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Microsoft CIO Stuart Scott Gets Axed 533

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the well-isn't-that-mysterious dept.
avjt writes "Microsoft has terminated its CIO Stuart Scott for 'violation of company policies'. They won't elaborate. Now what do you think this guy has done?" Ya know, I'm positive someone reading this story knows the answer to the mystery... and they could post it anonymously and be totally fine because there will be a hundred other totally wrong guesses and it would be completely impossible to distinguish the two ;)
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Microsoft CIO Stuart Scott Gets Axed

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  • google time (Score:5, Funny)

    by tritonman (998572) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:40AM (#21265849)
    Time to google for articles where he said something good about Linux...
    • by Hanners1979 (959741) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @09:04AM (#21266185) Homepage
      That's a bit heartless - It was probably using Google and not Live Search that got him into trouble in the first place. ;)
    • Re:google time (Score:5, Informative)

      by blazerw11 (68928) <blazerw@[ ]foot.com ['big' in gap]> on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @10:00AM (#21266911) Homepage
      After reading through all of the comments. You don't want to do this unless your really bored. It looks like he was having an affair with a VP that reports to him. Type "/ValleyWag" to find the comment with the informative link. (If you are using IE, user your circa 1983 find function.)

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Simon Brooke (45012)

        After reading through all of the comments. You don't want to do this unless your really bored. It looks like he was having an affair with a VP that reports to him.

        Oh, come on. That's a company tradition. Bill Gates didn't just shag someone who reported to him [wikipedia.org], he married her.

  • obvious (Score:5, Funny)

    by tomstdenis (446163) <tomstdenis@@@gmail...com> on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:40AM (#21265851) Homepage
    Got fed up with Vista and installed $SOME_DISTRO instead. :-)

    Somehow this is gonna cost me karma... :-(
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by darxider (1173967)
      No. He bought a Mac.
    • by ByOhTek (1181381)
      From what I hear, there is already some Linux use inside MS. I don't think that would be the problem.

      More likely backtracking and installing XP. I think MS is more worried about XP as a competator to Vista than Linux right now.

      Which is hillarious, but at the same time, the probably think "at least we still make a profit with XP, unlike Vista"
    • Re:obvious (Score:5, Funny)

      by jkrise (535370) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @11:25AM (#21268183) Journal
      He was Chief Information officer, remember? So maybe he truthfully reported all the 14 sales of Vista?
  • by ByOhTek (1181381) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:40AM (#21265853) Journal

    Ya know, I'm positive someone reading this story knows the answer to the mystery... and they could post it anonymously and be totally fine because there will be a hundred other totally wrong guesses and it would be completely impossible to distinguish the two ;)


    Taco said in one of his write-ups, comments will (very rarely) be removed for legal reasons.

    Whichever post dissapears after MS sends an email threatening legal action. That is the reason... Everyone, ready your screenshots!
  • by limabone (174795) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:42AM (#21265873)
    When filling out a form, under the section that said 'DO NOT WRITE ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE' he wrote 'OK'
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:42AM (#21265885)
    He bought a Sony Playstation 3, then looked for help setting it up via Google on his Linux based computer.
  • balmer (Score:5, Funny)

    by wwmedia (950346) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:43AM (#21265911)
    balmer run out of chairs to toss! so he moved onto the management, which is a smart move they are thick as wood anyways
    • by ByOhTek (1181381)
      Lacking mod points, I'll just post instead

      That is probably the funniest comment on this thread.
  • Belinda (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:44AM (#21265915)
    He was baggin' Belinda.
  • nudity (Score:3, Funny)

    by Gigiya (1022729) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:44AM (#21265921)
    he deemed himself the "chief indecent officer", came to work naked, and refused to let anyone not notice his lack of clothes lolololol
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Got caught playing with his Wii
  • by hyperinactive (1128491) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:45AM (#21265943)
    Stuart L. Scott's middle name is Linus.
  • Pretty remarkable (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dal20402 (895630) * <dal20402&mac,com> on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:47AM (#21265963) Journal

    Usually, at levels this high, executives who misbehave are quietly asked to resign. The fact that his termination was this public and graceless tells me he did something pretty egregious, because Microsoft apparently wants to not just get rid of him but warn other corporations not to hire him. Misappropriation of corporate funds, in some way, seems the most likely candidate to me.

    Please note I'm not informed at all, just speculating.

    • by dpilot (134227)
      Ahh, but if this speculation disappears shortly, we'll know.
    • by Billosaur (927319) * <wgrother@optonlin[ ]et ['e.n' in gap]> on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:55AM (#21266067) Journal

      Two words: sexual harassment.

      • by 19thNervousBreakdown (768619) <`davec-slashdot' `at' `lepertheory.net'> on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @09:33AM (#21266541) Homepage

        Yup. For one, at that level, or with management in general, it's always sexual harassment. Well, sometimes it's gross incompetence. The harassment I don't get, though. I mean, if they want some free sex, couldn't they just go to a bar and say, "Yeah, I'm a VP of a multi-billion dollar corporation, and I make nine thousand dollars an hour. Let's take my jet and go screw in the hot tub at my 4th summer place."

        Nope. It's like it's the opposite of the thrill of the hunt for them, preying on people who (they think) can't really defend themselves.

        Plus, you just look at this guy and you know he's a complete pussy hound. The insecure type, that's always chasing it like it's the last piece he'll ever get. Just totally ruled by it, the poor thing.

        Then again, I could be completely wrong.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by fm6 (162816)
        That would certainly explain why they're being so hush-hush. On the one hand, ignoring a sexual harassment complaint can get you sued. On the other hand, saying one of your people is accused of sexual harassment can also get you sued.

        General principal: when somebody is being really, really tight-lipped, either they're planning on invading a foreign country or they're trying to avoid litigation. And the security measures are less extreme for the invasion! I've been in meetings about such issues where I was t
    • Re:Pretty remarkable (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Red Flayer (890720) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:59AM (#21266119) Journal

      The fact that his termination was this public and graceless tells me he did something pretty egregious
      I agree, but I think the reasons for public termination may be different. Possibly harassment or discrimination or something like that. Pay off harassed employee, with public termination of the harasser as a condition of the settlement.

      I somehow find it hard to believe that MS would want to warn other corporations about hiring him.

      It could also be a problem that other MS employees are aware of, and the public termination sends a notice to employees who would cross the same lines he did. Plus, it sends the message that the highest-ups face consequences for their actions, and thus can be good for company morale among the drones.
      • I somehow find it hard to believe that MS would want to warn other corporations about hiring him.

        this day and age a company can get whacked for giving out truthful but otherwise damaging reviews of former employees. There have been numerous occasions where former consulting companies I worked for would ask about someone I may have worked with just to get a picture they cannot get from past employers. By doing it this way Microsoft is able to pass along the big red flag without actually setting themselves up for defamation suits

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by acvh (120205)
      Insightful comment above. For a "Chief Anything Officer" to be terminated the behavior must have been directly offensive to the CEO and/or the Board of Directors. Stealing their money is one, but I think it unlikely in this case. For one, you can be criminally charged for that, and why would they let him off so easy?

      My guess is that he disclosed, to a third party, some information about Microsoft that, while not on the level of corporate espionage, was something Microsoft wanted kept secret. You know, somet
  • by ciaohound (118419) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:48AM (#21265977)
    A test came back negative -- his body was NOT composed of pure evil, which of course violates MS company policy. Subsequent tests confirmed it, although he is appealing to the World Anti-Doping Agency. Floyd Landis was unavailable for comment.
  • Microsoft has terminated its CIO Stuart Scott for 'violation of company policies'. They won't elaborate.

    He probably installed OpenBSD in an all-RedHat shop? Tool...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:48AM (#21265983)
    I know several people who currently work at Microsoft. It's not because he installed linux or owns an ipod or some such silliness, since I know these people have done those things. I would imagine that it's actually something more serious, like an inappropriate work relationship (still thinking it's not something they would fire you for, at the CIO level) or divulging info to a competitor or inappropriate use of company funds.
  • Typo.... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by NewbieProgrammerMan (558327) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:48AM (#21265985)
    After reading the first dozen posts, I realized you made a mistake:

    ...they could post it anonymously and be totally fine because there will be a hundred other totally fucking stupid guesses...
    self.don(flame_retardant_suit)
  • Clippy (Score:5, Funny)

    by redshirt1111 (990928) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:49AM (#21265995)
    He told Clippy to, and I quote, "Get Bent".
  • Ballmer found out he named his kids Ubuntu and Google
  • And it wasn't that he bypassed WGA, it was that he helped someone.
  • by faloi (738831) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:53AM (#21266043)
    But for someone at CIO level to get canned it was either something that borders, or is just straight up illegal that MS is trying to keep under wraps primarily because it would damage their reputation, whether it was something tacitly approved by them or completely unknown to them. Or, possibly, they had it out for him and used some minor infringement as the basis for letting him go. Something like "Sorry, the company limit on gifts from vendors and suppliers is $50, and that widget was clearly $51 after tax!"

    Either way I'm sure he has some majestic golden parachute that will help ensure that neither he nor his family could potentially go hungry for the next 5 generations if they're marginally competent at managing money, provided he never talks about it...of course.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by stoolpigeon (454276) *
      At my last job, when the CIO was fired all hush-hush and mysterious like, it was because he was stealing. They didn't want that out and made a deal for him to pay back the money rather than go to jail. I think you are right - it was something along those lines.
    • by snowwrestler (896305) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @10:35AM (#21267409)
      When a business wants to hide the wrong-doing of an executive, they buy them out and everyone keeps their mouth shut. One publicly terminates an executive when one wants to send a public message. Often the message is that the business is responsive to a situation. So if the executive is harassing someone, or committing a crime, the business can try to limit its liability by showing that it took all possible steps to remedy the situation.

      Also, at the executive level, ticky-tack reasons for firing someone aren't really applicable. If the CEO doesn't like the CIO, he just cans him and brings in his own guy. This can be a kind of message too...fire a rival and consolidate power. And if that turns in an employment lawsuit, a little gift violation is not going to stand up in court.
  • by Benson Arizona (933024) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:53AM (#21266049) Homepage
    Terminating him seems a bit harsh - couldn't they just have sacked him?
  • ...that he's the BOFH [theregister.co.uk]? In which case expect him to be back within a week with a 20% raise, and Steve Ballmer nowhere to be found.
  • by seanellis (302682) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:57AM (#21266085) Homepage Journal
    Pamela Jones!
  • Rumor: love affair (Score:5, Informative)

    by slashflood (697891) <flowNO@SPAMhowflow.com> on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @08:58AM (#21266101) Homepage Journal
    ... according to ValleyWag [valleywag.com].
  • two wild guesses (Score:4, Interesting)

    by mzs (595629) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @09:04AM (#21266173)
    Microsoft basically paid for the new members in the Swedish OOXML vote and a subsidiary of Microsoft in Hungary was raided by the police in July. I have no knowledge that it is related to either of this, an out-right firing of such a high level person usually means basically stealing money. Not even a sexual harassment scandal would do that, just a quiet resignation.
  • A couple of problems (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @09:08AM (#21266229)
    There are a couple of problems with the theory that a Microsoft insider would anonymously post the truth behind Stu's termination:
    1. Only a few of us know the truth, posting the truth is a good way to violate company policies, and you see what happens when you violate company policies, so even anonymous posting just means pressure is applied to ... let's just say a few ... people until it is determined who the one is and BOOM, job over
    2. We don't like really like slashdotters that much, so we don't care if you never know the real reason
    3. The truth is not exciting or anything...it's just mundane policy violation...so posting it is less enjoyable than reading all the wild-ass guesses
    4. Halloween is over
    I'll never tell. Even if I did, you'd be all "Meh" and say the idea that he was bangin' Melinda or selling Microsoft secret plans to Google is much more intriguing. So, sure, he was a Google mole. Just run with that one.
    • by mav[LAG] (31387) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @04:58PM (#21273253)
      My guess is that this post is from a real Microsoft insider, probably someone in support or IT.

      Arrogant? Check.
      Condescending? Check.
      Thinks "slashdotters" are some kind of homogeneous Microsoft-bashing species? Check.
      Thinks Google competes with Microsoft? Check.
      Gives out information which is absolutely no use to anyone? Check.

      It just has the ring of truth.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @09:34AM (#21266549)
    The rumor mill is already gushing about the story: turns out Scott had an affair with one of his subordinates, who recently go a big promotion that raised many eye brows around the company. The two were on leave together when the investigation started: http://www.pollsb.com/polls/poll/3617/microsoft-fires-cio-stuart-scott-possibly-for-inter-office-affair-with-his-subordinate [pollsb.com]
  • by starman97 (29863) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @09:39AM (#21266625)
    Says here 'Scott was charged with the distribution of Microsoft products among employees.'

    So, was he bootlegging Halo betas?
      I cant see them firing him for giving out copies of Vista.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/microsoft-executive-fired-violating-company/story.aspx?guid=%7B3C9D5FC9-8119-4559-93AE-8FA7ED975002%7D&dist=hplatest [marketwatch.com]
  • by Rui del-Negro (531098) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @10:34AM (#21267399) Homepage
    Is it a coincidence this happened so shortly after Microsoft finally accepted to comply with the EC's decision [reuters.co.uk] in the anti-trust case?

    It might be totally unrelated, but I noticed no one had mentioned this yet.
  • You guys are nuts! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by erc (38443) <erc AT pobox DOT com> on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @11:03AM (#21267851) Homepage
    You guys are nuts ... for a big company to say that a high-ranking employee was fired for any reason is a pretty risky thing to do from a legal standpoint. They must've had a darned good reason to can Scott. Even when a CXX is caught doing something, it's usually handled much more gracefully - he's allowed to resign "for personal reasons" or "to seek a different position" or allowed to stay on the payroll while he finds another job, even if the true reason was that the guy was sleeping with his secretary or got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He also might've been caught on the losing end of a corporate power play - the folks who report to him and the folks who are his peers are always jockeying for position, looking for an opportunity to look good to *his* boss in case they see an opportunity to set him up to get rid of him...

    Regardless, most of the opinions posted here about why the guy was sacked are just plain silly.
  • by Nom du Keyboard (633989) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @02:47PM (#21271403)
    He should have read the ToS before he broke open the shrink-wrap on his office.
  • by jollyreaper (513215) on Wednesday November 07, 2007 @07:51PM (#21275457)
    My guess is snuff, kiddie pr0n, or necrophilia. Or he may have really crossed the line and gotten into the furry stuff.

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