Haha. It's the law of transaction costs but on the other party now. Just because computers can cheaply process transactions now doesn't mean people can. The same reason the the restaurant diesn't charge you for salt or sugar packets.
It's not that hard to figure out.
4 jobs at 40 hours equals 5 jobs at 32 hours.
And each worker now has an extra 8 hours to learn stuff,
If they desire. Create more positions if you want people
To invest time. They will not do it for diminishing
i bought a first-gen with SSD last year, loaded it with ubuntu. it's awesomely fast , simple and light, Iike it far better than my Macbook. Real touch typists know the value of the trackpoint far outweighs Mac's "gestures".
Too little and far too late.
I needed an ISO in 2010 but Microsoft wanted an additional $150 from me so I switched to Ubuntu.
No more Microsoft products for me and quite happy about it.
Ubuntu is faster, smaller, easier to backup, restore and I don't have a gigantic company that's purposely looking for ways to ruin my computer or software so I'll have to buy more.
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.
here's some numbers and quantified conjecture.
the MSFT layoffs were a complete non-surprise to me and I expect to see something similar from Yahoo, Apple and Google, not sure of the timing, though.
Information has finite value.
I joined Mensa in 1988 to meet chicks
but they were too weird for me!!!
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 -
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.
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.
It has to be designed some way or another, why not Star Trek?
Because the Millennium Falcon had cooler gun bays, that's why!
I kind of wish they'd used the Death Star for greater irony and creepiness.
Suggested experiment: remove all NSA leaders and administration but leave all hardware intact.
Expected result: no significant change.
We'd need a New Tron Bomb for that.
Perhaps NSA chose the wrong movie.
The shark with the fricking laser beam is over at DARPA.
Get yore agencies straight!
I even then only in a programming conferences for apps or interpreted languages.
What kind of racist mindset is that, anyway?
If you're paying attention, the consumer IT industry is consolidating along a 'vertical stack integration" strategy.
Check out my Microsoft column for "mobile hardware".