Isn't burning fossil fuels releasing fossilized CO2 back into the atmosphere as it was for epochs of time where life thrived on earth rather than introducing an unprecedented life threatening condition upon the earth?
Xerox acquired ACS in 2009. Stagnates and splits into hardware and services companies in 2016.
I attribute this to a few dirty little secrets rarely mentioned.
1. People with titles starting with C are risk takers. They try bold moves to move the needle. Rarely does this really bite them in the ass. Even if they are fired in disgrace, they are still usually given a golden parachute to tide them over until the next corporation hires them for more money to try it again.
2. Then there is the problem with the strategy of an old school hardware company trying a big move into solutions or services etc. Namely the barrier to entry for competition is completely different in the two industries. How much it would cost you to start up a manufacturing entity designing, building, and selling an office machine that would even take the bottom role in the industry? Now take a guess at how much it would cost you to open shop reselling an already known name brand software package to businesses in Anytown USA. The difference in cost for opening a viable ECM reseller shop compared to launching a viable printer manufacturing business is several orders of magnitude.
3. The hardware business does not survive selling printers, copier, etc. They keep the doors open because you have to run the thing. To paraphrase an old presidential candidate, its the annuity stupid. You pay for your device output by the page. This may be per copy or buying ink or toner. In any event the money made on the actual hardware sale often pales in comparison to the profit they make once it is in place. Even though most manufacturers have a direct selling arm, the corporate mother ship does not care who sells the hardware, as long as someone does, and keeps you filling the annuity stream.
I'll agree that there is an annuity component to the software business, but unless your software dies at the expiration of your contract, many businesses will opt out of your game and continue to run their existing software which is good enough while you get no additional money. See Windows XP and Office 2010. Maybe your company decides to go with a subscription model. No money, software no workee. This may play well in top tier businesses but in the bottom 95%, there is always a lower cost alternative to steal your business 5 years from now.
Sure the paperless office is just around the corner, but its been circling the drain for nearly 30 years. Most of the weak have been weeded out. Often the paperless office means the company which creates the content no longer has to pay to print and ship the document to you. But as often as not, it ends up on paper, its just the end user who pays the cost of printing. Maybe your business does not fall in this category and you are all iPad, all the time. But industry wide, printed page volumes have leveled off. Maybe they shifted to a different industry, segment, use etc. But make no mistake marks still go on paper. Unfortunately for Xerox, Ursula Burns long ago lost interest in marks on paper and gave up on large swatches of the business. Almost all products sold with Xeroxs name on them are manufactured by Fuji, not Xerox, and Xerox has abandoned all but a scant few of their largest customers to their dealers. You cant reap the golden eggs when you have sold the goose.
So if I take this article at face value acidification of the ocean causes mass extinction in the middle of continents. Extinctions include land based reptiles, amphibians, herbivores, insects, and vertebrates.
Dang, that is one acidic ocean!
Or maybe, just maybe, someone cherry picks half a fact to justify something with a totally unrelated cause. Millions of years before the first primate existed, humans were causing the end of the world. The bigger the lie the easier it is to believe (Joseph Goebbels 1941), just sayin.
Fake science to justify a crusade. Nothing to see here, please move along.
HP said they were going big in 3D printing most of a year ago. They said they would announce in June. The announcement time frame slipped 4 months. OK so nobody ever delivers on time. But notice they are not saying when or at what cost? I've been hearing some guesstimates at 2016 and over $100k.
Having some experience in 3D Systems equipment I'm going to say that if you have ever watched one of their ProJet 660 or 860 devices work, you could almost say that HP lifted a video of one of those devices working to publish as their own. The 3Dsystems devices are in full color opposed to the HP which is black only. Do they have some new wrinkles to bring to the table? Probably. Revolutionary? Probably not. Its also convenient that they allowed many of 3Dsystems patents to expire before they brought a machine to market. Will it be better than the joint 3DSystems Google Project Ara ? Who knows.
If I need a device today I'm not buying HP because its still vaporware. If I'm waiting till some more dust settles before I buy who can say what will be on the street in 2016?
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There was a group of experts who were invited to discuss the future of the city of New York in 1860. And in 1860, this group of people came together, and they all speculated about what would happen to the city of New York in 100 years, and the conclusion was unanimous: The city of New York would not exist in 100 years. Why? Because they looked at the curve and said, if the population keeps growing at this rate, to move the population of New York around, they would have needed six million horses, and the manure created by six million horses would be impossible to deal with. They were already drowning in manure.
So what happens? In 40 years time, in the year 1900, in the United States of America, there were 1,001 car manufacturing companies - 1,001. The idea of finding a different technology had absolutely taken over, and there were tiny, tiny little factories in backwaters.
Sure the business model of the internet news feed can beat the Rocky Mountain News trying to sell content thrown on your front yard. But none of those "outlets" originate the news content, they regurgitate what someone else paid a reporter to generate. Freedom of the press means that you can print what you want and the government cannot stop you. It does not mean consumers are entitled to all of the news for free just because it exists. Before the net gave you access were you entitled to a free daily copy of the New York Times in your home, office, or coffee shop? Even when you live in Omaha? Just because MSN will give you an article for free does not make it free to generate. What happens to freedom of the press when the "printing press" is free? Will the news business degenerate into something that looks like tech review websites? Where they decide what to review and what to say about something based on who is giving them a free sample and who is paying the freight? Will you be able to trust your news site when what they publish is based on web clicks and flash ads? Whose feet do you hold to the fire when a blog post is repeated around the world and it turns out to be made up by a drunk in Waco who was bored on a Friday night? Will Google print an apology and a retraction?
Although there are similarities to the music business, at least there you have clubs, concert tours etc where a group of guys who want to make a living in the business can do so even if 90% of what they generate is pirated off the net for free. How many of you will go to a Ruben Navarrette, Charles Krauthammer or David Ignatius concert? They write columns for the Washington Post Writers Group, syndicated in almost 200 papers nationwide. You have probably read some of their stuff on your favorite news feed. How do real news reporters make a living when there is no one to pay for what they write? They quit the news business and turn it over to Perez Hilton.
Things equal to nothing else are equal to each other.