Granted, investors, shareholders, and executive boards should ideally be able to have better foresight than cancer cells, but in reality they don't.
You can't really determine who is the best researcher by understanding the quality of the research. If you have 50 grant applications and 10 grants to award, how do you decide who to give it to? Are you going to read through the entire research of all 50 to determine who is the best researcher in the weekend you're given to determine who gets funded?
An adjusted citation index would probably be the best option, but that gets back to the top journals, which are more likely to be read and cited than lesser impact journals, so you arrive back at comparing where one has published. Perhaps citation indexes should be adjusted to factor out the journal brand name effect, but that won't ever happen since it would be penalizing the current top researchers who have the reigns. And it's probably a stupid idea anyway.
Cronyism is the preferred alternative to looking at where one has published, but obviously that has it's problems and is worse than simply looking at journal brand name. Although whether you get published in a great journal often depends on cronyism as well.
So all the realistic options are shitty.
"The so-called "Internet of Things" has rapidly become a buzzword du jour, with everyone from tech-giant CEOs to analysts rhapsodizing about the benefits of connecting everyday objects and appliances to the Web.
Putting stuff on the internet besides computers is a popular idea today among people selling things you can put on the internet. They say those things will be good for you.
"The internet of things" is such a fucking stupid phrase, but what's worse is that people seem to be talking more about the idea in vague terms. The summary doesn't list one single actual thing that will go on the internet. Are we talking tracking chips for people's kids? Coffee makers that you can turn on remotely so that you don't have to waste minutes upon getting to the office in the morning pressing a button and waiting?
I realize that the specific summary here is focusing on a group that wants to open source the software, but in any article, when "internet of things" is used, there are no examples. The plan always seems to be
1. Say you will put more things on the internet
That said, I'm not sure what the point of declaring allies and enemies is: MS et al are going to do what they want to do regardless of whether I am optimistic or skeptical about their intentions.