9 posts • joined 6 Jun 2008
Re: Not happening
We did drop Lenovo as soon as the brand was sold to China. Also, while BB now says they have no way of reading messages passing through their infrastructure I don't think too many people would trust a Chinese company with the data flow.
Re: Wasted talents?
I have no problem with Marketing in general; as some others have noted how do I know a product exists if it is never marketed. I have a big problem with people making money off my activities and stalking me based on past web activity. I don't want Company X being paid by Company Y to shove an ad in my face because at some point in the past I visited or looked for information about Company Z.
I remember when Cable TV first started here in the US (yes, that's how freaking old I am) and one of the big selling points was that sure you had to pay for TV, but there wouldn't be any adverts on it. Yeah, that didn't last long; now we pay for Cable and still have to watch ads.
I fully agree with the original Wasted Talents post: companies should spend more on R&D to improve their products and less on trying to market half-assed products. Marketing may get someone to buy a bad product once; but, an excellent product keeps customers coming back.
I have worked at a hospital system among other diverse industries and the root cause for problems like this is the bottom line. Most would like to do the right thing, as long as it was free. The IT infrastructure and the data on it have become critical to most businesses; but, most businesses still look at IT, and especially security, as a cost to be contained. Horror stories like this are either not read by the decision makers, or they just decide it couldn't happen to them. I currently work at a defense contractor and it is no different. Government rules and regulations are helpful, but every business works to simply be able to check the boxes without really trying to accomplish the purported end goals.
Letting users create their own servers? Bad idea.
Although for Microsoft it could be a windfall as every idiot developer would spawn new servers every day leading to a terrible surprise come license true up time. Most developers don't bother using an MSDN license, or they try to use one for a prod server, so letting them set up servers whenever they wanted without control would either break the bank or exhaust all available resources.
Users aren't always the problem
Sure, users can do some very silly things and some times malicious things as well, and they rarely confess to what they do. However, to them a computer is just another tool to do their jobs: accounting, scheduling, reporting, engineering, etc. I have yet to work at a place that bothered to train the user in how to use this tool; they were given a computer and some credentials and set on their own. Training simply is not a priority with businesses. So, even though I agree with the basic results of the survey, that users are the casue of most calls, the root cause is management refusing to train the users in how to use the computers and networks.
Its the phone companies
AT&T charges their customers for the ringtones so why shouldn't the copyright holder get some benefit? At least they are going after the phone company who sold the ringtone and not the phone users who bought them. it's no different than if AT&T decided to sell CDs without paying royalties.
See you on the other side
As a reader of both El Reg and the New York times I look forward to seeing your new work and compare it to what you did here. When can I expect to see your byline in The Times?
Bush v Clinton
Screwing the pooch in Afghanistan, Iraq in general, New Orleans, Torture, Warrentless wiretapping, destruction of documents, refusing to cooperate with congress, the latest Justice Department investigation showing illegal political interference with the civil service, bullying and ignoring our allies, and a general tendency to ignore the constitution, in addition to being an arrogant, ignorant, greedy little sucker versus engaging in legal, if somewhat questionable, sexual activity. Hmmmm, yeah, I guess they are equal. Morons; people like Robert Scott and Mark Deal give all Americans a bad name and make me fear for the November elections. Does anyone need a systems/exchange admin anywhere outside of this country if another Republicanazi wins?
Missing the point
All the comments about how best to protect your computer such as Linux, Firefox, VMs, etc are all fine and good for tech savvy users. However, the only way the Internet survives as a viable commercial enterprise and keep many of the people who visit this web site employed is by being available to the masses. If only tech savvy users were allowed on the Internet any site depending on traffic volume to survive whether through ads, public funding, or whatever would disappear. Say what you want about M$ they helped make computing accessible to almost everyone in developed countries and as a result you are going to have a wide variety of sophistication amongst users. You don't put the onus for plane safety on the passengers, you put it on the airlines and air plane manufacturers, same with cars and most other consumer products. The Internet is just another consumer product and the people making money on it need to take responsibility for the crap they put up.
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