The News this morning mentioned that a specific junior minister had requested the destruction of storage media at the Guardian. If so, we're getting closer to the top. A Junior Minister is normally a bag carrier for the Ministers instructions, but who can be thrown under a bus as an escape route for their boss if things go pear shaped. So, I don't think it will take Brain of Britain to work out the definitive source of the command...
You're in good shape if you're a multinational, at least with Microsoft. I had one bank that asked about differential pricing between the UK and USA, and at the time, it was circa 30%. Said Bank told the local MS sub that it was going to administer all its corporate licenses out of the USA, so they set the price at SELECT Level D minus 30%.
After a year of trading, the bank asked the same question again. US HSBC asked for their pricing, and the USA pricing was quoted back on Microsofts own systems at SELECT Level D (USA pricing), discounted by 30%.
Microsofts response was to tell LARs that they couldn't buy from each other across continental borders unless you were a LAR in both, so only 1-2 resellers could broker these sort of International deals for multinational clients.
Adobe refuse point blank to license across Continental borders; as an end user, they split the user populations accordingly and discount each continent separately.
As far as Microsofts own internal accounting is concerned, they attribute 20% of the financials they land to the country of order, and 80% to the Microsoft subsidiary where the end users actually reside. Resellers only get rebates where the licenses are present in the geography they are authorised to sell into... hence their margins are extremely small on these deals (routinely less than 1% GM).
While at Harvard, Gates learnt a lot from source code listings from the DECsystem-10s there.
I was also shown a prerelease version of Windows by Bill Gates himself in May 1983, on the Compaq Plus he was carrying around to vendors at the time. I asked him at the time why the Apple Lisa had one mouse button, Visi-On had three but his mouse had two. He rolled off all the design tradeoffs for 20 minutes or so. Very impressive, knew all the competitors thoroughly.
Opening words whenever he shook hands with any senior exec were "When are you going to drop CP/M?".
I still agonise on why MS get licensing fees for FAT-32 when it is almost a direct copy of Files-11 ODS-1 and ODS-2, which both were live inside DEC at the time Microsoft were first incorporated (in 1976). Or indeed how they get to play Playground Bully with Android licensees. Microsoft are great at a number if things, but innovating genuiinely new work is not a core competence there.
I live in the constituency that includes some major RCUK funded labs (Rutherford Appleton, Diamond, ja.net, etc) and where my local MP is Ed Vaizey - Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries.
I've dropped an email to him to ask why such things are being allowed to happen when research was paid for by the public purse in the first place, and whether RCUK can return to their original proposal. I've cited the TechDirt article in my email.
... please listen to consumers like us, not the shills of Google competitors. You're doing little else than undoing the great work that some of your colleagues like Neelie KROES, who is more representative of public opinion than our own government. Don't be a prat.
Must admit, I've bought "Gutenberg the Geek" - for free - and also the spoof "50 Sheds of Grey" - the male parody of the book series, for 20p. It's refreshing that you can buy a book that's concise, cost effective and not full of superfluous "filler" like most books you find in physical form.
The 50 Sheds of Grey book got my order after seeing a two sentence sampler of the work: Hurt me!' she begged, raising her skirt as she bent over the workbench. 'Very well,' I replied, 'You've got fat ankles and no dress sense.'
I worked 17 years for Digital Equipment Corporation, who didn't pay commission to salespeople until the dying days under Bob Palmer. They were about the only company out there where the sales folks would routinely so no to an opportunity if our products didn't fit, compared to most whose products did everything the customer asked for (and didn't), a fact unknown until the customer had wasted their money.
It bred trust and customer loyalty like nothing else.
We were also instructed to look after our existing customers before trying to look for new ones.
The Olympic Broadcasting Service is feeding all the worlds Broadcasters, including the BBC in the UK. Here, we have 24 free Digital channels of Olympic coverage around the clock. Sounds like NBC and their life in the scarce past should be the sole target of the criticism here...
Been following this on Groklaw. Pretty radical that the jury was 11:1 in favour of Novell, but then the judge decided to pass a verdict in Microsofts favour on the grounds of no case to answer. Quite a slur to the jury. Not surprised Novell have appealed...