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eBay To Spin Off PayPal

what2123 I am an economics nub (54 comments)

However, I would be enlightened to understand why the two of them are too big to compete in the market place. Isn't the the whole idea of constant acquisitions. To be so big that you can "optimize and synergize" every damn thing out there? Eh, maybe they are right. Bigger you are the worse you are at doing the mundane.

5 hours ago

Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

what2123 Re:I'm happy about it (154 comments)

(ever notice how PC games cost as much as console games nowadays?), if they can make a buck, they'll do it.

No, I have not noticed that on new releases. That's one of the best reasons for PC games in general is that they are the same price at release and quickly fall in price within a few months. They are often filled with more content to begin with as well. Maybe if you are only talking about the games that start on consoles then move to PC later since they try to keep the continuity the same then in rare cases it's true.

about a week ago

Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

what2123 Re:I might've sided with Netflix... (324 comments)

Such bullshit. I read all the time that they are just using simple proxies to get the US content and Netflix themselves aren't discouraging the use. If there is any crackdown it's from the CA telecoms and possible the CRTC since they are in bed with the big three there.

about two weeks ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

what2123 Re:heh (611 comments)

Yeah, since that happens so often on the 90th percentile of sites you and everyone visits. Those "detectors" use Javascripts, not some server-side scripting. Block Javascript and those nag messages also go away.

about a month ago

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

what2123 (502 comments)

You say that like ENRON was a good thing.

about 2 months ago

Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

what2123 Reputational Damage (346 comments)

Ha. Hahahaha. Ha.

about 3 months ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

what2123 Re:What I've seen at some intersections... (579 comments)

What they do in my small city (PA) is the following. Ped lights are on a timer. Once they are allowed to walk, the intersection is red for at least 5-10 seconds. Peds get to walk without any cars attempting to move. Then the lights change to green, peds still have a "walk" light and everyone seems to be happy. So even though a driver can see the timer, they don't know exactly when their light will change. I'm pretty sure the interval is not always "10 seconds" since you always see cars creeping thinking the light is about to change and it doesn't.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

what2123 Drinking (158 comments)

Mostly campfire talk and bar speak. These skills always help me find a way to keep on talking while the drinks keep pouring.

about 4 months ago

Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

what2123 Re:If I keep an open mind, I can almost understand (355 comments)

I find the entire issue more disheartening then that granted the most recent revelations about Pro-Corporate and Government data sharing. They used to have to do stake outs for weeks or even months to really know a person. Where they are at 7:00AM on a Saturday, how often they go to the gym, where they eat out with their secret lover every-other-Tuesday. Now we feed it to them directly all without giving a second though to it. Twitter and Facebook made it an socially acceptable action and even reward you for doing it often. I couldn't be more pessimistic about it even knowing that it has many advantages. Those that control it will always abuse it.

about 4 months ago

Google's Business Plan For Nest: Selling Your Data To Utility Companies

what2123 Re:demand response (167 comments)

I don't know if you are being sarcastic or serious. Either way, this is happening now. PP&L in Pennsylvania started this last year. If you are using a SmartMeter & have a Controller, you can elect to have PP&L "Save" you money by turning off your A/C during peak hours during the day. In theory it almost sounds okay, it failed pretty horribly in a couple locations last year with many older folks homes turning into 90+ degree ovens.

about 5 months ago

Brazil Blocks Foreign Mobile Phones

what2123 Re:Might help the US.... (97 comments)

Can I get a citation please? Preferable one for the IMEI being clone-able.

about 6 months ago

Government Secrecy Spurs $4 Million Lawsuit Over Simple 'No Fly' List Error

what2123 It happened to her. (239 comments)

"Ah but that will never happen to me" - The Mainstream American Mentality. Source - American, living in U.S. of America.

about 8 months ago

Comcast Buys Out GE's Remaining 49% Stake In NBC

what2123 Re:goodbye channels (149 comments)

Yeah H2 is where the Jesus/Aliens/Nazis and if you're lucky, (Modern)Modern Marvels will play. H2 is usually a premium service channel though so you gotta cough up the dough to get it. Not that it's worth it by any means.

about a year and a half ago

Instagram User Drop Claims Overblown

what2123 Re:VERY possible! (49 comments)

I guess some people like being assfucked.

Most people just oppose screwing the ass in general.

about 2 years ago

Petraeus Case Illustrates FBI Authority To Read Email

what2123 Re:No Crime here (228 comments)

The problem with cheating on your wife implies that you can be deceitful. In a position where he stands as pretty much the highest man on the pole, you wouldn't want him to deceive you.

about 2 years ago

In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

what2123 Re:Up? (707 comments)

That would actually imply that it's moving in a forward direction. Despite what you hear the only thing moving forward is debt. Mmh lots of tasty debt.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For Developers To Start Their Own Union?

what2123 Re:Does *any* industry start a new union anymore? (761 comments)

I certainly agree with you and would fully place myself behind such efforts to modernize worker/employee/labor laws however the people that would actually benefit from this would be "group-thought" into believing its bad for them. This is why unions in most environments are thought of as old dinosaurs that have outstayed their time. They will do everything they can to keep themselves here while contributing very little to the overall cause of their missions. I know full well that unions have enabled the common-man to have better wages, safer workplaces and fair compensation but I also know how they have hindered many developments of future growth to the same businesses. Unions are no unlike the rest of the world. Environments, culture, people and places all change and eventually need to be looked at again with an open mind. As long as most people believe that the government or someone else will take care of them they will be glad to be thought-for by others. Since there is no easy way to show long term damage until it is typically catastrophically to late, this trend will likely remain.

about 2 years ago

How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

what2123 Lower the standard (717 comments)

We will get there by lowering the expectation. We expect that a Gallon will be equal to the set volume that it is currently at but in 13 years, a Gallon will represent nearly 2.5X the amount that it does today. This is still logically correct when discussing MPG's and there isn't a thing you can do about it. Now get off my math.

about 2 years ago


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