I've watched a yes man given a shot because he judged correctly or got lucky and told the CEO exactly what he wanted to hear. It didn't end well, but it got them 6 months in a position that he wouldn't have had if the other managers weren't playing little emperor games themselves.
Tablets tend to suck for creation. There are limited exceptions, but for the most part a mouse n' keyboard, and a screen without your fingers in the way, are what you want for creating things. This includes software, of course, but also more mundane business things like financial spreadsheets, e-mails, and so on. It applies to other creative pursuits such as writing, video editing, and so on.
Basically tablets are reasonably good if you want to consume content. You can read a book, surf the web, etc with ease on a tablet. However when you start to talk creation, they are not as good. They can do in a pinch, but much better to have a real keyboard and larger screen.
What we are actually seeing is not desktops and laptops "dying" but rather maturing. The market is more or less done growing. However that doesn't mean it is going away. The two states are not "growth" and "death". Rather it can be stable.
We've already seen this in things like mainframes. Desktops didn't kill off mainframes. You can still buy them, and people do. There are more of them now then when there were only mainframes. However it is a mature market. There aren't many organizations that want one, and you don't replace them that often. So there's no growth, but it isn't dead by any means.
That's what is happening with desktops. Go in to a business, have a look around, they have not tossed all their computers and started playing with tablets and phones. There is a computer on every desk practically. However, as noted, there is a computer on every desk. They've got their computers. They buy for replacement now largely, not to increase the numbers.
The only people who think desktops/laptops are going to "die" are either kids who just play on their smart phone and don't do productive work with a computer, or idiot tech journalists.
That's all well and good if you don't have a co-worker who will go to the CEO and explain how if HE were in charge, the printers would be working.
BTW, after a little Googling, it was the Suzuki family and company that I was thinking of originally.
You won't need the cops to kill you
Yes, the current CEO is a Toyoda. But the previous 3 were not. The current and past two presidents have not been Toyodas. The current and past two Chairmen have not been Toyodas.
That said the head of Toyota is still from the Toyoda family.
While that is true, IIRC that is only because the Japanese have a tradition of adult adoption. In short, the most promising executive gets adopted into the family of the current head of the company.
1: As mentioned above, if it fries pacemakers, insulin pumps, or heart plugs, how will wrongful death lawsuits be handled?
If the wrongful death lawsuits surrounding Tazers are any indication, probably not too well.
First step, go out and buy anything with carbs and points.
It depends. What is the material? They can probably use plastic if they are just for decoration. Sure, it will be more expensive than injection molding in quantity, but they aren't doing any real quantity. You could also vacuum form sheet plastic. None of this stuff is stratospherically expensive. If they are willing to have a carpenter come in and do stuff with wood, then they are already spending some coin on this project.
I'm betting it gets complicated since Ohio can control vehicle registrations. Try buying an out-of-state vehicle without CA emissions and registering it in CA, for example. I understand that is not a perfect analogy, but I can see how it isn't just a simple interstate commerce thing.
Interesting idea, but given that it takes the average 3D printer hours to create something only a few inches across it's not terribly practical.
Maybe these hobbyist printers, but the industrial-grade printers can churn out a lot more than that. We rapid prototype critical parts of our product*, and we sell tens of thousands each year.
*Technically, we are just rapid prototyping the shape for the investment casting.
Anyway, the ideas is sound - just make pretty cable trays that fit within the aesthetic of the office. A competent cabinet maker should be able to make nice woodwork, and if the space is more industrial you can make something out of metal or just modify existing trays.
I guess I better order it by bike courier instead of the shop's free delivery. Right?
I couldn't stand paying $30 (!!!) for a pizza only to have it show up lukewarm. I used to go get it myself
Well, so far Amazon isn't a restaurant, so I don't think they will fear the prepared foods taxes
(As an aside, I'm amused that it is only $10 for 10 blocks: Do you mean to say that I can call a hardware store, put some goods on my account and arrange to have them delivered by bike courier at the rate you specify? Or takeout food? It sounds ridiculously cheap for a place as expensive as Manhattan. I assume tips are expected.)
A lot of take-out does free delivery with guys on bikes in Manhattan. I definitely used to tip them well... they earn it. You can "rent" a bike messenger from the company for a flat $30/hour, so figure they pay them considerably less than that. Those guys are crazy to watch. The take-out guys just plod along, but the couriers dart all over the place.
That all said and reconsidered: Maybe it could work in Manhattan. Or even small-town Ohio (if said small town is close to a major highway). Rooftop space and electricity are universally pretty cheap almost anywhere, for this amount of space and electricity.
People on here are probably right - it probably is mostly a publicity stunt. But it is not so crazy that you don't sit there and puzzle over the numbers a little.