Asking the Stupid Questions Since 1971
The Kitsap Public Utility District announced yesterday that it has completed laying 52 miles of fiber-optic cables to form what's called a "backbone," a major "pipe" to move data. By the end of the year it expects the backbone to reach 108 miles at a total cost of $4.5 million. [NewsFactor]
But, there's another feature of [Hilary Rosen's] position that screams for consideration - "it's unfair to expect record companies to cut costs." Really!?! Every other industry looks upon cost-cutting as the standard - a day to day practice. There are plenty of industries where cost saving - continuous improvement - is the centerpiece of operations.
Like, say, at RBOCs. Perhaps Ms. Rosen just doesn't want to give up her free coffee. However, one does wonder what motivates these people. Is it control?
As far as I can see, it comes down to a simple fact - the record companies are control freaks, pure and simple. Somehow, they have managed (along with the movie industry) to convince us that their monopoly control should be perfect, unassailable by advancing technology and guaranteed by the state.
Is it control? Or is it fear?
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Christopher Allen, an executive at MusicMatch, a company that offers a subscription radio service, answers that question this way: "You can get free coffee at work, but there's a ton of people going to Starbucks." [emphasis mine]
— "Sour Notes," Farhad Manjoo, Salon, July 30, 2002
Yes, that does seem to be the case. The cafeteria (what a misnomer) reports that production of boiling hot pots of coffee is down from 50 pots a day to a mere seven. Given that people just don't stop drinking coffee, my guess is that if you have to pay for it, you might as well leave the building for 30 minutes to buy something that tastes better. That'll boost productivity!
Robert K. Brown: "EntertainNews Tonight. It's worse than you think, Joe. There have been 30 issues of Time so far this year. At the end of April we get Yoda on the cover. End of May is Spider Man. End of June? Tom Cruise. The Boss at the end of the July just maintains the pattern..." [jenett.radio]
Go, First Amendment, Go!
Build your systems so that unless you have a catastrophic failure, no one will notice. Make changes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Clean up on Thursday, and Friday if you really must. Have a nice weekend.
Where in that routine does it mention installing an operating system upgrade on Thursday or Friday?