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Comment Re:The 0.01% (Score 3, Insightful) 214

Doesn't it burn your ass to know that if she were to get fired, she'd walk away with tens of millions of dollars?

Why would it? To the class of workers Marissa Mayer belongs to, tens of millions of dollars is not a huge sum. Her net worth was about $300 million in 2012 when she took the the Yahoo job. Tens of millions of dollars to her is more like a tens of thousands of dollars to me, which would be a very reasonable severance package to someone in my position.

Just like you probably make far more money than people working in third world slums, Marissa Mayers makes far more money than you. Comparing the salaries of people in completely different classes of society is not very useful.

I totally agree with what you're saying. Here's where it breaks down. Mayer has a bunch of money due solely to incredibly good luck and timing. Nothing more. It has nothing to do with her abilities (obviously), education, or any of that. She was in the right place at the right time.

So she's in a "class" that's occupied by people who made a bunch of money at business, and powerball winners. Although she made her money in business technically the reality is that she's on the "powerball winner" side of the aisle, if you catch my drift. So it's not terribly surprising that when you put her into a position like this she falters.

Of course, she is in an impossible position, anyway, but the company should have pulled a real entrepreneur in if they wanted to have a radical turnaround.

Comment Re:If she really wanted to rescue the company... (Score 5, Interesting) 214

The company was going in the wrong direction before she was even hired. They hired her as a gamble to make a big change to save the company. It didn't work. Going back to the way it was is stupid, it wasn't working before. The only things worth keeping are its overseas holdings. The core company is worthless. Firing her and hiring a replacement won't change that. They took a big gamble and lost. There is no going back.

I would argue that the core company isn't "worthless", it's just worth far less than it used to be. Plenty of people still go to, use it for email, news, etc. i still go to the financial part if I want to find out more about a company as I've found their tools to be pretty decent for aggregating everything of interest about a public company.

That said I tend to agree with the investor who says that they should be around 3000 staff members. My question to him is also "what is the proper CEO compensation for a company with this revenue?" My guess is that it's not even in the ballpark of what Mayer is getting.

The bottom line is that there's still a business there, probably not any real growth potential. So the proper thing to do is downsize, concentrate on the core(s) that are profitable and be really good at those areas where you're known to be really good.

That's odd advice in the internet world where everybody wants perpetual growth, but there are plenty of stores in my town here that aren't looking to grow but rather provide steady income until retirement. We have to be realistic and understand that that particular model is also relevant on the internet.

Comment Re:Editing Comments (Score 1) 1817

Please! Don't do it! I beg of you! Say NO! to editing of comments! EVER! A person can post a response and or correction. Editing will ruin everything! Comments set in stone is Slashdot's saving grace, that and the archives. Don't ever let them be edited... And resist the temptation for unicode also. You don't need the hassles.

Well, at least allow emojis even if not all of Unicode.

Comment Re:No more paid posts by Nervals Lobster (Score 1) 1817

The problem that is correlated to this is a lot of these sorts of submitters also would submit a story about a story, just clickbait to bring traffic to their own site. It was doubly frustrating because for many such stories there were rejected submissions that actually went straight to the source.

Comment Re:duh (Score 1) 182

Thanks. I was just looking for a nice font of this general sort. Now if I could find it in monospace, which is what I really need for my application... (Liberation Mono is fairly good but not "strong" enough visually.)

As to TFA, some years ago I noticed that some new Interstate signs had crappy legibility because the font was more tall and narrow than the old font. Lo and behold, finally I know why!

Comment Re:Swift is making Rust obsolete already! (Score 1) 122

I don't believe that apple will want swift to grow outside of the apple walled garden.

The main reason for using swift is that apple wants their developers to be locked in, on a language level. Their applications should be re-written from scratch if they want them to run on android or other plaftorms. They always went a different path to ensure this kind of lock-in. And they even found imitators, Google basically did this when they introduced java based apps.

Right. And open-sourcing swift is just part of this nefarious plot that you've uncovered.

How, I don't know.

Comment Re:Oh boy! (Score 1) 204

Since the company that makes velcro also made up the name "velcro", there's only one context for the word - ie: talking about the "velcro" they make.

More to the point, that's *why* they made up the name "velcro". Note, however, that we're perfectly within our rights to have this conversation using their word.

Comment Boneheaded and with straightforward solutions (Score 1) 697

This is so boneheaded it beggars belief. The straightforward solution is to require the UEFI variable filesystem (or whatever it is called these days) to be mounted read-only, and require (UNIX anyway, but something analogous ought to work for Windows too) an application to do a "mount -o remount,rw" to do whatever it needs to do, then do a "mount -o remount,ro" when it's finished. Not as nice as having UEFI not be seriously broken, but workable, and there's not much of an excuse for things like systemd, openrc, etc. implementing this where appropriate (and for any UEFI crap that can brick a system, this is appropriate).

Applications don't like it? Tough, patch the damn things. Requireing firmware to be exposed to harm like this on any operating system is unacceptable.

Comment Re:Not at all (Score 1) 151

Actually, I don't especially like cats. I like *some* cats, the ones that behave more like domesticated animals and less like wild beasts. And I'm quite familiar with feral cats, and predator species of various sorts.

What I'm saying, that you don't seem to get and is roundly ignored by people who decry predation by cats, is that cats only partially (and inadequately) replaced other predators that no longer exist in these environments; cats didn't suddenly arrive in a predator-free situation (exceptions noted for isolated islands where medium and larger predators failed to arrive or evolve -- remember the species already there invaded too, if much longer ago).

Indeed, a great many birds and rodents take full advantage of the relative safety of man-and-cats vs every-other-predator. Yeah, cats kill shit. So did a dozen other predators that no longer live where man (and cats) do.... and which killed a lot more shit than all the cats civilization can muster, feral or domestic.

And cats generally don't survive away from human influence. Other predators think they're very tasty and all too easily caught. Cripes, in the desert I couldn't grow cats fast enough to keep the owl and coyote buffet stocked. Every cat that went outside the fence got eaten.

Further, if one looks at wild cat species and the fact that some freely interbreed with domestic cats, it's clear the line between 'em is at best fuzzy and possibly artificial, much like the line between dogs and wolves (functionally different breeds of the same species).

So it's basically the same argument as "people shouldn't be allowed to roam the woods and freely kill deer, because it's hard on the deer population", and meanwhile humans have run most of the other large predators out, and in some of the more-settled states there are now up to 10 times as many deer as in a wild environment with the more-usual array of large predators.

Funny how the same people who decry free-roaming cats usually support "wolf reintroduction" in the western U.S. (Canadian grey wolves were never native here in the first place, and have killed off the formerly-healthy population of native timber wolves), and scream bloody murder when we shoot the surplus (there are now about 4x as many wolves as the prey population can support).

Did you know coyotes are not native to most of North America? Evidence is that they followed man across the continent, and in fact some started as feral Indian dogs (there's a lot of domestic dog DNA, from about 2000 years ago, in the coyote population). Now what??

Balances change. Nature is not static, and humans and their associated creatures are part of the dynamic. And considering that in an urban or suburban setting you will have either free-roaming cats, or assloads of rats and mice, which do you choose?? Maybe you'd prefer to import weasels, foxes, and skunks. Rabies ahoy!!

Comment Re:Take back Slashdot (Score 1) 1304

Well, the first thing you can do is PUT THE DAILY EMAILER BACK HOW IT WAS!!

I don't know what you did to it, but today's was somewhere between useless and unusable. Mostly it showed as a blank message with a couple of irrelevant links way down the page and badly formatted. I'll bet it got blocked as spam by more-proactive servers, just for the horrible layout (even if anything had worked right).

I'm sure I'm not alone in that I haven't visited the front page in years, and rely entirely on the daily email for a list of topics in an easily-skimmed format.

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