* Posts by midcapwarrior

217 posts • joined 5 Aug 2010


In hilariously petulant move, Apple shuts Texas stores and reopens them few miles down the road – for patent reasons


Re: Perhaps an empty gesture

Yes and no.

Federal judges are subject to approval by the Senate.

Each State Senator has a substantial say in the approval process and can keep nominations from coming up for vote.


Re: Perhaps an empty gesture

Kind of the way Delaware works

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?


Re: sorry or not

“Our recruiting websites temporarily and inappropriately solicited information concerning job applicant ethnicity, based on local government requirements in Brazil and South Africa,” Edward Barbini, IBM’s vice president of corporate communications, said in a statement to The Washington Post. “Those questions were removed immediately when we became aware of the issue and we apologize.”

The site has since switched to ethnic designations that are standard in the United States, Barbini said, such as “Asian” and “Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.” It also allows applicants to check “unknown” or “not indicated.”

Amazon triples profit to $11.2bn, pays ZERO DOLLARS in corp tax – instead we pay it $129m


Re: Tax

The median is heavily weighted to the warehouse workers. Not in anyway comparable to the expected HQ2 workforce.

Razer offers freebies to gamers who descend into its coin mine


Re: Great

"So the deal is people use their hardware and their electricity to generate wealth for others and in return they receive "points"."

Kind of describes any MMO.

3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day


"The malware would only install on systems that weren't running security software"

Not sure whether to laugh or cry that there would that many open computers.

Empire state of mind: NYC scatters palm leaves for Bezos' cloudy web shop juggernaut


DC and MD are the big winners

They get access to the jobs without providing any taxpayer subsidies.

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE


First impressions matter

"do people really not realize that you can change the appearance of things"

They realize it. Just are used to working with tools that care about UI/UX.

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange


Highest incareration of any western country not any country

Unless you believe North Korea, Syria, Cuba, Russia and any other third world dictatorship report their incarceration rate.

I'd say it's more punitive than it is deterrence

Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside


Re: The only thing going for OpenOffice...

"I take your point, but if you really wanted '* Hello' or '1. Hello' in an ordinary paragraph, how do you tell Powerpoint "no, I don't effin' want that"? "

If you are in to putting paragraphs into your PowerPoint presentations you've pretty much missed the point.


Re: I won't run OpenOffice

You ask for one product and they install another and this is considered OK?

Different world I guess.

US JEDI military cloud network is so high-tech, bidders will have to submit their proposals by hand, on DVD


Re: Government contracting....

Not a legal requirement.

Electronic submission to secure servers is an option.

This is a choice made by the contracting office.

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


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.

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


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.

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


Re: Groupon

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

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


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.

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


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.

PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10



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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


Re: I know someone

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

Korean cryptocoin exchange $30m lighter after hacking attack


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.

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


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.

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


Re: cost of real money?

Yes they have

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


"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

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


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.


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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

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


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.

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


Re: Maybe El Reg should jump on this valuation

You forgot open source and or linux

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


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.

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


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.

Go on IBMers, tell us what you really think


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

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


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.

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


"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.

Golden handshakes of almost half a million at Wikimedia Foundation


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.

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


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

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


Senator Richard Burr (R‑VA),

Burr is not a Senator from VA.

He's from NC

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


Re: @ACs

Philippines, ongoing Muslim insurgency.

Pakistan, ongoing Muslim insurgency.

India, ongoing ...


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.


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.

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


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.


Avaya files for bankruptcy


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.

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


"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?

China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple


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.


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

6 bankruptcies say otherwise

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


"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.

Kotkin: Why Trump won


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


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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