You can make WiFi unusable, however.
Technically possible but not practical for economic reasons.
From what I remember of a recent Steve Jobs announcement, all you have to do is have a room full of reporters using laptops.
The existing version of chat has an option to do audio chat with another Gmail user.
Starting a voice chat requires a separate connection hand shake. So I can be text chatting with someone and if they try to move to voice and I don't want to, I just don't answer the call. If you need an excuse, it's that you don't have a microphone on your machine, or whatever.
My guess is that this will work in a similar fashion.
I started working for HP shortly after Carly came in, and I had the privilege to work with a number of 30+ year HP employees. They had worked for (and in several cases personally met) Bill and Dave and they had nothing but praise for them. They also had an amazing loyalty to the company - a loyalty that took one beating after another under Carly's leadership.
Maybe you're right that no employee of a tech company has anything good to say these days, but it wasn't the case at HP for many years.
As to the current situation, I know a number of people that still work there and they are miserable - far more so than when I left 5 years ago. Things were tough when I left, but it sounds like they've gotten far worse over time.
First time trying out the journal here. Not sure what exactly I would use it for...
I'm sure that Ruby on Rails could have a fully functional web site made from this data in about half an hour.
The downside is that if more than two people try to access the data, it will display a whale suspended by balloons.
(Please Note: This post is a joke, and not an attempt to start a flame war).
As much as this is a bummer, it's actually a great example of the OSS model at work.
If this was a closed source solution, where the company got acquired and the product wasn't strategic, the solution would just be gone.
With OSS though, another company - for whom the solution is strategic - can step in and pick up the project.
In DRM Apple, the iPhone unlocks you!
Not sure it has the same ring to it...
"Free markets select for winning solutions." -- Eric S. Raymond