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Comment Re:The 0.01% (Score 3, Insightful) 214

Doesn't it burn your ass to know that if she were to get fired, she'd walk away with tens of millions of dollars?

Why would it? To the class of workers Marissa Mayer belongs to, tens of millions of dollars is not a huge sum. Her net worth was about $300 million in 2012 when she took the the Yahoo job. Tens of millions of dollars to her is more like a tens of thousands of dollars to me, which would be a very reasonable severance package to someone in my position.

Just like you probably make far more money than people working in third world slums, Marissa Mayers makes far more money than you. Comparing the salaries of people in completely different classes of society is not very useful.

I totally agree with what you're saying. Here's where it breaks down. Mayer has a bunch of money due solely to incredibly good luck and timing. Nothing more. It has nothing to do with her abilities (obviously), education, or any of that. She was in the right place at the right time.

So she's in a "class" that's occupied by people who made a bunch of money at business, and powerball winners. Although she made her money in business technically the reality is that she's on the "powerball winner" side of the aisle, if you catch my drift. So it's not terribly surprising that when you put her into a position like this she falters.

Of course, she is in an impossible position, anyway, but the company should have pulled a real entrepreneur in if they wanted to have a radical turnaround.

Comment Re:If she really wanted to rescue the company... (Score 5, Interesting) 214

The company was going in the wrong direction before she was even hired. They hired her as a gamble to make a big change to save the company. It didn't work. Going back to the way it was is stupid, it wasn't working before. The only things worth keeping are its overseas holdings. The core company is worthless. Firing her and hiring a replacement won't change that. They took a big gamble and lost. There is no going back.

I would argue that the core company isn't "worthless", it's just worth far less than it used to be. Plenty of people still go to, use it for email, news, etc. i still go to the financial part if I want to find out more about a company as I've found their tools to be pretty decent for aggregating everything of interest about a public company.

That said I tend to agree with the investor who says that they should be around 3000 staff members. My question to him is also "what is the proper CEO compensation for a company with this revenue?" My guess is that it's not even in the ballpark of what Mayer is getting.

The bottom line is that there's still a business there, probably not any real growth potential. So the proper thing to do is downsize, concentrate on the core(s) that are profitable and be really good at those areas where you're known to be really good.

That's odd advice in the internet world where everybody wants perpetual growth, but there are plenty of stores in my town here that aren't looking to grow but rather provide steady income until retirement. We have to be realistic and understand that that particular model is also relevant on the internet.

Comment Re:Editing Comments (Score 1) 1815

Please! Don't do it! I beg of you! Say NO! to editing of comments! EVER! A person can post a response and or correction. Editing will ruin everything! Comments set in stone is Slashdot's saving grace, that and the archives. Don't ever let them be edited... And resist the temptation for unicode also. You don't need the hassles.

Well, at least allow emojis even if not all of Unicode.

Comment Re:No more paid posts by Nervals Lobster (Score 1) 1815

The problem that is correlated to this is a lot of these sorts of submitters also would submit a story about a story, just clickbait to bring traffic to their own site. It was doubly frustrating because for many such stories there were rejected submissions that actually went straight to the source.

Comment Re:Swift is making Rust obsolete already! (Score 1) 122

I don't believe that apple will want swift to grow outside of the apple walled garden.

The main reason for using swift is that apple wants their developers to be locked in, on a language level. Their applications should be re-written from scratch if they want them to run on android or other plaftorms. They always went a different path to ensure this kind of lock-in. And they even found imitators, Google basically did this when they introduced java based apps.

Right. And open-sourcing swift is just part of this nefarious plot that you've uncovered.

How, I don't know.

Comment Re:Oh boy! (Score 1) 204

Since the company that makes velcro also made up the name "velcro", there's only one context for the word - ie: talking about the "velcro" they make.

More to the point, that's *why* they made up the name "velcro". Note, however, that we're perfectly within our rights to have this conversation using their word.

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 4, Insightful) 1303

There is a limit on the size that something can grow when it doesn't embrace mainstream culture, but entities that attempt to make that transition usually falter as they alienate their subculture userbase far faster than they attract mainstream participation. That may mean that Slashdot and other sites like it have an upper bound, but it's better than closing up shop.

That's exactly right. It's the Unix philosophy: do one thing and do it right.

I think it's useful to know that a lot of us around here have been here for literally decades at this point. It's hard to believe. I'm a mid-5-digit-uid guy and I've been here since 1998 or 1999. But the site has almost been around for 20 years now. We've grown up here. I was around 30 when I signed up, I'm almost 48 now.

Slashdot is seeing the same trend as everywhere else where most younger kids are going somewhere else and this is a fairly consistent bunch of older guys. The point is that if you lose us there's unlikely to be anyone waiting in the wings to take our place.

The Dice years - as they'll be known historically - sucked. We don't care about SJW stories. I mean, seriously, a bunch of 50 year old guys just don't give a fuck about that shit. Excuse my French.

Let's have news for nerds. We've done it before. We saved Hotmail, we spammed Alan Ralsky in real life, we had fun.

Let's get back there.

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1303

I can agree on the Unicode support, but also see a problem with it since it opens up for spammers in Korean, Japanese and a kiloton of other languages as well as using unicode versions of lookalike characters that would make a word readable but hard to catch in spam filters.

But it may be good to at least review which Unicode characters that may be let through so that we may get a few fresh ones.

Yeah, like all the new emoticons.

Comment Re: The Bake Sale Model (Score 1) 285

You might want to read again, this part:

"I have friends who are illegal aliens working for minimum wage (and paying federal income taxes)"

They have tax ids and they pay all income taxes. They were living 4 in their apartment while they saved for years (that's mom, dad, two kids). They now have mom's brother in the house while he's in school and a cousin living in a separate apartment that was part of the house when they bought it (used to be the garage).

So, yes, don't bother telling me you can't.

To them, this is the land of opportunity. To the looney lefter, it's the land of inequality.

Comment Re:The Bake Sale Model (Score 2) 285

I have a better, better idea.

1. Use real costs. The fact that there is an "insurance cost" and a "self pay costs" tells us all we need to know about medical bills. They aren't tied to the actual cost of service in any meaningful way.

2. Make it transparent. How can anyone plan for non-emergency care when the prices are hidden behind a wall of Insurance red tape? I had an elective procedure done. I was quoted one price before and then presented with a bill for 5 times that later.

This is *exactly* the issue. That $40B that is "written off" is actually paid by the suckers who pay without insurance. Hospitals literally only collect something like 10% of what is "owed" to them, so they simply charge 10x as much.

I often buy medical services without insurance because it's cheaper if you're a good negotiator. Reread that. I use a simple tactic that goes like this: "I need ______ done and I will pay cash up front at the medicare reimbursement rate." The response is then "we don't make money at that rate." Ah, I have a better response: "And you're not guaranteed payment, which is why you lose money because some end up as denials. I will give you cash up front - you are guaranteed payment. It's a take-it-or-leave-it offer." Usually they take it and if not I simply move on.

As an example of last time I did that, my wife needed an MRI on her knee. I negotiated with an independent MRI place here in town to do it for $490, which is the Medicare rate. My wife didn't believe I could get it cheaper and went to the place the insurance company said to go. Our "out of pocket" ended up being around $950, with the insurance company paying that much again. Exact same procedure.

Anybody in this country can save up money and do this. Anybody. I have friends who are illegal aliens working for minimum wage (and paying federal income taxes) who saved up $30,000 for a downpayment on a house over the course of 5 years, so don't bother telling me about how *you* can't do it. Don't even bother.

After you have some cash you'll find that negotiating is a whole nother ballgame, and one in which you can score much easier. That applies in medical services as much as anywhere else, and, in fact, it's even easier in medical services because medicare and insurance companies are already setting prices for procedures.

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