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Hounded By Recruiters, Coders Put Themselves Up For Auction

GeckoAddict Re:This is confusing (233 comments)

From the article, the employee actually pays that as a finder's fee on top of the salary, it doesn't come out of the engineer's salary.

about 2 years ago

General Motors: "Facebook Ads Aren't Worth It"

GeckoAddict Re:30 Million Dollars for WHAT?! (400 comments)

Unless that $30mil includes taking pictures of the car, creating videos, doing market research, developing branding and strategy, and dozens of other activities related to advertising that aren't directly typing text into facebook. Not saying it's outlandish, but it's easy to underestimate the things that are all included.

I'd also assume $50k/year is WAY under the actual cost/employee once you figure in benefits and salaries.

more than 2 years ago

The Avengers: Why Pirates Failed To Prevent a Box Office Record

GeckoAddict Re:How can you quantify the loss? (663 comments)

Let's be honest... the MPAA doesn't use lube, which is why it hurts so much to sit in a theater...

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Buys 750 IBM Patents

GeckoAddict Re:Patentnopoly (46 comments)

Forget go, you collect $200 for each player just for it being your turn!

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview

GeckoAddict Re:Possibly too little, too late ... (500 comments)

I wonder if other organizations are only just getting to Win 7, if Win 8 might become one of those releases that everyone bypasses since they just finished upgrading. That would likely hurt MIcrosoft.

I would expect most organizations (especially large ones) to skip it, just like they skipped Windows ME and Vista... but I don't think that really hurt MS too badly. If there's one thing MS is good it, it's solidifying version 2.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Killing Off Zune, Windows Live Brands?

GeckoAddict Re:Ding Ding the witch is dead! (262 comments)

I agree. Microsoft has been very divided in it's products for a very long time (to the point where you even wonder if products were made by the same company), and it looks like Win8 is where they're looking to consolidate into a single, cohesive brand. The problem with that strategy is if it doesn't work, you've got nothing to fall back on.

more than 2 years ago

Hundreds of Bank Account Details Left In London Pub

GeckoAddict Re:Not even a fine? (92 comments)

The difference is that companies (especially large ones) have teams of lawyers to shoot down those charges, or at least stall them long enough to make it not worth the time, while an individual does not. Same thing applies to the rich.

more than 3 years ago

Mandatory Automotive Black Boxes May Be On the Way

GeckoAddict Re:Not a fan (619 comments)

My guess is that it would perfectly legal to modify, but no state would register the vehicle for use on public roads (which kind of defeats the purpose unless you have your own city). Just like how I can remove the taillights. Sure, it's legal to remove them, but not to drive on public roads without it.

Combined with the fact that insurance companies would likely put you at 100% fault without the data, and you're pretty much screwed.

more than 3 years ago

Google Is Serious, Chrome 13 Hides URL Bar

GeckoAddict Re:And all for what? (417 comments)

I believe HP also makes a 16X10 24 inch monitor.

HP ZR24w - 1920x1200 IPS panel, roughly $400 on Amazon (when they're in stock). I use one at work and it's a nice monitor.

more than 3 years ago

Aaron Computer Rental Firm Spies On Users

GeckoAddict Re:Rent To Own (510 comments)

The rule you're describing is simple, pay things in the following order of priority:
Loans and payments that can't be discharged in bankruptcy (student loans, child support, etc.)
Secured debt (house, auto)
Unsecured debt (credit card, medical, etc)

And as someone who just had to do it: my wife had a medical emergency that required surgery, and we owed a few grand that I didn't have at the time. I called them up, they asked 'can you afford $150/month? Yes, OK, that will be your payment at 0% until paid'. Medical places would much rather get paid slowly than not get paid at all.

more than 3 years ago

'Motherlode' of Data Seized At Bin Laden Compound

GeckoAddict Re:Sounds like a photoshop contest (718 comments)

There is NO way I'm going to click any link in this thread at work...

more than 3 years ago

Duke Nukem Forever Gets Delayed - Again

GeckoAddict Re:old news (222 comments)

It's the ultimate dupe, and we just keep eating it up.

more than 3 years ago

Broadcasters Accuse Telecom Companies of Hoarding Spectrum

GeckoAddict Re:700 MHz band (102 comments)

AT&T also plans on using it's 700MHz range for LTE, at least according to a reference on Engadget.

more than 3 years ago

AT&T To Acquire T-Mobile From Deutsche Telekom

GeckoAddict Re:Don't worry Citizens! (748 comments)

Having to pay a rental fee for every phone in your home every month because you were not allowed to own your own phone wasn't exactly a great thing.

Like AT&T does now with cable service?

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Photo of Stolen Ring Puts Couple In Jail

GeckoAddict Re:Hey, look at that! (143 comments)

Don't kid yourself, no one here needs a ring.

more than 3 years ago



Exxon Mobil shatters profit record

GeckoAddict GeckoAddict writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GeckoAddict (1154537) writes "CNN is reporting that Exxon Mobil has shattered profit records by making a quarterly profit of $11.7 Billion, the highest of any US Company in history. In addition, they reported annual profits of $40.61 Billion, which works out to almost $1300 in profit per second. From the article:

Exxon's earnings are sure to draw fire from consumer rights groups, who contend the oil industry is deliberately restricting supply...Exxon attributed its impressive results to strong performance across its divisions, but a large part of the surge in profit can be attributed to soaring oil prices.
This news follows the increases in profit for the number 2 (Chevron) and number 3 (Conoco) oil companies."

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