Monthly Archives: June 2009

Questions to ask at an interview

Paul Sloane at lifehack publishes 7 useful questions to ask in an interview (full article at http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/seven-great-questions-to-ask-at-a-job-interview.html).

I think this question are quite correct, despite the fact that you should weight when and how to ask them (also understanding who you are talking to and your country habits).

I do quite a lot of interviews for choosing people working within my project and I often find people asking questions necause they have been suggested to do so by someone: it’s ok, but if you do this in a non correct timing appears not as a smart question but as a dumb “repeater”.

This post also at http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/seven-great-questions-to-ask-at-a-job-interview.html/comment-page-1#comment-339171


Google as a company could crunch under its own weight?

Matt Hartley (http://www.lockergnome.com/web/author/matt-hartley/) at Lockergnome makes some considerations on Google as a company and possible monopoly implications (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/web/2009/06/29/is-google-too-big-for-its-britches).

I agree on the fact that Google as a company is big but not to huge.

I agree on the fact that Google has a tremendous market share.

But this position makes Google position “privileged”, avoiding de facto any other player entering the market, despite enormous investments in advertisement and technology development.

Maybe the only one who can attack part of this market share is Microsoft with Bing, but also redmond’s giant will face big problems, because Google is so pervasive in our digital lives that switching to another provider (or maybe more specialized providers) could be really hard for the average user we are not.

This post also at http://www.lockergnome.com/web/2009/06/29/is-google-too-big-for-its-britches/#comment-150365


Harver's Law

A drunken man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts.


Future of newspapers and linking habits

Ron Schenone at Lockergnome reports that  at  Becker-Posner blog, Judge Posner “states that it may be necessary to expand copyright laws to prohibit linking without the content providers consent”. (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/06/29/the-future-of-newspapers-should-it-be-illegal-to-link/).

In my opinion “traditional medias” entered an arena they are not able to fight in.

It’s not a fault of anyone if newspapers are not performing in the expected way and, on the other side, if they’re not competitive in digital world.

Maybe newspapers owners and CEOs thought that when the brand “New York Times” or similar accepted the challenge of being on the net, everybody on the internet would access they’re content.

Unfortunately is not like this in digital era, where information is mainly free for the end user and where good articles are available also to those that don’t write under big brands umbrella. I still love having news printed on paper (I’ve got a couple of subscriptions), but I access informations mainly from internet and free of charge.

I think that if newspapers don’t move out of they’re business model transposed to the net (i.e. subscription model) to reach a different one (e.g. pay per view or advertising or….who knows) they won’t be capable of surviving in this battle.

And this doesn’t pass through banning the ability to link news.

This post also at http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/06/29/the-future-of-newspapers-should-it-be-illegal-to-link/#comment-186055


Maugham's Thought

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

Maugham


Jacko’s dead and internet groaning

Jacqui Cheng  (http://arstechnica.com/authors/jacqui-cheng/) at Ars Techinca informs us that ” The passing of pop icon Michael Jackson affected numerous services across the Internet in major ways Thursday evening. As fans and onlookers tried to locate and pass on news, various sites were pushed to their limits, with Google describing the incident as “volcanic.” ” (full article at http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2009/06/internet-groans-under-weight-of-michael-jackson-traffic.ars).

What follows is my comment:

I think this should teach us a couple of things:
1) That Internet is far from being well dimensioned and always on: a big event can lead to a peak usage not sustainable by the net. This will get from bad to worst if we think of future fast access to internet also for those people, countries and places now uncapable of this and if we all confirm the trend of moving everything to the web. Of course this relies on the fact that growth of net capacity is on a non proportional curve to users (because of costs associated)
2)This is by far a demonstration that we are facing a difficult period, because more emphasis is put on Michael Jackson death than other big problems we have (Iran situation, Afghanistan, a couple of civil wars)”

This post also at http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2009/06/internet-groans-under-weight-of-michael-jackson-traffic.ars?comments=2&comment_id=587002620041


Mark's mark

Love is a matter of chemistry; sex is a matter of physics.

Mark


Dumb jargon phrases

oztech (http://www.lockergnome.com/oztech/author/oztech/) writes some phrases (mis)used by his bosses full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/oztech/2009/06/24/4-phrases-your-dumb-boss-uses).

My contribution:

“Dumb business phrases, though well diffused among organizations, in my opinion constitute a distinctive jargon within any single company.

In my former company “a tremendous opportunity” stood for something requiring extra work and giving, most of the times, no advantages.”

This post also as a comment at http://www.lockergnome.com/oztech/2009/06/24/4-phrases-your-dumb-boss-uses/#comment-7855


Motivations of Pakistan response to drone attack

Nathan Hodge at Wired writes an article arguing motivations of Pakistan government for the strange silence that followed last known drone bombing (full article at http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/06/deadly-pakistan-drone-strike-provokes-silence/).

I think that silence is due to the fact that Pakistan governemnt is facing a big internal problem. The problem is basically the juglling government is needed to do between formal alliance with the United States in fighting Talibans and internal islamic pressures coming form armed forces and intellgence.

To this should be added that Talibans are predominant in border regions with Afghanistan.

Staying in silence or opposing “whispered” protests against drone bombing could be Pakistan Government choice to “use” US strikes in order to resolve the insurging (and consolidating ) Taliban problem.

This post also at http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/06/deadly-pakistan-drone-strike-provokes-silence/comment-page-1/#comment-68408


The Golden Rule

He who has the gold, makes the rules.

Anonymous


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