That's by design. Two words: Plausible deniability. Don't get me wrong, I certainly hope executive management would take a bit more interest on the inner operations of their facilities, but maybe I'm just being too optimistic?
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@ Doug S
You beat me to it. I was just going to say price doesn't matter either, as I know a number of people who have both Sony and xbox gaming rigs, that is in addition to any gaming latops and or desktops they may have.
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Re: It's fine...
"Some people are uncomfortable with the swearing and blunt assessments"
KIDDING!!!! Getting my hat & coat
three sides to every story, side a, side b and the truth. All of my experience in dealing with the UNIX development community is that they take serious pride in the end products they deliver, AND take whatever internal steps necessary to ensure all those involved offer the same level of output. Some may find those mechanisms distasteful or off-putting.
Conversely, I followed the link to her web page and read her statement, in her own words. While I have never personally dealt with the likes of Linus or some of the more senior stake holders, I do realize their commitment and what they are both personally and professionally risking. Furthermore, her experience was communicated to the rest of the world through a set of subjective proper/improper observations.
Abuse, as I've been always taught, is a form of neglect and/or torture, which is not normally something done to someone who's respected, be it professionally or personally. It sounds like she just didn't have much experience dealing with blunt people who may just have a caustic method communicating, especially while debating. And after reading through the groups she's been affiliated with, I'm wondering if she's not more of a quiet genius type who was never exposed to other types of genius, who simply didn't have any tact or social graces? Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to trivialize her, her contribution to the project or her belief system, but, based on a little more of what I know about the situation, she just needs to realize that not everybody deals with conflict resolution the same way and maybe drop the histrionics.
Re: "It has taken many years, but governments are starting to enforce social laws in cyberspace."
When people who are absolutely passionate about a particular project or have a tremendous drive for perfection get together in confined spaces, sometimes there is friction. In very large endeavors like LINUX, friction can be almost constant. I'm not saying it's right or acceptable, but that's just the way it is. And after spending almost 30 years in an environment like this, I see where some people resort to humor or means of communications that aren't necessarily fit for use in the general public. My take on it is sometimes that's what you have to do to get your point across or your opinion brought into the forefront for team consideration.
As I alluded to above, no, it's probably not acceptable or even civil, but in retrospect, I've done some of my best work when motivated by pure rage and spite. My advice to her would be to check your ego at the door and get some thicker skin, unless you don't completely believe in the goals you're working towards.
Re: They killed Palm too :-(
What about the iPAQ? I had one of those long before I ever owned an apple phone or droid and I was actually really happy with it. that is until HP got their mitts on it and cheapened it up to the point of uselessness.
They must be managed and staffed by CSC
Microsoft play well with others?
what a douche bag!
Comparison to Jobs?
Throughout my career I've met the likes of both Steve's (Jobs & Woz) and Bill Gates. And while I never met Mr. Cray, he was definitely at the top of the list of all the people I've ever wanted to meet. I think the comparison needs to be worded to reflect Mr. Jobs being "the Cray of micro and hand held computing".
From what I've only heard about Mr. Cray, he was relatively soft spoken, in comparison to the other gentlemen and was obsessed with building the absolute best. In my humble opinion, in his day he was the epitome of the digital revolutionary and everything everybody else did was nothing more than the next logical evolutionary step by giving large scale computing to the masses. I'm pretty much convinced I'll get down voted for this statement, but Mr. Cray was light years beyond Mr. Jobs, or any of his contemporaries.
Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her
The whole concept is a disaster
There's almost an infinite number of places on the web where once can make statements about others (true, false or otherwise), so even if the concept didn't suck, I can't see this being very sustainable much past the initial curiosity. I think given the less than warm reception, along with the rather strong reaction to the sanctimonious, self-righteous statements made by their CEO, I'm thinking the investors, if there are any left, will probably looking for less controversial investments.
It seems MS is obfuscating more and more information regarding patches and hot fixes and is expecting us to just "trust" them. While I appreciate their efforts in streamlining the patching process, I like to know and make the decision on what is or isn't getting installed on my property. Furthermore, I recall being told by a MS engineer that not all patches were generic or to be installed blindly, only install the ones that are needed for your machine or critical OS patches.
Those stats are obviously based on new PC/MAC sales. Let's be honest, most people aren't rushing out to buy a new PC for a number of reasons, and I would further guess that the vast majority of those with Windows 7, who haven't upgraded to 8.x or 10 either don't want to or don't know how to. I'm afraid to say the only way Microsoft is going to grab a larger market share with Win 10 is at gunpoint, er... attrition.
Did that about 3 weeks ago myself, and I'm just kicking myself I didn't do it sooner. Not only does my machine run much faster, but I got a ton of disk space back. FU Redmond! Thank you for making the decision that much easier for me.
@ Ralph B
> Is he hurting anyone?
"Well, given time, he exponentially threatens to exhaust the resources of the Universe!"
Given your question, I'm wondering at what point the baseball's gravity become so strong that the entire sphere would collapse on itself, forming a black hole in Indianapolis?
"Umm not like in the golden days huh (see video)? That said lucky for Apple in the mobile space its only viable competition is even worse for the most part."
On one hand you have a walled fortress, with the occasional "uh oh" vs. a platform that's one giant advertisement. Note: I won't even bother adding Microsoft's latest abomination to the equation...
ugh... I hate smart phones sometimes.
Dear El Reg... in addition to all of my other frivolous requests, I'd like to request a dr. strangelove icon for situations just like this.
I have to ask
What kind of IDIOT maintains a database like that that isn't encrypted? Did IQ's drop again? This is yet another reason that I believe the executive management of companies (public or private) should be personally held financially responsible and also be charged both criminally and civilly.
do not want
Stupid Microsoft... They're why we can't have anything nice! Altho the porn slide show was pretty damn funny
ok... wow. and to echo the life experience shared by a previous poster, hitting an electric fence may have hurt then, but comparatively speaking, I'd take that in a heart beat over what this gentleman suffered.
Hell he's lucky he survived, but had that been me, I would have probably preferred death to the amount of absolute abuse of being a punch line for the rest of my life.
Bright idea? Getting my coat...
That's it? Not well thought out or executed. For the uproar (number of destroyed relationships, lives and suicides) this has caused, $6400 certainly isn't worth it. Not to sound cold but that's like robbing a gas station, shooting the clerk and getting away with less than $10.00. I hope God has pity on them because if they get caught, and hauled into jail, their cell mates probably won't..
On the other side of the coin, I think AM needs to set up a trust fund for any impending civil suits otherwise their company will be no more. And it's a damn shame that the executive "management" of the company can't be held personally liable for such a gross act of incompetence.
To build on the post above,
IT Security extends all the way out to the average user. Yes, the board can write edicts into stone and IT can implement the technology that may ultimately stop or report 95% of all nefarious activity, but it's in the businesses best interest to inform and educate its employees of what to look for, what to avoid and what not to do. Without those basic policies and procedures in place then it's like giving a double pneumonia patient a carton of smokes and wishing them a speedy recovery. After that, it becomes a relatively short waiting time UNTIL bad things happen.
maybe it's just me...
but it seems Microsoft is trying to keep up with the Jones's, ie google & facebook. My guess they're just now starting to realize there's big money in user data and it's the only way they can keep up with the likes of the two other companies. Here's some free advice... If you really wanted to stick it to Google and Facebook and curry favor with an increasing cynical customer base, why not just make it more difficult for Google and FB to plant crap on someones desktop or laptop? If google can't collect accurate marketing demographics and trends, what other products do they really have that's profitable enough to compete with the others?
Windows 7 is the last MS OS I'll voluntarily use and they can kiss my back side if they think I'm going to waste one more second on Win10.
maybe I'm just oversimplifying...
But, leave the wifi for entertainment purposes only and leave the CnC systems out of the loop?
personally I thought it was stupid, quite frankly, because I never thought Jon Stewart was all that humorous to begin with. I mean Trump is funny! Of course he's a ruthless business man who has built and lost more fortunes than most of us would ever see in several lifetimes, but I find it even more difficult to take him seriously because of his hair. FFS, in a soft breeze his head looks like it comes equipped with a convertible top. For those of you old enough, when the top is opened up, he looks like Bozo the clown. But I digress.
While trump might be a loud mouthed, self centered, narcissistic ass bag, he does appear to know business, whereas the current first pinhead never really held a public sector job. Damn it, I went off on a tangent again... Regardless of what your political alignment is, defacing the website of someone who's running for public office really doesn't accomplish much other than harden the opinions of that individuals supporters. Secondly, it's screwing around with a process that should be considered sacred to the citizens of the US, or at least the 30% who actually vote when they feel like it. Furthermore, to deface such a website with praise for someone who has less credibility and journalistic integrity of say... the entire cast of south park, family guy and beavis & butt head? It certainly doesn't say much for the people who did this.
Just my opinion.
Oh and for any other US citizens out there, honestly, I don't give a damn who you vote for, just vote. Otherwise we're going to get stuck with Trump, a shrill harpy who thinks she's above the law, one of a cast of countless idiots, rejects and morons from either side of the isle, or worst of all, Biden.
this isn't unfortunate
it's goddamn stupid, irresponsible and down right amateurish, especially by a division of one of the worlds largest automakers. Those assholes should be charged with criminal negligence. Once again, el reg, this article just screams "I need a douche bag icon!!!"
I do believe
Mercedes-Benz patented the steering wheel back in the day. Imagine if all of the transportation manufacturers had to pay a royalty on each and every vehicle equipped with a steering wheel? It could be argued that the same basic principles apply.
you guys need to introduce a new icon, might I suggest a douche bag, just for companies like AFC Kredieten. What they're doing is unconscionable to say the very least. While they may be right on the thinnest of technicalities they do have the ethical obligation to protect potential customers personal data every bit as much as registered customers. Granted I'm probably preaching to a large choir, but the ass bag who told the spokes weaselette to basically say "fuck 'em, they're not our customers yet" should be fired and have charges filed against him or her. Therefore, I submit to the editors and management of el reg, an official request for a D-Bag icon.
I hate to say it...
But I actually miss Bill Gates at the helm. I've been using the 10 beta for a couple of weeks and it's interface is 100% better than that of the 8.x debacle... But I still fucking hate it. As one of the first posters intimated, I'm going to wait until Win 7 support ends.
I recall being at a security conference a few years back where they threw out a rather startling statistic: just under 75% of all the internet traffic was email, and of that the vast majority was spam. So, I really wonder how reliable their statistics are? Because anyway you put it, even .05% would be a staggering amount.
I still think...
he's an unconscionable fuck.
I have a cousin who's a teacher and all I hear is how difficult it is to keep the kids attention or get them to follow through on assignments etc. At a time when America's schools suck so badly on math & science scores, it's great to see kids using abstract thinking to either find the solution, online or figuring it out for themselves.
Instead of contacting the authorities they should consider hiring a couple of the kids who shredded their ipads as security consultants. Punishing them would only foster an environment where kids would be too scared to learn.
Finally, suing apple because the kids blew through poorly configured software, managed by the DoE IT staff is like suing Porsche because someone intentionally drove over glass & nails and flattened their tires.
Reminds me of something....
Kind of reminds me of when CSC rebranded to the "we cut corners" logo. HP's new logo just screams boring, bland and something utterly forgetable.
re: re:oh lord...
Wow, looks like I set off a bit of a firestorm and a flurry of thumbs down... So much for sharing an opinion.
OK, after I've had a chance to read some of the rebukes, let me respond with this: I can accept it as a way for people to upgrade small infrastructures, if they don't have an admin or the knowledge to accomplish this. I can can even accept the use of p2p to deliver updates to third world countries, or regions that have extremely limited bandwidth. I openly concede those two points.
I do have to pose a question to all of the folks who felt it necessary to rip me up one side and down the other... Remember little things like imesh and kazaa, and how rampant malware became with that software? Sure, on paper it sounds like fantastic idea, but apparently there are a number of us who've completely forgotten how many times a microsoft platform has gotten shredded or spoofed. That being said, it's next to impossible to poison Microsoft at the source, but tack on a little something to updates sitting in the p2p staging area and you have an even more efficient vector for delivery.
The *nix folks have always had their shit together, which is why a distributed upgrade methodology works.
Microsoft, not so much. Unless it's in a managed environment, most machines under patched, most have antivirus sigs that are expired, so any person who develops a convincing enough piece of scare-ware it's quite possible that could be used that could be used to get the bad guys foot in the door, to deliver more malicious garbage.
Just my opinion.
absolutely nothing could go wrong with this "honey of an idea"... Sigh.... are there any intelligent adults running Microsoft anymore?
30,000 personal emails?
jeezus, I've been in IT for 25 years and I don't think I've sent that many emails, period. Irrespective of politics (both parties are a bunch of fking criminals), as a state department employee, don't you think someone would at least question an email coming from firstname.lastname@example.org? Seriously? As much security (lol) that the state department has implemented, you can't tell me they didn't know she had her own mail server.
Just about every government agency (fed, state, county & local) has a very strict policy that expressly forbids the use of personal email for official business. She may have been the secretary of state, but she clearly broke the law.
Today Lenovo, tomorrow HP
Burn me once shame on you. Burn me twice and I will never do business with you again.
If the stupid douche bags were so damn concerned about their users and the whole user experience I doubt quite seriously if they would have that ignorant, malicious or arrogant to install such a shit bag application. FFS, they could have at least given the user the option.
Well I thought it flat out sucked.
I lasted maybe 10 minutes, none of which I'll ever get back. To be blunt, some of the hacking fallout has been far more entertaining and comical than this "movie" could have ever aspired to be.
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I always thought it was the responsibility of the CEO balance the needs of the company with those of the investors, by planning strategically, so the company avoids pitfalls which require a reduction in force. The fact that she felt the need to RIF all of those employees not only demonstrates that she is an utter failure as a leader and strategic visionary, but that the folks on the board don't have an ounce of god damn common sense by rewarding such a incompetent CEO and her vice booger eating morons.
Given IBM's divestiture in all things profitable, why any investment firm or stock speculator would voluntarily invest with IBM now is completely beyond me.
It's about fucking time somebody does something because obviously Adobe is having problems getting a handle on their code.
It's all in product branding...
Let's face it, Bing is not a good word to use when a process becomes so ubiquitous that it's name can be interchanged as a verb. Had they been smart, they would have used something like wank or caress, as in wanking or caressing the answers out of the cloud. Had they made something with a catchy name, and something with a bit of a blue flavor to it (we all know that sex sells, especially to us geeky types), things might have been a little different and people might have overlooked it's inferiority to Google. But no, they chose Bing. Bing is not only a horrible product but the name conjures up images either an injury or some horrible syndrome.
That being said, as I've stated before, MS should simply focus on its core product offerings and not waste monies trying to compete against google.
Seriously, did he say "The most 'loved' Windows, yet"? OK I think somebody is seriously high. Given that MS single handedly killed over 15% of the PC market by sticking us with 8 & 8.1, there's not a chance in hell that I'm going to touch another MS OS at least until it's second or third SP.
Re: Couldn't help
Oh I was, and I make no apology for it either. To be honest, that's what brought this story to my attention. I'm off to smoke a cigarette now
Why is that cow still given press? Why is her family considered news worthy? I weep for humanity.