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Comment: Re:I need a reminder (Score 1) 193

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49540067) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

Ah, here's an opinion piece - also from Bloomberg:

Is Yahoo’s Business Worth Less Than Nothing?

However I shouldn't have been so cavalier about all this, since Yahoo's potential failure affects a lot of real people with real families and obligations. If you're one of them, I apologize.

Comment: Re:I need a reminder (Score 1) 193

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49540037) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

Since you don't seem to understand the concept of net worth, here's some light reading about Yahoo for you:

How much is Yahoo worth without Alibaba? Not much.

Now according to that particular story, Alibaba only makes up 88% of Yahoo's total value. But others have calculated it differently, with their share of Alibaba being worth even more. Google can help you find those.

Comment: Re:more names (Score 1) 193

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49531719) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

To be fair, Yahoo was rudderless and in a nosedive before Marissa Mayer arrived. But she got a huge amount of press when she took the job - almost certainly because she is a young-ish attractive female in the tech sector - and she has failed to do anything that significantly improves Yahoo's fortunes.

Comment: Re:I need a reminder (Score 3, Informative) 193

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49531677) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

Serious question: what does Yahoo! do that earns them money? I honestly can't name anything off the top of my head.

They own some percentage of Alibaba. It's seriously something like 110% of their net worth - people have said that, without it, Yahoo! is actually worth less than $0.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 2) 649

by 93 Escort Wagon (#49515053) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Older cars have more trouble than newer ones. There are exemptions for cars old enough to be classics, but it is effective at weeding out those in the 15-20 year old range.

My 1993 Ford Escort Wagon (yes, I still own it) has absolutely no trouble passing State of Washington emissions laws. It's not even close to the limits.

My vehicle currently gets roughly 35 mpg highway and 30 mpg city. I know it's simplistic to use gas mileage as a proxy for gasoline conversion efficiency, but - it is not obvious to me that there's been significant improvement in gas engines over the past 20 or 30 years. I don't see a lot of similarly-sized new cars that do better than - or even as good as - my old beater.

Comment: Re:Why it did not go further (Score 2) 134

I have known very few people who really care about my choice of phone. But, then, I've never thought about starting the discussion with a drunk person.

Now I do see it here on Slashdot all the time; but in the real world, not so much. On the rare occasion it comes up, we usually end up talking about some feature on each other's phone that we like.

Comment: Re:Makers or Service providers? (Score 1) 350

I can only assume that T-mobile demanded that the FM radio be disabled, in order to get people to use up all their data listening to streaming music.

I'm not sure about the timeline with regard to the phone you mention; but T-Mobile no longer counts the traffic from most streaming music services against your data plan.

Comment: Re:Also on /. today, "Norway switching off FM" (Score 1) 350

So I would say, no, if FM is nearing end of life in general.

Which is why the National Association of Broadcasters is the entity mentioned in the summary. This isn't about emergency preparedness - this is an attempt to breathe a little more life into their dying business model.

Incidentally, as I understand it the FM receiver built into these phones is pretty useless since it's not really attached to any type of supporting circuitry.

Comment: Re:Thank god (Score 3, Insightful) 229

That's silly. People don't hate Google+. They do, however, find it irrelevant - and got really annoyed at Google's repeated attempts to force-feed it to all of their users.

Now that Google has finally (mostly) stopped doing that, everyone's back to simply finding Google+ irrelevant.

Unix is the worst operating system; except for all others. -- Berry Kercheval