One way or another they'll get their money...
940 posts • joined 17 Aug 2009
Re: You paid
"I pay good money to build my own (desktops)."
I used to, then I got fed up with running an unfunded helpdesk for my entire extended family. For the last couple of years I've been on Mac - only additional software is ABP on Safari, and since then have had exactly zero complaints.
"MS will happily sling any old shit, so long as they get paid."
Ah yes, but therein lies the rub. MS will only get paid (in the long term) if the ads are somewhat successful. So trying to flog you sh*t you neither need nor want is counterproductive - hence the massive investment in
AI Business Analytics.
Re: Got Linux?
Sure for you and me $16bn is a lot. Per year, for a company the size of Microsoft? Not so much.
I worked on a 5-man support team a couple of years back which collectively drove a $20.7m deal. The salesman got a percentage (in theory anywhere up to 5% although obviously nobody knew exactly how much - mucho $$$ in any case). We got an email from the big boss to say good job. The kicker was that the email started with: Dear ELPUSS, LORD,:... even the thankyou letter was a mail merge.
It is if you work for Samsung...
Re: There's a sucker born every minute?
”You use a watch to tell you what fucking time it is!“
Shittest Luddite argument I’ve ever heard. YOU might use a watch to tell what f*cking time it is. OTHER PEOPLE might use it for different things. Y’kniw, like mobile phones do more than just make calls?
Re: There's a sucker born every minute?
"Please stop rubbishing people's life style choices."
You're on a hiding to nothing on this site, son. Spent more than the absolute bare minimum on a device? Can't view and/or edit every line of code ever used to program it? Don't have a security certificate signed in blood by the Elders of the Internet? Prepare to be ridiculed until you break down and repent.
Re: Naysayers ...
"Nope, us Linux folks also think appletards are soft in the head and the wallet."
Nothing soft about my wallet thankyouverymuch
"With that OS, running inside a Windows 7 hypervisor, I can allocate 25% of the laptop resources and enjoy BETTER performance inside the VM than on a real Mac. "
No, you can't.
Re: Well it's probably the Google brain drain
"their Android is just as bad as any other mobile operating system"
It's not 'just as bad' - in ways that matter (security/privacy) it's orders of magnitude worse.
"I can certainly empathize with this. Firing prematurely rarely turns out well "
Yup. And it usually results in a crash and burn.
Re: re. as big as a size of a house
"Please note that the proper scientific unit of volume..."
And some miserable twat downvoted you :D :D
Re: @AC ... Redhat employees - get out now
"Sorry, son, but you're dead wrong."
I disagree. I worked for IBM back in the 90s, pre PwCC, and loved it. The company had a culture, an identity, innovation and creativity, and some very very talented people. And that was in the 90s - not exactly IBM's best time. My dad worked there from '72 until he retired in '89, and constantly reminisced what a wonderful career he'd had.
Re: Worship of paper
"Note that it is this technique that helped the America authorities track down Reality Winner."
Not wishing to take away from the gist of your post, but there's no evidence that dot tracking was a technique used to track down Reality Winner. The court filings simply say 'sources' without elaborating.
Re: Welcome to the world of software sales!
"Another downside of being in sales (and this will probably be of more interest to the readers of The Reg) is that when we sell stuff to a customer and the implementation team make a b*lls up of implementing it, the salesperson is not only delayed in getting paid the commission, but if the customer refuses to pay the full amount due to the b*lls up the percentage that the salesperson gets is also reduced."
I used to work for an IBM business partner, and can tell you that's how it works at IBM too. If a customer buys a software product, they often have the right to return it if unused. When that happens, the commission is reclaimed from the seller - which is good, because an unethical seller who sold the client something they didn't want or need ultimately won't get paid on the deal, so it forces them to focus on stuff with real value.
Where this falls down is when the seller has left the company or moved out of Sales by the time the client returns the product. There's no way in hell that IBM will be left out of pocket, so it's the seller who owns the client account at that moment who is responsible for paying back the commission. Which sucks as you're paying for somebody else's mistake. I've seen sellers join Big Blue, collect a negative commission in their first quarter due to their predecessor's f*ckups, and then leave disgusted and demoralised. If they were any good, we used to snap them up.
Re: IBM has patented things like breathing and movement, etc.
IBM invented some amazing sh*t over the years. ATMs, the hard disk, (D)RAM, barcodes, magstripes, the electron microscope, the concept of virtual machines, laser eye surgery, e-commerce, the first general-purpose mainframe (and the first Mainframe, for that matter), magnetic tape, human-readable machine code (FORTRAN), Fractals, putting people on the Moon and the first smartphone; to name just a few.
IBM typically earns its patents, and does great things with them. Their technical and engineering expertise deserves huge respect, whatever your feelings about the current management.
Re: re: Um. Calm the f*ck down....
"Do none of you know how to properly spell "fuck"?"
Course we do, but we didn't want to overreact.
"Sorry, they deserve it this time for trying to throw out the lawsuit with their "We can do what we want because you accepted the T&Cs" argument."
Not disagreeing that's a twattish move and deserved to be kicked out, and I also sincerely hope they lose this lawsuit. My (well documented and long running) gripe with 'Idiot-tax corporation' is that it's an insult to their customers, not the company itself - and given that people have a perfect right to buy whatever the f*ck they like, including shiny beads if they so wish, I believe it's out of line to call them idiots.
And if you do call them idiots, then everybody who buys a BMW, a Nespresso, a bottle of single malt, a piece of branded clothing, anything from Coca-Cola, Lindt chocolate, a Samsung phone or TV, any celebrity chef-branded meals, posh furniture, Philips Hue, Bose headphones, Microsoft Surface, Bauknecht or Miele white goods, a Dyson or BASICALLY ANYTHING THAT'S SOLD THROUGH ADVERTISING, is also an idiot. Because for 90% of our purchases it's possible to buy something cheaper that more-or-less does the same job, but you know what? It's none of your, my or anybody elses' business whether people buy the cheaper version or the more expensive one, and it doesn't make them an idiot for doing it.
So I say again, this time with feeling; El Reg can f*ck right off with their 'idiot-tax' bollocks.
”Cupertino idiot-tax operation“
Grow the f*ck up, Kieren.
"The IBM defense is BS and everyone knows it."
Not disagreeing - but if this is the case, then the complaint is BS too - it's really about the money not the age.
It's a large step in the right direction, and as such worthy of recognition. The fact that the step isn't as massive as you might like it to be, i.e. reaching the end goal in one fell swoop, doesn't mean it's worthless.
And the 'dirty weasel' clause, as you put it, sounds like sensible limitation of collateral damage on Tesla's part - if you happen to be in a part of the world where there are no Tesla service centers, it might cost them many thousands to recover your bricked vehicle; and why the hell should they do that when they didn't ask you to do the bricking?
Sheesh. Reminds me of this: Dudley's Presents.
Force touch would have been a great solution. I read that too about Force Touch not being included, but can't understand the reasoning; to me it's a well designed, useful feature. Hope it's nothing more than a rumour...
"...makes me suspect it's a reference to the frustrating bug/problem feature where turning Wifi or Bluetooth off from the Control Centre only turns it off temporarily..."
Yep got that; just wanted to point out that saying it 'can't' be switched off is erroneous.
I fall into the "Stupid, stupid decision" camp on this; although having said that I did have a conversation with Apple support the other day where they told me it was incredible the number of support calls they used to get from people who'd turned off Bluetooth and thought their Apple Pencil was broken, or had turned off Wifi and couldn't work out why AirDrop or AirPrint wasn't working. So making it 'Off' as opposed to OFF might have been a motivator here - to reduce support calls from muppets.
It’s Bluetooth not BlueTooth, and you can turn it off. Settings>Bluetooth.
Re: Oh so familiar
”I wouldn't correct people on here on networking, please allow me my expertise“
I think people are downvoting you less for your ‘expertise’ and more for your condescending tone.
Suggest you follow course 101 in respectful commenting.
Re: "does this read more like an ad-icle"
Dehydrated water is ... well, nothing. Dehydrated SALT water is different, obviously.
Re: Love the cognitive dissonance
You need to read the article again. It says that Apple ‘perfected’ the absolute walled garden approach (in that unless you jailbreak, it’s impossible to circumvent); not that it’s a ‘perfect’ model; and it’s not passing judgement on one or the other. Where did you read Apple good, Google evil?
Re: A free to play game
There is. RTA.
Re: Talking to printers is good...
Re: Elphin safety
"I keep a variety of hammers in plain view of all our printing devices."
"Every once in a while, Crowley picks a plant that is not growing too well and carries it around the flat to the other plants, telling them “‘Say goodbye to your friend. He just couldn’t cut it…'”. He then takes the plant out of the flat, and brings home “a large, empty flower pot” which he “leave[s] somewhere conspicuously around the flat”. Because of this, his plants are “the most luxurious, verdant, and beautiful in London”, but “also the most terrified”."
Re: No need to hack anything?
Re: First rule of security...
Android sits at both ends of the security scale. Run-of-the-mill unhardened Android like this (and 99.9% of consumer Android devices) offer next to no security. On the other hand, some of the most secure comms handsets also run android - albeit properly hardened and probably unrecognisable to the layperson.
Re: Hey Mamr
Me too. Fascinating.
Why, because they're standing up for patents they developed and own?
This isn't a patent troll issue.
@AC You're wrong. Stop making a tit of yourself.
Re: Top astro boffinery
"I hope the bean counters in HPE recognise the importance of stuff like this."
I hope the beancounters in IBM, Dell, Microsoft et al recognise the importance as well. We need a good old tech space race to get things going again. IBM's still banging on about how it's systems took men to the Moon back in the 60s, and how ThinkPads went up with the Shuttle; both amazing to be sure, but if I were looking for a relevant case study I wouldn't want to have to go back 10 years to find one.
Re: is it so hard....
Technically speaking it isn't that hard - but you have to (a) know the vulnerable point exists in order to harden it, and (b) not have a PHB sitting somewhere who insists that he 'must' have outside access to a system even though he keeps forgetting his password and tripping the lockout, then commanding the infosec guys to leave it unprotected.
Re: Paranoia and hot pockets
Upvote purely for your writing style :D
Re: "acts of God"
With the greatest respect, ODFO.
People believe what they want to believe - and that is their right. It's not your business, or anybody else's, to dictate what YOU believe and/or to disparage their faith. By the same token, you can believe/disbelieve whatever you like - just don't go around imposing it on others.
From a proof perspective, believers can't prove what they believe in (at least - not in a way that you would accept), and YOU can't prove the opposite. You're no more 'right' than they are.
PS 'Act of God' is these days a generic - like 'Hoover' or 'Google'. It's used in legal, formal and semi-formal contexts as a synonym for 'Something over which we have no control', and implies no particular 'belief'.
Thanks Simon! Very best of luck in your new endeavours.
British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage
Re: weight calculation
I think I know your friend Dave - he lives in my spare bedroom
Surely can't be as mundane as
Dipping his pen in the company ink?
Upvote for the Verity reference :D
"They most certainly DO NOT install a whopping great 200 port enterprise router in the basement. ;-)"
They might. Depends on what the punters there are paying.
"I've never been anywhere near an adult site and most likely never will..."
Re: so it's hololense
What's this got to do with Apple?
Fandroids gotta hate I guess.
"Don't image that energy cost in Europe is that much more expensive than California."
It may not be. But the tax is a killer...