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+ - Ballmer to retire within a year->

Submitted by Barence
Barence (1228440) writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within a year, the company has announced. The 57-year-old will step aside as soon as a successor can be found, which will be within the next 12 months.

"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time," Ballmer said in a statement. "We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organisation and we have an amazing senior leadership team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.""

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Comment: Re:probably overheating them (Score 1) 241

by cooperaaaron (#44280859) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Enterprise Level Network Devices For Home Use?

No, not really. I completely agree with the OP. Home equipment is complete shit, and tends to fail rather quickly, especially Wireless routers. Switches last long but I've had a few come up with a dead port once in a while. It really sucks, so I too have been looking for better options.

For my home router I use a Debian Squeeze PC that I setup on an Intel Atom 330 board. Routes my 50/50 WAN perfectly well, even after applying firewall and NAT. For switches, I found that Mikrotik makes decent gear. They make routers too but I don't want to depend on a proprietary OS for my routing features. For switches, I like having a hardware switch chip and there's no setup to be done, so Mikrotik isn't bad for that.

Of course, if I could get my hands on a Cisco managed gigabit switch I'd use that instead behind my Linux router, but I'm not shitting money yet.

My home equipment works great and has been doing so unprotected for a couple of years now...

Comment: Re:Specialty Software (Score 1) 953

by cooperaaaron (#43522359) Attached to: Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

Right, you should be running on Linux, obviously. Anyone who doubts the security of Linux should just look at Android, and how secure and untouched by malware it is... oh wait. Umm... maybe OpenBSD? I mean, it's gotta be secure, cause Theo says so. So do the other 3 people who use it.

Maybe it's actually more important to just run a modern OS behind a good firewall, use safe computing practices (don't blindly click on stupid stuff from computers or networks with sensitive information), and keep everything well-patched. That will remove > 98% of risk. A properly locked down and patched Windows machine is no less secure than a properly locked down and patched Linux, Apple, BSD, or other machine.

ummm... no.

Comment: Re:I like the speed (Score 1) 128

by cooperaaaron (#43404073) Attached to: Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed
I don't care. Google has all of my information and NOTHING has come of that. Noone is knocking on my door trying to sell me anything. Noone is sending me spam ( outside of the normal amount that ALL gets routed to my spam folder ). Noone seems to actively bug me about ANYTHING. I feel safe, and that's my opinion and experience.

Comment: Re:I have absolutely no problems with govt shutdow (Score 1) 385

by cooperaaaron (#35767978) Attached to: No U.S. Government Shutdown This Week
Do not blame him. The economy is getting better slowly, troops are coming home, countries are being more friendly to us again, no 9-11 attacks, etc... It will take time to clean up the mess the previous president caused for 8 years. The current president is doing what he can after the worst recession since the Great Recession. the Republicans and Tea Partiers are focusing on one terming this current president, not on job creation, fixing the economy, etc... Since I am part of the 300 million, I think I will vote for the party who are trying to bring us back from the brink and doing it.

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