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Nokia CEO Blames Salesmen For Windows Phone Struggles

vrythmax Its not WP7, its Microsofts Apathy (435 comments)

WP7 is the best IMHO phone os. However Microsoft marketing sucks. When was the last time you saw a tv ad for a WP7 phone. Back in the 80's when MCI and Sprint still sold long distance, AT&T had twice the market share, not because they were better, but because they spent 2x the ad dollars that MCI and Sprint did. Microsoft is competing against a comodity and a cache. They can only win by make WP7 a household word and they just refuse to do it. Their lack of marketing dollars signals their lack of confidence in the phone. Besides, Microsoft is going to release iOS 8, I mean Windows 8 for everything from Phone to PC to Tablet to XBox to Ford autos so why would they push the crap out of a phone they're gonna throw away in 12 to 18 months?

more than 2 years ago

What If the Apollo Program Never Happened?

vrythmax Communal Fear Made Us Go (756 comments)

We (Americans) won't go anywhere soon. We simply don't have a fear big enough that going to the moon can fix. Whether its gay marriage, the liberals, the conservatives, big media, global warming, China's economy or the European debt crisis, what ever your issue, the moon has no answers so we will not be going there soon.

more than 2 years ago

ACTA Signed By 22 EU Countries

vrythmax No Worries (138 comments)

The EU can't figure out how to fix Greece or Italy (spending too much time traveling to Tokyo to sign things) so they won't even be around long enough for it to have much impact.

more than 2 years ago

'Most Earth-Like' Exoplanet Gets Major Demotion

vrythmax We're not even sure... (206 comments)

the lens cap was removed!

more than 3 years ago

Internet Traffic In Libya Goes Dark Amid Upheaval

vrythmax I sense a pattern here... (36 comments)

Maybe the US gov should be working on a way to carpet bomb dictators with castable mesh networks? I mean, how do you think Americans will liberate themselves from TimeWarner, Comcast, AT&T and the rest of the communication dictators?

more than 3 years ago

Open Source Guy Takes the Hardest Job At Microsoft

vrythmax Re:As always... (325 comments)

Yes, making money which is the fastest way out of a bread line.

more than 3 years ago

IT Graduates Not "Well-Trained, Ready-To-Go"

vrythmax Re:It's Called 'Experience'! (609 comments)

I have a degree in communications (Journalism and PR) but I make my living wearing any number of different IT hats so I know its not the degree, its that desire to learn everything, all the time (and make some of it up as you go) that gets the job done. Hiring managers want someone who knows their unique set of tecnologies. Usually something bastardized through a unique set of politics, budget cuts, sexy vaporware and vendors lies. A system that is the stuff of nightmares in the halls of higher education. If IT managers want students to be able to hit the ground running then we need to teach IT students the way we teach doctors, Lots of OJT with sleepless nights, impossible deadlines and the opportunity for abject failure. Because there is no way the pedantic higher education system can possibly prepare someone to walk into the average "hair-on-fire" IT shop and have any clue.

more than 3 years ago

US Justice Department Dug Up Reporter's Phone, Bank Records

vrythmax Re:Obama's been in for 6 years? (217 comments)

I used to think Bush was a puppet of Chaney who was hell bent on taking our freedoms to destroy the terrorist threat. Now I wonder if Obama didn't open the big book of really secret shit and mutter "Holy Shit! Chaney was right!" and then start making new plans for protecting our country. Maybe its classified for a big scary reason? We don't tend to think that way because we have the luxury of worrying more about getting the latest iPhone, than being blown up while standing in line for job.

more than 3 years ago

Libya SIGINT Jamming Satellites, Towers

vrythmax Home on jam... (463 comments)

missiles sound about right.

more than 3 years ago

First Alpha of Qt For Android Released

vrythmax Re:Nokia is dead (212 comments)

Partnering with Google would have killed Nokia because it would have added 2 years of development to get their phones where they wanted them. WP7 gives them a ready to go, high-end OS that is already doing well in Europe. which gives them time to put together a strategy that will either yield an OS of their own or guide development of WP7 or Android to suit their needs.

more than 3 years ago

Industry IT Security Certification Proposed

vrythmax Uh there is Cerification and then there is... (102 comments)

Certifying that you, the CEO know what the hell the nerds did to the system to make it safe and that you agree it is reasonable and sufficient. This won't do a damn thing to help the situation. What would help would be if after ANY security breach of any size, the company be forced to send a press release outlining all details of the breach including the technical details of what the hacker did and failings of their own system or policies. Post the same details to all known social networking sites as well as on their own home page. Post formal apologies to the American people on YouTube. Then the top three levels of executives, the board of directors and the top 5 shareholders would be required to stand in front of the company headquarters and cry out the details of their failure for 12 hours regardless of the weather. That would then drive the necessary "giving of a damn" at all levels necessary to actually empower the IT group to get the job done and secure our economy from enemies foreign and domestic.

more than 3 years ago

MPAA Threatens To Disconnect Google From Internet

vrythmax Re:I think it's time (468 comments)

And we know Bing would follow suit immediately.

more than 3 years ago

Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results

vrythmax Re:Cheating? (693 comments)

No, Microsoft trusts Google's users more than their own.

more than 3 years ago

Apple App Store Hits 10B App Download Mark

vrythmax Re:Slashdot is now officially pathetic (195 comments)

I'm a WP7 developer and DL reporting is delayed by 6 days. Apple's is delayed by 1 day. MS has 6000 apps and ? DLs/Day. Apple has 300K apps and 10Mil downloads a day. Apple has their shit together and its pretty damn impressive.

more than 3 years ago

Is Retaliation the Answer To Cyber Attacks?

vrythmax Re:The world would be a better place... (142 comments)

No different than driving up to your building when no one is there and crashing a wreaking ball into it. Its not an attack, just...sabotage. No one's hurt. I just shut down your business, cost you thousands of dollars in repair and possibly millions of dollars in lost sales. But hey, let's not get too excited over this.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Flips Kill-Switch On Skype Toolbar

vrythmax Re:Auto-Installing *anything* needs to die. (284 comments)

Anybody know of a study of the cost of auto installed software? I mean any ideas on the number of IT incidents caused by auto installed software? Just wondering if anyone has attached a cost to that yet.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Tracking Emerging 'Darkness' Botnet

vrythmax Why don't... (85 comments)

we just write a counter virus since the botnets can only exist on wide open systems. Infection vectors should be easy. Be funny to see a botnet infected.

more than 3 years ago

What If We Ran Universities Like Wikipedia?

vrythmax Re:Phoenix is the model? (380 comments)

In many cases a degree is just a ticket to ride. My degree is in communications/journalism, but I make a damn good living as an industrial engineer/software developer. Success isn't about the degree, its about the drive and work ethic. A wiki university is not good or bad just another avenue for people to learn. However I don't think it would have a very good football team...

more than 3 years ago

DC Internet Voting Trial Attacked 2 Different Ways

vrythmax Re:Votes simply don't matter... (123 comments)

The fact that it is far easier for the average American to vote on the American Idol winner than our government shows that we have not applied our knowledge to the appropriate priorities.

more than 3 years ago


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