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Comment: Re:Carly Fiorina for President! (Score 1) 352

by hambone142 (#49367447) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid
I am surprised that no one has brought up her famous quote of "No one in this country has a God given right to a job". This said that HP employees during her massive layoffs. Why can't the Republicans offer a sane candidate? First, Palin and now this abomination. " Ding done the witch is dead" was sung in the halls of H.P. when she was fired.

Comment: How about some choices? (Score 1) 1089

by hambone142 (#49298217) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US
If my choices are between Chucko and Bozo the clowns, I'll not be interested in voting. This upcoming presidential election may be between Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina. If that is the case, I will not vote because it's like a choice between cancer and ebola. The same existed in the California Senate vote. The choices were Barbara Boxer (bounced checks on the Senate bank account) and Fiorina who is a legend in her own mind. These are NOT choices. They are two awful candidates. The game is rigged.

Comment: Re:So much for the 2nd Amendment (Score 2) 320

by hambone142 (#49123587) Attached to: FedEx Won't Ship DIY Gunsmithing Machine
I ordered bulk .22 Cal. ammunition online. Federal Express shipped it to my rural address. It was in a box labeled "ORM-D" and had a label indicating "contains ammunition or small firearms". The left the box down by my road at my (closed) gate that they have instructions to open. OTOH, my stock broker sent me a "thank you" gift of some nice wine. That required "a signature of an adult over age 21 that is not under the influence of alcohol". I got a laugh out of both events.

Comment: Re:On fashion and graffiti (Score 1) 164

by hambone142 (#49063311) Attached to: Researcher Developing Tattoo Removal Cream
I tend to agree with you. I can't think of *any* message that I like so much that I need to have it permanently injected in to my skin. I think Jimmy Buffett called it a "permanent reminder of a temporary feeling". Not to say Buffett is a scholar but I believe he has a point. We're going to see some pretty bugugly old farts in a decade or two.

Comment: Relics (Score 1) 294

by hambone142 (#48995841) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy
Goodbye to Allied Radio, Heathkit, Lafayette Electronics, Henry Radio and the rest of them. Times have changed. It's so sad to see the end of the ability to design and experiment with electronic hardware. Let's face it, who's going to attempt to hand wire ASICs, SMT devices and keep signal integrity on what was previously-known as a "breadboard" circuit? Things have changed but there is a huge gap in the ability for hobbyists to design and construct hardware. All that seems to exist is video shit/games. Minecraft, Halo et. al. My son is "getting in to it" but it's very limited. Nothing of substance except messing with programming languages. I see a niche opportunity. Not easy to accomplish but it would be interesting to see if an interface of SMT devices for experimenter hardware could be accomplished. However, in the day of "immediate gratification" youth, I'm not sure it it's viable. From a financial perspective, likely not. Gone are the days. (time to bring the Swan 350C back from the dead)

Comment: Re:What about HP? (Score 1) 271

by hambone142 (#48986123) Attached to: Female-Run Companies Often do Better Than Male-Run Ones (Video)
Meg is spinning off printers (and PCs) this year. The second "new HP" (Fiorina used that term too) will not have printers or PCs. Both (Fiorina and Whitman) were/are simply stuffing their pockets before the next "rock star" incompetent CEO is appointed by HP's errant Board of Directors. It's been going on for 16 years.

Comment: What ever happened to "competence"? (Score 2) 271

by hambone142 (#48986077) Attached to: Female-Run Companies Often do Better Than Male-Run Ones (Video)
I don't give a crap if the company is led by a man or a woman. The bottom line is competence. Take a look at Carly Fiorina or Meg Whitman. HP stock was valued approximately $170/share in 1999 when Fiorina took over. It went down more than half after her reign. Yes, it split once. In order to be at parity with HP's 1999 value, the stock would have to be in the 80's. Sixteen years later, it's less than half of that. Try taking a look at General Motors with its female CEO. It's just skyrocketing (not). However, we have dweebs like Robert Nardelli who ran Home Depot in to the ground, then did the same with Chrysler. Incompetence knows no gender. Statistically, more companies are run by men so statistically, more companies have the possibility of being run by incompetent men. However, let's take a look at the small number of large companies (oh yes, there's IBM too) that are run by women. Are they doing well? The whole premise is flawed. Crappy leadership yields crappy results regardless of whether the company is run by a vagina or a penis.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.