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Comment Self destruct, trojan horse, or did they lose it? (Score 1) 612

I'm surprised how well preserved it's in. Looks like it landed itself inside Iran. Which gives some pause. If the drone and it's technological components are sensitive military secrets, why didn't that thing self destruct by nose diving into the ground or blow up at high altitude once it lost communication with command and control?

Or is it a trojan horse of sorts? You'd think the Iranians are now twice as shy to hook anything with a network port to any of the devices on the drone. Or is the drone laying in wait for that one wrong screw marked "top secret" from being turned to take out Iran's military engineers? It's a risky move as you know Syria, Russia, and China are about to pull up the cash wagon and hopefully drive off with parts.

Or is it just plain old stupidity? The US military and CIA is something to both be impressed and embarrassed about. Some of their plans are just awe-inspiring cold world James Bond cool shit. Then there is those moments where no one thinks to secure USB ports on top secret military computer that only yield to palm plants to the face.

I can't wait to see how this plays out and I hope it's not as simple as they lost their ball over the neighbor's fence.

Comment The "Pick 2 of 3" rule still works. (Score 3, Informative) 653

The "Pick 2 of 3" rule:

You can only pick two out of the three options. You then will get the opposite of the remaining option. 1) You want good quality workmanship. 2) You want the price to be cheap. 3) You want the work done quickly.

If you outsource and pick #2 and #3, then you get the opposite of #1; bad quality workmanship. The other option when outsourcing for cheaper pay is #1 and #2, but this means #3, the work will be done slowly, then businesses will have to lose market ground.

This is business 101 knowledge, yet our accountants and MBA grads have yet to master this simple rule.

Comment What keeps Opera going? (Score 3, Interesting) 211

I.E. and Chrome come from revenue generating corporations. With the recent unease of Firefox's financial tether to Google possibly coming to an end. What's keeping Opera afloat?

On the side I'm trying out Opera right now for the next week. If all fairs well I'll move off Chrome and onto Opera as my experience with Chrome is in the "meh" stage, that's ther stage right after the honeymoon stage is over. Firefox lost me when it couldn't control the plugin version incompatibility with versions of Firefox.

Comment Not likely (Score 1) 77

From what I read Leo was some how crowned by a handful of the board members hastily, while many more were still unhappy of HP forcing Mark out. Many on the board saw leaving the post open to long after Mark as a bad sign as no one internally was suited/groomed for the position.

The board in their haste (which is their fault, as the blame bucket is passed around) didn't realize their newly appointed king had no clothes. Just a few handful of people were made aware the weekend prior to Leo's "el grande vision" was announced. Then the oh'crap edict was handed down, the board immediately started deliberating on sacking Crazy Leo. If this was a few centuries prior, you would have seen the king's court rush the balcony and push the king over the railing.

This is pure and real damage control. This is no falsely devaluing the company in the hopes of selling off HP. You might as well say the Apollo moon landing was a Hollywood hoax too. The board has a tight reign on Meg and she knows it and is willing to play the part. Just listen to her during the meetings. HP board is trying to right the ship and plug the holes Leo opened up.

There is no doubt Leo is pure toxic. Any company willing to bring him in is insane! HP's board of directors were caught asleep at the wheel and Leo crashed the car.

Comment Damage control (Score 1) 77

HP is in complete damage control right now. The wrecking ball of Leo has done far more damage than Carly ever did. Leo literally shook the confidence in HP investors and customers. Meg is doing a good job of damage control from Leo's decisions and the boards embarrassment of letting Leo get away with he did do in such a short amount of time. The board was asleep at the wheel and when the king made his appearance, he had no clothes. Meg is better off pulling a Monty Python making a statement to the effect, "please disregard the bozo before me, now back to our program." Mark Hurd had a plan and the only thing that derailed him was his ummm.. taste in party planners. HP was moving in a visionary direction. Meg just needs to get back to the ground work Mark was laying.

WebOS has to stay within HP. HP bought it for a reason and that reason couldn't have shifted as fast as one thinks. The software margin are far larger than hardware, so it makes sense to keep it and develop it. Meg announced that HP is a hardware company, then to sell hardware it helps to have software to fill out a portfolio. Then the best guess is to open source WebOS and have something akin to Android, but still the oversight of Apple.

Comment Taking advice from wolves (Score 4, Insightful) 99

So Bank of America Merrill Lynch advises HP to sell off WebOS. First off when is a bank a place to ask about the futures of computing? Technology innovation is based on having a vision and setting forth to achieve such goals. So instead of HP gathering rank and file from within HP asking, what plans or vision is there still within HP for WebOS, HP goes down the street to what is basically Lucy from Charlie Brown comics and asks for advice from a bank. Well gee, what would a bank tell you? Stick with it and build a solid infrastructure and growth channels around WebOS or to liquidate it in an auction and have the immediate cash in hand. That's asking a wolf advice on how to protect the chicken coup.

The HP board are not visionaries, technologist, or engineers. These are the wealthy dumb butts that corporate obesity produces. I'm actually ashamed of HP.

Comment meh (Score 1) 487

The points the author says can be the points in comparing any two different operating systems. I'd be interested in FreeBSD if they went to full micro-kernel route. But other than that FreeBSD argument sounds more like a whine and most their is a reason the market favors Linux over BSD. BSD has it's nifty niche and does it well and should be happy to stay there. They have been doing that for decades.

Comment I guess Anonymous has it's limits (Score 1) 397

When people are directly being murdered in response to Anonymous actions, should give Anonymous pause. Anonymous is better far conducting such actions secretively and funnel intelligence quietly if they want to thwart drug dealers.

I wish Anonymous would start saving lives instead of ruining them. But at least they don't want to have innocent blood on their hands. My guess Anonymous members have all watched "No Country for Old Men" and thought really hard if it's worth the risk.

Comment Sun would have taken up the cause (Score 1) 246

If Netscape was purchased, then the field would have been wide open for another browser to support Java. I recall Sun and MS weren't the best of buds at the time. So if Netscape was taken off the market, my guess Sun would have helped produce a browser written in Java. I wonder if a real browser from Sun that had the backing from the FOSS community would have maybe changed Sun's fate?

Comment A win for capitalism! (Score 2) 325

If Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix because he didn't like late fees, then a 60% increase in service fees would have irked him then too. The CEO just cut ties with reality making these decisions. There is a flip side to capitalism, if your greed is more than demand you fail. This is a win for consumer capitalism and another example of an out of touch CEO. A big thumbs up for Reed Hastings's ability to screw himself.

Comment Most teachers I know (Score 1) 272

I'm not sure about the rest of the country, but the teachers I know are women that barely made it through college and couldn't find a real job so they started teaching. Most of them couldn't pass a high school exit exam and the only education they do know now is the grade they teach. These aren't the top of the class graduates here; they are the minimum level of college education. In college we always joked, well if you can't make it in the private sector you can always teach. This is oh so true. This isn't going to change, regardless of the study. Once pay for teachers meets the private sector pay, then expect real competition. Because lets face it, if teacher get paid 100K per year starting out and still get several month off a year, hell yeah I'd be gunning for a teachers position. But for now with teachers in my area starting at 30K no way. So all that's left in the talent pool is low-end college graduates willing to be baby sitters on the tax payers' dime.

I know there are some really good/excellent teachers out there. But don't tout them as the average; they are the exception to the mass majority.

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