After the police falsely accuse people enough times they will catch "somebody" upset enough to do something stupid.
QuickTime hasn't been a problem for ages... Since Microsoft stopped trying to break it every patch.
Even this iTunes bug is actually a Windows config error when installing the Apple Software. It's not an "Apple caused" bug, but they could help fix it more.
There is a known USB driver fix for the high CPU usage. Apple's service doesn't play nice with Microsoft's USB service. It still should be automatically fixed after all these years.
Sure he can. Stockholders only care about the NEXT paycheck so they can cash out. Mr Dell wants to pull an Apple and pool his resources for a big new direction. That means he needs a few quarters off the hamster wheel. He wants to not worry about sales and take the company in for an overhaul. You simply can't do that with guys like Ichan constantly meddeling in what's not their job.
It's the same problem JC Penny CEO had
I suppose they are counting on the recipient not going to the police over these letters. Part of Blackmail is that if youvwent to the police to defend yourself, you might get in trouble you don't want. As police don't enforce copyright law (like they don't enforce cheating on your wife) I don't think they would actually have to INVESTIGATE that you committed or didn't commit the act to enforce the attempt to extort money.
As these were certainly sent through the USPS it becomes a POSTAL crime as well. I guess the rest of the Prenda's team wanted to visit jail too. The problem with Blackmail is that you eventually send one of these to another, richer person in the middle of a messy divorce having a worse day than you... And they hire somebody to "deliver your payment". In a non-refundable manner. Makes a good episode of Castle.
That's the game. You are "freeing" the rank and file employees to play on a level field with all the other companies... Right after the investors and managers get THEIR CASH OUT. Essentially, these deals borrow money against existing paid-off capital to payoff investors to reduce the number to qualify as a private company again. So you are trying to pay people extra money to cash out and leave now.
Even the bankers are in on it, because the employees are saddled with higher interest rates on everything, even things the old boss paid cash for. That's where the cry for "work ethics" kicks in for workers to "do what it takes" to keep their jobs. And how Unions become the big bad guys.. Because they are working for cash at WORK TIME for the new managers when the old owners cleared out the cash long before. This is what killed Twinkies.
Or in this case, Dell buys ITSELF back from stockholders "at large" and gets to decide who plays. So they can run the company without month-to-month dealing with these frivolous stockholder games.
Didn't Dell's board strike a deal with Ichan just a month ago and he wasn't going to go the "make a bunch of noise" route? More importantly he was going to stop causing trouble?
The publisher is about BUSINESS not writing. If it took them more than 5 minutes to understand, then they already lost their attention span. Selling it or spinning it off would require more than 5 minutes to figure out what it was worth and who would want it.
They WANTED other ZD assets to add to their collection and the rest were for the bin. That's how large companies work.
Because lots of people create content that's NOT ON A COMPUTER. Auto mechanics, plumbers, trainers, artists, birthday clowns.... While Square helps them Create Bank Account! If you were one of those professions, you could do 75% of your daily work from your phone or tablet, you just need the PC for Taxes and such.
"The trick is providing something that is truly useful without cannibalizing Laptop/Desktop sales"...
That is why Microsoft FAILS. Apple let's iPad be what it wants to be, and its WAY BIGGER than all the Macs Apple Sells. Microsoft Could easily get $60 per iPad with a full Office suite. That's MORE MONEY than they get per PC for Windows... Microsoft cannot see how to "bet the farm" on something and make it stick, they have basically failed to create one NEW product line that beats the profits of their previous products.
The need for clumsy printing hacks is more to do with how companies build printers that REQUIRE CPU-sucking drivers than anything Apple is doing. iOS and android can almost directly print to "pure" postscript or PCL printers. The ones that corporate networks use.
It's just that Gates talked everybody into using "software" drivers to enhance profits by declaring no more drivers and make you buy new stuff.
It took this ONE judge basically collecting 5-10 other Fedral cases after putting out an order to consolidate Prenda's cases to fewer jurisdictions. It was only after getting a half dozen other circuit courts to agree, he could even read that they had been using different names and such in different courts. He broke down a lot of the corporate veil judges normally don't get to do.
It took special permissions from other courts and over a year of sorting paperwork to get ONE SET of troll lawyers. Effectively all this does its chase the trolls out of HIS court, and into courts where the judges won't catch them.
Mr 500 I'd point out that MySQL was never FOR Fortune 500 companies. MySQL was for a guy running a shop making parts for your suppliers. He's got one IT manager that doubles as bookkeeper and zero budget for $10k software licenses. Those people were NEVER going to buy Oracle, and probably not buy Microsoft SQL either. What happened is that in the decade of MySQL, those little shops got big enough to buy, and the 500 kids liked what they were doing on a budget of duct tape and peanuts so MySql got into the doors of companies that demand to pay for support. And MySQL AB became a billion dollar company... Which isn't really that big... But their product was FREE and people bought support anyway.
Well mr 500. Plenty of companies DID choose to grow into paying for MySQL support INSTEAD of paying for expensive Oracle servers. Then Oracle bought MySql.
Personally, I think that the creator/owner of MySQL did right by selling to somebody that had the ability to actually FURTHER the product. And provide support to paying customers. Nobody else could afford to buy the size of company that MySQL had become... But at the same time it was still a "toy" database company. ID point out that Oracle was gradually cutting off MySql air supply. They were buying up other opensource projects.. Like Sleepy Cat that created SQLite and other pieces MySql needed. So Ellison was actively trying to corner the DB market on Linux.
The problem is that company was ORACLE. And many people stayed on puny MySQL EXPRESSLY NOT to give Ellison's ego more money. Monty and pals took a few years off MySQL but its obvious Oracle isn't moving the product forward.
The BIGGEST reason for using ANY spinoff is that Oracle is gradually making the distribution of "original MySQL" more onerous for Red Hat, Ubuntu, Zend etc. Oracle eats its partners more violent than Microsoft ever did. So it's just bad business to base YOUR BUSINESS on MySQL remaining on its "graceful" terms much longer.