Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Oct 2013 16:02 UTC, submitted by bowkota

Google back in 2005:

There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages.

Google today:

The company confirmed to the Guardian that it is testing a system with about 30 advertisers in the US in which it shows banner ads for companies including SouthWest Airlines on pages which include them in web search results.

And people wonder why I have zero trust in companies.

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RE[7]: Comment by Tractor
by Alfman on Fri 25th Oct 2013 19:06 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Tractor"
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"This is a natural progression, I think. When you think about it, it's a bit absurd that a company would have their own software engineering team and have custom software, especially if they're not a tech company. It's not like most companies employ their own mechanics and build their own cars."

I agree with you. When I need my car to be serviced, I *need* a car mechanic (whether I hire him myself or go to one working at a garage). When my mechanic needs software, he does not need a software engineer. He *could* hire me to write it then maintain it, or he could buy it off the shelf. With the possible exception of large chains with huge scales of economy, it doesn't make sense to hire software engineers. Same goes for a bakery, hair saloon, dentist, grocer, accountant, school, restaurant, etc.

That's the tricky bit about the software business, the need for software engineers is extremely asymmetric compared with other occupations. This is the primary motivation for my having become a web developer: there's more work to be had, but it's also lower pay. I have to work three hours to pay my garage for one hour's work after taxes. I'm a bit sour about that, but that's supply and demand, and at the end of the day I'd rather be working in IT.

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