* Posts by midcapwarrior

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It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

midcapwarrior

Re: I blame Nadella

Nadella had a choice to continue a failed phone strategy which at best would require $$$$$'s in continued investment with $'s in marginal return. Even in 2015 it was clear that all of the profits were going to the top two vendors with scraps left for everyone else.

Turned focus to all things cloud including cannibalizing office on shrink wrap sales for cloud subscriptions.

Easy call now but a tough sell at the time with the Windows/Office hegemony entrenched.

He made the tough call to walk away from a multi billion dollar mistake.

Should he have done a better job of messaging, absolutely but in the end he made the right call.

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Edge, Azure and Windows Phone receives a Telegram. Yup, it's the week at Microsoft

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You can thank Steve Sinofsky.

At the time the Windows team wanted to own everything and the internal turf wars were fierce.

Not the first IT product to be smothered by internal politics.

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Hot US deal! IBM wins $83m from Groupon in e-commerce patent spat

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Re: Groupon

Groupon is saying something is obvious long after it was patented. They don't believe it was invented.

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Bonkers Azure bookings give Microsoft a record-breaking $110bn year

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They actually don't but even if they did it's better to cannibalize your own sales than to lose it to your competitors.

Lesson Satya learned from Balmer and the Windows owning the world days.

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Microsoft: For God's sake, people, cut down on the meetings!

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Re: firing off emails at anti-social hours

That's all very well and good but why send it in the middle of the night.

If it's only CYA than just wait until the next day.

It's annoying at best to see a message in the middle of the night and see it's a complete waste of time.

Good way to ensure your messages go in the ignore pile.

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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android

Microsoft supports the OS for 10 years and your droid phone manufacturer supports the OS for maybe 2 years (maybe) so yeah that's a great comparison.

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Slow-mo Tintri train-crash continues: Firm shuts up shop across Europe

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Re: "A recorded message stated Tintri was undergoing structural changes"

"I hope the CxOs will find themselves at the short end of a heavy, court-imposed fine to get those ex-employees their due."

Nice thought but that's not the way US bankruptcy works.

You'd have to prove fraud and not just incompetence or negligence.

Surprisingly high hurtle to prove in court, or maybe not since corporate law is paid for by corporations.

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Tintri terminates 200 staff, cash set to run dry in a couple of days

midcapwarrior

Re: Soo...

Domo did a 15 to 1 and just went public today.

Lots of big name backers.

IPO at about a quarter of th last funding round.

fool and his money number 2.

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Apple: No currency mining for you in our App Store thank you

midcapwarrior

Re: I know someone

Assuming it's not a joke I'd say no way they are covering their costs with the phone miner.

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Korean cryptocoin exchange $30m lighter after hacking attack

midcapwarrior

Re: Speculative bubble bursts, economy fine

You are assuming they held the stolen coins.

More likely you'd sell them immediately, use the funds to short the bitcoin market and using a margin account dramatically increase your profit.

Kind of brilliant actually.

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IBM's Watson Health wing left looking poorly after 'massive' layoffs

midcapwarrior

Re: What's the "right" thing

May be true but when you weren't expecting it's still a gut shot.

Even if you were it's still know fun.

Been there done that and I have the t shirt to show for it.

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Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year

midcapwarrior

Re: cost of real money?

Yes they have

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IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank

midcapwarrior

"Sometimes there isn't an option. Especially if you're in a state whose murderous taxes and regulation have already driven out any potential alternative employers"

And that would be the state of denial

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Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

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Actually there is a push to add OCONUS (outside US) data centers to reduce latency and improve performance particularly for the Navy Pacific Rim. Think Hawaii or Guam.

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midcapwarrior

Re: Ludicrous

In theory that's what SIPR is, a DOD/Government secure "cloud".

Unfortunately the performance and capabilities are far behind any commercial cloud.

And as WikiLeaks shows most secure doesn't mean completely secure as long as humans are involved.

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Elon Musk invents bus stop, waits for applause, internet LOLs

midcapwarrior

San Diego like much of Southern Cal is very spread out.

Quite possible to take 1-2 hours to reach the airport given the areas truly awful traffic.

Plus because of security requirements it's recommended you arrive at the airport 2 hours before the flight.

So yes it's quite possible for it to take longer to fly than to drive.

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Rhode Island proposes $20 porn tax. Er, haven't we heard this before?

midcapwarrior

Re: Keep digging

A little confused?

Are you saying the lottery is a tax?

I'd agree if you mean it's a tax on those who can't do the math on the minimal odds of winning.

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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I do not accept there is no sunlight

"Mr Sommers contends he has been punished enough. I do not accept there is no sunlight; there are a number of photographs of him on a balcony connected to the premises he inhabits"

Well it is London so I'm not sure whether having a balcony helps with sunlight

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OK, who had 'Montana' in the net neutrality state pool? Congratulations

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small pop over a large area makes it not very attractive of a broadband market

Reality is Montana has a population of a little over 1 million spread over 147,164 sq miles (381,154 km²).

There is only one city with a population of 100,000.

It's very expensive to provide service and the low density is a barrier to entry.

It's a nice thought that competition will swoop if the big guys step away but's it's not the reality.

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Long Island Iced Tea Corp renamed itself to Long Blockchain – and its shares went bananas

midcapwarrior

Re: Maybe El Reg should jump on this valuation

You forgot open source and or linux

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

midcapwarrior

Re: "I recently learned that in late 2016"

I'm guessing that 100K was the magic number that required board approval.

Or the total was 100K but it was broken into multiple payments to stay below the reporting requirements.

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$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

midcapwarrior

Re: Even the experts sound iffy

Well then take a trip up the arctic, dig down below the permafrost layer and you can taste what people before the last ice age tasted.

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Go on IBMers, tell us what you really think

midcapwarrior

FTE's only need reply

"You cut my contract hours so much I just don't know anymore” as options"

I doubt contract employees are included in the survey.

They don't much care what they think

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Got that syncing feeling? Cloud's client-side email problem

midcapwarrior

Re: Frickin' synch

File last accessed is a file attribute.

When you open the file you change the attribute which triggers a synch update.

If you have admin rights you can mod this.

Personally stopped using PST long ago but we have TB of mail storage.

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Yeah, WannaCry hit Windows, but what about the WannaCry of apps?

midcapwarrior

"Putting aside the Linux kernel, which tops the CVE list this year (in previous years it struggled to make the top 10), ".

Putting aside because there nothing to see here.

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Golden handshakes of almost half a million at Wikimedia Foundation

midcapwarrior

Re: Severance payments?

High level types negotiate contracts.

Contract may have a minimum number of years of guaranteed salary/severance.

May include unused vacation and "incidentals" such as moving costs.

At will is for the plebes.

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

midcapwarrior

Re: so was she a cunning linguist?

"Winner shows off her gains on Instagram"

Is that a Brit colloquialism?

Here we would say she was showing off her guns

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US spymasters trash Kaspersky: AV tools can't be trusted, we've stuck a probe in them

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Senator Richard Burr (R‑VA),

Burr is not a Senator from VA.

He's from NC

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Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

midcapwarrior

Re: @ACs

Philippines, ongoing Muslim insurgency.

Pakistan, ongoing Muslim insurgency.

India, ongoing ...

Indonesia....

Saudi Arabia, home of the 9/11 bombers.

Not on the list and are on the list of places he's doing business.

I'm sure that it was an oversight/coincidence.

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midcapwarrior

Re: ...

Rapes are committed relatively infrequently in most Western countries.

So I would not be surprised that a statistically small % commit a statistically large % of those crimes.

It's an outlier in an outlier.

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2016: Snapchat loses $515m... 2017: Snapchat rips veil off $3bn IPO

midcapwarrior

Re: Beautification filters for the IPO

Well it helps when you have to 150 million+ to one of the "founders" including 100 million in 2016.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/snapchat-paid-its-third-cofounder-dollar158-million-in-cash-to-disappear/ar-AAmzasP?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

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Avaya files for bankruptcy

midcapwarrior

Re: Venture Capitalists

In this case it was more of a leveraged buy out. Load up on debt to buy the company. Load more to make a special pay out to Silver Lake and then hope to go public to start the process over again. The special pay ensures Silver Lake has paid themselves back everything they invested. The market changed before they could find a sucker to pick them up or to go public again.

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

midcapwarrior

"You also seem to think that everyone in rural areas live there by choice. Also incorrect for a large number of people."

OK I'll bite.

What forces you to live in a rural area?

Do you have rules like in China that require a permit to live in an urban area?

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

midcapwarrior

How does the value of what Apple purchases from China compare with what it sells there?

If there was any degree of parity Apple wouldn't be the richest company in the world.

The value and subsequent sales price of a finished good generally exceeds that of it's components. If not bankruptcy is a matter of time.

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midcapwarrior

"Trump has a huge ego, but he won't let ego get into the way when it comes to success."

6 bankruptcies say otherwise

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Post-outage King's College London orders staff to never make their own backups

midcapwarrior

"OK someone could take the drive but if they are in the building with unsupervised access to someones desk then you've got bigger security issues."

Either you assume all thefts are from "intruders" or you assume supervised access means someone always standing guard at your desk.

I don't expect a College to have top secret level security, unless your Colleges are run completely differently that this side of the pond.

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Kotkin: Why Trump won

midcapwarrior

Re: It's not "why", it's "how"

"The States with huge megacities went for Clinton by double digits, while practically everywhere else went Trump, often by very large majorities."

Need to get you a map.

He won texas, florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio. States with "huge megacities"

Hate won

Hope lost

Interesting to watch the dismay on the right when he can't fulfill his promises.

Just like the anger on the left with Obama not making all their wishes come true.

In this case they'll find reality is a b*stard

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midcapwarrior

Re: @AC It's not "why", it's "how"

On of the oddities is a felon can be elected for office - and have - even if they can't vote.

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Tech Trump: Silicon Valley steps into the valley of unhappiness

midcapwarrior

Re: Bad for investors maybe. But is it even worse than now?

"a lot more interested in exposing government abuses"

As long as they don't look to WikiLeaks as a tool for exposure. assange went all in for trump.

Even his Peruvian housemates had to crack down on him.

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

midcapwarrior

Re: By far the most damage was done by democrat supporters

Kurt Meyer

You missed the point.

You don't have to register by party to vote in the general election.

Of course you have to register to vote, although many states you can register at the voting site, assuming it's your voting jurisdiction.

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midcapwarrior

Re: By far the most damage was done by democrat supporters

"Also in the US you have to register with a party in order to vote. IMHO that is a flawed thing because naturally you will register with the party you affiliate to instead of here where your registration to vote is nothing to do with a party."

You have to register to vote in a primary in most states.

No requirement in the general election.

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midcapwarrior

Re: By far the most damage was done by democrat supporters

"In many states you can change your vote and some more than once if you voted early"

Provide a reference other than breithbart, drudge, or some internet meme.

Otherwise I'm calling that BS.

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Police raid India call centre, detain 500 in fraud probe

midcapwarrior

Re: 500 seats...

The people who set up the call center make nearly all the money.

The guy on the end of the line is getting peanuts.

It's classic boiler room.

Open it quickly, close quickly and move on

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Apple's tax bill: Big in Japan. Like, $120m big

midcapwarrior

Re: Apple pay all tax that is due

No one, I mean no one pays 40%.

Don't confuse the nominal rate with the effective rate.

You get multiple credits, deductions. etc. which substantially lowers the nominal rate.

It makes for a nice sound bite to quote that rate but as with most it has little to do with reality.

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

midcapwarrior

Re: Not true

Guessing they met the standard by not producing any diesel cars.

Different standard for trucks and that's what the domestics produce.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

midcapwarrior

Re: Google is copying Microsoft

It took more than 10 responses before someone brought up completely irrelevant Microsoft comment.

Must be a slow day.

I'll know for sure when it takes more than 20 to bring up Apple and linux

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Hololens for biz shocker: Surprisingly, it doesn't totally suck

midcapwarrior

Re: My company has one

I have contact's with different prescriptions for each eye. One is near the other is far.

Weird at first but just as the Optometrist said my brain learned to process the different information with one eye dominant.

When done well it works the same way.

The key is the training to narrow your field of focus.

Basically you need to learn not to look directly ahead and not out of the corner of your eyes, even more so than you would with glasses.

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midcapwarrior

Re: My company has one

Working on a fix for this issue. Part of the problem is the lack of physical feedback coming to your body. Most people get a mild nausea though others do report headaches.

Current best practice is taking breaks after no more than 30 minutes.

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

midcapwarrior

it's Pearl Harbor

American place, American spelling

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'Millions' of Android mobes vulnerable to new Stagefright exploit

midcapwarrior

Re: Hmmmm...

RIF

"also important to note that the victim doesn't have to press play on a rigged MPEG4 video file, because the bug is triggered when the web browser simply fetches and parses the file upon first seeing it."

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