Old school, love it!
Last week, we, here in the US, experienced that most wonderful of all days, “Black Friday.” On TV news reports, in daily newspapers, readers and viewers were treated to pictures of people standing in lines, waiting for Big Box retailers to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day. These people camp out (I literally mean “camp out.” Like, in tents, with generators and heaters), days and weeks in advance, in order to be first in line for electronics, televisions, and so on.
And now . . . what’s this? Black Friday is another made-up bullshit day like Sweetest Day? Say is isn’t so.
It turns out that a lot of what we’re told about Black Friday is invented by retailers and the marketing experts they hire. Retailers like Black Friday because the earlier customers start their holiday shopping, the more they are likely to spend over all. This year, the competition is heightened because of a relatively short window between Thanksgiving and Christmas. In search of holiday-season profits, retailers work to exploit people’s worries about missing a good deal—and the media, looking for a fun story, joins in.
“As a threshold matter, IBM lacked any chance of winning a competition with AWS for this C2S contract,” the ruling said, and therefore it lacked standing to claim prejudice in the way the contract had been awarded. The GAO failed to assess whether IBM had the standing to file the protest that it did, said the ruling.
The court also objected to GAO failing to spot maneuvering by IBM’s lawyers. “The GAO failed to address the way in which IBM manipulated its pricing to create a bid protest issue,” it said. IBM “drastically departed from the approach followed in its initial proposal when it came to submitting its final proposal revision” for one set of requirements, known as Scenario 5. IBM had closely questioned the CIA on what it expected from the Scenario 5 requirements. By revising its final bid on Scenario 5, it gained the position to “argue that the agency did not evaluate Scenario 5 prices on a common basis. IBM was the only offeror who appeared to ‘misunderstand’ the Scenario 5 pricing requirements,” the court said.
An interesting look into business practices at IBM, when $600M is at stake.
No, this isn’t “one of those posts.”
In a men’s room, in the building in which I work, there is a reproduction of a Winslow Homer painting. I believe that this restroom is the only one with any sort of wall decoration.
Here is the picture:
So, what is so special about this picture? It’s in the details.
Damn, that’s funny.