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Comment: Re:nature will breed it out (Score 1) 950 950

Indeed. Wife and I both game. Both of us did Old EQ together for 8 years, she moved to WoW, I followed. Now she wants to try her hand at State of Decay, which I've been playing for nearly a year now. Besides, it makes buying for her EASY. Better Video Card. More Memory. Latest Game. And I know quite a few other Gamer Geek couples, when we played WoW, our guild was nearly ALL couples and their kids. . .

Comment: Re:Yeah good luck with that... (Score 2, Insightful) 587 587

I'm going to differ on that point: there is a significant difference between working and fighting for social justice, and those who fit into the archetype of "social justice warrior". The former are working to achieve positive results: the latter have zeroed in on their cause so recursively, that their stated goals have little, if any congruence to observed reality, and are more like a process that has ballooned to 100% CPU, preventing any actual work by the system. . .

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 2) 398 398

I have.

Me.

Mind you, this was 20 years ago, but I had made a remark that my previous employer must be having a paperwork problem with their Employee Stock Ownership Program, because it was June, and the plan required annual reports by the end of April, and I had still not received one.

TWO days later, a registered letter arrives from a Law Firm, warning me of the consequences of slandering my previous employer. . . .

I shut up. The Annual Report (and my final ESOP certificate) arrived in September. Needless to say, I liquidated immediately and rolled it to an IRA. . .

Mind you, that was over a CASUAL COMMENT on compliance with a filed financial plan.

Comment: Re: Maybe, maybe not. (Score 1) 749 749

Except that train has ALREADY left town. Foreign Banks are submitting, well, being FORCED to submit to FATCA or face seizure of 30% of assets transferred to and from the US.

So, as a result, foreign banks are generally shedding American depositors.

Because Washington thinks it IS WorldCop. . . .

Comment: Re:GIGO (Re:or fix healthcare.gov) (Score 2) 225 225

Oh, indeed they do. But I have a few buddies who worked there. They tell of engineering decisions over-ridden by .gov policy weenies, a specification that changed so much it was effectively liquid, and minor, unimportant things like NOT EVEN STARTING WORK on the code until late February or so of 2013. . . .

Comment: Re:BS (Score 2, Interesting) 560 560

And yet EVERYTHING is now caused by AGW. Heat Waves. Cold Spells, Floods. Droughts. Today, I saw a report linking Crime to Global Warming. Last year, it caused prostitution for impoverished women. About the ONLY thing not linked to AGW is the Heartbreak of Psoriasis and Waxy Yellow Buildup. But hey, it's only February. . . .

+ - Why do we think bankers get paid too much, but not technology CEOs? 1 1

DavidHumus writes: From the NY Times article (http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/02/18/outrage-over-wall-st-pay-but-shrugs-for-silicon-valley/):

Big paydays on Wall Street often come under laserlike scrutiny, while Silicon Valley gets a pass on its own compensation excesses. Why the double standard?

The typical director at a Standard & Poor’s 500 company was paid $251,000 in 2012, according to Bloomberg News. Mr. Schmidt [Google's CEO] is above that range by over $100 million. ... The latest was the criticism of Jamie Dimon’s pay for 2013, given the many regulatory travails of his bank, JPMorgan Chase. The bank’s board awarded Mr. Dimon $20 million in pay for 2013, $18.5 million of which was in restricted stock that vests over three years. ... For one, the outsize pay for Mr. Schmidt doesn’t square with Google’s performance. Putting aside the fact that he is not even the chief executive, Google had net income of $12.9 billion last year. JPMorgan was higher at $17.9 billion....

On pure economics, Mr. Schmidt appears to be receiving an inordinate amount. By every measure, JPMorgan is bigger, with more profits. And yet Google awards $100 million to its chairman and there is nary a peep.

Maybe the bigger question is why is CEO pay so entirely disconnected from company performance?

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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