142 posts • joined 15 Jan 2008
What an amazing ...
set of hypothetical 'what-ifs' ... based on asking the imponderable question and then supplying a hypothetical answer.
Did space aliens really supply the technology to build the pyramids?
Was Atlantis truly the capital of super-beings who were lost in the cataclysm?
Did ancient objects smite the Earth and extinguish the dinosaurs because our solar system fluttered across a cosmic tennis court?
Some day inquiring minds may supply the answer. Meanwhile, it's jolly good fun to guess.
Yes, Mr. Ballmer, history will remember your career milestones.
Hopefully there may, some day, be acknowledgment of all the careers you destroyed under your management, and the legions of those who limped away to seek their dreams elsewhere.
Cancer is not just a disease of the body. MS has come to represent all that is wrong with American corporate culture.
Slip away into the night, Mr. Ballmer. See if money equals fulfillment.
Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft
This is truly a monumental achievement for Microsoft. In less than a month, this corporate behemoth will tell a significant portion of humanity around the planet to go fuck itself, while feeling omnipotent in its power as King Rat, gazing scornfully down upon the wretched masses scrabbling among the little black turds at its feet.
Ignore the Rat's words; focus on its actions.
Run. Quickly. Away.
Sadly, one cannot even say it was nice while it lasted. 'Tis a pity they could neither get it right the first time, nor fix it over the years. Fail.
Win7 support is ending. Win8/8.1 is confused. Win9 is rumoured. Fail.
Microsoft panic message. Fail.
About as popular as ...
"... it perhaps signals Microsoft distancing itself further from those who made the world so tepidly enthusiastic about Windows 8."
Tepidly enthusiastic? TEPIDLY enthusiastic??
Awww ... c'mon, now! As tepidly enthusiastic as having a snapping turtle in yer bathtub? As tepidly enthusiastic as finding a turd in yer teapot? As tepidly enthusiastic as enduring a cavity-search at the airport?
A moment in the tides of change
Rarely have we heard such a clear and resounding call to save the ship !
"...vaguely ... as time goes on."
"... subtle influences ... over time drives ... subtle behavior change... "
"Iceberg ahead, you say?"
"Ummm, yes, Captain. The ... errr ... bow lookout, I believe it is, Sir, reports something about ice, or a berg, or some shape in the darkness ahead. Dead ahead, he said, but I cannot confirm that sighting. Should I send the Third Mate to confirm, Sir?"
"Hmmm ... not just yet, Withers. But just to be on the safe side, have the Engineer ease up a bit ... a few knots."
"Aye, Captain. Will we require a course change, Sir?"
"Oh, bother! Well, perhaps, yes. Helm, steer five degrees to port, please."
"Aye, aye, Captain. Altering course five degrees to port."
"Very good. That should see us clear until Third Officer Thompson is able to send someone to confirm with the bow lookout. Steady on, helm!"
The greatest sin
There's a fundamental principle involved:
The greatest sin, a wise man observed, is that of lying, for lying destroys the foundations of trust, and without trust, nothing else is possible.
Re: Hmm. You never......
'Tis a pity you ate your brains for breakfast and defecated them in that ugly screed ...
By all accounts, the Munich transition exists as a remarkable achievement; more so, given the intense pressure and FUD unleashed by MS.
Meanwhile, unchecked MS corporate arrogance, avarice, and alienation are achieving their own rewards: revulsion, rejection, and public alienation.
Who you gonna believe?
Me: "Who are you, sneaking about in my house?
Them: "Home inspectors"
Me: What are those bags over your shoulders?
Them: "What bags?"
Me: "Those big black bags full of my stuff!"
Them: "What stuff?"
Me: "That stuff! My stuff in those bags ... those bag's over your shoulders!"
Them (easing toward the front door) "Sir, you are sadly mistaken. We are Home Safety Inspectors, here to assure you of a satisfactory home experience!"
Me: "You look like burglars!"
Them: (running out the door) "Oh, no, sir. Trust us! Your home is quite safe with us!"
Me: (scratching head) "So they say. But everytime they visit, I'm missing bags of stuff!"
Re: Very long term
Yes, ummm, well, errrr ... if God had wished us to create documents we'd be able to read in the 30. 50 & 100 years long term, then She wouldn't have created Microsoft ...
(or was that Lucifer ... ?)
Is there a draft in the room ?
Is there a draft in the room ?
Watch his right hand ... waving flags, banging pots, thumping the drum. Are you distracted?
(No need to heed his left hand under the table ... )
Feel better now?
(A $1.7B NSA facility in the Utah desert to store a yottabyte of data. Oh, my ... !)
Message from US to EU:
"You can run ... but you cannot hide!"
protesting in numbers greater than one will be a criminal offence and those protesting alone will just get beaten up.
Those gathered in numbers greater than one will be regarded as domestic terrorists and will be dealt with accordingly; understanding, of course, that civil rights protections are the privilege of the normal criminal class and are not/never to be applied to domestic terrorism participants.
Protests and complaints to civil authorities regarding perceived armored/masked police brutality are encouraged as an aid to identify those participants captured in video surveillance but not yet labeled for domestic subversives watch lists.
Imagine a ship of industry
... with Satya Nadella as the Captain on the bridge with Admiral Bill Gates breathing down his neck, ordering ship's engines to stand down while preparing to drop the anchor, to assess the floating wreckage all around; and Steve Ballmer in the engine room berating the black gang to double up on shoveling in more coal as he lashes down the boiler safety valves, anticipating an order for flank speed ahead. "Reefs? What reefs! I ain't seen no steenking reefs!" he screams.
Seized ... not pissed away.
I'm an American (had no choice, really, an accident of birth) and yes, I and many others do care that our money is being pissed away. I'd rather some of it was used to deal with the 80-year-old bridge that connects our island to the mainland before it fails/falls, money that will never be made available for at least another decade.
But we don't get a choice. Nobody asks our opinion. Those decisions are made behind closed doors in D.C. by people on the political dole. Can we choose those people? Not really. Who to vote for, Frick or Frack?
The NSA don't give a good rat's ass about public opinion. Never did, never will. Lies on top of lies atop layers of secrecy and deception. Nobody can touch the NSA; "national security" trumps all, everywhere, everywhen.
Shame? Only that they haven't got the quantum computer to decrypt the entire internet on the fly; that's the shame of it. If it only requires tons of money, they'll have the means soon enough.
As for my village of fellow Americans; we live within the 100-mile zone south of the Canadian border. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are authorized to seize my cell phone, laptop, and all other information-bearing digital devices, and all notebooks, diaries, and other printed documents without warrant or reason, whether we approach the border or not. Its the law since 9/11. All they require is motive, not justification. So we should get upset at the latest NSA lust for information? Siphoning it off the 'net is perhaps more convenient, but uniformed agents can get the whole kit in one grab.
"Free" choice: life on the fringes
In time, the "Sun Valley, Idaho" solution will come to SF/Silicon Valley. Ranks of service workers unable to afford the upscale cost of housing will be transported by busloads each morning to their work areas, and transported out again each evening. All will be closely monitored to prevent unruly dissent. Free economy = free choice = ride the bus, or not.
Appropriate wage deductions will be made for the cost of transport. Government need not interfere beyond maintaining appropriate civil order. Smile for the cameras. It's the American way.
And it all comes down to semantics, yet again
"are secure from unwarranted search and invasion of privacy."
And, pray tell, what is "unwarranted?"
One steps out onto the public street to encounter cameras everywhere, on every pole on every building and street corner. Drive down the public road; a passing plod-car has just OCR'd your license tag and accessed the central database. Step into the back yard and wave to Google or the overhead satellite or the circling drone.
Connect to the telephone system; the connection is recorded, possibly monitored. Connect to the internet, the IP is noted, cookies track the connections, and contents passed over the trunk are captured and archived.
Go to the market; plastik transactions are tracked and archived. Surveillance cameras record your movements.
Any use of links or terminals or pathways or byways exposes one to monitoring. Everything is available for capture. What is surprising is that we still get exercised when yet another fragment of supposed "privacy" is chipped away. So you've got a camera/microphone on your device. Is it truly surprising that our 'protectors' won't make use of them?
Lock yerself away in yer bedroom, mates. Then only the parabolic microphone or the laser mic focused on your windows, or the infrared viewers probing through your walls can sense yer frustration.
Re: HEY Lewis... remember those pesky Amazon Drones?
No need for a hi-tech approach here. Talk Grandfather out of his long-barrel "goose gun" with magnum shot shells. These were very tightly-patterned shotguns used for knocking high-flying geese out of the sky. Just perfect for slow-flying drones. Easy to find on Google ... check for 'market hunters' in US history.
Re: We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET
It's rather like saying that the Nazi's held the world's largest collection of fine art ...
Re: Say what you want
Not to worry ... Ballmer won't be dropping out of sight anytime soon. American media are enamored of rich celebrities ... how else does one explain the 'Donald'* who pops up for comic relief at the oddest moments?
(*Trump, D., comb-over buffoon, possible only in America.)
Re: Too late Microsoft, too late
"they are determined to eventually push themselves into irrelevancy with the majority of their current customers."
It's more like they were looking down at their own 'wonderfulness' while crossing the street, and stepped into an open manhole. Such a massive, arrogant corporation looks only unto itself, while continuing to deepen the surrounding moat to hold back the unwashed, hostile hordes of unbelievers.
Yes, MS products are also too bloated, too slow, and too expensive ... but a fact that fails to get much notice in this forum is that MS has all local, state, and national governments by the "short and curlies" and will not be letting go anytime soon. All of them are tightly bound to MS, with no hope of cutting loose. Why should MS worry about my dollar, when they can extract thousands of my dollars in taxes required to support their death-grip on our governments at every level? Not so? Then appear at your local council meeting, and suggest that they should consider migrating their systems to an "open source" alternative. Wear earplugs, lest you lose your hearing to the shrieks and wails of protest. City of Munich notwithstanding.
One final point: when XP expires, I expect our local city/county government to be asking the taxpayers for a massive reinvestment as none of the hardware in use will be able to run Win8.x. Expect an additional massive tax burden to pay for personnel retraining to accomodate the new fondle-slab interface.
Sad. Simply too damned sad.
Another 5-4 decision
Five favor whatever approach yields greatest benefit to BigCorps; four plead for rules to tame wild west patent scene. Expect a possible twist that claiming to hold patents is sufficient proof, re: MicroSoft bag of 245 patents never revealed but brutally effective in suppression. Love to see the rationalization for that one. "First to claim" becomes backbone of "Possession is nine-tenths", etc.
Never, ever expect a rational, predictable judgment from them Supremes. They've opened Pandora's box before; they'll do it again just for fun. Think not? Then were did "ca$h is free speech" and "corporations are people" come from? Bwahahahaha! Dem Supremes!
Oh boy, another toy
Yeh ... another military toy. Amazing what can be done with mountain$ of ca$h. Launch a drone, splash the wrapper, buzz around for a look-see, maybe pop off a mini-missle, and splash the drone. Write off the cost of another high school or daycare center or clinic. Celebrate the increased quarterly profit statement of AmerDyne/WarBux, Inc.
Big leap forward. Po$itively thrilling.
"Hallo, PM Beardsly-Smythe here."
"Mr. Beardsly-Smythe, this is Microsoft Support Services calling. Sir, we've had a request from the White House."
"I say, the White House!? You mean, the President?"
"Yes, sir. I'm not at liberty to disclose how this happened, sir, but it concerns certain words you've added to your spell-checker in your Office 365 personal dictionary."
"My dictionary! You mean, you blokes are peering into my personal word processor?"
"Not exactly, sir. I mean, it's not exactly personal, sir, being in the 'cloud' and all ... but as I said earlier, I'm not at liberty to discuss the technical issues. I'm simply passing along a request from the President of the United States."
"And what would that be, precisely?"
"Sir, please ... you are requested to immediately delete the term "Barass Osama" from your Office 365 personal word-substitution dictionary. The President finds it quite offensive!"
Re: Microsoft announce more FAIL
Then you're sure to love Windows 9.0 Revolving 3D "Play Blocks" !!
No more number.n releases anytime soon
What's the odds that the marketing gnomes at MS will balk at introducing anything labeled "8.n" or "9" with the next leap forward? Unless they jump clear out of the associative mind-set of 8 ... perhaps to "Windows Century" edition, ie, Win100 ... except that might sound completey back-slid from earlier Win2000 product?
More likely they'll jump tracks completely with something like "Windows Emperator" ... you know, a long-awaited response to Linux?
Try a polished but lightweight linux
Check Distrowatch for SolydXK, a form of the Mint "Debian" edition. SolydXK is Debian-based, in a 'rolling' format with monthly update packs to keep apps and OS on track with current upgrades. For the kids, Steam and Wine (with PlayOnLinux) are pre-installed. Choose the KDE version, or the lighter Xfce for even older machines. The Distrowatch page for SolydXK lists all of the pre-installed apps, with access to the Debian repositories. BTW, it runs brilliantly on a PIII Dell 5000 laptop with 512mb ram ... not many that old still kicking around!
Freedom to fork
+1 ... and an upvote.
The ability to fork and customize Linux allowed the City of Munich to liberate themselves from the Microsoft Tarpit of Entanglement, despite ongoing FUD attacks from HP/MS ... including a personal visit from Ballmer and a promise of a 'discount' that was a thinly-disguised bribe not to switch.
Great article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-munich-rejected-steve-ballmer-and-kicked-microsoft-out-of-the-city/
Critics failed to realize that Munich took a long-term approach (a concept highly discouraged in the US by Wall Street and political pressures: short term gains override long-term considerations) and used the switch-over to overhaul their entire IT structure from top to bottom.
This will never happen in the US, until MS finally collapses like a huge tree rotted from the inside out, and the entire business and government sector are left to deal with the carnage of their abandoned IT infrastructure. Freedom in the Land of the Free? Fuggidaboutit.
If anyone remembers ...
IBM dominated the business world. Big, beautiful machines with spinning discs and platters in the hallowed temple of the air-conditioned data center.
Bank after bank of young ladies sitting at card punch terminals.
Every office that hoped to retain talented secretaries paid a premium price for IBM Selectric typewriters. Nothing less than IBM was acceptable.
Microsoft is today's IBM. With one profound difference. IBM products were beautiful, had class, were in a class of their own.
Microsoft has no class, has never had class, and nothing Microsoft has produced could ever be called class. Steve Jobs had it right. Microsoft is all about money, and was never about taste.
The PC killed IBM as the dominant force in business; the tablet is killing Microsoft today.
IBM didn't see it coming; refused to acknowledge it when it arrived; and like an elephant, was unable to move quickly enough to escape the stings of the PC hordes.
Microsoft didn't see Linux and iOS coming; refused to acknowledge them when they arrived; and like an elephant, is stumbling in its clumsiness to catch up while suffering the stings of the hand-held hordes.
An epiphany: all this upset over Microsoft. In truth, we don't need them. If they don't produce useful stuff, they become irrelevant. If they cannot be consistent in quality, products, or innovation, they deserve to become irrelevant. It isn't like there's nothing else available. If a company is locked into MS products, that's unfortunate. If they are too slow to adopt better tools, perhaps they'll become irrelevant too.
One thing is certain. Nobody will shed a tear when their failures overwhelm their domination.
Re: The least worst solution
"it's not the same as a sensible legal system with proper oversight..."
sensible legal system ... right there is a world-class oxymoron ... unless you are referring to a system outside US borders?
And Zuck's point is ... what?
NSA=nasty, suspicious, arseholes.
FaceBook=secretive, invasive, arseholes.
Is there a difference?
The privilege of being super
What's the point of being a super-power if we can't tell the rest of the world where to get off?
Do as we say, and pay no attention to what we do. We're the super-good guys, and most of you ain't!
Just accept that fact that you all need constant watching!
See how easy that is?
(Be thankful we've got no camera in your ensuite ... yet.)
NSA=no secrets, arseholes!
The cart came first; then came a hunt for a ...
I chuckled at her comment, "just as the mouse drove the adoption of GUIs..." which is a bit like saying that the invention of the cart required that we go looking for horses. If it were MS running things back then, we'd be using a string of pigs hitched under a pole, pushing the cart from the rear. Two boys with whips would steer it, walking alongside the pigs, with the lookout up front shouting directions.
Microsoft directions? Yeh, that about describes it.
The usual blizzard of nothingness ...
Move along, please ... quietly, if you will. Nothing to see here ... nothing a'tall. Nothing new a'tall.
For those who've not jostled elbows with the denizens of any US teacher's college (more puffedly labeled a 'College of Education') this sort of elevated double-speak is an impenetrable layer of protection forming a moat around the hallowed ramparts of their gilded tower.
Polysyllabic nothing-speak has become the mantle of the middle-management do-nothings. These are the good folk who drove the word "use" out of American English, replacing it with "utilize." Only the crude, unwashed working stiffs of America would "use a tool"; an educated person will "utilize an appropriate implement."
The Idaho National Guard, years ago, was upset with a group of discontented folk who objected to rail shipments of highly-radioactive materials through their communities. Rather than labeling them as "dissenters," the Guard applied the label "opposing force" (which in mil-speak becomes 'OP-FOR') and proceeded to build a mountain of jargon to justify "reaction strategies" should the naughty folk step across the line sufficiently to merit a harsh response.
Ahhhh ... words. We string them into ropes with which to hang the unwary.
Or to ensnare and bilk the unsuspecting.
Re: Slaps forehead with palm.....
Technology has outraced our social intellect,"
or it's a simple case of the computers being a honey-trap. We fall all over ourselves, spilling our guts for all the world to see. Stoopid, stoopid, stoopid us!
I have this mental picture of a sewer pipe with a gasbag at one end and a douchebag at the other. Is that the "Cloud" scene? And all of your computer/work has that sewer pipe connected directly to the Subscription Lords who will monitor all?
IMHO -- be thankful when it fails!
Fearlessly we choke the chicken
Ballmer said: "We have moved and are now consolidation from a collection of businesses groups to an organization that’s aligned by function."
Right ... got that? (Don't try to parse it ... just flow with the words...)
Then he said: "I think that we should be mindful and thoughtful and cautious and yet I don’t think we should be fearful about doing somewhat larger acquisitions ..."
Then he conceded: aQuantive had actually been a successful and admired operation as an independent company. Microsoft, though, managed to kill it...
Taken as an overall strategy, then: "We'll organize to function unfearful of doing more bigger. We'll assimilate until they are us."
Or taken another way: We'll bravely choke the chicken 'til its services (golden eggs) be delivered via devices (productive orifice). More choking, more delivery.
I'll take the gizzard, spitted on a stick.
It's a tasty offer ...
but even at 10 Terabytes, you'll likely be feeling peckish 30 minutes later.
Re: Microsoft is still scratching the surface?
Hmmmm ... rednecks and hounds come to mind.
Obviously you've neither appreciation nor experience of the wrath of a thwarted government authority ... most esp. a US authority that perceives its position as invincible and unassailable. Pray you never need know.
2nd verse, same as first ...
it ain't no better, but it could get worse! Thus the familiar dirge goes.
Traditional US government agency progression following its creation by Congress is to write and impose a body of regulations which effectively have the force of law, supposedly under Congressional oversight but practically speaking, free of any such pesky interference.
The progression, then, is for the agency to skew its activity in some manner not foreseen or intended by Congress. Rarely does Congress step in to take back the reins of control to hold that agency accountable to original Congressional intent (if, in fact, any clear intent had been defined in the empowering Act.)
A lovely side effect is to burden US citizens with oppressive agency actions, which in turn leads to endless petitions to Congressional representatives for relief, which creates a self-perpetuating need for Representative intervention and a perpetual growth of Congressional funding and staffing.
As seen since the beginnings of the Cold War and beyond, the US spy agencies' self-directed missions have skewed exponentially in proportion to perceived threats to US security; their mission creep became a tsunami with the upthrust of the Patriot Act.
Congress has little incentive and, indeed, sees great risk in intervention; the Supremes have no mandate to interfere, inasmuch as there has never been a US right to privacy outside the four walls of an individual's domicile, and even that definition has narrowed over time.
A US citizen's "inalienable rights" are precious few, and those few are impossibly expensive to defend. As laudable as the EFF and the ACLU missions may be, there will likely never be a mandated right to privacy in America, nor any verifiable protection against US spying for any person or nation outside US borders.
BTW, I truly admire how it's a criminal offense to withhold one's password in the U.K.
Brilliant! Simply brilliant!
Re: Not that long ago
So you all call Snowden, then, to get the UK met data alerts?
As for the FOI ZOD request, check with our NSA ... I'm sure they have all the documents, but it may take a while to find them in the global pile they've got stashed in the Utah data center.
(Smiley face so they'll wonder what we're plotting)
Re: Ruthless but not necessarily evil
"there is always some hope he may take a turn for the best and use his powers for good."
Ummmm ... that's a bit like hoping that J.P. Morgan/Chase, after being hammered with multi-billions in fines for avaricious greed and thievery, will experience a sudden epiphany and dedicate themselves to funding the solutions to global poverty and disease.
Re: return the firm to the golden days
"Microsoft deserves recognition for having wrote the book on how to create and maintain a monopoly position in an emerging market."
Right. In the same sense that Al Capone wrote the book on maintaining a monopoly position in an emerging market, later improved upon by the Mafia, and now being perfected by Mexican drug cartels expanding their monopoly position in an emerging market throughout the US: threats, bullying, extortion, deception, lies, and thuggery, with a product that threatens its users.
MS: a role model for global business ethics.
Garbage in ...
He said: "So in a sense inside the Wolfram Language we have a whole computable model of the world."
Somewhere softly the background music is playing "Send in the Clowns" and in all the dark corners cockroaches wait and watch. Yet again, some arrogant fool promises to model the world on a computer. And somewhere a butterfly is hatching and will soon flutter its wings.
Re: A secret opinion issued by a court meeting in secret about secret warrants with a gag order
Why do you assume we Americans are familiar with the principles of democracy?
We've not practiced it since the days of the smoke-filled back rooms and the truck (lorry) loads of cash passing through the back doors. America has long lived by the golden rule*.
If you think it is fun now, just wait until that big-eared, dark-complected person who currently resides in the White House is replaced by a more extreme, fascist-leaning chap with Tea Party affiliations. Several candidates come to mind. Ted Cruz is one. (A pity that he'll never be able to travel abroad; he still believes the 'round earth' theory is so much scientific deception. Those 'photos from space' were filmed in a secret warehouse in the Nevada desert.)
NSA/CIA violations of the Constitution and their Congressional mandate is really nothing new. J. Edgar and his FBI set the standard many years ago; we're just seeing the extension of that practice. To oppose the NSA/CIA intelligence gathering mission is to weaken America's national security. So reads the Gospel of St. Vigilant.
Trust US. We're the good guys.
(* He who has the gold, rules.)
It's really too late ...
it's game over, lights out, draw the shades, and pretend everything is all okay, just like it used to was.
No power granted or seized will ever be yielded, voluntarily or otherwise, until the governing body falls. As far as the President of the USA is concerned, he can be likened to the bloke manning the steering oar on a scow adrift down the Mississippi River. He can try to influence the direction but he cannot stop the barge nor take it back upstream. The nation is on a hell-bent course that no existing force can reverse.
Senator Diane Feinstein's intentions, if not her proposed Bill, will prevail, and will become the new controlling authority for U.S. spy agencies. The White House will order a few cosmetic changes, stopping short of throwing the Chief of Staff to the wolves to silence the baying, and the barge will continue down the river.
Don't want the NSA spying on your computer? Air-gap it.
One final XP patch!
Given the awful truth facing those unwilling or unable to upgrade to Windows 8.1, with the unspeakable collateral damage to innocent customers and bystanders, there is only one obvious solution which is paramount to saving the world: one final XP patch in April, 2014.
It will retract the OS license and wipe the XP drive.
Problem over. Call 1-900-BUY-MORE for assistance.
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