Posts Tagged ‘Rant’

Are we taking fear too far?

November 17th, 2010 Comments off
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Has the fear mania that seems to engulf every day of our lives gone too far? Do we really need the security theatre that is crammed down our throats, or poked up are nethers, or do we need to man up to society and accept that there are bad (and stupid) people out there who want to do bad (or stupid) things and we can be less paranoid about it and make intelligent, considered decisions? –

Is it the security theatre and the hype it generates the cause of an increased “incidents”, are people using this media induced heightened awareness as an excuse to check their brain out and abdicate commonsense and decisions on what and what isn’t safe to others, or are we just getting more and more stupid?

Food for thought.

UPDATE: I love it when someone tests the stupidity of some of these things.

When people talk crap

November 11th, 2010 Comments off
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I really hate it when people talk at you and all they really are is regurgitating someone else’s view verbatim. I say talk at because they have put little (or no) time into understanding what is being said and most importantly misconstrue, deliberately or otherwise, the message.

Best example of the moment is Cloud Computing and the jargon and descriptive characteristics that go along with it. My biggest bug bear is the use of the word “commodity” when they really mean “a race to the bottom” or “a cheap solution”. So often I hear marketing and sales people use the word incorrectly and wish I could yell and scream at them but know it would get me nowhere.

People get yourselves a dictionary!!!

com mod ity

a raw material or primary agricultural product that can be bought and sold, such as copper or coffee

  • a useful or valuable thing, such as water or time.

Or as the Wikipedia definition so nicely puts it “A commodity is a good for which there is demand, but which is supplied without qualitative differentiation across a market. Commodities are often substances that come out of the earth and maintain roughly a universal price.[1] A commodity is fungible, that is, equivalent no matter who produces it”

Ultimately what you don’t want is your product reduced to a commodity where it is stripped of its service differentiation and it is considered the same as the rest of the market. Always be aware of what it is that makes your product unique and how that benefits the customer.