* Posts by Randall Shimizu

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Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

Randall Shimizu

Hopefully the customer service will get better with the Google Pixel. Customer service seems to be a after thought with the Pixel products. This one reason why I have avoided purchasing a Pixel phone.

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Intel, Samsung join Apple, FTC firing squad against rival Qualcomm

Randall Shimizu

Geez what a bunch of crybabies. Qualcomm invented the technology so have the right to set the price and license the technology as they so choose.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

Randall Shimizu

I still prefer FF due to because customizable than any browser around. But Mozilla needs to work on solving some persistent problems with FF. Memory is a still a big issue. A easy way to fix this would be include memory free as part of the install or as a recommended addon. The other problem is that there this sites that FF refuses to load. Video often refuses to work with FF as well.

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Intel is upset that Qualcomm is treating it like Intel treated AMD for years and years

Randall Shimizu

Intel's argument is ludicrous. Intel claims that Qualcomm has undo influence because they own so many patents and IP technology in the mobile market.

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What sort of silicon brain do you need for artificial intelligence?

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Cisco cuts 250 jobs in San Jose, has 850 more pink slips to hand out

Randall Shimizu

These cut backs are fairly small for a company that employees 71,000 people.

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

Randall Shimizu

I gave up on OS/2 after Serenity Systems mislead people about OS/2. Serenity Systems originally told customers that they had been authorized to make approved code modifications to OS/2 Warp. IBM never granted and permission to do so. Serenity systems was only authorized to provide new drivers and a new install process I believe.

OS/2 had a lot of promise and it might have overtaken Windows if the marketing was better. OS/2 was way ahead in client server technology back in the Win/95, 98 days. The other problem is that IBM mishandled the IP rights to OS/2. I never understood why IBM did not hire MS as contractor to write the code for OS/2. MS used some of IBM OS/2 code and merged it with the Windows code. MS then claimed it then owned the rights to the code.

Today OS/2 is irrelevant as OS.

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IBM CEO Ginni flouts £75 travel crackdown, rides Big Blue chopper

Randall Shimizu

It's time for IBM to replace Ginni Rometty. Ginni Rometty's EPS at any cost has been very harmful to IBM. IBM making the right choice by embracing the cloud. The problem is that IBM needs to accelerate what they are doing. Things like these petty travel cuts are destroying employee morale.

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The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

Randall Shimizu

Pixel updates ends after 2 years is ridiculous

While I agree keeping Android phones is a good step. Why are they doing this while limiting Pixel updates to 2 years after the phone has come out.

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Jeez, we'll do something about Facebook murder vids, moans Zuckerberg

Randall Shimizu

Must be a better way

Seems like there must be a way to us AI flag potentially violent videos. 3000 is a awful lot of employees and surely they will get bored fast.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

Randall Shimizu

Firefox needs to fix basic issues

FF is still my favorite browser, but Mozilla needs to fix some issues like memory leaks and web page compatibility. Firefox still has not solved the memory leak issue. I run FF64 and it gulps memory like crazy. I will be running FF for a 1-2 hours and it will use 4 gigs of memory. FF needs a tool to see how much memory each add-on or plugin is using. Having to go into safe mode and test each add-on is a big hassle. Another possiblity would be for FF to contribute to memory fox and keep it upgraded. Memory fox used to have a clear memory button. But it went away for some reason.

Video playback web page display is still a big issue in FF. There is 3 or 4 times a day when I am unable to properly a page or video in FF. This is one reason why I use Chrome view to see those problematic pages with Chrome.

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It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

Randall Shimizu

OS/2 failed because IBM has had this aversion to marketing over years. It is only recently that IBM appointed VP of marketing. Prior to the OS/2 Warp launch IBM had announced that it would launch a big advertising campaign But about a week prior to the IBM pulled the resources. There was lot of people and companies that were considering switching to OS/2 Warp. But MS launch a huge campaign for windows 95 and rest was history. IBM should have pressed it's advantage with client server computing. OS/2 was years ahead of Windows at the time.

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Windows 10 lags 7, 8 … and even Vista in the channel race

Randall Shimizu

Part of the problem is that MS has not clearly explained and documented the upgrade process. The upgrade process keeps chainging. Win10 installed release 2, 3 times on my system. The update process is actually good. The data that is sent back to MS actually is diagnostic info so that MS instrument and correct errors on a users system. When the scrolling feature stopped working. Windows update sent out another update later that day that fixed the problem. The problems is that this has confused companies and raised doubts. So they are delaying deployments, which is probably a good thing until things settle down.

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US trade watchdog deep-sixes patent infringement claim against Microsoft

Randall Shimizu

Ingterdigital not a pure patent troll

Interdigital does some research has a few products listed on their site. They are located just by Qualcomm in San Diego. They employee 330 people.

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Lenovo topples Apple from PC summit by declining less slowly

Randall Shimizu

It's a bit of a misnomer to count tablets and PC's as the same market. It's clear that Apple is much stronger in the tablet market. Since Lenovo has concentrated on the Windows tablet market they do not have as much market share as could have.

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AT&T swallows DirecTV in $50 BEELLION biz gulp – moments after FCC OK

Randall Shimizu

This acquisition is a win win for consumers and AT&T. Fiber to the premises (fiber to the home) is expanded by 12.5 million. This also gives AT&T the ability to free up bandwidth over twisted pair where it is needed. AT&T is required to maintain net neutrality as well. There will also be more competition for high speed internet as well. This also gives AT&T the ability to compete in foreign markets for satellite TV.

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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

Randall Shimizu

Govt IT needs to be more centralized.

Today the fed govt is spending roughly $13 billion on IT security and yet we are still seeing breaches by China and others. Today we have all these various IT departments and they are free to do what they want. So now we do not have a uniform security implementation among various branches. One issue is how to manage this without creating another massive bureaucracy. One way would be to have regular round table meeting among the various IT dept's. Another possible option is to have internal security auditing for the whole federal govt.

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Lenovo system update flaws plugged, security world not impressed

Randall Shimizu

It's a bit odd and disappointing that Lenovo would allow this adware on users systems. Lenovo's actions have tarnished their reputation. On one hand Lenovo has a probably the best reputation from a hardware perspective especially with their T-series laptops.

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The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

Randall Shimizu

I am fairly disappointed that there is not more 4K laptops on the market. Part of the problem is much of the 4k display production is being used for home consumer displays.

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Misty-eyed Ray Ozzie celebrates 25th birthday of Lotus Notes by tweeting about it ...

Randall Shimizu

Lotus Notes was a great product, but IBM did not market the product and let it die on the vine. IBM has always had this strange hangup about spending money on advertising. Back in the OS/2 days IBM was talked about launch a ad campaign for OS/2 Warp and suddenly pulled back at the last minute. The other big problem was that IBM was only interested in market to their existing customer base. This worked well for years, but the problem was that MS slowly chipped away and notes became the minority in the market.

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

Randall Shimizu

I really like FF on desktop. FF desktop is by far the most flexible and customizable browser. That said Mozilla still needs to work on the memory leak and font issue.When I select browser to use my own fonts the box and button icons do not display properly. FF also seems to have a lot of problems playing back certain types of video's which is annoying. The wide array of plug-in's is by far the best.

Mozilla android mobile version needs a lot of work. I prefer the dolphin browser because the tabs are displayed on top like the other desktop browsers. In many ways it seems like Mozilla has ignored the mobile browser since it's initial release.

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Dead pilot named in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

Randall Shimizu

Seems like using a untested engine and fuel with live people seems reckless. :(

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

Randall Shimizu

I am wondering if Jeff Bezo's will simply decide to cash out and retire while the stock is still high.

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SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION

Randall Shimizu

Perhaps the shuttle has a multi-role mission. It stays aloft in case it is needed for anti-satellite attacks or counter attacks. The other possibility is surveillance or course This would explain why the shuttle goes on such long missions.It also serves as a possible repair and or probably a satellite repair vehicle. I am wondering if the shuttle has ever docked at the international space station.

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Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

Randall Shimizu

This is really a big surprise. The one good thing here is that Satya Nadella will not have Ballmer looking over his shoulder all the time. I think there Bill Gates and can still offer good insights and ideas for MS however.

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Will IBM System x sink without trace before Lenovo can grab the helm?

Randall Shimizu

IBM will still retain the x86 Flex server and flex blades. IBM was selling 300 flex servers a month.

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AT&T and Netflix get into very public spat over net neutrality

Randall Shimizu

Re: Pass the cost on?

Netflix is the number one downloading application on the web so they should help out in some way. Now Youtube is the number 2 downloading web app. Both Netflix and Google have peering and caching servers. The difference is that Google has many more since they have more dark fiber. So therefore Google's load is much less on the internet providers networks.

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Sony denies Vaio-to-Lenovo rumour

Randall Shimizu

It's hard to see how a alliance would be of any value to Lenovo.

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IBM and SAP: Looks like we're STUCK forever on the cloud highway

Randall Shimizu

Re: its about developers

You obviously overlooked IBM Developerworks. IBM's Developerworks provides more developer resources than any company around.

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It was inevitable: Lenovo stumps up $2.3bn for IBM System x server biz

Randall Shimizu

I am bit surprised that IBM is selling off the x86 Flex servers as well. Last year IBM indicated that they were not selling the Flex systems to Lenovo. IBM has been selling 300 flex servers a month.

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Google gearing up for 4K video frenzy at CES

Randall Shimizu

This seems like Google's big push for Google TV.

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'I'm BIG, I'm BALD and I'm LOUD!' Blubbering Ballmer admits HE was Microsoft's problem

Randall Shimizu

MS cannot rely on marketing solely to business customers..Much of Microsoft's revenue still comes from the office and Windows divisions. They probably need to consider reducing efforts in those areas however.

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Randall Shimizu

Ballmer was the wrong CEO for the wrong time. Ballmer did a moderately good job, but he stayed to long and made some huge mistakes. When Apple came out with the tablet it should have been a signal for a immediate response from MS. MS waited to long to come out with a tablet and it will be difficult if not impossible to turn the tide. These days I rarely ever seeing anyone using a Surface tablet except at a MS event or UG. In typical MS fashion MS ignored their customers and came out win8 and awful Metro interface. Much of the problem is that MS switched to a closed internal beta process whereby only a small portion of the company beta tested Win8 and 8.1. Even their Technology Evangelists did not have access to the final version until a few weeks before the win 8.1 was launched. So now MS is left with win 8.1 which many people still hate the interface.

In the Ballmer simply stayed to long. 13 years is a long time for any CEO. It will be interesting to see what happens with a new CEO. I am not convinced that Alan Mulally is the right choice. My own feeling is that MS needs a leader that has a good IT background. One can argue that Gerstner did not understand technology but he was unique.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

Randall Shimizu

The SR-72 is a impressive concept. The problem is that it the projected production will not be available until 2030. So more funds are needed for R&D to accelerate the project. By the time the SR-72 becomes available the plane could be outdated by competing planes. The one good thing is that scramjet development is continuing

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Want to go to billionaire Sun kingpin's beach? Hope you're a strong swimmer

Randall Shimizu

Hopefully this appealed to a higher court. This sets a very bad precedent for the California beach access.

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Microsoft: Ha ha, my Wall Street friends - THIS time the victory is OURS

Randall Shimizu

I am extremely skeptical that Surface sales has increased. I rarely if ever see anyone using a Surface tablet except at a MS event. Even then only see someone every few months using a Surface tablet. Personally I think MS is fudging and shifting numbers to make it seem as though Surface sales has some signs of life.

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Got a mobile phone? Then you've got a Trojan problem too

Randall Shimizu

Re: Smart phones not so smart

I tend to agree. Google needs to implement a standard implementation for Android. I think the big issue limiting users ability to upgrade. This govt report points out that older versions of Android like Gingerbread is one of the biggest threat problems for Android.

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Randall Shimizu

Google needs to do a better job of keeping the Android market free of malware. There is no excuse for Google to allow malware in the Android market. Now supposedly Android is secure according to Adrian Ludwig Google's security chief. Android has a layered defense model, but most of the malware is coming from apps that are installed via text message and or from phoes that have older phones (http://qz.com/131436/contrary-to-what-youve-heard-android-is-almost-impenetrable-to-malware/ ). There is another govt report that indicates that 44% of phones are still on Gingerbread, which is more vulnerable to attacks. The other attack vector is via fake Google play domains. Much of this makes sense if you think about it.

So therefore Google needs to require phone makers to keep their users phones up to date and or make it easier to do so. Most users want to be on the newer versions of Android anyways. Companies can secure Android BYOD devices by requiring users to be up to date on the latest version of Android or helping them to buy a newer one or supplying them one. Educating users safe use practices and having regular scans of the devices for vulnerabilities would help as well.

Ultimately more must be done on Google's part to educate and enhance security in the Android community.

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Sales at IBM decline 3.3 per cent in Q2, profits hit by layoffs

Randall Shimizu

Since IBM focuses on larger corporations they take a larger hit when the economy slows down. A lot of companies are waiting for Power8 processors to become available later this year.

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Scramjet X-51 finally goes to HYPER SPEED above Pacific

Randall Shimizu

The Scram jet has been envisioned as orginally part of the Space plane/bomber (http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_05_02_2013_p0-575769.xml ). The idea is to deliver a bomb or missile at great distances in 30 minutes or less and then return to back. The space plane could also drift aloft in in space and be ready to deter countries like N Korea or China. The scram jet is still in R&D phase and will take some time before the technology is perfected. There are other uses such as space laser platform. A hypersonic missile is possibility, but I doubt it will be used in a ICBM.

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Windows 8 'harder for malware to exploit', says security analysis

Randall Shimizu

urls for Win heap manager and win kernel pool allocater....?

I found some info on heap manager, but nothing specific to win8. No info on kernel pool allocator.

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New Chinese space plans are all about security and strategy on Earth

Randall Shimizu

At this point it's hard to tell just how much of a threat China's space plans pose to the US. China wants to reach the moon by 2020. By this time the US will have developed a space plane and other scramjet technologies.

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Microsoft's uphill battle to push Win8 tabs into punters' paws

Randall Shimizu
Unhappy

Microsoft should have spent the resources necessary to catch up with Apple. MS will have to spend a lot of money subsidizing the Slates if they have any hopes of catching up.

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Google's Moto move spells iPhone doom

Randall Shimizu
Meh

Google hardware

It's hard to say at this point if Google will hold on to the Motorola's hardware. Google could decide to sell tablet at or slightly above it's manufacturing costs to gain market share. The problem is whether the FTC will see this as unfair competition. Since manufacturing & design is not Google's core business this will present serious challenges for them.

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Time to say goodbye to Risc / Itanium Unix?

Randall Shimizu

System throughput

Despite all the changes with multicore. RISC systems still have a advantage due to a switched crossbar non-blocking architecture. This allows much greater overall system throughput. Not certain why the X86 companies never adopted this...?

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Oracle whips out private cloud with blades

Randall Shimizu

Good move

It's a good move on Oracles part. They should have come out with a private cloud solution much earlier.

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Microsoft's patents shakedown betrays spirit of Gates

Randall Shimizu

MS is no different than any other company

Oh, please companies take out patents and copyrights and charge for them all time. Bill Gates started MS research which is one of the largest patent holders. So why wouldn't they charge for their IP.

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Dear Dell and Microsoft: You're not Apple

Randall Shimizu

Depends on how one defines consumer

Both MS & Dell sell a lot of products to the consumer. But MS is much stronger at selling non-traditional PC devices to consumers. I personally think that MS could be doing much more to leverage the Microsoft stores. Dell can be successful, but it's efforts have to very focused on specific targets and markets.

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Attachmate gobbles up Novell for $2.2bn

Randall Shimizu

Makes no sense for Attachmate...?

It's almost as if it should have been Novell acquiring Attachmate. Attachmate will have to operate Novell as strategic business unit if they want to succeed.

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Apple to buy Sony? Good one!

Randall Shimizu

Does not make sense

A Apple acquisition of Sony makes no sense at all. We are talking about two entirely different

businesses and cultures. A monolithic culture like Apple would be a disaster for Sony. Apple has no experience running a conglomerate like Sony with multiple divisions. The only thing that makes sense is for Apple to purchase Sony's film library. I see very little chance that Sony would be willing to see their film library.

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