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Comment: Re:Powergirl Expansion a Myth (Score 2) 228

by Maxo-Texas (#49733085) Attached to: Marvel's Female Superheroes Are Gradually Becoming More Super

I found the article you were referring to.

It was written after the principles were dead and after several of them had confirmed the story.

Sure- they may have been lying. But also, looking at the older issues, her breasts do not seem like the double G whoppers they became later.

They do complement Woody in the article on at least drawing her with realistic anatomy.

+ - Jason Scott of Wants Your AOL & Shovelware CDs-> 1

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eldavojohn writes: You've probably got a spindle in your close tor a drawer full of CD-ROM media mailed to you or delivered with some hardware that you put away "just in case" and now (ten years later) the case for actually using them is laughable. Well, a certain mentally ill individual named Jason Scott has a fever and the only cure is more AOL CDs. But his sickness doesn't stop there, "I also want all the CD-ROMs made by Walnut Creek CD-ROM. I want every shovelware disc that came out in the entire breadth of the CD-ROM era. I want every shareware floppy, while we’re talking. I want it all. The CD-ROM era is basically finite at this point. It’s over. The time when we’re going to use physical media as the primary transport for most data is done done done. Sure, there’s going to be distributions and use of CD-ROMs for some time to come, but the time when it all came that way and when it was in most cases the only method of distribution in the history books, now. And there were a specific amount of CD-ROMs made. There are directories and listings of many that were manufactured. I want to find those. I want to image them, and I want to put them up. I’m looking for stacks of CD-ROMs now. Stacks and stacks. AOL CDs and driver CDs and Shareware CDs and even hand-burned CDs of stuff you downloaded way back when. This is the time to strike." Who knows? His madness may end up being appreciated by younger generations!
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Comment: Re:You won't like this... Maybe... (Score 1) 228

by Maxo-Texas (#49730459) Attached to: Marvel's Female Superheroes Are Gradually Becoming More Super

Woman vs. man in a bare-knuckle, no-rules fight? It happened, and the story is a wild one

âoeI have total respect for him, for taking that fight,â Pereira said. âoe ⦠Iâ(TM)ve been asked if I was crazy to set up that fight. Thatâ(TM)s true. I was crazy. I was crazy to have her fight against one man only. To make it fair, she should have fought two men.â

I'm 6'5" and I'm sure Ediane Gomes could kick my ass six ways from sunday in a fist fight. It would be entirely credible.


The only reason that a female superhero wouldn't be credible is acting, direction, and writing.

Comment: And both genders are relentlessly de-aging (Score 5, Insightful) 228

by Maxo-Texas (#49730409) Attached to: Marvel's Female Superheroes Are Gradually Becoming More Super

When I was 13, I was reading stories about competent 30 year old war and super heroes. Reed Richards had a decade of experience.

Today, everyone seems to be 19 to 22 yet they are somehow completely experienced and more competent than anyone older than they are. (re: the recent Star Trek films). Rogue especially has deaged tremendously from about 30 to about 20.

For some reason, when i was a kid, you didn't need children to attract an audience but these days you do.

It's so unrealistic that it is really jarring to me. These young children lack the experience and gravitas to be in the parts they are playing.

Wolverine at least still has an appearance of being in his mid 30's but he's basically immortal so it doesn't really apply to him except... it seems like a lot of "tricks" he would have seen a dozen times by now.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 2) 228

by Maxo-Texas (#49730089) Attached to: Marvel's Female Superheroes Are Gradually Becoming More Super

I think most the readers don't care until they are older and have been reading comics for a while. The boobs, porn faces, and porn poses are a result of the artists. Powergirl specifically has big boobs as a prank by the artist.

Once the readers are a bit older (14+), then yea some would like to buy a sexy version of the superheroine they've read about rather than a sexy poster of some random victoria's secret or sports illustrated model. Either way, the 16 year old boy is going to have a sexy poster of a girl of some kind. And there are sexy boy posters for the girls at that age too tho most are teen bands.

Comment: Re:Mixed reaction (Score 1) 317

by Maxo-Texas (#49727377) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

Of course, it's really a bit of both.

When medallions are going for over a million dollars, clearly taxi service is artificially constrained.

So it's partially to protect a monopoly market-- and it's partially about public safety.

And of course the current monopoly holders are using safety as the wedge point for their efforts.

Comment: Re:And OP is retarded. (Score 1) 335

by Maxo-Texas (#49720841) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

Mainly the land was worthless because no one could find work there any more. Demand for the land dropped precipitously as thousands of people left the area and moved elsewhere. The world is littered with similar ghost towns.

There is not much value in unmanaged woodlands. Perhaps in 20 to 30 years they could grow trees there that could sell.

Comment: Re:Does not understand the market, obviously. (Score 1) 335

by Maxo-Texas (#49719593) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

You are ignoring consumers giving their money to companies for goods and services.

The most obvious case are companies that pay dividends but earnings growth and resulting stock price growth also represent the same thing.

Compare a CD / Bond to a stock.

The CD pays 1% per year. If you put $10,000 into it, you will get $100 per year in interest.

Say you have a company that pays $200 per year on $10,000 of stock. Is $10,000 a fair price? Or are people likely to bid it up until it is paying about 1% per year? There is some risk, but it's likely the stock will go up until it pays a rate closer to the CD. So the stock might go to $18,000 and pay you $200 per year.

Now say the company is increasing earnings by 10% per year. So it will pay $220 next year, $242 the year after that and so on. So reasonable people will now pay even more for the stock. It might go up to $19,000 this year (and more in the future).

Finally, say bad news -- the companies earnings are not going up to $242 as planned but instead are dropping to $180 because of a new invention, new law, or new competitor. And it's earnings are likely to be $160 the year after that. So now, a reasonable person might only want to pay $14,000 for the stock.


Just to make things interesting make a lot of this a matter of opinion and not facts. A new law *may* be passed... a new competitor *may* start up. And different people have different opinions on how likely that is to occur.


And then add oscillation around the "ideal" value. Every time the stock price moves- it slightly overshoots. it takes it time to stabilize on a ideal value and by the time it is going to- some fresh news changes the ideal value. And of course-- occasionally a majority of people will be afraid and unwilling to buy the stock at it's ideal value and other times a majority of people will be irrationally exhuberant and willing to buy the stock above it's ideal value.


Anyway.. long story short- it's not a pure ripoff. For the most part, you don't "get rich" but you do preserve purchasing power adjusted for inflation. Mainly, you need to save hard. People who try to get rich are gambling- some will win big- many will lose big.

Comment: Re:And OP is retarded. (Score 1) 335

by Maxo-Texas (#49719457) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

Mostly but not always true. A lot of real estate in the middle of the country became worthless after 2000. Recall that they were bulldozing thousands of houses in some towns and offering to let people swap into a different house closer to town while also cutting services/road repair to those who remained further out.

Changing climate or moving rivers/coastlines also render property worthless at times.

I agree that land does tend to hold value better than other assets but it's not an absolute.

Comment: Re:Men's Rights morons (Score 1) 769

Lol.. Let's try that again...

At the lower executive positions on up, where everyone was old, the gender balance basically flipped. But you are talking about under 300 positions in the entire company of 70,000 employees. Essentially every operating division was lead by a male (200+ of those) and the vp positions were 80% male, the CIO was female but the COO, CEO, etc were male, and the BOD was 80% male and 20% female. That level/group was almost all white as well.

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov