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Comment: Re:Can anyone at MS write in English? (Score 1) 345

by eikonos (#34029966) Attached to: Ray Ozzie's Departing Memo a Warning To Microsoft

There are entire sentences in there that convey no useful information at all. There are paragraphs that say something you could say in two to three WORDS. That sort of verbosity makes myself and others extremely suspicious because, underneath it all, I get the impression that he's not trying to say what he wants you to *think* he's saying.

I completely agree. Ozzie is smart enough to say what he means, so the fact that he rambled and prevaricated means he wanted to disguise what he really thinks. I don't code for Windows anymore, but I still read Raymond Chen's blog, The Old New Thing, where he documents why certain design decisions were made as well as what he calls "microspeak" (, which is a buzzword-lingo used internally at Microsoft. Perhaps some of the microspeak examples he documents are useful new terms, but a lot of them seem like euphemisms to me.

It confirms my own internal prejudice, though... companies with cultures where talking like that is acceptable have zero morals, screw people over quite often and are extraordinarily elitest. They also usually waste millions producing sub-standard products.

I agree with this too. If you can't speak honestly, there's a reason for it and it can't be good.

Comment: Can anyone at MS write in English? (Score 5, Insightful) 345

by eikonos (#34018916) Attached to: Ray Ozzie's Departing Memo a Warning To Microsoft
I haven't finished reading Ray Ozzie's memo yet, but it's written in the same sort of tortured English I've seen from a lot of people at Microsoft. I don't know why they can't write clearly, or why they need to include the word "innovation" so many times, but I suspect it reflects the corporate culture. One particular sentence jumped out at me. This sentence includes the word "innovation" and is full of big words, and yet nearly empty of meaning.

"We’ve seen agile innovation playing out before a backdrop in which many dramatic changes have occurred across all aspects of our industry’s core infrastructure."

It's a boring sentence trapped in a boring, verbose memo, so I found it a new home in a Philip K Dick story:

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate. I watched agile innovation playing out before a backdrop in which many dramatic changes have occurred. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. [pause] Time to die."

Comment: Re:cry wolf (Score 1) 485

by eikonos (#27485997) Attached to: Scientist Forced To Remove Earthquake Prediction

I really hate this idea that society outweighs the individual.

it's OK if someone poisons your water by pouring toxic waste into the river

it's OK to dominate a good fishing river

it's OK if your burn down the next 10 houses around you

Sorry, but the only 'repression' here is _NOT_ having (at least some) areas where society outweighs the individual. I can't believe your at +5 for that drivel.

The key thing you're missing is that individuals in society are equal. Your hypothetical individual who has more rights than everyone else should not have those extra rights. When you maximize the rights for all individuals, you will have a healthy society.

Comment: Re:crazy (Score 5, Insightful) 496

by eikonos (#26978809) Attached to: The Hard Upgrade Path From XP To Vista To Win 7

Then there's the fourth group: those who think MS should create an all-new Windows without the legacy crap with an emulator inside for backwards compatibility. It should be based on un*x (not DOS), should have a well-planned, polished GUI for regular people with command-line and options for power users.

Then there's the fifth group: those who realize that describes OSX and have already switched.

Comment: Re:Real men aren't driven by revenge (Score 1) 2

by eikonos (#26691471) Attached to: Real Hope

ynotds: Prosecuting people who commit crimes is not 'revenge'. If that were true, then police aren't upholding the law, they're just seeking revenge. You're not arguing that police aren't real men because they're seeking revenge, are you? That would be silly.

Focussing only on punishment is destructive, certainly, just as ignoring crime would be. The real solution is a balance between prosecuting crime and moving forward. Justice is necessary to restore faith and trust.

Prosecuting crime is necessary for a variety of healthy reasons such as demonstrating that we do not live in a lawless society, preventing people benefitting from criminal acts and restoring confidence in the system, plus (as explained in toby's link) it's required under the law.

Part of the process of correcting the 'mood' (translation: crimes) of the past decade must involve prosecuting anyone if they have committed criminal acts precisely because those criminal acts set the mood of the past decade. Ignoring those crimes would be an overt admission that things haven't really changed at all.

Comment: Re:Reactionary. (Score 1) 717

by eikonos (#26571745) Attached to: Whistleblower Claims NSA Spied On Everyone, Targeted Media

You appear to be conflating conservative with Republican, but the two are not interchangeable, particularly with respect to the administration that just left office.

So who does a self-respecting conservative vote for when there's only two real parties on the ballot and the Republicans are royally screwing things up? Did you actually vote Democrat in the last election or are you both conservative and Republican?

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990