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Comment Re:Dumbassery (Score 1) 63 63

Because you're too proud of your ignorance to google that

Actually I didn't google something I didn't know I should google to get the answer of a question I ignored it had to be asked.

New Horizons can transmit at most 1 kilobit per second. 1 kilobit is only 125 bytes.

And you can be proud. That's actually two transmitters at 1kb/s. And that's not really 1kb/8 usable bytes, ie 125, as you seem to ignore about control bits and other layer 2 necessary bits...

Comment The French Scrabble Champ Does Not Speak French (Score 2) 113 113

Neither do the French. French is a difficult and obsolete language made of gendered nouns and unusable grammar. It used to be spoken by some remaining native French people up to the end of the XXth century (date of the American TV series landings).

Comment Re:Words + Attitude = Wins (Score 1) 113 113

He has an incredibly calm demeanor across the board. He is unflappable, regardless of tile draws or opponent's plays. The ability to focus on the next play and the strategic situation, without distraction, is critical to winning in a long tournament.

...until the technical trick is identified.

Comment Re:1.2 Billion (Score 1) 85 85

Remember folks. When you lie, cheat, and steal for 1.2 billion dollars, we will talk about all the pressures you are under and force you to resign in disgrace. If you rob $100 from the cash register at quickie-mart when the cashier isn't looking, we'll talk about how you're the scourge of society and put you away for 20 years.

And? Adults repeat the same pattern over and over, the same pattern they learned during schooling. At school you're judged based on your scores. With good scores, a youthful indiscretion is worth a mere reprimand. Similarly, during adulthood in the (American) society, you're judged based on the $$ you earn. A CEO is (usually) at the top of the scale, and as long as his bad behavior doesn't exceed the company's boundaries, he is forgiven.

In a way, the CEO acts on behalf of the rest of the company. His actions (in this case) were not to enrich himself. He was acting trying to help the company, globally.

The punishment will come from markets, affecting the whole company.

Comment Re:this is Japan (Score 2) 85 85

This is CEOs. Normal people go to jail for embezzling, CEOs resign with a golden parachute.

I just wish they'd have to jump out of a plane with it...

This is Japan. To resign, CEOs have to say "gomennasai" (sorry) first. Then they are entitled to get a golden parachute.

Comment Re:Taxi company (Score 1) 193 193

If it's not too late already, Über should diversify. Über's ambiguity lies into the fact that they implemented a totally new digital way to rent something, e.g. a car/taxi. The problem is that it applies only to "rent a car with chauffeur for a short trip", ie like a taxi. They should try to apply their technology to something different to prove they're not (only) a taxi company, and that may be difficult.

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists. -- John Kenneth Galbraith