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Comment: Kids (Score 1) 496

by rsilvergun (#47562681) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'
Can force you into debt. School cloths. Food. Medicine. A toy for the birthday.

Losing a job and not being able to find another can force you into debt. You need to eat. We've been dismantling the Safety Net for 40 years. If you think you're protected and you're not already rich then your nuts.

It's also ridiculous to say you're not "forced" into debt when you need medical attention. Experience the pain of an infected tooth or a Kidney Stone you can't pass and tell me about the "choices" you have then.

Christ, what the hell is wrong with this world. Human beings need certain thing to survive. I've said this before and will again: If we can put a man on the moon why the hell can't we feed our kids?

Comment: TCO (Score 3, Insightful) 153

by rsilvergun (#47545975) Attached to: Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro
At the risk of being modded troll I'll ask if anyone knows the TCO on these Linux roll outs. If Spain has lower tech wages it might be much lower than Windows, but in the United States at least there's tonnes of cheap Windows IT gurus but if you want someone that can admin your Linux boxes you'll pay through the nose. Google Docs and other web apps might be changing that though, at least until you hit college.

Comment: You're more right that you know (Score 1) 272

Our food supply is based on oil. We don't rotate crops anymore. We couldn't possibly make enough food if we did. Instead we generate nitrogen as a by-product of oil and pump it back into the soil.

If the oil stops flowing some Americans might have to tighten their belts, but people around the world that depend on our surplus food would just starve...

Comment: Uh, that's not how it works (Score 1) 192

by rsilvergun (#47491471) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is
not at all. You need to ask yourself who has disposable income. It's mostly teenagers, They're young, and stuff that's repetitious to you is brand new to them. . There's a smattering of young married women (who, as it turns out, make most of the buying decisions in a family after the teenage years, and yes I know not all of them are married any more). But a more discerning is usually made up of middle aged men who don't have much in the form of disposable income (nerds aside)

Comment: This is actually a strength (Score 3, Interesting) 272

by rsilvergun (#47484093) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?
not a weakness. Microsoft does this is a) to maintain backwards compatibility (which locks businesses in since they'd have to re-purchase or re-write tons of software) and b) to fix bugs and work around limitations in other vendor's software ( again, lock in ).

In office there's something called the 80/20 rule. 80% of your customers only use 20% of your features, but it's a _different_ 20% for just about every customer. There's always 1 feature a customer can't live without. That's what keeps 'em locked in :).

The danger from dropping rarely used features and picking just one way to do things is that you'll force your users to spend lots of money switching over to the 1 way you picked, and they'll start asking if they should look for alternatives.

Comment: They're finishing off Nokia (Score 1) 272

by rsilvergun (#47482947) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?
and scaling back XBox. The CEO more or less said he wanted to cut XBox because it wasn't profitable enough, and Nokia is a no-brainer. Microsoft lost the smart phone/tablet war big, and they've probably got redundancies to eliminate.

The part that I'm wondering about is with these new, ultra efficient companies that merge up like crazy how much work is there going to be for the rest of us to do? Between that an automation it just looks like we're running out of work to do..

Comment: Are they just shutting their Cell Phone division? (Score 1) 383

by rsilvergun (#47475193) Attached to: Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go
I find it hard to believe Nokia can lose 12,500 jobs and still be a company. Yeah, yeah, redundancies and all.

Or maybe they can, but what's that mean for the rest of us in this era of mergers where Company A buys Company B and suddenly there are half as many jobs. If that's really the case then we're just plain running out of work to do...

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