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CIA employees have been furloughed. 70% of CIA analysts have been furloughed.
Sounds like Facebook made a mistake changing their expected IPO price from $28~$35 to $34~$38 The big banks stepped in to save face, which makes a mockery of all the talk about "intense demand from retail investors"
The big banks didn't step in to save face. They bought all this stock so they could dump it on unsuspecting nitwits who want to own shares of facebook. People see in the news that Facebook is worth 100 billion and they want in. The problem is after the initial offering the price is just going to go down, down, down, like all other dotcom IPOs. This is because all of these big banks are just buying in to sell off and make some money on clueless "investors".
But once you get to the tipping point of putting more heat into the system than can be bled off, the temperature will continue to rise as long as the input is higher than that point
Considering how long the Earth has been orbiting the sun I think we reached that point a long time ago. Either that or you think the Earth is going to keep getting hotter until it reaches the temperature of the sun, which is ludicrously stupid.
Up until recently (Vista/Ribbon interface) and arguably even now, Microsoft has been able to provide more consistency than a lot of these Linux distros.
This has been a common meme for quite some time now but I find it completely illegitimate. Microsoft's interface has changed over time and they seem to have no interface guidelines, at least ones they stick to. On top of that almost all third party applications look and behave differently. Compare that with something like Gnome on Linux which has interface guidelines that are much more strictly enforced and many applications outside of Gnome core adhere to these guidelines and use the same toolkit. The more applications you install on a Microsoft operating system the less consistency you will have. Gnome provides many more applications than Microsoft and even more third party apps follow Gnome's HIG.