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Postby xmo » Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:40 pm

Something to contemplate as you wait for your radio to come back from the new subcontracted depot for the fourth time - just peruse your stockholder's proxy statement for a few facts like:

$1,500,000.00 = Mr. Zander's 2005 base salary
$3,000,000.00 = Mr. Zander's 2005 MIP award
$7,500,000.00 = Mr. Zander's 2004-2005 MRIP award

Then you also have Mr. Zander's 2005 stock options, Mr. Zander's Restricted stock units, Mr. Zander's Benefits, Mr. Zander's Perquisits, Mr. Zander's Severance Benefits.

Such a deal...

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Postby escomm » Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:45 pm

What radios have come back from the depot? I haven't had any problems with a bounceback in the last 3 years and send in 5-10 units a month

Don't get me wrong, /\/\ has its faults but this one seems a bit below the belt?

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Postby MTS2000des » Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:46 pm

another typical American company. get rich off the hard workers who bust their balls to make you what you are, then fire them all, import/export slave labor so you don't have to pay them what their worth.

Is it just me or is corporate America (along with much help from our government) doing it's level best to Fedex us into being a third world nation of consumers who will all be standing in line to shop at Wal-Mart to buy substandard made overseas crap because we can't afford anything else and local businesses can't afford to keep the lights on.

I really have a hard time believing "the economy is strong" when gas prices are 3 bucks a gallon, companies like Scumotorola are firing people left and right, and more and more jobs (and benefits) are being given to ILLEGAL ALIENS who will work for slave labor wages.

Oh, I know, I guess if your Ed Zander it's a great economy, or the rest of the 10 top percent of the wage earners, but for the rest of those who bust their butts to make you shine, yes master...it sucks.
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Postby Bruce1807 » Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:10 pm

Have you noticed they are just following our comander in thief

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Postby jackhackett » Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:05 pm

Bruce1807 wrote:Have you noticed they are just following our comander in thief


What flavor Koolaid is that?


As for bouncers, we've been getting them regularly for years as it is, but I think the reference there was to the new repair depot in Mexico, they're just started switching over to it so we don't know how it will be yet, I don't think many are optimistic though..

And as far as pay packages go, I'm not sure what Moto pays Maria Sharapova to endorse their phones, but I'm gonna say it's worth every penny :P

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Postby Johnny Galaga » Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:20 pm

What's MIP and MRIP?
Analog already is interoperable.

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Postby escomm » Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:31 pm

MIP is probably Management Incentive Plan, and I'm guessing the R in MRIP stands for retirement?

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Postby mancow » Thu Apr 13, 2006 6:49 pm

Management Incentive Plan.... hmmmmm


What about and EIP? Employee Incentive Plan?




Just like Peter said in Office Space- "...my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that, and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired. "

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Postby Dan562 » Sat Apr 15, 2006 7:36 pm

My goodness, is that all Ed "The Chain-Saw" Zander earns? I'll bet any of us could barely scrape by on his meager wages and perks.

Well with his recent decision to Sell /\/\'s Automotive Segment, 4,500 employees will lose their jobs. And Ol' Ed has decided to Terminate 2,000 more /\/\'s Core Engineering Personnel that have Gold & Platinum Badges for the amount of personal / company Patents Five and more, earned while employed at the Circus /\/\ Ranch. This should enable Fast Eddie a shot at the Wheel Of Personal Fortune for the Super Bonus Dollars at next Spring's Stockholder's Meeting with the Board Of Directors.

At /\/\, the remaining employees will do more and more, with less and less and eventually they will be doing everything with nothing!

All of Corporate America is out to SCREW the average American worker, turning the Good Old U.S.A. into a Third World Country and /\/\'s Corporate Management is doing every thing in their power to help destroy our way of life.

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Postby Bruce1807 » Sun Apr 16, 2006 4:09 am

Yeah but my shares are up.
I'm sure the workers can relocate to China and find a job

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Postby 60hzEE » Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:32 pm

Bruce1807 wrote:Yeah but my shares are up.
I'm sure the workers can relocate to China and find a job

Under the previous boss 14.48
Under Ed. 24.04 nearrly reached 25 last week


Ever heard the term, "bagholder?" That's what you are, my friend. And, every other small potatoes investor. CEOs with their maximize-their-perqs and golden parachute mentalities have been and still are raping corporate America.

When the astute money managers holding millions of shares realize that the core values and competencies that built corporate behemoths have been cut out, fired and sold off, and all that is left are superficial shells, with speech-recognition autoattendants answering the phones, well, just watch that share value accelerate........ off a cliff.

One of the corporate leaders I kind of admired was Jack Welch, former CEO of GE. Jack sold business segments that GE wasn't first or second in. One exception, though, was mobile radio. But, then again, maybe that was before his time. I do seem to remember MR was a close second to /\/\. At least he had the good sense to not just sell off assets, but to acquire them as well. To ensure that GE would remain either first or second in every business category it owned.

So, compare that to /\/\. Sold off RF semis (a national security issue). Sold off microprocessors. Sold off automotive. Did I miss one or two? Did they sell off mobile radio, too? If they do that, what's left besides Shell Phones? Maybe WiFi modems and Shell Phones. Maybe they can change their name to Phonorola or WiFiorola if there's no more 'MO' in the name.

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Postby Tron » Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:33 pm

There can't be much left..they sold cell phones, no more pagers, the Iridium flop, service/repair sold and leaving the country, parts NLA, they never wrote any good software..at least I haven't come across any yet..including business on-line.

There isn't much left except trunking/Nextel and that's a short term venture.

Maybe they should just pull the hook completely which would keep everyone from being constantly aggravated.

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Postby Zap » Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:33 pm

60hzEE wrote:---<SNIP>---
Did they sell off mobile radio, too? If they do that, what's left besides Shell Phones? Maybe WiFi modems and Shell Phones. Maybe they can change their name to Phonorola or WiFiorola if there's no more 'MO' in the name.

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I look at the unreasonable amount of radios I have and realize, they are obsolete beacuse the cel does so much more in a smaller package.
The "MIKE" replaces the cell and the walkie-talkie.
The PDA allows TV and browsing and mail and phone and and...
Nobody wants to carry big radios with heavy battery packs.
FRS are tolerated because they are small, light, and cheap.

They are putting a city wide WiFi starting in the downtown.

With the stability and reliablity of the digital systems, conventional radio is on the way out quick.
My heavy XTS does secure, but probably not real secure for very much longer. It seems a bit of a one trick pony, and few are as impressed anymore.

Sell off mobile radio? For them yes, for me, I can squeeze another year or two yet. But I am going to start reducing.

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Postby Dan562 » Sun Apr 16, 2006 9:23 pm

I'll say this again:

At the rate /\/\'s Ed "The Chain-Saw" Zander is proceeding by chopping off portions of the company's revenue, eventually /\/\ will probably off load 99.9% of their overhead personnel and all of the assets throughout the remaining segments or divisions. Then becoming a Corporate Leader as a true "World Class Sell-U-Ler Independent Financial Company" without any marketable products or services just managing their M-O-N-E-Y. This is generally known as a Wall Street Financial Stock Broker.

Under Christopher Galvin's rein, MOTOROLA, INC stock went up to $185.00 Per Share in 2000 and a 3 to 1 Split was declared. By the time the Split took place, the stock was rapidly sliding downward to $120.00 Per Share. After the Split the Stock Prices continued to accelerate downward to less than the asset value of the company!

The Wall Street Broker Houses didn't trust Christopher Galvin as far as they could throw him. Earlier in the Spring of 2001 the Big Broker Houses could tell that /\/\ was losing M-O-N-E-Y hand over fist and had a conference call with Chris Galvin and then Bob Growney. The Wall Street Brokers asked Galvin and Growney if /\/\ was in financial problems? Galvin and Growney told the Big Broker Houses that /\/\ had plenty of CASH reserves ... No problem!

In August 2001 Christopher Galvin and his then sidekick Bob Growney called the same Big Broker Houses on Wall Street and informed those same individuals that they had lied to them in the Spring of the year! To say the least ... the Big and Powerful guys on Wall Street had "no forking sense of humor" with Chris Galvin or Bob Growney! And ... the stock prices accelerated to a all new time low of the $7.50 Per Share!

The stock price got battered no matter what /\/\ did thanks to Chris Galvin! When Chris Galvin CEO/COB finally resigned from /\/\ in 2003, it wasn't fast enough for many of the conpany's employees. Then the acting C.O.B. hired Chris back as a Consultant to the company for $1 M Per Year for 2 years so Chrissy could collect his $750,000.00 Per Year Pension at the age of 55! Poor little Rich Kid ... I'll bet that his Grandfather Paul Galvin is spinning in his grave!

In January, 2004 when Ed "The Chain-Saw" Zander started, the stock prices rose to $21.50 Per Share but most of the /\/\ employees did not research Ed's background and Lay-Offs and Selling company assets started all over again.

Today in 2006 more than 2/3 rds of present day /\/\ employees live and work outside the U.S.A. in India, China, Mexico, U.K., Brazil, Ireland, Poland (in fact Polish Engineers write the Cryptic Codes that our U.S. Federal Government and Public Safety Departments use), Germany, Russia or any where else than the Good Old U.S.A! We're not good enough!

We all should have seen this coming!

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Postby escomm » Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:11 pm

If /\/\ books the LAPD's new fleet of radios (although the politics of that issue are for another thread) I imagine the radio honchos will get a fat bonus

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Postby 60hzEE » Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:08 am

Dan562 wrote:I'll say this again:

.......

Today in 2006 more than 2/3 rds of present day /\/\ employees live and work outside the U.S.A. in India, China, Mexico, U.K., Brazil, Ireland, Poland (in fact Polish Engineers write the Cryptic Codes that our U.S. Federal Government and Public Safety Departments use), Germany, Russia or any where else than the Good Old U.S.A! We're not good enough!

We all should have seen this coming!


No, we're not cheap enough!!

The temptation for CEOs to make themselves rich at the expense of the entity they lead is flat out embezzlement of the worst kind. Not only do they steal assets, they cripple what's left so that it cannot continue to grow and prosper.

However, the selling-off necessary intellectual property that is part of systems we depend upon for our critical/strategic/military systems is worse, from a long term perspective. And, the use of critical technology of foreign design imbedded in national security (or even the local PD) systems is extremely poor judgement. And, could provide vulnerabilities that may cost us dearly at some point in the future. Well beyond the value of some corporate assets.

Think about it. Encryption keys and systems, in the hands of whomever. Unavailability (on purpose) of RF semiconductors following use of tactical EMP sources. Or, flat out redirection of the key subsystems into units to be used by our opponents.

While we weren't looking, somebody sold out America. Who was in charge when that happened?

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Postby jackhackett » Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:22 am

Nothing wrong with Moto selling off most of the company.. as long as they don't do it on Ebay ;)

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Postby Johnny Galaga » Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:46 am

Tron wrote:There can't be much left..they sold cell phones, no more pagers, the Iridium flop, service/repair sold and leaving the country, parts NLA, they never wrote any good software..at least I haven't come across any yet..including business on-line.

What is "NLA"?

60hzEE wrote:Think about it. Encryption keys and systems, in the hands of whomever. Unavailability (on purpose) of RF semiconductors following use of tactical EMP sources. Or, flat out redirection of the key subsystems into units to be used by our opponents.

What is "EMP"?
Analog already is interoperable.

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Johnny Galaga wrote:
Tron wrote:There can't be much left..they sold cell phones, no more pagers, the Iridium flop, service/repair sold and leaving the country, parts NLA, they never wrote any good software..at least I haven't come across any yet..including business on-line.

What is "NLA"?

60hzEE wrote:Think about it. Encryption keys and systems, in the hands of whomever. Unavailability (on purpose) of RF semiconductors following use of tactical EMP sources. Or, flat out redirection of the key subsystems into units to be used by our opponents.

What is "EMP"?


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Postby 60hzEE » Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:39 pm

Without sufficient additional magnetic shielding and overvoltage protection, when EMP is produced from even a small thermonuclear reaction, most solid state junctions will be broken down for a considerable distance. Don't ask me for a "for how far away" estimate or as a function of megatonnage equivalent. I just don't know.

Some military gear is hardened, but doubtful anything else is.

The key is, for whatever the cause, without the source for parts in our hands, we are at the mercy of a distant supplier who might not want to or be able to resupply us. Much different than a plant in Tempe, AZ or Schaumberg, IL might be.

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Postby Bruce1807 » Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:50 pm

We have to realize that we are most likely to create EMP as history has shown

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Postby wa2zdy » Tue Apr 18, 2006 4:09 am

60hzEE wrote:Without sufficient additional magnetic shielding and overvoltage protection, when EMP is produced from even a small thermonuclear reaction, most solid state junctions will be broken down for a considerable distance. Don't ask me for a "for how far away" estimate or as a function of megatonnage equivalent. I just don't know.

Some military gear is hardened, but doubtful anything else is.

The key is, for whatever the cause, without the source for parts in our hands, we are at the mercy of a distant supplier who might not want to or be able to resupply us. Much different than a plant in Tempe, AZ or Schaumberg, IL might be.

Lee


And folks think the Russians (nee Soviets) and Chinese are backwards still using tubes . . .
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Postby Dan562 » Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:02 pm

Exactly how backwards is using vacuum tubes?

When our U.S. Military were sent over to the Middle East for Desert Storm under the first President Bush, their solid state radio receiving equipment was being damaged (permenantly damaging the transistor GaasFet technology front ends) just from the Static build up from the sandy terrain in Kuwait & Iraq. Through the Military channels they were searching for used Collins KWM-2 H.F. Transceivers that were designed back in 1958 the hey day of vacuum tube equipment.

The so-called obsolete vacuum tubes can with stand this type of abuse and keep on working. Many hams have purchased the older Collins S Line because of the design and durability over time. Collins trademark was dropping a transceiver off a six foot ladder, then pick it up, plug it into primary power and the unit would turn on and operate to factory specs. And this was using (Glass) vacuum tube equipment!

Did you accidently drop your /\/\ handheld portable transceiver and have the LCD crack? Deem the handheld worthless in an emergency or drop a Quantar Base Station six feet while trying to man-handle the unit up a flight of stairs to a penthouse. Get ready to take it back to the shop for mechanical repairs before even checking the electrical specs.

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Postby wa2zdy » Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:37 am

That was my point Dan, though I was referring more to EMP survivability since that's where the thread was going. Most folks not in the know however would view the Russians and Chinese as backwards for using such "old" technology.
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Postby 60hzEE » Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:07 am

Dan562 wrote:Exactly how backwards is using vacuum tubes?

When our U.S. Military were sent over to the Middle East for Desert Storm under the first President Bush, their solid state radio receiving equipment was being damaged (permenantly damaging the transistor GaasFet technology front ends) just from the Static build up from the sandy terrain in Kuwait & Iraq. Through the Military channels they were searching for used Collins KWM-2 H.F. Transceivers that were designed back in 1958 the hey day of vacuum tube equipment.
..........



Hate to spoil the tube party, but I pulled out my Harris RF-590/590A manual, and it is <i>loaded</i> with passive RF and DC overvoltage protection in its front end, before any solid state RF junctions are encountered. Back-to-back diodes just beyond the passive input filter. BTW, I dont' own one, but would love to find one some day......

So, properly designed gear is immune from static build-up and even EMP. So, just what kind of gear was this that failed? Certainly, our military has and had <i>plenty</i> of Harris RF-series equipment. It wasn't any of that, for certainty.

Perhaps it was something closer to home. PRC gear designed and built by ????? Probably someone we know, all too well. Probably designed and at least partially built in China or Mexico or Israel.

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