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BOFH: Step into my office. Now take a deep breath

Episode 7 "Oh this takes me back to the early days of ST225s!" the Boss burbles. I am getting a personally tailored lesson in being careful what I wish for. On one hand, the PFY and myself wanted a new Boss who at least knew which end of a keyboard he could shove up his arse when he asked for the ability to type Norwegian potato …

The 10 most INHUMAN bosses you'll encounter: A Reg reader's guide

Your boss could well be a barely restrained psychopath. Indeed, it is probable that he is the living incarnation of Cthulhu himself. Or he may be a bumbling incompetent who'll sink your career along with his. You, the downtrodden techie, need to learn how to deal with him - and fast. First, stop thinking of him as a person …
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Former astronaut takes control of NASA

The US Senate yesterday confirmed former astronaut Charles Frank Bolden as the new NASA head, with Lori Beth Garver occupying the deputy administrator's office. Charles Bolden Bolden, 62, is a former Marine Corp pilot who flew over 100 combat mission in Vietnam and eventually rose to the rank of major general before retiring …
Lester Haines, 16 Jul 2009
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Revolting French workers bite 3M's balles

French 3M workers, who on Tuesday barricaded their boss in an office in protest at jobs cuts, have released their prisoner following successful negotiations to secure more cash for redundancy packages. 3M decided to shed 110 jobs at the pharmaceutical products plant at Pithiviers, near Orleans, due to falling demand. The plan …
Lester Haines, 26 Mar 2009
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French 3M workers barricade boss in office

Workers at a French 3M plant barricaded their boss in an office yesterday, in a protest over plans to lay off 110 employees, Reuters reports. The group's industrial director, Luc Rousselet, was confined to quarters by a strategically-placed wardrobe in the factory at Pithiviers, near Orleans. Staff are demanding "more money …
Lester Haines, 25 Mar 2009
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Boss frogmarches bound employee to cop shop

An Essex boss who discovered one of his employees had stolen and cashed a company cheque frogmarched the miscreant to a police station with his hands tied behind his back and a sign round his neck reading "thief", the Times reports. Carpet fitter Mark Gilbert, 39, swiped the cheque from Witham-based In House Flooring, wrote it …
Lester Haines, 28 Nov 2008
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HP boss places bets on 1,000 staff at UK race track

Hewlett-Packard boss Mark Hurd has spent the morning at Ascot’s racing course with 1,000 hand-picked UK employees mulling the future of the company, after announcing earlier this month that 3,378 jobs are off to the knacker's yard. According to the union Unite, EDS staff will account for up to 90 per cent of UK workers to be …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Oct 2008
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Sacked Indian workers beat chief exec to death

The chief executive of Graziano Transmissioni India was yesterday beaten to death by a group of former workers when a meeting called to settle the dispute which led to their dismissal "turned sour", as the Guardian puts it. Lalit Kishore Choudhary, 47, was attempting to resolve an extended industrial dispute at the car parts …
Lester Haines, 23 Sep 2008
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DoJ hires Mickey Mouse lawyer for Google probe

The Department of Justice has hired its old anti-trust boss from private practice to head up a probe into Google's advertising business. Sandy M Litvack ran the DoJ's antitrust division under President Jimmy Carter. He left in early 1981. Litvack was working as a partner at private law firm Hogan and Hartson for both …
John Oates, 9 Sep 2008
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Reg launches Chrome-o-drome

Round-up It's got to be the most exciting event in science since Thomas Edison electrocuted elephants in order to try and discredit Nikola Tesla! It's like finding a Cornish-speaking Flores Hobbit nurturing a Higgs boson particle behind an invisible garden shed! It's [get on with it - Ed]... Yes, it's Chrome, the browser by Google, and …
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Ex-BT boss off to Alcatel-Lucent

Ben Verwaayen, who spent six years as CEO of BT, is joining Alcatel-Lucent as chief executive. Verwaayen will work with Philippe Camus, who starts as Chairman on 1 October. He was credited with helping BT's apparent turnaround, moving from a voice to broadband provider and cutting jobs in the process. Alcatel-Lucent's …
John Oates, 2 Sep 2008
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Forgot your ID? You must be a terrorist

The US Transportation Security Administration has done a backflip on a policy of adding people who had forgotten their ID to its database of suspect fliers. The scheme kicked off in June, according to USA Today, the same time the agency officially declared people could not board planes in the US unless they showed ID. At the …
Joe Fay, 13 Aug 2008
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Govt persuades two people to share worst job in IT

The government has found two people to run the struggling NHS IT programme - the National Programme for IT. The world's largest non-military technology project has been without a permanent boss since the departure of Richard Granger in January. Interim boss Matthew Swindells left the post in April. NPfIT is expected to cost at …
John Oates, 8 Aug 2008
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Yahoo! recounts! votes!

Yahoo! miscounted the shareholder votes at its general meeting last week, it has admitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission. To be fair, the miscount was blamed on Broadridge Financial Services which acts as a proxy for institutional shareholders and mucked up the votes. Broadbridge blamed "a truncation error [which] …
John Oates, 6 Aug 2008
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Nokia and Qualcomm end patent war

Nokia and Qualcomm have agreed to end their worldwide legal battle over patents. Yesterday saw a German court throw out Qualcomm's claims but the two had pending legal action in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and China. The deal therefore came as a surprise. Varied standards are covered by the deal, including GSM, …
John Oates, 24 Jul 2008
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Yahoo! opens search to all

Yahoo! said yesterday it will open up access to external developers to its search engine, something Google did six years ago. Developers will get access to an API allowing them to run versions of Yahoo!'s search engine on their own websites. Yahoo! will sell adverts on any applications that attract users. The hope is that …
John Oates, 10 Jul 2008
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eBay Australia ditches PayPal scheme

eBay Australia has given up on its attempt to force virtually all payments through its subsidiary PayPal. The move proved hugely unpopular with users and had to be put on hold while it was investigated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. eBay notified the ACCC of its decision to move to PayPal-only payments …
John Oates, 4 Jul 2008
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C&W closes in on Thus acquisition

Cable and Wireless has increased its offer for smaller rival telco Thus Group, as it bids to gain weight for its battles against BT for big business contracts. C&W's surprise first 165p per share offer for Glasgow-based Thus was rejected by its board early in June. Today's improved 180p per share bid values Thus at about £ …

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