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Comment Kind of... (Score 5, Informative) 263

I kind of did that. I used to work a nice boring job at a University with excellent benefits (but without high pay or potential for promotion).

I took a pay cut to work for a statewide bank, and it turned out turned out that job #2 was almost as bad as job #1 as far as upwards mobility.

I left job #2 for a 50% pay raise at FedEx. High stress, long hours, great potential promotions, great pay. Laid off as part of the cut-back in 2009.

Here I am working for another University (different large one, but still in the same state). I've got the good benefits and low stress, but my experience outside of the University systems actually got me pretty decent pay when I came back. I still don't really have any promotion opportunities, but I'm in an end-of-career job (as a 35 year old).

Comment Re:Apple & Amazon have own retail channels (Score 1) 146

Google pays a fee on every device they sell, cutting into their profit the same regardless of the quantity purchased.

Apple/Amazon have fixed costs for the stores, etc. Selling additional units lowers the per unit cost attributed to the store, etc... So greater quantity quickly increases the profit margin.

Comment Re:wow (Score 1) 403

Definitely... I was thinking about posting that link to a discussion I've been in on getting Siri to work in the corporate environment (firewall rules, etc.), but I didn't because the email address is associated with my dev account.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten