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Comment Re:What's the money for? (Score 1) 139

But they sound like something that costs less than a million dollars per year. Is the rest all spent on embezzlement services?

First, haha NO, servicing hundreds of thousands or millions of customers a day does not cost less than a million a year, try probably ~$50 million if you're doing it right.

Second, they're currently employing most of the former AI and Robotics labs folks from Carnegie Mellon and a few other large high profile labs in an effort to get autonomous cars going to the point where they can remove their biggest expenditure (their drivers).

Comment Re:Microsoft offered $45 Billion (Score 1) 399

Depends on how you measure it. One way is the way you cited, another is number of active users -- and they're roughly equal as of last year (GMail has become much more popular). Yahoo currently had 1 billion as of February last year whereas GMail had the same at the same time (Feb 2016).

BTW- Your sig is from Good Omens correct? Haven't read that in a decade -- I'm thinking I should reread it.

Comment Re:Microsoft offered $45 Billion (Score 2) 399

Marissa inherited a company with the most popular email, finance, and fantasy sports sites on the internet. Despite still being in an exclusive advertising deal with MS (who wants to use Bing ads?) prior to her arrival, she decided to turn Yahoo into a "digital magazine" (hiring Katie Couric and David Pogue). And she even decided to renew the deal.

On the employee side, she introduced a "stack ranking" policy (shortly before even Microsoft abandoned it) that was done QUARTERLY which turned the whole company into a giant game of survivor. Even free sushi bars and smoothies aren't enough to keep many people from finding a new company (Google, Apple, Facebook) where you aren't constantly worried about being fired. Losing many of your long-time employees and focusing on short-term (quarterly) goals is a target-rich environment for anyone looking to break in and steal passwords.

It isn't hard to imagine a future where Yahoo instead chose to focus on retaining their positions (Draft Kings is more popular now than Yahoo Fantasy Sports) and not renewing their deal with Bing search. The best thing Marissa did is probably improve the cafeteria.

(Disclaimer: I worked for Yahoo in 2013 and have nothing but praise for the other engineers who work there.)

Comment Re:Oh FFS (Score 1) 218

A professional CONSIDERS computational complexity EVERY time they write a line of code.

No, they don't. A professional knows when the computational complexity doesn't matter so they don't bother considering it.

A professional also knows that big-O doesn't tell the whole story. Bubble sort is probably faster than a fancy n log n algorithm unless you're sorting thousands of items.

Comment Re:Great news! (Score 1) 267

No, Obama, having created a problem for US-Israel relations, is now gonna impose sanctions on Russia to put Trump in a bind.

Good.

He is under no obligations to continue Obama's petulant policies

Yeah, because being the most petulant person ever to win the office, I'm sure he has his own policies to think about.

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