I was under the impression the economy and shrinking retirement affected everyone. Why single out just IT?
I actually agree with you, but not in the context of the article.
Someone at Google suggesting they shouldn't hire someone because it's good for the tech ecosystem, whatever that is, deserves to be roundly mocked. It is pretentious and silly to suggest that.
Google exists to make money. They have the "do no evil" motto and all that, but fundamentally they are a business and everything else takes a back seat to that goal.
Horowitz repeating that story tells me that they are simply running a PR campaign to clean up their image and make people forget about the fact that they're amassing frightening amounts of data about people and then selling it. How altruistic.
If they really believe in helping the proletariat, then they should all be in the peace corps instead. Horowitz (and his engineer) must really feel that the public is incapable of thought, since they assumed no one would figure out just what that statement implies about those not working at Google.
It was humorous to hear about the "foxfire thing" from IBM, considering it was a linux job.
However I'm having a hard time believing this contractor "jumped through all the hoops" and then was totally and helplessly stopped because he didn't have IE. That's ridiculous.
Apparently this guru never heard of VMware or Virtualbox. He didn't even need a Windows license, he could have skated by on a 30 day unregistered install. He could have went to Kinkos and paid 10 bucks to rent a computer. He could have even paid for a copy with his "lucrative" contract.
Call a spade a spade, this guru was no better than the program manager who had never heard of "foxfire." A total lack of critical thinking on both sides.
This just doesn't add up.
You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish. You can tune a filesystem, but you can't tuna fish. -- from the tunefs(8) man page