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Comment Re:Cheap foreign helium atoms (Score 1) 329

I don't know about you, but I'm not getting any cheap, shoddily made helium atoms.

I'm with you. I always buy the Morton Salt at the grocery store because they use only premium sodium atoms. Also, some cheaper salt is made from chlorine atoms that are scavenged from public swimming pool water, basically old and worn out.

Comment Re:The 0.01% (Score 3, Insightful) 217

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) 217

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 yahoo.com, 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) 1832

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) 1832

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:Swift is making Rust obsolete already! (Score 1) 123

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 Uh, yeah, so... (Score 1) 572

As much as I dislike Hillary (and the Clintons, in general), and with the experience I have with classified materials... *If* the information was classified long after the fact, I'm finding it hard to fault her (and this pains me to say). If it was classified at the time it was recorded, however, she should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, as *anyone* read into a Secret, Top Secret, or any SCI (or higher) classification signs an NDA with the US Government, with serious consequences. Just look at Snowden, who has no political ties. Same consequences should apply if she knowingly let at-the-time classified data be stored on systems that weren't cleared for it...

Comment Uh, yeah... (Score 1) 406

Well, I guess I'll need to find all-new DisplayPort or DVI or HDMI KVMs for my server farms. Hint: Ain't gonna happen. Any rack-mounted KVM I've found has only be VGA, as recently as last year. Even systems I'm speccing for server refreshes, all have VGA ports. It's gonna suck when VGA finally goes away, but at least in the headless server space, it doesn't seem soon...

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