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The above photo by Jeff McCurdy shows the view from the flagstaff at winslow to flagstaff, a picturesque little hamlet just north of Flagstaff.
A few years ago, I worked at a ski resort as an operations coordinator. We had a lot of employees that didn’t ski, but most of them were really involved in the marketing department. During my time there, I spent quite a bit of time on the side of the hill reviewing emails, talking to customers, and interviewing employees.
When I first started, I had a lot of trouble getting a good grasp on what kind of people I worked with on the front lines of marketing. I remember when I asked a marketing executive about them, he said, “They dont know what they are doing.
As it turns out, when you are an employee in a company where the work is done by people with no real sense of pride or responsibility, you will become a target for the people who actually do the work. But then, what are you supposed to do? You are supposed to do what they tell you to do until they tell you to stop. Which is why I always end up spending more time on the side of the hill when I first start my career.
There have been a number of scandals where corporate directors have been fired for incompetence. The most notorious of these were the cases of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. But the most infamous of these, of course, is the case of Bill Gates. Before he was a CEO, he was the richest person on earth. And then, in the early 2000s, he was on the verge of becoming the richest person in the world.
These are the days of the Internet. The CEO of the world’s largest and most valuable company is the richest man in the world. The stock market is a bubble that just keeps growing. If you want to know where you are in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, it’s easy. Go to Google.com and type in “Dow Industrials.
But here’s Bill Gates as the CEO of the world’s largest and most valuable company. And then, when he’s not busy with all this stuff, he’s spending billions of dollars (and lots of time) lobbying to keep the Internet a private corporation. To keep it a private corporation, he’ll have to make it so that the Internet’s users know that they and their data are still private. And so he’s doing all these secret backroom deals to keep the Internet in the dark.
And heres Bill Gates as the CEO of the worlds largest and most valuable company. And then, when hes not busy with all this stuff, hes spending billions of dollars and lots of time lobbying to keep the Internet a private corporation. To keep it a private corporation, hell have to make it so that the Internets users know that they and their data are still private. And so hes doing all these secret backroom deals to keep the Internet in the dark.
Bill Gates is a large target for hackers in the modern day. What he has been accused of doing by the government, the corporations that he serves, and the people he helps have the potential to be a lot of fun. But that potential is actually quite scary for those who think that the Internet, and everything associated with it, is a hostile place to be.
A lot of recent news (and many of the headlines and scandals that have come out in the last few years) has been about the potential for a large number of people to have their data stolen by a single entity. So what is Gates doing to protect himself? He’s using back-channel agreements to keep the government and the corporations that he works for in the dark. He has a special security team that protects him and his interests.