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Comment: Re:It's simple really... (Score 2) 243

by kencurry (#49729447) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television
K, I'm a big watch geek (I own several dozen watches; from timex marathon to gold Rolex datejust II) and I feel qualified to speak to this - "why offer the edition watches starting at $10k?".

This is apple signaling that they are serious players in the watch space, not just the smart-watch space. This matters because you want a serious presence at Baselworld, articles in "Watchtime" magazine, etc. That is the pathway to get your watches into boardrooms, 19th hole private clubs, and other elite status locals. And they display well, so even if no elite watch buyers opt in, they are still useful marketing tools.We'll see how it plays out, but I think this was actually a smart move by Apple.

Comment: Re:New bands? (Score 2) 360

by kencurry (#49694039) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?
I'm a huge Pink Floyd fan, saw "the wall" in concert in LA (1980 i think it was); but no way that was their peak. "Dark Side of the Moon" was their Zenith; even egomaniac Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull said it was more influential than Zeppelin II .

Back on topic, I think most adults gravitate to the music they listened to when they were younger; for obvious reasons. No need for the snarky "calcify" comment from the submitter.

Comment: I'm rooting for Uber to make it (Score 1) 302

by kencurry (#49631335) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas
I know that they are seen as giving the finger to authority, and perhaps the CEO really is an asshole, but taxi systems world-wide prey on those in need of a ride. being able to uber a car for a reasonable price is fantastic, and I personally am sick of being jacked for 125 euro from the airport to the hotel in a lot of european cities.

If you are a local, you know what transit to take or would know someone to call for a ride. But when you are a visitor to a city, you are victim to a lot of abuse, including shitty, expensive cab rides.

Comment: Re:IRS - Taxes (Score 1) 109

by kencurry (#49514007) Attached to: For the most recent tax year ...
To clarify (in the US): you don't pay sales tax on a home purchase, capital gains are taxed at a different rate than income, for investments, you only pay capital gains on the income, not the principal, and retirement income is taxed differently depending on the type of investment (Roth vs. 401k, e.g..).

I'm not saying tax system is fair, but there is much more to using the system wisely than your post would indicate.

Comment: Re:Lets use correct terminology. (Score 4, Interesting) 177

by kencurry (#49496805) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees
I was modding but your post needs commenting on:

There are two sides here. The "laid off" worker is still a human being, and it may be that he will have a better career and life ahead than those left behind. To be treated with total lack of dignity at such a moment leaves an indelible impression; I know because it happened to me once.

So, what I am saying is that karma is a bitch, to treat those you are letting go badly will come back on those who perpetrate it.

Comment: Re:"Old" vs "new" trolling (Score 1) 279

by kencurry (#49463389) Attached to: Researchers Developing An Algorithm That Can Detect Internet Trolls
Correct. The story is using a different use of the word troll as other point out.

I see this in car forums a lot; the troll will post up seemingly naive but insidiously wrong posts, usually with a username and pic of a woman. The old guys in the forum hit that bait like a large mouth bass.

Comment: Poor judgement for a CEO (Score 1) 892

She lost the lawsuit, which if you read the facts of the case, she had only a slim chance to prevail. (She had an affair there, they had senior partners who were women, etc.) Made it look like they let her go so she sued to get even, then lost. Now she applies dumb logic to the hiring process, which some could argue shows that she is the one with the sexist POV. Reddit board should dump her if they get the chance.

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