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Comment Why bother asking? (Score 1) 837

Just the tone of the way you asked this question seems to indicate that you've already made up your mind that it's a bad thing and you're just for fuel for your own feelings.

I think it helps promote the feeling of being a team provided the majority on board with the idea. I once worked for a company that made it clear that they wanted to close my group down. We got summoned to the headquarters, but before we went I offered to have some polo shirts made up for my team - we all wore them to the meetings as a symbol of unity and my boss freaked. That's long in the past now, but we all still remember those shirts.


Submission + - Google and World Domination?

febuiles writes: "According to Robert X. Cringely (Mark Stephens) Google might be trying to "take over most of the functions of existing fixed networks in our lives, notably telephone and cable television". From the article: "It is becoming very obvious what will happen over the next two to three years. More and more of us will be downloading movies and television shows over the net and with that our usage patterns will change. Instead of using 1-3 gigabytes per month, as most broadband Internet users have in recent years, we'll go to 1-3 gigabytes per DAY — a 30X increase that will place a huge backbone burden on ISPs. Those ISPs will be faced with the option of increasing their backbone connections by 30X, which would kill all profits, OR they could accept a peering arrangement with the local Google data center.""

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