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Comment: Re:It wasn't the tweet (Score 5, Informative) 185

by netsavior (#49580311) Attached to: How One Tweet Wiped $8bn Off Twitter's Value

It wasn't the tweet that caused the sell off, it was the poor Q1 numbers.

Well sort-of. The thing is wall street speculation is now highly automated. If a stock starts to slip before the numbers are supposed to be released, all the algorithms start to throw off warning bells and cause a sell-off run much more efficiently than humans reading twitter ever could.

If stock slips during an earnings announcement, it is expected, and bots don't emulate panic... if it happens BEFORE earnings announcements, bots latch on to the pattern in what is essentially insider trading, but with plausible deniability.

Comment: Charge the customer to be our customer (Score 1) 208

by netsavior (#49579747) Attached to: IBM CIO Thinks Agile Development Might Save Company
It doesn't matter what methodology you use or what you call it if your business model is based on exploiting your disappearing market position.

IBM's horrible business model is "Of course they have to buy IBM and once they do we will punish them for buying IBM by making them pay for IBM over and over again on the "integration services" and "custom maintenance" consulting racket.

That worked great back before every company was a software company, but in the modern era, every company with enough money to look fat and juicy to IBM can and must simply hire their own coders.

Basically the more coders there are in the world, the worse IBM will do. Or rather, the more people understand technology enough to realize IBM is a scam, the worse IBM will do.

Comment: Buying cars based on fuel price... ugh (Score 3, Interesting) 622

by netsavior (#49528417) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs
For most people, especially ones with NEW cars, the cost of fuel is such a small portion of TCO that gas mileage is almost inconsequential within reason. People get psychotic when gas swings one way or another because people are idiots, who cannot ignore the 20-80 dollars they spent today in favor of focusing on the 500 dollars they pay every month.

Comment: Re:$30 per month (Score 1) 216

by netsavior (#49519885) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming
If Hulu plus actually worked, I would still pay for it and still watch the stupid ads, even at double the price. As it is I had to drop it, because we couldn't actually use the service we paid for. Netflix works bug-free on all of my devices. Hulu plus crashes on every platform I have used it on except PC (where you don't even need to pay for it). It is crappy software, and they think they can get away with it because they are the gatekeepers to "precious" content.

Netflix, on the other hand, is a better experience than piracy. Netflix gets my money (and more from me than the average person because I pay for an account with more simultaneous screens since my household has so damned many devices that work flawlessly with netflix).

Comment: Re:How much is his investment in the company makin (Score 2, Interesting) 482

by netsavior (#49485761) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries
They have taken token salaries so that they do not have to pay income tax, NOT because they are heroes. "Compensated in stock" is another word for "Tax evasion"

It isn't cute, it is CEOs taking advantage of YOU directly, and looking like heroes when they do it.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 148

by netsavior (#49462817) Attached to: Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online

I would imagine it's more fun to just spend the next month watching week to week as nature intended

I don't think nature intended us to be sitting on our asses to watch stories happen on animated flat canvases.

Nature rewards us grandly for it. If "nature" didn't intend us to seek food and entertainment, our bodies wouldn't fill our junkie brains with dopamine when we do it.

+ - Being Overweight Reduces Dementia Risk->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: Being overweight cuts the risk of dementia, according to the largest and most precise investigation into the relationship. The researchers were surprised by the findings, which run contrary to current health advice. The team at Oxon Epidemiology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analysed medical records from 2 million people aged 55 on average, for up to two decades. Their most conservative analysis showed underweight people had a 39% greater risk of dementia compared with being a normal healthy weight. But those who were overweight had an 18% reduction in dementia, and the figure was 24% reduction for the obese. Any explanation for the protective effect is distinctly lacking. There are some ideas that vitamin D and E deficiencies contribute to dementia and they may be less common in those eating more. Be it any way, let's still not forget that heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers and other diseases are all linked to a bigger waistline. Maybe being slightly overweight is the optimum to strike, if the recent study is to be followed.
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