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Asus Pirated software and dissemination of confidential data

  • In September 2008, PC Pro discovered through a reader that Asus had accidentally shipped laptops that contained cracked and pirated software. Both physical machines and recovery CDs contained confidential documents from Microsoft and other organizations, internal Asus documents, and sensitive personal information including CVs.

Asus Pirated software and dissemination of confidential data

  • At the time, an Asus spokesperson promised an investigation at "quite a high level", but declined to comment on how the files got on the machines and recovery media. It was demonstrated that an unattended installation of Windows Vista could accidentally copy material from a flash drive with a parameter in the "unattend.xml" file on the personal flash drive being used to script the installation.

Leadership Laissez-faire or free-rein style

  • A person may be in a leadership position without providing leadership, leaving the group to fend for itself. Subordinates are given a free hand in deciding their own policies and methods. The subordinates are motivated to be creative and innovative.

Twitter usage - In reporting dissent

  • On April 10, 2008, James Buck, a graduate journalism student at University of California, Berkeley, and his translator, Mohammed Maree, were arrested in Egypt for photographing a protest against the Egyptian authority's detention of protestors

Twitter usage - In reporting dissent

  • On April 7, 2009, thousands of students stormed the presidency and the parliament building in Chişinău, the capital of Moldova, accusing the government of electoral fraud. Information about these events was disseminated through Twitter using hashtag "#pman", from the name of the central square in Chişinău: Piaţa Marii Adunări Naţionale. Twitter was also used to mobilize the protests.

Criticism of desktop Linux - Missed opportunities

  • Desktop Linux was criticized in late 2010 by two writers for having missed its opportunity to become a significant force in desktop computing. PC World Executive Editor Robert Strohmeyer commented that although Linux has exceptional security and stability, as well as great performance and usability, the time for desktop Linux to succeed has been missed. Nick Farrell, writing for TechEye felt that the release of Vista was a missed opportunity to grab significant market share.

Criticism of desktop Linux - Missed opportunities

  • Both critics indicated that Linux did not fail on the desktop due to being "too geeky," "too hard to use," or "too obscure"

Criticism of desktop Linux - Missed opportunities

  • The accusation of over-zealous advocacy has been dealt with previously, in 2006 Dominic Humphries stated that the aims of the Linux community are not desktop market-share or popularity, but in Linux being the best Operating System that can be made for the community.

Metisse

  • Metisse attempts to avoid using effects such as wobbly windows, the development team giving functionality and productivity higher priority than eye-candy.

Leadership styles - Laissez-faire

  • The laissez-faire style is sometimes described as a "hands off" leadership style because the leader delegates the tasks to their followers while providing little or no direction to the followers.[unreliable source?] If the leader withdraws too much from their followers it can sometimes result in a lack of productivity, cohesiveness, and satisfaction.

Leadership styles - Laissez-faire

  • Laissez-faire leaders allow followers to have complete freedom to make decisions concerning the completion of their work. It allows followers a high degree of autonomy and self-rule, while at the same time offering guidance and support when requested. The laissez-faire leader using guided freedom provides the followers with all materials necessary to accomplish their goals, but does not directly participate in decision making unless the followers request their assistance.[unreliable source?]

Leadership styles - Laissez-faire

  • This is an effective style to use when:

Leadership styles - Laissez-faire

  • Followers are highly skilled, experienced, and educated.

Leadership styles - Laissez-faire

  • Followers have pride in their work and the drive to do it successfully on their own.

Leadership styles - Laissez-faire

  • Outside experts, such as staff specialists or consultants are being used.

Leadership styles - Laissez-faire

  • Followers are trustworthy and experienced.

Leadership styles - Laissez-faire

  • Followers feel insecure at the unavailability of a leader.

Leadership styles - Laissez-faire

  • The leader cannot or will not provide regular feedback to their followers.

Laissez-faire

  • Scholars generally believe a laissez-faire state or a completely free market has never existed and "doubtless never can exist."

Laissez-faire - Etymology

  • According to historical legend, the phrase stems from a meeting in about 1680 between the powerful French finance minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert and a group of French businessmen led by a certain M. Le Gendre. When the eager mercantilist minister asked how the French state could be of service to the merchants and help promote their commerce, Le Gendre replied simply "Laissez-nous faire" ("Let us be", literally "Let us do").

Laissez-faire - Etymology

  • The anecdote on the Colbert-Le Gendre meeting was related in a 1751 article in the Journal Oeconomique by the French minister and champion of free trade, René de Voyer, Marquis d'Argenson – which happens to also be the phrase's first known appearance in print. Argenson himself had used the phrase earlier (1736) in his own diaries, in a famous outburst:


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