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Sun Microsystems axed 1,300 employees on Thursday, the first wave in a series of planned redundancies intended to cut head count by almost a fifth. The company said in a statement it had cut workers across all levels, including employees in vice president and director positions. It did not say who'd been cut, but The Reg has …


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  1. Anonymous Coward


    14-y/o wannabe HP sysadmin Matt Bryant and his fantasy-land side show, accompanied by his retarded cousin who repeatedly keeps posting that link to the equally retarded Rock is Dead page...

  2. Jay Jaffa
    Dead Vulture

    Nothing more than it deserves

    SUN is a shitbox of a company that got lucky one time in the dark ages. Since then we've had a procession of arseholes running the company - most famously that trained chimp Scott McNealy. If the invested more time in technology and expanisve thinking rather than setting lawyers loose on the world they'd have stood a better chance.

    This particular demise can't come soon enough.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Here's an idea

    Just bite the bullet and can netbeans. Nobody needs it, we all know it's inferior to eclipse and rather than catching up you're falling further behind.

  4. Matt Bryant Silver badge

    RE: Cue...

    "14-y/o wannabe HP sysadmin Matt Bryant ...." Why thank you, I do try to take care of myself but I wouldn't expect anyone to mistake me for a fourteen-year-old, not unless the teenagers around your way lead particulalry high-mileage lives! Maybe you should consider a trip to the opticians for stronger glasses, or maybe prolonged exposure to Sunshiner blinkers have had a permanently detrimental effect on your sight as well as your ability to comprehend and presuppose.

    Regarding the article, I wasn't going to post a comment as it says it all, really. Sun's "commitment" to open source is fair-weather only; when the brown stuff hit the fan it protected its old and proprietary SPARC Slowaris teams and gutted the "community" projects. This is all the more amusing considering the SPARC Slowaris products are not making enough money to keep the company afloat for long.

    "....accompanied by his retarded cousin who repeatedly keeps posting that link to the equally retarded Rock is Dead page..." Would that "Rock is Dead page" be a Reg article, then, as the Reg have also conjected several times recently that the real Rock chip has been axed? I can't speak for my co-poster as I suspect you may be referring to more than one person, but I have seen quite a few sites posting the idea that Rock is a Norweigean Blue. Since it obviously upsets you so much, please feel free to go spend your time hunting through the Web looking for anybody posting "nasty lies" about Ponytail, Sun or Rock, and then vent your spleen as you sse fit. After all, it's only fair we share the hilarity of your delusions as widely as possible.

    But one warning - please be careful with the adjectives as some might feel driven to a complaint and a trace of your IP address should you use such language as "retarded", it would break the house rules on many a forum and probably not sit too well with your employer. Luckily, here at the Reg it's quite liberal, so I can safely say the only thing retarded in this discussion is your ability to think outside your narrow, shrinking litle Sunshiner world, and the consequent comic fear you display in your posts. We now have a new way to identify the rabid Sunshiner - The Brown Pony Tail ™ (aka crapped-in pants).

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    "But one warning - please be careful with the adjectives as some might feel driven to a complaint and a trace of your IP address..."

    Internet tough guy alert!!

    El Reg - you're missing a ROFLcopter icon.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    And there he is!

    That was right on cue then. Good call.

    That's a black ROFLcopter, right?

  7. metadaddy

    That 'procession'

    @Jay Jaffa: "a procession of arseholes running the company"

    There have been a total of three CEOs in Sun's history - Vinod Khosla (1982-1984), Scott McNealy (1984-2006) and Jonathan Schwartz (2006-present). Hardly a procession.

    If you're going to spew invective, at least make it accurate...

  8. Anonymous Coward


    You gotta be quick to get on these articles before Matt has a chance. He has a wet spot for Sun. It must be the ponytail fantasy he has.

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  10. Matt Bryant Silver badge

    RE: Frank Gerlach

    "....Just join the Eurozone as the next step." Frank, that was below the belt! The last time we tried that, George Soros displayed all his liberal, friend-to-all, Democrat values by trying to making the Bank of England go bust. Personally, I fear that Gordon Brooonpants will use the current economic kerfuffle to try and shaft us with more close ties to Europe and a possible move into the Euro again. I remember a few years back that Clinton made a surprise offer to include the UK in the NAFTA agreement if we pulled out of Europe, a move which would have made the UK effectively a bridgestone for US companies doing business into Europe with all types of possibilities for US investment in the UK. But Blair was too sold on the European daydream to go for it (or just too scared of what his socialist backbenchers would have to say about it). If it were ever put to a referendum as to whether we should join NAFTA or the EEC I would chose NAFTA, but then neither Brooooon or Blair were ever keen on actually asking the people what they wanted.

    But to get back to the point of the article, the whole tech sector is seeing cut-backs and redundacies, but it is Sun's which are drawing the most comment as their position is so bad considering the heights Sun once scaled. The fact is the majority of us see that Sun is approaching its nova.

  11. Anonymous Coward


    I'm shocked. Marketing folks are being cut? Really? I thought they were always the last to go.

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