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Comment: Waiting for Congress to realize that they're (Score 5, Informative) 529

by broward (#47489449) Attached to: US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

also evil.

The layoff wasn't much of a surprise.
I've been expecting it for a few years and I expect that Apple and Google will follow suit,
just not sure of the timeframe. They're all engaged in verticalizing their information
equivalent of a supply chain, i.e. an indicator of saturating markets.


Comment: The Big Data Crash (Score 5, Insightful) 43

by broward (#46583551) Attached to: Google Cuts Prices On Enterprise Cloud Services

The Big Data Crash began about a year ago. Google jiggered the numbers from its own Trends tool sometime earlier this year to disguise it, but you can still still it happening on Indeed.com/jobtrends page. Most likely, they're cutting prices in the face of declining rate-of-increase in demand. i wrote this article about it six months ago -


Comment: The old-time capitalists were smarter than today's (Score 4, Insightful) 683

by broward (#46072501) Attached to: VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

Today's capitalists are so all-consumed with greed that it's hard to imagine somebody like Henry Ford actually raising wages to his workers could buy mor stuff. Mister Super-Genius Tom Perkins probably can't even imagine an act like that, or imagine reducing the national workweek to 36 hours to force employers to broaden income distribution, which is really how the Great Depression was fixed (48-hour workweek reduced to 40).

Cry me a river when the government takes your obscene wealth away, Tom.

Comment: The Modern-Day German Industrialists (Score 3, Insightful) 107

by broward (#45366829) Attached to: CIA Pays AT&T Millions To Voluntarily Provide Call Data

America's IT companies are today's modern-day equivalent to the pre-WW2 German Industrialists. More than happy to clamp diigital handcuffs on their own customers for a few $$$, shove them into electronic cattle cars and ship them off to Information Death Camps.

Comment: Egos (Score 1) 432

by broward (#44212031) Attached to: Silicon Valley In 2013 Resembles <em>Logan's Run</em> In 2274

You can't legislate egos.
Young guys always know more than old guys.

I remember two years ago young guys telling me about Mongo
and how they were "beyond Codd's rules and integrity contraints".

Of course, now there's a movement to "structure" Mongo.
Yuk yuk yuk.

Why, just on this board somebody replied that they were now "beyond design patterns".
Yeah, let me know that one works out, kid.

I mean, really, a for loop is a for loop.
How hard is that to figure out?
Apparently quite hard for younger people who think they invented a new for loop
because it's in javascript or erlang.

Comment: Re:Big problem for Facebook (Score 1) 307

by broward (#44015945) Attached to: Don't Panic, But We've Passed Peak Apple (and Google, and Facebook)

Apple and Google are rapidly owning their entire vertical infrastructure.

Their own power centers.
Their own data centers
Their own hardware.
Their own mobile.

Facebook is missing a lot of that, although they're (apparently) trying to catch up.
Likewise with Amazon and Microsoft.

I have a very small mind and must live with it. -- E. Dijkstra