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Comment: Re:Apollo 11, or 13? (Score 1) 353

Who gives a flying fuck?! First time or not, the private sector has and does complicated software for a living. It in fact defines the industry. But somehow because the Federal Government is a clusterfuck, they deserve a pass with some grand prestigious comparison to Apollo 11 or 13? If that's the case, Google and the rest have already invented Warpdrive that can go to 8!

Comment: Re:Please describe exactly (Score 1) 353

Has a hugely higher deductible (we went from $2,500 a year to about $12,000 a year)

Ours was initially $3000 a year for the family plan, then it went to $3,000 per person!. After the birth of our son 20 months ago, we ended up paying $6,000 in fees. 3k for pregnant wife, 3k and fees for my son's birth. 6k grand was considered a nice down payment for a house / car back in mid to late 1990's. Oh, except it's free if you're a fucking Mexican that's about to drop an anchor baby. They pay ZERO; it's you and I the tax payer that pays for it all, and then much more later on.

Comment: Re:Not sure (Score 1) 106

by danheskett (#47957269) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

You bring up a great point about the rule of law. This is something that attracts investment, and it's something is close to undefinable. Not being governed in a logical way is business negative, but it's a gray line of when you go from a country ruled by law, and not.

The US has been sort of the gold-standard on this. Most large business disputes are handled in Federal court, which despite the reputation of the government, is well regarded as efficient in the international business world. It's the "rocket docket", meaning cases move. In some countries a business dispute could take 5+ years to get to trial, or resolution. In most Federal jurisdictions, with motions, filings, pre-trial conferences, it's between 12 and 24 months, with many on the lowside of that scale.

There is an untold economic benefit to this. Investors are unlikely to invest large capital outlayws without assurance that if something goes wrong they have an avenue of legitimate relief. Russia and China goes through spurts of foreign investment, but it comes and goes, largely because of this issue. When Putin starts jailing critical corporate executives and nationalizing large businesses it creates a tremendous amount of consternation within the investor class.

This IPO is interesting because it's a test case for how well China can provide a code of laws assurance to the worldwide investor. So far, so good. But the Chineese system has a similar habit of disenfranchising shareholders, and in this case, it could happen in the blink of an eye.

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I was on my way to work today and saw a State Trooper's car on the side of the road. I knew it was a State Trooper not because of the distinctive two-tone blue that cruisers have (this one was black), but because it had several antennas and a radar gun on the driver's side.

Comment: PDP11 (Score 1) 278

by danheskett (#47942197) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

I had a PDP11 in my basement, all full working, with loads of equipment to go with it. I had a fun time learning about the genesis of the industry and learning about the internals and workings of the machine.

Then I had a housefire. The machine and all of its components were completely ruined. I had a good laugh explaining it to the insurance adjuster. I think I got decent money for it because it was an antique, but it was limited because I didn't declare it separately on my policy.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe

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