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Why the cynicism? At a time when I was working with local authorities, including education, my kid decided that hacking his school's admin network was more entertaining than his school's IT curriculum. Granted he was 11 yrs old at the time but, within a few weeks, he'd graduated to hacking a national curriculum online student testing facility. I had anticipated using his 'work' to provide me with some traction in discussing security infrastructure but the reaction (without blobbing him in) was indifference. Too much potential for embarrassment?
Financial Crime Pays!
The article fails due to flaw in its basic premise that "crime doesn't pay". The evidence shows that if you commit a big enough crime you will not be prosecuted beacause, and I quote the US authorities on HSBC here, 'the collateral damage would be too high'.
So, if you're HSBC, go ahead and launder money for drugs cartels and rogue states, you'll walk free...
"There's one law for the poor and several hundred willing regulatory accomplices for the rich."
Going back to enterprise?
Going back to enterprise? Now, there's a coincidence. I wonder how long it will take Ballmer's successor to come to the same conclusion about Windows?
Plus ça change...
Plus ça change...
www.TADAG.com but they only got part of it... :)
Ballmer cost Microsoft massively more than he ever made them. He reigned over a period that, even to this day, sees market share thrown away on the back of a tactical, barrow boy focus on the short term. How much of Microsoft's enterprise advantage has been thrown away by the sales targets of individual product groups being allowed to run roughshod over customers' long term strategies? Add barrow boy sales mentality to MBA-style segmentation and you end up with an amalgam of process-bound bureaucracies that will sell their own grandmothers to hit their short term targets. Ballmer fundamentally failed to recognise what had made Microsoft successful in the first place. RIP the creative campus culture...
Isn't it sweet how many of the locked away in an attic, neo-Con critics think that somehow justice is dispensed in a court of law? For goodness sakes, you're lucky if you get law dispensed in a court of law. Justice is for the movies...
Ethical? This was the company whose lawyers stated "ethical standards do not apply to matters relating to IPR" after it had breached multiple NDAs ref TADAG.
This is the company that did the US government's dirty work for them, believing that US control was more important than delivering the paradigm shift for global IT security that would have prevented the internet soup that we have today.
This is the man who missed the $trillion opportunity.
TADAG was always the answer
Given the way in which a small component of TADAG was ripped off by Microsoft and passed to Brad Fitzpatrick to become OpenID (later sponsored by Microsoft), I have little sympathy for OpenID's demise. The OpenID architectural solution was fundamentally flawed by its lack of access to the bigger picture of TADAG. Now, more than ever, TADAG is desperately needed to effect a paradigm shift in internet security.
With Balmer on the way out, perhaps its time for me to visit Redmond again?
Author of TADAG - A copy of the Microsoft requested report is downloadable at: www.TADAG.com
Let's just suppose for one moment that carbon is an issue. Currently, under an EU mandate, the UK is in the process of shutting down six coal-fired power stations that will put the country's power generating capacity on a knife-edge. UK energy costs are already amongst the most expensive in Europe and are a major factor in our economic slow-down. We are told that coal is nasty and that we must stop using it but, in the next few years, India and China alone will bring on-stream four coal-fired power stations PER WEEK.
Now pardon me for being a pedant, but if closing six coal-fired power stations demonstrably further damages the UK economy whilst making, effectively, zero difference to carbon emissions on a global scale, why are we handing a commercial advantage on a plate to other nations?
We have around 300 years of coal and gas reserves, so why wouldn't we pour our development money into fusion research?
Control is good, architecture questionable...
Grabbing back control is an important first step to dealing with the blatant corruption and lobbied interests that have been running the show for too long. However, until such time as someone is empowered to put the citizen at the centre of the architectural model, we are throwing good money after bad.
Non Disclosure Agreements?
Non Disclosure Agreements? Microsoft? LOL
I love the idea that a Microsoft NDA is somehow worth the paper it's written on: www.TADAG.com
"Thank you", says Android desktop...
This move reminds me of Adobe's arrogance when they locked down products like Photoshop. In one fell swoop, they destroyed the underground skillbase that had ensured that their product was a natural choice the moment that any pirate grew commercial wings. It's remarkable that, apparently, neither Adobe nor Microsoft have the slightest clue as to the reasons that underpin their past success.
At a time when Android apps are already free to test, how long is it going to be before testing the core integration suite and enterprise apps becomes the sole preserve of the open source community?
Google's worse than the others?
Perhaps need to check out the connections of others before assuming that Google is any worse.
Start with Charney in Microsoft...
In a crazy world, it's good to know that you can always rely on Microsoft to completely miss the point: console and games manufacturers gain a substantial benefit from the free marketing that comes from a healthy, unbureaucratic, swaps and exchange market. You want to monetise that and turn it into a bureaucratic quagmire? Go right ahead, we'll have the discussion after your sales have plummeted.
5G = Wi-Fi
'Mobile phone' network coverage is already geographically fragmented, so why wouldn't a new player come in and seize the urban market by partnering with a local authority's street lighting provider. A mesh Wi-Fi network run from antennae equipped streetlights could bring in much needed revenue for local government (and reduce their comms costs), at the same time as providing up to gigabit internet access.
The traditional telcos cling on to the current modus operandi despite knowing that their traditional operating and technology models risks being challenged. Why would I make a traditional voice call / send a text, if I could add much more functionality to a call or text using Skype / Facebook / Twitter? The traditional telcos had better hope that the IT world maintains its barrow boy focus on the short term... or get into bed with them very quickly.
It's much worse than that...
On no, it's much worse than that:
Microsoft didn't just miss the boat on the smartphone, they destroyed a cast-iron position of having an established open source developer base built around the only mobile platform that truly integrated with the enterprise stack. Why? Because in chasing the consumer space Microsoft chose to fight on the terms laid out by its competitors and ignored their existing customer base.
Given that I have been banging the table at Redmond and elsewhere, I have very little sympathy. We love what Microsoft used to do in the enterprise space but our strategy now is to disengage until there's a change at the top.
Once there's a credible Android desktop you will be able to count Microsoft's share price in cents...
Microsoft has lost the plot
Once upon a time, I worked for IBM. I tried very hard to warn the company that by focusing OS2 desktop on the top end of the business market, it was missing the trick that Microsoft was using which was to drive business sales by including a heavy focus on the consumer in their marketing. IBM's corporate arrogance and its failure to heed my warning has cost it $billions.
By the time Microsoft had matured from campus-style innovator to monolithic bureaucracy, the scenario had changed. Predominantly, consumers would use Windows at home because that's what they were used to at work.
Sadly, Microsoft has been blind to that shift in emphasis. First we saw it giving up on a business mobile platform that had a huge developer footprint and that integrated completely with its enterprise stack. The justification for this? "The money is where the consumer is." But the reality is that the Microsoft business mobile market has all but collapsed. Now we see the positioning of a consumer desktop as if it doesn't matter what works for business. The result? Microsoft will hand over enterprise and SMB market share to anyone who cares to make if their focus... and this includes Microsoft legacy product because the situation is actually so bad that there is now a growing market in retro-IT. For many SMBs, Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2003, Office 2K7, Windows XP SP3 will do nicely, thank you.
The writing is on the wall...
Tactical versus Strategic
The evidence demonstrates that the Cabinet Office, together with the rest of Whitehall, is being steered away from anything truly strategic by lobbied interests: http://sitfo.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/tactical-vs-strategic/ SITFO has advocated a model that includes a Strategic IT Framework and regional CIOs, a model that has been adopted and proven by other governments including Finland and China. When are the vested commercial interests going to be put to one side to allow the UK to deliver something that is sustainable?
Playing by the rules...
It's fortunate for Google that Microsoft are so busy trying to play the enterprise game to Google's rules that they miss the opportunity to wipe the floor with the competition. 'Reminds me of IBM trying to play by Microsoft's rules. It didn't work for them either...
What if they're wrong...?
The 'what if they're wrong' of the AGW lobbyists needs to include the FACT that current green-led strategies are fast rendering the West commercially uncompetitive. When governments have finished destroying entire industries and the communities that they support, who's going to deal with the civil unrest and disorder that results?
Whilst moving away from a dependency on carbon fuels may be a sensible LONG-term strategy, do not kid yourself that the current green lobby path does not constitute a further severe risk to already wobbly global stability...
Regional IT Services Centre
That makes a lot of sense but I would go further: Why not have a Regional IT Services Centre providing a Strategic IT Framework that will enable transformation across multiple public sector organisations?
Not Every Cloud has a Silver Lining
This is what happens when you allow people who have little or no understanding of the business to set the agenda.
Told you so...
Henry - Through the TADAG charade, we were able to demonstrate that the DoJ are in Microsoft's pocket. Not in the literal sense but there needs to be an appreciation that large corporates are given leeway to act effectively as an aggressive arm of foreign policy. In our case, when the main instigator is also linked to the Pickle Factory, it's hardly surprising that strings are pulled to overlook Microsoft's breach of its OWN documented NDAs.
Perhaps you ought to read the linked document before you dive in with your h'appennies worth on the validity of TADAG. The sources are internal to Microsoft and evidenced by Microsoft's own communications.
.. and of course
... and of course Microsoft would never rip off anything, would they?
You've got it all wrong... Windows Ballmer
Windows Ballmer... as a lasting tribute to just how much damage a single CEO can do to a coproration.
There are people who still watch TV?
There are people who still watch TV? Oh, OK. Well enjoy your debate...
Foreign policy dictated news coverage, aspirational lifestyle dramas to keep the good little consumers focused on what we're supposed to want, sports that are more dictated by money than talent, all screened by broadcasters with a political axe to grind.
TV...? No, thanks.
Why would I want to do that? Go retro!
Let's not forget that integration with SkyDrive was REMOVED from Office 2007 as a means of leveraging Office 2010 sales, so it's not like the 'enhancements' are anything other than Microsoft's usual policy of licensed banditry.
Any roll-out of Sharepoint with a half-decent development team can make Sharepoint 2003 look as much like a social media tool as you like with very little effort. So, is Microsoft now assuming that buying decisions will no longer have technical input?
However, the central question has to be: "what part of this make my people more productive?"
SITFO.org is now advocating that customers who don't need to be on Microsoft's bleeding-edge run with Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2003, Sharepoint 2003, BizTalk Server 2006, Office 2007, Windows XP SP3 and Windows Mobile 6.1. We add .NET compliant EDRMS and BPM components for the complete SOA-based Strategic IT Framework.
Retro TC100 refresh please
Will someone please take the original HP TC1100 tablet design and stuff it full of modern kit? We still use our nearly decade-old TC1100s with full-strength Photoshop as part of a PC-based production workflow. The tablet capability saves hours and it's still the only tablet / laptop with a decent screen size that can fit (with keyboard in place) at a decent viewing angle on an aircraft seat tray. Docked with a full size screen, it's also a very usable desktop. It's time that HP realise the brilliance of that original design and did a refresh!
...and for the record, as an IBM employee, I was the guy who tried to 'open-door' IBM CEO John Akers to tell him that OS2 must be heavily marketed into the consumer space to drive upwards into the enterprise space. What a different world we could have lived in...
The legacy that you were left was a company that had the best enterprise integration stack on the planet. Whilst it's true that many of your own people didn't fully understand the full potential, there was enough there for you to be able to forge ahead.
First, we had the compartmentalised focus on product groups (that originally had a focus on split up / sell off) which cut across the long-term interests of your customers and saw strategic products being deployed tactically in the enterprise space just to hit the numbers.
Then, we had this dream of making MS a consumer-focused company, a 'vision' so fundamentally flawed that one has to wonder what your shareholders were thinking of.
The reason for MS's existence, in the face of IBM's OS2 PC operating system is that MS took Windows to the consumer space but the success was based on the consumer then taking Windows to the enterprise space.
You have enough good people in MS who really know how to leverage the advantage of the integrated MS product stack. Let them do their job and stop letting beancounters get in the way.
...and for what?
So that some tactically focused muppet can keep their numbers on track whilst the rest of MS lose their jobs?
Utter madness! They deserve what's coming to them and so too do the shareholders for being spineless, vaccuous morons.
I can hear the Emperor's fiddle... What's that burning smell...?
You have to ask how long it will be before shareholders realise that a split-up and sell-off of Microsoft might not be quite the bonanza that they had anticipated. When they do realise, they're going to want to see a more strategic leverage of Microsoft's strengths rather the persistent 'white socks and Gucci shoes' pile 'em high tactical emphasis.
For goodness sake, Microsoft, get a grip!
"Ads that follow you from site to site" = sophisticated?
More like a pain in the butt that's likely to disencourage me from visiting those sites.
Advertising executives selling to themselves again...
Opportunity missed... again!
Government should be focusing on a public sector network to deliver a PROPER shared IT infrastructure capability amongst public sector organisations.
Q: WHY are there over a hundred individual implementations of Exchange server in public sector organisations in my region?
A: Because public sector directors are parochial players, public sector organisations don't have the skills or structure to run with a formal enterprise architecture, government will not clamp down on the parochial but profitable remit of public sector suppliers, and lastly, because, depsite the promises in opposition, we always end up with a clueless f*ckwit of a minister with no remit to deliver a coherent long-term strategy.
Exactly what is the ICT Strategy annual update going to update? There would need to be a strategy in place first, not a shopping list...
Why are they buying third party certificates?
Slate with a raised dock...?
A slate with a raised dock? Whatever will they think of next? http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/HP%20docking%20station%20003.jpg circa 2003... mine's still going strong and is a valuable component of my workflow because it runs the same apps as my workstation...
Re: Re: Re: Re: This just leaves one small question.
Here are two statements that are completely agreed on by the IPCC. It is crucial to be aware of their implications:
1. A doubling of CO2, by itself, contributes only about 1C to greenhouse warming. All models project more warming, because, within models, there are positive feedbacks from water vapor and clouds, and these feedbacks are considered by the IPCC to be uncertain.
2. If one assumes all warming over the past century is due to anthropogenic greenhouse forcing, then the derived sensitivity of the climate to a doubling of CO2 is less than 1C. The higher sensitivity of existing models is made consistent with observed warming by invoking unknown additional negative forcings from aerosols and solar variability as arbitrary adjustments.
Given the above, the notion that alarming warming is ‘settled science’ should be offensive to any sentient individual, though to be sure, the above is hardly emphasized by the IPCC.
Reconsidering the Climate Change Act Global Warming: How to approach the science.
Richard S. Lindzen
Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Seminar at the House of Commons Committee Rooms
22nd February 2012
Re: Re: Re: Re: This just leaves one small question.
...and here's the graph showing the relative decrease in Arctic Sea Ice compared to Antarctic Sea Ice: http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/sea-ice-2012/
Re: Re: Re: Re: This just leaves one small question.
Errr... no it's not. Check out the IPCC's own data: http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/improved-sea-ice-videos/
Re: Re: This just leaves one small question.
Errr... Antarctic ice is increasing.
Re: or, watch the movie
Oh no, it's not even climate change anymore. It's 'moving to a low carbon economy'. Do keep up!
"Yes that's right, the last time I went to buy an operating system for my computer, I thought "you know what, I'm going with Windows this time becasue the logo looks cool".
Aesthetics over function? With the exception of the design (sic) community, isn't that exactly what the majority of people do when they're choosing a Mac?
A very apt logo given that the IT world is dumbing down and Microsoft couldn't recognise a strategic advantage if it jumped up and kicked them in the head...
Whilst I will miss watching F1, I will get used to not watching it in the same way as I have with football and cricket. The chap who mentioned MotoGP has a point that I'd forgotten. I watched it a few times last year and was bitten by the bug, massively more entertaining in every way compared to F1: closer racing, more exciting spectacle, down to earth competitors and commentators, and a lack of the pompous, politically correct, up my own orifice BS that beleagures F1.
Bad Miscalculation by F1
"While World+Dog barked viciously at the new arrangement, die-hard fans of the sport will no doubt stump up the cash regardless, reluctantly piling their pounds into Murdoch's packed pockets."
Really? That's a bad miscalculation by F1. I and many others will not knowingly put a penny into Murdoch's pocket. F1 will go the same way as football and cricket in the UK: millions will stop watching it which, as already proven, will rip out young grassroots growth leaving an ageing audience with little relevance to sponsors.
It is the death-knell for F1.
Wonderful... now what about a coherent strategy?
Wonderful! Now what about a coherent strategy for the enterprise? All the technically productive focus in the world will not make up for a complete dearth of strategy.
This at a time when Apple's raw underbelly is exposed as people find out the hard way (again!) that standalone gizmos do not an enterprise architecture make.
Don't worry, Steve, we gave up on any expectation of ethical standards years ago...
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