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Comment: the Carleton Fiorina story (Score 1) 543

by swschrad (#49617645) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

it begins with her nearly crashing Lucent during the dotcom boom and Y2K boom. since they were selling the once-Cascade, once-Ascend 8000/9000 frame relay switches that were the backbone of the Internet, that's hard to do in my book.

she almost took down HP also, back when the whole board was playing Spy vs Spy.

lost big in California politics.

thinks mass firings were a good thing.

not what any country needs.

Comment: everybody who is forced to, that's who (Score 2) 235

by swschrad (#49606949) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

Mordac and his associates as Preventers of IT at my company insists and demands that only an older IE exists on our machines. so half the websites I visit lock the machine up. this is, of course, the usual silliness about keeping creaky old code, as well as the insistance that IE is the only safe choice with all the mayhem out there.

at home, I have given up on resize-happy Firefox and use Chrome exclusively. if Mozilla would fix that freakin' bug, I might reinstall it.

Comment: if you break the network, what do you expect? (Score 1) 399

by swschrad (#49588607) Attached to: Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

obviously the Apple domos in China and One Infinite Loop didn't have a stable of bikers and wearable art folks availiable to see if the watch worked right with those injected clays, metallics, and inorganic dyes strewn all across the bio-network. I doubt they'd have been able to work around it, either. breast implants are known to fuzz up mammograms and can hide tumors, as well as complicate angioplasty. muck up the network, don't expect clear signals.

Comment: Dean Martin diagnosed IBM in the 70s (Score 3, Insightful) 208

by swschrad (#49579845) Attached to: IBM CIO Thinks Agile Development Might Save Company

"There's too many chiefs and not enough Indians around this place." switch gears, fire 2/3 of the manglement, and get some programmers and hardware engineers actually programming and prototyping, instead of screwing around on pet projects that do absolutely freakin' nothing off their floor in the building.

Comment: you have art professors? (Score 1) 167

their space is typically nasty. scultping clay and cement. sand molds, and a furnace to melt old pistons and boat engines to cast aluminum into those molds. flying stone chips from sculpture. gobs of paint all over from "experimental" and "experiential" work. forges and anvils and hammers, oh my.

so there is a "makerspace" of traditional tools. your maintenance and boiler plant folks have similar dungeons that keep the joint operational. go ask them what they'd want to do small projects in.

I'd think a wire flux welder, drill press, cabinet saw and sander table, the usual small power tools, point and SMD soldering stations, possibly a 3D PCB printer or etcher would all find use. 3D printers are no use without 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software design stations.

Comment: awwww, poor sports, no game ball for YOU (Score 1) 329

by swschrad (#49562989) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

what's going to eventually happen is dynamic channel switching, a return to the old days when youi "paid" for channel 6 while you watched it (in the 50s, by watching commercials and maybe trying the Swanson's dinner sponsoring the program.) in other words, customers either create their OWN bundles, or from the availiable channels, they pick what they want now, and are post-view billed for the usage. there will be no free rides in the 210-channel bundle for the Disney Outtakes Channel, or ESPN 17: pick-up soccer at Evanston South Elementary School.

at that point, you won't have 210 channels. but of the 100 you do have, they will be one ones that got watched historically, and are not vampires positioned in provider contracts because "I don't want to be the guy with only 6 slots on the satellite, I need 20 to get ads."

Comment: why the hell does billg want to teach these kids (Score 4, Insightful) 164

by swschrad (#49552943) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law

and then hire a bunch of Tata Indians to do the work for half price, leaving all these students with new diplomas no way to pay their student loans?

damn stupid program he's pushing. jump one way or jump the other way, but get off the barbed wire fence. that's electrified, too.

Comment: makes sense, my osX 10.5 died about that time (Score 2) 368

by swschrad (#49538555) Attached to: iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

so I just moved iTunes to the windows laptop and will have to re-rip the material not bought on the iStore. my iPod mini's third battery is about gone, so I'm picking up a Shuffle on the way home from work.

you know, it's funny, shit dies. my Atwater Kent 20C works, but the newer stuff dies.

Comment: recent revelations, my speckled behind (Score 3, Interesting) 66

by swschrad (#49537949) Attached to: New Privacy Concerns About US Program That Can Track Snail Mail

when the automated sorting system v.2 was installed, maybe 15 or 20 years ago, the USPS at that time said that they captured pictures of all mail. doubtless it was seen as a marvel of engineering that they did all that at one fell swoop, and a big boast. the initial automation system of the 70s/80s didn't.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo. - Andy Finkel, computer guy