M$ has already begged for and been helped by bailouts as documented here. Still, a direct cash infusion would be a nice parting gift from an administration that started by neutering the anti-trust judgment.
Today the same author quotes Goldman Sachs and Oppenheimer & Co, both of which think 10% layoffs are a great idea. If you work for M$ and read Slashdot, you are so fired.
Sweaty B has been trying to kill XP for the last two years. The Black Screen of Death has been ported back, just to make it more miserable. The problem is that Vista self destructs without any malicious help.
Some of the information was laughable: Original "King Kong" star Fay Wray is listed as a witness and the notary shared a name with bank robber Willie Sutton. The massive [$2 billion] ripoff illustrates a gaping loophole in the city's system for recording deeds, mortgages and other transactions. The loophole: The system — run by the office of the city register — doesn't require clerks to verify the information.
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Minority Report featured billboards that uniquely identified people and "personalized" their contents and occasionally calling the police. A billboard in Japan that monitors people's faces for feedback is a crude prototype of this concept. The people with ESP powers who predicted crime were a plot device used to explore the real issues of experimental ethics, privacy and criminal justice.
Microsoft has instituted a hiring freeze, likely spurred by the worsening economic conditions in the U.S., according to a source close to the company.
... On Friday, the software giant started sending a note to employees informing them of the decision, according to an employee who saw the letter but asked not to be named.
The denial story shows that the original email was genuine and has more details:
On Friday, some employees received a note saying that the company was re-evaluating open headcount and wouldn't be adding new headcount.
But Gellos [M$ spokesweasel] said the company intends to continue hiring new workers. "This year we expect lots of growth and that we will hire lots of people," he said. "I think the nuance is in the fact that in light of the economy it's important that we do the prudent thing and evaluate projects that we're working on."
It is important not to blame this move on the economic climate alone. Healthy companies will prosper and grow in the adversity, especially as M$ loses their ability to interfere. Companies that don't have anything people want to buy will sink into debt and fail.
Anyone think this will hurt Steve Ballmer's chances for a $20,000,000 bonus?"
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