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rjmcmahon 12/4/2012 | 11:42:07 PM
re: Headcount: Job Market Blues I am not sure you can fire 80% of empire builders and not lose productivity.

The lesson from IBM, HP, LU and others seems to be that many indoctrinated by these corporations have become disconnected from realities. Large headcount reductions hasn't affected business operations too much though these large staff reductions have hurt those being let go.

World is not black and white.

On this belief, you, I, and many others do agree. Everything is grey, except for the few moments where Truth makes its fleeting appearance ;-)

For our industry, one truth is structural separation. Maximizing the value of our communications networks requires us to faithfully adhere to this principle.

Just merit alone will not help in career if one does not play along.

We all define merit and "playing along" a bit differently. For some, these are not at odds with each other.

If you are suggesting we have to sacrifice pursuit of excellence (merit) for acceptance (playing along), I'll respectfully disagree.

PS. Thanks for the link. Looks interesting.
mordecai 12/4/2012 | 11:41:51 PM
re: Headcount: Job Market Blues Rumour mill is griding, can anyone elaborate at this time?
waldotech 12/4/2012 | 11:41:48 PM
re: Headcount: Job Market Blues Haven't heard anything.

Please do tell.

bleek-times 12/4/2012 | 11:41:47 PM
re: Headcount: Job Market Blues If you let the VC' fix the mess they will undoubtedly require an exit strategy . . .

They will probably propose selling CA to Nevada or Mexico if there is no real GDP growth after the first 3 quarters.
rjmcmahon 12/4/2012 | 11:41:43 PM
re: Headcount: Job Market Blues If you let the VC' fix the mess they will undoubtedly require an exit strategy

The way I see it, the VC's don't seem to have much of a strategy for our tech economy. These "lifeboat tactics" of waiting for "regulatory certainty", selling survelliance products into the dept. of homeland security, or selling wireless hype to Wall Street, makes one wonder why so many have given some of these VCs reigns over capital. :-(

Everybody needs to get involved in solving the last mile problem. Not solving it would be like Bill Pulte building neighborhoods of homes but never putting in the water infrastructure, the roads, the sewage systems, power, etc. Or a University building libraries and classrooms, hiring first rate teachers, and completely overlooking the needs for student enrollment.

(Imagine a university system or a municipal sewage system run by the RBOCs. They would require everybody to pay per minute while spending all their time creating artificial scarcity in the name of maximizing their profits. The cost to learn Dif Eq would be outrageousIf we had to pay to speak to each other in a classroom. Give them control over access to our toilets, they'd bribe the regulators while making sure their executives owned every plumbing supply and toilet paper company in the country. Foolish professors from Pennsylvania would claim we could legislate public policy after all the rivers were polluted with raw sewage. They would do these acts while claiming to follow the rules of capitalism. Anybody suggesting otherwise would cause them to scream "Communist!"

Lay the last mile fiber. The exit strategies will become clear. Adhere to the principles of structural separation, customer ownership, common carriage and open access. That will be something an LP could be proud of, in my opinion.
atmguy 12/4/2012 | 11:41:39 PM
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atmguy 12/4/2012 | 11:41:39 PM
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waldotech 12/4/2012 | 11:40:57 PM
re: Headcount: Job Market Blues Ottawa paper says Merition recently had "small" layoff ..no numbers.

dljvjbsl 12/4/2012 | 11:40:56 PM
re: Headcount: Job Market Blues What about Ceyba? Is there any hope?
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