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...and Microsoft gets to pay support people to answer questions from people that never paid for their software. So dumb. Microsoft would be better off to cut these people loose and have them run Macs or Chrome or desktop Android. If someone is willing to run hacked XP or 7 for all this time, they're never going to be paying customers. So why support them? Why have market share if you never get revenue?
No way I'd want to support some a-hole keeping some kind of illegal garbage on my system. Is the company running this idea going to indemnify in all jurisdictions? Is some FBI guy going to kick in my door to grab my drive for the contents of some kind of nastiness? Just a bad idea.
I originally set it up to reduce bandwidth limitations and then malware delivered through ads. Now, it just reduces clutter, but I have to admit I am part of the problem for sites that I truly do enjoy and appreciate the people who build content and publish. Bad on me.
I did the programmer/manager/director thing ending about 10 years ago when I was in my early forties. Since then, I've been doing the consulting thing, mostly strategic and management consulting into large companies. I'll say one thing: It pays very, very well and if you know how to handle an interviewer, you'll rarely be out of a job. The hardest thing back in the day was to give up on the hands-on work. It's what I knew, I was very good and passionate about it. That said, kids today ( I mean kids under 30 ) have their own mind set and find it hard to relate to older people in the work place. Bottom line, I prefer working with my peers and by the time I hit 40 I noticed I wasn't really interested in what the kids were doing. So I moved on. I have never encountered age discrimination because I've always focused on (difficult) work that requires lots of experience and made sure that the interviewer got the sense of my laser-like focus on the statement of work and providing value to the customer. Every company worth a damn needs an old man. I just hope I'm not too old before I decide to pack away my FORTRAN user guide for good.
"had one of the experimental Windows XP tablet PCs" Not experimental. They were all pen input devices and worked very well. Just ask Fujitsu and a bunch of others.
High school senior in 1979: 1) Get assignment on Monday 2) Write code on paper. 3) Wait for punch machine to get freed up 4) Type in code 5) Give teacher punch cards on Monday 6) Teacher takes a box full of cards on Friday 7) Teacher picks up cards Sunday night 8) Get paper results and cards at Monday class. 9) Rinse and repeat until it compiles. I wrote TWO great programs that semester
You hire someone and hand over a COPY of the keys. Rule #1 is that you ALWAYS know admin passwords and whatnot. That's not only for your comfort, it's part of due dilligence as your new guy might be hit by a bus on the way home after his first day. Then you step out of the way and do the important job of running the company. If you're not comfortable with this, reexamine your career path. It's time to let it go.
I'm not sure why they would need to do that as a routine task. It's fairly broad and consumes resources. It'd be pretty funny if you mentioned it to their IT Director and he replied with "huh?"
I have never heard of Whole Foods. If people want to eat some organic stuff, why would I care?
In the middle of the ocean, any kind of 'cops' would be days away.
The Association for Computing Machinery wants everyone to code? I wonder what The Association for Fixing Your Car, Association for Small Repairs Around The Home, The Association for Recognizing and Stopping Child Abuse, The Association for Common Courtesy and The Association for Reasonable Adult Relationships would think. All worthy, imo.
...say the Grand Canyon was formed last Tuesday, or something like that. Carved out by the Arc, that sat lower in the water because of all the dinosaurs on board. You betcha.
"What are their odds of success?" We're talking about Accenture, so it's an easy question to answer: Zero. Worst company I ever worked for by far. In six months, people are going to miss CGI.