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Comment Re:Cisco is getting worse... (Score 5, Interesting) 144

One of the VP level Engineers (title is "distinguished" or something exalted like that) told me over lunch a couple of years ago that Chambers had said to him he wasn't interested in R&D. If there was a technology he needed, he'd buy it.
The problem is that Cisco climbed to the top using IBM strategies and thinking which were focus on delivering "end to end" solutions to customers.
They had no interest in box shipping. Those were just lego bricks and logistics. You can imagine how soul destroying that was to be a Cisco engineer.
Bugs were a bonus to them as they sold annual maintenance contracts for roughly the same cost as the gear they sold.
Now that the router/switch market has matured and commoditised they care even less about the quality of those boxes they have to ship.
Their focus is entirely on the "service" level.
They will eventually become another IBM. I was trying to think of a real tangible product that IBM made and sold just the other day. Do they?

Comment Head cover protest (Score 1) 144

This makes me wish I was still working for them in IOS Engineering for the opportunity just to stir some shit.
I'd have gone into the office on Monday morning with my head covered in tinfoil.
I use to get some good laughs in the Cisco office, I seem to be getting more on the outside these days.
Oh how the mighty have fallen....

Comment Market manipulation (Score 1) 87

I can't help but feel that this is nothing more than a attempt to undermine, short term, confidence in virtual currencies.
Otherwise known as "market manipulation".
Price goes down on some press announcement like this, somebody buys large, price rebounds. Somebody cashes in.

Comment Re:universal clipboard wtf (Score 3, Insightful) 201

That's what having separate user accounts is for.
There's no way I'd let my kids use anything that I was logged into.
Your just asking for disaster.

Airdrop has never worked well for me although hand off works very nicely.
Uni-Clip sounds good, in theory, although I've yet to try it out.
I'm still on El Capitan & iOS9 until the dust settles and the major bugs have been fixed.

Comment How your supply chain can build or destroy a brand (Score 2) 202

The question, that remains unanswered at the moment, is just how damaged is the Samsung Phone brand?
Is it on life support now after what just happened to a 6 year old NY-er?
As a parent I'm not keen on allowing any of my gang (7, 5, 3, & 6 mnths) to touch our smart phones, less so now.
This is where brand value and customer confidence in brand comes to the fore, when it threatens the safety of those who you protect.
Xmas time is going to be a tough one for Samsung and, for not paying attention to the quality and safety of supplied parts, they deserve it.
Which android brand will take their place?

Comment Re:I'll bet it's all Larry (Score 0) 156

I suspect Larry too.
I also suspect that there's an element of his close, late, friend Steve Jobs bitterness and declaration of war on Google in Larry's vendetta.

Putting personal vendetta's aside Google is getting too powerful, it's ability to manipulate information on a global scale for political motives is worrying.
Time for some transparency and/or regulation of Google and the online search industry.

Comment Not perfect but not "serious" (Score 2) 43

Read the paper.
https://www.usenix.org/system/files/conference/usenixsecurity16/sec16_paper_garman.pdf

Quote "Overall, our determination is that while iMessage’s end-to-end encryption protocol is an improvement over systems that use encryption on network traffic only (e.g., Google Hangouts), messages sent through iMessage may not be secure against sophisticated adversaries."

The attacker requires stolen TLS certificates or by gaining access to Apple's servers.
Serious? No. All systems are flawed in someway and are breakable to that extent.

Comment Slashdot poll. (Score 1) 706

All this finger pointing at politicians, nonsense, just nonsense. Politicians are just puppets on a string.
We should do a slashdot poll with 2 options.
Question "Was Seth Rich kill by a mugger or by the government wanting to send a message to any more would be wikileakers?"
Answers "Yes" & "No". (ok, maybe "cowboy neal did it", too)
It's the US security bureaucrat's who will be behind this.
The faceless men in the shadows who love the power they wield and fear the light maybe turn on them by one of their minions.

Comment It's better than a sitcom (Score 0) 265

Trump asks Russia to hack Hilary.
Trump then says "I was being sarcastic"
Russia Hacks Hilary (apparently it was them, they deny it.)
Oh and not forgetting the feminist ho-ha over Hilary not making the front pages for her nomination.
My Questions are:
1) Can Hilary really continue to be a "victim" (as she was when Bill got a BJ in the Oval) and be voted for as leader? People don't vote victims into power, they vote for strong leaders.
2) If you are mad enough to consider voting for Trump does the fact that the Russian's are trying to help him put you off. If it does who do you vote for?
3) Maybe McAfee isn't such a bad choice? :)
4) Should there be a box on the ballot saying "keep the guy's who's already in the white house. I don't like any of the above." ?

Comment Re:The wording (Score 1, Offtopic) 238

The result is 53.1% for leaving if you remove Scotland from the totals.
You could also remove N.Ireland but it was only about 90,000 votes difference (in favour of remaining)
T.M is the UK's 2nd female PM and very possibly the last PM of the "United" Kingdom

UK
Leave 17,410,742 (51.9%)
Remain 16,141,241 (48.1%)
Total 33,551,983

Scotland
Leave 1,018,322 (38%)
Remain 1,661,191 (62%)
Total 2,679,513
383,570 (14.3%)

UK (without Scotland)
Leave 16,392,420 (53.1%)
Remain 14,480,050 (46.9%)
Total 30,872,470

Comment Gordon Ramsay in sweary rant about cooked steak (Score 1) 523

... just doesn't have the same click bait appeal does it?
I think it might be fun to put Linus in a kitchen with Gordon just to give him a taste of his own medicine and vice versa ;)

Those who get to the top of their profession are driven perfectionists who expect everyone else around them to strive to achieve that same level of perfection.
I get why they lose it with others less driven and focused.
Do they need perspective or should we just leave them alone to continue to be brilliant? I think the latter.

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