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Comment Insignificant figures (Score 1) 98

Anybody do the math here? $500m is their GROSS income from these domains when their NET annual profit is more than 1000 time bigger. They're not making any important profit here. That they allow this is probably just a volume-mitigated oversight. If I sell a Widget that breaks for a $1 profit and a company that makes a better, more durable version sells 1 billion of them for $2 more and pays $1.50 more, for them, and makes $100 Billion dollars, I'm pretty sure I'm still the evil one.

Comment You're the IT Administrator (Score 1) 2

My observation has been that there are two problems here: 1) People, in particular business decision-makers, tend to make decisions without fully evaluating what they want. 2) IT folks tend not to negotiate a viable power structure, and allow non-technical people to make technical decisions The solution, is, first, to sell yourself as the administrator. By Selling yourself as an administrator, you can convince management that they're paying you to make these sorts of decisions, and that if they won't take your advice, they're spending money, that they're not benefiting from. This is a hard, risky sell, because, in a sense, you're arguing against the value of your job. An important part of this is dialog: evaluate your customer's (Boss's) need and find the best solution. Also, help him define his needs: "You need your computer to run reliably ALL the time, right? Using Firefox, help me do that for you. Using IE makes that, in some cases, virtually impossible." "They Software for the voicemail needs to be available. There are problems with the Java runtime that require maintenance, and maintenance cuts into your productive time. Is it worth it to you for me to fix a recurring problem on your time? or is it easier to use a more reliable access method?" The second part of the solution, is to use the tools that you have The key idea here is, you can force them into good procedure with a policy that prevents them running iexplore.exe, but that creates a political situation. that's why selling your ideas is important. With anyone lower than management, this is a great method, even with middle-management, as long as you have management support. The last Point I'd like to make is that sometimes, just continuing to maintain a bad solution is why they've hired an IT staff, and that even though the platform has lots of issues, If the management wants to use that platform, and it creates a job for you to do, do that job, It's why they hired you. If there's a problem with software running on that platform, do your best to discuss it with the vendor, and involve management in the discussion as neccesary, and allow them to share your frustration on an experiential level; they'll have a better point of reference for understanding your advice in the future. my $0.02us

Submission + - Why don't employees follow IT recommendations? 2

An anonymous reader writes: I am the IT guy at a small (1-20 workers) office. We recently moved to a new location, during which we set up an online voicemail account with a major telco. Unfortunately, one computer (64 bit Vista with IE8) won't run the java applet used to listen to voicemails. Firefox handles it beautifully. I told the worker to just use Firefox, unless he needed IE for something. He responded with "Well, I don't feel like running Firefox all the time". He's the office manager, so there's not really a lot I can say. How do you IT folk implement and enforce this kind of thing?

How Infighting Hampers Innovation At Microsoft 450

Garabito writes "Dick Brass, former vice-president at Microsoft, published an op-ed in The New York Times, where he states that 'Microsoft has become a clumsy, uncompetitive innovator' and how 'it has lost share in Web browsers, high-end laptops and smartphones.' He attributes this situation to the lack of a true system for innovation at Microsoft. Some former employees argue that Microsoft has a system to thwart innovation. He tells how promising and innovative technologies like ClearType and the original TabletPC concept become crippled and sabotaged internally, by groups and divisions that felt threatened by them."

Comment Early adoption (Score 1) 3

I'm not sure that twitter is something I think of when I consider early adoption. When everybody at CNN has an account, I'd say twitter is mainstream, and probably will be replaced with something more robust in short order. Facebook is a good contender. Android is another. Google Wave is a third.

Comment A great problem description (Score 1) 1

And a glimpse into how we have the Microsoft of today. "Internal competition ..." what we see is a beast, operated internally through FUD, that has taught itself to compete the same way on the outside, as on the inside. "Stifled Innovation ... " the pursuit of the certain, in ignorance of the community, the beneficial, and the desirable. The power structure has lost the agility of youth because it doesn't allow itself to accept new ideas. It sounds as though Microsoft will have to truly re-invent it's corporate culture if it wishes to survive a changing market. and it will have to do it by really listeing to its employees, to it's customers, and to it's vendors; and I don't mean 'multiple choice surveys' but a free-form discussion about growth, supporting good ideas, nurturing bad ones, and competing in new markets, literally making new markets, instead of trying to slow or destroy old ones. I hope that the idea people who are fleeing Microsoft will join together and make their ideas a reality. It sounds like, at an atomic level inovation is alive at Microsoft afterall, if only we can keep Microsoft's power structure from killing it.

Submission + - IE Flaw Gives Hackers Access to User Files (

snydeq writes: "Microsoft warned that a flaw in IE gives attackers access to files stored on a PC under certain conditions. 'Our investigation so far has shown that if a user is using a version of Internet Explorer that is not running in Protected Mode an attacker may be able to access files with an already known filename and location,' Microsoft said in a security advisory. The vulnerability requires that an attacker knows the name of the file they want to access, according to the company. The disclosure is the latest security problem to affect IE. Last month, an undisclosed vulnerability in IE 6 was used in attacks that targeted more than 20 U.S. companies, including Google, which blamed China. The vulnerability has since been fixed by Microsoft. The attacks led Google to announce last week that it would phase out support for IE 6, starting with Google Apps and Google Sites in March."

Submission + - First cowboy to draw always gets shot. Here's why. ( 3

cremeglace writes: Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel–winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first.

Submission + - Microsoft's Creative Destruction ( 1

tugfoigel writes: Dick Brass, a former speechwriter for Larry Ellison and reporter for the New York Daily News is dishing the dirt on Microsoft. He was in charge of Microsoft's e-books and did not get his way.
"As they marvel at Apple's new iPad tablet computer, the technorati seem to be focusing on where this leaves Amazon's popular e-book business. But the much more important question is why Microsoft, America's most famous and prosperous technology company, no longer brings us the future, whether it's tablet computers like the iPad, e-books like Amazon's Kindle, smartphones like the BlackBerry and iPhone, search engines like Google, digital music systems like iPod and iTunes or popular Web services like Facebook and Twitter.

Some people take joy in Microsoft's struggles, as the popular view in recent years paints the company as an unrepentant intentional monopolist. Good riddance if it fails. But those of us who worked there know it differently. At worst, you can say it's a highly repentant, largely accidental monopolist. It employs thousands of the smartest, most capable engineers in the world. More than any other firm, it made using computers both ubiquitous and affordable. Microsoft's Windows operating system and Office applications suite still utterly rule their markets."


Submission + - Symbian OS Goes Open-Source

An anonymous reader writes: The foundation overseeing the world's most popular smartphone OS, Symbian, announced that it had made the operating system entirely open source. By putting Symbian fully in the public domain, the Symbian Foundation is pitting it against Google's Android. Symbian is well known across most of the world, but it's mostly a foreign curiosity in the US. AT&T is the only carrier that currently has a symbian phone in its lineup, the Nokia E71x.

Comment Re:Incorrect premise (Score 1) 945

I think is right on target, and add that the closed-culture at Apple functions to so specifically target this, in part through the secrecy. People always put themeselves into groups. You would never know a true free-thinker if you met one, and you probably wouldn't like then very much, too much of a perspective gap.

Submission + - NVIDIA GF100 wants to revolutionize GPUs (

JoshMST writes: NVIDIA is late to the party with DX11-ready graphics hardware, but they are
hoping to make up for it with a very unique and different design than the
competing AMD Radeon GPUs. The GF100 GPU is
essentially the same hardware that was detailed in the
Fermi release late last year, but only now do details emerge on how the
hardware is targeted at the gaming market. A total of 512 processing cores
are combined with a new PolyMorph Engine that performs the necessary
tessellation for DX11 but in a new, less serialized manner. The chip is
going to be big and we already know that it is going to be power hungry,
but until actual products and benchmarks are revealed, the final answer
between AMD and NVIDIA this generation will be up in the air.

Submission + - SPAM: Nano-scale Robot Arm Moves Atoms With 100% Accurac

destinyland writes: A New York professor has built "a two-armed nanorobotic device with the ability to place specific atoms and molecules where scientists want them." The nano-scopic device is just 150 x 50 x 8 nanometers in size — over a million could fit inside a single red blood cell. But because of its size, it's able to build nanoscale structures and machines — including a nanoscale walking biped and even sequence-dependent molecular switch arrays!
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Submission + - Police in Britain arrest man for joke on Twitter (

An anonymous reader writes: A British man arrested under anti-terrorism legislation for making a bomb joke on Twitter. Paul Chambers, 26, was arrested under the provisions of the Terrorism Act (2006) –his crime? Frustrated at grounded flights over inclement weather, he made a joke bomb threat on the social networking site Twitter.

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