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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:Clinton is above the law (Score 3, Informative) 459

I'm sure that even most liberals would agree, but the solution liberals have is "more government" (and thus, more corruption), rather than reigning in the corruption we have now by limiting government actions.

So we'd expect the least corrupt countries to have the smallest governments right?

Fascism was "at least the trains run on time"

Comment Good (Score 1) 20

Spotify works on Linux, doesn't have ads in the paid version (because the $10 a month for "any music I can think of" is a better value than the "some movies" I get from Netflix), and the worst thing they are guilty is paying record labels who go on to stiff the artists.
..and I love podcasts and right now, Soundcloud is one of the best ways to get them. Unfortunately, they're not terribly profitable. And that means, there's a chance of that work disappearing forever.

Comment Re:The Refueling Tanker makes no sense (Score 1) 202

you build a booster stage that is robust enough to return with only aerobreaking, it is going to weigh more and be more complex. You pay for that extra weight for every launch.

On the contrary. The heaviest part of the booster IS the fuel so using less of it (essentially zero by aerobraking) drops the cost of the entire system.

Comment All work and no play -- Office 365 (Score 1) 44

Microsoft Haiku (ish):
No vacation
Work every weekend
Office 365

And I understand that they're ripping off "Whole Foods 365" brand, but I like drinking orange juice every day. Office work 365 days a year? No thanks -- but it is the society we are becoming.

Comment The Refueling Tanker makes no sense (Score 1) 202

The hardest part of space travel is probably fuel economy which is why it makes little sense to see the booster rocket land on its own power. Sure, you can do it, but if you rely on your rocket engines entirely to decelerate (as the video clearly shows), you would need roughly double the fuel. Instead, what NASA and every other space agency has done, is to rely on parachutes and air resistance (yep, all the fire on the bottom of the shuttle, or a mercury capsule means that air resistance is actually slowing the spacecraft down). This is much more efficient. Another alternative would be to use the boosters for the final few seconds.

And yes, I learned this playing Kerbal Space Program and Elon should know better since he plays too;)

Comment Re:How efficient is hydrogen really? (Score 1) 199

The gas is not at Standard Temperature and Pressure (STP) -- so your volumetric calculations would have to depend on that. A mole of air takes up 22.4 liters while a mole of water is about 18 mL at STP -- since it's in liquid form. Now, if we take 1 mole of H2 and 1/2 mole of O2, we'd have ~32 liters of gas which would become 18 mL of water -- which is essentially a massive vacuum. ...but then again, no one stores H2 at STP.

Comment Re:My recollection of Kindergarten, circa 1986 (Score 1) 228

Statistically speaking, if you spend your whole childhood poor, you have a roughly 45% chance of being poor yourself in adulthood.

One of the jobs of teachers (my mother taught 2nd grade for a couple decades) is to work with families and students to make sure it doesn't happen to the kids they teach. No amount of Common Core is going to help a Haitian kid who's not learning to read because he doesn't speak English. However, talking to another teacher to get his cousin in her class (who is bilingual) got him up to the 2nd grade reading level in a single year.

Comment Re:No Steve Jobs (Score 1) 133

How about almost every AMD/Intel chip release ever? Other than the famous floating point debacle and hideous 64 bit chip, Intel has done pretty well. I can't think of any AMD CPU debacles -- but maybe there are some.

However, I feel like I can pretty much buy a brand new CPU from either of them and it'll work just fine (motherboards are a different matter).

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