I was just going to add that anyone still using AOL deserves what they get, but that would be mean, I guess.
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Re: I'm surprised....
As early as the 1990's trying to get help out of anyone at IBM was impossible. Oh you have a question that is going to cost you $$, but wait we were going to by this computer to bad any questions are now billable. You mean how much is memory? Yes it is costing people to buy IBM equipment to ask questions and on top of this mess, IBM is charging for physical planning. Hey how many CPU's to you want it will cost you for the advice. Bah Humbug. IBM outsourced to 3rd parties and you no longer have any interaction the IBM experts. Simple questions get tuned into billable hours. Bah humbug
Its too late
Their reputation has already sunk.
Re: My exact thought
That a good idea however you have already paid for Windows so MS got their toll already.
Re: Why are you even diagnosing this lappy?
Not only would I be getting these two apps off of any new system, I would be more concerned about the firmware (spyware) that does all sort of nasty things.
Re: $30 extra for Signature Windows?
Hey I hear you can get XP for dirt cheap.
What MS Said: "We are told by Microsoft it wrote 20 security patches in 2014 and businesses that don’t move before July are opening themselves up to a world of potential pain."
What they didn't say how many of those 20 patches (for security) were for 2003.
I have some good friends at IBM and will miss some of them (except one) if the numbers are correct.
Gerstner started the down fall and this just adds to my perception that IBM is doomed to failure in the long run due to management failure.
Re: Are you my mummy?
The new Doctor is BORING. Time to regenerate and pick a Dr Who for the fans not for some unknown audience test subject matters.
Not a tear shed to them. They are bloated and it is surprising they lasted this long.
Gartner has been wrong so many times, why should we believe them this time?
Won't the first nor the last until the sheeple move to LINUX.
Now, how many Chicken Mac Nuggets come from 1024 Chickens
To keep this short and to the point I have a disability that impairs by short term memory.
The hospital where I have all my testing done has now gone to a system which requires a 10 character password and upper/lower case and several numbers. I simply cannot remember this password. I told them so and it bounced off like teflon. I simply asked to have my record deleted and to mail me all information that they wanted to me to have. I have not heard from them since (other than my ID being deleted). I hope I am not missing any important information.
I suspect their system doesn't handle it well to have the ID deleted.
I would pay more just to stay away from MS (any product) , MS has proven with their software how unreliable they have been why pay them to gobble your data?
PC sales are up?
As long as there are XP licenses are available they are.
Re: Lots of last-minuters out there.
One of our machines went belly up last week (XP). We went out and bought a new machine and a license for XP and reformatted the HD and installed XP.
MS is not going to tell us ho to run our business.
F*&^K off MS.
How do you think the TARDIS works?
Hot off the presses (or is it the Internet?) parts of the plane ere spotted in the Bermuda Triangle.
Re: Use cash in the US?
It's the same stuff that we use to pay off the politicians.
Re: Someone really looked at the source code?
There is probably (at least on other platforms there is) a program that turns executables into source code. At least on one platform its called a disassembler. Even though you got the "source" it is terribly difficult (in most cases) to figure out exactly what the damn thing is doing let alone insert code. So in order to insert "hooks" you really have to know exactly what the input and the output(s) of the program to do anything sinister.
Having said the above MS would *HAVE* to give the NSA basic information about any module before any code could be inserted.
MS can also deny everything since they have the get out of jail free card as they have the "letter".
Re: It doesn't make you...
My minions are dressed in thousand island and they are tasty too.
Re: Laser beams
How about a death star in stead. That will bake your peanut butter cookies.
Re: How about.....
Why not 10 percent?
Every year at the stockholders meeting IBM ask for complete autonomy in granting bonus money so why not 10 percent?
One wonders if it includes the CEO. They tend to be exempt because of contracts etc...
I will take his word at making the most money BUT.....
To hide the money from the taxman they then splurged quite a bit on NOKIA there by hiding the money from the US Tax man.
Re: seriously though..
Isnt' ACME the same manufacturer for the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner show?
Re: seriously though..
The NSA probably have multiple nuclear reactors in the same complex, who cares about some extra lightening bolts?
Re: I know what's causing it
Filtered electricity ... have the tobacco companies approved?
MIPS = Meaningless indicator of processor speed.
I am not amused by the current Mr Smith. I can only hope the next Dr Who will be more interesting.
IBM has been changing its mind very few years on education.
The IBM ED centers have generally been top notched until the tried video (remote training). That fell on its face (I walked out of a class and so did others). AFter that they retrenched and went back to face to face teaching. Then IBM started sinking and now very few want to attend the classes.
Re: Coming to a wallet near you...
Why do you think that the big CC card companies are set up in Delaware or North Dakota (and other places).
The state laws are extremely friendly towards companies over consumers. .. I think AMEX moved to UTAH at least for their IT although some of it is in FLorida. UT and other states are notoriously anti consumer. That is why you would never want to move there. About 30 years ago AMEX moved their IT to Utah and there was a flood in market place of IT pros who knew better than to move there.
I have had three friend buy computers in the last month. 2 came windows 8 and 1 with windows 7. The windows 8 people just plain hate windows 8 and want to know how they can go back, FAST!.
MS just simply blew it face it.
Re: Windows XP Upgrade
MS doesn't really support their OS's anyway.
The big issue is OEM and if they are going to continue offering software that runs on XP.
Re: Free Is Good
And you think MS is any better?
I think you have misplaced 20 or years of MS exposure.
Weight is one thing how about power consumption won't you need you own nuclear power plant to power it?
Dr Who PC?
Well if it was really the TARDIS it certainly wouldn't run windows.
jobs not paid for
I do not know about the UK but in the states we have courts just for these types of cases. Each state has a maximum (usually 5,000 US) and lawyers (unless one of the parties is one) aren't permitted just the two litigants. Very informal. and the parties get to do a show and tell about their positions and a judge decides it. Small filling fee and in case you win the other party has to pay. Works reasonably well.
Re: Watered down?
Worse?? How about Thelma and Louise do Darth ... (or Chubaka?)
I have a DVR and I never watch a show "live". When I watch a show and an comes on I have developed a fast forward flick of the finger.
I still get stuck occaisionally watching the last 5 seconds of a commercial. You know I feel BETTER!
Re: Broken plates
Only if its new China:)
The main issue is that the consumer will be sold a bill of goods (screwed) and from little I have heard the lose2012 version will be available as landfill.
OHOH... since we may have people on the mood permanently if Gingrich wins we better get AID money set aside for the soon to happen moon quakes. Maybe it would be cheaper to charge it to his Tiffany account?
Apple in Sams?
Who knows maybe Apple will force these huge discount places to pay their employee's at least minimum wage. In case you didn't know WALMART (and other) sub contract out these place huge place to companies to get around the minimum wages . Bah humbug Avoid these places.
Is that similar to a cloud desk only really far out (near the mens room)?
The more interesting aspect is that now the courts have acknowledged that telco companies have immunity in this. I knew FISA was bad and this is just the tip of the iceberg. I suspect that NSA (amongst others) have their finger print (now blank) all over the telco systems in America, perhaps in foreign lands as well (England perhaps). The Brits (if it ever found out) will have their undies in a bunch.
Shutting down child porn sites
This is one of those stories about whether the glass is half full or half empty and both sides have their points. Maybe the best option would have to sent the information gathered to INTERPOL and let them sort out where to bust the ring. Perhaps a country whose laws could accommodate the irregularities of the evidence, I don't know.
Maybe it would be called shopping of place to file criminal charges so that the most "damage" could be done. I do not know I am not a lawyer but I believe there are countries that do not put well lets say to fine a point of how evidence is gotten.
OZ harassment case against IBM
The only material question is if IBM did fire the guy and why.
If it was for harassment then its important to the accuser.
To be fair to IBM (at least in the US) the people are really protected well from these types of people who shouldn't ever have gotten promoted to a supervisory position in the first place.
One word to the correct people the guy would have been either gone the same day or soon their after. If its a close call then the guy (or woman) would have been moved out of the direct line of supervision quickly.
Number of Years
Prosecutors in the US like to trot out the numbers like 121 as a bargaining chip.
Even if convicted he will probably do less than 5 and more like 2 or 3 years.
The big numbers is pure bluff and is rarely if ever charged (and received). Its a scare tactic to the defendant so that they will plead to a lesser charge. Although it really comes down if its a federal case and the crime involved. There (depending on the crime) are mandatory sentencing numbers. Even then its up to the judge (in most case but not always). Of course if the judge is up for election and he wants to appear law and order type he will hand out the stiffest sentences he can possibly allowed to.
Its a flaw in the US system that some judges have to run for election. and have to prove they are "tough on crime" (usually in Texas or Arizona & Oklahoma) You know the type of states that can't wait to execute the criminals like the governor of texas who is proud that he sent over 160 men to death.