Never hard to find an idiot when you need one
103 posts • joined 11 Nov 2015
... he's done doodley squat to protect his constituents from Equifax damage. Telling us what we already heard from the FTC wasn't particularly helpful.
...options vesting time at IBM. Or, perhaps they want to sell off Zurich so Ginni can ride another helicopter.
Wow... it's really happened. In the 90's it was funny. Now, it's just sad.
Our town's police (pronounced "poh-leece") have been (conveniently) losing VHS dashcam tapes for years.
Not to mention the 3rd parties who mark up items 200x. It's become such a junky mess, that Best Buy frequently costs less... after factoring in the time it takes to muck around NewEgg's site.
... that all these kids continue with crap IT implementations. I just had someone proudly show me a latest-and-uptodatest web based data acquisition program which was almost as good as what HP-Inform did - in 1988. 30 years later and all they could do was set filters on a web page.
No wonder older IT staff are not in demand. They're not afraid to call out the stupid in middle IT management.
Helme's probably just fine with Win10 telemetry and mandated patching. Big brother always knows what's best for you.
It's just a subsidy for the electronics industry. It rewards South Korea for letting us further militarize the area. As you point out, it's not like any large number of people care about 3D. While 4K isn't quite DOA, there's not a lot of interest, either.
They got a bump eliminating analog TV. Guess they're looking for another.
This is nothing compared to what will happen when MS writes software for self driving cars. If you think they've hosed safety and security on the internet, wait 'til you see what they do for your daily commute.
What a great article! The elements in the 'pattern' section do well at pointing out bogus tech.
We need you to find similar patterns in real, overhyped, underperforming technologies so we can recognize them in advance: Segway, juicero, WinRT, wearables, and so forth.
In 1994, Pointy Hair Boss said "Once you got used to working in cubicles, like gerbils, we knew anything was possible."
They called it 'telecommuting'. Looks like it's busting, too.
Sorry, "Diversity" was always a politically correct way of saying reverse discrimination. It never had a positive meaning in business environments. It just meant filling quotas.
Equal Opportunity - they're doing it right. Hooray for government programs which promote gender and race based discrimination.
Replacing it with an /etc directory seems to work well.
If the pay is right, we'll have more people going into IT instead of law and finance. More IT security and fewer lawyers and hedge fund managers sounds like a good idea at this point.
Actually, there doesn't seem to be an IT shortage - just a shortage of IT staff who will work long hours for abusive managers and at substandard wages out of fear that their H1B sponsorship will be pulled.
There's also questions about spending money wisely. If we can get 80% of the autonomous benefits at 20% of the cost, that leaves a lot of money for trolley, train, sidewalks, and public transport. Not to mention the reduction in health care from people doing more walking and biking.
This whole thing is smelling more and more like the kind of 1950's sharketing which killed off so much public transport in the US.
So much wasted energy, effort, and resources go into advertising. There's little value addition, and less social good. We are all glad El Reg can get a cut of this. But, it seems like such sad loss. Sorry. Adverts are the crack pipes of internet economics.
On most systems, responding with "I'd like to blimpfizz an ugglephumps" has usually been the quickest way to a human.
Another thing to bear in mind is that a lot of this is done to snow the investment community and diddle the stock price. MS-phone and Vista are great examples of something which sucked from the starting blocks but was hyped big time to Wall Street. Charlie Demerjian used to talk about MS turd polishing; not much has changed in Redmond.
Can hardly wait for internet enabled insulin dispensers
So, you're saying there's a downside to pimping out the internet? Wonder which is better: the current shittification of informative web pages or the older case where www was mostly amateurs having fun.
If people were really interested in this technology, it would have been implemented to a lesser extent. For example, smart speed and brake controls would be common. How long has cruise control been out there? How little does it get used?
Self driving cars look like the next 3D TV.
Yes it's bad that hardware manufacturers don't honor green commitments. Shame on them. However, let's not forget software houses who increasingly bloat code, craptify operating environments, and abandon hardware support. Without them, old hardware wouldn't need disposal as often.
And shame on consumers who aggravate the problems by dumping perfectly good hardware so they can have the next trendy thing. Looking at you, smart phone dumpers.
Down the road, people are going to want to sell their houses which they've riddled with all this dysfunctional (and from a standards standpoint, obsolete) IoT junk. Wonder how that's going to work out...
Windows is using the AOL business model of dumbing down its product to get wider appeal, at least for the home user product base. (Fortunately, they aren't carpet bombing us with CD's)
Is this carrying over to the commercial product side? Or, do they undumb server and other non-residential products?
I haven't seen this much emotion since the last Commodore vs Apple BBS flame wars.
... for those companies. They probably get to write it off.
Look at all the SAP consultants who make piles of money selling a "Knowledge Management" system which ends up being little more than a large shoebox full of electronic index cards.
Perhaps a better term would be "AI Shaman"?
Or maybe it was a cornfield related domain. That would be popular in CR.
Oh goody, another press release from IBM. Someone important must have options getting ready to vest.
Ford can't even make an acceptable computerized transmission (the dreaded PowerShift). Who in their right mind thinks they could computerize a whole car?
It's 1am and you're ready to come back from a night on the town. As you get the car ready to go, the display says you've been hacked and must send bitcoin to make the car functional. Hooray data sucking.
Not many linux users have stopped patching a linux distribution because the vendor started throwing dysfunctionality (like Skype borking, WGA bricking, & driver breaking) and spyware into the updates.
OK, KDE's become a problem. But, unlike the WIN8/10 UI, we uninstall it and use other window managers.
Oh, that's good! May I use that in a subordinate's performance review?
It's always a pleasure to see hustlers scamming organizations which dumped or neglected their own IT staff to save money a few years back
In the end, most people are pretty good about rejecting stupid - once they know what they're dealing with. Vista and Cue Cat are dead, right? IoT may take a while for the crap to be filtered leaving behind useful things.
On the other hand, Baryl just sounds like something fun to screw with while waiting for a train.
CGI, again. Same shysters who cost US govt $$$$ by botching the Obamacare launch.
Yeah, let's all put our childrens' safety in Microsoft's hands.
Marketing is frequently weaponising misinformation. Tobacco companies and 'special interest groups' got really good at it. The only real change is that different set of criminals is now getting the money to do it.
Just think of it as another form of outsourcing.
Too old school and sensible. The neo-doofs can't say "oh, I'm in the cloud, the next really big thing in IT"
We heard all about the 'new economy' in the 90's. Too many (excessively rich) people with too much cash to invest. Not much GDP gets created by knowing who watches which cat videos or who checked out Amazon for what brand of water faucet parts.
Will IBM survive another 10 years? They don't have that much left to sell off.
This makes sense in the proper perspective: IBM's product is share price, not hardware, software, nor goods and services. (Not even dividends)
As long as Wall Street drinks the kool-aid, IBM's management is golden
Shiny junk. Remember Viiv?
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Yet another reason to have punted WGA and stayed with SP2
All well and good until a power supply problem hits or there's a new ransomware making the rounds
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