Money Buys Influence
It's obvious to all but the most determined ostriches that Gartner's research has been, is, or will be influenced by the money people ("Who Owns Gartner?"). Just ask anyone fired for telling the truth about a sponsor, client, or investor--and there are plenty.
Any organization that purports to distribute honest opinions on products, ideas, or methods, cannot have any interested party associated with it in any way--not as an owner (even one share), not as an investor (even $1), not as a board member, not as a consultant.
The only acceptable relationship is as a paying reader of the report. Larry Blau
I don't share music files, but I do occasionally use the Web to find music. What record companies really hate is the wider variety of music available from independent artists.
I live in Columbus, Ohio, and there are a lot of local artists who produce better music than any radio station plays or record company signs. Many people like me have no need for commercialized music aimed at 12- to 16-year-old girls.
Movies are next. There are some fantastic short films already on the Web made by independent artists. All this noise about illegal downloading is really just a ruse to outlaw competition from independent artists. John Six
Owner, Cowtownmusic.com, Columbus, Ohio
Disappearing Jobs InformationWeek describes the change from 3.3 million IT jobs in January to 3.2 million in September as a "jobless recovery" ("Jobless Recovery"). Sure sounds like a "job-loss" recovery to me. Eli Stephens
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
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