Virtue Signaling Rubber Hits the Reality Road

The WSJ reports that Microsoft had to do some unexpected carbon emitting:

Hours after Microsoft Corp. pledged to eliminate its carbon emissions within a decade earlier this month, the company was forced to fire up fossil fuel generators to power its corporate campus in Fargo, N.D.

The print edition’s headline was “Climate Goals Meet Hard Reality.” Quote from Microsoft’s Chief Virtue Signaler & Flak Catcher:

No one should have their head in the sand about the difficulty of the energy transformation for the global economy.

It’s fun to watch ’em squirm.

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Author: drlorentz

photon whisperer & quantum mechanic

10 thoughts on “Virtue Signaling Rubber Hits the Reality Road”

  1. It’s Microsoft.  The playbook, established since the 1990s, is as follows.

    1. Make some extravagant claim (“secure platform”, “HoloLens”).  Media salivate, developers jump on board.
    2. Delay delivery, leaving developers who committed to it twisting in the wind.
    3. Deliver something completely inadequate, without retracting initial fraudulent claims.
    4. Media cover disastrous reception among early adopters and developers.
    5. Microsoft acknowledges “teething problems” with new product.  (As if it didn’t bite those who bought into it sufficiently hard.)
    6. Long-delayed update release shipped.  No problems resolved, new problems introduced.
    7. Product cancelled.  Developers who bet their companies on it lose everything.
    8. New product announced.  Media salivate.

    Next, we’ll probably hear of a new version of the Microsoft mouse which will generate energy from the futile clicks of customers on ironic Microsoft “help files” and transmit it to headquarters to offset the carbon emissions from burning manuals of discontinued products.

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  2. John Walker:
    Next, we’ll probably hear of a new version of the Microsoft mouse which will generate energy from the futile clicks of customers on ironic Microsoft “help files” and transmit it to headquarters to offset the carbon emissions from burning manuals of discontinued products.

    That cracked me up.

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  3. I’m over it. My MSFT stock went up $44 bucks a share in the last six months. I guess that company must be in complete disarray…

    Do any of you pay attention to the market? Investors don’t support nonprofitable companies.

    BTW, the U.S. govt has managed to damage one of America’s greatest companies- Facebook – with irrelevant accusations and the stock dropped $8 a share today after profit reports came out this morning. Expense structures are up due to govt intervention but at least I saw this coming and planned appropriately. I was only surprised to see that Mark Z still came up with some pretty impressive margins.

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  4. drlorentz:

    EThompson:
    Do any of you pay attention to the market? Investors don’t support nonprofitable companies.

    Then Facebook’s decline should tell you something.

    Read the last sentence of comment#3. Margins were still quite impressive but we’ve all gotten a bit spoiled and now, thanks to the never ending pursuit by Uncle Sam to bring down the successful, people were disappointed today. I’m still in; Mark Z is smarter than any of those fools in D.C.

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  5. EThompson:

    drlorentz:

    EThompson:
    Do any of you pay attention to the market? Investors don’t support nonprofitable companies.

    Then Facebook’s decline should tell you something.

    Read the last sentence of comment#3. Margins were still quite impressive but we’ve all gotten a bit spoiled and now, thanks to the never ending pursuit by Uncle Sam to bring down the successful, people were disappointed today. I’m still in; Mark Z is smarter than any of those fools in D.C.

    Read your own darned sentence. Investors are telling you something when the price declines. I don’t care how smart you think Zuck is and neither does the market.

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  6. EThompson:
    Do any of you pay attention to the market? Investors don’t support nonprofitable companies.

    TSLA.

    Tesla [PDF] total revenues FY 2019: 21,878 million, earnings −69 million, market cap 117.26 billion

    Ford [PDF] total revenues FY 2018: 160,000 million, earnings 3,700 million, market cap 34.97 billion

    Greater fool theory venn diagram

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  7. drlorentz:

    EThompson:

    drlorentz:

    EThompson:
    Do any of you pay attention to the market? Investors don’t support nonprofitable companies.

    Then Facebook’s decline should tell you something.

    Read the last sentence of comment#3. Margins were still quite impressive but we’ve all gotten a bit spoiled and now, thanks to the never ending pursuit by Uncle Sam to bring down the successful, people were disappointed today. I’m still in; Mark Z is smarter than any of those fools in D.C.

    Read your own darned sentence. Investors are telling you something when the price declines. I don’t care how smart you think Zuck is and neither does the market.

    The market will settle down. It panics with change.

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  8. As an investor, I strongly prefer companies that are making money to companies that are making promises.

    I also strongly prefer to invest in companies that are not supporting the Enemy.

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  9. MJBubba:
    As an investor, I strongly prefer companies that are making money to companies that are making promises.

    I also strongly prefer to invest in companies that are not supporting the Enemy.

    I know you do MJB and I respect your choices. I simply have no problem earning money from investing in companies that aren’t ‘squeaky’ clean according to D.C. values. (What an oxymoron that is for sure.)  🙂

    Stay competitive by beating them at their own game; the best defense is actually a good offense.

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