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Comment: Re:Make them pay (Score 1) 365

by theskipper (#49055229) Attached to: Smoking Is Even Deadlier Than Previously Thought

Not going to specifically defend what the AC said but perhaps the statement was related to alcohol's benefits being walked back recently:

Coupled with the resveratrol marketing scheme over recent years, it's getting very difficult to make any unequivocal comments about the benefits of alcohol consumption.

Comment: Re:Speculated at for over a year (Score 1) 331

by theskipper (#48976381) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM

Officers of the company (i.e. insiders) would naturally want to exercise their options at the highest price possible. Increasing dividends makes the stock appear more attractive to institutional investors.

When institutions buy, that increases the pressure for the price to go up (retail investors don't move a market cap like this, only the big boys do). When the price per share goes up then that's more money that the officers can collect when they exercise their free options; in this case it looks like all the strikes were no higher than around $100. Or they simply sell some of their common position into the open market. The higher the stock price, the higher the profit. Tax strategies play a huge part too.

Any decent financial site will list insider transactions and their values, here's IBM's:

Comment: Re: Mobile e-mail requires a mobile data plan (Score 1) 237

by theskipper (#48664893) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Re: $300, it really depends on your overall blend of cell usage. I've used Ting's pay as you go service for a couple years and do the same thing the op does, turn on $3/100MB mobile data for email on my S3 when I'm traveling. They're a Sprint MVNO, so coverage is predictable by looking at the Sprint maps.

Bottom line is that if all three parts of your voice/text/data usage are low, then $25/mo is not only doable, it's actually a little high.

Comment: Re:$32 million of greed. (Score 1) 170

by theskipper (#48640211) Attached to: Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

Put it this way, before 1980, sure. But over the last 30 or so years it's been a different ballgame.

There were 100 baggers available by selling at the top of the internet bubble. Or buying MDVN 10 years ago or tucking away some AAPL in the dark days. And these opportunities aren't dying out; for example, the same scenario is playing again right now in immuno/gene therapy.

Expand that out to real estate, Forex, domain names or just about any other investment/speculative vehicle over that time and you're talking a massive # of individual opportunities that yielded multi-fold returns. Returns that could be parlayed into further opportunities.

So imo it's not unreasonable for someone to turn $1m into $30m over a 20 year span even with average discipline, intelligence and luck.

Comment: Re:$32 million of greed. (Score 2) 170

by theskipper (#48639513) Attached to: Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

Most likely not. Based on a cursory look at Scholastic, McGraw-Hill and John Wiley, only the latter has returned close to a 10-bagger in the last 20 years. Of course the obvious stock in the book space is Amazon at 100x+.

But the point is that there have been tons of investment opportunities that yielded extraordinary returns over that period. Being "astute" means you get rewarded for great due diligence, mixed in with good timing and some luck. It's the same for everyone who takes risk by investing, he shouldn't be pilloried for success imo.

Comment: Re:Check your math. (Score 1) 880

by theskipper (#48598157) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

None? Is civil disobedience a crime? By its very nature it is. So lots of Christians have committed lots of crimes over the years in the name of their religion. Over issues like civil rights, gays, school prayer, to name a few.

Now the shooting of abortion providers in the name of Christianity is of course an actual indisputable crime. Only a few, but in fairness you did express the extremist view and say none.

Comment: Re:Cheers for Mint (Score 5, Interesting) 89

by theskipper (#48497529) Attached to: Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon and MATE Editions Released

Cinnamon was the antidote to the dumbed-down interface craze for me. Switched to it a year ago and haven't looked back.

Nemo alone is worth the switch, it's a file manager that doesn't treat you like a child and "hide the knives" (and trees in the sidebar are intuitive to me, ymmv). Workspace management via panel, hotkeys or OSD all work well. The system menu is usable and makes sense. Applets are actually easy to install and manage. A couple clicks and sane scrollbars are back. And simple things out of the box like being able to resize a window without the idiocy of trying to hit a single pixel in the lower right corner reflects the productivity mindset it targets.

Maybe all this has been fixed in Unity/Gnome 3/etc. but I haven't paid attention and don't care at this point. Sure there's still bugs and features that need polishing but imho it's worth setting up a vm to test it out.

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."