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Comment: Re:There ought to be a law (Score 1) 110

and the law will not actually stop anyone from anything.

Laws aren't meant to stop things from happening.

When the people writing the law state that one of the purposes they are introducing the law is, wait for it, "deterrence", they, by definition, are meant to stop things from happening. You cannot really claim that what a people did was not meant to do exactly what the people doing it stated they wanted to accomplish.

Comment: Re:Decent (Score 5, Insightful) 482

by praxis (#49486375) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

Well, that depends... has he also cut any bonuses he may get? How much does he already have stashed away? Is the company public, or going public? If so, how much stock does he own? Is he contemplating an entry into politics and is doing it to put a nice coat of polish on his populism creds?

By the way: For the longest time, Steve Jobs had an annual salary of $1.00 as CEO of Apple. Of course, his stock holdings in the company gave him more money annually than the GDP of many small countries, but...

Anyrate, while this is admirable and such, the sceptic in me wants to know more abut how he can afford to do that (because $70k/yr in Seattle ain't really all that much money), and why.

$70,000 not being all that much money depends on how much you expect is "all that much". I was supporting a family in Seattle with a single income of $70,000 before taxes, with want of nothing.

But, that's not what prompted me to reply.He reduced his salary to 7% of its prior amount because he felt he had enough and wanted his company to better invest that money in its other employees. He could have six billion in cash sitting in accounts all over the world, and it wouldn't change the sense of his action.

Comment: Re:money money money (Score 1) 148

by praxis (#49466861) Attached to: Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online

What makes a network real? Does it require a central authority dictating programming to each affiliate? Does it require terrestrial broadcast capability? Does it require orbital broadcast capability? All three?

As it stands, I will end up paying them $30 to watch their product commercial free when it is released. Do you think that Game of Thrones is worth more money? How much do you think they should charge? How many commercials would a "real" network have to inject into their broadcasts to recoup what they'd have paid HBO for the license to it?

Comment: Re:Managers need an algorithm for that? (Score 1, Flamebait) 210

I stand corrected about the 70%, I didn't realize there were caps. I'll revise my statement then.

If one has a mortgage without enough of an emergency fund to pay that mortgage in the event of a job loss for enough time to downsize to a smaller home, then one is living beyond their means.

In other words, if something like the loss of one job will cause a financial crisis, one is doing it wrong.

Comment: Re:There's a middle path (Score 1) 394

by praxis (#49398435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

The way I see it, is time is the most precious asset I have. I really don't care to spend too much of it going to low-key events from someone I barely know. That's not to say I don't want to socialize with a wide-range of people, but an event every once in a while that I do get wind of is more than enough to keep a good flow of new faces to meet.

Facebook breeds a strong fear of missing out, when in reality if I get invited to 1 out of 1000 events going on in my city, its far more than enough to keep my social calendar reasonably full. I don't care that I missed event X, even if I think it's far better than event Y that I did stumble upon because I don't *know* it was better and there's no sense in lamenting over such trifles.

It's interesting to me that you see email as too formal for some invitations. Email is where we go for spam, mass mailings, and heads-up about events. Everyone I know has email. I cannot think of a single person that does not. About half the people I know don't have or never use Facebook. Email is where I send out invitations because it works best.

Perhaps millenials all use Facebook and none of them use email for such things, and generations shift in how they do things. In my generation, we all use email for organizing things (with attached calendar items when it makes sense). For context, I'm in the generation where I used to write letters to girls across the pond because phone calls were expensive and not everyone had email.

I guess what I am saying, if someone cares about me, they know how to contact me. If I get passed over, it's really not a big deal at all. Either a) they didn't want me there enough to put in that kind of (pretty low-bar) thought or b) the Fates screwed me, oh well, or c) my "friend" dislikes the fact I don't use Facebook and didn't invite me to spite me; fuck 'em.

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