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Comment: Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (Score 2) 387

> So it only took about a year of screaming from the users
> and slashdotters before Microsquishy paid attention and
> brought back the MENU instead of that god damned
> useless start screen.

No, what it took was a new CEO. Don't flatter yourself. What you have observed is merely the surface of a significant shift that is happening. The fact that these effects are already visible in the first 6 months is pretty telling.

+ - How Edward Snowden's Actions Impacted Defense Contractors

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new study sheds light on the attitudes of a very exclusive group of IT and security managers — those employed by U.S. defense contractors — at a time when national cybersecurity is under scrutiny. Most indicated that the Edward Snowden incident has changed their companies' cybersecurity practices: their employees now receive more cybersecurity awareness training, some have re-evaluated employee data access privileges, others have implemented stricter hiring practices. While defense contractors seem to have better security practices in place and are more transparent than many companies in the private sector, they are finding the current cyber threat onslaught just as difficult to deal with."

+ - Gates returns to Windows 7 after being unable to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade 3

Submitted by Artem Tashkinov
Artem Tashkinov (764309) writes "According to rumors Bill Gate's first day at his office in Redmond turned out to be a complete disaster mixed with ostensibly curse words no one had expected from him. He tried to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade but the updater failed continuously asking to reboot the PC. Microsoft's new C.E.O. Satya Nadella who came to help resolve the situation couldn't sort it out. In the end Gates said he would be returning to Windows 7 for the foreseeable future."

+ - Slashdot Starting Move To Beta Site-> 1

Submitted by MightyMartian
MightyMartian (840721) writes "According to Slashdot's blog, great progress is being made in the redesign. According to a notice on the Slashdot front page:

"MOVIN’ ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more."

According to many posters who are posting off topic, there seems little appetite for the upcoming changes."

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+ - Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?->

Submitted by hondo77
hondo77 (324058) writes "From Dave's Blog: "I’ve since tested this almost every day for the last couple of weeks. During the day – the bandwidth is normal to AWS. However, after 4pm or so – things get slow. In my personal opinion, this is Verizon waging war against Netflix. Unfortunately, a lot of infrastructure is hosted on AWS. That means a lot of services are going to be impacted by this.""
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+ - Google to have a tax adjustment of 1 billion euros by french Tax office->

Submitted by opslashdot
opslashdot (1175689) writes "Le Point (see link), reveals that google inc. will get a 1 billion euros (1,3 billion dollars) tax adjustment by the French Tax Office.
The French Tax Office claims that Google has declared very low revenues in France, using tax optimization techniques that allowed them to pay as low as 5.5 million euros taxes in 2011."

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Comment: Re:No, this is smart. This is to keep the customer (Score 1) 417

by gonz (#45973969) Attached to: Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

If Microsoft can have those people wait for Windows 9 and Windows 9 is an improvement of any sort, they stand a better chance of keeping the customers.

Really? MS didn't change much in Win8.1, and they are making Win7 really hard to buy. It implies they really believe Win8 isn't a disaster.

Comment: Re:It doesn't matter (Score 3, Interesting) 470

The head of the Windows division got fired shortly after Win8 shipped, and the whole company seems to be treading water while the board hunts for a new CEO.

It's unrealistic to expect any changes to the Windows 8 vision until that shakes out. But when it does, you can bet the Surface/metro thing will get ripped apart, and Julie Larson-Green will be replaced by someone who isn't just keeping a seat warm. Whether that's for better or worse really depends on who the CEO is.

Comment: Re:Cross language - what .Net gets right (Score 1) 286

by gonz (#45597703) Attached to: The Challenge of Cross-Language Interoperability

.NET also has a managed C++ model, which as allows C++ objects to be tightly bound to C# including garbage collection in an extremely natural way, while still having inline assembly language and all the performance of C++. And for managed languages (C#, VB, PowerShell, Python, etc) you get very deep integration that is probably the best that could be hoped fo. The F# mutability example is unreasonable, given the radical difference between these languages. And for all of this integration you get to use a single IDE with a visual debugger that shows you a single callstack with thr different languages mixed together.

Microsoft solved this problem so thoroughly, you couldn't ask for much else, except that none of it works on any OS other than Windows.

Comment: You are the inferior one (Score 1) 159

by gonz (#43636027) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?

You refer to the audience as "senior management," but then you have framed this entire discussion around you -- the enlightened one -- trying to "teach" the bumbling, ignorant executives while tiptoeing around their childlike attention spans. A quick look at your pay grade should reveal the exact opposite. You each have a specialty, but /yours/ is the narrower mindset with the smaller impact on the organization. And they may be bored by technical details, but when it comes to the operational and strategic details that drive the day-to-day success or failure of your company, /your/ attention span is the childlike one. Want to see a bunch of snoozing engineers? Put them in a training session about how to extract more money from customers. :-)

In order to be truly successful with your goal here, you need to step out of your world of IT and let your audience teach you something. What were they doing before they came to the class? What are the problems facing the company right now? Why are they requesting the training? If there is an optimal outcome -- publicly congratulating you and asking to do a follow-up training -- what would that look like? (In other words, what was a similar past event that everyone remembers as being a great success?) Sometimes these questions have hidden answers, like people not wanting to be made to feel stupid, or wanting to learn a few simple tricks that will impress others, or merely needing to fulfill a mandate from higher up with the least effort heheh. To be really successful, you need to give them exactly what they want, not what you think they need.

You can ask these questions directly at the start of your session, but a better approach is to talk informally with some key people beforehand. Show them the material you plan to present, and ask for suggestions and feedback. Make them feel like you will implement their advice, so they have a personal interest in the outcome of your event. Technology is absolutely not the point of IT, don't let the conversation dwell on that. Instead, ask about the bigger picture, and try to understand the human perspective and reward mechanisms.

Above all, recognize that you have a blind spot that is twice as large as any executive's blind spot for technology. Accept it, develop some techniques to help yourself work around it, and you will find yourself light years ahead of your IT peers.

Comment: How credible is this story? (Score 4, Insightful) 387

by gonz (#42933017) Attached to: Laser Intended For Mars Used To Detect "Honey Laundering"

Here is the original self-promoting story from Food Safety News:
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/08/honey-laundering

However, from searching Google News (e.g. "china counterfeit honey"), the results are merely people's blogs that link to the same Food Safety News article. I'm sure FSN is providing a helpful service of raising awareness, but they are not an impartial group who we can expect to conduct a reliable investigation. Where are the confirming sources?

Their article references the FDA, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Agriculture -- but I can't find anything on those sites to support the article's opening claim that "A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China."

Can anybody provide a citation?

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