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Comment Re:Apple just buy out Intel (Score 1) 100

So what would Apple get in turn for buying Intel? Cheaper pricing?

More like, by adopting Intel's process technology they could save 20% or more of the power used by all of their mobile devices, not to mention the billions of dollars they contribute to Intel's profit margin currently. If Apple owned Intel, they could even resume manufacturing Flash RAM in-house.


Comment So, what else is new? (Score 0) 96

As I recall, when I was in high school the kids in the "national honor society" were a pack of left-wing ass kissers who made a habit of cheating on their tests and homework. It used to bug the shit out of me when the teachers and overseers would tell me that I should be docile and obedient like they were.


Comment Re: How is this news? (Score 1) 176

But this is like telling you: "Since a lot of parents fail to account for the true cost of raising their future children, you have ten years to come up with every penny you'll spend for the first 18 years of their lives, their college tuition and their retirement. Anyway, congratulations on graduating high school!"

Comment Re:How is this news? (Score 2) 176

Every business should be required to actually fund their pension plans instead of whining to the government for bailouts later. See countless examples of companies going bankrupt over union demands and the unions whining about their pensions they're "owed"

By forcing the USPS to actually be accountable for it's promises to the unions, they can deal with the problem now rather than later.

I have absolutely zero problem with forcing institutions to pre-fund their pension plans.

But Congress gave the USPS entirely unreasonable demands in an entirely unreasonable timeframe. Even 40 or 50 years in 10 would be far too much.

But all of this is beside the point and not the real issue here, as the whole purpose of the stipulation is to trigger the financial collapse of the USPS.

Comment Re:How is this news? (Score 5, Informative) 176

Because unlike every other business on the planet Dubya passed a law that says the USPS has to have the ENTIRE retirement plan, to the very last penny for every single employee, funded for something like 40 years?

It's worse than that. The law gives the USPS 10 years to come up with 100% of the money needed to fund all of its pension requirements for the next 75 years.

It's designed to destroy the USPS so Republican lawmakers can bemoan how government has once again failed to deliver. Except that they're the ones who have failed us.

Comment Re:Gawd (Score 1, Flamebait) 434

No, its just the realisation that if Java was a terrible language it would have died a long time ago.

Your optimism is astonishing.

you don't have a clue about the real world.

I spent most of the 90's working on Wall Street, and in Chicago at the Board of Trade. JP Morgan, Salomon Brothers, Phibro Energy, and UBS/Warburg. Since leaving the financial industry, I've been working in the Silicon Valley, much of that time being spent at what is now the most profitable technology company in existence.

But, if as you say I don't have a clue about the real world, I suppose I'll have to bow to your superior intellect and settle for Java as you have. How depressing.


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