should be noted that this isn't unique to google, and is to some extent an emergent property of the industry's wildly unhealthy relationship with time off, and a labor market where switching jobs is the only way to get promoted and promotions are the only way to get a raise
Reddit comment on why so many Google products get shut down
“Internally, we called it the LPA cycle: Launch, Promo, Abandon”
I read a review once of a new model of Tesla that had a bug that caused it to slam on the brakes at unpredictable intervals. The reviewer said it was unsafe and undriveable.
And then, according to their metrics, gave it high marks for being comfortable and stylish and having trunk space and affordability and the stereo system. It scored a 7 overall.
Maybe if it exploded into a fireball, it would decline to a 6.5.
Metrics are meant to increase "transparency" and fairness, but they fail spectacularly at both. Ethical investment indexes become a way to hide worker injuries and wage theft. Or carbon that's consumed in unexpected ways, like driving truck around in circles because it's cheaper than warehouse space.
Every metric we have is an abstracted lie. And meta analysis only makes it more lying. And these are the metrics we're trying to use to make the world better and to cut carbon.
Capitalism cannot fix itself.
I have been running into a situation where I keep using "RTX" to refer to hardware raytracing acceleration, but this is misleading because RTX is actually NVidia's trademark for their specific implementation and sometimes you want to contrast NVidia with AMD. To solve this, I would like to propose we now refer to the underlying technology as "HRT", for "Hardware Raytracing". "Within ten years all gamers will have access to HRT", et cetera
There are about to be union contract negotiations that are huge. The rail workers were just a prelude.
As the inevitable reactionary BS starts to spread, just remind workers who think they are being harmed by worker pressure that the can literally join or start a union right now. They can join the fight and reap the worker wins too.
I'm finally finishing the placemats that I started #weaving last year! Hand sewing currently takes me about half an hour *per hem*, but I am getting a little less crap at this with practice.
Jock Dad of Friend Camp.
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