Welcome back to our rogue's gallery of computer industry flops, frauds and foibles. In this installment, we're pleased to present ten more exhibits, from Y2K to the Pentium Bug, that prove the best laid plans of mice and men don't just go awry -- they lead straight to the IT Hall of Shame.
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In America the litigious, the best way to overcome a stupendous lapse in judgment is to claim you're a victim and sue. And that's precisely what James Pacenza did. Pacenza was a former IBM employee who was fired after being caught using a company computer to surf Internet porn. He turned around and sued IBM, claiming Big Blue discriminated against him because he was a "sex addict." After all, Pacenza's lawyers argued, workers with drug and alcohol programs were offered therapy instead of termination.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.