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Places Where the World's Tech Pools, Despite the Internet

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the pretty-people-pool-in-airports dept.

Earth 229

Slatterz writes "A decade ago people were talking about the death of distance, and how the internet would make physical geography irrelevant. This has not come to pass; there are still places around the world that are hubs of technology just as there are for air travel, product manufacturing or natural resource exploitation. This list of the ten best IT centres of excellence includes some interesting trivia about Station X during the Second World War, why Romania is teeming with software developers, Silicon Valley, Fort Meade Maryland, and Zhongguancun in China, where Microsoft is building its Chinese headquarters."

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Hackers. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293115)

Was the best movie of all time.

Re:Hackers. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293163)

sort of a weird first post.

Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali.

Re:Hackers. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294019)

Anal Vapors Part 1

by Drunken Bastard i.e. Brian Shanor

Dr. Jurkov, the world renowned gynecologist sat in his office examining the patient file he agreed to examine because he owed a nonsexual favor (for once) to his brother. This case interested him as they sat discussing it one day, and he decided to take the case just because he thought his brother was full of shit and misinterpreted the results of the tests. That was 6 weeks ago. Today, he believed the outrageous test results which were in front of him as he waited for the patient to show up for her appointment.

A few moments later, he was interrupted from his daydreams of young boy scouts by a knock on the door. His receptionist poked her head in.

" Doctor, your next appointment is in the waiting room."

"Yeah, the nasty bitch with the constipation problem. She's here for her test results. Send her in." As the receptionist went to get the patient, he reached into his pants and pulled a worm out of a festering sore on his penis. "Here comes your mother, you little bastard," he said and ate it with a flourish. He turned around as the nasty woman was shown in. "Good afternoon," he said and held out his hand to shake hers, but thought better of it when he saw her slick pus coated fingers. "Have you been scratching your herpes sores again? I thought we discussed that earlier."

"I'm sorry, doctor, but it felt so good. Uh, do you have my test results?" she asked as she started to lick her fingers. The doctor fought back the urge to help lick her fingers and her crotch, remembering that he actually gave her the disease during a previous appointment.

"Yes... And they are very interesting. Tell me, do you engage in anal intercourse?"

"Yes, especially with this itch."

"Hmmm. I see. Are you, by any chance, bisexual?"

"Yes I like to carpet munch."

"Were you engaging in cunnilingus and ingested menses?"

"Cunni.....what?"

"Carpet munching."

"Yes, and I pulled out a couple of bloody tampons before I started, but I ended up getting a mouthful of tomato paste."

"And you swallowed it?"

"Yes."

"And you took it in the rear and ate bloody fish within 48 hours of each other?"

"Yes. Does this have anything to do with this killer constipation?"

"Oh I think it explains your condition quite nicely. You see, you are pregnant. More precisely, you have a rectal pregnancy. You were impregnated up the anus. I've seen this in porno movies and medical journals before. That is why I had to ask you those questions. This will be the first bowel movement birth I have ever seen. You are going to have a bunghole baby."

"When?"

"Well, you're about 2 months along now. At 8 months, we can give you a laxative to induce labor. The constipation will get worse, but it will feel good to take a birth shit."

"Alright, doctor, I guess I'll see you in 2 weeks."

Six months passed. During this time, the woman came in regularly for examinations. The doctor stopped using his penis and started fisting her on his desk. When he examined her anus, he would trim back her hemorrhoidal tissue and take it home to cook and serve as ravioli. Gradually, his penile worm problem cleared up, but the festering sore remained, so he found a woman who would give him head and suck out all the rancid pus.

When the time to give birth approached, he met the woman as she was wheeled into the hospital. "Ah. So good to see you. How are you feeling?" he asked as he looked over her shit-bloated body.

"It hurts!!! Oh God, IT HUUURRRRTTSSSS!!!!!"

"There. There....There. There.... Nurse! Wheel her into the delivery room."

She was taken to a room, stripped, and bent over a table and strapped into that position. A nurse came and began feeding her bars of Ex Lax and started a Milk of Magnesia I.V. A bit later, the doctor came in to examine her. "Well, let's have a look and see wha....." He was horrified by what he saw. In front of him were two of the foulest bodily openings he had ever seen. One had a crackled pus crust which oozed a rotten smelling blood-streaked pus. This thick syrupy discharge ran down her legs and puddled on the floor. The other orifice was now dilated to three inches from the laxative. A thick curtain of regrown hemorrhoidal tissue partially obstructed the view. It hung down in tatters and had an apparent case of gangrene because the outer parts fell off in chunks at the slightest touch. "Either that's cottage cheese running out of there or you have a yeast infection." He swiped a sample with his finger and tasted. "Yeah, that's a yeast infection alright. Let's have a look in that anus." As he parted the hemorrhoids, a giant rectal room poked its head out at him. "Whoa! What do we have here? Come on out. Wow! That sucker must be 10 inches long. How do you taste?" he asked mainly to himself and bit in. "Hmmmmm. Not bad. These will probably make good fish bait. But if the fish don't like them, I think I'll keep some around to breed in my own rectum and snack on from time to time. Nurse! Collect all the worms you can and bring them to my office. It won't be long before the baby comes. Monitor her and come get me when its time."

"Yes, doctor."

The doctor went back to his office. A short time later, the nurse delivered a bed pan full of the giant rectal worms. He settled in for a worm snack, scotch, and some exciting times with a porno movie and his right hand. Events were just coming to a climax when a nurse came in.

"Doctor, you will go blind and get hair in the palm of your hand if you keep that up."

"That is only a myth. Want to join me?"

"Not today, but those worms do look good. Anyway, it is time for the baby."

"I'll be right there."

"And doctor?"

"What is it now?"

"You have worm pieces stuck in your teeth."

"Thank you. Now close the door on your way out."

Alone again, the doctor rewound the video to where it was before the interruption and finished what he started. Meanwhile, in the delivery room, everything was being made ready for the birth. Her tattered gangrenous hemorrhoids were thumbtacked to the table and Preparation H was applied liberally to her anus which was now dilated to eight inches. Suddenly, a tremendous fart pierced the air. The woman screamed and jerked convulsively and strained with all her might. The breakthrough birth had begun.

"Doctor, it has started," said a nurse as the doctor hurried in.

"Doctor!!!! Help me! It hurts!" shrieked the woman.

"Don't tell me your troubles," said the doctor. "Shit, woman, shit!." And the woman did just that. With a mighty strain she squeezed out another fart which shot runny, blood streaked shitfoam into the air and all over everyone. The cap of a huge turd poked its head out of her asshole.

"Ahh, here it comes," said the doctor. "Quick! Get over here with the camcorder."

With another mighty fart and scream, foam and gas penetrated every corner of the room. The turd poked out to almost halfway and began to slide slowly on its own. More worms fell out onto the floor.

"Quick, nurse! Get a pan and collect all the worms you can."

One more long agonizing scream, a final thunderous fart which shook the windows and covered everything completely with shitulate fudge, and the turd slid on out and fell to the floor. It broke apart, and a baby's cry pierced the fartgas infested air. The baby was covered with rectal worms and even had baby worms in its own rectum. After examination and a few licks, it was determined that the baby was a bouncing baby bunghole boy. The mother was left alone to finish her now raging bowel movement. A bounty of rectal worms swam about in the fecal pool.

Part 2

Anal Vapors Part 2

Later that day, a nurse brought the baby to its mother.

"Is this the bastard that nearly killed me?" the woman whispered.

"Do you have a name for him?" the nurse asked.

"Due to the torture he gave me already, I am calling him Anal Vapors."

Hearing a knock, they looked toward the door. "Hello," said the doctor, "how are mother and little shit doing?"

"She named him Anal Vapors."

"Whatever. Did you...." The doctor stopped and watched with amazement as the women was overcome with a puking fit. As she convulsed spasmodically, foamy blood and mucus poured from her mouth and nose. The doctor walked over to the bed. "Are you all right? Hey there!" he said as he slapped her hard a few times. "Nurse, get Anus Boy out of here and then start a Pepto Bismol enema." However, before anything could be done, the mother convulsed a few more times and with a final heave of stomach contents, died. "Oh well," said the doctor. "I'm not giving her mouth-to-mouth, that's for sure. Too much laxative. She lost 85 pounds giving birth."

An hour later, in the office, the doctor and his receptionist were discussing the boy's fate. "The boy doesn't have any other family, doctor. His father was a drag queen and prostitute who died 3 months ago in a fight over a customer."

"What was his father's name?" asked the doctor.

"Stan the Stud."

"I knew him! I mean, we were acquainted. Oh well. What do I care? Send the little shit to an orphanage. Also, have his mother's body autopsied. I want all of her rectal worms. They are very tasty... to the fish, I mean."

After a week in the hospital, young Anal Vapors was sent to a nearby orphanage. He stayed there for 18 months until he was adopted by a young couple. With them, the boy had a normal, happy childhood until the age of 13. That was when his grandmother died and his grandfather came to live with them. At first, everything was fine. He taught the boy how to hunt, fish, make fart noises, and many other useful boyhood practices. Anal Vapor's mom got a job and left him with his grandfather during the day. During one of these days alone with grandpa, Anal Vapors' life was changed forever.

Anal Vapors was happily playing in the living room with his G.I. Joe toys when he heard Grandpa calling from his upstairs bedroom. "Boy!!!...Boy!!!...Come up here."

Anal Vapors dropped his toys and ran up to the old man's room thinking he had dropped his dentures in the toilet while taking a shit again. "What is it, Grandpa?" he asked breathlessly.

"Come here, boy. I've got an itch for you to scratch." Anal Vapors had scratched the old man's back before, so this did not seem unusual. He started to go around behind the man's wheelchair. "No. Not there. Here." He moved his lap quilt aside and Anal Vapors saw his penis standing up and pointing at him. "Just start scratching around the sack there, boy." Afraid not to do as he was told, the boy obeyed, much to the old man's delight. He groaned with pleasure and started kicking his left leg like a dog. "Aaaaaaaahhhhh! Much better. Now, boy, take off them pants and get on my lap. I'm going to show you a new game. It's called Pack the Shithole."

"I don't want to," said a terrified Anal Vapors.

"Shut up and do it, you simpering little shit, and don't make me tell you again." Reluctantly, Anal Vapors climbed onto the old man's lap. Grandpa grabbed him by the shoulders and picked him up. "That's better. Now, to play, we just do this." He then positioned his dick against the boy's anus and set him down, sliding in."

"Ow!!! It hurts! Stop!!!"

"It will the first few times. Now we move you up and down like you're on a horsey."

"No!! Please!! Stop!!"

"Aren't we having fun?" the old man asked. He moved Anal Vapors up and down faster and faster until finally, he pulled out and fired his wad up Anal Vapors' spine. "Not bad, for a virgin." He threw Anal Vapors onto the floor. "Get out of here, you dirty little shit." Anal Vapors went into his room where only the cold walls could hear his cries and witness his shame.

This began to occur daily. Anal Vapors dreaded to hear his grandpa calling for him. After a few weeks, he stopped going upstairs when nobody was home, but grandpa started tricking him by offering candy or saying he fell and couldn't get up. Soon afterward, the old man started molesting him with various objects, such as bananas, cucumbers, small furry animals, and his favorite item, a broomstick.

Finally, one day, Anal Vapors gathered the courage to confront the old man. "I'm telling mom and dad," he said.

"Go right ahead, boy. They already know. My reason for moving in was to get me some young boy meat." The old man began laughing when he saw Anal Vapors' look of surprise and then shame. As his laughs grew louder, Anal Vapors ran out of the room and took the only option he thought he had. He ran away, vowing to return someday and get his revenge.

Anal Vapors went south and eventually ended up in Mexico. He went there because he knew he would not be caught and returned home. In Mexico, he lived on the streets with other homeless children. And since by now he was accustomed to getting the occasional fudgepack, he started prostituting to support himself. Shortly afterward, he was forced to work for a pimp who beat him and molested him when he did not bring in enough money. After working all night, Anal Vapors was locked in a closet all day and given a diet of horse menses, maggots, and hemorrhoidal tissue trimmed from the anuses of other boys. He was tougher than any of the other kids, so he was the natural target for most of the abuse. He wished many times for death to come and relieve him from his nights and days of living hell.

Anal Vapors lived in these conditions until he was 17. By this time, he was so worn out that a baseball bat could be rammed into his bunghole with no discomfort. Also, he developed a severe case of hemorrhoids just like the other boys. So now, he was providing ass ravioli dinner for other boys. Customers began to complain and something had to be done. So one day, his pimp came up to him and knocked him down and then whipped out his dick and pissed all over Anal Vapors. "You useless piece of shit. You can't even satisfy a sheep any more. You are worthless. Get out of my sight'" he said before turning around and dropping a mushy turd onto Anal Vapors' chest.

And so Anal Vapors decided it was time to return home and give some paybacks and headed north. During his years of torment, the target of his hatred was an old man who showed him a new game. Now he was going to get even.

Part 3

Anal Vapors Part 3

Nobody from home would recognize Anal Vapors as the young nerd who ran away a few years earlier. His greasy seldom washed hair hung halfway down his back. His entire body bore the scars from cigarette burns, whiplashes, knife cuts, and other acts of abuse and torture. He had long dirty fingernails with which he would fondle customers and pick bugs out of peoples' and animals' anuses for food.

Anal Vapors lived off the land as he traveled. His favorite snack was bloodfilled ticks he pulled off the anuses of cattle, horses, and dogs. His best meal came when he found a pregnant cow. He killed her, split her open, and ate the calf fetus and placenta. He topped it off with a deep drink of amniotic fluid.

It took Anal Vapors two months to get home. He arrived at the outskirts of town late in the evening, so he decided to wait until the next day when the old man would be alone. He found a cow barn where he could spend the night. When he went inside, to his delight, he found a large pile of maggot infested afterbirth. After eating his fill, he entered a cow's stall and proceeded to eat her out. While he was doing this, the cow's period exploded into his face in a massive vaginal bloodfart. He wiped the dripping cow menses from his face with his hand and ate it. He then thoroughly licked all the blood from the cow and the stall. Then, completely satisfied, he found an empty stall and slept.

Early the next morning, Anal Vapors watched his parents leave for work. He saw them walk by a yellow ribbon tied around a tree and a sign which read, "We love you, son."

"How sweet," he said to himself. He thought about pulling the sign down and shitting on it but figured to use his shit buildup for better things.

A few minutes later, Anal Vapors was at the front door. He found the house key under the door mat and was quickly inside. "Honey! I'm home," he yelled. No answer. "Hey, you old shitstain, where are you?"

"Who's there? ... Who's there?" came from upstairs.

"You wanna learn a new game?" Anal Vapors asked as he began to climb the stairs.

"Who's there?... I... I have a gun."

"Sure you do ... And I'm going to cut it off and feed it to you." Anal Vapors reached the bedroom doorway and entered. The old man had not changed much. He looked a bit older, of course, but he still sat in that wheelchair with the same lap quilt which had become so familiar to one young boy.

"Who are you? Why are you in my house?" pleaded the old man.

Anal Vapors started toward the old man. "Don't you know me? You made me and its not your house.... Now scream."

"What?" the old man looked confused.

"SCREAM YOU CHUNK OF HORSESHIT!!!" Anal Vapors yelled in the old man's face. He reached over and slapped the old man twice.

"Help!!!! Heeeellllp!!!!!" the old man wailed.

"That's better," said Anal Vapors with a grin. "Now, shut up." He slapped the old man a few more times until the old man was quietly whimpering. "Now, we're going to play a game. It's called Tie the Old Man Up and Kill Him. You like that game?"

"Please," the old man begged. "Don't..."

"I said SHUT YOUR ANUSMOUTH, DUMB ASS!" Anal Vapors slapped him around for a few minutes and then stopped. "I think we'll start with some Pack the Shithole. I'll even use your favorite toy." Anal Vapors left the room momentarily. When he returned, he had the broomstick which his anus had come to know so well. He was going to enjoy this. "Let's play!" he said as he kicked over the wheelchair and shoved the old man onto his stomach. The old man protested loudly, but Anal Vapors didn't mind. In fact, the wails encouraged him. He pulled the old man's pants off and shoved the broomstick deeply into his rectum. Blood began to flow immediately around the broomstick. "You're a little tight, old shit, but I think I'll fix that." He started a rhythmic plunging of the broomstick and moved it faster and faster. After a few minutes, the broomstick broke off with a wet snap in the old man's rectum. "I hate when that happens," said Anal Vapors as he tossed the broken stick aside. "Oh well. Let's find some other games to play." Anal Vapors whipped out a straight razor and cut off the old man's penis. Then he popped out one of the old man's eyes and put it into his mouth. When he bit in, the eyeball made a soft popping sound and eye jelly ran out of Anal Vapors' mouth and onto his chin. When he was finished, he stuffed the detached penis into the empty eye socket. "Hmmmm. This is a fun game, and your eye tasted pretty good," he said and popped out the remaining eye and ate it. The old man's body jerked a few times and then was still. Mercifully, he was dead. Remembering that the old man had emphysema, Anal Vapors cut open his chest and ripped out his lungs and scooped out handfuls of thick brown bloodstreaked pus and ate it. After finishing, he peed on the body and started to leave, but when he got to the bedroom door, he turned around and looked at the remains. "I win," he said and laughed. He left the house never to return.

Part 4
  Anal Vapors Part 4

Anal Vapors disappeared into the mountains for a while until the old man's death blew over. He found a cave to live in and only left to find animals to molest and eat. Sometimes, at night, he went down to farms in the valleys and raped cattle and sheep. However, farmers began noticing that their animals were not acting normally. For example, some farmers reported that their cattle were afraid of the dark and long pointed objects. More mysterious was a sudden surge of pregnancies in cattle and sheep in the area. When calves and lambs with human features were born, a widespread scare went through the communities. Searches were made for aliens and other monsters which could explain the strange occurrences. However, no explanation was found because Anal Vapors stayed in the mountains away from search parties.

After several years of this isolated existence, Anal Vapors desired to reenter both society and human species. He was now an adult. He stood well over six feet tall and had a beard which was caked with blood and pus. His long greasy bugfilled hair hung down the entire length of his back, and his long dirty fingernails resembled claws. He began to move about the country, stopping in small towns for short periods of time. He would molest a few kids and pets and do various acts of torture on senior citizens for a couple of weeks at a time and then move on. Everywhere he went, he left a trail of mutilated sexually ravaged bodies and half eaten entrails.

His life had settled into a routine of sorts until one day, something completely unexpected occurred. Anal Vapors fell in love. During his travels, he had wound up in New York. He liked it there because he could rape and pillage in one part of town and walk freely just a few blocks away. On this day, Anal Vapors was walking around scanning for victims when he saw a woman. To him, she was a goddess. Her lumpy pear shaped figure set his heart and genitals on fire. Her hair was black and fully as long and nasty as his. But what definitely caught Anal Vapors' attention was her long dirty fingernails.

"There must be enough under them nails to eat for a week," he said to himself. "I must meet her." Anal Vapors built up a massive belch in his stomach before walking over to her and letting it fly into her face. Spit and food particles coated her now smiling face. He noted with delight that it tasted and smelled like the bloated maggot ridden dog he ate the night before. "Oh! Excuse me, lardbitch," he said with a wink.

"Not bad," she said while sniffing the air and licking the saliva soaked maggot particles from her lower lip. Then she melted his heart with her best rotten teeth smile and blew her breath into his face. Streaks of white ran through his beard as her dragon anus breath hit him. He thought he could smell a hint of afterbirth and hemorrhoidal tissue in that foul wind. She then spat a bloodstreaked lungcooky into her hand and let him eat it from her palm.

"Wow!" he said after finishing. "Who are you, wench?"

"My name is Genitalveve," she said. "Smells like you have a good case of crotch rot, Mr....."

"Vapors. Anal Vapors. And I do have some rotten flesh down there. I think I'm getting gangrene down there."

"Come over to my place and I'll see what I can do for it. And you can see what you can do for me." She took Anal Vapors by the arm and led him home. On the way, he sucked pus from a festering sore on a dog's anus and they shared it during a passionate kiss. When they came to her house, she led him in and pushed him onto the couch. "Wait here until I call for you," she said and then licked out one of his nostrils. So Anal Vapors sat on the couch admiring Genitalveve's kiddy porn paintings on the wall until she called, "Come here."

"Coming," he said. He took a long look at a painting of a boy being molested with a cucumber and then moved toward the bedroom. As he left the living room, his gaze rested on a broomstick standing in a corner. He pushed the bedroom door open and stopped.

"Well, what do you think?" Genitalveve inquired.

Anal Vapors was speechless. On the bed before him, Genitalveve was sprawled on her back. Her clothes were on the floor beside the bed with her menses and feces encrusted panties on top of the pile. Her legs were spread wide apart to reveal her foul vagina. Thick blackened blood oozed out and he counted five tampon strings dangling out. As he watched, a cockroach crawled out and fell onto the bed. He also noticed a cloud of gnats swarming around her rancid crotch. The putrid stench that greeted Anal Vapors' nose made his eyes water and he would notice later that his hair had turned completely white. Only after several days in the fresh air would his hair color return. He then noticed a sign on the wall. "A fart is the cry of an imprisoned turd," he read. "Hmmm. Not bad. So what does the stink that comes from you in waves cry?"

"It means I want you. Tie me up and gore me." She had a look of pure lust on her face.

"Might as well," Anal Vapors said while watching another cockroach fall out her pustulant pussy. "Looks like all types of man and beast have." He went over to her and tied her hands and feet to the bedposts with nylon cord. Her stench was drawing him to her like a magnet.

"Let me have a look at your dick before you use it, stallion," she whispered.

Anal Vapors dropped his pants and showed her his penis which was bent to one side and covered with scars from numerous cuts and burns. When she got her first look at it, she burst out with uncontrollable laughter. "What did you do? Stick it in a blender?" she said and shrieked with more laughter.

Anal Vapors smiled a little and said, "Yeah, I guess it is a little battle scarred." He crawled onto the bed and squatted over her face. "Stick your tongue up my ass, baby."

"Why?" she asked with some more laughter.

"Do it and I'll give you a surprise,' he said. So, she stuck her tongue as far as she could into his asshole. She could feel a worm crawl alongside her tongue and she tasted hemorrhoidal tissue. She barely overcame the temptation to bite in. "OK, here goes," said Anal Vapors. In a flash, he squeezed his anus tight and stood up, ripping her tongue out by the roots. She tried to scream, but all that came out was a bloody gurgle. Anal Vapors walked off the bed with her bloody mass of a tongue still sticking out of his anus. Upon reaching the floor, he pulled the tongue out of his ass and showed it to her. "No one laughs at me, bitch," he snarled while shaking the tongue. She could only answer with more gurgles. As she watched with horror, Anal Vapors ate her tongue. When he was finished, he put on his pants and left the room. He knew what he had to do.

Anal Vapors grabbed the broomstick he had seen earlier and examined it. He quickly decided that it was not suitable for the task he had in mind, but it would be with a few improvements. Through a window, he saw a shed in back which could contain what he was looking for. He went out to the shed and he did find what he needed. He glued some of the coarsest sandpaper he could find around the end of the broomstick and then soaked that end in kerosene. "Now, let's see if she can put out this flame," he said and laughed. He returned to the bedroom to find Genitalveve motionless. At first, he thought she was dead already, but soon discovered that she had only fainted from shock. He took out a match and lit the broomstick. It caught with a loud "POOOOOFFFFFF". Anal Vapors shook her gently. "Wake up, darling. Look what I've got for you." He listened with some satisfaction to her attempted shrieks coming out as bloody gasps for air. "Oh. You're welcome, dear, but don't thank me until it's over."

Anal Vapors viciously raped her with the fiery broomstick. The cruel flame reflected in his dark eyes, and for the first time in a very long time, he was happy. He continued his nasty work until she died and for a long time afterward. After finishing with her, Anal Vapors peed on the body to put out the flames and left. He vowed never to love anyone again. Only his special broomstick could bring him happiness and peace of mind.

Anal Vapors began roaming the countryside and claiming victims with his new weapon of anal destruction. He found a secluded house, broomsticked the owner and family, and called it home. He set up a torture chamber in the basement and started bringing his victims there so he could take his time with each one.

Anal Vapors was truly happy these days. As he stood on the porch watching the sunset, he realized that this was the lifestyle to which he was called. He had a victim tied up downstairs ready to go, and he was deciding what to do to her. Finally, he decided he would pull her nipples off with a pair of pliers and eat them in front of her for a start. Then he would pull all her hair out and shit on her bald raw head. Then, the broomstick would finish the job. He turned, went in, grabbed a pair of pliers, and headed downstairs to fulfill his destiny.
END OF BOOK I ...

Yo mumma (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293423)

I hear yo' mumma's* house is also teeming with software developers, on account of her being easy and not worried by little things like body odour.

* British English for "yo' momma". For when one is drinkin' tea with one's homies, all of you.+
+ We can't say "y'all" in Britain, since we say "all of you" instead of "you all".

Re:Yo mumma (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294023)

I find that British humor really went downhill after Andy Capp stopped smoking and beating his wife.

Andy Capp! [ukc.ac.uk]

Andy is a working class figure, living in Hartlepool, North-East England. His hobbies include pigeon racing, snooker, football (which always involves fights with the other players, and frequently ends with Andy being sent off), occasionally cricket and rugby, betting on horses, getting drunk (often falling in the canal and, always, seven nights a week, arriving home late as a result), fishing (and not catching anything bigger than a goldfish), womanizing, lying on the sofa and fighting with his long-suffering wife, Flo.

British humor is a somewhat general term applied to certain comedic motifs that are often prevalent in comedic acts originating in the United Kingdom and its current or former colonies. Comedy acts and television programs typical of British humor include Monty Python, Benny Hill, and Keeping Up Appearances to name a few that have become quite popular outside of the United Kingdom. At times, however, such humor can seem puzzling to non-British speakers of English (references to English slang terms or people, who are unknown internationally for example) while certain Commonwealth nations (such as Australia, Canada and South Africa) tend to find it more familiar. Many UK comedy TV shows typical of British humor have been internationally popular, and have been a strong avenue for the export and representation of British culture to an international audience.

Re:Yo mumma (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294319)

I find that British humor really went downhill after Andy Capp stopped smoking and beating his wife.

No way: Mighty Boosh, Absolute Power, Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, Have I Got News For You, Little Britain (well the radio show and first two series' anyway), Bo Selecta, The Office, Extras, Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, League of Gentlemen, Big Train, Brass Eye, Monkey Dust, Modern Toss

Those are just the more recent examples of excellent British comedy I can remember off the top of my head. Going downhill? I think not. :)

Make physical geography irrelevant (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293139)

But people still need to live in buildings.

I say follow the buildings.

Re:Make physical geography irrelevant (3, Funny)

stonedcat (80201) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293149)

Anyone else picture a guy jumping into a cab and telling the driver to "follow that building"?

Re:Make physical geography irrelevant (1)

GaryOlson (737642) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293259)

...follow the building...

I was more reminded of the Dr. Who episode where the hospital was taken to the moon.

Re:Make physical geography irrelevant (1)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294591)

In one Dr. Who episode, the Daleks moved the entire planet.

Re:Make physical geography irrelevant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293445)

Actually, this happens in everyday life.. Once I had a server room in one of the tallest buildings in the capital, Prague. Pretty much well known and visible, but still kinda half the city away.

One day during an emergency, I jumped the first nearby cab, told him the street, he says - "uh, never heard of it". Puzzled me a little, but well, no problem, I say, "you know it's that large skyscraper named ABC over there in XYZ area". He says - "duh?". Already pissed at that moment, I just told him "for christ sake, you see that huge building over there? Just follow it!"

After that, he did pretty good, we arrived in only about three-times that time it normally takes to get there.

Re:Make physical geography irrelevant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294219)

You don't know how to give directions, I take it?

Re:Make physical geography irrelevant (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294659)

Fuck that. What kind of dumbass cab driver doesn't know his city backwards?

World's Tech Pools (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293187)

Do these pools drain into the series of tubes that makes up the internet?

Microsoft in China (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293189)

At least Microsoft learned after Hindusoft Vista not to do any more R&D in India. Being one of "the best and the brightest" from India doesn't mean crap.

no internet = have to program yourself (1, Interesting)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293207)

I could see why countries were internet access isn't common but technology is at a reasonible level would require lots of programmers. language barreries would be the other reason - no off the self versions of software in your native language.

Re:no internet = have to program yourself (1)

mail2345 (1201389) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293547)

Language barriers?

Just load the text from a resource file.

All the text.

No work needed on the programmer's end(except making it load the resource file and adding the option to the installer.)

is this why ... ? (0, Troll)

weighn (578357) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293563)

I could see why countries were internet access isn't common but technology is at a reasonible level ...

is this why Romania is also the global center for Excellence for carrier pigeon breeders?

Guess they forgot about Amazon (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293253)

They include Seattle as an honorable mention due to Microsoft, but it's silly to pretend they're the only software company in the area. Amazon, Nintendo of America, and Valve are all headquartered there. Also, Google has a sizeable development center in the Seattle area (it's where they develop GTalk, among other things).

And, most importantly, icanhascheezburger.com is based in the Seattle area.

Re:Guess they forgot about Amazon (5, Insightful)

baxissimo (135512) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293729)

This list is just silly. I mean Japan?! Come on. Japan is the size of the entire east coast of the US. How much sense would it make to put "The entire east coast" as one of the top 10 "places" where Tech is pooling. None. This list is nonsense.

Re:Guess they forgot about Amazon (1)

narcberry (1328009) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293797)

So you think I shouldn't create my new IT headquarters here [google.com] ?

Re:Guess they forgot about Amazon (3, Funny)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294443)

I already have my Secret Base there. Don't tell anybody.

Fix the "comments" system (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293261)

Seriously Slashdot, can you please replace the fscking ridiculous comment "slider" on the left side of the screen? It totally sucks. Hire a proper UI designer.

Re:Fix the "comments" system (1)

stonedcat (80201) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293697)

If you're logged in you can go into your preferences (http://tech.slashdot.org/my/comments) and select Slashdot Classic Discussion System.
This removes the slider functionality.

Re:Fix the "comments" system (1, Offtopic)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293925)

This removes the slider functionality.

You mean it's supposed to have some sort of functionality? I thought it was just intended to uglify the page like the rest of the "improvements" and turned them off as quickly as I could.

Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (2, Interesting)

cryfreedomlove (929828) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293287)

Silicon Valley is special to me because of its cultural diversity. In one medium sized company you can work shoulder to shoulder with people from every major world ethnic group and every major world religion (including no religion). They work together, peacefully, to make better lives for themselves and their children. Look around the rest of the world. This place is unique and special. I see lots of other places around the world where folks insist on segregating themselves by ethnicity and/or religion. They must hate my home, Silicon Valley.

Peace.

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293339)

That was inspiring! Lets all hold hands and sing Kumbaya!

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (5, Insightful)

nloop (665733) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293349)

And they all happen to be male.

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (5, Funny)

langelgjm (860756) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293517)

I see lots of other places around the world where folks insist on segregating themselves by ethnicity and/or religion.

Yeah, I can't think of any [apple.com] fanatic [gentoo.org] groups [gnu.org] of people [wikipedia.org] who cling to various beliefs like so many religions, segregating themselves from others.

Excuse me while I go sacrifice a goat to Larry Wall.

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (2, Informative)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293753)

He prefers pink unicorns (6 at a time if you can manage it).

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (1)

blueskies (525815) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293855)

don't forget ruby and vi/emacs.

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294375)

You didn't hover over his links.

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (1)

blueskies (525815) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294385)

ah, yes...i missed the last two links.

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (4, Insightful)

cyn1c77 (928549) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294107)

Silicon Valley is special to me because of its cultural diversity. In one medium sized company you can work shoulder to shoulder with people from every major world ethnic group and every major world religion (including no religion). They work together, peacefully, to make better lives for themselves and their children. Look around the rest of the world. This place is unique and special. I see lots of other places around the world where folks insist on segregating themselves by ethnicity and/or religion. They must hate my home, Silicon Valley. Peace.

Hate to break it to you, but this happens in most of the United States. In my experience, a lot of the people in California just think they are special.

I used to live in California. They may not discriminate on ethnicity or religion, but go visit the Bay Area with an NRA teeshirt and a rifle to hunt some deer and see how nice everyone is to you.

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294425)

Silicon Valley is special to me because of its cultural diversity.

They may not discriminate on ethnicity or religion, but go visit the Bay Area with an NRA teeshirt and a rifle to hunt some deer and see how nice everyone is to you.

Well, for one thing, a lot of the Bay Area has been designated by the liberals as parkland or suburbia, where it’s illegal to hunt deer for recreation.

But California is incredibly diverse. The liberals and immigrants cluster in big cities, while the towns are often more homogenous. If you want to be welcome with the NRA, you can find a place in California.

For myself, I may disagree with Bay Area politics, but I now find it unnerving to leave San Francisco and go to some place like Redding, where people don’t look much like me and stare a lot.

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (-1, Flamebait)

mgblst (80109) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294477)

Probably directly proportional to how nice you are to animals. In some places, they don't like it when you shoot animals for fun.

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (4, Insightful)

cyn1c77 (928549) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294705)

Probably directly proportional to how nice you are to animals. In some places, they don't like it when you shoot animals for fun.

Thank you for proving my point.

I actually don't hunt myself, but I am of the opinion that animals need to die for humans to live and I would have no problem killing something that I needed to eat. If someone actually wants to go through with all the BS it takes to hunt nowdays (hunting permit/draw, gun permit, learning to shoot reliably under pressure, finding the animal, skinning the animal and packing it out), more power to them. It's a little piece of history that most of us don't appreciate about when we are in a hurry to buy our chicken and cow meat in the supermarket, on the way home to watch Survivor or get on the internet.

People were meant to kill animals and plants to eat them and use them as resources to live. Much in the same way that animals kill each other for life to continue. The key is to do it responsibly, like the other animals do.

Sometimes, humans even need to die for other humans to live.

Welcome to the real world, it's a messy place.

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294483)

"visit the Bay Area ... to hunt some deer".

Man, I wouldn't be nice to a retard who thought he'd get a shot at a deer around San Francisco.

Depends where you go... (1)

bashibazouk (582054) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294515)

There are places in the bay area that would be entirely unfazed by your rifle and NRA tee-shirt but you have to seek them out. But, considering the fact housing is dense enough that to safely and legally hunt deer you would have to drive 2 to 3 hours away, it's not too surprising you got the response you did. Drive that 2 or 3 hours and you will get the reception you want without looking for it. California is a big and diverse state. Generalizations about it usually usually indicate a lack of experience with it.

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (1)

crossmr (957846) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294251)

it happens with any company that is multinational, regardless of location. Its difficult to do any serious business in some countries unless you speak the language. The company I worked at in Canada was at least 50% visible minorities including: chinese, japanese, thai, african, native-canadian (or whatever the term du jour is), south american (I think mostly brazil), mexican, middle-eastern, indian, pakistani, etc our parent company was from spain so at least 40% of the office spoke spanish. The sales and customer training departments were from all over the globe. We're all special snowflakes

Re:Silicon Valley = Cultural Diversity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294421)

move some poor people there and see how it holds up

Zhongguancun is not a city (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293293)

It's a part of Haidian district in Beijing. As an expat living there, my friends and I used to take day trips ($6 for a 45-minute cab ride) down there to buy cheap computer parts at enormous (and always packed) indoor markets.

Dublin (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293307)

Anyone spot the the city missing from the list? Dublin?!

Re:Dublin (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293599)

Anyone spot the the city missing from the list? Dublin?!

Not any more. Ireland is no longer the Celtic Tiger [wikipedia.org] :

Historian Richard Aldous considers that the Celtic Tiger has now gone the way of the dodo. In early 2008 all the talk was of soft landings and money-making resilience. By January 2009, the only question was whether the country can avoid a depression.

...

In January 2009 UCD economist Morgan Kelly predicted that house prices would fall by 80 per cent from peak to trough in real terms

...

By 2009-01-30, Ireland's government debt had become the riskiest in the euro zone, surpassing Greece's sovereign bonds, according to credit-default swap prices.

In February 2009, Taoiseach Brian Cowen said that Ireland's economy appeared on course to contract by 6.5 percent in 2009.

That's a disaster, and much of it is related to high-tech jobs leaving Ireland for elsewhere.

Re:Dublin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293763)

That's a disaster, and much of it is related to high-tech jobs leaving Ireland for elsewhere.

It's not the high tech jobs that are leaving, it's the (remaining) low skilled manufacturing and tech support jobs that are and also the sudden halt in overpriced construction.

Re:Dublin (1)

twostix (1277166) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294203)

"That's a disaster, and much of it is related to high-tech jobs leaving Ireland for elsewhere."

And for Ireland whoring itself out like a 40 year old thai prostitute to every multinational on the planet. A lesson to be learned for those that rant and rave on about how countries should capitulate to the threat of corporations moving offshore if their every whim and fancy isn't catered to in their home country. Ireland catered to every whim and fancy and then some. What happened? Some moved their charters to Ireland abused the lax corporate laws and the *moment* the going got tough, they cut and ran. Where? Back to the protection of their home countries and the laws that they left that prevent them behaving as they did in Ireland. Unfortunately leaving Ireland as a shell of her former self - 30 years of real albeit slow progress undone in 10 years by greed with a side dish of a severe dose of reality for the Irish.

Whoring yourself out with low standards (lax corporate laws and effectively no corporate tax) only attracts the bottom feeders, they don't love you, don't give a shit about your country and the citizens *will* pay for the lax laws and regulation sooner or later.

Romania teeming with malware kingpins (1)

lennier (44736) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293317)

"I do not hack....... Wine."

Network infrastructure of choice: 10base5 Thicknet.

Sorry.

Not just Fort Meade - all of the DC area (4, Informative)

Reality Master 201 (578873) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293325)

All of the VA/MD area around Washington is a big center for computers/IT. NIST is in Gaithersburg, MD and DARPA in Virginia Square, VA, as well as several universities (e.g., UMD, JHU) that are doing interesting research in human language technology - a big area of interest for the military and intelligence communities. Lots of major corporations have facilities in the area, too - IBM, SRI, and BBN to name a few.

Re:Not just Fort Meade - all of the DC area (2, Informative)

simonv (1021495) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293963)

Not to mention the Dulles Technology Corridor [wikipedia.org] .

Ft Meade tech pool? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293387)

Ft Meade, seriously? I mean, NSA and all, but come on. I think whoever wrote the summary has never been to Ft Meade. I don't think DISA relocating there quite qualifies it as a "tech pool". If you were to say the DC Metro area, then yes, I would agree with that, particularly with all the defense contracting/DOD/IC elements in the area.

Re:Ft Meade tech pool? (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294547)

After discounting Seattle because it is "only Microsoft", Fort Meade did seem a bit of a ridiculous choice.

Summing up the .com boom/bust nicely (3, Insightful)

JoeMerchant (803320) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293405)

Silicon Valley:

it is the kind of place that inspires people with money to take a punt at a seemingly dumb idea.

Remember that: inspire people with money.

Parent's basement (3, Funny)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293435)

I don't think we can overlook the fact that tech pools in parent's basements all around the world. Spooky!

Re:Parent's basement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293857)

You too eh? Someone should make a Wikipedia article on famous software created in parents' basements.

Top Places ... (5, Informative)

TheGreatDonkey (779189) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293489)

The list:

10. Boston
9. Romania
8. Fort Meade, Maryland
7. Finland
6. Zhongguancun, China
5. San Fransisco
4. Japan
3. Bangalore
2. Taiwan
1. Silicon Valley

Re:Top Places ... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293675)

I find it quite silly to compare countries to cities, or a valley in one case. A few points:

* There are many places in Finland with no tech, because there's no anything.

* Boston itself is tiny and Cambridge certainly outclasses it for tech. This should really be the region bounded by I-495.

* Japan, Taiwan and Romania are quite large compared to those other places.

Re:Top Places ... (5, Insightful)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293783)

It's funny how it breaks down the Bay Area into San Francisco and Silicon Valley while on the other hand it puts entire Japan (population 130 mil) as one entry.

Re:Top Places ... (3, Informative)

Snowblindeye (1085701) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294147)

It's funny how it breaks down the Bay Area into San Francisco and Silicon Valley while on the other hand it puts entire Japan (population 130 mil) as one entry.

Yeah, weird how they didn't even explain that in the article. Oh wait... they did!

The whole San Francisco entry basically talks about why they made it a separate entry from Silicon Valley, and how its different.

From the article:

When we were coming up with this list I joked that San Francisco should be considered a separate region from Silicon Valley if only because companies from the valley actually turn a profit at some point. The differences between the two areas, however, are distinct and have become more apparent in recent years.

On the surface, it seems like San Francisco is sort of the mouthpiece for Silicon Valley; a place where the reporters and PR staff are kept so that they don't bother the engineers down in Palo Alto and Cupertino.

In reality, San Francisco has a technology sector all its own, one which blossomed with the rise of the "Web 2.0" era. Because an internet-based service doesn't require a large lab or factory space, startups were able to move from garages to small offices and apartments.

Today, companies such as Salesforce.com and Craigslist maintain their headquarters in San Francisco, while web sites such as Twitter have taken up residence in the trendy South of Market neighbourhood and made the former warehouse district the new hot place to find a start-up.

[...]

Silicon Valley is where you go to start up a business that needs lots of space to grow. San Francisco is where you come if you're a small services startup with low headcount that wants somewhere with good coffee and the best sushi this side of the Pacific.

Shaun and I may have had a giggle about the loss-making side of the business but the fact remains that online is king here.

[...]

The city is the heart of IT innovation, even if Silicon Valley is the soul.

Re:Top Places ... (1)

Miseph (979059) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293983)

"Boston itself is tiny and Cambridge certainly outclasses it for tech. This should really be the region bounded by I-495."

In popular usage, the region you describe is called "Boston". Cambridge may technically be a separate city, but most people think of it more as a large and culturally important neighborhood, and no small number are completely oblivious to the fact that it is different from Boston proper at all.

Re:Top Places ... (3, Informative)

amerinese (685318) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294051)

You're absolutely right. In Taiwan, you see the same clustering effects with most of the semiconductor fabs (TSMC, UMC), chip designers, flat panel manufacturers, electronics designers all clustered around Hsinchu and the Hsinchu Science Park [wikipedia.org] . Taiwan's "Silicon Valley" or technology hub is Hsinchu.

In Taipei, about one hour north, there are a growing number of software firms.

In Tainan, in southern Taiwan, there also is a cluster of flat panel and solar green energy firms.

Note though, that compared to many other parts of the world, Taiwan is a fairly small place. On top of that, the high speed rail [wikipedia.org] shrinks the distance between all the major cities so that the whole island in some way could legitimately be considered one large cluster. There certainly has been a spreading out of firms from Hsinchu to Taoyuan (30 minutes north) and Taipei (1 hour north), besides the clusters in central and southern Taiwan.

(Off topic, there are also a bunch of clusters for precision tools, bicycles, and many other industries! But I suppose none of those could possibly be conducted over internet)

Re:Top Places ... (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294227)

Japan is in a class by its own. Silicon Valley including San Francisco has a GDP comparable to the other countries though and it's all much more focused on high tech enterprise.

Re:Top Places ... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294057)

Yeah, this is hardly a definite list, it was just an off the top from two guys. In the tradition of "two points makes a trend line", we have Finland, b/c they are the (original) home of Linus Torvalds and also Nokia. What about Israel, Cambridge (UK), South Korea, Austin TX, New York City etc.

Enjoy, but take it with a barrel of salt.

No. 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293507)

My basement. There's no bigger pool anywhere.

Chile (2, Informative)

cenc (1310167) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293539)

I run a relocation biz in Chile. Chile is one of the most wired countries in South America.

Quality of life trumps connection in my experience.

I have a large pool of clients that are serious IT people that left the rest of the crazy world. They simple would prefer an o.k. connection, and a safe stable quiet place to work and for their families to live.

There is very little going on inside Chile as far as the IT industry is concerned, but it is a nice place to work compared to the rest of the World. They are progressively moving in bigger numbers for the lifestyle, not the connection.

Re:Chile (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294691)

And don't forget Argentina and Uruguay...

(Don't mean to troll southamericans)

Geeks live where they want to live (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27293581)

Richard Florida (an economics prof.) wondered why his home town didn't keep the geeks that graduated from his school. They would graduate and then move elsewhere. Hi-tech companies couldn't get employees in spite of the fact that they graduated within five miles of the company.

What Florida discovered was that geeks want to live in certain places and not others. He wrote lots of papers and finally produced a popular book, 'The Rise of the Creative Class'.

He pointed out how Silicon Valley was able to flourish in spite of the fact that Boston was established in the hi-tech game. In Boston, employers can block employees from taking their knowledge to competing companies. In California, they can't.

Lots of things determine whether geeks will gather in a particular place. The place I would look for the next hi-tech paradise is southern Ontario. It has all the characteristics Florida found that attract geeks and hi-tech companies.

Re:Geeks live where they want to live (1)

mevets (322601) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294119)

| The place I would look for the next hi-tech paradise is southern Ontario. It has all the characteristics Florida found that attract geeks and hi-tech companies.
I doubt Hooters and old people driving with their signal lights on will do it.

Yep, the internet did the opposite (5, Interesting)

heroine (1220) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293597)

The internet concentrated the jobs instead of spreading them out. Now if you're not geographically in Silicon Valley, your job can be done in Taiwan, so all the job seekers come to Silicon Valley. In the old days, you could have gotten a job in Nebraska. Not anymore. No-one even knows what Nebraska is anymore.

Re:Yep, the internet did the opposite (4, Funny)

Reality Master 201 (578873) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293817)

No-one even knows what Nebraska is anymore.

I think that'd make a fascinating poll; I wonder how many US citizens actually couldn't tell you what what Nebraska is.

Re:Yep, the internet did the opposite (1)

Gibbs-Duhem (1058152) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293933)

As a datapoint, my roomate and I (both MIT grads, for all that says about our geography skills?) were at a restaurant before the election and for shits tried to name every US state (which we both could in high school).

Nebraska was the only one we couldn't remember.

Nebraska = frosty piss (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294249)

Given that "braska" is Swedish for frost, I'd hazard a guess that "Nebraska" is Swedish for "frosty piss". Consequently "Nebraska" is the phrase a Swedish slashdotter uses upon achieving first post. Am I right?

Re:Yep, the internet did the opposite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294417)

Isn't it a type of sauce?

Re:Yep, the internet did the opposite (1)

godrik (1287354) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293869)

Everybody knows Nebraska was a software company that used to be located in Silicon Valley...

Re:Yep, the internet did the opposite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294539)

The internet concentrated the jobs instead of spreading them out. Now if you're not geographically in Silicon Valley, your job can be done in Taiwan, so all the job seekers come to Silicon Valley. In the old days, you could have gotten a job in Nebraska. Not anymore. No-one even knows what Nebraska is anymore.

Who is Nebraska?

What's really behind Finlands IT success (1)

barwasp (1116567) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293617)

Far more, I think, is down to the character of the Finns. After being robbed, raped and pillaged by almost every country in Europe the Finns are very independent.

That isn't even wrong. But if the writer prefers to reason Finland's IT success with certain mental characteristics ... well writer would do it better by trying to explain it with "boneheadism" and I am joking less than you think.

Mixed categories (1)

dominique_cimafranca (978645) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293633)

The list seems to mix up categories. Some listed are cities or states, but some are entire countries. Where in Finland, Japan, Taiwan, or Romania, exactly?

there's something terribly oxymoronic (3, Funny)

toby (759) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293671)

...in putting "Microsoft headquarters" and "centres of excellence" in the same paragraph.

Missing at least two (2, Insightful)

d3matt (864260) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293739)

They're for sure missing the "telecom corridor" in the DFW area (hello, TI, inventor of the silicon transistor!) and "research triangle" in North Carolina.

Re:Missing at least two (1)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294277)

Not only did they miss a few, but the simple part of this is that those tech companies really don't go in big for telecommuting/teleworking. The one group of companies that would most be able to use it... oops!

Missing the Silicon Praire, aka Chicago (1)

stox (131684) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293791)

We may be stealthy, but an enormous amount of tech comes out of the Chicago area.

Geeks and Gays (5, Interesting)

swm (171547) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293901)

Lots of places would like to be a high-tech hub.
High tech is prestigious, brings high-paying jobs, has good health and safety and low (local) environmental impact.
Lots of places build out infrastructure (roads, office parks, networks, schools, housing) hoping to become a high-tech hub.

Some of these places succeed, some fail.

It turns out (can't recall the source, sorry) that one of the best predictors of where you will actually get a high-tech hub is the size of the local homosexual community.

Why?

Geeks and gays are both seeking the same kind of social tolerance.

Re:Geeks and Gays (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294033)

Like in Singapore? Which libtard are you quoting, Friedman or Florida?

It's from a book (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294285)

"The Rise of the Creative Class"

Re:Geeks and Gays (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294407)

I wish you were right, but see Miami Inland is not a big gay paradise, Miami Beach is.
However, even with the big gay population in Miami Beach, there are no good IT jobs in Miami area, besides some technical support, call centers and business office support.
I mean Miami is perfect. The weather is great (besides hurricanes...), and South Miami is the only area I know where anyone can get laid anytime.
Like, you just have to go to any of the reggaeton/salsa clubs and you will find plenty of hispanic girls willing to have sex with you just because they are horny. You don't need to say anything, look good, be rich, or anything, they just want to have sex with you, that's all.
And I mean pretty hispanic girls, not ugly sex-craving bitches. Those girls could be on any porn site, but they are available for free-sex if you go to any of those clubs.
So, I vote for Miami as the next big IT hub in the US. If we have plenty of geeks coming to Miami, we can even fix the issue of eternal virginity that haunts us geeks since the beginning of times.
I mean I was a virgin when I got here, and even me, I am able to keep a constantly updated phonebook with phones of hot hispanic girls, like the jocks used to have at HS. And those are phones of real 3D girls, willing to have real 3D sex with me!
So, I can't find a better place for a geek virgin to become a man than here in Miami, Florida!

Re:Geeks and Gays (2, Interesting)

quarterbuck (1268694) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294479)

Weather may be a better predictor.
There is an interesting story about how Bangalore came to be the hub for India. In the 80's Texas Instruments wanted to set up shop in India. They visited Mumbai, Delhi etc. and stopped over in Bangalore. They liked the weather. So they sent another team headed by an Engineer called something Dickinson. He was walking around Bangalore and spotted a street called Dickinson street. He loved that and decided to set up a TI office on that street. Before that Bangalore was a retirement destination but now started attracting Engineers due to TI.
Meanwhile in Pune(another city in India), Infosys was building its IT center and they heard that all the Engineers were going to Bangalore. The head of Infosys was from Bangalore so he did not need much convincing to move his headquarters there.
And thus India's Silicon Valley was born.

Re:Geeks and Gays (2, Funny)

Thaelon (250687) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294633)

And less competition for women.

What no RTP? (4, Informative)

MadMorf (118601) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293917)

So, I guess Cisco, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Bayer, Sony Ericson, NIH, EPA, NetApp, EMC, Red Hat and others don't count? And don't forget, as I've mentioned before, the Sanrio store...

Re:What no RTP? (1)

PrescriptionWarning (932687) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294313)

shhh don't tell em about RTP, lest we see traffic congestion rise to california levels!

Diff between pools, use, and innovation (1)

jgruber (1507893) | more than 5 years ago | (#27293919)

I can agree with many of the points made, but I need to point out a few others. I think the article focused too tightly on software and tech for tech sake. 1) Saying Microsoft is so overwhelming as to nullify the other technology players in Seattle is not correct. There is plenty of tech in Seattle that has nothing to with Microsoft PC based OSes or products (hello... aerospace anyone?) PC based software systems don't equal technology. 2) IT product companies can be notoriously cheap on spending. Business centers in turn can become places where actual use of the technology drives product requirements and innovation. That puts some very bright people making good money in New York, Tokoyo (not the whole of Japan), London, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, etc.. There are some tech folks in the business sector I would stack up against the best vendor engineers or university types out there. Notice most of the world's telecom isn't found in the cities on the list. It's more towards business. Wall Street and Main Street spends money.... Not just the list above. 3) While innovation is increasingly becoming much more a corporate thing (vs government and state education institutions), you have to give props to tech towns built around universities like Austin. You still go to specific universities if you want to research specific areas of science. I'm sure the diversity arguments still play here too. I thought Austin was a pretty big miss.

It isnt about ability (1)

moniker127 (1290002) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294073)

We could have teleporters and people would still want to live in the vicinity of other like minded people. It is just human nature. Probably the reason we've survived this chaotic evolutionary process.

Why California gets it (5, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294177)

One of the big reasons high-tech has been so successful in California is the provision in the California Labor Code that prohibits employers from owning what you do on your own time. No employment contract in California can override that. So you can do a startup while still employed.

Employers hate this, but it's one of the big reasons for Silicon Valley's success. It also boosts innovation in aerospace and Hollywood, both major California industries.

Re:Why California gets it (1)

stox (131684) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294281)

Illinois has a similar law.

Re:Why California gets it (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27294357)

Silicon Valley's success is mainly due to Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory. Virtually every other semiconductor company(TI is a notable exception) is a direct descendant or started by a former employee of a descendant.

Ahhh, the way of the world (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294199)

You can't expect a local police chief to enforce the law when he's being paid fifty times his government salary to look the other way.

San Fernando Valley (1)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294239)

You know, the porn capital. Will spare you the obvious verbiage.

Silicon Valley has cheap real estate? (5, Insightful)

RR (64484) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294317)

Others note the relatively cheap real estate

Silicon Valley and “cheap real estate”? Compared to what? The moon? San Francisco?

Copy Editor (1)

MaceyHW (832021) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294339)

It's pretty hard to take this article seriously considering the number of glaring copy errors. If the authors couldn't be bothered to reread what they wrote, how much time did they put into researching and considering the list itself?

corrections to article (2, Interesting)

societyofrobots (1396043) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294457)

"Japan leads the world in robotics"
Hardly true. They lead the world in bipedal robots, but that's it!

I would actually argue that Pittsburgh leads the world in robotics. Which brings to mind, considering the huge influence that Pittsburgh has on IT, why isn't it listed?

Re:corrections to article (1)

samkass (174571) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294663)

I was thinking the same thing. Robotics, medicine, IT, and manufacturing technologies especially. They definitely have a solid tech sector and as a percentage of the local industry it's pretty high. But as a percentage of the population it's not, and walking down the street you're more likely to meet a retired couple or a blue-collar worker than a geek in most of the neighborhoods. And if you work there you'd better not piss anyone off because all the geeks in Pittsburgh are between 1 and 2 degrees of separation from each other.

I think it a flock mentality (2, Insightful)

Chitlenz (184283) | more than 5 years ago | (#27294463)

It's like the old joke, "if you live in the desert, go where the water is". I think we as technology professionals should watch with interest the turmoil on Wall Street, another industry that saw people pooling together in set places. While I think that having Silicon Valleys IS a very important and critical starting place, I KNOW from firsthand experience that content creation happens all over for the people who do it. I code from maybe midnight to 7AM every day, like clockwork. I work this way because I like the quiet of working at night. I work alone more often than not, and I like that free design process. I USED to work in a cube in a technology center while I was learning to code, but I think that the future is in people getting out of the 'me too' Valley mentality, and into the self aware entrepenurial mentality. For me this is what it takes, but part of the process was moving to the mountains to avoid all the city life distractions.

Personally, I don't see how anything gets done in office buildings period. They're all so grey and structured. I think imagination is a prerequisite for invention, and that we stack the cards against ourselves by focusing on one or 2 holy grail areas for technology.

Remember, garages are everywhere (at least in America), and I think that this pooling effect is not only not necessarily a good thing, but it might be why computing breakthroughs are slowing down (despite the hype). The last real cycle of innovation ended in the late 90s, and I would say that I don't see much of it now either.

--chitlenz

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