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Re: [News] Sony PS3 Opens up More to Developers

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____/ Jerry McBride on Thursday 22 November 2007 02:13 : \____

> Mark Kent wrote:
> ---snip---
>> It seems odd that they would kill off the older machine if it were still
>> selling.  Inexperience, perhaps?
> You are being too nice. This is Microsoft.. the worlds stupidest monopoly...

It's actually not so stupid. It's not smart either. It's shrewd. Like a fox.

Microsoft has been able to attract some of the latest ethical minds since the
1980s and it continues to thrive in an infectious culture of predatory
egocentricity and arrogance.

Google Goes Globe-Trotting

,----[ Quoet ]
| "Google is so different that it was almost impossible to reprogram them into 
| this culture," says CEO Eric Schmidt. 


,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft has warned Google to steer clear of corporate search,
| declaring that the market is "our house"....
| "Those people are not going to be allowed to take food off our plate,
|                                   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| because that is what they are intending to do."


,----[ Quote ]
| Besides the fact that all of the Microsoft employees I have ever encountered 
| must have been brainwashed. I don’t know where they dig these people up. 
| [...]
| And if they AREN’T brainwashing them, then they are just hiring incompetant, 
| pompous dumbasses. And if either is the case, why should anyone support their 
| company?  


,----[ Quote ]
| From: jimall Mon Sep 9 11:09:33 1991
| To: billg steveb
| Cc: bradsi; jonl; mikemur; paulma
| Subject winball
| Date: Mon Sep 09 11:08:44 PDT 1991
| [...]
| We need to slaughter Novell before they get stronger.
`----        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


MS exec's hunting trip: illegally chased and shot 4 antelopes

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft OEM chief Joachim Kempin was guilty of nine charges
| of illegal hunting...





,----[ Quote ]
| From: bradsi Fri Oct 18 14:24:00 1991
| To: dawntr; jonl; makemap; mikemur; philipg; vijayc
| Cc: garygi; hankv; lewisl; peteh
| Subject: Re: Excel brainstorm group
| Date: Fri, 18 Oct 91 14:20:38 PDT
| I'd be glad to help tilt lotus into into the death spiral. I could do it 
| friday afternoon but not saturday. I could do it pretty much any time 
| the followung week.


Microsoft Memories

,----[ Quote ]
| At some point in your presentation billg will say "that's the dumbest
| fucking idea I've heard since I've been at Microsoft."  He looks like
| he means it.  However, since you knew he was going to say this, you
| can't really let it faze you.  Moreover, you can't afford to look
| fazed; remember: he's a bully.


The Narcissistic CEO

,----[ Quote ]
| The desire to change the system is a defining element of narcissism.
| And while it can be inspirational to work for someone like that,
| interacting with a narcissist CEO can be torture. Don't expect praise.
| Get used to hearing the word "I." And be able to take lots of harshly
| worded criticism.


Reminds me of some stories about Gates' personality. Among them (which I can
quickly find):

,----[ Quote ]
| My father, in his travels, has met Bill Gates. I don't think I'd be
| creating a problem for him now (as he recently retired) by saying that he
| was unimpressed. Apparently Gates was rude, he was distracted, and when
| he sat, he rocked back and forth in his chair, an action which reminded
| my Dad of people with dementia.


,----[ Quote ]
| In my BillG review meeting, the whole reporting hierarchy was there,
| along with their cousins, sisters, and aunts, and a person who came
| along from my team whose whole job during the meeting was to keep an
| accurate count of how many times Bill said the F word. The lower the
| f***-count, the better.
| [...]
| Four," announced the f*** counter, and everyone said, "wow, that's the
| lowest I can remember. Bill is getting mellow in his old age." He was,
| you know, 36.
| Later I had it explained to me. "Bill doesn't really want to review
| your spec, he just wants to make sure you've got it under control. His
| standard M.O. is to ask harder and harder questions until you admit that
| you don't know, and then he can yell at you for being unprepared. Nobody
| was really sure what happens if you answer the hardest question he can
| come up with because it's never happened before."


Maybe it's just a language culture in the board...

,----[ Quote ]
| At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the
| room hitting a table in his office. Mr. Ballmer then said: "Fucking Eric
| Schmidt is a fucking pussy. I'm going to fucking bury that guy, I have
| done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to fucking kill Google."


,----[ Quote ]
| From: johnfi; Wed Mar 14 11:18:49 1990
| To: RichAab; RussW; SherryR; c-JanetC
| Subject: H-P New Wave
| Date: Wed Mar 14 10:56:42 1990
| A few issues ... Got a call from Gary Perez (our OEM HP Acct Mgr) this 
| morning. They are telling HP that they wil NOT be part of this launch 
| and that BillG has said "fxxk HP (all divisions) if they won't sign a 
|          ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| Windows license."


,----[ Quote ]
| Wow, this is absolutely devastating!  As near as I can tell, the poor
| guy at Microsoft has been trying to support open standards against
| management.  He doesn't say much about the history, i.e. the fact that
| Microsoft didn't do anything with IE until they were recently forced to
| by Firefox competition.   The feedback is amazing.  Example:
| Quote:
| -------------
| So if you believe that the reason for IE's lack of standards support is
| something other than malice of forethought to strangle other browsers,
| you are wrong. If you have followed the anti-trust trial you would have
| seen the actual evidence for these decisions. Microsoft is an
| anti-competitive company run by unethical shitheads.
| This won't change until the workforce is slashed and the entire company
| culture changes. Steve Ballmer is the king of the shitheads, so when he
| goes things might get better. But until then, expect MS to only do the
| absolute minimum to defuse the worst criticism. Remember my words:
| unethical shitheads.
| -------------
| End quote
| Erik cited this same guy's blog a few days ago to support the notion
| that Microsoft is dedicated to standards compliance and is doing the
| reasonable thing (I think that's why he cited it).  The way this story
| has developed, it shows exactly the opposite, and is very revealing
| about sentiments out there in the developer world. 


Behavior May Suggest We're Not Only Human

,----[ Quote ]
| When Emory University primatologist Frans de Waal read a news story that
| said Microsoft's chief executive, Steve Ballmer, had hurled a chair
| across the room on hearing an employee was going to work for rival
| Google, the scientist immediately made a connection with his own
| research: "When I see such behavior, I think of a chimpanzee."


Beyond the PC: Ballmer's Battle Plan

,----[ Quote ]
| "The word 'intense' was invented for Ballmer, who met with us in a
| green room that had a paper sign with his name taped to the door.
| While he was at first warm and engaging, a question about security
| features shifted his mood. His eyes, soft when he smiles, grew dark.
| The usually boisterous Ballmer became unexpectedly quiet and soon
| exited the room without saying goodbye. Still, he had a lot to
| say to SmartMoney senior writer Dyan Machan before he did.


                ~~ Best of wishes

Microsoft loves competition.
"Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to
everything it touches."
                --Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

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