Why Is Yahoo Laying People Off? The Answer Is on an Engineer's Desk

After thousands of layoffs last year, Yahoo's gearing up to cut more staff. Here's an idea: Why not trim outrageous spending first? One Yahoo engineer has helpfully, if unwittingly, shown where to start.

Why Is Yahoo Laying People Off? The Answer Is on an Engineer's Desk

We've never quite figured out what Jeremy Johnstone does, besides critique other people's code, take bad pictures, and trade barbs with gossip blogs. Whatever his official job is, he apparently requires seven computer screens to do it. (In fact, Johnstone has so many screens that they couldn't fit in one photo.)

Memo to Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: You could save a few thousand bucks, easy, by redistributing five of these screens to Johnstone's colleagues instead of buying new ones.