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## Comment The hidden news in this study (Score 1)542

come from this part : "Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same (my emphasis).

While the study was not designed to test that hypothesis, it provides evidence that weight change is affected by factors other than caloric intake, at least in rats. This study is thus a serious blow to the "a calorie is a calorie is a calorie" paradigm of obesity research.

Seems like Gary Taubes was right all along.

## Comment Re:Paid off the house (Score 1)582

You don't have to pay \$1000 in interest, and you have \$0 in your pocket? What about that \$1000?

You can put it the way you want, my math is correct.

Most people aren't financial wizards, and even the wizards can lose their asses, as the last two years have shown. Personally, I paid off the house, and invest that money that would otherwise be interest payments, and have done quite well by having a slightly slower approach. More importantly, MY HOUSE IS PAID OFF. That means that no matter what happens, I have a nice place to live. Yes, if you can borrow the money for 5% and get more than a 5% return on your investment, then you can make more money. My point is that most people over the last two year have LOST money doing this. Paying off the house is less risky and has a guaranteed, tangible benefit, not just one "on paper".

So we agree then

## Comment Re:Paid off the house (Score 1)582

You always want to pay off your house if you can. People talk about "I need the deductions", but if you are in the 25% tax bracket, you have to *spend* \$1000 to get \$250 in tax reduction. This still means you are out the \$750

Sounds nice enough, unfortunately it doesn't add up. Let me show you with your example.

Option A : pay the mortgage, don't pay \$1000 in interest. In your pockets : \$0

Option B : don't pay the mortgage, invest the principal in some revenue generating activity that is equal to the interest rate on the mortgage (that's the part you forgot about). In your pockets : -\$1000 in interest + \$1000 in revenue + \$250 in tax deductions = \$250.

Clearly you win by not paying your mortgage if only looking at the numbers. IRL it's often best to mix low-risk (e.g. paying off the mortgage) with higher-risk (e.g. stock market investments), and other non-financial considerations obviously differ for each person. So paying off your mortgage as fast as possible is not necessarily a bad option in practice, although it is financially not the "right" answer.

## Comment Re:Wait a minute (Score 1)167

What? TFS is about Yahoo actually censoring adult search results. The question of how successful they are is not especially relevant. They're able to filter at least some results; anyone who has had to deal with the safe search filters at Yahoo of Google can agree that they do work a great majority of the time. So like I said, they can't "claim that filtering porn is infeasible".

## Comment Re:Hiding from the government is different. (Score 1)138

Gold today sells for \$1,192 per once, or more than \$40,000 per kg. Sure gold is "heavy", but you need much less to hide a few thousand dollars.

## Comment Re:I've nearly last count... (Score 1)958

That would be a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act if you are over 40.

Only if the regulators are as literal as you are applying the law. I'm sure screening applicants for aptitude to travel is legal, and people with families happen to be less apt for this particular, required-for-the-job task.

## Comment Re:Not Hefty? (Score 1)406

Variable costs !- total costs. Just because a cost has already occurred (dvd printing or automating your warehouse) doesn't mean the company should not pass it to its customers. How else are they supposed to recoup these costs? Pricing should account for total costs in the long term.

I think in this situation, the major argument against charging s&h costs is that customers have already paid for them when buying Vista, when what they really wanted (and were promised) in the first place was 7.

## Comment Re:similar to Snow Leopard (Score 2)406

But hey, if you feel "ripped off", then don't buy it.

Thing is, the customers in question here think they've already bought Windows 7. They got a computer with Vista, which they don't want, with a promise of a free upgrade. They don't care what shipping and handling cost the retailers, they've already had to live with Vista for 3 months and now can finally get what they really paid for in the first place.

Sure they'll pay the fee. Better pay 17\$ than losing your 300\$ purchase, yet it's still a huge PITA.

## Comment Bad news, good news (Score 1)200

Markets have a way to circumvent these monopolies. It's called innovation. Wanna bet that 20 million dissatisfied broadband Internet customers are a tremendous incentive for smaller companies to offer a wireless Internet solution? Or something new altogether? Investment in alternative technologies will without a doubt increase if Bell and Telus don't allow competitors to have their slice of profits.

## Comment No Chrome? (Score 5, Interesting)221

It takes the form of a plug-in to Firefox and Internet Explorer

What, Google aren't even releasing plug-ins for their own browser first? What kind of endorsement is that?

## Comment Winning Bet Tax? (Score 1)451

How much do you want to bet the RIAA will push exactly that claim?

If I take the bet and you win, make sure to report the gain on your tax return.

## Comment Value to them vs value to you (Score 1)412

For the quantitative aspect of the situation, you should examine their offer and try to figure out how they came to this figure. What is it in your company that can make them money? What synergies would you provide them? Do they have a solid marketing team to sell your product? What can they do that you can't, and what can you do that they can't? That way you'll have an idea if their offer is reasonable.

Now, let's reverse the question. How do you value your own company? Do you have the resources and know-how to make it into a \$5M company? \$100M? You've worked hard up to this point, but this is in the past now. Are you confident enough that you'll be able to get to a point where you actually make good profit?

Now the important point is that if they value your company higher than you do, you should sell. Period. The fact that they are offering something for your company is no guarantee that you'll be able to make nearly as much on your own. They might be willing to give you a lot because you're worth a lot to them. You might not be worth so much without outside help.

As you mentionned, money is but one factor in your decision. Still I hope this helps a little...

## Comment Re:Honeymoon is over (Score 1)774

Why don't you install the distro originally made for the AA1, Linpus linux? You can find good instructions on how to do this here.

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