Ha ragione Marchionne

Ha ragione Marchionne: il giornalista de Il Fatto ha fatto una domanda sciocca e superficiale (a voler pensare bene, perché a pensar male si direbbe una domanda pretestuosa fatta per creare polemica). Lo sanno tutti che i lavoratori cinesi hanno stipendi molto più bassi di quelli europei, che senso ha quindi chiedere “quanto guadagna un operaio FIAT nella nuova fabbrica?” E questo sarebbe giornalismo, chiedere al CEO dell’azienda un’informazione che è facilmente reperibile in altro modo invece di usare l’occasione per chiedere cose che non sono disponibili? Io lettore so già che i lavoratori cinesi costano meno. Mi interessa sapere cosa pensa di fare FIAT in Cina, che vantaggi porta a me che leggo il giornale, cosa mi devo aspettare per l’Italia da questa nuova fabbrica, come sarà organizzata la fabbrica, quanta automazione ci sarà, che tipo di innovazione pensa di portare in Italia da lì.

In cambio di un po’ di polemica l’inviato in Cina ha sprecato l’occasione per chiedere a Marchionne cose che solo lui ci può dire.

Comunque forse Marchionne avrebbe fatto meglio a rispondere che l’operaio cinese FIAT guadagna quanto gli altri operai cinesi. E sarebbe morta lì. Ora vado a leggere i commenti sul Wall Street Journal, dove i giornalisti sanno fare le domande.


Week 2012-06-24 in review

  • RT @openstack: Get a sneak peak at the Fall 2012 OpenStack Summit tomorrow: http://t.co/wv8k9FTH with @laurensell #
  • No way! This year's Summer Sailstice collides with Italy's football game? Choice is not good in this case. #
  • Another industry waiting to be disrupted. I'm more impressed by the importance of software than the moving parts http://t.co/rzsvvwQ3 #
  • Gone are the days when Linux didn't crash! This new !Ubuntu makes me feel like its Win 95 all over again. #
  • Parola d'ordine per la partita di domani: evitare chi porta sfiga #

Week 2012-06-17 in review

  • I'm really fed up with Echosign: bad software, worse customers support. Will start evaluating alternatives asap #
  • Oh, Ubuntu One, I liked you so much… but why did you stop syncing now all of a sudden? #
  • Hopefully we'll get rid of it RT @whurley: Wow, this sucks. Microsoft's Skype for Windows: Now with 'conversation ads' http://t.co/2gX2yJpW #
  • This looks interesting: Get Lean SF – Discuss Lean Startups with Eric Ries http://t.co/PjlxctFu #devops #
  • ma in Italia nessuno dei commentatori ha detto che il gol croato era in fuorigioco? 🙂 #
  • It's that time of the year again: Summer Sailstice is here http://t.co/YYXkERbn #
  • Reviewing OpenStack patches is fun: proof is @e_monty comment here: http://t.co/tk2Mxgk5 #
  • Reviewing submissions to call for paper at Linux Foundation's CloudOpen event: very good proposals make it hard to pick http://t.co/5f8LH3py #
  • Doubt: !GPL code has proprietary libs in the Windows installer only. tuxpaint, for example. Is that legally sound? #

Skype is not beta anymore on GNU/Linux. So what?

I see lots of excitement within the GNU/Linux communities about the new, stable Skype. It makes me sad: it’s the worse kind software to be excited for. It’s designed to spy on you, it has a proprietary protocol, the software itself is badly designed, poor UI and lacks of many features compared to others. What’s more, using software like Skype that is not interoperable with other voice/messaging systems allows Microsoft to push in it creepy features like advertising next to your personal conversation. The network effect created by Skype is bad for humanity, we should treat Skype as a necessary evil and work to make people aware of reasonable alternatives.

I’d be much happier if I saw communities cheering for the alternatives. For example, I wish Canonical added a xmpp/jingle service to its One product (and I’d love to pay for it). I wish the community knew that Google allows federation in its Google Talk service: you can reach your friends that use Google.com from your own jingle server. These are the things that we need, more than yet another proprietary protocol and software to take away our options.

Week 2012-06-03 in review

Reason #15 to switch to Google+

Reading 20 Reasons to Switch to Google+ [INFOGRAPHIC]. I almost choked on my coffee when I reached reason #15: better ads! It says:

Google+ will be launching ads soon. Given Google’s experience with Adwords & statistics, expect them to be better targeted.

Wow! Do people out there use social networks to watch ads? Seriously, folks. It’s one thing when you’re searching for something, having a relevant ad served in your face can be a good thing. That’s what makes Google rich. But when I’m reading an article on the NYTimes or chatting with my friends, advertising is just background noise that I learned to filter, both unconsciously and consciously with AdBlock. That’s why I never believed that Facebook can make lots of money selling ads inside Facebook (it has a shot selling targeted ads outside of its wall, through OpenGraph and the like) and that’s why Twitter is having such hard time finding a revenue stream (because serving ads that are relevant to people that are looking for what’s new and relevant for them is very hard).