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Comment: Re:Where do I sign up? (Score 1, Insightful) 327

There are several reasons why I would opt-out. First off, I could get a far better return if I had a professional invest that money. Second, I am not adding to a fund that Congress can "borrow from" whenever they want. Third, I abhor the idea that I am just adding to the massive atrocity called the Federal Government.

What really irritates me is that the monster has gotten to the point where it just can't go away because such a large percentage of our population has gotten so damn lazy that they now plan on relying on Social Security for their income during retirement.

Regarding the mortgage assertion....NOBODY FORCED YOU TO SIGN THE PAPERS!!!!!!!! When you sign up for debt, you pay it or pay the consequences.

Comment: Re:Finance is a valuable activity (Score 1) 712

by deKernel (#46298325) Attached to: Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

Well, I would suggest that you actually own and run your own company for a period of time to just find out. Here, I will give you one example: say you need to pay your employees but you don't have the cash on hand. Guess what, like many companies, you take a loan out for a short period until your cash flow balances out from your receivables finally arriving.

Comment: Re:should have gone with a browser... (Score 1) 346

by deKernel (#45986113) Attached to: 95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

Ah but when company A purchases that piece of hardware from company B, it is company B that is providing the device driver to company A. Now remember that company B is also selling that piece of hardware to other companies for many times different applications so company B just provides drivers for the broadest environment and guess what that is. At this point company A has a choice, do they devote resources to develop their own driver for their own special sauce OS (and please remember they will have to maintain that for the life of the product) or do you just go with the OS that the overall majority of your devices support natively. The numbers make it pretty darn easy sometimes.

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