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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Stops Development, Plays with Lawyers and MBAs Instead

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Editor's Note: Proprietary Ideology: Doing the Same Thing and Expecting
Different Results

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| I don't know about American business as a whole, but it sure does describe 
| some of the major players in tech, and the idea of Microsoft sending people 
| to a conference to wring their hands and lament "Oh dear, the country is like 
| all too greedy and shortsighted, and what ever shall we do?" is so ludicrous 
| I laughed out loud. It's like alcoholics and gambling addicts ranting 
| about "the trouble with people is they have no self-control." It's like 
| serial killers complaining about how people are too violent and bloodthirsty. 
| It's like cats criticizing dogs for eating poop. Ok, so maybe in cat culture 
| there is a significant difference between licking one's own behind and eating 
| poop, but to me it's a pretty meaningless distinction.         
| In another sterling example of diversion and lack of self-awareness:
|     "Josephine Cheng, an IBM vice president and fellow at its Almaden 
|     Research lab, suggested the problems in the U.S. were partly because we 
|     have "too many MBAs and lawyers. We need to go back and focus on basic 
|     science, technology and education and don't [encourage] so many people" 
|     to become MBAs and lawyers.""     
| While it's fun to pick on the MBA kids and lawyers, it's still missing the 
| point by a few orders of magnitude. Who hires all those MBAs and lawyers? Why 
| would any smart American kid want a tech career with a big company? The tech 
| industry has destroyed many of the legal protections that US workers fought 
| for decades to gain. The perma-temp, the H-1B worker, doing away with 
| time-and-a-half for overtime, and outsourcing all proclaim "We don't value 
| you at all, and since slavery was outlawed we have been forced to invest way 
| too much time and energy into perverting labor laws, so you're a double 
| nuisance."         


"Usually Microsoft doesn't develop products, we buy products."

                        --Arno Edelmann, Microsoft manager


P. Graham: Microsoft is Dead

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| A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead. I was talking
| to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo.
| I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of
| Microsoft. That was why they'd positioned themselves as a "media
| company" instead of a technology company. Then I looked at his face
| and realized he didn't understand. It was as if I'd told him how much
| girls liked Barry Manilow in the mid 80s. Barry who?
| Microsoft? He didn't say anything, but I could tell he didn't quite
| believe anyone would be frightened of them.

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