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Comment Re:VMWare actually gave us money to donate (Score 2) 209

The end of year bonus is part of your compensation for your job. It's not a gift to you.

But unless the amount of the bonus was disclosed to you at the beginning of the year, it's hard to factor it into your compensation. Every job I've ever had, a bonus was completely optional -- hence, bonus.

Comment Re:ARM Server CPUs, x86 on ARM (Score 1) 84

When I've heard people talk about "ARM servers," the fine print tends to be that they're not really talking about ARM CPUs, they're talking about ARM SoCs ... so however many ARM CPU cores paired with other components that tailor the SoC for specific workloads. The resulting ARM servers probably won't be general-purpose hardware for everybody to use, they will be marketed to people who know the specific thing they want to do and now they just want to hit the sweet spot on power consumption/cost/whatever.

Comment Re:Not all emulation (Score 1) 84

That's not actually that big of a downside. With Microsoft Office, for example, Microsoft still recommends most users install the 32-bit version, even though almost everybody is running a 64-bit OS these days. The exception is people who need to run crazy big Access databases (or ... shudder ... Excel spreadsheets).

Comment Re:Mandate reporting when antibiotics are prescrib (Score 1) 75

I acquired a MRSA soft tissue infection several years ago while in my local hospital. It wasn't pleasant. Now that I'm on the "MRSA list", though, I always get a single room when I'm hospitalized, and that's pretty sweet.

That's really interesting. I have a friend who recently told me that he contracted such an infection when he was injured once, and now he's at a high risk of getting infected again anytime his skin is breached. He just scraped his knee falling off a skateboard and ended up having to go in to the clinic for IV antibiotics. Seems he's colonized with the stuff. I never realized that's something that could happen.

Comment Re:Sorry. Do you not have this???? (Score 1) 75

First, this isn't the United States we're talking about. This is the State of California, proposing legislation for its own state jurisdiction.

Second, the United States has a thing you may have heard of called the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC does in fact have a list of notifiable diseases, which you can see here. Vancomycin-resistant infections are on that list, vancomycin being one of the "last resort" antibiotics used to treat severe, resistant staphylococcus aureus and clostridium difficile infections.

So it would appear that the California State Senator just wants to tighten up the requirements even further and ensure that the information is made available to the State of California.

What a horrible thing.

Comment Re:meh, totally predictable plot lines (Score 1) 77

Team movies have mostly failed until recently, which is why the success of the X-Men and the Avengers was such a surprise to everyone.

The success of movies based on some of the most popular young-adult fantasy properties in the world was a surprise ... to everyone?

And where were you for Seven Samurai, the Magnificent Seven, the Italian Job, Heat, the entire Fast & Furious series, Power Rangers, all the Star Wars movies, Reservoir Dogs, just about any movie set in any real-life war, Team America and all the movies it was parodying, Ocean's 11 and pretty much any other heist movie ever made, etc etc ...

Comment Re:More then the movie made... (Score 4, Interesting) 57

Not really. Adam Sandler movies are basically massive scams where he makes huge profits by selling advertising into the movie, then writes up giant paychecks for himself and all his cronies. No matter how shitty his movies are, the Adam Sandler business is basically self-sustaining.

Comment Re:Better be ready to be beat up when layed off wo (Score 2) 535

The whole idea of "Basic Income" is a drive to the lowest common denominator and eventually it will fail as nobody does anything, and no income is being taxed to pay for the people who aren't doing anything.

Confusing. What is it about finding oneself at the lowest common denominator that you feel discourages ambition?

Comment Re:The survey between the commercials. (Score 1) 137

Score isn't everything. Sometimes there are especially good plays. Other times, the way in which the final score was reached plays a factor -- if there was a last-minute turnaround, for example.

To me, the same rules apply as with spoilers for movies. Personally, I really don't care about spoilers. If the "surprise twist" sounds really dumb, I guess I'll save some money. If it sounds good, I'll see the movie even though I know how it will end, because there's more to the experience of watching it than just the summary.

Comment DEA already has rescheduled and overruled itself (Score 5, Interesting) 150

Here's the ruling

Based upon this record it is the recommended decision of the administrative law judge that the substance 3, 4-
methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as MDMA, should be placed in Schedule III.
Dated: MAY 22 1986
Francis L Young, Administrative Law Judge

here is the story

I don't know the process here between FDA and DEA, which has which ultimate powers regarding final say on drug scheduling, but I have a feeling the drug is going to be rescheduled by the FDA (it is a "good," drug, a miracle drug, and the benefits to patients far outweighs the damage to those who abuse drugs), and then something fishy will happen at the DEA, and someone will overstep their authority, just like last time, and it will again be decided in court who gets their way, the nanny-staters and asshole control freaks or the doctors, scientists, and patients that need the drug.

Comment Re:Finally, the gloves will come off! (Score 2, Insightful) 1055

I hope the 1st Amendment wins.

The 1st Amendment will win. No matter whether Twitter shuts down his account or not, Donald Trump will still be free to say whatever he wants.

He doesn't have the right to come over to my place and paint it in yard-high letters on my garage door, though.

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