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Comment: Re:MySQL built for it (Score 2) 100 100

Well put. I would add that working remotely works well for some companies and not others -- regardless of the industry. One might think Yahoo! being a tech giant would automatically mean remote-friendly. But as you said, it depends on culture and planning. I'm willing to bet Ms. Mayer did her homework before coming to this conclusion. Perhaps the majority of their remote workers really were either not pulling their weight or were becoming hermits.

Comment: Re:Says Something About High-Schools in the US (Score 2) 728 728

by TankSpanker04 (#42982699) Attached to: For Businesses, the College Degree Is the New High School Diploma

While I don't disagree that America's public education system is lacking, the stats in this article point more toward job scarcity than anything. Something else to consider is how easy it is to apply for a job these days. Technology lets us copy/paste/save/email resumes out a hundred times a day without breaking a sweat. I'm willing to bet that, while employers are seeing a greater number of applicants for each open position, applicants are applying for a greater number of positions.

Comment: Re:If PayPal wants to seem trustworthy (Score 2, Insightful) 175 175

by TankSpanker04 (#42651879) Attached to: PayPal Preparing To Address Frozen Funds Policy

Indeed; PayPal is not a bank yet I'm betting most of its customers think they are. They don't have to follow the same set of rules and so they get to make their own. Customers only learn of this after they've been burned, unfortunately. That's why I don't use PayPal.


Thailand Jails Dissident For What People Thought He Would Have Said 325 325

Posted by Soulskill
from the see-no-evil-hear-no-evil-mime-no-evil dept.
patiwat writes "A Thai court has convicted a man for censoring himself. In a 2010 anti-government rally, Yossawarit Chuklom said several people were against the dissolution of Abhisit Vejjajiva's government. He mentioned a few names, and then put his hand over his mouth and said he wasn't brave enough to continue. A court ruled that he would have mentioned King Bhumibol Adulyadej — thus earning him a conviction for insulting the King, who is constitutionally banned from any political role."

Comment: In other news... (Score 1) 96 96

by TankSpanker04 (#42509711) Attached to: Google Gives Up Fight Against Chinese Censorship

...Former governor Richardson, Google's Schmidt arrive in North Korea

I suspect a correlation between Google's move in China and Schmidt's "private, humanitarian" visit to NK. Methinks the almighty dollar may be taking precedence over principle.

Comment: Hey Oregon: (Score 5, Informative) 686 686

by TankSpanker04 (#42470271) Attached to: Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Awesome idea! Please impose a per-mile tax on fuel efficient vehicles such as hybrids.

By the way, you might want to review your existing $1500 rebate for purchasing said hybrid:

[reaches into bag of applicable figures of speech]

Let's see:

Left hand doesn't know what the right hand... no, wait...

Rebates giveth, and per-mile taxes taketh... WAIT, NO I GOT IT!

Stop being stupid.

Comment: Re:Good for him (Score 1) 576 576

by TankSpanker04 (#41926639) Attached to: All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True

In other words, the electoral college system creates a distinction between types of voters depending on which state you're in. For example: a republican voter in CA is less represented than a liberal voter in TX due to the political "lean" of those states. And this is precisely what bothers me about the system.

Comment: Re:And the cost (Score 1) 282 282

by TankSpanker04 (#40755281) Attached to: San Francisco Poaching Tech Talent From Silicon Valley

Not really. Your $700K home, even if you get it for a cheap 4% interest rate, will cost you $3341.91 per month in mortgage. At the end of 30 years, you've paid an additional 1/2 million in interest, hundreds of thousands in taxes and maintenance, and then it you don't buy a home of equal or higher value Uncle Sam will tax you on the capital gains!

If you live in the house for at least 2 years then sell it for profit, you don't pay capital gains on the first $250k you made ($500k if you're married). Also, after age 55 you may "downsize" to a less expensive and/or smaller home and retain your property tax base from the previous home. Thanks, Prop 13.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.