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Comment: They could have fixed their auto centers. (Score 1) 167

by stinkbomb (#45432885) Attached to: Sears To Convert Old Auto Centers Into National Chain of Data Centers

Sears used to be a great place to go for auto service, but the rise of cheap tires and oil changes at places like WalMart really took a bite out of their business. They could have competed on price or quality of service, but I think they just gave up. The last time I was at a Sears auto center, it was a really grim deal. None of the employees seemed that interested in helping me, and their prices were ~30% higher than their competitors.

This strategy of embracing all things internet seems to be their current game plan: when you talk to a salesperson in-store, part of what they're trained to do is guide you through the process of shopping online. Clearly, this doesn't bode well for Sears' brick-and-mortar presence, nor for the employee forced to sacrifice his own commission, but it's where the future of retail is headed. However, to put all your eggs in the internet basket seems unwise. There's always going to be a market for skilled auto-mechanics that are associated with a company with a good reputation, but a Sears data center? I can think of dozens of companies that I'd turn to first.

Comment: Crazy idea (Score 1) 477

by stinkbomb (#45081987) Attached to: HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You
I have a crazy idea; how about not making garbage?
Maybe that'll add a bit of value to the company. Maybe devoting resources to the people that, I don't know, create everything you sell would work out OK. Perhaps if you left them the fuck alone to work in whichever way suited them best would benefit you and them.

Nah. It'll never work. Start the layoffs!

+ - Where Have All the Gadgets Gone?->

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waderoush writes "How many electronic gadgets did you own in 2005? How many do you own today? The answer is almost certainly a lot fewer. Counter to the dominant trend in consumer technology since the 1920s — and despite predictions of a coming ‘Internet of things’ — there may actually be *less* electronic stuff in our homes and offices today than ever before. That’s thanks largely to the rise of multipurpose wireless devices like smartphones and tablets, which are now powerful enough to replace many older, dedicated devices like point-and-shoot cameras, music players, digital voice recorders — even whole home entertainment systems. To prove the point, here are before-and-after photos from one San Francisco household (mine) where the herd of digital devices has been thinned from about three dozen, eight years ago, to just 15 today."
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