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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

ibsteve2u So Cisco is pursuing the vaporware market? (148 comments)

That is something of an obvious conclusion given excerpts such as

Instead of a handful of product managers, engineers and marketers working directly with those SVPs on a customer hardware/software solution, engineers are now split off into separate business units, making product development coordination more cumbersome and perhaps elongating development cycles.

from articles like NetworkWorld's Cisco reorgs trimming SVP ranks .

Separating engineering from marketing's' "Yes, we can - and by tomorrow night, too!" is far and away the best primer for a vaporware pump.

But hey...corporate longevity is as nothing compared to the need to provide current senior executives and large shareholders with maximum returns; somebody else can part out the wreckage.

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

ibsteve2u Too focused on style instead of mission/reality (641 comments)

The reality is that any human-made system will fail because of either fatal defects or accumulated non-fatal defects. Linus' mission is to keep Linux both running and flexible (to support improvement/new features) - and both goals require that no single developer diverts everybody else in the world away from maintenance and/or new feature development backwards to accommodating bugs/defects introduced by that single developer.

If you want to be treated with kid gloves, think back to high school: Resolve your petty differences/behavior problems before you get kicked up to the school principle (Linus, in this case). Merely being kicked up to that level indicates both that your behavior is causing significant problems and that everybody else has already given up on you

about 6 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

ibsteve2u It ain't Netflix that is arrogant... (466 comments)

It is AT&T that is "arrogant".

Comments such as this one make it plain that AT&T believes that they've bought enough members of Congress and enough of the FCC to be able to safely ignore those famous "free market" principles which would otherwise supposedly protect the American consumer from monopolistic practices - e.g., sending Netflix to the bottom of the priority stack on AT&T-controlled comm links.

The greatest arrogance lies in the fact that AT&T believes that they can publicly reveal - even boast of - the extent of the corruption that they've fostered without repercussion.

about 7 months ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

ibsteve2u Re: Blame the MBAs (423 comments)

Too true. The two things I've gathered that are simply not taught at America's B-schools are innovation and ethics.

about 8 months ago
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NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

ibsteve2u Did Greenwald just say... (347 comments)

Did Greenwald just say that if you disagree with him, Snowden, or Snowden's pals in the PRC and former USSR you're a "government shill"?

I'd note, by the way, that injecting misinformation into "stolen government documents" after the fact isn't only a piece of cake, it's old hat.

about 8 months ago
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US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment

ibsteve2u Re:Next step after that... (143 comments)

In my opinion the next step after that, should be to abolish software patents.

Legal says "No - and would you like a job in the mail room better?".

about 9 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

ibsteve2u What about "shareholder value"??? (692 comments)

Seems the solution is Google builds "dense urban housing" on their campus a la Foxconn. They save the money for the shuttles, their fuel, and the shuttle drivers and return it to the shareholders - and the rest of San Francisco doesn't have to worry about upward pressure on rents, the blasting of their neighborhoods with "dense urban housing", or the Congo.

Handy double-edged sword, that "shareholder value".

about 9 months ago
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Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

ibsteve2u Re:lolll...is this question Bernie's idea? (363 comments)

(P.S. Note to personnel about to be bugged [NPI] by increasingly nervous politicians: Never tell a politician that they don't have "the need to know" - or cover something up so that they cannot see it especially if there is anybody in the vicinity who appears to be unaware of just how very important they are. Even though you, the politician, and the wall all know that the politician leaks for any reason from revenge to financial advantage to impressing that pretty young thing to free dinner on the WaPo, that just makes 'em mad and they'll take it out on you/the program/the nation's security.

Instead, pull an Alberto Gonzales and select one of the nearly infinite variations of "I forget." or "I don't know.". And remember: For anybody but a politician, those are just delay tactics. You will be expected to be capable of learning new tricks.)

about 10 months ago
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Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

ibsteve2u lolll...is this question Bernie's idea? (363 comments)

Or did another/other member(s) of Congress put it into his head out of fear that Congress' insider trading, graft, legislation-written-directly-by-special-interests, and so on is actually all on NSA hard drives somewhere?

about 10 months ago
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Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is "Infinitely" Weaker As a Result of Snowden's Leaks

ibsteve2u Hayden's opinion... (572 comments)

I'd feel better about Hayden's opinion if I didn't get this visual of Hayden saying "This is the intelligence we have." and then nodding compliantly as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & PNAC, LLP said "Well, this is what we'll say we have - and this is what you'll say it means." And Voila! - we're in Iraq with too few, too under-armored, for too little justification...and consequently taking too many casualties for too long at too great of an expense in both dollars and world opinion.

There are many - to include me - who despise Snowden for turncoating...but the reality is when you must watch the very top of the food chain betraying the nation for purely selfish reasons - just to hurt "labor" a.k.a. the American people and further enrich the top of the energy and financial food chains - you don't have to be an analyst to project that others further down the food chain will follow that leadership example.

That is what leaders are for: To set the example. Sell-outs shouldn't bitch about other sell-outs.

about 10 months ago
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Tech Leaders Push Back Against Obama's Efforts To Divert Discussion From NSA

ibsteve2u Re:"Tech industry concern" is B.S., anyway (312 comments)

lolll...oh, yeah: And there is some concern that what Corporate America does to make money and influence our government just might be going to hard disk somewhere.

about 10 months ago
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Tech Leaders Push Back Against Obama's Efforts To Divert Discussion From NSA

ibsteve2u "Tech industry concern" is B.S., anyway (312 comments)

The bottom line is "the tech industry" mines and sells your data (i.e., "every little thing you do"), so in order to keep their bottom line growing "the tech industry" must get the NSA's ability to mine for terrorist activity stopped before the American people force their (not "their" as in "the American people's", but "their" as in "the tech industry's") Representatives and Senators to again prioritize their Constitutional responsibilities above their bought-and-paid-for promises and outlaw all data mining as the invasion of privacy that it is.

about 10 months ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

ibsteve2u Not enough... (641 comments)

The real power in America has been transferred to corporations; if you're serious about protecting chimpanzees, incorporate them.

Voila! - instant super-"citizens".

about a year ago
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Yahoo Encrypting Data In Wake of NSA Revelations

ibsteve2u Re:Yahoo can't even keep spam out of my inbox (137 comments)

Maybe Google has decided "Why make it easier to pick out what our customers are interested in - or, for that matter, why reduce the volume of electronic transmissions that must be analyzed? Let the spam flow!".

about a year ago
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

ibsteve2u Wonder how Doug Adams would have reacted (476 comments)

I suspect that Doug Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy would have been worded slightly differently had this occurred before he finished his book; i.e., when the reason for the destruction of the Earth (the construction of a hyperspatial express bypass) was given, I suspect the sentence "Doesn't matter, anyway; they chose to self-obsolete with something called 'patents'." would have appeared shortly thereafter.

about a year ago
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UK Police Seize 3D-Printed 'Gun Parts,' Which Are Actually Spare Printer Parts

ibsteve2u Relying on people's technical ignorance... (279 comments)

Relying on people's technical ignorance is catching, it appears...spare printer parts are named weapons components (undoubtedly as a prelude for a campaign to make the printers themselves illegal)...and here in America, a $294 million (!!!!) secure website, the private contractor explains, cannot possibly be expected to work as it was never tested end to end...

And of course nobody says "What! $294 million (!!!) for a secure website, and you couldn't spare a few millions for unit testing?"...because they - both the American public and our Congress - either don't know any better or would find the truth to impair their intended political narrative.

about a year ago
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NSA Monitored Calls of 35 World Leaders

ibsteve2u NSA monitoring of "world leaders" is justified! (310 comments)

If the Iraq War taught the world nothing else, it should lie in the example set by Tony Blair and George W. Bush: Just being a "world leader" won't stop an individual from lying...and human lives are among the stakes.

Now if you're really upset, then simply demand that the NSA share all of the conversations of the "world's leaders" with the world's peoples.

Then a possible negative is made into an absolute positive.

about a year ago
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How PR Subverts Wikipedia

ibsteve2u Re:Internet democracy (219 comments)

What are you trying to do? Make me miss the old BBS systems where a BBS owner would get in a snit because you laughed at his or her pet paradigm and toss you off?

(When you snuck back on and realized that all of the content that you'd typed or uploaded at 300 baud had also fallen victim to their wrath, it was a little depressing.)

1 year,7 hours
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OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

ibsteve2u Look at the bright side... (292 comments)

OCZ's drives don't fail at an any higher rate than, say, WD's first generation SATA 3.0 drives, so look at the bright side: If the two vendors were sports cars, your use of OCZ SSDs would ensure that people emitted the proper "Wow!" when they read how fast you were going before your brakes failed and you hit the tree.

(lolll...personally, I bought some Vertex IIs, some Agility 2s...and stopped.)

1 year,7 hours

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Time may fly erratically, come September

ibsteve2u ibsteve2u writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ibsteve2u writes "Field trials for the elimination of the time error correction (the intentional increase or decrease of the 60 Hz frequency many household clocks rely upon to keep time in order to compensate for load-driven variations) applied to the nation's electricity grid are tentatively scheduled to begin in September:

While it is intuitively obvious that any frequency offset that moves target frequency away from the reference point to which all other frequency sensitive devices (such as relays) have been indexed will have a potential impact on those devices' performance, the industry has by and large regarded Time Error Corrections as harmless and necessary as part of the service it provides to its customers. However, in light of this data, NERC's stakeholders are now questioning whether or not the intentional movement closer to (or in some cases, further away from) the trigger settings of frequency-based protection devices as is evidenced during Time Error Correction events is appropriate.

Accordingly, NERC is planning a Field Trial during which the practice of doing Time Error Corrections will be suspended. What will this affect? We don't think it will have much affect at all, but just to be safe, we are reaching out to various industries to get their thoughts on this. Those industries include appliance manufacturers, software companies, chemical manufacturers, companies that make automation equipment, computer manufacturers, and many others.

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Help the Air Force 'Aim High'

ibsteve2u ibsteve2u writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ibsteve2u writes "Help your country! The Air Force needs software to exponentially increase the amount of time they can waste on-line! From an Air Force solicitation: Software will allow 10 personas per user, replete with background , history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographacilly consistent. Individual applications will enable an operator to exercise a number of different online persons from the same workstation and without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries. Personas must be able to appear to originate in nearly any part of the world and can interact through conventional online services and social media platforms. The service includes a user friendly application environment to maximize the user's situational awareness by displaying real-time local information."
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GFI Software Enhances its Security Product Offerin

ibsteve2u ibsteve2u writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ibsteve2u (1184603) writes "I got the prerequisite email, and here is the scoop: Sunbelt has been "acquired". Does this mean the transformation of the rather lean Vipre antivirus into bloatware, and the eventual stratospheric repricing of one of the few cost-effective solutions that will run on Microsoft's server platforms? I hope not..."
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The saga of net neutrality continues....

ibsteve2u ibsteve2u writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ibsteve2u (1184603) writes "Our Cash'n'Carry Congress is attempting to force the FCC to permit Comcast et al to "shape" traffic as they see fit...needless to say, the members who are petitioning the FCC are fiscal favorites of the big ISPs. To quote the source:

Seventy-four members of Congress have just signed an industry-drafted letter urging the FCC to abandon efforts to protect Net Neutrality and promote universal broadband access. By signing this letter, these members have sold you out to Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

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M$oft strikes...

ibsteve2u ibsteve2u writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ibsteve2u (1184603) writes "I see this on my my.live.com homepage today:

Thank you for using My.live.com. On March 15, 2010, My.live.com will be discontinued and all users redirected to My MSN. Please note that your settings, feeds and gadgets will not be migrated to MyMSN. To make MyMSN your homepage today, click here.

Fat chance. Were it not for certain of my software's dependency upon Microsoft...a situation I will now have to investigate correcting; unbridled arrogance irks me."

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