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Comment: Re:Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (Score 1) 168

by Richy_T (#47535895) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Unfortunately, when cyber Monday does come around, between them and the other retailers using their services, they often seem to have insufficient capacity. We frequently were unable to spin up new instances around that period. When you have people sitting around waiting to do work, that quickly starts to eat into any savings.

Comment: Re:Employees are assets - in a good way (Score 1) 383

by Richy_T (#47475527) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

It is correct but not politic. I don't know who thought it was a good idea. It sets the ground for an "us vs them" mentality which is probably not a bad idea from the employees point of view (many of whom have a fantasy-land vision of the employee/employer relationship and are frequently the most shocked when it comes to the rude awakening) but not from the company's point of view which has an interest in nurturing such delusions.

Concern for you employees is like sincerity. Once you can fake it, you have it made.

Comment: Re:A Century Ago (Score 1) 195

by Richy_T (#47475255) Attached to: The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

But you move your routes around and suddenly there are people who have lost service. Your service is now known as something that can't be relied on so people have to obtain their own vehicles "just in case" and so your service becomes even less popular.

Buses are a losing game and most only really survive through subsidies.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw