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Comment: Re:It makes you uneasy? (Score 1) 971

by Black Parrot (#48248159) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

It's not university sponsored, it's simply being held in a university facility. Not really any different than allowing political groups to meet, or some student group to show films. It doesn't mean the university endorses the content.

Of coruse, the could have easily rented another venue in Oklahoma, but they like to use university facilities to create the {il,de}lusion among the True Believers that their views have some legitimacy.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 553

by AuMatar (#48240357) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

2)There's a lot of card companies out there. Find one that doesn't charge fees. That's trivial.

4)I've had other experiences, with a hold far greater than the rental amount placed on a debit card. It was a major rental car company- Avis? Hertz?

5)CC debt is the first thing to go in bankruptcy. So if you're really in that position you want lots of it and no extra liens on the house.

6)That doesn't help you if they decide to flag your card and shut it down. It will take a few days to get the new one, and in the meantime you can't use the old one. That's assuming you're in the right place to even get it. Would have totally sucked to not have had a backup while on my 3 month trip to Europe. Or when they flagged my card right after I moved because I used it in the same hardware store twice in an hour. Never rely on one card.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 553

by AuMatar (#48237593) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

1)TO prove that you repay your debts. Car loans also help, but credit cards are the most easily acquired debt history.

3)No. Checking accounts earn interest. You can have a checking account with or without a debit card. Even if you have a credit card, you can put your money in a checking account. Having the card does not get you additional interest.

5)You can get home equity loans in the US as well. There's generally minimum loan amounts though (you can't use it for less than X amount), it puts a lien on your house, and you have to own a house. You also have to qualify. Its easier and better to have a credit card.

6)A credit card can be always on you (short of being mugged). A spouse or rich uncle, if you have one, may not be reachable.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 4, Informative) 553

by AuMatar (#48236479) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

In several ways

1)Debit cards don't build credit history. This makes it hard to get a car or house loan at good rates.

2)Credit cards have 0% interest if you pay at the end of the month every month.

3)Debit cards do not earn you interest. If you have an interest checking account (rare, and usually such a low rate that its a joke, sub 1% in most cases), you earn that money regardless of if you have or use a debit card.

4)In the US, many purchases such as hotel, rental car, and gas put a hold on your account for more money than the actual charge. This hold goes away once the car is returned/hotel is checked out/a few days (for gas), but in the meantime that's additional money you can't access.

5)Emergencies/hard times. Sometimes shit happens. You may lose your job and run low on cash. You may have a series of car and house repairs. Its always a good idea to have an additional emergency fun you can call on for short term cash.

6)Your bank may put a hold on your debit card for suspicious activities. In that case, your card is useless. Having a backup is always a good idea. There's been several times this has saved my ass when traveling.

Comment: Re: How many really make $140k ? (Score 1) 197

by AuMatar (#48190507) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

First off, glassdoor isn't a representative set. Secondly, it counts salary only, not bonuses and equity that can be half of your take home. Third, it does averaging but doesn't drop out old days points- days points from 09 are horribly outdated, but included in their averages. Glassdoor is good for reviews, but it's salary numbers are junk.

Comment: Intelligence is like money (Score 1) 366

by FreeUser (#48161843) Attached to: Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

Intelligence is a lot like money.

Those who've always had an abundance generally either think its no big deal, because they've never suffered the limitations of not having enough, or look down on those with less and consider them inferior.

Those in the middle have enough to see the benefits of having more, and want to improve themselves in order to get more.

At the bottom this analogy falters, but I think the point remains. It's easy to dismiss making the rest of the population smarter when you're already smart and not suffering the limitations imposed on those with less to work with. I find the notion that we shouldn't meddle and just leave those who draw the short genetic-straw to be cruel and self-serving. If the lowest common denominator is raised, chance are the whole society benefits, the world becomes a better, more thoughtful place, and the overall pie grows accordingly.

Comment: Re:As it is designed to do (Score 1) 147

by mfh (#48151737) Attached to: Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

MSFT is really under the gun to show they can produce quality. This is why competition is great for us and why we should pat ourselves on the back for pushing MSFT towards anti-monopoly standards. Google's Android releases keep looking better and better. Apple has their own embarrassments. MSFT has to do the software process to get it right and they know they can't afford another Win8 / Vista / WinME. We can always use Linux which is getting better and better every day. They are giving away Win8 now for $65 WITH A TABLET. (that's how bad it is.)

HP

HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say 118

Posted by samzenpus
from the breaking-things-up dept.
mrspoonsi writes Hewlett-Packard is planning to split itself into two separate businesses, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Sources tell the WSJ that HP will split its personal-computer and printer segments from its corporate hardware and services business. The announcement could come as early as Monday, the sources said. The company reorganized itself in 2012 under CEO Meg Whitman. That move combined its computer and printer businesses. The PC and computer segment is massive for HP. For the first six months this year, it reported $27.8 billion in revenue. That's about three times the size of HP's next biggest unit, the Enterprise Group, which makes servers, storage, and network hardware. Under the new split, Whitman would be chairman of the computer and printer business, and CEO of a separate Enterprise Group, according to one of the sources. Patricia Russo, who sits on HP's board, would be chairman of the enterprise company. The printer and PC operation would be led by Dion Weisler, a current exec in that division.

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