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Comment: I'm with Larry on this one (Score 1) 692

by jjohn (#44556813) Attached to: Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

I have seen Apple tank without Jobs before. It looks like they are doing it again.

Jobs was a superior product guy and a despot with unchecked power.

There is simply no one at Apple to take his place.

So it may take 5-10 years for Apple to diminish to irrelevance again.

Larry is right: we have already seen this movie before.

Comment: Why are we even paying employees? (Score 1) 1103

by jjohn (#44153641) Attached to: Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees

We lose so much MONEY on payroll that we should FIRED whoever came up with that idea.

What's wrong with paying in company scrip or gift certificates?

It is certainly true that non-bank check cashing is a blight on poor communities. Debt cards that in-practice have the same fee structure do not help the situation.

In the case of something like McD's, they should simply issue cash. Yes, the corporation loses out on "playing the float," but that's just found money anyway.

Comment: I call your alarmism and raise you history (Score 1) 325

by jjohn (#43032931) Attached to: Sergey Brin Says Using a Smartphone Is 'Emasculating'

When I first got into computer for REALZ in the 90s, I let them consume me. I think that is a natural first reaction to the power of technology.

But after a while, I realized I needed a better balance in my life and learned a secret: you can choose NOT to look at the computer. Or email. Or IRC. Or IM. Or Facebook. Or slashdot (sorry).

When I hear experters fret over the dehumanizing affects of technology, I laugh. Some people just don't have enough patience. The rebalance will come to the majority soon enough. In the 50s-80s, the technology monster was TV. Before that, it was radio. Now it is smartphones. Soon it may be smart glasses or smart wrist watches.

However, being an alarmist sells papers.

Comment: Budgeting (Score 1) 266

by jjohn (#42870087) Attached to: 71 Percent of U.S. See Humans On Mars By 2033

I am a big proponent of NASA. I would like to see the budget increased. I would do it with cuts in the military and corporate subsidies (particular to oil companies).

Then next time a stupid survey asks "would you like to increase spending" I really wish there were a follow-up question "what would you give up to see this happen."

Heck, I give 110% at my job and SO SHOULD THE BUDGET!

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