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My thought is that the internet has grown so huge, that
The content on here has definitely changed. I still find some engaging comment threads, but it just seems like the truly geeky content has gotten watered down with posts about new products, jokes, etc.
Part of it may just be that the tech world as a whole has transformed from what it was in the mid-nineties. Back then, everything was awe-inspiring and amazing in the tech world, and now it's all pretty pedestrian, we've become quite jaded.
And, our attention spans have gotten so short, that spending a half hour reading an article about a distributed network cracking the latest encryption algorithm gets pushed under the three posts about new cell phones. And a simple yet brilliant idea is no longer brilliant, it's just expected from middle management in the outsourced development sweatshops.
Given that this is Verizon (and every other US provider that is sure to follow suit), who says there will be a real live human on the support line? It takes about 10 levels deep of automated menus just to get to a human, then you still get transferred all over PBX hell until you get to someone who may be able to help, and usually end up getting disconnected in the process. Not to mention that VZW doesn't even staff the phones during non-business hours except for tech support. And if you finally do manage to get someone, they are usually rude AND incompetent.
This sounds like utter hell, my own worst nightmare. I mean, something like this might actually force me to go outside!
That is simply, purely not true.
I know many people who work for Perot Systems that are full-time, non-contract employees. Maybe the ads you saw were for contract positions, but your statement that they ONLY hire contract employees is simply false.
8. Increased consumption of Kleenex and lotion
They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.