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Comment Re:Um, so? (Score 4, Interesting) 262

I think the point is that major corporations are using US bonds as a tax shelter, and if they had paid taxes instead of investing in US debt, the US debt might not be at it's present level of 100% of GDP.

OTOH, this is kind of good news. If Trump pisses off China so that it begins to dump US public debt, it will be nice that US corporations have significant incentive to pick up the debt.

Comment Re:plenty of ways to waste your money. (Score 1) 53

I'll grant you premature retirement is not a good thing (though it can be, if the buyout is attractive enough) and changes the equation. That said, I stand behind my point. If the knowledge in your head doesn't exist elsewhere, you can make decent extra income in retirement. If you were FORCED out of that job by a stupid company despite having irreplaceable knowledge, you can charge them an asshole tax.

One of our technical sales guys is retiring next year. He already has multiple contracts lined up for his consultancy (with us and some of our customers). We'd be happier if he wasn't leaving at all, but he has city miles on him and old age is a bitch.

Comment Re:plenty of ways to waste your money. (Score 1) 53

In a lot of industries, retired people are brought back for niche knowledge, and get double the rate they made as an employee.

Let's do some quick math, shall we?

2x former salary rate/hour - 90% former hours - medical/dental benefits + Obamacare = less than what you made before.

Yeah, that pretty much sums up corporate abuse.

You're being disingenuous here. The reality is that retirees don't want a 40-60 hour work week--they're fucking retired. They don't mind (in fact, many really enjoy) getting paid a multiple of their former hourly rate to consult on projects for a few hours a week or month. If you work in the right industry / for the right company, it's even part of your retirement planning (that you'll have x additional income due to the 500 hours a year you plan to invoice your previous employer / their customers).

People in this role aren't burger flippers. They're people with valuable domain knowledge that hasn't been picked up by their replacement. Generally speaking, i's win-win for everyone except people like you that are bitching about the man keeping them down.

Comment Re:Sad (Score 2) 185

In a situation like this, Pebble has the choice between stiffing all of its creditors (e.g. the bank, new kickstarter backers, etc) or selling some assets and only stiffing some.

FitBit has a choice between buying some assets that they think are worth $10M to them, say, for a discount price of $7.5M... or paying off the bank for more than that and incurring all kinds of potential obligations by acquiring the whole company and getting those assets for a total price of more... or doing nothing.

It's not great for anyone to take that first choice away from FitBit. Better this than Pebble entirely defaulting to everyone.

Comment Re:Warranty Support? (Score 2) 185

Yah, asset sales aren't made in those situations and I'm sure there was competent counsel present.

There's probably no bankruptcy filing now (it's often not advantageous in this type of situation, but --- 99.999% chance this is going chapter 7 or orderly dissolution.

Comment Re:#1TermDonald (Score 1) 572

Though you appear to decry use of derogatory nicknames, it is among the rhetorical tactics of the apparent President-elect.* During his campaign, he used such a nickname for each of his opponents: Low-Energy Jeb, Little Marco, 1 for 38 Kasich, Lyin' Ted (which some of his supporters attempted to reclaim as Lion Ted), and Crooked Hillary. Now watch leftards turn the practice back at "One-Term Donald".

* Faithless electors could yet keep Mr. Trump from officially becoming President-elect on December 19. There are eight so far.

There is actually one, not eight. The seven people who already were not going to vote for Trump (because they're pledged to Hillary) don't count.

That said, "One Term Donald" sounds like a great nickname. Here's hoping.

Comment Re:I do not! (Score 4, Insightful) 572

And here again we see the goddamn problem. You're presented with a fair argument, outlined in easy-to-reply-to numbers, and your only response is "bu-bu-but Hillary lol."

That's a human thing, not a conservative thing. Ask almost anybody about the horrible thing that $PERSON_THEY_SUPPORT did, and the answer is almost ALWAYS going to be, "but $OTHER_GUY did the same thing!" Ask them about something they personally did, and they'll complain about something you did. It comes down to education (or lack thereof) and emotion--most people cannot think critically anymore, have no desire to do so, and allow their emotions to rule their arguments.

Conservatives used to make serious arguments, sometimes reasonable, sometimes specious. Not anymore. What the fuck happened?

Again, same problem on both sides. The arguments on the conservative side are largely devolving into conspiracy theories, while the arguments on the liberal side these days largely consist of repeating the words "you racist, misogynist, fuck!" over and over.

I'm not being entirely fair--there are quite a few people on both sides that still make really good arguments. But their numbers are relatively small, and their signal is being lost in the sea of noise. The conservative thinkers appear to be letting this go because their side is (currently) "winning." The liberal thinkers appear to be letting this go because if they open their mouths, they'll be ripped apart by the shrieking hordes of SJWs.

Comment Re:and tomorrow (Score 4, Insightful) 256

Yawn. It's not censorship

Yet another person who believes "censorship" means "first amendment violation." This is absolutely censorship, though it's "acceptable" because:

you're playing in their yard, and you are free to start a competitor if it seems like they overstep.

They're perfectly free to censor their content, it's their house.

And the first loon to cry censorship is an ignorant ass

I won't call you an ass, but you are the ignorant party here. That's not something to be proud of.

Comment Re:Torn between reading and doing (Score 1, Insightful) 381

I read most of volume 1. 30 years ago we were still working out basics and many programmer had to write or at least understand, basic processes. This is why this book was useful. In addition we were still writing lots of code, rather than just understanding and applying APIs. For instance no one is going to write a sort, or a gaussian elimination, or a GUI outside of classroom anymore. Few developers are going to have to know how to really code, or what is really happening in the engine they are using.

Comment Re:Maybe, I should sue KDE? (Score 1) 121

> No, we weren't tricked into upgrading the way some MS-users were. But that's a rather thin defense for any software-maker, which simply discontinues older versions — forcing users to upgrade or remain open to security and other bugs.

Yes, we should be forced to support code and use-cases we were concerned with 10 years ago for the rest of our lives.

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