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T&K:n syvin tarkoitus Saturday, May 26, 2007

Posted by Sami Oinonen in innovaatiot, status quo.
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Erään katkeran Microsoftin entisen työntekijän pohdintaa tutkimus- ja kehitystoiminnan tarkoituksesta:

I recently left Microsoft. I didn’t work in research, but research is a huge organization. Steve Ballmer recently said something like research is the reason Microsoft is still the leader in software. However, the truth is that almost nothing comes out of Microsoft research. As we all know, most researchers are over educated nerds who really want to spend their time analyzing the growth rates of their own toe jam and the algorithms for such analysis. This is largely what MIcrosoft research does.

So why even have research? Because these smart people could be very useful in the hands of someone who knows what to do with them and can distract them from their own toe jam long enough to be productive. But given a decent salary and plenty of toe jam to study, they’ll just live the good life and be unprodutive. That’s just how Microsoft likes it. Remember, being number one is not about being the best, it’s about preventing anyone else from being the best.

You might think I’m a bitter ex-employee. And you’d be right. But my argument is still correct. Look at Microsoft’s history. They’ve never been the best to anyone who knows about software but they destroyed, tricked, or distracted anyone they thought might become the best.Google doesn’t have anything to worry about. It’s PhDs aren’t going anywhere. I hear Google just secretly built 5 huge toe jam plants, and now we know why.

[Paul Cringely “The Final Days of Google“, ko. havainto on kommenttijonossa]

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