|Proverbs, aphorisms, quotations (English)||by Linux fortune|
|If a can of Alpo costs 38 cents, would it cost $2.50 in Dog Dollars?|
|innovate /IN no vait/ vb.: 1. To appropriate third-party technology|
through purchase, imitation, or theft and to integrate it into a
de-facto, monopoly-position product. 2. To increase in size or complexity
but not in utility; to reduce compatibility or interoperability. 3. To
lock-out competitors or to lock-in users. 4. To charge more money; to
increase prices or costs. 5. To acquire profits from investments in other
companies but not from direct product or service sales. 6. To stifle or
manipulate a free market; to extend monopoly powers into new markets. 7.
To evade liability for wrong-doings; to get off. 8. To purchase
legislation, legislators, legislatures, or chiefs of state. 9. To
mediate all transactions in a global economy; to embezzle; to co-opt power
(coup d'état). Cf. innovate, English usage (antonym).
-- csbruce, in a Slashdot post
|Imagine that Cray computer decides to make a personal computer. It has|
a 150 MHz processor, 200 megabytes of RAM, 1500 megabytes of disk
storage, a screen resolution of 4096 x 4096 pixels, relies entirely on
voice recognition for input, fits in your shirt pocket and costs $300.
What's the first question that the computer community asks?
"Is it PC compatible?"
|When the Apple IIc was introduced, the informative copy led off with a couple|
of asterisked sentences:
It weighs less than 8 pounds.*
And costs less than $1,300.**
In tiny type were these "fuller explanations":
* Don't asterisks make you suspicious as all get out? Well, all
this means is that the IIc alone weights 7.5 pounds. The power
pack, monitor, an extra disk drive, a printer and several bricks
will make the IIc weigh more. Our lawyers were concerned that you
might not be able to figure this out for yourself.
** The FTC is concerned about price fixing. You can pay more if
you really want to. Or less.
|Everything takes longer, costs more, and is less useful.|
-- Erwin Tomash
|Some parts of the past must be preserved, and some of the future prevented|
at all costs.
|It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.|
|Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.|
|The departing division general manager met a last time with his young|
successor and gave him three envelopes. "My predecessor did this for me,
and I'll pass the tradition along to you," he said. "At the first sign
of trouble, open the first envelope. Any further difficulties, open the
second envelope. Then, if problems continue, open the third envelope.
Good luck." The new manager returned to his office and tossed the envelopes
into a drawer.
Six months later, costs soared and earnings plummeted. Shaken, the
young man opened the first envelope, which said, "Blame it all on me."
The next day, he held a press conference and did just that. The
Six months later, sales dropped precipitously. The beleagured
manager opened the second envelope. It said, "Reorganize."
He held another press conference, announcing that the division
would be restructured. The crisis passed.
A year later, everything went wrong at once and the manager was
blamed for all of it. The harried executive closed his office door, sank
into his chair, and opened the third envelope.
"Prepare three envelopes..." it said.
|The only promotion rules I can think of are that a sense of shame is to|
be avoided at all costs and there is never any reason for a hustler to
be less cunning than more virtuous men. Oh yes ... whenever you think
you've got something really great, add ten per cent more.
-- Bill Veeck
|The trouble with money is it costs too much!|
|Those who do things in a noble spirit of self-sacrifice are to be avoided|
at all costs.
-- N. Alexander.
|Truth is free, but information costs.|
If the Earth could be made to rotate twice as fast, managers would
get twice as much done. If the Earth could be made to rotate twenty
times as fast, everyone else would get twice as much done since all
the managers would fly off.
It costs a lot to build bad products.
There are many highly successful businesses in the United States.
There are also many highly paid executives. The policy is not to
intermingle the two.
After the year 2015, there will be no airplane crashes. There will
be no takeoffs either, because electronics will occupy 100 percent
of every airplane's weight.
The last 10 percent of performance generates one-third of the cost
and two-thirds of the problems.
-- Norman Augustine
|Fried's 1st Rule:|
Increased automation of clerical function
invariably results in increased operational costs.
|Laws of Computer Programming:|
(1) Any given program, when running, is obsolete.
(2) Any given program costs more and takes longer.
(3) If a program is useful, it will have to be changed.
(4) If a program is useless, it will have to be documented.
(5) Any given program will expand to fill all available memory.
(6) The value of a program is proportional the weight of its output.
(7) Program complexity grows until it exceeds the capability of
the programmer who must maintain it.
In America, it's not how much an item costs, it's how much you save.
|Cult of Aloneness:|
The need for autonomy at all costs, usually at the expense of
long-term relationships. Often brought about by overly high
expectations of others.
-- Douglas Coupland, "Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated
|When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite.|
-- Winston Churchill, on formal declarations of war
|In America, it's not how much an item costs, it's how much you save.|
|It now costs more to amuse a child than it once did to educate his father.|
|I'm sick of being trodden on! The Elder Gods say they can make me a man!|
All it costs is my soul! I'll do it, cuz NOW I'M MAD!!!
- Necronomicomics #1, Jack Herman & Jeff Dee
|Last guys don't finish nice.|
-- Stanley Kelley, on the cult of victory at all costs
|This sad little lizard told me that he was a brontosaurus on his mother's|
side. I did not laugh; people who boast of ancestry often have little
else to sustain them. Humoring them costs nothing and adds happiness in
a world in which happiness is always in short supply.
-- Lazarus Long
|Avoid reality at all costs.|