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Comment: Re:EA (Score 2) 76

by afidel (#49756563) Attached to: How Cities: Skylines Beat SimCity At Its Own Game

Public companies can also have a mechanism to halt a hostile takeover, it's called a poison pill. Generally it involves some kind of massive payoff to the current staff, but it can also be the automatic issuance of new stock which dilutes the holdings of the company attempting to do the acquisition. The first known use of the latter technique that I'm aware of was the Westinghouse corporation which issued massive amounts of stock when JP Morgan tried to take them over, ultimately providing them with enough money to complete the Niagara power station project.

Comment: Re:Seems obvious now (Score 3, Insightful) 214

Yeah, I read TFS as a big giant "holy cow are police forces actually this damned stupid?"

How can these idiots take themselves seriously when they have such monumentally idiotic ideas? And why should they expect us to take them seriously?

You're talking about someone who managed to make it his paid, full-time job to write X-File fanfic and hang out at Star Trek conventions, most likely putting everything on a government expense account. The word you're looking for isn't "stupid", it's "brilliant".

Comment: Re:North Pole (Score 1) 484

by Minwee (#49743403) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

What is the circumference of a circle with radius r? It is (Pi * r^2), of course.. So a circle with radius of 1 mile would have a circumference of (Pi * 1 * 1).

I'm just going to skip the bit about you calling someone else braindead and asking them to turn in their geek card for displaying poor math skills and leave this bit here while we move on to the bonus round.

In your own words, what is the relationship between the radius and circumference of a circle? Please be precise, as your geek card is at stake here.

Comment: Re:Threatens security (Score 3, Interesting) 97

by afidel (#49738561) Attached to: Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?

Exactly, just last week I was reading about a proposed Canadian mine that was vetoed by the native council, not due to environmental concerns, but because of uncertainty over environmental impact in the future because current and projected prices didn't actually support opening the mine in the near term but the company looking for approval was looking for a 50 year lease on the land. If Russia ties up a lot of the world supply and shuts down mines they own then the price will rise and mines like that one will come online, it's not like they're going to take over so much of the world supply that we'll be shutting down reactors due to lack of fuel. The real fear I'm sure is that Westinghouse and GE and their suppliers will have to pay more for yellowcake in order to produce their overpriced fuel rods.

Comment: Re:Government Intrusion (Score 4, Interesting) 823

by afidel (#49735965) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Since it's primarily weight per axle that determines the wear caused on the roads, and the point of the tax is to maintain roads, it seems logical that heavier vehicles, whether they be SUV's or big sedans like the Tesla, should be charged more. It's not like a Leaf is particularly heavy (it's basically the same weight as the similarly sized Chevy Cruze).

Where there's a will, there's an Inheritance Tax.