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Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 533

by Erikderzweite (#47565023) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

AFAIK if you don't overdraft and pay on time, a credit card does cost you nothing while improving your credit score. To be fair, the score's rules sometimes seem illogical: if you take credit and returns it ahead of schedule, your credit score gets lower. That's because the banks get less money from you and they don't like it.

I have two credit cards, one is tied to a deposit the other one is a "true" credit card, both cost me nothing. Actually, I make some money when I use it. If I buy something with a "true" credit card, I have up to a month to actually transfer the money. For this time I still get interest. It's not much even if I buy something very expensive, but it's better than nothing. Besides, both cards have a cashback program: one gives 10 cents for each transaction, the other one 0,5% of the spent amount. It's not much either, but you can't expect much from cards that don't require any regular payments.

Granted, these "free" cards have horrible interest rates if you choose to take credit. Well, I'm just not doing this. I'm not buying anything I cannot easily repay.

P.S. This is Germany, US experience may vary.

Comment: Re:Not fungible (Score 1) 529

Well, the managers like to think of anyone but managers themselves fungible, but it does not make it so.

You would hire Indians for programming because that way you can save money in short term and collect bonuses. Long-term losses are less of a concern for top-level managers who care only about quarterly numbers (and golden parachutes when their strategy inevitably fails).

Comment: Re:How many employees does Slashdot need? (Score 4, Insightful) 272

by Erikderzweite (#47484363) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

>That's exactly backwards. In the US at least, you can lay off anyone without cause at any time in most states. However, a layoff of this size triggers the WARN act (originally written to soften the blow of closing The Factory in a factory town), requiring jumping through 17 flaming legal hoops to keep it all legal.

The legal department won't be downsized then.

OTOH, the US legal system never ceases to amaze me. And many people choose to think that the unions are evil instead.

Comment: Re:Not if you use the Virtuix Omni (Score 1) 154

Went here to see whether a comment about Virtuix Omni has made it into the top three, was not dissapointed.

I'm curious though, how they manage to integrate the controls into the game. If all you have is a joystick, that's one thing, but if you want to have a full cockpit controls, you probably need some sort of VR gloves (and some kind of Minority Report controls). I recall seeing such gloves on an Occulus Rift presentation, but forgot how the project was called.

Comment: Re:Wait for it... (Score 1) 752

by Erikderzweite (#47478797) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

The reference is the blog itself. The people that post there have been saying repeatedly that this blog is not Strelkov's blog. It is called "reports from Strelkov" because the official bulletins and reposts from Strelkov are being re-posted there. Such reports are marked with a dedicated banner which was not the case with this message. There are over 1300 posts in the blog, most are reports from locals who wish to stay anonymous but also hearsay and rumors as well. Which was ultimately the case with the plane. Basically, the locals have reported a plane crush and have sent photos. The blog's authors assumed that it was a military machine and got overly enthusiastic about it.

I've seen the reports about Buk missiles as well, I won't dismiss the version that the rebels did indeed shot the plane down. I'm just saying that the cited source is not Strelkov's blog because he has none.

Comment: Re:Wait for it... (Score 1) 752

by Erikderzweite (#47478735) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

That is a rebel sympathizer's group called "reports from Strelkov". However, only posts with a dedicated banner are his actual reports, mostly there are some reports from locals with a lot of rumors and hearsay. Igor Strelkov has been blocked for a while in a city of Slavyansk, he did not have time to post all these 1300+ posts.

This is what happened with the plane: some locals have reported the crash, the moderators of the group assumed that it was a Ukrainian military plane and made such a post. Not Strelkov himself.

The biggest mistake you can make is to believe that you are working for someone else.