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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

mattack2 Very similar to longstanding contracting rules (258 comments)

This sounds very similar to rules that have been in place for contractors for a long time (i.e. since the early 1990s). Contractors at many tech companies (in the Silicon Valley at least) are limited to a certain period of time, so as others have said, they aren't "effectively" employees.

9 hours ago
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Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

mattack2 Re:Not worth it (138 comments)

You don't have to watch cable TV with commercials.. Get a DVR.. or jeez, a VCR. I was skipping commercials well over 20 years ago with my own VCRs, close to 30 with my parents' VCR... and now with DVRs..

(Note, I *do* use On Demand once in a while, and that DOES have unskippable commercials for SOME channels.. Though after a couple of days, the commercials are often skippable [for non-broadcast stations], but even broadcast stations sometimes, e.g. Enlisted, had shows with NO commercials on On Demand.)

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

mattack2 Re:666 (750 comments)

Why would they freeze ALL of your accounts all of a sudden? Use a different credit card (cabs take CCs nowadays, right?). Or go to an ATM and get some cash that way if absolutely necessary.

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

mattack2 Re:666 (750 comments)

Your money in the bank is already "directly traced via some technological means". It's numbers in a computer.

Heck, even if you have a pile under your mattress, the value of it is due to everyone else thinking it has value too... You can't eat it.. and no, I don't think gold has more inherent value in itself either, except for conductive properties when society rebuilds itself after whatever imagined doomsday scenario you come up with.

about a week ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

mattack2 Re:Not France vs US (308 comments)

What protection existed that allowed Amazon to be created in the 1990s as a tiny company (ran out of his garage) that became a behemoth due to its own success?

Why can't _another_ company do something better and put Amazon out of business?

about a week ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

mattack2 Re:What is life? What is a virus? (158 comments)

Mules are the quintessential example of two species being close enough to produce offspring but distinct enough that the offspring is never fertile. However, fertile mules have been found.

Aren't you contradicting yourself? The wikipedia page says pregnancy can occur naturally. Also, due to the # of chromosomes issue, couldn't the 'rare' fertile mules produce offspring? (i.e. a male mule & female mule)

about two weeks ago
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Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

mattack2 Re:Aaaaahahaha ... gotta love it: (136 comments)

Who are you calling we, kemosabe?

I had a 105 meg external drive by 1992 (I think it might have been easily 1-2 years before that). Actually, I had an 80 meg external before that (put into a case).. the 105 was a prebuilt "external" drive.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

mattack2 Re:And another question (144 comments)

Yeah, wow, I didn't realize that form was so relatively recent. I had thought that's what soccer balls were "always" like. (From the Wikipedia page, they actually came out before 1970..)

about two weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

mattack2 Re:Car Insurance Companies Too! (353 comments)

This is only because the practice isn't well established.

I was being more general, of the practice of people 'picking the default'. I can't provide citations admittedly, but people sure seem to think most accept the default button in computer dialogs, for example. If that is true (and I personally think it is), I don't see why that wouldn't be the same for other things, except for the comparative fringe who is on the no monitoring/privacy end of the spectrum.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

mattack2 Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

Nowadays, the Intel architecture won...

I think ARM Holdings (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM_Holdings) and its licensees would like a word with you.

about two weeks ago
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The Billionaire Mathematician

mattack2 Re:Being a quant in the early years. (96 comments)

His fund has an impressive trading record. He had the big advantage of starting early, in 1982, when almost nobody was doing automated trading or using advanced statistical methods. Their best years were 1982-1999. Now everybody grinds on vast amounts of data, and it's much tougher to find an edge. Performance for the last few years has been very poor, below the S&P 500. That's before fees.

So then was it a fluke or not?

about two weeks ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

mattack2 Re:as its been said, hackers unite. (150 comments)

How do you know I am?

Plus, if, as the buyer, I don't care about that, why not let me buy whatever I want?

about two weeks ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

mattack2 Re:as its been said, hackers unite. (150 comments)

We are... the companies from which we're buying the products.

about two weeks ago
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Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

mattack2 Re:Ken Starr is a bad example. (150 comments)

Sure, he did all kinds of dirt-gathering in order to try and impeach Clinton

Clinton *WAS* impeached. He wasn't *convicted*.

about two weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

mattack2 Re:No longer "insurance", just "prepayment". (353 comments)

Because sometimes costs (catastrophic illness) go beyond one's means?

I agree with you in general, though... and even after buying a new car, have the minimum amount of car insurance.

about two weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

mattack2 Re:this is not for your benefit. (353 comments)

5-15% is "very little"?

I didn't know Mitt Romney was posting on Slashdot!

about two weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

mattack2 Re:Please learn to communicate (353 comments)

Just imagine a Letterman style 'Man in the Street' interview

I presume you're actually referring to Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" segment. (One of the relatively few funny things Jay did as regular host..)

about two weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

mattack2 Re:They don't care about the cards (353 comments)

Congratulations, you get to go to the ATM, carry around cash, and pay more(*) for your stuff.

(*) Yes, there are the credit card company fees, but at each individual purchase(**), the price is the same. So I am getting at least 1% back, AND it's faster and more convenient than using cash.
(**) Gasoline (back when I drove a gas car as my primary car) was the single exception I'd run into frequently, but even then, AFTER the cash back portion, paying at a gas station next door that did take a credit card was at most the same price as Arco.. so still more convenient.

about two weeks ago

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