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101 Dumbest Moments In Business

Hemos posted more than 12 years ago | from the hehe-hehe dept.

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hhutkin writes "It's that time again. Business 2.0 posted their 101 Dumbest Moments in Business. Of course, they lambast Enron, but they also slam Ginger, a laptop computer made for the steering wheel of your car, Steve Ballmer dancing, and some other really dumb stuff from the past year."

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Why WONT Slashdot fix the PAGE WIDENING BUG??? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3165973)

Why WONT Slashdot fix the PAGE WIDENING BUG??? [sourceforge.net]

Its clear that the so-called "editors" and "coders" at
Sla$hdot are so deluded and confused, that they think by
NOT fixing this bug, millions of IE/Windows users will
suddenly flock to Linux/Mozilla. Or they think they are
revealing some "bug" in IE.

Just for fun I tried page-widening on some other comment
pages. IT DOES NOT WORK. For example try www.shacknews.com.
The comment I post is wide, but THE OTHER COMMENTS ARE FINE.

So, whats broken? Your stupid open sorez code is broken.

You guys really are starting to be your own worst enemy.
Your readership and hitcounts are down, aren't they? Its
because you are OUT OF TOUCH! If you do not fix the bug,
people, ALOT OF PEOPLE, alot more than your Mozilla
readership, will be *ANNOYED*.

ANNOYING YOUR USERBASE IS NOT A GOOD BUSINESS MODEL. [sourceforge.net]
GET A FUCKING CLUE.


You guys suck. Goodbye.

Re:Why WONT Slashdot fix the PAGE WIDENING BUG??? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166115)

Why won't Microsoft fix their browser?

Re:Why WONT Slashdot fix the PAGE WIDENING BUG??? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166321)

Welcome to the life of a web-developer. As a web developer, even if you don't like the tool a user uses to view your site, it is your job to design a site that functions as properly as possible in all possible browsers. Like it or not, since the majority of web users use Internet Explorer, it makes sense to design a site that displays properly in that browser.

What's #1? (-1)

Klerck (213193) | more than 12 years ago | (#3165980)

I'm guessing it's slashdot subscriptions!

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.some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you .that .you .don't .have .enough .charaters .per .line .that .really .sucks .when .that .happens .and .you .have .to .put .some .lame .lameness .filter .defeater .text .in .there .i .wonder .how .many .people .will .read .this .whole .comment .I .certainly .hope .it .doesnt .annoy .too .many .people .This .is .just .the .beginning .because .PAGE .WIDENING .IS .BACK .I .like .wide .pages .I .wish .all .pages .could .be .as .wide .as .this .dont .you .wide .pages .are .much .cooler .than .those .narrow .pages .you .are .used .to .reading .because .you .dont .have .to .worry .about .the .lameness .filter .telling .you<

Re:What's #1? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3165994)

failure...

tasaoapa tasaraiafa (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3165984)

tasaoapa tasaraiafa

Hi. *FLOOD!* (-1, Offtopic)

Serial Troller (556155) | more than 12 years ago | (#3165999)

  • 2002. Slashdot publishes 1,000,000th rumor passed off as actual story. The story generates 480 comments, 263 of which agree with the article, and 107 of which point out its a rumor and are modded down as redundant. The remaining comments are all first posts.
  • 2002. CmdrTaco married to Kathleen Fent. Many geeks believe Kathleen, a purported transvestite, outmeasures CmdrTaco.
  • 2002. Slashdot parent corporation VA Research^W Linux^W Software stock worth 35 cents. Rumors that AOL, Microsoft, or even Jimmy the hobo who lives under the Longfellow Bridge may buy it.
  • 2003. VA Software bought by Microsoft for a cup of coffee and a donut. All Microsoft-critical articles mysteriously disappear from Slashdot. Bill Gates as Borg logo replaced with Bill Gates as God.
  • 2003. Papperatzi videos of Miguel de Icaza caught going down on Bill Gates in his private yacht spread across Usenet. Miguel swears that recent decisions to rename the Gnome desktop to Windows NT 6.0 have nothing to do with it.
  • 2004. CmdrTaco loses hist virginity.
  • 2004. The WIPO Troll returns again, showering Slashdot in 45,000 copies of the same post: Lick my crotch hairs. Slashdot, despite running on 18 redundant IIS/8.0 servers, buckles under the load. The term Slashdotted is replaced with WIPO-Trolled.
  • 2004. Slashdot, the last vestige of VA Research^W Linux^W Software^W Microsoft, officially shut down. Millions of screaming, unwashed geeks invade Redmond campus and lynch Bill Gates. CmdrTaco is believed to posess the only remaining copy of the Slashdot database on several hundred CD-Rs.
  • 2005. The Linux is world is shocked when Linus Torvalds and Anal Cox are found dead along with six penguins, an empty tub of crisco and several used condoms. Millions of screaming, unwashed geeks invade Redmond campus and lynch Steve Ballmer.
  • 2005. CmdrTaco rumored to have had sex again.
  • 2006. CowboiKneel found dead in hotel room with 56 pizza boxes covering his bloated corpse. Three suffocated gay prostitutes are extracted from beneath his body as police remove it with a backhoe.
  • 2007. CmdrTaco actually has sex again. With a woman.
  • 2007. BSD is still officially dying. No word on when its demise will take place.
  • 2007. CmdrTaco starts new weblog to replace Slashdot, creatively named Dotslash. Remainder of Linux users flock to the site and immediate WIPO-Troll it out of existence.
  • 2008. CmdrTaco has sex with his wife for the first time.
  • 2009. After years of living under the heel of his domineering wife, and being deprived of companyof his life-long friend, Jeff Homos Bates, CmdrTaco commits suicide. Another unwashed geek mob gathers and tears Kathleen Fent to shreds. Geeks discover Ms. Fent was indeed a woman, but dont exactly know what that means. Driven by their sexually-repressed rage, they subsequently invade Redmond again and lynch the current CEO of Microsoft, Miguel deIcaza.
  • 2009. Richard Stallman mysteriously murdered. Conspiracy theories run rampant, most involving Microsoft in some way. Invasions of Redmond campus by hordes of geeks become commonplace.
  • 2010. Stallman murder solved when Eric S. Raymond confesses. Raymond blamed the collapse of VA Research^W Linux^W Software^W Microsoft on Stallmans dogmatic insistence on prefixing every open-source project with GNU. Raymond is subsequently committed to an insane asylum, again giving the horde of geeks an excuse to raze Redmond.
  • 2010. An ex-hacker reports witnessing CmdrTaco at a gas station in Tennessee. The nearly-defunct Linux movement is rekindled as CmdrTaco sightings become common.
  • 2011. Microsoft campus burnt to the ground by screaming, unwashed geek mob after Microsoft is blamed when a Linuxhacker in Cambridge, Massachusetts spills his coffee on his pants. Microsoft undaunted as their plans to buy out the Federal Government come to fruition. Washington, D.C. renamed Microsoft Capitol 2010.

Slashdot selling out (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166003)

Was the dumbest moment in business ever.

+5 Insightful

Re:Slashdot selling out (-1)

Serial Troller (556155) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166026)

Which time?
When they started with banner ads?
When they sold to Andover?
When they sold to VA Linux?
When they started publishing ads as "reviews"?
When they started publishing ads as JonKatz articles?
When they introduced the larger banners?
When they began the subscription service?
When ... (insert next sell-out here) ...?

Re:Slashdot selling out (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166094)

Non-intrusive banner ads are acceptable. The current ads that are as big as CmdrTaco's anus [goatse.cx] are not. Selling themselves to big business is not. Jon Katz is not. Subscriptions will never work.

Re:Slashdot selling out (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166249)

CmdrTaco & Homo^hes claim that the money from subscriptions offset the money they would have otherwise recieved had the ad been shown (ie - 1000 ads = $5 if it's paid by the reader or by the advertiser).

So why are they doing it if it 1) doesn't generate any additional revenue and 2) alienates some readers?

Simple. It's a trial balloon to see how draconian they can get. To those that subscribe, claiming it's a "tip jar" -- better have the KY jelly ready, because you're going to get fucked up the ass, and it won't be pretty.

I guess I've been living in a cave (0, Offtopic)

betis70 (525817) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166008)

because I haven't the foggiest idea who Andrea Thompson is.

18. CNN 1, Fox News 0: On her first day as a newsreader for CNN's Headline News, former NYPD Blue actress Andrea Thompson ingratiates herself to viewers by announcing, "I'm Andrea Thompson, and unless you've been living in a cave, you probably already know that."

Re:I guess I've been living in a cave (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166144)

> because I haven't the foggiest idea who Andrea Thompson is.

Actress (NYPD Blue, Babylon 5, etc) turned TV journalist. Took a lot of flak for that move; I suspect she was referring to that controversy, it got a lot of press.

Re:I guess I've been living in a cave (2, Funny)

rjamestaylor (117847) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166151)

What's CNN?

Re:I guess I've been living in a cave (2)

RAVasquez (318309) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166273)

Andrea Thompson was the former actress who was hired as a newsreader for CNN Headline News, as part of their makeover into a really bad Web page-inspired design. HN was criticized for eschewing journalism for a pretty face, the first time in history a network newscast has been accused of that. (/irony)

Re:I guess I've been living in a cave (2)

gilroy (155262) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166288)

Blockquoth the poster:

because I haven't the foggiest idea who Andrea Thompson is.

Why, she's Commercial Telepath (Psi Rating P5) Talia Winters, of course.

slamming Ginger (0)

BadAndy*G00dP!zza (323176) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166022)

Not sure who wouldn't want to slam Ginger......Oh, you mean we're not talking about Gilligan's Island though....still, come on.

Re:slamming Ginger (-1)

Serial Troller (556155) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166070)

I'd like to SLAM GINGER [rarecelebs.com] too... MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM...

Re:slamming Ginger (1)

betis70 (525817) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166079)

I'd much prefer slamming Mary-Ann. Ginger probably had the clap.

I love you (-1)

xdfgf (460453) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166023)

Penis?
Vagina?
or
Anus?

YOU DECIDE!

Re:I love you (-1)

Serial Troller (556155) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166041)

PENIS on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
VAGINA on Mondays and Wednesdays.
ANUS every other day of the week.

Obviously. Are you some kind of IDIOT??

The Stupidest Business Move Ever Done (0, Offtopic)

Renraku (518261) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166024)

1 loyal U.S. Senator...$5,000. 1 trip to Disneyland...$2,000. 1 video tape of a U.S. Senator throwing up on Space Mountain and promising that Disneyland will be sold to China...priceless.

Is this brilliant or stupid? (5, Funny)

Tri0de (182282) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166027)

33. "We've been doubling sales every 18 months. However, when you start from zero, it takes a long while." -- Stephen Yeo, a marketing director at Windows-terminal manufacturer Wyse, explaining his company's less-than-meteoric rise, to ZDNet UK

More Dot Bomb News (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166189)

If you like this kind of Dot.Bomb stuff check this site.

Latest Dot Bomb News [packetshield.com]

The language is bad but the content is good. Updated daily

Re:Is this brilliant or stupid? (1)

mrm677 (456727) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166278)

Wyse was big back in the 80's. They were the second-largest maker of terminals for mainframes.

Re:Is this brilliant or stupid? (2)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166298)

"You can have any color of car you want, as long as it's black." -- was it Henry Ford that said this?

You can measure it's brilliance by how much the investors put in after that comment. If they still gave him money, then his positive 'marketing slant' freed some money from some obviously stupid people. Heh. mmmmDarwin Economics.

Northpoint.net overexpansion? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166032)

Northpoint.net overexpansion?

Billions of dollars gone into banrupty so soon.

Top 100 blunder. hundreds of thousands of paying business customers cut off.

Apples MacOS X (chasing away its developers) BAD (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166040)

Apples MacOS X (chasing away its developers) is a BAD mistake.

They should had tried to keep System 7.6 (bugless) running on all new macs.

Now they are doomed

Carbon 1.0 never shipped (no SCSI etc)

Apple killed itself with crappy slow OS X

Goodbyte apple I know 10 Mac developers that recently switched to MS Windows

Almost no Mac OS X software has been released in 12 months.

Re:Apples MacOS X (chasing away its developers) BA (1)

DarkRecluse (231992) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166129)

Well if it chases you away I think we can all agree whatever they did wasn't a mistake:)

Re:Apples MacOS X (chasing away its developers) BA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166186)

Actually, the amount of Mac OSX software released in the past year, and scheduled to be released in the coming year, is staggering.

I'm not sure where you get your ideas.

Re:Apples MacOS X (chasing away its developers) BA (1)

RAVasquez (318309) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166295)

And *BSD is dying, right?

If you wanna find out how much of a troll this is, check here. [versiontracker.com]

THE dumbest moment in business (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166050)

As far as dumbest moments in business go, can anyone top this [linuxtoday.com] ?

LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166191)

Assuming the economy does not in fact crater, how is wealth going to affect my life in six months?

HAHAH!!

AMISH VIRUS!!! OMG!! (-1)

Alan_Thicke (553655) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166054)

You have just received the Amish Virus!
Since we do not have electricity or computers,
you are on the HONOR SYSTEM!
Please delete ALL of your files....




Thank Thee.

They forgot 0. (3)

Knunov (158076) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166055)

0. Websites will revolutionize the way people do business

1. Houston, We Have a Problem, Part 1: Enron


Knunov

Biggest Mistake=Adobe destroys goodwill using FBI (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166059)

Biggest Mistake=Adobe destroys goodwill using FBI henchmen to try (successfully) to imprison a russian programer who wrote his own source code to print and read aloud Acrobat documents.

Adobe using DMCA was sucha big mistake they fired the two principal people involved.

One was a long time insider. She was immediately axed.

The genie is out of the bottle.

Everyone I know HATES adobe and their DMCA mind control though police fascism.

Screw Adobe!!

Re:Biggest Mistake=Adobe destroys goodwill using F (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166093)

No, I like Adobe. Fuck that worthless Russian pirate.

Was this article a Beastie Boys solo project? (4, Funny)

darien (180561) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166075)

Anyone else notice the article was co-written by Adam Horowitz? I guess after Hello Nasty there was only one place to go - business journalism!

Beastie Boys (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166173)

I would just like to say that the Beastie Boys are yet more proof that Whites do everything better than blacks.

Thank you.

Patrick Bateman, Esquire.

Re:Beastie Boys (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166316)

Good point

Biggest famous mistake=Osborne's Interview 60 Min (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166082)

Biggest famous mistake=Osborne's Interview 60 Minutes.

Mr Osborne is a multimillionaire with his portable computer (pre Compaq competition) and his Osborne 1 is famous, though not too high tech).

60 minutes asks him if he is rich enough and if Osborne 1 is good enough.

Osborne foolishly boasts " THE OSBORNE 1 is NOTHING COMPARED TO HOW GREATE THE OSBORNE TWO WILL BE!!!!!!!"

That boasts puts him out of business the next month practically.

Its is now called the Osborne syndrome.

Apple computer avoids this mistake.

Do you see the mistake?

Not one customer wanted to ever buy an Osborne 1... they all waited for an Osborne 2 that could never ship because the inventory was killing the company in unsold computers with no buyers.

One foolish public boast about new model.

Its one of histories top 100 mistakes, and its a silicon valley top 10 mistake.

If its not in the list then the list is not authoritative complete or correct.

They should consult this slashdot thread and read at "level 0".

people never moderate anymore.

Shades of Donna Dubinsky (3, Interesting)

UsonianAutomatic (236235) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166209)

Speaking of which, was Donna Dubinsky's vague conference call statement that Handspring is 'exiting the traditional organizer market' on the list? (Site is slashdotted, so I don't know.)

She did a great job of alienate Handspring's existing customer base and rendering their inventory unsellable before the Treo was available. :P

And Handspring's damage control was just as bad as the original statement... lots of "We want to reassure our customers and Springboard developers that we're not discontinuing the Visor, uh, right away. We're still behind the Visor line, but we're dropping our only color model and sticking with OS 3.5."

Re:Biggest famous mistake=Osborne's Interview 60 M (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166222)

Jesus Christ did you intentionally put a paragraph marker between every single sentence??!

Sounds familiar... (3, Funny)

jcsehak (559709) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166087)

5. Proving the old business school law that says "any idiot can sell a dollar for 80 cents," online-currency company Flooz.com in July launches a special offer whereby American Express platinum cardholders can buy $1,000 of Flooz currency for just $800.

6.A month later, Flooz.com ceases processing transactions. It declares bankruptcy in November, leaving those who bought Flooz currency stuck with worthless e-dollars


Homer: Okay, I'll take $1,000
[Signs inside Itchy & Scratchy land]: "No Itchy & Scratchy bucks accepted here." "We don't take Itchy & Scratchy bucks." "Real cash only."
Homer: D'oh!

Re:Sounds familiar... (3, Funny)

minusthink (218231) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166127)

Flooz is just like regular money only... more fun.

Re:Sounds familiar... Disney money mistake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166145)

I used to buy and use 20 and 10 dollar disney dollars.

They were good at lots of places, even malls in disney stores.

They they got hit with huge amounts of theft.

Then Disney stopped wanting to honor or sell 10 and 20s. (50s?)

I could not buy them recently.

Only 1 and 5

I am sad.

I wish I kept a 20.

My favorites (3, Funny)

kingdon (220100) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166088)

The best thing about

"33. We've been doubling sales every 18 months. However, when you start from zero, it takes a long while." -- Stephen Yeo, a marketing director at Windows-terminal manufacturer Wyse, explaining his company's less-than-meteoric rise, to ZDNet UK"
is that in marketing-speak, this is a totally normal thing to say. Only in plain english do "zero" and "double" have their mathematical meanings.

And my reaction to the "Tibet-themed bash" is why couldn't I work for one of those companies, even for a little while? All in all, I'd rather have seriousness and profits, but for a break?

But of course the most relevant to Linux is:

The Gartner Group issues trading cards featuring its analysts.

Re:My favorites (1)

norwoodites (226775) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166318)

Mod this down this is redundant and is not really funny.

Dumbest Moments in Business is when no one reads the `important stuff' like `Try to reply to other people comments instead of starting new threads.'

I knew I was doing something right. (5, Funny)

Britney (264065) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166089)

56. Half.com places advertisements on the slips of paper inside fortune cookies at Chinese restaurants. Confusion ensues when some customers mistakenly believe that the advertisements, which offer $5 off a purchase at Half.com, actually entitle them to $5 off their dinner check.

That's exactly why I disabled "Third-party cookies" in my browser.

btw - did it say "Confucius ensues" back there?

Re:I knew I was doing something right. (-1, Offtopic)

beee (98582) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166274)

If the list were written a year from now:

2. VA Linux purchases gay online club site, "Slashdot.org". After failing after a short-lived few years, VA lies in shambles and webmaster Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda commits suicide by laying under "CowboyNeal"'s mattress and letting him lay down.

Re:I knew I was doing something right. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166281)

Man porks goat (and it wasn't Richard Stallman). Photos!

Embarrassing! [thesun.co.uk]

Business2 isnt all that. (3, Funny)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166096)

27. Mobile Office Enterprise unveils the Express Desk, which attaches a notebook computer to the steering wheel of a car. For use only while parked, of course.

Guess they havent worked in their car before, thats a neat idea actually. It seems better than sitting sideways to work, which I have to do.

There are others where are more of thier personal view of things than actual stupidity.

14. Following in the footsteps of M.C. Hammer and a talking Chihuahua, Amazon.com CEO and Time magazine 1999 Person of the Year Jeff Bezos becomes a shill for Taco Bell in an ad that touts its chicken quesadilla as a "hot new handheld."

I keep laughing at the hot new handheld, and the other stupidly funny commericals from taco bell. Like the quesadilla is like a powertool, and geek cant understand how to use it. Kinda funny.

43. CNN 2, Fox News 2: Reporting live from Afghanistan, Geraldo Rivera implies that he's packing heat. "We refuse to be crime victims," Rivera says. "We're not the victim types. If they're going to get us, it's going to be in a gunfight."

Beats running around naked with a 20 dollar bill taped to your ass.

64. Fox News 3, CNN 2: During his sojourn in Afghanistan, Geraldo Rivera decries the deplorable living conditions in the town of Taloqan. Standing in front of a crowd of barefoot children, Rivera looks solemnly into the camera and states, "Look at the children. They haven't seen television or anything their whole lives."

They really dont like him do they...

65. Eleven years after McDonald's announces that it has started cooking its fries in "100 percent vegetable oil" -- and one month after a Seattle lawyer files suit on behalf of Hindus and vegetarians who interpreted that to mean that the fries are meat-free -- the fast-food chain concedes that the "natural flavoring" in its fries is, in fact, beef fat.

This was soo funny, as thier frys do taste damn good. Glad im not a vegan.

75. Unilever subsidiary Lipton approves an ad in which a man standing in line for communion holds a bowl of onion dip, presumably to improve the taste of the body of Christ. Under protest, Lipton withdraws the ad.

hehe

78. After two years of hype, Dean Kamen unveils Ginger, a.k.a. the Segway HT scooter. To understand why this is on our list, kindly refer to the table below.

Anyone who dis's the segway sucks. IMHO

Site gets slashdotted, cant read the rest.
Argh..


Re:Business2 isnt all that. (4, Interesting)

Sc00ter (99550) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166139)

"Anyone who dis's the segway sucks. IMHO"


I agree.. After seeing one in person zipping around Manchester, NH (Where Deka is based) I must say, they are very cool.. The guy (a Deka employee) was zipping down the sidewalk on Elm St. not bothering anybody.. the only pedestrian problem be causes was people gawking at him (I happened to be in a pizza place). He was going around 10mph along the sidewalk, came to an intersection and stopped DEAD.. it was amazing to see how fast it stopped. Then he zipped through a park and went around the corner.


Alot of people don't like to ride bikes and get all sweaty, they can't change when they get to work, or whatever.. I'd use one.. hell.. just today I went to the drug store to pick up a few items and it's in one of those weird distances. To far to walk (or would take to long to walk) but seems silly to use the car. Since my bike is still in storage awaiting slightly warmer weather, I took my bike, but if I had a segway, I would have taken that.


The work in the grass, snow, and dirt. They'll go through puddles and work in the rain. They're bairly wider then an average person, so space isn't really an issue.


BTW, they were called "Ginger" because the stair climbing wheelchair that was also invented by Deka was code-named "Fred-a-stair"

OT- Holy Cross beating Kansas at half (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166098)

Holy Shit!

Or, Holy Cross. Damn. Here I go again ...

"Bless me father for I have sinned its been 5 minutes since my last confession."

Surprise, Surprise! (5, Funny)

NOT-2-QUICK (114909) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166103)

Microsoft came in at a disappointing #7 with:

7. Last May, Citizens Against Government Waste, a group that received funding from Microsoft, is caught simulating a "grassroots" campaign to get state attorneys general to drop their antitrust suit against the software giant. One detail that gives the scheme away: Some of the letters supporting Microsoft are from people who have long since died.

Personally, I can think of many other, much more comical MS events...one of my personal favorites being this [nwsource.com] ...

Anyone else with any votes for stupid MS trick of the year?

Grass Roots Campaign (5, Funny)

yintercept (517362) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166220)

Some of the letters supporting Microsoft are from people who have long since died.

Come on, give Microsoft a break. When you think about it, dead people know more about grass roots than any of us; so why shouldn't they be part of a grass roots campaign?

Re:Surprise, Surprise! (5, Funny)

RelliK (4466) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166279)

Some of the letters supporting Microsoft are from people who have long since died.

Oh my God! The dead have risen from their graves and are supporting Microsoft!

Dumbest (2)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166104)

The site seems to be Slashdotted. But do they include themselves? Business 2.0 were the absolute leaders in breathless "new economy" stories, although I haven't read them lately to see if they've calmed down at all.

Re:Dumbest (2, Funny)

GreenHell (209242) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166218)

Yes they do, it's slashdottted, so I can't tell you what number, but they put themselves in for putting Enron's CEO on the cover as a shining example of the new economy. The issue ran the week before he resigned.

102: getting slashdotted... (5, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166106)

You'd think people would prepare for this.

--Blair

Re:102: getting slashdotted... (2)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166190)

Ive been thinking about using a pre-caching proxy, or maybe just loading all the pages in cache before I read it. Alot of these sites cant handle a /. hit.

Steve Ballmer dancing?! (2, Funny)

hobuddy (253368) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166110)

My God, I hope they had plenty of security personnel on hand to prevent him from getting mobbed by the fans!

/.ed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166111)

made it to the 3rd page...

Give this marketing guy more money! Now! (2, Funny)

Nathdot (465087) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166121)

It takes a genius to fuck up this bad :)

16. "No one will deny that Sony is a world-class hardware company, and no one would deny that Microsoft is a world-class software company. Nintendo aspires to be neither one of those things." -- Peter Main, a Nintendo marketing executive, to the San Francisco Chronicle

I must away to buy a gamecube right NOW!

:)

Re:Give this marketing guy more money! Now! (4, Informative)

Com2Kid (142006) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166175)

When taken ass end out of context that is indeed stupid.

When followed up by the appropriate "we want to be the middle man that provides good hardware AND good software" part of the speech is sounds damn convincing.

Re:Give this marketing guy more money! Now! (1)

Galvatron (115029) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166244)

Wouldn't that be "both," rather than "neither?"

Re:Give this marketing guy more money! Now! (0)

therealmoose (558253) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166228)

would saying "either one of these things" be any better?

Iridium and Globalstar lying to investers(unit $)! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166122)

Iridium and Globalstar (GSRF) lying to investers about proposed unit cost, unit usability, and per minute charges was the biggest mistake in recent years!!

Billions and Billions of dead hardware never profitably used.

For example Globalstar and Iridium said :

LIE # 1: The satellite per minute fees would be 3 dolalrs per minute or less to compete with cell phones.... they never reached that price and LIED to investers because it would have succeeded IF the did not overprice the service.

LIE # 2: Their satellite phone would one day cost less than 700 dollars each, no strings attached... they never were.

LIE # 3: The sattelite phones would work if standing outside, even in manhatten streets. It needed a flat open space... not good on broadway or wallstreet.

Ony the CIA and FBI and NRO boaught and used these satellite phones and got the service for free (practically) in the last good year of oreration.

DEFINITELY top 100 business mistake.

PRICE it at 3 dollars a minute or less and PRICE phone at 700 or less and it would have succeeded, as promised to investers... instead lie and double both coasts and wonder why no one wants one.

DUH!!!

Retarded businessmen.

Probably a bad business move, but (2)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166126)

Fox News probably bolstered national morale by sending Geraldo to Afghan! ;-0

And I can't believe Balmer didn't get 2nd after Enron. His little monkey dance was much more embarrasing than any foot burning incident BK went through.

It happens every day (4, Interesting)

rnd() (118781) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166131)

As anyone involved in corporate America can attest, incredibly stupid things happen in business every single day.

Considering this, what is remarkable is that businesses are as successful as they are.

Re:It happens every day (1)

Paradise Pete (33184) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166170)

"Warning: Oops, php3_SetCookie called after header has been sent in header.html on line 26"

I got that opening vernespicks.html.

Re:It happens every day (1)

petis (139263) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166280)

> Considering this, what is remarkable is that
> businesses are as successful as they are

Why is that remarkable? It only shows that consumers in general are more stupid than marketing people. This is what the entire "old economy" is based on.

The difference wrt "the NEW economy" was that the *Venture Capitalists* had to be more stupid than the marketing people. :-)

#102 (1, Redundant)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166136)

Not thinking of the consequences of getting posted on /.

One thing they forgot (1)

labil (410837) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166138)

Percy Barnevik's [bizkool.com] $150 million retirement fund payed by ABB [abb.com] at the same time the compay's reporting a $1 billion dollar loss..

It stirred up quite the debate here in Sweden

Dumbest Moment in Business? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166148)

Putting shrink-wrapped Linux on the shelves. I don't think you get many repeat customers by selling an incomplete product.

slashdotted at number 40 (3, Insightful)

nickynicky9doors (550370) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166150)

Why do /. ters hang out at a site where, even with broadband, it's likely the site they want to acess is unavailable?

"One of the injured, a VP for product marketing aptly named Dana Frydman, tries to put a positive spin on having her feet flame-broiled like so much ground chuck. "It made you feel a sense of empowerment and that you can accomplish anything," she tells the Miami Herald.

The above from the fire walking marketing types is my favourite thus far. Doesn't the response say it all. The glass is half-full, I live in the best of all possible worlds and I love Mary Poppins. Marketing... fundamentalist religions got noth'n on it.

Ballmer dancing music video (4, Funny)

rnd() (118781) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166155)

This music video of Ballmer dancing [mac.com] really isn't stupid -- it's hillarious.

...and it was made on a mac.

Re:Ballmer dancing music video (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166197)

Lol, I got's three words for Mr. Ballmer:

1.) Deodorant

2.) Undershirt

3.) Slimfast

Re:Ballmer dancing music video (2)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166229)

I never get tired of watching that video. Plus it makes a handy way to explain the concept of "dignity"-- by being an example of the exact opposite. :-)

~Philly

seems to be /.'ed (1)

CmdrTaco (editor) (564483) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166156)

Here's the google cache of some of the pages:

Page 1 [google.com] , Page 2 [google.com] , Page 3 [google.com] , Page 4 [google.com] , and Page 5 [google.com] . Good old google!

Re:seems to be /.'ed (1)

generic-man (33649) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166201)

Those pages are from an older article: the URLs in the Google-cache header do not match those linked from the first page of the real article (I'm looking at it now). The new article is likely too young to be indexed by Google.

Re:seems to be /.'ed (4, Informative)

donpardo (128815) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166301)

Maybe not, but here [google.com] is the google cached printable version.

The byline is dated April 2002, so it's the right article.

Get a load of this... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166161)

I know this one's off topic, but check out this J2EE vs. .NET argument [codecat.com] . I dig the 3rd message down (the long one). Best rebuttal I've seen yet.

Big Error: EMUS (GoodNoise:Emusic), MPPP (mp3.com) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166163)

EMUS (GoodNoise:Emusic), MPPP (mp3.com) vaporized after billions of dolalrs of evaluation.

Both thought people wanted to pay to listen to mp3 music at limited resolutions (mp3.com deleted and banned mp3 encoded above a certain bitrate)

mp3.com was sensitive to bandwidth because the LOST TWO CENTS ON EVERY SONG DOWNLOADED!

They could not get 2 cents per song in banner ad., plus the site was fascist.

MP3.coms biggest mistake was their greed.

Sony shut them down last august.

emusic dies for similar reasons.

plus emus was run by morons, whereas mp3.com was run by copyright infringing criminals (they ripped over 10 thousand entire commercial cds and put them on their own private servers and shared the mp3 warez with their techie insiderz on cd roms)

big blunder: dont commit major civil lawsuit crimes if you are public sompany.

Re:Big Error: EMUS (GoodNoise:Emusic), MPPP (mp3.c (2)

Com2Kid (142006) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166314)

Weird, I just listened to a Song from MP3.com yesterday.

Oooh yah thats right,

THEY ARE STILL UP AND RUNNING.

Ok so they were bought out by Big Media (RIAA member no less as I recall!) and now pay artists a mere fraction of what they used to and a lot of artists have jumped ship to less ... functional ... services.

Their REAL mistake was using those 128kbit MP3 encodes to burn CDs with! OUCH!

I never bought another CD from MP3.com after I learned about that little tidbit.

What they SHOULD have done is had the authors upload the WAV files to their servers and then had a script go through and LAME encode the MP3 file using r3mix settings and then kept the original WAV file around to make CDs with.

That would have rocked. :) A lot. :)

Paying more attention to us Odd Ball fans WOULD *also* have helped.

*COUGH* Medieval genre *COUGH* (and no it isn't goth, or power metal, though a few bands to incorporate items from those styles into their songs. I like it for the Epic Fantasy works that come out of it myself. :) )

It was an honor just to be nominated. . . (4, Funny)

An Onerous Coward (222037) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166167)

More for the list:

  • Fox introduces Celebrity Boxing.
  • Santa Claus, not having heard that you can't make money by giving away stuff for free, announces the IPO of North Pole Enterprises.
  • Ebay refuses to hire me for their tech support.
  • Mandrake realizes the obvious fact that it wouldn't be hemorraging money if everyone in the world gave it just $5, then extrapolates that into a business model.
  • Slashdot realizes the obv. . . oh, never mind.
  • I go out and buy a Mandrake distro out of guilt, not need.
  • North Pole Enterprises announces huge layoffs. Santa gored to death by a disgruntled Blitzen.

Slashdotted (1, Redundant)

Edmund Blackadder (559735) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166171)

And bussines2.0 has been slashdotted.

I wonder if they use one of those website management companies mentioned in their list.

Another Mirror (-1)

Alan_Thicke (553655) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166172)

Re:Another Mirror (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166176)

OK, that's fucking hilarious. That doesn't deserve a -1 =).

Biggest mistake = going "subscription" on web news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166174)

Biggest mistake = going supbscription on web news sites

Formerly popular sites tank into oblivion once they go "subscription fees based"

bad business model... and kills a good thing

A few more... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166195)

#102: Andover.net purchases Slashdot.
#103: VA Linux buys Andover.net.
#104: VA Linux IPO.

Ha ha.

If you're gonna post a google mirror (2, Informative)

Inthewire (521207) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166215)

then at least post the link to the printer-friendly version [google.com]

#102 (1, Redundant)

sconeu (64226) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166226)

102. Business2.0 puts the "101 Dumbest Moments In Business" article on a webserver that can't stand a slashdotting.

Daily Stupid Business News (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166267)

If you like the exposure of stupid business stunts check this site:

Latest Dot Bomb News [packetshield.com]

Updated daily. I think.

-The only difference between theory and experience is that in theory, you don't need any experience.

Number 102! (0, Redundant)

Linuxthess (529239) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166290)

Having a link to your article posted on SlashDot

steveb dancing... (1, Flamebait)

targo (409974) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166296)

Couple of people have mentioned it here, commenting how incredibly dumb someone must be to do something like that..
You should know that the dancing incident took place in the MS 25th anniversary company meeting, which was essentially a *party*. Now, as far as I know, people are *supposed* to do silly things when partying, that's the idea, isn't it? Or do you guys all sit around the table, dead serious, during the birthday of your company? C'mon, get a life.
Btw, most people at MS love steveb and his tricks, it adds lotsa color and fun to everyday life and raises people's morale. So I would say that it was actually a rather useful thing for the company, not dumb.
So, flame me if you want to, but you don't really get to lead a big software company by being dumb, u know?

Targo,
saw the monkey dance with his own eye.

It may just be my connection... (5, Informative)

GreenHell (209242) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166305)

...but it appears to be slashdotted...

Once again: google is our friend!

Page:
1 [google.ca] 2 [google.ca] 3 [google.ca] 4 [google.ca] 5 [google.ca] 6 [google.ca] 7 [google.ca] 8 [google.ca] 9 [google.ca] 10 [google.ca]

Well, I know that doesn't look nice, but otherwise it's hard to post due to characters per line restrictions...

Re:It may just be my connection... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3166315)

sigh... and i missed all the links to the printer friendly version... that's what I get for tracking down all the links (CmdrTaco's attempt at some of the cache links wasn't even posted when I started, and not all the links were originally cached until a short time ago)

Steve Ballmer - Chick Magnet (1)

Wheaty18 (465429) | more than 12 years ago | (#3166323)

Wow, he's got the moves. I bet he draws in truckloads of women with his animal magnetism.
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