a journal of a researcher

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Spam in blog

Recently my blog has many spam comments. I assume these comments are added by software agent. Now I set my comment edit level to registered user only.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Academic Authorship

Some people want to be sharks, not only scholars. They think their names should be on the author list, if their students work on a project, though themselves do not; or if their resources are used in research, though themselves have no contribution. They care so much what they can get from what they own, the students, the lab, the fame, the power, more than the excellence of research. By playing this kind of career game, they win more funding, slave more students, exploit other researcher’s work and build their own empire.

There are many implicit rules to enhance this game. A professorship is not only a position to do research, but also a resource to exploit the other’s work by acquiring the authorship.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Exit Microsoft

Once the dream workplace of tech’s highest achievers, Microsoft suffers key defections to Google and elsewhere. The recent BusinessWeek has two articles about Microsoft’s losing key talents. One case brought to court is the one about Kai-Fu Lee who left Microsoft to Google. I met Kai-Fu Lee in a recruitment meeting for Microsoft’s research lab in Beijing in 1999. It was one of my choices after my graduation. He was from Taiwan, very gentle speaking like a typical Chinese intellectual, and very precise as a smart scientist. He is not only a smart and well established researcher to lead a research lab, but also an efficient manager with global vision. This case shows how important a key talent to a company even like Microsoft. In court, Lee called Microsoft “incompetent”. His comment for google is “the culture is very supportive, collaborative, innovative and Internet-like – and that’s bottoms-up innovation rather than top-down direction.” Another article is about a blogger in MS who blogs his complains about MS. He said MS is a “passionless, process-ridden, lumbering idiot”. Hahaa, even Microsoft is called an idiot, I should be more relax on my own organization.