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Comment Live Chat Room (Score 3, Informative) 83

I rarely use Twitter... but when I do it's because there is something going on *right now* and I want to gauge what the "normal" person thinks about it.

Most often: it's something I'm watching live on TV. Be it a baseball game, football game, news broadcast, etc.

You can see the instantaneous response of thousands of people to events...

You don't get that with any other service out there.

Comment Re:TFA is not terribly clear... (Score 1) 198

Was he compelled to actually put his finger on the phone, or was he just compelled to surrender his fingerprints?

The 5th only applies to testimony. Your finger print is not testimony.

They can already compel you to put your finger onto a finger print scanner or inkpad to collect your fingerprint.

It seems to me, that if we allow the government the authority to compel you to stick your finger onto anything (e.g. an inkpad) to collect your fingerprint; its not unreasonable that they have the authority to make you touch your phone too. With a warrant of course.

The upshot really should be, a fingerprint is a good way to keep random theives, children, and coworkers out of your phone. Not the government. Use a proper password for stuff you don't want the government to see.

Comment Re:Why would Putin fear Clinton? (Score 1) 728

Sounds like he has had a lot of fun. Golf is kind of boring by comparison.

Its something he enjoys. I'm not saying he had to be 'boring'.

And I'm not suggesting that he was wrong to do what he enjoys... he's certainly lived the life he wants to live, and that's fine, even something admirable in its own way. (perhaps not his life choices in particular, but the notion making the most of life is.)

Its not a demonstration of a fantastic business acumen.

He appears to still have more money than I know how to spend.

So does Paris Hilton. I guess she's a fantastic business woman?

Comment Re:Easy answer: (Score 1) 47

That's one particular gene that is associated with Alzheimer's. There is no "Alzheimer's" gene, despite what the summary says. Even if there were, it doesn't mean you can't do anything to delay it. You could make an argument that the disease called death starts having an effect at the age of zero, but you should still buckle up and not smoke.

Comment Re:Still a proprietary, DRM'd piece of shit. (Score 1) 132

The only 'negative' things I can see about it are the Microsoft connection..and that it'll eventually RROD on me.

It's also violating your privacy (especially if instead of a 360 it were an Xbone, as this topic is actually about). By using it, you are also tacitly signalling your support for Microsoft's continuing assault on property rights (by attempting to subordinate them to copyright law run amok). Those costs may not be measured in dollars, yet they are real.

Comment Re:Why would Putin fear Clinton? (Score 1) 728

Again, you can't judge business success by wealth itself, only by ROI

I'm not judging the business, I'm judging the man. The ROI on the the business maybe for 4M, but the ROI on the MAN is -1M.

Its meaningless to draw arbitrary boxes and look at them in isolation... what's the total package?

A business that *needlessly* flies around its executives on private jets. seats them in gold gilt chairs, and is wasting money (see definition of "needlessly").

A businessman that owns a business that is run responsibly, who then flies himself around on privates jets, gold gilt chairs... etc... is the same thing at the end of the day.

What are you suggesting? A person who is really great at making and managing money... until its his?

Comment Re:Why would Putin fear Clinton? (Score 1) 728

The other turned $150M into $100M while living an indulgent life making it to age 70. Do you think the later ex-athlete a business failure?

A business failure? Yes. Absolutely.
Successful at life? Also yes. Absolutely.

If you want to tell me Trump has led a pretty fantastic life, sure, I won't argue that. But don't tell me he's a great *businessman*. He's pretty mediocre at business, at best.

Comment Re:Why would Putin fear Clinton? (Score 2) 728

IF I understand things correctly each project is usually a different corporation. Different investors for different projects, one failed project won't impact other projects, a failure doesn't impact anyone personally, etc. Basically look up all the reasons you want an S-Corp or LLC rather than a sole proprietorship for your own business. I think his bankruptcies are several of these projects failing. If only several projects failed out of dozens he's doing pretty well.

Quite so.

However, if trump had merely stuck his inheritance money in a market ETF and then fucked off to play golf for the last 25-30 years, he be 3x-5x as wealthy as he is now. (the variance depending on just how much you believe he's actually worth now.)

25 years of 'projects', wheeling and dealing, real estate, steaks, wines, universities, casinos.

My own simple investments have done better than Trump over the last 2-3 decades.

The only difference between people like me and Trump is that Trump started out with a couple hundred million, and I didn't, so even earning wildly sub-par returns he's STILL a billionaire, and I'm not.

Really, how much success do you want to attribute to a businessman who trailed the market by THAT much?

Comment Re:You've got to appreciate the irony... (Score 1) 76

Yahoo says this is impossible, then Yahoo does what they claimed was impossible. Thus, there are two options:

1. Yahoo lied the first time
2. Yahoo lied the second time

I'd appeal too. Especially if I was innocent and Yahoo faked emails to appease some government entity who was sure I must have something incriminating.

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