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Comment Happens all the time (Score 1) 386

I see this happen all the time, just not usually with something as high profile as a new movie release.

Usually its some CAD/CAM or engineering package secured by some vendor customized variation on FlexLM. Every time they buy a new seat, rev the version, or a product comes up for renewal, we can expect an extended service outage while the vendor tries to issue a valid set of keys. More often than not, the first set they issue doesn't work, the support group isn't authorized to issue keys, and the group/individual that can issue keys doesn't work on days that end in Y, or only during banking hours in india.

Comment mixed bag, depends on the user (Score 1) 720

Windows 7 will be a huge success for home users that bought Vista boxes and are in desperate need of relief.

I've been running it in an experimental vm since RC, and now thats its RTM I can honestly say it doesn't suck as bad as Vista.

However, it still has the same core flaw that kept Vista from passing our initial predeployment testing. IT staff can't run it. Sure, you can surf the net on it, or RDP into a machine you can actually do work on, but as an IT person its a pretty useless environment to try to work in. adminpak hacks from vista aren't as useful as they used to be, and the rsat is pretty limited unless you've magically replaced every last server with windows2008R2 since last week. (which BTW, you can't because Windows2008R2 doesn't support ANY shipping version of exchange).

If you can somehow bypass IT and give it to end users, particularly the dolts that only run 3-4 apps in their entire work day yet somehow have fantastically overpowered workstations, they might just like it. But then you get back to the original problem: how do you support an OS in deployment that you can't run in IT.


US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal 490

theodp writes "Many US colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing US companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are US citizens. 'In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements,' advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own US students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same message is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."

Comment Its not a mistake, its horrifically misguided (Score 1) 617

Its not a mistake, its a horrifically misguided design decision.

They went through a reasonable design process based on data collected by the user experience program, the problem is anyone with a 3 digit IQ unchecked the box to send all their usage data to microsoft when they installed office. If you work in a company that installed it for you, the geeks with triple digit IQs disabled it for you. Who does that leave?

Stupid people mostly, along wIth a few lazy people that couldn't be bothered to uncheck the box.

They designed the interface for stupid people.

To make matters worse, Jensen Harris realized that if they gave users the option, they would instantly disable his masterpiece. Even some of the stupid people would have disabled it, so they removed that choice. No alternatives, no customizations.

Comment Re:Your choice (Score 1) 958

The last time I found myself in that position, I surveyed the environment, documented the gap in compliance and put together a risk assessment.

When they saw the cost of compliance vs the punitive penalties for non-compliance and factored in the risk that any disgruntled employee could report them with a phone call, I had the support of executive management. It took time for the accountants to "finance the compliance initiative", but in the end they came around.

On the other hand, I have seen it go the other way. An IT person was fired after suggesting the company come into compliance. Shortly thereafter they were "mysteriously" caught and audited, settled with the BSA for about $1 million, and agreed to a really strange monthly audit where every PC had to have a binder next to it with original media for every installed application. This was late 90's, but still an odd settlement.


Smoke and Mirrors from Sony and Microsoft 581

An anonymous reader writes "History tells us: Don't believe what you're hearing about the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.There was a lot of hype last week about the next generation of game machines. Microsoft said the Xbox 360 will ultimately reach 1 billion consumers worldwide, while Sony gave a laundry list of features for the PlayStation 3, showing some jaw dropping footage along the way. (Nintendo promised a Revolution, but didn't go much further than that.) I hate to be a wet blanket, but it's time to come back to reality."

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