2003 Top Ten: Monkey Business
Monkey Business (or Bidness as we say here in the trailer park) designates some of the more noteworthy messages flung onto our boards or secreted into our inbox. As such, I, Larry, consider it rather an insult to my simian brethren and sistern. But, in the Spirit o' the Season, I shall let that pass...
The predominant theme of the year was, sadly enough, xenophobia – i.e., furriner bashing. But, hey, with hostility levels what they are in the world, it seems to be the Zeitgeist, as our German friends say. We first stirred up the monkeys with our July article, Workers Oppose H-1B Bill . This sparked an uncivil war of words, especially between the Chinese and the Indians. Typical of the elevated tone of debate:
1: Your arguments are pure giberish and represent your ignorance of American culture in general and the American education system specifically.
2: Go change your knickers jepo, you're starting to stink up the joint.
3: Your hate agenda agianst Indinas have gone too far. Pary that no one gets killed by your actions or be ready to face the crominal justice system. Shut down your buddy Bobymax since you will cause deaths of some Indians otherwise by his message of hate and unaulterated racism. Do not claim later that you were not warned.
Heedlessly adding to the ethnic Gallimaufry, our story of August 8, Foreign Worker Poll Points to Paradox, again brought out the crème de la crème (to borrow a term from our French amis):
4: Those who oppose the current move of software jobs overseas are leaches who have no right to call themselves American… These whiners and complainers sound just like a bunch of communist bigots…
5: I submit to send congressmen's jobs overseas or fill them with H1B Indian workers. You'll see something done then.
6: Greetings Gentelmen,
I was under the pertinant assumption that this message board was full of intellecutal and kind discussions topics. I was fretfully wrong.
Leadership is keey to a companies leading and it's destiny. Henry and Pat and the rest of the board are paid what they are paid becuase the market dictates that pay. WHy would you work for 20K if another company would pay 40K? Do you get it yet?
That is why Lucent has the best leadership team in the business and possible the most underpaid consider the market and the difficulties facing the industry and Lucent itself.
I have mentioned the Dorothy and Tinman projects and there are others that are going to make Lucent a winner again and again. If you hate lucent you won't believe anything I say anyway.
Larry the queen and others keep your personal jack-macker comments to your ugly selves. Stop the hate!
7: I dont have time for basic education. I suggest
you go to the CORVIS web-site and learn about
all optical networking and how it will change
Answering your question briefly, your phone, your PC and your router all all OBSOLETE. Its caveman technology now and its all going to be thrown away in the optical revolution which the better informed know is already going on.
SBC's capital equipment is worthless. Verizon might as well have a giant garage sale to get rid of all their class-5 switches and other obsolete stuff. Its game over for legacy. Their only hope is to get on the LIGHT bandwagon before its too late.
The ship is sailing. Your either on it or your left behind.
And to the moaners in the peanut gallery, I'm answering a question that someone ASKED. So don't complain about me talking about LIGHT too much. There is obviously interest.
(And while we are at it, why dont you fanatics worry about the boosterism for Foundry on this Corvis board).
8: I made my lawn tractor decision based on the cupholder. How else was I supposed to drink my beer while mowing the lawn.
9: Apparently most fiberoptic engineers think ALL sales people are slimy, slug-like leeches that sell swamp land, snake-oil and used cars. Do they think the sales people that work for their companies are just as slimy? If it weren't for sales people, THEY would be looking for a job... or worse yet, trying to SELL something.
So that's all the noisesome news for 2003. Only nine, you say? I'll tell you what...