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The Tech Industry Is Getting Ridiculous 102

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An anonymous reader writes "Columnist Jon Evans points out that the tech industry has been slowly getting stranger over the past several years. When you look at the headlines individually, they all seem to make sense, but putting them together and trying to imagine them popping up a decade ago really illustrates how odd it has become. Quoting: 'In Japan, some half-billion dollars' worth of cryptocurrency vanished from a site founded to trade Magic: The Gathering cards. In New Zealand, the world's greatest Call of Duty player has launched a political party to revenge himself on those who had him arrested and seized his sports cars. In Britain, the secret service is busy collecting and watching homegrown porn. Here in Silicon Valley, mighty Apple just revealed that a flagrant, basic programming error gutted the security of all its devices for years. Google, "more wood behind fewer arrows" Google, now has its own navy, to go with its air force and robot army.'"
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The Tech Industry Is Getting Ridiculous

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  • Getting? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by houstonbofh (602064) on Saturday March 01, 2014 @03:58PM (#46377299)
    It has been ridiculous for a long time. It is just now that more people are noticing that it is getting embarrassing... :)
  • This is new, how? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01, 2014 @04:04PM (#46377339)

    Places that handle large amounts of money get taken by thieves and embezzlers, people of all stripes go into politics because they're vengeful, overgrown security services monitor lots of petty and unimportant things, minor errors get overlooked for years on end, and massively wealthy people maintain semi-militarized forces.

    Congratulations, you've just described literally any point of time in human history.

  • Its not jut tech (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01, 2014 @04:05PM (#46377353)

    Over the last 10 years, the NSA has declared war on privacy while having secret courts and our president got the nobel peace prize for something he didn't end up doing.

    Egypt has gone through 2 governments, and there have been uprisings in many other places, including now Ukraine.

    I could legally marry another man while smoking pot, but telling people in Russia being gay isn't evil is now a crime.

    All these would seem pretty crazy 10 years ago. Its not just Tech, its simply time: Things happen, and stuff changes. Heck, the CoD players's political stuff isn't even tech news, thats political and could have happened at any point.

  • by RyanFenton (230700) on Saturday March 01, 2014 @04:07PM (#46377363)

    Boy, when you remove context from misleading headline excerpts, things sure do get wacky!

    You know those jokes that sometimes aren't funny from old movies, that your relatives laugh real hard about? A large number of those came from the same logic - taking a topical story, removing the context, and applying hyperbole to the idea. They know the idea is misleading, and are 'in' on a joke that they just can't explain to you and still be funny.

    Just bundling some of those together with a 'technology' theme isn't making a point - its bungling a joke. Not as bad as that whole 'beta' attempt, but still, a bad attempt at a joke.

    Ryan Fenton

  • by swillden (191260) <shawn-ds@willden.org> on Saturday March 01, 2014 @04:41PM (#46377561) Homepage Journal

    Any significant industry is going to be ridiculous if you first cherry-pick your examples, selecting for lunacy/idiocy, and then state them in the most exaggerated, sensationalist way you can think of.

  • Re:Literacy (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gmhowell (26755) <gmhowell@gmail.com> on Saturday March 01, 2014 @09:08PM (#46378825) Homepage Journal

    While that's a nice ideal, you are speaking of a group of people who lose their minds over trivial shit like what brand of phone someone bought. Or that someone else may find a tablet useful/desirable. These are not people with the slightest bit of social grace.

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