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A Look at Microsoft's Security War Room

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the but-can-they-call-jack-bauer dept.

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Josh Fink writes "C|Net has an interesting piece about Microsoft's Security War Room, or rather, shall I say rooms. This room came about when Microsoft's security chief, Mike Nash, had issues finding open conference rooms. The response; a dedicated room only for him and his staff to handle emergencies. "And while he was at it, why not have two? That way, the folks working on fixing a security crisis could have a little breathing room from those drafting the public and customer communications around the issue. ""

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199 comments

on the door? (5, Funny)

mseidl (828824) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560331)

"No Penguins Allowed"

Re:on the door? (1)

wwmedia (950346) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560341)

what about "genius at work" sign?

but... (1)

tritonman (998572) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560371)

But do they have a ping-pong table???

Truth also banned . (0, Troll)

Erris (531066) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560421)

The front page still has a former M$ employee talking about bugs being denied and going unfixed for months and years. [slashdot.org] The spin room is a lie room. It's not surprising they hate GNU/Linux, free software and anything else that allows users to talk to each other openly.

Re:Truth also banned . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21560715)

Only on Slashdot can a troll go unmodded as long as it fits the groupthink.

Re:Truth also banned . (1)

DeadChobi (740395) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560895)

That's just one of Twitter's fingerpuppets. Everyone in the know has long since foe'd him and is ignoring whatever he says.

Care to clue me in? (-1)

Erris (531066) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561301)

M$ conceals their problems and lies about it. So says former M$ employees [slashdot.org] and the result has been covered here many times [slashdot.org] . Who cares how many rooms they have set aside to formulate their lie? The result is consistent.

Re:on the door? (1)

nerdyalien (1182659) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560761)

"No Red Hats inside"

"No Lizards inside" (s u s e)

"No harsh language inside (i.e. I am gonna f!@#@#$ kill you)"

Moves by competitors (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21560881)

I heard both Lunix and OSX were going to try chasing MS's tail lights on this and having their own dedicated security conference rooms, but they decided to just stick with security through obscurity.

And besides, there is no "Lunix HQ" anyway, and Apple is too busy whipping up shiny new psychodelic backgrounds for their Leoptard patch (due out sometime in the next three years, since they still won't admit anything is wrong with it).

No Fighting in the War Room (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561109)

Gentlemen there's no fighting in here. This is the war room.

I imagine a bunker outfitted with state of the are iLoo's and binders labeled "targets in megadeath". Purity of essence!

Re:on the door? (5, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561317)

That's on the front door only. How many back doors do these rooms have?

Re:on the door? W.A.R. Room? (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561613)

Warbling, Articulating Responses Room...

Wide-Area Radioactivity Room

Interesting photo question... (5, Funny)

dada21 (163177) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560333)

Anyone notice that all the swivel chairs are bolted to the ground? I wonder why they made them fixed and permanent.

Re:Interesting photo question... (2, Funny)

Kranfer (620510) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560355)

Well, we all know that freedom of movement is something that needs to be taken seriously. Either that or they liked the idea from the Enterprise bridge... Just imagine Data and Wesley crusher pushing eachother around on rollable chairs... It would have brought havoc to the Enterprise and Picard would be forced to sick Worf on them... Maybe they just want to avoid Klingons destroying their security people? I dunno? Stationary employees are more well behaved and productive employees?

Re:Interesting photo question... (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560465)

Here is an illustration of the joke in relation to your head:

      --------------------

Re:Interesting photo question... (1)

slashbob22 (918040) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561065)

There is no heart under Ballmer's shirt only another chair.

Re:Interesting photo question... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21560367)

Where are they bolted down? They are rolling chairs.

Re:Interesting photo question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21561213)

Perhaps they didn't want anyone to throw them? [battellemedia.com]

Yes, it's blatant karma-whoring (hence the AC). But there are apparently a bunch of morons reading slashdot any more, rather than clever hackers. Someone needed to hit them with the clue-bat.

Re:Interesting photo question... (0, Offtopic)

wwmedia (950346) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560369)

theres also a noose hanging from the projector on the roof

Re:Interesting photo question... (1)

Dare nMc (468959) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560473)

theres also a noose hanging from the projector on the roof

ya, I was a little surprised by that, with the availability of remote display projectors, and adapters for existing projectors. Granted getting Wireless encryption working on Vista can be a royal pain. I would expect anyone presenting in a MS war room to be able to get a remote display working though.

Re:Interesting photo question... (1)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560389)

It's because there's no fighting in the War Room!

Re:Interesting photo question... (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560583)

"We can't let him in here! He'll see the Big Board!"

Re:Interesting photo question... (1)

darthflo (1095225) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560535)

Heh. After a few minutes of looking at heavily zoomed in pic 4 (they don't seem bolted on), I got the ballmer/chair joke. Well done, sir, well done.

Re:Interesting photo question... (1)

init100 (915886) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561657)

I got the ballmer/chair joke.

I read that as ballmchair joke. :)

Re:Interesting photo question... (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560663)

dunno, but the ripped up sections of floor suggest it wasn't terribly effective at keeping the floors and chairs connected. It must have been a powerful and angry force that removed them...

Mr Wolf (1)

PinkyDead (862370) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560947)

How ironic.

And in the previous photograph, entitled 'And this is our food cupboard': Some syrups, a bag of pretzels and instant coffee. Obviously, they don't take security problems that seriously.

Re:Interesting photo question... (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561385)

Anyone notice that all the swivel chairs are bolted to the ground? I wonder why they made them fixed and permanent.

Gentlemen, you can't throw chairs in here! This is the war room!

Re:Interesting photo question... (1)

jandoedel (1149947) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561521)

Actually, no... I noticed that they were on wheels instead of being bolted to the floor

Re:Interesting photo question... (1)

ikkonoishi (674762) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561683)

Its in case someone turns on a gravity hack.

reality and spin rooms. (0, Troll)

twitter (104583) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560343)

The two shall never meet.

It's shocking they never had a dedicated fix team until now. Should have guessed it.

Re:reality and spin rooms. (4, Interesting)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560553)

One dedicated fix team for all that code?

That wouldn't make sense at all, there's too much for anyone to grasp. It would be like a dedicated fix team that cover Linux+KDE+OpenOffice. (replace Linux with OpenSolaris or *BSD if you like, KDE with Gnome or some other high-feature window/session/desktop manager if you like)

It's to complex to keep aware of the ins-and-outs of everything - just one of those would be hard enough. Each project should have their own dedicated fix team - The top-string regular devs for the project (hence they understand the code), maybe one or two outsiders (another perspective), who normally work on the specific project, but drop everything and work on fixes if they occur.

Also, it never said that they didn't (or for that matter, did) already have a dedicated team then (or now), simply that until '05, they had to share conference rooms.

And inside.. (1)

works (995530) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560353)

And in one of them, you will find a WinMe machine wanting to challenge you to a tick-tack-toe.

Re:And inside.. (0)

Kranfer (620510) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560385)

ZOMG!!!!!111oneone!!1! Its a computer from LOST! heh.

Re:And inside.. (1)

notnAP (846325) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560427)

The only winning move is not to play.

Re:And inside.. (1)

MrNiceguy_KS (800771) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561005)

Are you referring to tic-tac-toe, or WinME?

Never mind. If you know what you're doing, you can always win tic-tac-toe, provided you go first.* But there really is no way to win with WinME.

* Lucky the computer in War Games never figured this out. Skynet apparently did, though.

Billions of dollars in damages... (3, Funny)

gerf (532474) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560365)

Viruses, backdoors, security holes, buffer overflows, trojans galore... and they get a room. Ooooh, they're so dedicated to security!

Re:Billions of dollars in damages... (3, Funny)

Smidge204 (605297) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560829)

They can't even keep people from breaking in and stealing their expresso supplies [news.com] ! No wonder they have so much trouble with security...

=Smidge=

Obligatory (0, Redundant)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560377)

"OSHA has requested that they remove all chairs from the premises for employee safety."

Okay.. (1)

mr_resident (222932) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560379)

I get that they call it the "Security War Room" but what is it used for?

Title is wrong (1)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560815)

I get that they call it the "Security War Room" but what is it used for?


Actually, it's not. Someone obviously screwed up the story. To fix it, just read "war room" as "blood bath".

The cabinets are unlocked (3, Funny)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560381)

They have a big sign out front indicating security, but they don't even have locks on the kitchen cabinets.

war room? (1, Interesting)

Jonesy69 (904924) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560425)

Is it just me or is slashdot's headlines as of late running parallel to the average idiots way of describing everything as a war?

Somewhat disconcerting, and humorous at the same time seeing as MS has a 'war room'. All while knowing of the monumental failures of current wars. E.g 'war on drugs' 'war on poverty' 'war on obesity', etc.

I guess just add 'war against standards compliancy' to the list.

Re:war room? (1)

njfuzzy (734116) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560491)

TFA introduces the term "Security War Room", not Slashdot. (It's clear from the article that Microsoft has a less silly name for it.)

Re:war room? (5, Informative)

Geste (527302) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560619)

"Is it just me or is slashdot's headlines as of late running parallel to the average idiots way of describing everything as a war?"

In somebody's defense, they probably just picked up the concept and terminology from large telcos. If you go to a large network operations center (say like what AT&T operates in Piscataway, NJ) you will find two or more good-sized conference rooms provisioned with 10-15 workstations each that sit idle 99 percent of the time. Just used in cases of major outages/problems or sometimes for network upgrades. Known as the "war rooms" for as long as I am aware.

Re:war room? (3, Funny)

stranger_to_himself (1132241) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560803)

I am interested in joining your war on the inappropriate use of the word 'war'.

The real war room at Microsoft (-1, Troll)

gubachwa (716303) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560429)

Judging from all the security holes in Microsoft products, I suspect this [andkon.com] is more representative of the war room at Microsoft.

Re:The real war room at Microsoft (2, Funny)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560493)

But where is the "sekrit world headquarters" of Linux that they intend to nuke?

Re:The real war room at Microsoft (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560855)

But where is the "sekrit world headquarters" of Linux that they intend to nuke?

The Antarctic, of course. Haven't you seen the Linux mascot?

Can't see... (2, Funny)

thelima (1045360) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560451)

...any windows there... ;)

"Food" supplies (1)

Jeremy.DeGroot (878927) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560453)

Maybe I didn't examine the cabinets closely enough, but all the "food" in the slideshow picture was either coffee or items you'd use to flavor coffee. I know the old joke about programmers being machines that turn caffeine into code, but...

Re:"Food" supplies (1)

Locutus (9039) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560719)

There was one bag of corn chips and a bag of pretzels. This is how a billion dollar company prepares to supply their security response team for all-nighters? shaking my head... They probably have an 24/7 dinning area like Google has but then again, the caption was just silly given the contents shown.

LoB

Re:"Food" supplies (1)

DeadChobi (740395) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560937)

Actually, that kind of stuff is probably just what employees brought in to provision the room.

From this state of the art bunker... (2, Funny)

DeeVeeAnt (1002953) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560471)

Microsoft's top engineers relentlessly persue their war on security.

Re:From this state of the art bunker... (3, Insightful)

Locutus (9039) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560783)

Didn't Bill Gates declare essentially, 'Mission Accomplished', when they shipped Windows 2000? You know, saying it was the most secure version of Windows. Then again when Windows XP shipped and the grand finale when he declared Windows Vista as the most secure OS available. That's right, not the most secure version of Windows, but the most secure OS available!

Is he retiring from Microsoft to run for President? He's got the ethics to do so. IMO.

LoB

Re:From this state of the art bunker... (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561671)

More like "Mission IMPOSSIBLE", really, really, impossible...

Disappointing room (0, Troll)

jhRisk (1055806) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560489)

I have to admit my bubble was burst a little bit at how clearly unimpressive the room looked in those photos. The fact it took until now for them to get dedicated meeting space is laughable but should be of little surprise to us (a jab both at the importance they place on security and an office space joke for those of us who know how solid gold real-estate meeting rooms can become.) However, now that they've done so why is it that archaic?

Picture #4 is clearly their engineering conference room as defined in the article and without getting into specifics I expected more.

P.S. The fact it's

often standing-room-only in a real crisis
speaks to how cheap they went IMHO and little about chair throwing since "he" would never show up to one of these ;) I wonder if they have sales-dedicated and presentation rooms (probably) and what they look like.... hmmmm.

Re:Disappointing room (1)

Locutus (9039) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560869)

They are a marketing company for goodness sake. This was obviously the job of a new hire attempting to provide marketing material to show who Microsoft cares about security. His/her supervisor obviously over looked this persons ability to spin up a good story. As you noted, the mock-up room was very poorly done.

LoB

Two rooms (5, Funny)

ShiningSomething (1097589) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560561)

When I read there were two rooms, my first reaction was: one to work on the current security threat, a second to work on the security threats created by the first one...

Why not a third room... (1)

butterwise (862336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560567)

...where the lawyers can nap [newsobserver.com] ?

The reason for having a second room... (5, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560581)

It's a backup for when the first room crashes!

Are those liquor bottles? (4, Interesting)

Iphtashu Fitz (263795) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560585)

In the cabinet containing food supplies it looks like they have the following available:
  • a bag of pretzels
  • a couple bottles of hersheys chocolate syrup
  • one can of soda or juice
  • a couple containers of nondairy creamer
  • 3 bottles that look like liquor bottles
All that to feed a group of engineers that "gets hit with an emergency and has to pull an all-nighter."

Sounds like a typical geek diet to me.

Re:Are those liquor bottles? (2, Informative)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560683)

Those 3 bottles are flavor syrups, like the variety Starbucks uses to make some of the more bizzare drinks. (Rasbery/Vanilla/Cherry/etc...)

Re:Are those liquor bottles? (5, Funny)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561039)

Yes, you are right. The GP either doesn't drink alcohol, or doesn't drink coffee. Either way, what the fuck is he doing on slashdot.

Re:Are those liquor bottles? (1, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560707)

3 bottles that look like liquor bottles
Containing kittens blood, of course...

Re:Are those liquor bottles? (2, Funny)

the_one(2) (1117139) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561393)

never heard of the ballmer peak [xkcd.com] ? =)

pfft.... (1)

djupedal (584558) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560587)

Post-op greasy haired poster-tranny 'Ina Fried' ....talk about needing a junk filter. Toss this 'reporter' out along w/goatse.

Junk filter? (1)

spun (1352) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561165)

Sounds like Ina's junk was filtered some time ago. But be nice, trannies are people too.

Number of interesting images (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21560595)

Zero. A wall, a guy with a coffee machine, an image of some other guy, and a standard briefing room.

War rooms... (2, Informative)

aicrules (819392) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560611)

it's nice that it's so clearly stated exactly why there is this "war room". We have similar requests by various teams in our organization as if a war room is some amazing thing that you just can't live without. In reality it's almost always because some asshat can't be bothered to book meeting rooms in advance. If all the rooms are always booked, add more rooms. What you end up with is a room that no one else can use and except in dire situations, no one is using at ALL.

Re:War rooms... (1)

secPM_MS (1081961) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560775)

Microsoft is building and acquiring more office space in the Redmond/Bellevue/Seattle area, but there has been an ongoing shortage of meeting rooms for years. Mike Nash made sure that the security response team had space when they needed it. Is it an optimal use of space? No, but it is a reasonable one. For security reasons, the rooms are inacessible to normal MS staff, vendors, and visitors. Non-security response team members are admitted on a as-needed basis.

Re:War rooms... (1)

aicrules (819392) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560893)

Yes, eventually there was a better reason to have a separate room just for them. But as it states, the initial reason was just that poor widdle nashypoo had him some twubbles finding a conference room.

Re:War rooms... (1)

threeturn (622824) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560805)

Yep, typical land-grab by one group pleading "special needs" to take resources away from the rest of the organization.

Re:War rooms... (1)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561333)

What you end up with is a room that no one else can use and except in dire situations, no one is using at ALL.

No kidding!

Build enough conference rooms that they're slightly underbooked under normal circumstances -- so space is available for impromptu get-togethers -- and when a real crisis occurs, designate one or more Crisis Managers who have authority to commandeer any conference room for the duration of the crisis, regardless of who may have reserved the rooms.

Weird... (1)

Thomas M Hughes (463951) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560617)

The sign out front looks like it had a bigger budget than the room itself.

Truthfully, it looks just like any other conference room, except they have fewer food items in the cabinets, and the place looks much less professional. I dare say it even looks cheaply done.

That explains it! (2, Funny)

christurkel (520220) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560679)

There is no one in those rooms!

Disappointed (4, Interesting)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560681)

I expected this [gonet.cz] , not some crummy office with a conference table.

24? (1)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560685)

Why do I get a vision of Jack Bauer taking orders from Bill Gates to wipe some Chinese online terrorists off the map from some CTU-like complex?

Re:24? (2, Funny)

Cro Magnon (467622) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560865)

Considering how many moles are in CTU, I definitely see the resemblence to Microsoft security.

Points for (1)

franksands (938435) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560701)

The photo with Harvey Keitel. All they need now is start listening to the man.

Re:Points for (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561433)

Does the server room look like Dead [censored] Storage? Is there a sign on the server room that says "Dead [censored] Storage"?!

Washers (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560711)

So it's not like the Maytag commercials where the old repair guy is reading a newspaper and bored for lack of work?

To misquote Dr. Strangelove... (2, Funny)

Hanners1979 (959741) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560723)

"You can't patch in here, this is the Microsoft Security War Room!"

A new shill (-1, Flamebait)

QuietLagoon (813062) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560743)

From TFA, "The war room is just one of a number of changes Microsoft has made over the years, usually the result of a lesson learned the hard way through some work or other outbreak. In part one of a three-part series starting Monday, I take a look back at those painful lessons and how they have shaped Microsoft's current practices. On Tuesday, I'll look at the role of the human element in trying to keep software secure. And on Wednesday, I'll look at some of the people Microsoft counts on to keep its products safe. Each day there will be a blog too, going into more depth on one issue raised by that day's story."

Looks like Microsoft has a new shill at news.com, with Microsoft setting the agenda for the week of articles. Find a reporter, give him/her special access so long as everything written is in a positive tone about Microsoft, and the Microsoft script is followed. Gushing is encouraged.

Re:A new shill (2, Insightful)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561103)

Tired of having to fight for a free conference room, Microsoft's security chief, Mike Nash, decided in early 2005 that the company needed a dedicated "war room" where his team could handle emergency responses.
...
The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) was completed in June 2005.

Why would anyone shill 2+ year old "news"?

War Room? More like Scuffle Closet? (4, Funny)

Spinlock_1977 (777598) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560763)

I've been in a few war rooms, control centers, command centers, etc etc etc over the years. Even helped design one a little. 4 Flat screens is all they've got? Four? That's no war room. Scuffle closet maybe?

Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21560879)

So basically this is where they decide how they're gonna cover-up a vulnerability, what it would cost if it were public and based on that, how much they're gonna spend to silence whoever discovered it for good.

A vulnerability must have a huge cost to justify developing, testing and publishing an update for it. In a FLOSS project, it's just as simple as writing the patch and merging it with the tree. For them, it's much, much worse. If there's no benefit for MS to fix something, they won't.

It's official - MS has become the government (1)

bentcd (690786) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560891)

"And while he was at it, why not have two? [...]"
S.R. Hadden: First rule in government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price?

(Quote from Contact [imdb.com] )

Looks shitty, uninspired (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21560919)

This war room looks like the "computer room" of a cheap shit computer school, where they teach Word courses for $75.00.
Totally shitty looking, uninspired. If you have to fight in this environment, you feel like a looser already.

Re:Looks shitty, uninspired (2, Insightful)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561289)

But... Microsoft told me they take security [wired.com] seriously! They wouldn't lie to me!

strangelove calling (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560941)

"Gentlemen, you can't patch sotware here! This is the security war room!"

It's a sad day... (1)

u0berdev (1038434) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560945)

...when Slashdot top headlines are belittled to a boring meeting room at Microsoft.

What a non-story (4, Insightful)

InlawBiker (1124825) | more than 6 years ago | (#21560951)

Seriously, a few photos of a conference room? And Harvey Keitel and an espresso machine? This is just a room where people sit down to discuss issues. Just like in every office everywhere in the world, except this one has some TVs on the wall. Can I please have that 10 minutes of my life back?

Photoshop? (1, Informative)

Andrewkov (140579) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561007)

Someone should photoshop that first pic so that the Dell flatpanel shows either a BSOD or "All your base are belong to us" message.

Pulp Fiction - The Wolf (2, Funny)

zerofoo (262795) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561051)

It seems fitting they have a picture of Harvey Keitel playing The Wolf character from Pulp Fiction hung on the wall.

I've had to clean up after a large scale Microsoft failure a few times, and it the whole process did seem like going on "Brain Detail" in the back of a car.

-ted

Obligatory Pulp Fiction reference (1)

spookymonster (238226) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561139)

When you came pulling in here, did you notice a sign out in front of my house that said Dead Server Storage?

(If you don't know what I'm talking about, RTFA ;) )

Revolving doors and plenty of Windows (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561287)

No need to even RTFA.

Surely this is redundant nowadays... (1)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561355)

as modern technology should have replaced having to require dedicated meeting rooms... aren't videoconferencing and whiteboard software up to the task yet??? It should enable people to have meetings across several timezones without having to go to the trouble of all traveling to one place...

or is this just some form of juvenile office politics... look, my meeting must be important, all these people had to drop everything to come to it...

MS war room (1)

kenchie (263895) | more than 6 years ago | (#21561499)

That is just so cheap with the VGA cable hanging from the projector like that! Haven't they ever heard of trunking?!
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