* Posts by Blake St. Claire

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Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

Blake St. Claire

You misspelled Twitler

I can see how it'd be easy to do.

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Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

Blake St. Claire
Headmaster

Nice try

Moby (Dick) the whale, was a sperm whale.

If I'm not mistaken, the whale in your picture is a baleen whale.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

Blake St. Claire

Re: But the real issue is

> Hershey's Kisses as evidence

That'll serve you right for buying pretty much anything Hershey makes – I won't touch it myself. I prefer Ghirardelli chocolates. And real Cadbury chocolate, not the crap Hershey sells here under license.

Why you brits look for the cheapest crap there is when you come over here is beyond me. Staying at cheap hotels because they've got free breakfast and then whinging about the bacon? For God's sake, go somewhere that's got good bacon if you want good bacon. Likewise don't buy the Hershey's shite. Oh, sure, the good stuff'll cost more. You get what you pay for.

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

Blake St. Claire

perhaps he just turned it back on?

If all he did was shut it down, maybe it was as simple as turning it back on.

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So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

Blake St. Claire

Re: Silly, that's what bots are for

pfft. Trivial problem to solve. Spybot – amongst probably others – has a long list of known malware and porn sites that it inoculates your system with. It blackholes the known sites in your system's (/etc/)hosts file. And I've tripped over a few other sites on my own that I've added to the list. (Which reminds me, it's been a few years since I updated the list). The bot can start with those and be updated on a regular basis. It's also easy to avoid anything/everything in the .xxx TLD – thanks ICANN.

And if I ever decide to run for Parliament or Congress and someone goes muckraking through my browsing history I've got an easy answer: the bot did it. On top of which, there's also the Get Out of Jail Free Card, er, I mean the Grab 'Em By The Pussy card. It worked for Twitler, it ought to work for everyone. I mean honestly, who gives a rats ass if I've looked at porn? Aren't we over that yet?

Next!

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Blake St. Claire
Holmes

Silly, that's what bots are for

I'll just run a slow spider of the web. I'm happy to let them sell that history to someone.

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You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

Blake St. Claire

Couldn't possibly pay me enough to do that job

> Imagine yourself as Donald Trump's sysadmin.

Further to my previous comment. I happen to know (and I think it's public knowledge anyway) that federal employee pay is capped at the VPOTUS's salary. And getting that much is damn near impossible except in the most extenuating of circumstances.

Frankly, $230K wouldn't be enough. Ever. Not for #45 anyway. Although I'm sure there are less scrupulous individuals who would take the job and then come ask El Reg how to do it.

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Blake St. Claire

Imagination

> Imagine yourself as Donald Trump's sysadmin.

There are some things that defy imagination. And I've got a pretty good imagination.

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Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

Blake St. Claire

Re: "I just open the casing once a week to wipe the dust off from the phone."

Another USian twit. The word you're looking for is American.Or 'Merkin if you think you're being funny.

And some of us may call it a blinker (here in New England that'd be 'blinkah') but I believe most of us call it a turn signal.

(Many years ago, during a particularly pedantic period I was in, I tried to convince people that American was incorrect as all of us, Mexicans, Canadians, Argentines, etc., were all Americans by virtue of living in North or South America. I was heartily shouted down, mainly by Canadians, who righteously declared that they were Canadians and that was that. But just the other week I had a Canadian tell me that here in the good ol' USofA can't claim the title of American, as we have done for some 200 years, as there are more Americans in these North and South American continents than just, ahem, us Americans. I laughed at him.)

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Blake St. Claire

Re: New AppleCare Support Tier: Go away complainy-pants

> ... accept an unlocked ... Whatever

I like how you threw unlocked in there for seemingly no apparent reason. Are you ass-u-me-ing that phones over here are all locked?

They're not. AFAIK nothing is locked any more. My current phone was not locked, ever. My previous phone was locked, and after a year Sprint unlocked it for the low, low price of asking for it to be unlocked.

I suspect the other commenters are correct, you should switch to decaf.

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Blake St. Claire

Re: I'm not a major fan of Apple stuff (more Android/Linux for me) , but ...

> A _manager_ noticed .. and stopped the production line,

> ...

> I wonder what happens to anyone who stops the line at Foxconn?

Versus what happens to anyone at Ford who is not a manager stopping the line?

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Trump's immigration clampdown has Silicon Valley techies fearing for their house prices

Blake St. Claire

Re: "sell his house and make a profit"

Seems to be a California thing. I wonder how many people know about or remember the SoCal pyramid parties of 1979/1980. Bring cash, just don't be the sucker that gets in the door late. They were finally shut down. Authorities said it was fraud, although I"m not sure how. The rules were simple and nobody was being forced to participate. There were long lines to get into some of them.

But if you do it with houses I guess it's okay. Bring cash. Don't be the sucker that gets in too late.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

Blake St. Claire

Re: I thought Arrival was decent.

yes, all that was evident in the movie. Still comes of as "bam, time travel, done"

IMO.

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Blake St. Claire

Re: Can't be a single movie

I guess Peter Jackson wasn't available.

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Blake St. Claire

I thought Arrival was decent.

Right up to the last ten minutes.It felt like they needed to bring the movie to a close after nearly two hours, so bam, time travel. done. There's no problem so big that it can't be solved with time travel.

Maybe I can expect this new Dune to be okay, right up to the last ten minutes?

(And FWIW IMDB doesn't seem to be confused about who directed the 1984 version. My copy lists Alan Smithee as the director, which wikipedia says is "... a common pseudonym for directors whose film was clearly taken away from her/him and recut heavily against her/his wishes in ways that completely altered the film." Not sure who to blame for it.)

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

Blake St. Claire

It's too bad there isn't any way to search the internet for answers to random questions.

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Blake St. Claire

Re: Change The Picture?

Some of us even knew they were Euro cents without having to resort to the image text.

And certainly I've have expected the El Reg staff to recognize Euro cents in any event, despite the fact that the UK isn't on the Euro. (And now won't ever be, and probably never was going to be anyway.)

(I didn't know that Canada finally ditched their cent. I've been wishing for 20+ years that the US would. I wish we'd ditch the $1 note too. We've got $1 coins, but nobody will use them as long as we've got notes in circulation.)

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Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

Blake St. Claire

Re: Translation

Just because you hold out for fair market value doesn't mean you're going to spend it all on shiny stuff. Médecins Sans Frontières, e.g., takes cash. As do plenty of other worthy causes.

But there's no reason to be stupid about it. Do you think Google will be equally stupid about it and donate to MsF in lieu of the bargain you want the Martinelli's to give them?

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Blake St. Claire

Re: Translation

Precisely. And I don't understand the down vote.

Everyone has price. A thing is (only) worth what someone else will pay for it. They know what they've got, and they know Google can afford to pay a lot more, thus making it worth a lot more than $7M. It it were mine, I'd hold out for a hell of a lot more than a measly $7M.

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Woman rescues red pepper Donald Trump from vegetarian chilli

Blake St. Claire

“It was going into a vegetarian chilli,”

Plain old chili is – by definition – vegetarian.

Chili con carne, chili con frijoles, chili con carne y frijoles – those are something else.

Imagine my surprise when, as a naíve lad of about 13 or 14, when I ordered chili rellenos in a Mexican restaurant, and didn't get what I was expecting. Turned out I I loved it – it's one of my favorite dishes.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

Blake St. Claire

I had a first gen go wacko

In between the late night false alarms my wife cooked something and managed to set off the other, non-Nest smoke detector in the house, which is upstairs. The Nest remained silent throughout.

I called Nest support and mentioned that fact, at which point the support person on the other end went silent for a moment, then said "oh", then offered to send me a second gen detector free of charge.

Since then it's all good – no more 3am false alarms. Just a monthly email from Nest saying no alarms – false or otherwise – this month. Which I already knew, but hey, that email is extra reassuring, since it came from Google/Nest's finest oompa loompas.

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

Blake St. Claire

Re: The people of Czechian will be known as Czechians ?

er, Boaty McBoatface right back at you.

Karma.

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Star Trek film theory: 50 years, 13 films, odds good, evens bad? Horta puckey!

Blake St. Claire

Evens good, odds bad only applies to the first six

Of the first six, numbers two, four, and six are good; one, three, and five suck balls. Yes, three really does suck; not as much as one and five, but it sucks none the less. The TNG movies are all okay. The reboots are fine too.

And I believe you're confused about which is the Flash Gordon rehash. I've seen at least one of the old Flash Gordon flicks that even had the opening scroll. TOS is just "Wagon Train" (a 50s cowboy American TV series) in space.

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Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good

Blake St. Claire

Re: Correlation does not imply causation

> ...and thus also read by women ... but it's not really the kind of thing to say in public, is it?

Sarah Bee has been gone for a long time, and this is in Bootnotes. Carry on lads.

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Bloke accused of Linux kernel.org hack nabbed during traffic stop

Blake St. Claire

Re: Proportionality

It's only ten years[1]. Not sure where El Reg came up with 40.

A _white_ man raping an unconscious woman may get off with three months. But if a black man does it it's a different story. Yeah, but Buzz Windrip will fix all that. Or not.

[1] https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndca/pr/florida-computer-programmer-arrested-hacking

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Fork YOU! Sure, take the code. Then what?

Blake St. Claire

Who owns the Community?

Is that a rhetorical question?

Communities come and go. I've seen – in my 30 some odd years working with FOSS – communities wax and wane. In one cases I saw a community evaporate over night. And coalesce elsewhere to continue the work.

Anyone who thinks they can control, never mind own, a community is smoking something serious.

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McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you

Blake St. Claire

Re: They have subpoena powers

Well, the probably would swear him in, to tell the truth, the whole truth, etc.

Should he choose not to answer or give nonsense answers they could probably find him in contempt of Congress; jail time might be an effective incentive, fines probably not so much.

But IANAL, so these are just guesses on my part.

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Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport

Blake St. Claire

Re: Not THAT realistic

You did read the bit about how the perp did _not_ have the faux firearm in his hip pocket as the photo shows. It was found during a routine security check. Perhaps whilst x-raying his carryon luggage? We don't know actually.

Stansted (no spellcheck, it's not stagnated) does tell people[1] that toy guns and replica weapons may not be carried in hand luggage, although if you saw the whole thing[2] in an x-ray, instead of just part of it, maybe you wouldn't be nearly as quick to pop a few rounds into the twit. Or maybe you would!

[1] http://www.stanstedairport.com/at-the-airport/security/hand-baggage/

[2] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/07/07/102660472-iphone-NEWS-large_trans++rXQPXGvM58CJoUBPwmOnP8ZizxpLuZqzh9z0a2I7-Dw.jpg

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Last panel in place, China ready to boot up giant telescope

Blake St. Claire

Re: Creeping Americanisation

> never mind how big a baseball field actually is

They're all different sizes, so not a useful metric for anything.

But in Texas I suppose you would use the Astros or the Rangers fields.

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Cali bloke accused of illegally trousering $68k using mom's Apple AuthenTec gobble tip-off

Blake St. Claire

Oh puhleaze

Cali is what the hipsters (chavs?) that live elsewhere call California. (I don't live there now, but I've spent about half my life there.)

And risking jail time for insider trading for a measly $68K is just stupid. The dude's brother and mother are probably going to get seriously slapped too as a result of his stupidity. What a wanker.

As for capitalism and using what you know to do what seems normal? Well, we could just go back to the good ol' days and let people tell lies and cheat to manipulate the market in their favor. That's capitalism too. I grew up being told life isn't fair, so I won't argue that the stock markets should be "fair"; I would, however, like them to be reasonable secure from manipulation.

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

Blake St. Claire

> Its not like being fat creeps up on you, to get to 20st you first have to get to 15/16/17...

Easy to say.

(Dunno, I never remember how many pounds in a stone. Not going to look it up.) I was 200lbs for a long time. Then a job change about 15 years ago and nobody to play racquetball/squash/basketball at lunch any more and before you know it i was up to 240. I fscking jumped off the scale when I saw that. I knew I had put on a few pounds, but didn't realize it was that much.

And then losing it, and keeping it off is hard. Bloody hard.

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Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump

Blake St. Claire

Re: vexatious litigant, eh?

> Obama's signature accomplishment (ObamaCare health insurance)

Real name: Affordable Care Act (ACA). The haters are the ones who started calling it Obamacare. It really should be called Romneycare though, because it's pretty much exactly what Romney (a Republican BTW) signed into law when he was the governor of Massachusetts.

> has caused an increase in everyone's health insurance premiums (at least those who don't get the government handouts)

Everyone's? No, not mine.

> and pretty much everyone who had health insurance prior to this government handout have seen their actual insurance coverage drop

Again, not mine. And I have a really tough time believing that I'm very different from the average guy or gal here buying health care coverage.

/me wonders what you're smoking.

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Feinstein-Burr's bonkers backdoor crypto law is dead in the water

Blake St. Claire

The Floor of Congress?

Being picky, usually we say "The Floor of the House (of Representatives)" or "The Floor of the Senate."

Congress is both houses. Rather like Parliament. IIRC you don't say, e.g., that the PM is the leader of Parliament; he's the leader of the House of Commons. (Unless you don't really count the House of Lords, then I suppose the PM is the leader of Parliament.)

And in the case of Burr and Feinstein's bill, AFAIK there was never a matching bill in the House.

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

Blake St. Claire

India doesn't want our aid

British or American!

They've been begging us to stop sending it. [1]

They themselves send a fair amount of aid to other countries. [2]

[1] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9061844/India-tells-Britain-We-dont-want-your-aid.html

[2] http://www.popularsocialscience.com/2013/06/24/why-does-india-provide-development-aid-to-other-developing-countries/

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Microsoft joins the 1c/GB/month cloud storage caper

Blake St. Claire

Don't you lot know how to type a ¢ sign?

At least El Reg isn't as bad as that other site – er \, or something I think – and we can write such odd things as Æ and ð and þ when we post here.

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Carders cash out hundreds of millions before USA adopts EMV

Blake St. Claire

Re: Americans stone age banking rules.

> Try to use an out of state bank card? No sale in many cities.

This only happens to me when I forget to tell my Credit Union that I'm traveling. It's a security (mis)feature.

My other bank seems less concerned and allows charges from anywhere in the world without advance notice.

It has nothing to do with banking rules, stone age or otherwise.

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Blake St. Claire

Not true

> the US card companies are not issuing pins yet.

I received my replacement C&P card a couple weeks ago and promptly set the PIN after activating it.

Last year I asked for C&P replacements for my Amex and corporate travel CC. For those the card issuer assigned the PIN and sent a separate mail with them.

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This year's H-1B visa lottery jammed full in just six days

Blake St. Claire

Re: H-1B vs. just send the jobs overseas

Then there's the often suggested threat to park a cruise ship – probably a decrepit old one, without any of the fun bits – 100 miles off shore and fill it with IT workers.

Then they're in the same time zone and you don't even have to pay India wages – which really aren't as cheap as some people make them out to be, or even China wages.

Scary. Very scary.

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Blake St. Claire

Re: Sanders

> Might I request that Leftpondian readers please make the correct choice in the coming election ... ?

You're preaching to the choir.

Perhaps you could come over and have a talk with all the Trump supporters? They say everything sounds better with a British accent; maybe that will work on them. ($deity knows, not much else seems to work on them.)

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Whatever happened to ... Nest?

Blake St. Claire

I tried the smoke & CO2 detector as an experiment, it sucks

The Gen1 detector decide to go crazy and started firing at random times, usually around 3AM. The other non-Nest detector I have never peeped even once. When the other detector did go off (frying bacon or something and forgot the vent) the Nest didn't do a thing. That seemed to be the magic word – when customer support heard that they promptly offered to ship a replacement. Thankfully the Gen2 version hasn't decided to go off in the wee hours, so far.

As a failed experiment I'm not going to plunk down even bigger bucks for the thermostat. I bought a considerably more affordable "wifi" unit, using a rebate from my gas co., that made it nearly free; it's perfectly adequate. Maybe in ten years when this one dies, and/or I can get another rebate, and/or Nest prices come down in line with the competition.

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Is there anything left to ask Bill Gates? (Other than gissus a million?)

Blake St. Claire

Re: Does anyone really think he knows something we don't?

There are plenty of stocks doing better than MSFT. And better than a money market.

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Blake St. Claire

Does anyone really think he knows something we don't?

Like when Microsoft stock might outperform a money market account (that barely pays 1%).

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Dead Steve Jobs is still a crook – and Apple must cough up $450m for over-pricing ebooks

Blake St. Claire

how old is that picture?

SJ has hair and isn't wearing a black turtleneck, That's a PPC G4 case, looks like Netscape Navigator on the CRT screen.

Apropos of nothing in particular.

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Louisville says yes to Google Fiber. Funny story: AT&T, TWC didn't want that to happen

Blake St. Claire

I wish Google would come to where I live.

I have both Comcast and Verizon FIOS available. There's absolutely zero competition in terms of price.

I have broadband-only service contract grandfathered from a reseller back when the law required that unbundled services to be available to resellers. I don't see any way to buy broadband-only service from either company today.

I've "cut the cord", so I don't need their "phone" service. And I'm not interested in their TV bundles, and neither offers "a la carte" for the TV channels that I'd actually care to watch. (For local channels OTA works just fine.)

Unfortunately the greater metropolitan area where I live consists of dozens of small towns and Google would have to negotiate with each one to serve the whole area, so it seems unlikely they'll come here any time soon, if ever.

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

Blake St. Claire

Jobs Syrian?

If so, then I'm German. Or English. Or Irish. No, I was born here, and spent 95% of my life living here. I'm an American. No matter what my father, or grandfathers, or great-grandfathers were.

SJ was born here, raised here, spent 100% of life here. Whatever his biological and adoptive parents are, or were, matters not. He's an American.

Trying to claim that blocking refugees – Syrian or otherwise – risks missing the next SJ? I certainly "get the point" but I think it's a stretch.

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Europe didn't catch the pox from Christopher Columbus – scientists

Blake St. Claire

Re: Don't forget the chocolate!

Chocolate? In the form brought back from the Americas circa 1500? A cause for diabetes? Better brush up on your facts. Chocolate back then wasn't anything like a Cadbury milk chocolate bar. And I rather doubt old Chris brought back any chocolate. He only got as as far as the Caribbean and chocolate comes form the mainland.

But cane sugar, from India, predates chocolate in Europe. Personally I'd be blaming diabetes on sugar. I'm led to believe it was the crack cocaine of Baroque Europe.

And on the topic of new world foods: there's also tomatoes, chilis, and pumpkins, on top of maize (corn), potatoes, and chocolate already mentioned. Makes me wonder what the Indians (as in India Indians) would be eating today instead of curry. Or what the indigenous peoples of sub-Saharan Africa would be eating instead of corn and pumpkins.

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Aussies' distinctive Strine down to drunk forefathers

Blake St. Claire

Yeah, which American accent? And which British accent?

I spent half an hour chatting with the barmaid in a local in Norwich before she realized I wasn't "from around here." Her accent was pretty mild too. I suppose my accent is "California," as that's where I grew up, but I've probably retained a bit of Chicago and South African.

And the early pilgrims were mostly from Norfolk if I remember my history.

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I have one thing to say to MacBook users at EMC: Whoops

Blake St. Claire
Holmes

It's apparently really hard

> just shows how hard it is to transition from a hardware company to a software company.

I interviewed for a position at EMC back in 1994. They were looking at Microsoft and desperately wanted to be a software company. (I didn't take the job.) In the intervening years I interviewed at a variety of companies – some were software companies, some were hardware companies. At every one I asked the same question: why {software,hardware}? Unilaterally they all said the same thing: we make a XX% markup on {software,hardware}, we can't come close to that in {hardware,software}. Years later I did take a job at EMC. They were still a hardware company. I don't see that changing under Dell.

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