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Comment Re: Incompetent contracting (Score 1) 190

I suspect that some of it is incompetence, and some of it is the fact that there isn't a single 'they' here. For small orgs, or super-regimented big ones, there is indeed a single Ministry Of Central Procurement through which all external commerce flows. When that isn't the case, purchasing is usually a patchwork of confused individuals with budgets tied to specific things buying stuff in scattered tiny lots.

Yep, and Software Vendors are experts at identifying who in that patchwork has purchasing authority and what their procurement limits are. They will craft their software sale to stay within certain limits in order to avoid the next level of procurement approval.

Comment Re:Incompetent contracting (Score 1) 190

In their defense, it is not just incompetence on the part of the customer. Software Vendors love to come up with intricate and convoluted licensing terms. They are experts at obfuscation. Of course, just using 'open source' as an answer isn't necessarily the right thing. It should be a combination of closely monitored procurement practices along with select open sourcing when it make sense.

IT Worker's Revenge Lands Her In Jail 347

aesoteric writes "A 30-year-old IT worker at a Florida-based health centre was this week sentenced to 19 months in a US federal prison for hacking, and then locking, her former employer's IT systems. Four days after being fired from the Suncoast Community Health Centers' for insubordination, Patricia Marie Fowler exacter her revenge by hacking the centre's systems, deleting files, changing passwords, removing access to infrastructure systems, and tampering with pay and accrued leave rates of staff."

Comment Re:Real Ratina Display (Score 1) 476

But it wasn't (iirc) claimed that the iPhone had a higher resolution than the eye can distinguish, only that the eye couldn't distinguish the individual pixels.

Either way, it doesn't change the fact that the display is significantly higher resolution than the old one, and on-par with a printed page from most consumer printers.

Comment Re:1990's? (Score 1) 1213

This is the world of business. If I want computers running Windows 7 in 5 years, I need to start writing the business cases right now. Not when someone in management finally snaps.

Comment Re:Pfff... (Score 1) 1213

Because computers are 'scary' and 'magical' things, and work by smoke. That and the user interface isn't an inherently intuitive one in a lot of applications (particularly legacy business ones). I suspect that's one of the reasons why the iPad is getting such good feedback from 'not computer people', because you interface with it in a more intuitive way.

Comment Re:Pfff... (Score 2, Interesting) 1213

The ball isn't any more or less intuitive than why a picture of a floppy disk saves your document. It made sense once, but who uses floppies for saving documents nowadays? It's just become commonplace, much like "Exit" being under the "File" menu. Exiting the application has got absolutely nothing to do with the file.

That's why when you ran Office 2007 for the first time there was a huge bubble saying "This is the new Office Button. It has things like Save and Print in it."

"I've finally learned what `upward compatible' means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes." -- Dennie van Tassel