HP indictments, Microsoft's kill switch, Intel/Nvidia, Attention Gang and more...

HP indictments, Microsoft's kill switch, Intel/Nvidia, Attention Gang and more...

Summary: This week on The Dan & David Show, we listen to the California Attorney General grandstanding as he brings down the indictments of Patty Dunn and others. Dunn, who is seriously ill with cancer, allows her lawyer to claim that she is the victim of a "well financed and highly orchestrated disinformation campaign.

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This week on The Dan & David Show, we listen to the California Attorney General grandstanding as he brings down the indictments of Patty Dunn and others. Dunn, who is seriously ill with cancer, allows her lawyer to claim that she is the victim of a "well financed and highly orchestrated disinformation campaign." The fact is Dunn and other HP executives in on the witchhunt were just stupid, lacking in judgement, clueless and wrong. They should plead stupidity and hubris. As first time offenders they'll do some serious community service, unless the Martha Stewart principle is invoked. The HP's indictees are already the poster children for corporate spying malfeasance. If they continue to try to cover up and dissemble, protest that there is disinformation campaign trying to bring them  down, they will pay a heavy price. It also turns out the Steve Jobs may be in a little hot water. Apple's internal review found that Jobs was aware of stock option back-dating at his company.

David goes off on Microsoft's inclusion of an anti-piracy kill switch in Vista and predicts that Intel will scoop up graphics chipmaker Nvidia to level the playing field with AMD, which is in the process of acquiring ATI. We also discuss the growing number of application marketplaces--SugarExchange, AppExchange, WebEx Connect, NetWeaver-- and we argue about whether the Attention Gang will ever have any traction in getting users to want to control their own usage data or Web site owners to align with the so-called attention economy. Don't miss our Podcast of the Week pick.

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Topic: Hewlett-Packard

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  • The mighty need to fall

    I can think of sevaral phrases that fit this situation.

    1) If you're gonna do the crime be ready to do the time.

    2) If you gonna play you have to pay.

    I think it is both fitting and needed that the HP board members and Steve Jobs take it in the shorts for their actions.

    These people get obscene amounts of compensation on the backs of normal working people to start with and yet they are still quite willing to lie, cheat, and steal to further their own agendas and money grubbing.

    Given their levels of compensation and prestige, we certainly have the right to expect them to do the right thing and exhibit some character. Otherwise, they are simply a pack of low lifes that happened to be able to stabb enough people in the back to rise to a high level.

    The tide appears to be turning. 25-year sentence for the guy from WorldCom. Enron execs jailed. HP board members being prosecuted. Steve Jobs problems only beginning (I predict he will be forced to step down when this all finally breaks).

    We appear to have reached the fed-up, throw-the-bums-out stage.
    dhammond@...
    • "We appear to have reached the fed-up, throw-the-bums-out stage."

      Now...if we can only get rid of those slime-bunnies in the White House that are subverting the Constitution every chance they get...and while we are at it, also replace the 535 members of Congress that are selling this country down the river for votes?this country would be much better off.
      IT_Guy_z
    • Too much is never enough.

      NT
      Hrothgar - PCLinuxOS User