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Comment Re:What did you expect on a first offense? (Score 1) 904

Well, there's the fact that this person allegedly did this to several women. More importantly though, was a lack of anti-retaliation protection by HR. In sane companies, they are very upfront and very explicit about protecting anonymity and if that's not possible, strict anti-retaliation rules. So regardless of the level of punishment the manager should/should not have gotten, her position in the aftermath of reporting it sounds unacceptable.

Also in sane companies, if you are trying to transfer out and you have the target management on your side, your current team can only block the transfer for a few months to transition. Also, your *current* manager's performance review can't factor into another team requesting you (and *certainly* not it a way where bad performance reviews are a tool to retain, that's counter productive, if a person is a bad fit in one team, why would the rules *lock* that person to a team?).

Comment Don't work for crappy management... (Score 3, Interesting) 904

Note that sexism was a *small* part of the situation described. What amazes me was the continued desire to work for a company because of the 'great engineers'.

The reality is you can find a *good* company that also has great engineers. Other companies also face interesting challenges that are worthy of your time. I've seen people fall into this trap of toiling under crappy management because 'their team is so great'. The problem is that crappy management gets all the benefits of your awesome teams work (in fact, in crappy management, the management gets nearly *all* the glory and your 'awesome engineers' are the first under the bus when good times are over, after months on end of 60+ hour workweeks, where the management is only around for part of maybe 3 days a week. You need to find a company that has both a great team *and* good management.

If it had been an isolated incident with one manager, and switching teams fixed it, but she reports a pattern of management dysfunction that seems pervasive, at least to wherever she could go. Now it *might* be the case that her perspective by itself is skewed, but in her view of things, it was a terrible situation and she stayed *way* longer than anyone should have.

Comment Re:Owning vs Renting (Score 1) 353

Of course after Dell said that, Apple made an incredible comeback and makes a ton of money (whether they should be or not).

I'd say that MS is far from on life support (sadly). Sure, they are messing about with their traditional products to figure out how to make money when upgrades are rarer and older versions are increasingly 'good enough'. However they have enjoyed way too much success with Azure making inroads against AWS.

I've always hated MS product and been befuddled why people think .NET is good (it's a terrible API, in the same level as VMware APIs). Nevertheless, they are undeniably successful.

Comment Re:Owning vs Renting (Score 1) 353

First off, Microsoft doesn't care what people prefer, they care about what is more financially good for them. If someone prefers using their copy of Office 97 they bought 20 years ago, MS isn't very happy because they haven't seen revenue from that person in decades.

Second off, these are *new* subscribers. This would be of course catastrophic in a transaction business model as in a perpetually licensed software product, but for a subscription model, a saturated plateau isn't a bad thing. That plateau may be lower than they had hoped, but it probably still represents over a billion dollars of pure profit.

I'm sad, but this is capitalism at work on intellectual property. Business software has to find a way to lock in their revenue when their customers are less likely to need any new functionality. Game publishers focus on multiplayer online games with networking effects causing their software to 'go out of style' and pushing the audience to buy more, or alternatively to nickle and dime their loyal base with subscription fees and/or 'real money' in-game items.

Comment Re:Google cloud security and compliance (Score 2) 353

So there are two things in play:

1) Cloud providers are a much more critical target. So risk is elevated by virtue of being so prominent and knowing that if you do finda hypervisor exploit, there is a target rich environment. In practice, this hasn't really been an issue, but should the day come when someone succeeds at scale, this will be catastrophic.

2) The way SMBs *use* cloud providers is a *huge* increase of risk. On an SMBs private network, it's generally a big hassle to get a system accessible from the internet, so they generally deploy stuff on unroutable addresses without any NAT rules to expose ports. In that context, when they do the lazy thing and have easy to guess passwords/irresponsibly default configuration, the risk is somewhat mitigated of it becoming an attack surface. Now they *shouldn't* do this, but this is the reality. With their cloud provider, it's generally easier to put it on the internet widely accessible than it is to tuck it away. The path of least resistance becomes easy to guess passwords and default configuration on a publicly accessible IP address.

Reference all the huge number of DB attacks where someone got into an admin portal of some instance. This is worse now than it used to be because of all the folks who shouldn't be deploying on internet addresses now doing so.

Comment Re:Just the Battery? (Score 5, Insightful) 84

They just didn't have time to definitively figure out root cause and the most obvious culprit being the battery got derailed because it happened with a different battery vendor and design. It ultimately turned out to be battery issues after all, but at the time they couldn't afford to take any chances.

Note the same thing would have happened even with replaceable batteries, though I would like to see replaceable batteries in phones for other reasons.

Comment Re: Deep recursion (Score 1) 73

On the UI front, at least I'll agree that some GNOME software has done that. MS fell into that big time with Windows 8, though they have walked back some of it. However I can't think of too many examples outside of those two where an existing software did big steps backwards.

On Slack v. IRC, it's not that *hard* what they added, but having the history available on reconnect, being able to paste text and images and such into chat rather than resorting to pastebins. Sure some things like emoji support may be a bit silly, but otherwise it's something that makes a lot of functionality a lot more accessible. We would be better off recognizing that IRC is *not* in fact perfect as is and think about actually competing instead of being in denial.

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