Some unsurprising news
Jan 20th, 2017 by Ken Hagler

Already on pro­ba­tion, Syman­tec issues more ille­git HTTPS cer­tifi­cates [Ars Tech­ni­ca]

As some­one who worked for Syman­tec for six­teen years, I am com­plete­ly unsur­prised by this. Syman­tec liked to boast of being a secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny, but that’s nev­er been any­thing but an adver­tis­ing slo­gan. They’ve nev­er real­ly made any seri­ous effort to be remote­ly secure.

Bad documentation writing
Apr 29th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

From the VMware Work­sta­tion man­u­al:

Use vir­tu­al machines or sys­tem images cre­at­ed with prod­ucts from oth­er com­pa­nies such as Nor­ton, Syman­tec, and Stor­age­Craft.

Some­one isn’t very good at check­ing their facts. I do have to won­der how some­one man­ages to find out that Syman­tec has a sys­tem imag­ing prod­uct with­out know­ing that Nor­ton is a Syman­tec brand name. You’d think the logo on the box or web site would be a clue.

Way to sabotage your former employer
Jan 28th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Oba­ma Look­ing To Syman­tec CEO For Com­merce. patent­pun­dit writes “Word has start­ed to cir­cu­late that Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma may be close to appoint­ing John W. Thomp­son, the out­go­ing chief exec­u­tive of net­work secu­ri­ty firm Syman­tec Corp., to be the next Sec­re­tary of Com­merce. Accord­ing to the LA Times, over the last sev­er­al days Thomp­son has spo­ken on the tele­phone and met with key sen­a­tors, and Sen. Bar­bara Box­er (D-Calif.), a mem­ber of the com­merce com­mit­tee that would hold con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings for any appoint­ed Sec­re­tary of Com­merce, is ‘extreme­ly sup­port­ive and hope­ful he’ll be the nom­i­nee.’ The appoint­ment of Thomp­son to head the Depart­ment of Com­merce would be an excep­tion­al­ly inter­est­ing choice giv­en that only days ago Pres­i­dent Oba­ma asked Scott McNealy, a co-founder of Sun Microsys­tems, to lead his open source charge and con­duct a study and report back regard­ing the fea­si­bil­i­ty of the US gov­ern­ment for­go­ing pro­pri­etary soft­ware and mov­ing toward open source soft­ware solu­tions.”

Read more of this sto­ry at Slash­dot.


I cer­tain­ly hope this doesn’t hap­pen, as it would be quite bad for the cred­i­bil­i­ty of a com­pa­ny that spe­cial­izes in secu­ri­ty soft­ware if the for­mer CEO goes to work for the sin­gle great­est threat to everyone’s secu­ri­ty.

Because people are not ants
Jan 13th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Open-plan offices make work­ers sick. “Aus­tralian sci­en­tists have reviewed a glob­al pool of research into the effect of mod­ern office design, con­clud­ing the switch to open-plan has led to low­er pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and high­er work­er stress.”

Need to hire a real­ly great pro­gram­mer? Want a job that doesn’t dri­ve you crazy? Vis­it the Joel on Soft­ware Job Board: Great soft­ware jobs, great peo­ple.

[Joel on Soft­ware]

I’m not sur­prised. It was Symantec’s deci­sion to switch to an open office plan at their new Cul­ver City facil­i­ty that led to me work­ing from home full-time, and on those rare occa­sions when I am in my assigned space there I find it almost impos­si­ble to accom­plish any­thing that requires seri­ous thought or con­cen­tra­tion.

Patent trolls attack
Jan 9th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Microsoft, Syman­tec, more sued over OS per­mis­sions patent.

A small Texas firm has filed a law­suit against more than 20 com­pa­nies, includ­ing Microsoft, AVG, and Nov­ell, for vio­lat­ing its patents over data per­mis­sions and appli­ca­tion authen­ti­ca­tion. It is unclear whether the firm may actu­al­ly have a leg to stand on, but it cer­tain­ly didn’t show restraint when pick­ing who to face off against in court.

Read More…

[Ars Tech­ni­ca]

There’s anoth­er very sim­i­lar sto­ry on Ars Tech­ni­ca: 36 com­pa­nies named in parental con­trol infringe­ment law­suit. These things are nev­er real­ly about damages–rather, the com­pa­ny hold­ing the bogus patent (which invari­ably exists for the sole pur­pose of col­lect­ing bogus patents) sues some big com­pa­ny, esti­mates how much it will cost to fight the law­suit, and then offers to set­tle. For exam­ple, let’s say that the patent trolls in Texas fig­ure that it will cost Syman­tec five mil­lion dol­lars to fight the law­suit (which every­one knows Syman­tec would win), so they offer to set­tle for $2.5 mil­lion. It’s basi­cal­ly a form of extor­tion which is legal in the US.

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