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Comment: Re:Apple? (Score 5, Insightful) 421

by Vip (#47891111) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

> MS has done nothing to prevent a PC from being sold without an OS.

Are you serious? Either you have forgotten the 90's and early 2000's or are too young to remember. From wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

"In the 1990s, Microsoft adopted exclusionary licensing under which PC manufacturers were required to pay for an MS-DOS license even when the system shipped with an alternative operating system. Critics attest that it also used predatory tactics to price its competitors out of the market and that Microsoft erected technical barriers to make it appear that competing products did not work on its operating system."

The MS-DOS carried on into Windows. Even if you wanted to run Linux, OS/2, or anything else, you still had to purchase the MS license, or colloquially, the M$ Tax.

> They certainly make it cheaper for Dell to pre-install Windows on a machine than for the end user to buy their own copy. They may have even said that they will raise the price if they don't make all their machines come with Windows.

They "may" have? Let's make it clear. They made it so *every* computer Dell sells has Windows on it. If even one went out without Windows, Dell or any other manufacturer was forced to pay a higher cost for Windows and other MS products. Even IBM, who made the competing OS/2.

Vip

Comment: I'm really hoping you are smarter than that (Score 5, Insightful) 246

by Vip (#47590107) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

Never get involved with reading others' emails, documents, etc., that you are not required to be privy to.

Never ever let the temptation allow you to see others' performance reviews, salaries, politics. I've seen how it leads to telling someone else and then they become the go to person for information. And if the information is bad and they didn't share it, even though they had no idea, well, they didnt' say that there was a problem, the @$$#013! Hell, I've seen someone with access to the HR database pull up salaries of EVERYONE and share it out. "Oh, can you tell me how much Jason Mcboogerhead is making? What?!? I'm making $1k less?! WTF, time to march off to the manager!!!" [A manager who was stunned at the level of knowledge! AFAIK, no info was given out about how the salary info was found. I found out later when it was offered to me.]

Ignore any overheard conversations, it'll only be a couple of people talking, who knows the truth and what really is going on? You must throw out any info you "accidentally" pick up too. The obvious is the missing context of the info. As a manager, I've had other directors and managers openly talk about staffing, budget, bonuses, performance or lack thereof, in front of me. In all cases I threw away what I heard, after all, all I'm hearing is a snippet of a longer discussion. It's not my business to try to save John's job if he's pissed someone off, so I'm better off not worrying about it.

Sometimes I received a list of users to be locked out of their accounts. The only reasons to receive such a list is that they are being laid-off/let-go or in a heap of trouble. I never shared such a list with anyone. It was given to me, as a manager, in confidence. Keep that confidence. Even after the firing, I still didn't tell anyone, there's no point or net positive to be gained.

In another instance I was at a company that changed their HR such that you logged into a page, and it told you your salary, OT rates, etc. You could print your confirmation of employment for loans and such there too. But there was a bug. This bug allowed me to view everyone's salary, their bank account info and some other stuff in a nice neat chart. I immediately picked up the phone and called head office IT Security and talked them through the bug. They fixed it, phoned me back to test with me on the phone, thanked me and sent off a thank you cc'd to my manager, director, etc., praising my immediate response and "help" in fixing it.

What I didn't do was say, "Hey everybody, look at this!" and print it off, etc. Nor did I read further than a few lines and then remove it from my screen. To this day, I run into some of the higher-ups from then from time to time, they still remember me, who I was, only because of that email and that to them I was trustworthy.

It's not up to you to solve office politics, who said what to whom, or anything else. You are there to do IT. So do it and maintain your dignity and professionalism and just don't even think of looking.

You, and hopefully everyone else, will hopefully see that you are in a position of trust. You are trusted by many to keep secrets. If you can do that, it only helps your reputation. If someone can actually say you are trustworthy in your IT job then you've accomplished a lot and it only helps down the road when you want to switch jobs.

Vip

Comment: Re:Common Sense (Score 1) 535

by Vip (#40089503) Attached to: SAP VP Arrested In False Barcode Scheme

I have a similar story about patio furniture. The store, a large national hardware chain, had the patio chairs for $24.99, tables were something like $150 with umbrella.
I went to the store, asked for some help, the guy helped me load 6 chairs and 1 table onto a cart. I went to pay and the helper guy left to...I don't know, just left.

The cashier scans and says, "That will be $26.74." (ie. $24.99 + 7% tax, the cost of one chair) Needless to say I was shocked. I asked her to scan again, so she did. "26.74"

A lady who was near the cashier then says, "What's the issue?" "He just asked me to rescan." The nametag on this new lady said, "Asst. Mgr."
So I say, "I have 6 chairs and one table set, can you scan once more?"

This Asst Mgr scans it and says, "Yeah, $26.74."

I put away my credit card, paid cash and got out of there...

Vip

Comment: Re:R.I.P., Mr. Kordek. (Score 1) 89

by Vip (#39158635) Attached to: Inventor of the Modern Pinball Machine Dies At 100

Many kids today probably haven't had a chance to play a physical, mechanical pinball machine. It's a visceral, physical experience, different from the cute virtual pinball games available on most computers. Kind of like playing a real piano versus an electronic keyboard, only more so. There was the art of shaking the machine just enough not to get a tilt penalty. There was the knowledge of each machine's little quirks and peculiarities.

My girlfriend has an old pinball machine in her house. She also teach piano. One of her students parents was late to picking him up, and so she said he could play the pinball machine. He jumped the first time it made a noise. Scared him good :-) He complained that the ball wasn't moving (essentially) linear, and it wasn't predictable. Not like in a video game at all. It made noises as the ball rolls around, and each hit of the flipper wasn't the same. And it was loud with no volume control! He definitely loved it though and would have played all night if he could.

Comment: Bad move by Microsoft (Score 1) 468

by Vip (#30201394) Attached to: Murdoch-Microsoft Deal In the Works

If they do this, Bing will forever be charged for news. Not only from Murdoch's site, but everyone else will want in on the money.

What happens when it's time to renew the contract? Highest bidder? Stay with Bing? Move to Google?

MS needs to be very careful. Short-term gain (if any) for long-term pain it seems to me.

Vip

Comment: What's the diff between jail and zone? (Score 2) 361

by Vip (#28176797) Attached to: When VMware Performance Fails, Try BSD Jails

FTA, "Jails are a sort of lightweight virtualization technique available on the FreeBSD platform. They are like a chroot environment on steroids where not only the file system is isolated out but individual processes are confined to a virtual environment - like a virtual machine without the machine part."

Not knowing much about FreeBSD and it's complementary software, what is the difference between FreeBSD Jail and Solaris Zones?
A Solaris Zone could also be described the same way.

Vip

Comment: Re:That is, as the Brits say, bollocks (Score 1) 951

by Vip (#26796563) Attached to: Darwinism Must Die So Evolution Can Live

While not our Prime Minister, gay MP and cabinet members are already in Canada.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Brison
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svend_Robinson

Just to add to your fears, we also have had a variety of faiths and disabled Members of Parliament.

http://www.muslimcanadiancongress.org/20040723.html

Vip

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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