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Macs End Up Costing 3 Times Less Than Windows PCs Because of Fewer Tech Support Expense, Says IBM's IT Guy ( 446

An anonymous reader shares a report on Yahoo (edited): Last year, Fletcher Previn became a cult figure of sorts in the world of enterprise IT. As IBM's VP of Workplace as a Service, Previn is the guy responsible for turning IBM (the company that invented the PC) into an Apple Mac house. Previn gave a great presentation at last year's Jamf tech conference where he said Macs were less expensive to support than Windows. Only 5% of IBM's Mac employees needed help desk support versus 40% of PC users. At that time, some 30,000 IBM employees were using Macs. Today 90,000 of them are, he said. And IBM ultimately plans to distribute 150,000 to 200,000 Macs to workers, meaning about half of IBM's approximately 370,000 employees will have Macs. Previn's team is responsible for all the company's PCs, not just the Macs. All told IBM's IT department supports about 604,000 laptops between employees and its 100,000+ contractors. Most of them are Windows machines -- 442,000 -- while 90,000 are Macs and 72,000 are Linux PCs. IBM is adding about 1,300 Macs a week, Previn said.

Comment No, you cannot have an "alternative opinion" (Score 2) 502

At least if you are a professional in a field.

Because I would expect my professional to be at the level of current science and technology. I do expect my mechanic to think that sand isn't the best lubricant for my gear box, I do expect my doctor to know that it's not a good idea to sprinkle holy water that he got from the holy pond in his garden into my open chest wound and I do expect my IT security guy to know that it's not a good idea to let the new server sit on the ley line in front of our HQ for a night to absorb the good energies.

If you want to believe that, great. But get out of your field of work before you do. If you want to offer "alternative" stuff, move into that profession instead. I am sure there is a market for that too, else people would not have invented that snake oil. But if you are my nurse and responsible for working on my child, I do fucking EXPECT you to give him or her that MMR shots and not avoid it because you "don't believe in it".

Comment Re:Incidents vs. population? (Score 1) 256

Because people are stupid and don't understand statistics.

An example: Imagine there is an ultra rare disease that one in 100 million people gets. Now imagine there is a test for it with a 0.001% error margin (i.e. 0.001% of test results are false).

Is that test worth anything?

Comment Re:There's certainly a place for that, a ROI point (Score 2) 49

You can have us for a little over 1000 a day. And you can find a LOT of security flaws in a day. I dare say hiring a pentester for 2 days can close 80% of your security holes, and since they're going for the same low hanging fruits that black hats go for, this should make you safe, unless you're a high profile target where someone really, really, really wants to hack you and is willing and able to spend the time for that.

Comment Incidents vs. population? (Score 1) 256

Yes, there are fewer incidents with self driving car. There are, though, also vastly fewer self driving cars. Does anyone have a "Accidents per 100.000 vehicles" statistics out there? Else, it's about as useful as saying that Model Ts have the best contemporary accident records.

Comment Re: Election of 1968 (Score 1) 323

If that's your point, then I wholly agree with you. I thought that saying, "It's a disgrace to humanity as a whole," was you distancing yourself from from this monstrosity as if corruption was an American invention or as if the US has even exhibited corruption in its most perfect form.

This particular election (and nearly every other election in the US, at least in my lifetime) is a "shame on us" moment, but contemporary US politics don't represent the worst display of corruption in history or even in the modern world. I have no tolerance for it here, but don't make the mistake of pointing to our shit-show while letting your own fester, even if it isn't quite as bad at the moment.

Comment Re: Election of 1968 (Score 1) 323

It's almost as if the worst of your country represent you.

You must be new here (Earth). The top tiers of every government in every country are the worst of us, because the worst of us are attracted to the power and wealth that can be extracted from such positions and have no qualms about doing whatever it takes to get these positions. Where do you live where your politicians are angels (or even decent people)? Looking back through history, how many kings, emperors, presidents, and prime ministers can you name who were not monsters in one way or another?

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