I'm wondering what a "select number" is. What set is the number selected from, by what criterion?
Don't mind me, I just hate it when people use pretentious verbiage with no discernible meaning.
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain
"Longevity in this business is about being able to reinvent yourself or invent the future. In our case, given 39 years of success, it’s more about reinvention. We’ve had great successes, but our future is not about our past success. It’s going to be about whether we will invent things that are really going to drive our future.
"One of the things that I’m fascinated about generally is the rise and fall of everything, from civilizations to families to companies. We all know the mortality of companies is less than human beings. There are very few examples of even 100-year old companies. For us to be a 100-year old company where people find deep meaning at work, that’s the quest."
That actually sounds promising. The nearest comparable pronouncement from Ballmer was, and I quote, "I've got three words for ya: Windows! Windows! Windows!' which goes far to explain Microsoft's current predicament.
The wallybot's repeated refrain was once that Microsoft would last until the Sun burns out, which anyone with a brain (including Nadella) knows is absurd. --Which is one way I can tell the wallybot is a bot, quite literally lacking a brain.
It will always be timeless, which is why we say it's timeless. Yes, a free government can be destroyed. If well constructed it will tend, of its own accord, to preserve itself. But because it depends for its implementation on fallible human beings, enough failure by enough fools will destroy it.
This line, toward the end, is telling -- "Who knows, maybe I just like rooting for the underdog, and - believe it or not, with the way Apple has been gaining market share - I view Microsoft as the underdog right now."
He's right about that. I think he will remain in the minority. Most people won't go with Microsoft just because they feel sorry for the company.
Interesting. Who, exactly, does Microsoft think would trust them that much?
I'd bet long odds the wallybot will say Gartner is anti-Microsoft. Always shoot the messenger, never deal with the facts.
"Information technology research firm Gartner (IT) is urging Microsoft 's (MSFT) new CEO Satya Nadella to break with the past and support competing operating systems such as Apple 's (AAPL) iOS and Google's (GOOG) Android.
"In a report Tuesday, Gartner analyst Merv Adrian said Microsoft must "acknowledge its customers' heterogeneity by supporting Google and Apple client environments, the Linux/Java environment on servers, and cloud-based services in general."
"Nadella must quickly demonstrate a willingness to veer from a "business as usual" strategy, Adrian says. "His insider status raises the risk of his being overly respectful of existing businesses, and hanging back from tough decisions that potentially threaten them but are critical to generating innovation," he wrote."
"Microsoft is more than a PC company now."
True, but not much more. It struggles to gain ground in the mobile market, but it's really too late. That market is approaching saturation. The customers have already chosen their operating system. It's doing okay with Xbox One, but not dominating, and not a big enough market to keep Microsoft in toilet paper. Microsoft still has most of its major enterprise customers, but those are beginning see the possibility of other ways of satisfying their needs, so it has a fight on its hands to defend that market.
In case this mystifies anyone else, the "Orbo" appears to be a claimed perpetual motion machine. I'm highly skeptical of the claim, as any engineer would be.
The narrative of the evolution of flight in birds has recently been filled out with the discovery of an astounding fossil in China -- a creature with flight feathers on its hind limbs as well as forelimbs. That's right, it had four wings, not two. Other Chinese fossils showed the development of downy feathers in therapods long before anything remotely like flight feathers or wings.
The history of "Western Civilization" is similarly in need of filling out with additional data from the Orient. Unfortunately most such data has long been unavailable. Or when available, it has been ignored or dismissed or minimized. There is reason to suspect, for example, that "Newton's" laws were gleaned from Muslim writings many centuries earlier. At least it is known that much earlier Muslim writings had similar content. Or another example: The octal number system used in some computer operating systems is anticipated in the "hexagrams" of the acient Chinese book of divination, the "I Ching"; the same notation is conspicuous in the modern flags of both North and South Korea, representing the cardinal points of the compass. The notation exhibits what in digital technnology we call "diminished radix complement" representation.
Perhaps, with the increasing appreciation of the power of China in the modern world, we can anticipate a rounding-out of our understanding of our own past.