question about cybersecurity

Hi all,

I'm no expert on cybersecurity, so please be patient with me. It seems that every day, a new disclosure of a hack comes out. The SEC was hacked. We all know about the Equifax debacle. The list goes on and on.

I know *some* information must be kept online, but a simple (but maybe unworkable ?) solution is to take a lot of the super-sensitive information offline or make it even more difficult to access online somehow (2 factor authentication, etc).

You all in IT, please tell me the practical problems. It almost seems as if we need to go back to sneaker-net with a lot of sensitive information. Thank you in advance!

your happy CHaS host

Equifax data breach victim? The fight for your identity will last years


Protecting yourself from the Equifax data breach is not something that’s going to end tomorrow. Or next month. Or next year.

Crooks stole credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and addresses. They swiped birth dates and downloaded driver’s license numbers.

If cyber criminals have your personal information, there’s no limit — both in time and scope — to how they can use it. Avoiding identity theft and fraud is something you could be fighting for years to come.

Here’s what the bad guys can do with your data and what you should do to protect yourself.

With access to your Social Security number, address and birth date, a crook could take out a mortgage or open a credit card. Someone could even file a tax return for you, hoping to collect a refund.

more at link
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