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Comment Re:pretty much required, isn't it? (Score 1) 402

There actually are rules on that, but in this case the firm winning the contract was technically a U.S.-based firm, which happens to be a subsidiary of a foreign company.

You could try to prohibit that, but that would cut out a lot of companies that often legitimately bid for contracts, e.g. Siemens USA is the American subsidiary of German-based Siemens. You could alternatively disqualify companies that outsource more than a certain percentage of their work, but that would disqualify a number of US-based firms, too, like IBM.

Comment pretty much required, isn't it? (Score 3, Insightful) 402

These kinds of contracts are supposed to be bid out to the lowest bidder.

If that actually happens: people complain that a company like Infosys wins the contract.

If it doesn't happen: people complain that the government is overpaying for IT services, and back up their allegations by quoting a much lower price someone in the private sector got (...from Infosys) as evidence that the government is inefficient.

Comment Re:Surpassing Vista (Score 1) 285

Unless some OEM decides, against all good sense, to either give the corporate market the shaft or to multiply their driver-support headaches by using substantially different hardware, rather than just different plastics kits and other minor differentiation, between 'corporate' and 'home/small business', we'll probably still be seeing Win7 compatible machines for years to come. Unless you are a volume license customer, coming up with a copy of Win7 that passes activation is your problem(so you might want to buy a non-OEM copy, or get some practice at wheedling MS phone support to reactivate you on new motherboards); but hardware shouldn't be a significant issue(outside of specific Wintablets, where 8 may actually be a better choice).

To this day, with something like a year left on the clock, we can still get boring business desktops and laptops with XP support(and not just old stock, though there is plenty of good condition off-lease gear to be had, for crazy cheap, these are fresh-off-the-line new models).

Microsoft has considerable leverage over people who aren't volume customers(a group whose willingness to pay for software MS loves; but which is very inflexible about its upgrade timelines and shitty in-house software), or who don't own 'floating', non-hardware-locked licenses for their OS of choice; but they don't have all that much ability to force silicon vendors to drop support(especially for 7, which is architecturally much closer to 8 than XP is, and actually popular, unlike Vista).

Comment Re:Sheeple say "I don't do X so X is for sheeple" (Score 1) 403

Drivel. Windows was built from a crap DOS into what it is today filled with backwards bug compatibility and a complete lack of real security.

There have been realtime OSes on PC hardware long before DOS/Windows. It didn't take Microsoft to "make it happen." But if all you know is Microsoft, then you will always believe they did it first and are the only ones who do.

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