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Comment: Re:How about cutting severance packages first? (Score 5, Informative) 288

by BeanBagKing (#47080681) Attached to: HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs
Since this was marked informative (thank you) I thought it would be fun to dig up the actual figures. It isn't quite as bad as I seem to remember, but I still think it's indicative of a company that pays far too much to CEO's that are either temporary, or fail to perform. Feel free to correct me where I've made a mistake, this isn't the type of thing I want to spend all night on, but perhaps someone would have fun finding their actual yearly salaries and bonuses.

CEO Carly Fiorina served from 1999 to 2005, since then it looks like HP has had 5 CEO's including the current one

Carly Fiorina - July 1999 to Feb 2005 - $20m severance
Robert Wayman - Feb 2005 to Mar 2005 - $3m cash bonus - Interim CEO
Mark Hurd - April 2005 to Aug 2010 - $12.2m severance
Cathie Lesjack - Aug 2010 to Sep 2010 - $1m cash bonus, 2.5m stock grants - Interim CEO
Leo Apotheker - Sep 2010 to Sep 2011 - $7.2m severance
Meg Whitman - Sep 2011 to Present


So I was exaggerating a bit, but lets look at this from a worst case scenario.

From 2005 to 2011 (6 years) HP had 6 CEO's, that's an average of a CEO a year (not really, because we're taking the end of one's career and the beginning of another, but like I said, worst case). Not including their regular "pay", they took home a total of $45.9m in severance pay, an average of $9.18m per CEO not including Meg, who has yet to receive a severance package (we're waiting..). Basically, that's 9.2m for each for being fired. Here's the crazy part. The Interim CEO's, who by all accounts did a fine job (looking mostly at Robert Wayman), got paid less than those who were "let go" (namely Mark Hurd and Leo Apotheker)

So things aren't quite as bad with the CEO's as I seem to have remembered, but I still feel like that's fairly abismal performance for a company that has been falling off a cliff since... well, since I can remember. Granted I'm young compared to some of you, but I can remember the days before Carly Fiorina, and a time I wouldn't go near HP computers because of how terrible I thought they were, for a variety of reasons that's pointless to debate here.

Comment: What if complete understanding doesn't matter? (Score 1) 92

by BeanBagKing (#46846283) Attached to: Why Speed-Reading Apps Don't Work

The article is exactly right from my experience, and I'm not going to speed read a book I enjoy. However, there's a lot of times where you need to pick up an idea quickly or in it's general form where that comes in handy. Great example is classroom material. I'm not reading four or more 600+ page textbooks each semester, especially when I don't need 98% of the material.

What I do need most often is a general grasp of what is going on in a particular chapter, then I might go back, work out how to use formulas, go over a specific table or case study, etc.

Speed reading the entire thing leaves out almost all of the trees, but it allows me to get a quick view of the forest.

Comment: I really don't find this surprising (Score 4, Interesting) 86

by BeanBagKing (#45893811) Attached to: World's Oldest Decimal Multiplication Table Discovered
I mean, Babylonians were doing this (granted in a different base) some 1,500 to 2,000 years prior. That's a long time. If nobody, between then and 600(ish) BC thought of doing the same thing, I would lose hope in the creativity of humans. So this really doesn't surprise me, it's not like they were idiots back then.

Comment: You don't (Score 2) 408

by BeanBagKing (#45696025) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?
Simple as that, you don't, it's just not possible....

I'd start with Avast, maybe Malwarebytes. Install Chrome, put it on their desktop and change the icon to Internet Explorer. Use SpyBot to blacklist sites. Setup everything to auto-update and auto-scan so they don't have to be bothered with any of it.

Then come back in a month, Secunda PSI and Qualys Browser give you a good way to keep track of what needs to be updated. Update it all. Registry doesn't really need to be cleaned these days, unless it gets really bad, I've found it actually does help performance a bit, CCleaner does a good job of this. Make sure everything is up to date and clean. Now go to the Control Panel, uninstall all the toolbars, uninstall Mcafee, etc.

Repeat this process every month... You can make things better, but you can't secure it.

Comment: CommaFeed (Score 1) 166

by BeanBagKing (#43999149) Attached to: To replace Google Reader, I favor ...
https://www.commafeed.com/ Don't let the "registration" and "some features disabled" scare you away, that's just for the demo. Registration is free and it feels very much like a slimmed down Google Reader. I found this after I tried Feedly and really didn't agree with it. This one is much more true to Readers feel.

Comment: Pilot G-2 .38 (Score 1) 712

by BeanBagKing (#41843373) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen
I'm sure there are expensive specialty pens that will do what you want, but if you're just searching for an everyday pen that you can pick up from Walmart and lose in the parking lot the next day check out the Pilot G-2's. They come in fine (0.5) and extra fine (0.38), plus numerous colors (I like color coding things). I don't have any of the issues that you bring up, but I probably don't write the same way either.
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+ - EVE Online - mass player unsubbing due to store->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Basically most of the vets who play EVE Online are quitting en-mass. CCP, the publishers of EVE Online are pushing ahead with a micro transaction store ($70 for a monocle on your avatar) which will include in-game benefits. Massive nerd-rage. CCP is in damage control but leaks from within in the company indicate that they will move ahead with their plans."
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+ - Micro transactions spark mass riots on Eve Online-> 1

Submitted by Begossi
Begossi (652163) writes "Massive riots are taking place on several star systems in the persistent universe of Eve Online (http://www.eveonline.com/), with players of the famous sci-fi MMO protest the introduction of micro-transactions to the game. A leaked internal memo from the icelandic game publisher, CCP, indicates that micro-transactions for vanity items is only the beginning: the paper claims that competitive player-versus-player advantages (advanced ships, instant ammunition, etc) will eventually be achievable with real money. Riots are currently taking place in several trade hubs and capital systems, such as Jita and Amarr, where players are pilling up to force the servers to crash, simply shooting at several historic landmarks, and other symbolic gestures such as renaming ships as "No MT for EVE" in protest."
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