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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

stanjo74 Alarmist article... (322 comments)

Alarmist article from a big corporation to set the stage for loose regulations on chocolate so that the masses can keep getting their 99cents "chocolate" bars (aka hydrogenated fat with dark-brown solids, corn syrup, emulsifiers and natural flavoring agents, whatever other non-cocoa crap - tastes like cocoa) and the company's pockets full.

4 days ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

stanjo74 Re:what's the point? (438 comments)

If cheating is so prevalent, that a degree becomes the anti-pattern, employers would start sampling the non-degreed pool in order to identify employees who can do the job. The fact that this is not happening leads me to believe, that the whole Indian culture just doesn't care about "the work being done" and the society is content with very low productivity. This is not untypical for very stratified and nepotist societies where the piece of the pie is more important than the size of the pie.

about two weeks ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

stanjo74 Re:Citizens United says... (316 comments)

If you mean "US Citizens" by "people", yes, US citizens must file with the IRS all income earned, even abroad, while being abroad, working for abroad, and all possible permutations of "abroad".

about 3 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

stanjo74 Re:Nope. (355 comments)

So you can tap on an icon to open the fridge door, maybe ???

about 6 months ago
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A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

stanjo74 That would teach you ... (199 comments)

that if it is not broken, don't fix it ! This is true for many things in life, and I'm glad we have such a trivial example for this wisdom as smart-phone upgrades. Please, leave it as it is.

about 8 months ago
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Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?

stanjo74 Re:driving farther to get to work (187 comments)

Also, gentrification is a big factor - lower-middle and in certain coastal areas, middle class people are being displaced, seeking more affordable homes further from their communities and work. Although the housing market is still a mess on average, certain coastal areas have appreciated above their 2006-7 peak, due to the ultra-easy monetary policy of the Fed.

about 8 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

stanjo74 Re:How do they break even? (280 comments)

Or just make another free account in an year and have your limited number of friends switch to it. As someone else pointed out, people in the countries where WhatsApp is huge has never made an online payment in their entire live. To them $1 is just as unpayable as $100 - because they lack he infrastructure to make the payment.

about 9 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

stanjo74 Re:Developing Countries (280 comments)

It's clear that WhatsApp is proportionally popular to the cost of sending SMS, but how many of the penny-pinching users are paying customers? Or do they create new promotional/free accounts every year? How many of the 450M accounts of WhatsApp are just the same person getting a free account every year?

about 9 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

stanjo74 Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (257 comments)

The whole business model of WhatsApp is based on the premise to be purchased by a rich Internet/Social Media company. They already sold to Facebook. If they start another one against their parent company, who's going to buy them again? Running something like WhatsApp is not a sustainable profitable business - you need the LBO end-game.

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

stanjo74 Re:Crypto COMMODITY (475 comments)

Which country takes gold for tax payments ?

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

stanjo74 Re:Crypto COMMODITY (475 comments)

Absolutely right. Bitcon in NOT a currency, until a country starts receiving tax payments in it. The definition of currency is "a system of money in general use in a particular country". Gold used to be a currency when countries would take it to settle obligations - now it's a commodity. Same with Bitcoin - it's a commodity and a store of value, and you still need to sell it for a currency to settle your capital-gains tax obligation on it.

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

stanjo74 Re:kWh/day is stupid. (424 comments)

Yes, it's clumsy, but Watts doesn't tell you readily how much you are paying for it. Consumers are billed for kWh, so to express the cost of the drain, they used kWh/day; example: 4.5 kWh/day * $0.20 per kWh = ~ $1/day

about a year ago
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Nokia's Elop Set To Receive $25 Million Bonus After Acquisition

stanjo74 Re:Nokia was RIPPED OFF! (196 comments)

very simple. The bigger and older the company, the more proxy voter shareholders it has (traded on the secondary exchanges to millions to people who own only a handful of shares each). These shareholders have no clue what is going on in the company they own. They let the board and executives run the show unabated.

The real game is played at the board level and executives. The company itself is just a stage - nobody cares about the company in the long run - one can always incorporate another. The board and the executives care about the company as a mean to an end - to make money off it. How the money is made - it doesn't matter. Sometimes money is made by making product and selling it; sometimes money is made by selling out; sometimes by liquidating and golden parachutes.

A successful public company is that makes the board and the executives rich. Products, employment, etc. is just secondary effects, to make things look not too sociopathic.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates: iPad Users Are Frustrated They Can't Type Or Create Documents

stanjo74 Re:"they can't type, they can't create documents" (618 comments)

This was modded funny, but is actually insightful. Not many people are producing content (documents, drawings, etc). Everyone is consuming content - video streaming, web browsing, casual gaming, social media + some basic typing/input . Apple bet on the latter group and created a product that does this very well - zero administration, no viruses, safe applications.

People who need to create content already used specialized software and/or machines (aka PC, workstation, server, etc). They are not buying a tablet to replace that.

about a year and a half ago
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Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

stanjo74 Re:Here's the deal... (329 comments)

Exactly this. For non-catastrophic things, be self-insured. If you can afford to pay for a replacement, pay yourself the insurance premium. The insurance company has already done the work for you to analyze the risk and come up with an insurance premium number.

about a year and a half ago
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What's Actually Wrong With DRM In HTML5?

stanjo74 Re:Finally a group that gets it! (447 comments)

DRM hobbles technology as much as SSL hobbles Web browsing.

There is nothing wrong with encrypted/DRM video. There are many applications - one is streaming of licensed (paid) content, another can be surveillance cameras protection over public networks.

about a year and a half ago
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No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?

stanjo74 Re:Does the professor also pay for the water he us (631 comments)

Tap water and toilets are mandatory for an office - it is not a benefit.

If Google lunches were truly free, open to the public, then it can be argued it's not employment benefit/compensation - merely a charitable expense for Google. But if one needs to be a Google employee to get Google lunches, then the lunches are clearly compensation for employment, and it stands to reason that it should be taxable as such.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

stanjo74 Windows 7 + guest account + UAC (572 comments)

Enable the Guest account in Windows 7/Vista. It is disabled by default, but is very airtight - nothing can infect the machine from there. Don't forget to run with UAC on. Set Firefox browser to erase all history/cookies on exit.
I've been running like this for years without a single hick up. It protects my machine, my files and my privacy. Also protects the guest's privacy by auto-erasing all browser history.

about a year and a half ago
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Re: Bitcoin, I most strongly agree with the following:

stanjo74 Re:Bitcoin is simple, and complicated (398 comments)

Bitcoin cannot be a real currency because there is no fiat demand for it. The reason why currencies exists is because governments will take payments in said currencies for settling mandatory debts (aka taxes and fees).
Right now Bitcoin has perceived value, but once the perception of value is eroded for whatever reason, there is no artificial bottom to its value like in the case of a fiat currency that is accepted by your government for taxes and fees.
Also, it takes a lot of resources to produce the Bitcoin currency (electricity, computers, etc) and the currency token itself cannot be converted back to the resource, which means there is no intrinsic value in Bitcoin as a currency.

Therefore it goes to 0 once the hype is over.

about a year and a half ago

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