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Comment We are infected with MBA-think (Score 5, Interesting) 216

And the cuts may just be starting: one activist investor (SpringOwl) says the total number of employees should be closer to 3,000 for a company with its revenue.

Why would anyone think there's a constant proper relationship between revenue and the number of employees across all businesses? I mean, let's just skip right over that employees are paid different amounts, businesses take different amount of human effort to create the wealth, the market will support different prices for different services, and the business will have a different amounts necessary to pay their vendors and capital requirements.

Suppose I have a farm business. One year I decide to spin-off the part of the company that picks the tomatoes. The previous company suddenly has much more revenue per employee. Should it go out and hire more people? The tomato picking company has little revenue per employee. Should the tomato picking company fire a bunch of people. Of course not.

Comment Re:Calories do not exist (Score 1) 425

A "calorie" is a depreciated unit of measurement for energy. You don't eat calories, you eat food, and this food is digested and burned (producing CO2) which releases energy. When the amount of food you eat surpasses your need it is "stored" in the form of fat inducing your overweight. The reasoning of measuring energy is that an excess of food with high energy (sugars, fats) release will induce overweight because the way the body accumulates its carbohydrates in the form of fat, but it is a very complex process. Anyway energy is not a thing and does not have mass, therefore there is no sense in thinking that "x calories equals y grams of mass", at least not directly. In fact physicists, not physicians, and engineers measure energy in Joule units, which should be used for anything energy related, and some countries -New Zealand, I guess- post the nutrition facts in J/g as it should be.

A calorie is 4.2 joules. Multiplying by a constant isn't something to get bent about. -Eating food not calories- is some sort of bizarre, vacuous straw man. This is obvious and useless. Food *has* an energy content. Not is. Has. Who is confused about this?

J/g is a perfectly fine way to measure energy density for a person who knows what a Joule and a gram are. But it's not more proper or righteous than other ways to measure it.

Comment Re:supreme court says lots of stuff (Score 1) 702

The supreme court isn't supposed to just make shit up. The US Constitution (during prohibition) included the 18th amendment:
Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all the territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
So, yeah, Congress had the explicit legal power to prohibit alcohol.

If you don't think the second amendment is a good idea in the modern world, you should lobby for its repeal, not pretend it says something other than it says.

Comment Re: Penny (Score 4, Informative) 702

The Supreme Court disagrees with you.


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        1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. Pp. 2â"53.

                (a) The Amendmentâ(TM)s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clauseâ(TM)s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms. Pp. 2â"22.

Comment Re:Homegrown? Come on (Score 1) 676

If Obama attempts to label this as a "homegrown" terrorist, it truly conveys that he has NO grip on the situation at all, and is only looking to monopolize on the situation to further his agenda and gain political favors and to further "his legacy".

What do you mean by monopolize here? Do you maybe mean capitalize?

Comment Re:Yahoo has sucked for years and just wont change (Score 2) 129

When people offered webmail services (like hotmail, which was gobbled up by Microsoft) Yahoo started their own yahoo mail

Altavista offered search engine Yahoo also offer search engine

When Twocow offered file gathering / downloading service Yahoo followed suit ... ... et cetera ... et cetera

Even today Yahoo does not have a focus

You could say the same sort of things about Microsoft. They weren't first to market with a graphical OS, a word processor, a spreadsheet, a TCP/IP stack, a browser, a game system, or a search engine. What measure of success they've had is due to bundling, network effects, marketing, and execution, not innovating.

Comment typical (Score 3, Insightful) 175

Many making-of documentaries emphasize the challenges to create a narrative around the miraculous production. IMHO, these movies sucked because:

A) Lots of stuff happened but the characterizations were so weak that we stopped caring.
B) The CGI orcs were boring and unbelievable next to the live footage.
C) It was too long.

Comment Re:Error in the specification? (Score 1) 156

Josh S. ( Support)

Nov 13, 12:39


Thanks for writing in about this. This is a known bug we're looking into a fix for as we speak. Please try again in a few days and write back if you're still experiencing troubles.

Best, Staff

Nov 13, 12:12

Bug in Course starwars Stage 1 Puzzle 9
Amazon CloudFront

The instructions to mean that each pilot is worth 100 points. The tutorial deems that a failure; the programmer has to award more points for each to succeed. I think the problem statement doesn't match the success criteria.

Comment Error in the specification? (Score 1) 156

I think there's an error in the problem specification for this puzzle. Nice job giving the prospective programmer a realistic view of the industry.

If you add only 100 points for each pilot (per the instructions), that makes 300 points, which the tutorial deems a failure.

Submission + - Google Engineer Warns Against Perils Of Buying Cheap, Third-Party USB-C Cables (

MojoKid writes: A USB-C cable is just a cable. Or is it? Google engineer Benson Leung noted today that it's definitely not the case. Leung and his teammates at Google work inside of the Chromebook ecosystem, and as such, they've had lots of hands-on experience with USB-C cables. The Chromebook Pixel remains one of the very few notebooks on the market that directly supports USB-C. Nonetheless, in his experience, not all cables are built alike, and in some cases, cheap out-of-spec cables could potentially cause damage to your device. It's such a big problem, in fact, that Leung began buying cables off of Amazon and leaving his feedback on each one. Ultimately, what the problem boils down to is that some of the specifications in a cable may be not well controlled. He notes that in some bad cables, resister values are incorrect throwing off power specs wildly — 3A vs 2A in one example.

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