* Posts by Decrapifier

13 posts • joined 8 Apr 2012

Google abruptly shuts down search-by-SMS portal

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MONOPOLY RISING: Google Should Be Broken Up


"Closing products always involves tough choices..."

We just e-mail turn-it-off orders to an intern, really. It's that easy. Remember the very useful GOOG-411? Once we collected enough of your voice data for free, we gave you a middle finger by turning off the service.

"...but we do think very hard about each decision..."

While we promote the delusion of our employees creating useful and enduring lab-to-real-world apps, we think constantly about killing off every project that does not advance our ad revenue. Sure, Google is run by multibillionaires making millions more every minute, but, you know, we cannot possibly afford maintaining that already-written, no-cost, no-maintenance SMS search app. Free is SO expensive, when you're greedy!

"...and its implications for our users."

We couldn't care less about knifing a healthy baby, let alone some faceless user not paying us ad dollars.

"Streamlining our services..."

Forcing people to use only the things that make us CA$H...

"...enables us to..."

...kills off perfectly good tech that has no income stream for us.

"...focus on creating beautiful technology..."

No-Google-revenue tech is outdated and ugly.

"...that will improve people's lives."

Google is an ad company that will sell you out, while claiming to "improve people's lives."

Adobe thinks outside box, nixes retail Creative Suite packaging

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The Second Thing That Adobe Should Shove...After Flash

Bill Gates is merely abusive and greedy, not brilliant. The creep made his fortune because of his lawyer's (father's) shrewd advice: Get the suckers (IBM) to sign a lease (licensing) rather than purchase agreement.

Adobe wants the same kind of income stream.

In line with Microsoft's B.S. of "Software Assurance," Adobe's recent policy change that forbids upgrades (cheaper prices) to customers not on the latest versions of Photoshop was the first kick in the groin. This is the second, unless you're one of the fools who bought into Flash development (For you, it's the third. No, wait...it's the fourth, if you have experienced Adobe's faulty, feature-deficient Flash follow-up built on top of jQuery, Adobe Edge.).

I hope that the mostly asleep public revolts against this rewarmed attempt at renting software. Remember when this Salesforce-scented, "ASP" (Application Service Provider) sewage was pitched a decade ago as a replacement for purchased desktop software free of expiration (and, in most cases, "Activation" crippling)?

Professionals had better start striking out now. Hit Adobe in the wallet, because that's all the company understands. The same goes for Microsoft.

How IT bosses turned the tables on our cushy consultancy gigs


———> "I am a professional consultant! — I'm pretty! SAY it!" <———

@Ian Michael Gumby:

You state that you "know that many companies can't attract the quality of staff for a FTE position." Of course, after paying absurd amounts to self-proclaimed "upper-10% professional consultants," a company cannot attract anyone with a remaining budget allocated for job offers of crummy wages and benefits.

As for your observation that "not everyone can be a consultant," not everyone can be a ditchdigger, either: Are you trying to remind us of your magical powers again?

Your propaganda that "unions don't work" is hardly sustained by some guy at IBM trying to start one there after all these years of IBM's offshoring, including its selling-out of the U.S. by fire-selling trade secrets and a personal-computer division to China. IBM, like HP, lost its core of long-term, dedicated talent many years ago, after "driving out the cost" of employment.

Your repeated palliative concluding that one may "find a job anywhere" if one maintains "skills within the top 10% of the industry" is cheerleading noise forever vomited by consulting agencies to rubes whose paychecks they seek to dock while keeping them under a mostly worthless umbrella of belonging (crappy health insurance or some other contrived perks, in return for a hefty paycheck margin). At least with a union, the docking is a comparative pittance, and the benefit of keeping an employer from getting away with mistreatment is huge.

Finally, if you saw "at a former client...many of their staff jump to other opportunities for more $$$, better benefits and better challenges" and "these were FTE and not contractors," then, your client was doing EXACTLY what I said, namely, squandering money on an overpriced "upper-10% professional consultant": The budget should have been used to retain employees by nurturing talent within the organization and paying competitive salaries with improved benefits.

Thank you for bringing this right back to my original post's statement of fact and confirming it!


———> "I am a professional consultant! — Say NOW I'm pretty!" <———

@Ian Michael Gumby:

You continue with your self-serving presumptions: "No sorry. The top tier [contractors] are the ones who actually spend time after the 8 hour billable day working on R&D and reading about the technology and what's coming down the pike."

That "professional consultant" self-aggrandizement is the typical load of horse manure shoveled: No professional full-time I.T. employee does any of the above, outside of the eight-hour workday. How many of you full-timers (especially, in R&D departments) reading his salesman trash now would like to buy a pair of steel-toed boots (see my initial post)?

As for vacation, of course, contractors are not paid for it: That is the whole point that resonates with scum management: Hire mercenaries to whom benefits will never be paid. The inflated rate more than compensates for the lack of vacation, but, in the U.S., well, good luck finding top-tier health insurance: That is usually where young rubes sold on contract work, if they stay in it long enough, eventually learn the real value of full-time employment, because they cannot even get into such a plan or afford the high premiums and deductibles thereof.

You admit to customary, after-hours dining-and-drinking "networking." Gee how sharp are those post-eight-hour-workday "R&D" hours you claim to spend, with your senses dulled by a full dinner and alcohol? No U.S. corporation of which I am aware conducts its "R&D" from evening to night, after boozing up its staff at dinnertime. Your claim is so full "professional consultancy," I can smell it.

Unions were created to protect workers from scum employers. Corporations and their shills pointing fingers at union abuses should rotate the tips of those fingers back to those corporate faces, which have been responsible for illegally and immorally "driving cost out of" employment: The scum has not gone away, but simply become more clever, by using such games as hiring benefits-eliminated "professional consultants" and claiming that they have, as you pretend, magical skills.

Unless you are a slave-wager in India, China, etc., the cost of your homegrown, overpriced snake-oil show is the next priority. That you serve this scum but are harder to extract from their matrix, than, say, a tax-paying full-timer they canned and replaced with a slum-dweller in Bangalore who costs one cup of truck-stop coffee per hour, should make you ashamed of yourself, not delusionally proud.

So, the "bad attitude" is entirely yours, because, in the non-union U.S. I.T. sector, you are the foolish scab who crosses the line at the dismantled, soon-to-be-closed plant in the deteriorating neighborhood in the corporately pilfered country. The "damn" that you say you give is truly for yourself and no other.


Re: ———> Anonymous-Coward "Contractor" <———

Dear anonymous-coward "contractor, " you are not worth any rate, with your:

(1) misspelled nonsense that I am "jelous" [sic];

(2) guessing and childish goading about whether or not I am a contractor; and

(3) presumption that I have never hired a full-time U.S. worker or know the costs thereof.

Indeed, it looks like you are "bitter" for being identified for exactly what you are.


———> "I am a professional consultant! — Tell me I'm pretty!" <———

I've found that anyone positing himself as an "upper-10% professional consultant" is usually the despised, thinks-he-knows-it-all creep clearly lacking institutional knowledge and brought in by scum management who does not want to pay U.S. full-time benefits and a proper, higher salary over time to a qualified full-time employee: The consultant squats out some "system," collects his check, and the overworked, underpaid, and professional-training-denied I.T. staff gets stuck with the turd he left them.

U.S. companies routinely circumvent full-time-labor law to pull this stunt, and such turd-makers are complicit in the crime. The problem with the U.S. is that sociopaths like Mitt Romney have managed to kill labor unions, so, I.T. workers cannot strike.

That companies who have fired their staff suddenly find the need to pay the "upper 10%" beaucoup bucks to rescue corporate behinds makes the creep think he is even more valuable.

It is about time that full-time I.T. workers kicked "consultants" and management in the balls, and hung these selfish, ruthless bastards with piano wire.

Now, go pedal that rah-rah, skill-set, latest-B.S.-certificate crap to some idiot in the darkest reaches of Africa who might still believe it.

Cisco backs down on cloud control of routers


Exploit Customers FIRST. Deny/PR-Spin Only When Complaints Exceed Projections

News of Cisco's despicable horse-dump on paying customers came just in time, for me: This week, I was shopping for a high-end router, at one of the local outlets of a well-liked, price-matching, national computer-store chain. Before my visit, I was so angry at Cisco that I did not even bother to read the specs of their models.

After passing on the news to him, I informed one of the store managers that all Cisco/Linksys products were now garbage to me, due to the company's Fecesbook-ish betrayal.

It is rare that one is able so quickly to put his money where his mouth is.

I hope that the rest of you will follow suit.

Sony optical disk archive


Tick-tock, SONY. Ready the product's eulogy.

I dream of such a long-term, large-capacity, upgradeable archival product that I can hold in my hand, but I am slapped back to reality by all those supposedly future-proof vendor solutions that have vaporized over the years. It doesn't matter how long the optical medium lasts, if the company who makes the proprietary hardware and read/write algorithms goes belly up!

Look at the format and company consolidation (read: savage knifings) in the optical and tape industries, in just the last few years: Optical storage is as dead as "Playboy" magazine, and tape storage is relegated to the microcosm of mainframes. With data de-duplication and "clouds" moving in, the archivist will likely no longer buy one vendor's proprietary storage hardware and media but instead let the cloud purveyor provide redundant storage in the most cost-effective solution of the day.

From NASA tapes of the 60s for which there are no readers to LaserDisc players of the 70s for which there are no new LP-sized media, experience has shown that the successful archivist is forever stuck with using a solution for a short number of years and then copying all of his content to the next one destined to die. In the 80s, I was appalled, one day, at the sight of giant, heavy, expensive disc packs and their washing-machine-sized readers that lay discarded outside of General Electric, but I subsequently accepted that there would be no upgrade by that vendor: Time had moved forward, and that solution was dead, dead, dead!

Tick-tock, SONY. Ready the product's eulogy.


Sony's Optical-Disk Retread

With 2TB hard drives on desktops for a couple of years, now, why would anyone want to waste time with an undersized, clunky, too-late-to-the-party, proprietary 1.5TB cartridge likely to be as expensive as three similarly sized hard drives?

This looks like some weird, unnecessary boxing of extant, low-capacity media. Where is the cool invention, here?

SONY has been killing itself softly, for years. A non-proprietary 10TB cartridge reasonably priced and not as thick as the OED would be worth considering. This latest offering is ridiculous.

Windows XP support ends two years from now


M$ Depends on SUCKERS to Upgrade

For over a decade, I have been using Activation-free Windows 2000 on multiple machines, running everything from Time-Capsule-like, exact-system-image continuous backup, to Photoshop CS. I have plenty of QUALITY software, both commercial and free, that is STILL compatible with Windows 2000.

So, as a Windows 2000 user who has hardware drivers and diverse software that continues to be fully functional (and, often, still supported and updated), I have paid particular attention, over the years, to apps that still work great for Windows 2000. For some of them, a new version is subsequently released that breaks this compatibility, but not for any technically necessary reason: The break is due to nothing more than something akin to a default compiler setting imposed by Microsoft, put there to slip by developers silently and later frustrate customers and compel them to upgrade to XP (or later). For example, the build is now referencing some XP-only DLL that is totally irrelevant and unnecessary, and this dooms backward compatibility. The developer may not even realize this break, or, if he does, resign himself to labeling the newly compiled version with the requirement "XP or later" (perhaps, subconsciously buying in to Microsoft's PR fiction that "everyone is on XP, by now.")

My PCs have NEVER had a virus. They can run 98% of what's (truly useful) out there. I have saved TEN$ OF THOUSAND$ by not becoming a sucker for the UPGRADE TREADMILL to minimal-return, minimally "improved," XP-and-later-only versions. (Speaking of the TREADMILL, look at how Adobe will now no longer offer upgrade pricing to those more than one version behind! Go upgrade now, suckers!!!)

XP was nothing more than Windows 2000 warmed over and crapified by Activation.

Vista was bloated, HW-consuming, broken trash. WinFS? That was just PR.

Windows 7, another yawn, is patched Vista, with no upgrade path from 2000 and XP. Go throw out all your apps; buy new software AND hardware; and re-install? Microsoft, pick a finger.


Keep all your copies of 2000. Same goes for XP. Consider Linux.


Re: Microsoft ending support... so what?

> So have you tried renewing a W2K AV license recently?

Yes, I have, with great success (for more than a DECADE)! My version of AVG Anti-Virus is 9.0.914, with current virus-database data. I also have up-to-date Malwarebytes, Spybot Search & Destroy, etc.

Do not assume that just because Microsoft deliberately abandons its customers' OSes that every other vendor does!


Re: Mant SMB's still use XP

> Some are still stuck with 2K and some still have NT running due to card support.

Why throw out perfectly good, well-documented-over-the-years hardware and software that performs, just to satisfy the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) that Microsoft spins? That's not how to run a business.

For a SW example, ask anyone who's considered a large-scale migration to fugly VB.NET of all his business apps written in abandoned Visual Basic 6 whether or not the time and cost are justified: Be prepared for a resounding "NO"! Windows 2000 runs those VB6 apps just fine, and it even handles the earlier versions of the .NET framework (which MS later abandoned, along with compatibility...surprise!). Those VB6 business apps — unlike later-framework-encumbered VB.NET apps — will run on everything, from Windows 9X to WIndows 7.

For a HW example, consider the politically correct "green" no-minds who jabber on about how much water and toilet paper we use, and how we should all drive clown-car deathtraps: I don't hear them screaming about companies throwing out useful hardware, which always seems to end up in the polluted, scrap-scavenger neighborhoods of China. Your perfectly good scanner has to go in the trash because the vendor and Microsoft refuse to support it in Vista, 7, or Metro/8? Then, into the trash go your printer and all your high-cost, specialized expansion cards? And buy them all over again?

That's ridiculous!


Re: Migrate before ...


You are buying into PR and media hype.

I run current versions of AVG, Malwarebytes, Spybot, etc. on Windows 2000. For over a decade, my PCs have NEVER been contaminated with or "overrun" by ANY virus.

The educated user can run older versions of Windows safely. Only the huddled masses of sheep are on their own, and many of them will migrate to Apple's seemingly secure, idiot-friendly, walled garden of corporate control and Fecesbook-like privacy invasion.


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