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Lenovo Could Take Over RIM

CuriousGeorge113 This would probably kill all US Federal contracts (114 comments)

After examining how the United States treats Huawei networking gear, I'm sure this would kill all the US (and State/Local) government contracts with RIM.

US Government contracts are one of the few highlights of RIM's business right now.

about a year and a half ago

Stolen Cellphone Databases Switched On In US

CuriousGeorge113 Re:Welcome (165 comments)

So has Verizon Wireless.

Doesn't prevent someone from flashing new software and using it on another carrier, but VZW uses CDMA. That limits your options to Sprint, Cricket, and a handful of regional carriers.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Open Source Software To Manage Student Grades?

CuriousGeorge113 Re:Moodle. (120 comments)

FWIW, a few months back, blackboard purchased moodlerooms, which (I believe) manages the open source moodle project.

Obviously, they played lip service to "We're committed to the moodle project blah blah blah..." But honestly, it's too early to tell what will really become if moodle. My guess is that it will morph into blackboard "lite" and they will use it to try and up sell you to their blackboard program.

more than 2 years ago

Kim Dotcom Raid - What Really Happened

CuriousGeorge113 Dog & Pony show (285 comments)

This whole thing is just a huge dog & pony show by Hollywood and the FBI. Its the exact same tactics they use when they catch someone downloading illegal content.

Early on, they made a huge "example" out of the first offenders. Huge fines, drag them into court, media everywhere, blah blah blah. Now, the majority of the cases settle for a few thousand bucks and everyone moves on.

Well, this is their first hosting provider that they (HollywoodFBI) have gone after, and they want to put on a big show so that everyone else knows they mean business. They'll bring in helicopters & troops & go after your kids and pregnant wife if you don't play by their rules.

more than 2 years ago

Security Expert: Huawei Routers Riddled With Vulnerabilities

CuriousGeorge113 Re:Well... (126 comments)

Tell that to finance. Or a school board. Or any media "investigative reporter" looking for a ratings bump during sweeps week.

In any public sector, low price almost always wins, because it's safe. Not necessarily for the organization, but definitely for the IT or CIO's job. If shit hits the fan, they can almost always pass the blame and keep their job. Except when it comes to money and (perceived) overspending and waste.

more than 2 years ago

How Do You Cool Your Data Center / Server Room?

CuriousGeorge113 Re:Absorber refrigerator (152 comments)

Pics or it didn't happen.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft's Surface Caught Windows OEMs By Surprise

CuriousGeorge113 What other options do the OEM's have? (565 comments)

The major Microsoft OEM's really don't have many other options. You can't OEM the Mac OS, and as much as we would all see a major linux distro get more widely adopted, that just not realistic. Especially in the corporate space.

MS can piss off their OEM's to the Nth degree. They still need to sell MS products to move hardware.

In other words, the OEM's need MS more than MS needs the OEM's. Especially now that they've shown (not proven) the ability to design and manufacturer a very decent Windows hardware platform.

more than 2 years ago

South Korea Surrenders To Creationist Demands On Evolution Textbooks

CuriousGeorge113 Re:Obligatory question (640 comments)

"...the creationists have created a definition for evolution that is not what the true concept is..."

Can you elaborate on this a little more? How is the creationist view of evolution different from the general scientific consensus?

more than 2 years ago

South Korea Surrenders To Creationist Demands On Evolution Textbooks

CuriousGeorge113 Re:Obligatory question (640 comments)

Ok, so now that my post was modded down to -1,with 48 replies, I'm going to make another point.

I've obviously touched a nerve with the amount and content of the replies to this post. People are passionate about what they believe, and want to make sure that there is significant discussion around this topic. Yet, the post was modded down to -1. Why? Because it challenges the status quo?

What are we so passionate about defending, yet we're trying to silence critics. If the critics are wrong, lets move their arguments to the forefront and let them stand/fall on their own merit.

more than 2 years ago

South Korea Surrenders To Creationist Demands On Evolution Textbooks

CuriousGeorge113 Obligatory question (640 comments)

Ok, I see these creation vs. evolution stories all the time, and we always assume the creationists are wrong, but what if they aren't? And why is it OK to have multiple points of view in the scientific community, unless you think that the world was created (by a higher power or other means).

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Equipping a Company With Secure Android Phones?

CuriousGeorge113 Re:we have one (229 comments)

I'm sure it's legit. And secure. Legitimately & securely transmits your info to China....

more than 2 years ago

Heartland Institute Learning To Troll On Billboards

CuriousGeorge113 Trolls just want attention (735 comments)

The only reason they're trolling is to get some widespread attention. Regardless of the ethics, it works. People are going to see this story, go to their website, read some posts and be influenced by their message.

Usually, trolls get down-voted to (-1 Troll). In this case, however, they made the front page. Not sure how that one worked out.....

more than 2 years ago

FBI Seizes Server Providing Anonymous Remailer Service

CuriousGeorge113 Re:What does this help? (355 comments)

Megaupload had two primary centers, one in Virginia and the other in the Netherlands. I've heard they had a few other smaller colo's as well.

Megaupload, as a corporation, wasn't even based in the US. The US government successfully shut them down.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Seizes Server Providing Anonymous Remailer Service

CuriousGeorge113 Re:What does this help? (355 comments)


Anyone running even a small data center knows that the US government can just walk in the front door and seize whatever they want. Yes, there is the formality of a warrant, but most judges will sign off on anything related to terrorism. (No judge wants to be 'that guy' who didn't help the police catch the Pitt bomber before he kills a bunch of people, etc etc.)

This gives them the ability to intimidate other ISP's & data centers. "Oh, you don't want to cooperate? OK, we'll be back with a warrant. How much are each of those servers to replace? What about that nice SAN over there? Those 10GB switches? Yes, you'll get everything back when we're done. Might be a few years though...."

Yes, it's a game. Yes, its nefarious. But, it works.
Is it ethical? Probably not. Is calling in 100 bomb threats ethical? No.

Do two lefts make a right? No, but three do.

more than 2 years ago

Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn Resigns After $1.7 Billion Loss

CuriousGeorge113 I wonder how much longer.. (513 comments)

I wonder how much longer until they are bought out by Amazon. They'd probably sell off the retail operations to the highest bidder (I'd speculate Target), and go nuts with the domain name et al'

Most likely, this will happen at a bankruptcy auction. Even though BB's # are slipping, they're still pretty substantial. Of course, so are RIM's....

more than 2 years ago

Facebook To Buy Instagram For $1 Billion

CuriousGeorge113 Business Model (162 comments)

1. Build a simple app.

2. Generate a substantial user base.

3. Make facebook feel threatened.

4. Profit!

more than 2 years ago

Canadians Protest Wind Turbines

CuriousGeorge113 Protecting their revenue stream? (533 comments)

I don't mean to come of as purely cynical, but usually farmers who own large swaths of otherwise undeveloped land benefit pretty significantly if they sign a lease for oil & gas drilling rights.

Maybe they are trying to protect their revenue stream. Low energy prices do have a downside. If they drop enough, energy companies may choose not to exercise their drilling leases, which means no revenue for the landowners who own them. Sure, they may receive money from the wind turbines, but oil revenue's would probably be greater.

more than 2 years ago

Dell To Acquire Wyse

CuriousGeorge113 Re:Curious... (95 comments)

You also buy a company if it's a good bargain. The fact that everyone is now selling thin clients really takes away Wyse's competitive edge, so they were probably looking for a buyer. Throw in some nice IP and a distribution network, and an acquisition like this makes a lot of sense, if the price was right.

more than 2 years ago

Mobile Operators: Creating Artificial Demand For Capacity?

CuriousGeorge113 Just like the oil companies (268 comments)

The oil companies, and oil producing nations, have been doing this since the 70's.

This type of behavior, although devious, isn't new to either business or government.

more than 2 years ago



An overview of Google's product failures

CuriousGeorge113 CuriousGeorge113 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

CuriousGeorge113 (47122) writes "Yes, it's biased to make Microsoft look better than Google. That said, Tom Rizzo's blog post makes an interesting case as to why Google isn't ready to serve enterprise customers — a lack of direction and no real product roadmap. He likens it to cooking spaghetti, throwing something up against the wall, and seeing if it sticks."
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