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Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth

LearningHard Re:This is really egg on HP's face (59 comments)

I have been involved in the accounting and due diligence on several acquisitions in the 100's of millions and a few in the billions. If the executives want to buy a company bad enough they will downplay the findings and make the acquisition happen. Any time you hear about write-downs or other accounting issues after an acquisition rest assured management was fully aware of it. The auditors that look at this are good and will find these things.

The problem is the auditors also want repeat business so they will say what the executives tell them to.

about two weeks ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

LearningHard Re:Good! (619 comments)

I don't have a detailed breakdown but according to the CBO over 25% of all Highway Fund expenditures are for "non-highway uses". Also "Congress allocates highway money to truck parking facilities, safety incentives to prevent operation of motor vehicles by intoxicated persons, grants for anti-racial profiling programs, magnetic levitation trains, and dozens of other non-road activities. The main diversion is to rail and public transit"

It is partially a revenue problem but as usual with our government it is also a SPENDING PROBLEM.

From http://reason.com/archives/201...

about 2 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

LearningHard Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

Republic uses the Sprint network which is absolutely awful in most of the country. Unfortunately for me if I want decent coverage I need AT&T and Verizon networks which are pretty much awful expensive. The reason my family doesn't use a smartphone is I refuse to pay the extortionist fees they bill. I worked in cost management for Alltel and Verizon Wireless and I'm painfully aware of how cheap it is for them to provide data service to us.

about 3 months ago
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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

LearningHard One of those unable to install the 8.1 update (293 comments)

I'm not sure what the issue is. Both times I've tried to install it I end up with a black screen with no error message, no hard drive activity, nothing at all. Both times I've had to use my 8 disk to revert to regular Win8.

about 3 months ago
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Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

LearningHard Re:A good manager deals with the paperwork (249 comments)

I understand the point you are trying to make but I've also had plenty of managers who did not understand what the team was doing and as a result agreed and committed to projects that were completely outside the scope of possibility. Since those same managers tend to have achieved their level in spite of their competence not because of it the whole thing turns into a finger-pointing game where the manager is trying to find who to blame for the managers over-commitment.

about 8 months ago
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Psychologists Strike a Blow For Reproducibility

LearningHard Re:Psychology (138 comments)

That is a very disingenuous statement. While I would agree that there are many aspects of Psychology/Psychiatry that are not very scientific, there are some areas that are rigorous. Neuropsychology can be a good example. Testing and measurement is another good example. There is a lot more to Psychology than the hokey therapy that we think of.

about 9 months ago
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

LearningHard My F500 has no plan I'm aware of (426 comments)

We are still stuck on WinXP and most of my coworkers have fairly outdated laptops (think core2duo with 2gb of RAM). Right now with XP by the time it is started along with all the other mess our IT wants running I'm sitting at 1GB utilization. Open up a few of my apps I use for data analysis and I'm pushing the limit of what I've got. Usually have a 15-20 minute startup time as well just due to being slow.

I asked about upgrade plans and they were wanting to switch to us using a term server and logging into it using Citrix Metaframe. That ended up being crap because they couldn't figure out how to give us individualized desktops and weren't willing to give us the storage we needed (5gb per user is a joke for what I do).

So yeah... this is going to be interesting times.

about a year ago
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Why Yahoo and Marissa Mayer's Over Reliance On Alibaba Could Spell Trouble

LearningHard Re:selling shares is not revenue (91 comments)

It isn't. Under GAAP it would be reported as an increase in Cash and Stockholder's Equity. Would never touch the income statement.
source: I worked 3 years doing revenue recognition. Plus this is a basic thing covered in accounting 101 under the accounting identity (Assets = Liabilities + Stockholder's Equity).

about a year ago
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Verizon Accused of Intentionally Slowing Netflix Video Streaming

LearningHard Re:aren't there laws against monopolistic practice (202 comments)

I can come at this from a slightly different angle. I'm very familiar with interconnect billing practices between ILECs/CLECs/CAPs/CMRS etc.

The issue here is purely Verizon's fault. Verizon's customers are wanting traffic off of Cogent's network. Verizon is obligated to buy ports (Internet Drains in LEC parlance) with a min commit (usually 5gb or so at 2-5 dollars per MB) and billing generally based on hourly samples of usage and then taking the 95th percentile band. There may or may not be a separate access charge. When I am the LEC and my ports to another provider are saturated my response should be to buy more ports with that provider. If I do not then I am doing a disservice to my customers.

Having worked for Verizon for a few years in this capacity. I can also say that I bet this has a lot more to do with the cost of the ports than anything to do with Redbox. That would require too much communication between the right and left hands.

about a year ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

LearningHard Maternity/Paternity Leave exists? (832 comments)

I've worked at one regional bank and three Fortune 500 telecom companies. None of these businesses has offered anything beyond FMLA leave for mother's that give birth. There was absolutely nothing offered for males except you could put in a vacation request.

I guess that is one of the benefits of being in a right to work state?

about a year ago
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The Data That Drove Yahoo's Telecommuting Ban

LearningHard VPN is a horrible way to measure this (529 comments)

When I work at home I do my best to get all my data local so that I have to hit our servers as little as possible. Our VPN is slow as balls and it can take several minutes to download even a simple file. Plus if I'm on VPN that means I'm on our IM which means people are going to constantly be bugging the shit out of me with questions because god forbid they learn anything on their own.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Spreadsheet With Decent Programming Language?

LearningHard Re:Stop. Stop right now. (332 comments)

Hi, Accountant here.

I use spreadsheets a bit for data manipulation but most of the big stuff I do inside our data warehouse using SQL. It is very rare that I need to venture outside of pivottables, vlookups, sumifs, countifs, or if statements inside of a spreadsheet.

If you are having to make extensive use of programming skills in your spreadsheet I think you have a hammer and a nail problem (every problem looks like a nail cause all you have is a hammer).

about a year and a half ago
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How Intuit Manages 10 Million Lines of Code

LearningHard Re:-2000 Lines Of Code (304 comments)

We use JD Edwards from Oracle running off an iSeries server.

Excel is used a lot for putting together large journal entries and analysis. I also have to use PL/SQL quite a bit for pulling data out of various data warehouses we have setup. Those are currently on a cluster but we are working on moving them to a nice netezza system.

Quickbooks is ok for a small business. I've always worked in enterprise so I don't have much experience with it. I tried it at home once and though it sucked.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resources For Identifying Telecom Right-of-Way Locations?

LearningHard As an accountant at a large telecom (107 comments)

One of the things I deal with is leases. This includes leases for Right of Way. I've worked for Verizon. I will not name any of my other past or current employers.

Let me tell you a little secret:

We did not even know the locations of all of our right of ways. We would find out about them when someone would bill us for them.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

LearningHard Re:So from here on out ... (2416 comments)

We are in the 38% and have no problem at all affording health insurance for our family.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix CEO Accuses Comcast of Not Practicing Net Neutrality

LearningHard Re:Its like it costs Comcast less to stream their (272 comments)

I have worked on the bill pay side of intercarrier compensation and have also worked on the accounting side of intercarrier compensation. I've done this for wireless, CLECs, and for ILECs. The way that a large carrier pays for bandwidth is not like you assume. The carrier will purchase drains with other carriers that have a lot of peering (such as Level3). That drain (usually GigE or 10GigE but there are still OC circuits being used) has three different charges associated with it. The first charge is the access charge, this is just a charge for the circuit and access to the POP that the peered carrier is at. Next you will have a minimum commitment based on a certain amount of bandwidth at the contracted per megabyte rate (which is usually a few dollars per megabyte but it is lower than it sounds when you hear how the bandwidth you are billed for is calculated). Most contracts the bandwidth comes from a sample. For example you might have the prior month split into hour long segments. Level 3 would take the hour that falls into the 75th percentile and bill you based on the number of megs of bandwidth used during that hour.

more than 2 years ago
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Analyst Estimates AT&T Needs To Spend $5B To Catch Up

LearningHard Re:considering the 3g maps (187 comments)

VZW is on EV-DO Rev. A which supports 3.1Mb transfer speeds NOT 2-300kbps and is MUCH faster than EDGE. HSDPA actually supports up to 18Mb not the 20 you claim. However as seen below you will never see anything close tot hat in the real world.

Also PC World did a piece in June comparing REAL world transfer speeds (http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=167391&page=1&zoomIdx=1)

AT&T averaged: 717 Kb/sec
Sprint averaged: 745 Kb/sec
VZW averaged: 890 Kb/sec

For reliability...

AT&T: 66%
Sprint: 84%
VZW: 83%

Please get out of here with your misinformation.

more than 4 years ago
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jQuery Dev Bemoans Overwhelming Spam On Google Groups

LearningHard Re:Do more about spam (251 comments)

I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

more than 4 years ago

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Woohoo new bench max and wtf?!?

LearningHard LearningHard writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Got 305 on bench week before last. Wo0ts for me!

I've really beend seriously playing with Visual C++ .net. It doesn't look too bad so far but MS sure did change some stuff up with their managed code stuff.

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Life, the universe... and arkansas lol

LearningHard LearningHard writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Been working out since July I guess. Have increased to a 285lb bench press and >400lb on deadlift and squat. I've been spending most of my free time trying to come up with C++ and .net projects to play with. Got to write some apps for friends that needed them. They tried to start a new tax here that would be an additional 2% on all prepared food. What a croc, the populace came out against it and the city had to rescind the tax yay!

Speaking of it is terrible around here how all the petty people become politicians and proceed to screw everyone over in town. I can only imagine that the larger the town the worse it is only it becomes so diluted it is harder to find specific incidences.

I graduate at last in the spring and Crystal graduates with her MS in Psychology then also. All she has left after that is her internship and she will be scot free so to speak! I have been getting back into some old hobbies, mostly it has consisted of me and a friend going out riding 4-wheelers on the salt flats around his house.

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Workout Journal

LearningHard LearningHard writes  |  more than 11 years ago

First day of working out:

Wide Pullups 4x8@130 (Lats, Biceps, Middle Back)
Close Pullups 4x8@130 (Lats, Biceps, Middle Back)
One Arm Rows 3x10@35 (Middle Back, Biceps, Lats)
Reverse Pulldowns 4x6@75 (Lats, Biceps, Middle Back)
Straight Bar Curls 4x10@30 (Biceps)
Preacher Curls 4x8@40 (Biceps)
DB Hammer Curls 3x8@20 (Biceps, Forearms)

ouchouchouchouch

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JK Rowling's New Book

LearningHard LearningHard writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, I just finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix last night. Was a really nice read, pulled me in and interested me like all the other Potter books have. I was not the least bit surprised in who Rowlings killed off; didn't surprise me a bit she didn't have the guts to kill off a more prominent character.

The George RR Marting series "A Song of Fire and Ice" gives you an idea of an author that is definitely not afraid to kill off his characters.

Still I really enjoyed the book. Of course now I am back to rereading the Dragonlance series for the umpteenth time.

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Week in review

LearningHard LearningHard writes  |  more than 11 years ago

So, the week ended badly enough with the Spurs winning the title and all. Man that has to be one of the worst finals I have ever witnessed. Just completely unfun.

Everyday my believe that I am not genetically related to my family increases. These people have to be the dumbest group of lemmings I've ever been in contact with. We were discussing why I wouldn't vote for Bush and I pointed out that he had lied and/or twisted the truth about WMDs on numerous occasions. I then compared that to how mad we were when Clinton lied about his extra-marital affair. They replied that they could be mad at Clinton because he lied. They completely ignore the fact that Bush lied about things of much more importance than who he was fucking on the side.

Today I am starting up a new Shadowrun campaign. I've heard that Cyberpunk is really good and I'm going to try it out to. I went to load Max Payne to replay through it some Thursday and it was scratched to hell. That sucks.

Me and my fiancee are still discussing wedding plans. At least now she is fixing to get the money she is supposed to get as a result of her father's death a year and a half ago though.

Back to work for me...

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Another day on the job and thank god for bf1942

LearningHard LearningHard writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Another day on the job. Went to lunch with everyone to celebrate some birthdays. I'm thankful for battlefield 1942 since that game helps me get some aggression out. I play as Ashford usually on the b33f.com servers. You can check my ranking, last I looked it was 27/14000 or so. Not too bad I guess. I'm thinking of taking up flying as the company pilot here really enjoys his job and I love flying.

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Boring Summer Jobs

LearningHard LearningHard writes  |  more than 11 years ago

So I'm sitting here thinking of all the different summer jobs I've had as I worm my way slowly through college.

Of course my first actual summer job was before college when I was still in high school. It was the summer I turned 16 and I wanted some money so I got a job at the local Brookshire's as a bagger. This job sucked as it consisted solely of me putting other people's groceries in a bag and carrying them to their vehicle.

I was very glad to quit that job to say the least.

I staved off another summer job until my senior year of high school. After graduation I took a job at Wal-Mart for my money. This job I kept for the next four summers, quitting only during school. Over the years I did everything from check to cartrun and stock. IMHO no decent person should ever have to work for Wal-Mart.

I quit Wal-Mart and worked for two years as a SysAdmin, definitely the most fun I've had. Now I am starting my last summer job, this one as an archivist scanning documents onto computer media and then shredding them.

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