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EricTheGreen (223110) writes "Buried within yesterday's AppleInsider roundup of the Sidekick data wipeout lies the following nugget, charitably described as provocative:
...the fact that no data could be recovered after the problem erupted at the beginning of October suggests that the outage and the inability to recover any backups were the result of intentional sabotage by a disgruntled employee. In any other circumstance, Microsoft or T-Mobile would likely have come forward with an explanation of the mitigating circumstances, blaming bad hardware, a power failure, or some freak accident.
An act of sabotage "would explain why neither party is releasing any more details: for legal reasons dealing with the ongoing investigation to find the culprit(s)," one of the sources said. Due to the way Sidekick clients interact with the service, any normal failure should have resulted in only a brief outage until a replacement server could be brought up.
Lots of other interesting tidbits in the roundup as well, especially regarding the "dogfooding" ethos apparently prevalent at Microsoft." Link to Original Source
EricTheGreen (223110) writes ""Nice place you've got here...it'd be a shame if anything happened to it." It's a cliched line, out of the age of low level Outfit guys working a business over for protection money. Apparently some of the juicers have adapted to the internet age and it doesn't appear to just be the goodfellas doing the squeezing anymore, at least according to this lengthy profile of some shady business tactics practiced by Yelp." Link to Original Source top
EricTheGreen (223110) writes "I'm venturing into somewhat dicey waters by submitting this, given the current highly-charged political climate on Slashdot, but the attached story raises a (I think) legitimate concern about privacy, politics notwithstanding.
Obama's campaign has apparently decided to get proactive in dealing with what will most certainly be a tsunami of rumor and innuendo, in the form of a strikeback campaign focused around a new website, fightthesmears.com. More details on this available through the URL given above, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune political blog.
Good on his campaign for recognizing (again) the value of the web as a communication tool for this. What's very troubling to me, however, is the means by which said smears are going to be fought. From the announcement email, as included in the above-listed blog posting:
This website is an action center that allows supporters to upload their address books and send emails to all of their friends.
Am I the only reader seeing a significant privacy concern in this? I'm not sure I'd want his (or anyone else's) campaign getting my email address courtesy of an acquaintance of mine who happens to hop on the wagon with this.
Obligatory disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with any political or special-interest organization trying to make hay off of this. I just really don't like where this could go, privacy-wise.
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EricTheGreen (223110) writes "What is it with MS and internal videos? Add another to the pile, this one targeted at internal sales teams. No words can do justice to how bad this piece of dreck is. And, worse, it's apparently for real, as Kevin Turner, MS's chief operating officer makes an appearance near the end to legitimize the monstrosity..." Link to Original Source top
EricTheGreen (223110) writes "Isn't often that Google completely SIGKILLs an product, which made this announcement noteworthy. Especially interesting given that there's clearly a market for this service, at least using Yahoo!'s offering. So what made Yahoo's service more attractive than Google's?" top