The installment of Elop was actually demanded by Nokia's major shareholders.
The word I heard in Espoo was that it was some major US institutional shareholders who also held shares in Microsoft. They saw synergy in raiding one to help the other. Note whilst this was beneficial to shareholders who held money in both (it rescued the Windows Phone brand), Elop's reign was deeply problematic for everyone else.
Consolidating a fragmented industry can be a good idea and has worked to a greater or lesser extent in the past. The problem is that the government is usually too far behind the curve to make the best decisions and a good example would be some of the nationalisations that happened in the UK.
However, in Russia, it is about redistributing the assets privatised in the early nineties. The privatisations were a "fire-sale" in which only a favoured few could take part, however subsequently, the shares traded on a secondary market and became assets belonging to pension funds and the like. Unfortunately, in the early nineties, when Putin and his backers (the so-called Siloviki) came to power, they discovered there was nothing new to privatise so they took some companies back such as Yukos. On the smaller scale, many companies found themselves forced with new directors who had relationships with the Siloviki.
Either way, by undermining corporate governance and the protection of property, the government has made it far more difficult for a normal financial infrastructure to exist.
When the hell are those damn FOSS slowpokes going to get off their asses and write their own fucking ludicrous substitute for Exchange?
What people want is groupware of some kind backed by the equivalent of Outlook. Most people don't give a monkeys about Exchange, but complain when the normal functions aren't there. The issue is that Exchange interfaces are mostly an undocumented mess. When MS fix something, they then best connectivity (even with older versions of their own clients).
Does not the supposed realibility of VMS have more to do with the hardware (VAX) than the quality of the software (VMS), afaik the VAX could hot-swap cpu:s and ram live if the hw detected a failure.
The machines were quite solid for the time but I'm not aware of models that supported hot swapping. However individual CPUs could fail as well as memory modules and the system would gracefully degrade. When the service engineer came along, you could shuffle your users onto another cluster node and continue until the node was fixed. The file system was usually structured so that the failure of a node would not impact availability.
*everybody* has a cell phone there - preferably from Nokia in the Oulu area
You know, that was what told me that Nokia was doomed. Three years ago, I was staying at the Radisson in Espoo, and I (a non Finn) was the only one there with a Nokia (E71, IIRC), about a couple of km from their world HQ. In the Espoo based company that I was visiting, the standard phone was an iPhone. My Nokia lasted until the end of that year when I went Android!
New systems generate new problems.