[conspire] HP Melt Down

Ruben Safir ruben at mrbrklyn.com
Tue Aug 23 18:21:06 PDT 2011

On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 04:00:27PM -0400, Luke S. Crawford wrote:
> It still seems funny to me that they'd hire kids rather than old people;
> You can get old people for cheap if you are willing to take someone who
> has been unemployed for a while, or someone with an obsolete skillset,
> and it seems to me that a person with gray hair is inherently more 
> professional looking than some kid, but maybe old people don't take 
> orders and follow arbitrary procedures as well as young people do?  

The discrimination against older employees is very close to my heart, 
but a different thread.  It is a serious problem though.

> But I'm getting distracted. I understand why HP wants to put more effort 
> into the 'enterprise consulting' game and less into the consumer hardware 
> game.  Anyone with enough of a name and the marketing muscle to do so would
> be a fool not to.   

What upsets me is that it isn't either/or.  these guys JUST DON'T WANT

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"> I'm an engineer. I choose the best tool for the job, politics be damned.<
You must be a stupid engineer then, because politcs and technology have been attached at the hip since the 1st dynasty in Ancient Egypt.  I guess you missed that one."

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