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Comment What you really mean is... (Score 1) 390

3D TV is dead...again. There have been numerous attempts to foist 3D upon the public and each attempt has failed. Maybe if someone can up with a way to do it without the goofy glasses it has a chance. Other than that...it joins Betamax on the trash heap of tech.

Comment I'm not always on Oracle's side but... (Score 1) 310

in this case I am. These sorts of "show us your labor stats" demands are nothing more than shakedowns from the PC crowd. We already have plenty of reverse discrimination laws in place - none of which give any weight to merit when it comes to job placement decisions. These laws are purely based on quotas but the backers of these laws will never use the term "quota".

In many cases, a woman or a minority IS the best candidate for the job. But that suitability should be based SOLELY on merit.

If a woman shows up for a job interview and she is 7 months pregnant is it discrimination to not hire her, knowing that in a month she will be on maternity leave for 3 or 4 months? I don't think so.

If a non-white applies for a job and english is not their first language and communication is a key skill (as it is in many jobs) is it discrimination to not hire that person? Again, I don't think so.

So when labor laws require quotas from this group or that group we are, by definition, causing the following:
1) The exclusion of qualified while males, who might have been hired for the position if not for the quotas.
2) Lowering standards to accommodate otherwise under qualified candidates.
3) Resentment among current staff, due to items 1 & 2.

I actually applaud Oracle for standing up to this sort of extortion. Personally I wish more companies would.

Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 1) 196

I'm not suggesting they offer grandfathered plans forever. I am suggesting that they honor the plans for existing customers. This reminds me of the airlines and the frequent flyer miles. Instead of doing away with the program they just devalue the miles and make it more difficult to redeem them. Eventually the miles become essentially worthless.

The TelCo's are doing the same thing with "unlimited" plans. Keep bumping up the price and eventually the remaining grandfathered customers will drop out.

I'm not denying that there are people out there that abuse the unlimited data. If so, then deal with that small majority and leave the rest of us alone. For the record, I'm one of the AT&T grandfathered data users and I don't use anywhere near 500 GB per month. Probably more like 3-4GB. And what is my reward for being responsible with my data usage? They charge me more. Yeah. Once my contract is up I'm gone.

Comment If Verizon is smart.... (Score 1) 70

and I know it's a Telco, but work with me here...they will run, not walk, away from this deal. Yahoo had very little to offer even before the security debacle. At this point I would value Yahoo as something akin to a few practice jerseys and a bucket of pucks. In other words, practically nothing.

I don't really care either way but the thought of that devious bitch of a CEO making off with millions after hiding the security hackings from their customers, not to mention Verizon, makes me ill.

Comment Oh how nice... (Score 1) 399

Google decides to donate some money to the less fortunate. On the face of it, it seems like a noble thing to do. Except that the decision was made without any input from said employee, who may or may not have been onboard with that decision. I used to work for a place that every Christmas they would send you a link to a website where you could get various items, paid for by the company, as a gift. You also had the option of having the company donate money instead of the gift. Seems to me that would have been a better way for Google to play it. Let the employee decide.

Comment And in other news... (Score 1) 272

American news outlets helped spread fake propoganda about Republican candidate Trump. Chiefly among them the Washington Post and New York Times. Remember the story about the flight attendant that was supposedly fondled by Trump? Yeah...until she mentioned lifting the armrest in 1st class....except seats in 1st class don't have a movable armrest....and she claimed to be flying on a plane that was not in that airlines fleet - then or ever.

In other words, the whole story was made up and once it was discovered was never retracted by either "news" outlet.

As far as I'm concerned the Washington Post has absolutely no credibility when it comes to news reporting. They are on par with the National Enquirer.

Comment Re:Ummm...yeah (Score 1) 1321

For print journalism The Wall St. Journal is about the only one left that seems unbiased to me. Yes, they are pro business but politically they seem somewhat neutral. TV is a lot more difficult. These days it seems to be either far left (CNN, MSNBC) or far right (FOX, One America News). O'Reilly on FOX seems to be pretty fair most of the time and the same for Scott Pelley on CBS. They tend to be a little more from the Walter Cronkite mold.

At least with O'Reilly he states that he is an opinion journalist and not a news guy. Others like Blitzer and Stephanopolos claim to be news guys but they are really opinion guys. And if you don't watch closely it's very difficult to tell which is which.

Radio is dominated by right wingers such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, etc.

So there you have it - if you listen to/watch/read all of the above and always consider the source then therein the truth will lie :-)

Comment Ummm...yeah (Score 3, Informative) 1321

Isn't this the same group that assured all the voters that the election results could not possibly be manipulated when Trump suggest just that, prior to the election? And the same group that, given Hilary's higher popular vote numbers, are calling for the abolition of the Electoral College?

I think that Wolf Blitzer and the rest of the CNN crew and still grumpy that Hillary lost. Well get over it Wolfie - you got your ass handed to you. Despite your one sided reporting and thinly veiled rooting for Hillary you lost.

CNN and MSNBC and others are just pissed off that they have been exposed as surrogates of the Democrat party. I think that a lot of people have long suspected that is the case but now it is in full view. If you want to hear Democrat cheerleaders then go to CNN or MSNBC. If you want to hear Republican cheerleaders then go to FOX. If you want the actual truth, you know that thing that used to be called "news", then you are going to have to go to a variety of web sites and other outlets and try to filter out all the political BS. That's what the world has come to.

Comment I might be mistaken but... (Score 3, Insightful) 260

wasn't that one of the reasons given for forming the TSA in the first place? Better efficiency? The TSA was going to replace those inefficient, untrained, low paid knuckleheads with....inefficient, untrained HIGH paid government knuckleheads. All the while, they would create another bureaucratic tar pit with a multi-billion dollar annual budget.

Folks - this is why our infrastructure is falling apart and our schools are going to shit. It is not because there is not enough money. It is because of how the money gets spent. There is zero accountability. The TSA is yet another perfect example of this. It is a failed experiment. Were this a private company it would be abandoned, with a follow up study and lessons learned. In government they just throw more (of our) money at it.

This is why whenever the government wants to launch yet another massive program (be it Obamacare or what have you) I am flatly against it. Why? Because they have shown time and time again that they are incapable of managing anything of scale without it turning into a bottomless pit.

Comment How interesting.... (Score 1) 302

Cook is saying that Apple will repatriate profits...next year. As in after Obama is out of office. Clearly, Apple has not been able to negotiate an agreement with the Obama administration that they can live with. By saying next year Cook is basically saying that he has given up on this administration. Trump has already come out publicly against the EU decision.

Interestingly the Obama administration is also against the EU decision. Why? I can think of two possible reasons:

1) They would rather get their own grubby hands on the money...or....
2) If Apple ends up paying the EU then that money will pass through as a US tax credit for Apple. Dollar for dollar. Which means that basically the US taxpayer will end up being on the hook for all those billions of dollars.

What is interesting to note is that this whole thing is fault of the federal government. They wrote the laws that Apple is using to their advantage. Government accepted the bribes...err...political campaign contributions that allowed business to influence the laws to their liking.

Comment Re:That's a bit like (Score 1) 409

"Yeah, Hilary doesn't measure up as a progressive. But she's still progress." - Progress? You mean like the last 50 years of progressive programs that have gotten the underclass of America absolutely nowhere? The kind of progress that has gutted once proud cities like Detroit and Baltimore? The kind of progress that has created a permanent underclass completely dependent on government handouts and devoid of any self worth? That kind of progress?

I hate to be the one to break the news but those program are not working. They may be well meaning but they are ineffective. For some people, appearing to care about the poor is all that matters. Actually doing something about it....well, that's someone else's problem.

Hillary doesn't measure up as a progressive? Buddy, she doesn't even measure up as a human being. She is a lying sack of shit. She is completely and thoroughly corrupt. She conspired to sandbag Bernie Sanders, who had more popular support than her by the way. I wouldn't vote her dog catcher, never mind president.

And before you think I'm some sort of Trump surrogate - don't bother. I'm not voting for him either. And I'm not anti-women either. I'd love to see a female president. But not Hillary. Not in a million years.

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