9/10 of everything I get local delivered is a sales pitch to "Current Resident".
Exactly. Those guys, by sheer volume, are the ones paying enough money to keep the lights on at the post office. If they raise that rate too much, then advertisers will just find another, more cost-effective medium and the price of your Christmas card to grandma will go up to about $3, or maybe even more.
As unfortunate as it is, that crapmail is what is subsidizing the rest of the traditional government-chartered snail mail industry. And sorting through all the crapmail is the price (no pun intended) we pay for sending letters for less than the $8-$12 FedEx will charge you for a letter-size envelope at their slowest delivery pace.
You could sack the entire top tier of every Fortune 500 company tomorrow and there'd be plenty enough equally or even more competent people lining up to replace them for only a fraction of their salaries.
Let me guess - you have never actually worked up close with senior management at a Fortune 500 company and have no idea what those jobs entail, but you're pretty sure it must be easy. Right? Of course I'm right, this is Slashdot.
It is not at all the same thing to manage a team of ten people as it is to manage an organization of ten thousand. Ditto for taking a small business loan out from a bank vs. issuing billions in bonds, or dealing with a small ownership group versus having millions of shareholders. There are very specific skills required to run very large companies, and however smart you are you probably do not have those skills unless you have actually
Top corporate salaries are far too high, and there are plenty of good reasons that they should come down. But "their jobs are easy and can be easily replaced" is not one of them.
Some recent scientific results (*) have clarified obesity, and are completely at odds with every "common knowledge" explanation. The bad news is that we don't know what causes obesity and there's nothing anyone can do [currently] to combat it. The good news is that it's not related to a) what you eat(**) b) how much you eat, c) your willpower, d) genetics, or e) exercise.
I have not done a scientific study, but I am pretty sure that if I eat three Denny's meals per day and do no exercise, I will become obese. I know some obese people, and I can verify that their caloric intake vs. mine (minus exercise) does not net out to 30 calories per day.
If that's not the case, please let me know... I am tired of cardio and would be interested in partaking in their forthcoming Hobbit-themed breakfasts if there's no relationship to weight gain.
Don't do bad shit, so you don't have to feel bad about it.
Disclaimer: I am writing this as someone who believes that the current US scope of electronic snooping is improperly controlled, far out of bounds, and wholly counterproductive.
From reading the comments here so far, I have come to realize that there is a major "culture gap" between the people who comment on Slashdot and those who work in places like the NSA, the US military, the police or other "authority" organizations. Being (apparently) one of the few people in the former category who also knows and admires friends in the latter category, I thought it might be useful to attempt to explain the cultural gap that otherwise prevents the two groups from understanding each other.
Most employed Americans - including nearly all Slashdotters - have a job. They may like it or hate it, but they fundamentally view themselves as free agents within an economy where their employer wants to get the most work out of them for the least money, and they want to get the most happiness for the least work. Employer/employee loyalty is not particularly important (except where it is grudgingly mandated through unions, which dulls the "free agent" concept as well). Work is what they do to provide for themselves and not their "calling."
Some employed Americans believe themselves instead to have a calling of national service, such as military personnel, or employees of other national-security related agencies. (A similar argument for a "calling" as employment could be made for teachers, firemen, police, community volunteers, etc.) They forego monetary or other opportunity in the belief that the work they are doing to serve their country is a "higher calling" that makes the trade-offs worthwhile. An important difference between "national service" callings vs. some others is an implicit understanding of a military-style discipline - the military does not work if the captain says "let's attack hill X" and the private decides to shoot at hill Y instead.
This is not an attempt to absolve "but I vas only taking orders, herr prosecutor!" behavior. These people still maintain an individual conscience and are willing to exercise it. But by and large, there is a trust that individual employees have (necessarily) only a limited view of the big picture, and the responsibility for figuring out what's right or wrong to do is being shouldered by the executive-level ranks who do actually have the big picture. (For example, you wouldn't want an individual CIA analyst to say "I won't put surveillance on this address" because it's a US address when they don't have the full picture that it's being used by a foreign agent.)
Far too long story short - NSA employees don't feel like their work is spying on Grandma. They think their work is very valuable, and it's spying on potential terrorists or otherwise giving the US political leadership all the data it needs about what is going on anywhere else in the world.. They are not going to spend their time reading up on every secret court ruling about what is or isn't kosher spying - most of them don't have access to all the information anyway! They feel hung out to dry because the senior government officials who they trusted to answer "is this OK?" said "yes" and then didn't back them up when an angry US and world public said, 'WTF?'"
You may agree, you may not agree. Apologies for any misrepresentations to the people I am speaking on behalf of. But I thought it might be useful for most Slashdotters to at least hear the thinking of the people on the "other side" and why it may not be a cut-and-dried issue.
You must have some strange notion that democracies are run on behalf of the people or something.
This is not exactly what you said, but the fact is that representatives in democracies are at least chosen by the people, and their continuing re-election is subject to the approval of those same people. The fact that those people make terrible choices (or at least ones you don't agree with) does not make democracy any less a government by, for and of "the people." You seem to think the system is rigged in some way, when it's really not. People who have a viewpoint - left, right, rich people, unions, whoever - spend money to convince others of that viewpoint, good or bad. If you don't like the way that people voted or who they elected, then maybe you should get more involved with ensuring that your viewpoint gets more votes.
The problem that the world faces is that the media conspires to hide the extent of the fucking over
These two sentences taken together are almost self-contradictory. Maybe it would have made sense to say this decades ago if you mistakenly bought into the idea that CBS, NBC and ABC plus all the big newspapers somehow weren't filled with journalists who salivate at the concept of blowing the whistle on the powers that be. (Remember Watergate?) But "modern technology" - remember that Internet thing? - makes it possible to expose billions of people to whatever your crazy-ass viewpoint is at a negligible cost. People have the freedom to listen to all kinds of "news" sources that they never had before. The fact that people don't agree with what you're saying is not proof that someone else has "conspired" to limit the public discourse in the favor of the un-named "elites" that you seem to be very unhappy about.
but will it work with my family's ATT wireless plan?
Short version: yes. AT&T's GSM network does not automatically boot off devices that it doesnt recognize, although you will get no customer support for a device that hasn't gone through their extensive network certification process.
So your family plan will work if you swap your current SIMs out of your devices and into this phone. If you go into an AT&T store and say "what plans can I get with my Neo900?" they will stare at you blankly and try to sell you an iPhone... not out of malice but because they have no idea what it is. If the Neo900 has a different sized-SIM than what you currently use, just ask AT&T for a new SIM of that size with no device order and do the swap, it should work.
a row of white goblins suddenly ran single file across the highway, they were about 3 foot tall with one big red "Cyclops" eye that took up their entire face . They kept coming out of the thick scrub all in neat single file
I did that mission in GTA V, too. Did you have the chain gun as well?
it doesn't make them any more or less valuable.
Not necessarily. What it means is that my bitcoins are not worth [coins] x [current value], but instead are worth [what I sell today] x [current value], and [what I sell tomorrow] x [whatever the value is then], and so on. The actual number could end up being either much higher or much lower.
If you can sell them for $1 million, then by definition they are worth $1 million.
It seems pretty simple on the surface but it's actually not. The point that the GP post was trying to make is that in a small or illiquid market, large sales volumes can actually depress prices by introducing too much inventory to sell vs. people willing to buy. This is a somewhat different example, but back in the day when Bill Gates still had a meaningful percentage of all Microsoft's shares, he would be said in the media to be worth "[his share total] x [current MSFT quote]." But people who knew the market actually understood that if he ever decided to liquidate his shares all at once they would be worth far less because he would actually flood the market (leaving aside the fact that if people figured out that Bill Gates was selling all his MSFT shares, they would flee the stock in droves assuming he knew something they didn't.)
So long story short - if I have a trivial number of [shares, rare items, whatever] compared to the market size, then, yes, they are worth [quantity] x [going price]. But if I have a quantity that is significant to the size of the ability to make markets and I try to sell it all at once, it will invariably be worth far less.
News flash: highly successful engineer who did not go to business school thinks business school is a waste.
Shocking update: highly successful businessperson who went to business school thinks engineers don't know what they're talking about.
This is pretty normal... the path you took to get where you are starts to look like the best or only path. There is room for all specialties and approaches when used in the right way and mixed with other viewpoints.
For the same reason there's one in Hawai'i.
Because there's a glottal stop there in the original pronounciation that is hard to reflect in English characters without it.
Werner von Braun said those words
That doesn't necessarily discount your assertions about von Braun's complicity with the Nazi regime, but you should know better than to call someone a "stupid sack of shit" based off a (pretty obviously) fake quote that was meant as a joke.