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Comment: no you are wrong (Score 1) 288

by gelfling (#47500795) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Phones suck in ways that make them suck, not in any specific way by design. Quality is shit because it's shit borne of laziness and cheapness and not the extra amount of money they'd have to spend planning out their shittiness. Cheap shit phones have no reason to try to upsell you because those are two different markets. The shit market and the poser market. And never the twain shall meet.

What IS interesting though is the razor thin differences in the quality between the shit phones and the more expensive phones. More expensive phones spend all their money on 'me too' features. Not quality.

Comment: IBM # is misleading (Score 1) 272

by gelfling (#47484761) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

There are fewer than 90,000 US employees. The vast bulk of all IBM employees is in India. And as far as those 90K US employees is concerned IBM is phenomenally overstaffed with middle managers and 'program managers' who's only job is to report on the status of status reporting reporting via enormous spreadsheets and multi hundred slide Powerpoints. IBM is a company that wants to cut costs to prosperity and eventually they will have no workers and only a few hundred lawyers and accountants reporting to executives and they will finally get their way.

Comment: Re:"Research" does not replace leadership vision (Score 1) 161

by gelfling (#47482655) Attached to: Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

IBM research appears to be little more than a marketing arm of their high end sales organization. Dazzle the suits with bullshit about Jeopardy winning super computers so that you can sell a super computer to someone. Anyway, IBM's core technologies are being sold off because it's more profitable to buy someone else's smaller company, gut it of its intellectual property and toss the dead husk in the trash. This month they slap the word 'cloud' on everything. Next month it's something else.

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