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Comment Limited sample (Score 1) 857

I have never had anything to do with surveys or statistical analysis but it seems to me that the data they gathered is invalid because they only got the telemetry from people who opted in to the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program. I would guess a very large percentage of those users didn't have a clue that they were opting in. Assuming there is no correlation between willingness to opt in and the computer literacy of the user, the sample group looks to me like it is skewed towards those users who are less computer savvy. If there is a correlation between computer literacy and the willingness to opt in ( which would be my guess ) then the sample group would be even more skewed. My guess is that the more literate you are and the more history you know about a company like Microsoft, the less likely you would be to share anything you don't have to with them. Wouldn't you need a representative cross section of users to make the claim that the start button isn't being used?

Comment IT Professional would give up a password??? (Score 3, Insightful) 275

If I was interviewing a candidate for an IT position and that candidate freely gave me his passwords when I asked, there is no way I would hire him or her. In fact, if I was hiring for any position where the candidate would have access to sensitive corporate data or anything else that a company would not want disclosed to the public or competitors, I wouldn't hire an individual who gave up their password. If they offered to provide me with screen shots or print outs of their social networking pages, fine. But to hand over control of their account under any circumstances would automatically disqualify the individual for the job in my eyes. People like that are how users with just enough knowledge to be dangerous (or worse, someone with bad intent on a fishing expedition) end up with domain admin rights.

Comment Re:Not teh people you want for non-routine work (Score 1) 212

Actually nothing could be further from the truth. From experience within the IT world of the Military from pre network days with standalone Z-100 dual floppy to full blown modern data centers. Innovation on the part of the IT workers is continuously encouraged and greatly rewarded. In my experience, IT professionals at least in the Air Force that are not passionate about keeping up with technology and finding better ways to do things and learn as many different aspects of IT are not in the IT world for long. There are really 3 types of IT people in the military. Those who get as many certs as possible so they can fill their resume and get out Those who are passionate about what they do and what they can learn Those on their way out of the field or the military. If someone has IT experience in the military from early in their career then they ended up with a less technical job or if they were in the military for a short time after getting into the IT field without collecting certs or an IT degree, then maybe you are right. But someone like me who spent 22 years from token ring, Banyon Vines and AUI transceivers to the latest modern data centers had to continuously improve or find work elsewhere.

Comment Hate to say it (Score 1) 333

In order to keep the spam out of my in box I would be willing to have to pay for each email I send and also have the spammers do the same; say 4 or 5 cents each to: address. It seems to me that spam would no longer be as profitable and would be greatly reduced by stopping those that are getting one hit per million. The problem is who should get the money? Not the ISPs, definitely not governments. Maybe set up some sort of corporation that would fund the set up of mail relays that check for some sort of prepaid encrypted "reciept" attached to every email and just drop any without it, Have the corporation go after the few spammers left that were willing to pay by refusing to sell them any more email. Then maybe the corporation could use the money to give grants for open source project development or maybe inovation awards kind of like a techie nobel prize. Whatever we can come up with that would contribute to the common good within the computing / networking world.

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