* Posts by Randall Shimizu

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IBM cuts deep into workforce – even its Watson and AI teams – as it 'pivots' to cloud

Randall Shimizu

Hopefully IBM cuts a lot of middle management. IBM has a lot of bureaucracy. I am surprised that IBM made cuts to their services division.

Three years ago, IBM ordered staff to work in central hubs. Now its new CEO ponders mid-pandemic: Is there a better way of doing things?

Randall Shimizu

Re: When did IBM lose its way

Ginni biggest problem is that she did move fast enough to move IBM to the cloud. The other problem is that she failed to cut and revamp IBM's bureaucracy. As HCL. IBM should have spun off Lotus and other software years ago. Lotus was good company, but they became smothered in IBM's bureaucracy. IBM has strange tradition of only marketing to their existing customer base.

Randall Shimizu

It is good to see that IBM is moving away from this EPS at any cost mentality. Ginni Rommety was a good CEO. But she frittered away a of IBM's technological opportunities and advantages. I am also hoping that Redhat willl help drive the rest of IBM. Cutting back IBM's bloated bureaucracy will be one of Arind Krishna's big challenges. Improving employee morale should be a high priority objective as well.

Randall Shimizu

IBM's mandated work at the office was a ill conceived concept. IBM has been a leader in telecommuting for many years now. IBM's Lotus division developed a new application with 30 employees in 12 months. The employees worked in distributed locations globally. It would probably make sense to have a hybrid work from home solution for many employees. I believe we are going much more hybrid telecommuting solutions once the crisis is over. It will be interesting to see some studies how this is working out for many companies.

More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research

Randall Shimizu

Re: Differentiation

The differentiation argument is irrelevant. The interface llike Samsng's touch wiz makes little difference. The only big difference is that the device companies and phone companies load their own apps. That is reasonable. But the differentiation argument is just part of device companies effort to get people to buy the latest phone.

Randall Shimizu

Google needs to act more responsibly and require companies to issue updates & upgrades. Some of the Obama are actually still using Android 4.4..So the users are stuck with a old insecure version of Android. the other issue is that users stuck with old version does not work well. Google also needs to stop letting the carriers and device manufacturers control if a device will be patched or upgraded.

Security storm brewing for Oracle Java-powered smart cards: More than a dirty dozen flaws found, fixes... er, any fixes?

Randall Shimizu

Oracle needs live up to their responsibilities and immdiately resondb and fix the flaws now that they are charging license fees....!!

IBM servers crashed in Q4 – just sales, not the mother of all outages

Randall Shimizu

IBM's Z-series has some huge advantages that no other platform offers today. The Z-series mainframes offers end to end encryption down to the processor level. Z-series is also capable of running 2,000,000 simultaneous docker containers. No other platform has this level of security. IBM is having huge success in the financial sector with the Z-14.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

Randall Shimizu

This seems like a good move. But I wonder why IBM waited till now to acquire Red Hat. My own belief is that IBM should have acquired Red Hat years ago. $34 billion is a lot of money to pay. It will be interesting to see what happens in any case.

Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

Randall Shimizu

Re: 100Mb/s?

G.fast makes lot of sense in older areas where it is primarily copper twisted pair. With G.fast it is possible to achieve speeds close 1 gbit depending on the distance and the condition of copper. It is possible to achieve speeds of up to 1 gbit with distances of 100 meters or less. The great thing is that the telco's can lay fiber as needed and use the existing wiring. So let's say there is area where the copper is in bad shape they can lay fiber closer to the homes.

Randall Shimizu

Now that the the threat of competition from Google fiber has faded the cable companies and AT&T are interested in spending money for paying the costs of acquisition. More and more. people are are migrating to streaming services such as Netflix. So there is currently little incentive for them to increase broadband speeds. Ultimately Netflix & Amazon may have help out if they wish to dramatically expand their business.

No wonder Oracle exec Kurian legged it – sky darkens as cloudy tech does not make it rain

Randall Shimizu

Oracle is a good product, but their licensing fees are exorbitant and many or most of their customers are fed up trying to find ways of migrating away. As for Larry he will eventually try and make the changes necessary to stay relevant. The big question is if Oracle can make the changes fast enough. Much of the challenge is cultural in nature and that will be hard to change. Before Oracle's challenges were primarily internal in nature and still is. Today Oracle faces major challenges from Amazon & MS in the cloud market. The upside however is that Oracle has huge revenues and big customer from big companies it can rely on. So this still gives Oracle a lot cushion while they change.

Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

Randall Shimizu

In my mind Equifax is getting off cheap....!!

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

Randall Shimizu

My guess is that Linus is to isolated in his work and need to get used to working with other people.

Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

Randall Shimizu

This just goes to show just how paranoid Xi and China's communist party is. There is much more civil discontent than most people are lead to believe.

Qualcomm asks Broadcom over for lunch and a proper chat about being bought

Randall Shimizu

Personally I wonder Qualcomm is even bothering to talk with Broadcomm. My only guess is that this is due financial diligence to avoid a shareholder lawsuit.

President Trump turns out the lights on solar panel imports into US

Randall Shimizu

I am disappointed that Trump decided to implement these as blanket tariffs. My own belief is that they should have been targeted tariffs. This smacks of protectionism to me.

IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now

Randall Shimizu

IBM has more business and IT capital than any company today. They consultants that have experience various fields. IBM has hired health care professionals or insurance executives for example. While it's true IBM will have to cut back. They key for IBM is reduce personnel on the basis of skills and knowledge as opposed to pure costs to the company. The other thing to remember is that despite all the hype of clouds and there still many companies that don't trust cloud computing and or have no need for it. Even with all the security promises cloud providers make they still cannot guarantee that the data will not be hacked. This is one reason why IBM's Z-14 with their end to end encryption has been so successful.

Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

Randall Shimizu

Hopefully the customer service will get better with the Google Pixel. Customer service seems to be a after thought with the Pixel products. This one reason why I have avoided purchasing a Pixel phone.

Intel, Samsung join Apple, FTC firing squad against rival Qualcomm

Randall Shimizu

Geez what a bunch of crybabies. Qualcomm invented the technology so have the right to set the price and license the technology as they so choose.

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

Randall Shimizu

I still prefer FF due to because customizable than any browser around. But Mozilla needs to work on solving some persistent problems with FF. Memory is a still a big issue. A easy way to fix this would be include memory free as part of the install or as a recommended addon. The other problem is that there this sites that FF refuses to load. Video often refuses to work with FF as well.

Intel is upset that Qualcomm is treating it like Intel treated AMD for years and years

Randall Shimizu

Intel's argument is ludicrous. Intel claims that Qualcomm has undo influence because they own so many patents and IP technology in the mobile market.

What sort of silicon brain do you need for artificial intelligence?

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Cisco cuts 250 jobs in San Jose, has 850 more pink slips to hand out

Randall Shimizu

These cut backs are fairly small for a company that employees 71,000 people.

What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

Randall Shimizu

I gave up on OS/2 after Serenity Systems mislead people about OS/2. Serenity Systems originally told customers that they had been authorized to make approved code modifications to OS/2 Warp. IBM never granted and permission to do so. Serenity systems was only authorized to provide new drivers and a new install process I believe.

OS/2 had a lot of promise and it might have overtaken Windows if the marketing was better. OS/2 was way ahead in client server technology back in the Win/95, 98 days. The other problem is that IBM mishandled the IP rights to OS/2. I never understood why IBM did not hire MS as contractor to write the code for OS/2. MS used some of IBM OS/2 code and merged it with the Windows code. MS then claimed it then owned the rights to the code.

Today OS/2 is irrelevant as OS.

IBM CEO Ginni flouts £75 travel crackdown, rides Big Blue chopper

Randall Shimizu

It's time for IBM to replace Ginni Rometty. Ginni Rometty's EPS at any cost has been very harmful to IBM. IBM making the right choice by embracing the cloud. The problem is that IBM needs to accelerate what they are doing. Things like these petty travel cuts are destroying employee morale.

The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

Randall Shimizu

Pixel updates ends after 2 years is ridiculous

While I agree keeping Android phones is a good step. Why are they doing this while limiting Pixel updates to 2 years after the phone has come out.

Jeez, we'll do something about Facebook murder vids, moans Zuckerberg

Randall Shimizu

Must be a better way

Seems like there must be a way to us AI flag potentially violent videos. 3000 is a awful lot of employees and surely they will get bored fast.

Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

Randall Shimizu

Firefox needs to fix basic issues

FF is still my favorite browser, but Mozilla needs to fix some issues like memory leaks and web page compatibility. Firefox still has not solved the memory leak issue. I run FF64 and it gulps memory like crazy. I will be running FF for a 1-2 hours and it will use 4 gigs of memory. FF needs a tool to see how much memory each add-on or plugin is using. Having to go into safe mode and test each add-on is a big hassle. Another possiblity would be for FF to contribute to memory fox and keep it upgraded. Memory fox used to have a clear memory button. But it went away for some reason.

Video playback web page display is still a big issue in FF. There is 3 or 4 times a day when I am unable to properly a page or video in FF. This is one reason why I use Chrome view to see those problematic pages with Chrome.

It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

Randall Shimizu

OS/2 failed because IBM has had this aversion to marketing over years. It is only recently that IBM appointed VP of marketing. Prior to the OS/2 Warp launch IBM had announced that it would launch a big advertising campaign But about a week prior to the IBM pulled the resources. There was lot of people and companies that were considering switching to OS/2 Warp. But MS launch a huge campaign for windows 95 and rest was history. IBM should have pressed it's advantage with client server computing. OS/2 was years ahead of Windows at the time.

Windows 10 lags 7, 8 … and even Vista in the channel race

Randall Shimizu

Part of the problem is that MS has not clearly explained and documented the upgrade process. The upgrade process keeps chainging. Win10 installed release 2, 3 times on my system. The update process is actually good. The data that is sent back to MS actually is diagnostic info so that MS instrument and correct errors on a users system. When the scrolling feature stopped working. Windows update sent out another update later that day that fixed the problem. The problems is that this has confused companies and raised doubts. So they are delaying deployments, which is probably a good thing until things settle down.

US trade watchdog deep-sixes patent infringement claim against Microsoft

Randall Shimizu

Ingterdigital not a pure patent troll

Interdigital does some research has a few products listed on their site. They are located just by Qualcomm in San Diego. They employee 330 people.

Lenovo topples Apple from PC summit by declining less slowly

Randall Shimizu

It's a bit of a misnomer to count tablets and PC's as the same market. It's clear that Apple is much stronger in the tablet market. Since Lenovo has concentrated on the Windows tablet market they do not have as much market share as could have.

AT&T swallows DirecTV in $50 BEELLION biz gulp – moments after FCC OK

Randall Shimizu

This acquisition is a win win for consumers and AT&T. Fiber to the premises (fiber to the home) is expanded by 12.5 million. This also gives AT&T the ability to free up bandwidth over twisted pair where it is needed. AT&T is required to maintain net neutrality as well. There will also be more competition for high speed internet as well. This also gives AT&T the ability to compete in foreign markets for satellite TV.

I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

Randall Shimizu

Govt IT needs to be more centralized.

Today the fed govt is spending roughly $13 billion on IT security and yet we are still seeing breaches by China and others. Today we have all these various IT departments and they are free to do what they want. So now we do not have a uniform security implementation among various branches. One issue is how to manage this without creating another massive bureaucracy. One way would be to have regular round table meeting among the various IT dept's. Another possible option is to have internal security auditing for the whole federal govt.

Lenovo system update flaws plugged, security world not impressed

Randall Shimizu

It's a bit odd and disappointing that Lenovo would allow this adware on users systems. Lenovo's actions have tarnished their reputation. On one hand Lenovo has a probably the best reputation from a hardware perspective especially with their T-series laptops.

The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

Randall Shimizu

I am fairly disappointed that there is not more 4K laptops on the market. Part of the problem is much of the 4k display production is being used for home consumer displays.

Misty-eyed Ray Ozzie celebrates 25th birthday of Lotus Notes by tweeting about it ...

Randall Shimizu

Lotus Notes was a great product, but IBM did not market the product and let it die on the vine. IBM has always had this strange hangup about spending money on advertising. Back in the OS/2 days IBM was talked about launch a ad campaign for OS/2 Warp and suddenly pulled back at the last minute. The other big problem was that IBM was only interested in market to their existing customer base. This worked well for years, but the problem was that MS slowly chipped away and notes became the minority in the market.

Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

Randall Shimizu

I really like FF on desktop. FF desktop is by far the most flexible and customizable browser. That said Mozilla still needs to work on the memory leak and font issue.When I select browser to use my own fonts the box and button icons do not display properly. FF also seems to have a lot of problems playing back certain types of video's which is annoying. The wide array of plug-in's is by far the best.

Mozilla android mobile version needs a lot of work. I prefer the dolphin browser because the tabs are displayed on top like the other desktop browsers. In many ways it seems like Mozilla has ignored the mobile browser since it's initial release.

Dead pilot named in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

Randall Shimizu

Seems like using a untested engine and fuel with live people seems reckless. :(

SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

Randall Shimizu

I am wondering if Jeff Bezo's will simply decide to cash out and retire while the stock is still high.

Secret U.S. 'space warplane' set to return from spy mission

Randall Shimizu

Perhaps the shuttle has a multi-role mission. It stays aloft in case it is needed for anti-satellite attacks or counter attacks. The other possibility is surveillance or course This would explain why the shuttle goes on such long missions.It also serves as a possible repair and or probably a satellite repair vehicle. I am wondering if the shuttle has ever docked at the international space station.

Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

Randall Shimizu

This is really a big surprise. The one good thing here is that Satya Nadella will not have Ballmer looking over his shoulder all the time. I think there Bill Gates and can still offer good insights and ideas for MS however.

Will IBM System x sink without trace before Lenovo can grab the helm?

Randall Shimizu

IBM will still retain the x86 Flex server and flex blades. IBM was selling 300 flex servers a month.

AT&T and Netflix get into very public spat over net neutrality

Randall Shimizu

Re: Pass the cost on?

Netflix is the number one downloading application on the web so they should help out in some way. Now Youtube is the number 2 downloading web app. Both Netflix and Google have peering and caching servers. The difference is that Google has many more since they have more dark fiber. So therefore Google's load is much less on the internet providers networks.

Sony denies Vaio-to-Lenovo rumour

Randall Shimizu

It's hard to see how a alliance would be of any value to Lenovo.

IBM and SAP: Looks like we're STUCK forever on the cloud highway

Randall Shimizu

Re: its about developers

You obviously overlooked IBM Developerworks. IBM's Developerworks provides more developer resources than any company around.

It was inevitable: Lenovo stumps up $2.3bn for IBM System x server biz

Randall Shimizu

I am bit surprised that IBM is selling off the x86 Flex servers as well. Last year IBM indicated that they were not selling the Flex systems to Lenovo. IBM has been selling 300 flex servers a month.

Google gearing up for 4K video frenzy at CES

Randall Shimizu

This seems like Google's big push for Google TV.

'I'm BIG, I'm BALD and I'm LOUD!' Blubbering Ballmer admits HE was Microsoft's problem

Randall Shimizu

MS cannot rely on marketing solely to business customers..Much of Microsoft's revenue still comes from the office and Windows divisions. They probably need to consider reducing efforts in those areas however.

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