Tag: Big

12
Oct
2020
Posted in gadget

The Saints need to stop using Taysom Hill on big downs

If you weren’t watching football on Monday night but checked social media, you might have thought Taysom Hill and Sean Payton robbed a bank or something.

It’s really not Hill’s fault that Payton keeps using him long after the effectiveness of bringing him in as a Wildcat quarterback has worn off. But here’s what happens: The New Orleans Saints take the great Drew Brees off the field in a key spot, everyone knows Hill will run it, and they stop it. It has been a bust all season.

It happened again on Monday night. Hill came in at quarterback on a third-and-3, he ran it straight ahead and got stopped easily by the Los Angeles Chargers defense. The Saints then settled for a field goal.

And Twitter was angry, my friends.

Oh, wait. T.J. Lang’s post was from a week ago. This is an ongoing problem for the Saints and Payton.

Hill has had his moments. He’s a great athlete and good gadget player. He had a huge game in a wild-card playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings last season. New Orleans gave him a two-year, $21 million deal this past offseason, which speaks to how the Saints overvalue him.

Hill’s usage was once a fun wrinkle, but now has become predictable and stale as Payton overused it.

And it doesn’t seem like Payton is going to stop doing it.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) continues to get the call from Sean Payton on big downs. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

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12
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

EU targets Big Tech with “hit list” facing tougher rules

A Facebook logo in front of an EU flag in this photo illustration on November 20, 2017.
Enlarge / A Facebook logo in front of an EU flag in this photo illustration on November 20, 2017.

EU regulators are drawing up a “hit list” of up to 20 large Internet companies, likely to include Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook and Apple, that will be subject to new and far more stringent rules aimed at curbing their market power.

Under the plans, large platforms that find themselves on the list will have to comply with tougher regulation than smaller competitors, according to people familiar with the discussions, including new rules that will force them to share data with rivals and an obligation to be more transparent on how they gather information.

The list will be compiled based on a number of criteria, including market share of revenues and number of users, meaning the likes of Facebook and Google are likely to be included. Those deemed to be so powerful that rivals cannot trade without using their platforms could also be added.

The move to gain new powers is part of a growing effort in Brussels to force big technology companies to change their business practices without a full investigation or any finding that they have broken existing laws.

It follows complaints that the current regulatory regime has resulted in weak and belated action, which has done little to foster competition.

The number of companies and the precise criteria for the list is still being discussed, but it is the latest indication of how serious the EU is about coming up with powers to limit the power of platforms seen as “too big to care.”

“The immense market power of these platforms is not good for competition,” said a person with intimate knowledge of the discussions.

The proposals, which are still being discussed among senior EU officials, could

11
Oct
2020
Posted in website

ASX website crashes on big debut

The launch of the revamped platform comes at a busy time for the bourse, with the commencement of the second week of annual general meetings, with biotech company Opthea set to hold its shareholder meeting on Monday and other blue chips like Commonwealth Bank and Telstra to follow on Tuesday.

The problems sparked a flurry of criticism on social media and in emails and communications to the Financial Review, including from market participants and service providers whose business operations have been disrupted by the crash.

Ben Williamson, co-founder of fintech Fresh Equities, told the Financial Review the problems were “frustrating”, especially given how long users of the website had waited for an upgrade.

“We were very excited to see an update to the ASX website, it has been a long time coming and we are very supportive of the ASX’s continued innovation,” he said.

“The new announcement feed is nice and clean, they have better structured corporate information, but still could have gone further … The back-end data is still flowing though to data providers like ourselves, so it seems to be an ASX website issue rather than a ASX infrastructure issue.”

John Winters of popular trading platform Superhero said the website “feels a bit buggy” and that the ASX was right to try to improve the quality of its website.

“The future of investing is going to be about the user experience,” he said.

But while some complaints related to the technical problems, others harboured criticisms of the design and and functionality decisions taken by the ASX in its renovation.

One ASX website user complained about changes to viewing company announcements, accusing the stock exchange of keeping him “wilfully uninformed” and “mushroomed by administrative malice”.

The Financial Review‘s Rear Window column was also unimpressed by new functionality

11
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Ten Reasons Why Big Firms Stick With Obsolete Management (Part 2)

Following the first five of Ten Reasons Why Big Firms Stick With 20th Century Management, here are five more reasons:

1. The Transition To 21st Century Management Is Hard Work

Stopping the momentum of the giant flywheel of 20th Century management and turning it into something more agile can involve a lot of work. Everything in 21st Century management is the opposite of 20th Century management.

The goal of the firm is now to create a continuous stream of value for customers and users. Making money is the result, not the goal. This goal requires a different structure of work to enable the full talents of those doing the work, often through small self-organizing teams working in short cycles, focused tightly on delivering value for customers. Instead of a steep vertical hierarchy of authority, there is a flat network or hierarchy of competence, in which ideas can  come from anywhere.

These three principles in turn require radically different processes. Leadership has to be inspirational rather transactional, and, given the distributed nature of work, it is required throughout the organization. Strategy tends to include not only coping with competition but also creating new businesses that attract new customers. Innovation encompasses systematic efforts to find new needs and new ways of meeting them, including the creation of interactive ecosystems. Sales and marketing involve making a real difference in the lives of customers and users. Given the new role of talent, people management must attract and enable the talent required to deliver value to customers. Because the firm operates as a network of teams tightly focused on creating customer value, the budget typically reflects decisions already taken in strategy; there

07
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Big Veg Twitter is the last corner of the internet that is wholesome and good

I’m going to let you in on a secret but you have to promise not to ruin it. There is still a corner of the internet that’s wholesome and good. There is a place where people aren’t at each other’s throats every second of the day. Positivity reigns. Smiles abound. You feel better, rather than worse, for staring at your screen. It’s time to talk about Big Veg Twitter.

Big Veg Twitter is exactly what it says on the packet. It’s a community of passionate growers of absurdly large vegetables sharing photos of their latest frankly ungodly creations. In this world, you are judged not by who you know or where you come from but purely by the size of your veg.

It is also a strangely funny place. There aren’t jokes per se, or even really banter. The world of Big Veg is far too serious for that. In fact, I cannot really comprehend what makes Big Veg Twitter so funny to me but I think the simplest way I can put it is these vegetables are wrong. They simply should not be. When I see someone holding a very, very large vegetable with a serious look it triggers something in the back of my admittedly underdeveloped brain that says this is funny. It’s as if I’ve found a secret game where one in every one thousand photos won’t be of a man beside a big pumpkin but rather a tiny, tiny man next to a regular pumpkin and it’s up to me to spot him.