Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired – The New York Times: Treating workers as if they are widgets to be used up and discarded is a central part of the revised relationship between employers and employees that techies proclaim is an innovation as important as chips and software. The model originated in Silicon Valley, but it’s spreading.… Continue reading Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired
Knockoffs: The knockoffs can be alluring. They can look virtually the same, especially in a catalog or on a web site. A customer of mine called awhile back and said “I have two of your hammers, and they are both broken.” I immediately said that he should send them to me so that I could… Continue reading Knockoffs
In an Uber all graphite and glitter: Sure, maybe O’Reilly’s post bugged me because he’s playing the familiar game of using recent Apple product news as a strawman to compare to an utterly different kind of technology, while throwing in coded phrases like “Apple hype machine.” (Replying to a comment on his own article, O’Reilly… Continue reading In an Uber all graphite and glitter
Surveillance by Algorithm: Indeed, ever since Snowden provided reporters with a trove of top secret documents, we’ve been subjected to all sorts of NSA word games. And the word “collect” has a very special definition, according to the Department of Defense (DoD). A 1982 procedures manual (pdf; page 15) says: “information shall be considered as… Continue reading Surveillance by Algorithm
Giving FIOS a bad name: Please read this piece by David Raphael. Summary: They’re slowing down access to AWS. If you host your application there, your readers and users get lower performance. Their reason, presumably is that they want Amazon or Netflix to pay to get the performance back (Netflix runs on AWS). [snip -ed]… Continue reading Giving FIOS a bad name
Continuations : Twitter: Life is Unfair?: So why does the Twitter story remind me of Prof. Hausman’s admonition? Because it demonstrates the relative importance of hitting upon the right thing at the right time over early execution. This goes a bit against one of the historic ideas held dear in venture capital that execution matters… Continue reading Continuations : Twitter: Life is Unfair?
BBC News – Fukushima leak is ‘much worse than we were led to believe’: The Japanese nuclear energy watchdog raised the incident level from one to three on the international scale that measures the severity of atomic accidents. This was an acknowledgement that the power station was in its greatest crisis since the reactors melted… Continue reading Fukushima leak is ‘much worse than we were led to believe’