Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Quotes of the day

Some people use half their ingenuity to go into debt, with the intention of using the other half to avoid paying it.--George Dennison Prentice

We don’t plan to vote for any candidate who first exploited an immigrant for nine years and now wants to deport her.--Bill Easterly

According to some estimates, one in five Facebook employees have ties back to Google, including COO Sheryl Sandberg and CTO Bret Taylor. Google has over 23,331 employees according to company’s recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Facebook has about 2,000 employees.  Rasmussen explained in his interview that getting things done (GTD) was a big problem at Google, and shutting down his project, Google Wave, a year after it was made available as a beta is a sign it was becoming difficult to get things done at the search giant. ... I don’t think rivals (including upstarts) have the ability to stop Google’s financial steamroller. It will continue to be a dominant force in search and online advertising for years to come. But if it doesn’t reign in its talent problem, the company will have a long-term crisis on its hands. It was exodus of talent and inability to get things done that has brought giants of the past — Yahoo for example — to their knees.--Om Malik

Deer-vehicle accidents resulted in more than $3.8 billion of insurance claims and driver costs in the year ended June 30, according to State Farm Insurance. Such collisions resulted in about 140 human deaths, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Serious stuff. We're not even including the financial and social cost of deer-tick-spread Lyme disease, the expense of hauling away deer carcasses, or the cost in money and time of protecting vegetation and crops from deer predation.--Allan Sloan

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