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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

yankeessuck It's a solution for an imaginary problem (404 comments)

Are there any major currencies that are actually back by assets with so-called intrinsic value? Doubtful. And even one would want to do that, the ideal asset would have as low risk as possible which stocks clearly are not. Also, he could easily set up Paulcoin to try for himself.

about 3 months ago

Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

yankeessuck Re:Not sure how standing up would solve anything.. (312 comments)

I would love this but that is way too progressive for the US with its masochistic corporate culture where 40 hours/week is slacking and people don't use up their tiny amount of vacation days.

about 3 months ago

Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

yankeessuck Try again (723 comments)

Um... wow. Way to not understand the law and the insurance markets. I love it when people trot out the 300 million number because it shows just how obviously un/misinformed they are about the thing they are criticizing.

about 3 months ago

4 Prominent Scientists Say Renewables Aren't Enough, Urge Support For Nuclear

yankeessuck Re:Make solar available to everyone (776 comments)

This is not politically viable in the US. A large percentage of the population has no problem with the government giving free stuff to companies but then get all up in arms when it gives stuff to the people.

about 9 months ago

Lessons From the Fiasco

yankeessuck Re:Campaign team (501 comments)

Pretty sure campaign contracts don't have to run through the gauntlet of the governmental bidding process. That eliminates a lot of capable contractors who don't want to or can't deal with that.

about 9 months ago

Samsung Creates Phone With Curved Display

yankeessuck Re:Why? (219 comments)

Wouldn't that be an argument for a curved back instead of a curved display?

about 9 months ago

HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

yankeessuck Company is too big (477 comments)

How can a blanket policy like this work for a company of their size and business and geographic diversity? Some divisions/offices will see some improved productivity while others will have destructive interference. Good luck breaking even on this. OTOH, if they want to trim headcount then mission accomplished.

about 9 months ago

GTA Online Runs Into an Online Roadblock

yankeessuck Affects single player too (102 comments)

The game has a stock exchange whose price movements are affected not only by your actions locally but by other players' actions globally. Needless to say, trading and obtaining price quotes requires a connection to the GTA servers. Interesting idea but you that money is locked up if you can't connect to the servers. I stupidly had invested everything in this market and couldn't pull out the money I needed to complete a mission. It did come back online after an hour but it'll be a while before I do that again.

about 10 months ago

BlackBerry Will Sell Itself For $4.7 Billion

yankeessuck Re:Consortium (149 comments)

Probably a couple of Canadian pension funds according to the WSJ. That combination would be plenty to fund this small of a deal. They don't need to bring in tech companies unless someone overpays to lock up assets and avoid a bidding war on the open market. Thinking ahead a little, patents and real assets are pretty obvious but the brand could be interesting. A Chinese OEM might think big and buy the brand (sort of like Lenovo and IBM). Maybe a little crazier, BB might be trying to force the hand of a potential white knight but there's not a whole lot of value for a strategic buyer when they can just bid on the parts without inheriting the rest of the crap.

about 9 months ago

Why Your Users Hate Agile

yankeessuck Different experience here (597 comments)

I (as an architect/developer) and my business users love agile. For me, it's all about identifying requirement changes ASAP to minimize rework. Would you rather a requirement change before you work on it or after? The user thinks they know what they want but it's so abstract as a bunch of thoughts in their mind that they can't possibly identify every detail. But put a tangible product in front of them and a lot of what they want changes. It's inevitable.

So for me, I want the user to see the work ASAP so we can proactively identify these changes before we've wasted a bunch of time doing the wrong stuff. Our users totally bought in so it's like having one day iterations instead of the two weeks that we had before. I suppose YMMV with the user and technical team.

about a year ago

Why Your Users Hate Agile

yankeessuck Re:Developers hate Agile too (597 comments)

but you know what's real fun? that the guy who is supposed to handle the roadblock isn't even at the meeting. at the daily meeting you're supposed to find out then who the fuck might be the guy who's responsibility it would be to get that other team in some other ivory tower to remove the roadblock.

Which is why somebody else is supposed to step up and assume their responsibility temporarily. It's the exact same thing that would happen in any other methodology.

about a year ago

Why Your Users Hate Agile

yankeessuck Re:Developers hate Agile too (597 comments)

Two things:
1. Do you work in a silo exclusively? I can't believe that others' work doesn't affect yours and your work doesn't affect others.
2. Nothing in Agile says you can only raise an issue during the scrum. That's either a silly trumped up example or your co-workers are imbeciles.

about a year ago

China Says It Is the Target of US Hack Attacks

yankeessuck Re:About time. (242 comments)

We're not talking about the same types of attacks though. I think it's safe to assume all major governments conduct military and diplomatic espionage. However, the US complaint is that the Chinese military is conducting industrial espionage and gives the stolen secrets to their own industry.

about a year ago

Gartner Analyst Retracts "Windows 8 Is Bad" Claim

yankeessuck Re:Mouse and keyboard? (306 comments)

Indeed but they have the "build it and they will come" delusion of selling tens of millions of tablets. If desktop Metro really sucks that bad then the PR uproar will force Microsoft to make it optional for keyboard and mouse.

about 2 years ago

CarrierIQ: Most Phones Ship With "Rootkit"

yankeessuck Re:but but but... Apple (447 comments)

Well if we want to go down this hypothetical path then Android could have Google + Device Manufacturer + Carrier spying. That would be three Android spies vs iPhone's one.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft: No Windows 8 ARM Support For x86 Apps

yankeessuck Probably better off this way (413 comments)

Battery life aside, I imagine it would be incredibly painful to use a desktop application on a tablet. In a roundabout way, maybe this will devs will make some effort redesign desktop apps to fit the form factor.

more than 2 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Update Jams Some Phones

yankeessuck Version 1 (177 comments)

I dislike Microsoft as much as anyone but even I have to cut them some slack for the first update to essentially a version 1 product.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia and Microsoft Make Smartphone Alliance

yankeessuck Re:Nokia's last gasp (479 comments)

A few problems off the top of my head:

1) This requires large speculative investor to have a huge position in order to pull this off. We'd see at least an 8K filed with the SEC if MS were to purchase this position and a ridiculous amount of articles in the press. Also, the MS board wouldn't approve paying a huge premium for a loser company when they could just sign a regular 'ol licensing deal like with their other WP7 partners.

2) Large speculative investor would make much more money with a hostile takeover and then a breakup of the company.

3) WP7 partners would be pretty pissed if MS took an ownership interest in Nokia.

more than 3 years ago

The Fall of Wintel and the Rise of Armdroid

yankeessuck Re:just wow, the ignorance is overwhelming (431 comments)

I too have complaints about the article but the omission of Windows CE is not one of them. That was a big player in the Pocket PC handheld space but a handheld is clearly not a tablet. Microsoft's tablet strategy was to shoehorn in Windows proper and neither that nor attempts at Windows CE tablet ever gained any traction. Windows Embedded was targeted at POS and field devices so it has even less place in a tablet article.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook, Microsoft Team Up Against Google

yankeessuck Pre-existing business relationship (297 comments)

I'm going out on a limb and saying Bing's merits have little to do with this deal. Microsoft invested $240M in Facebook in 2007 so of course Facebook is going to be drinking their Kool-Aid.

more than 3 years ago


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