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Skype: Has Microsoft's $8.5B Spending Paid Off Yet? Can It Ever?

ygtai Re:Does it have to? (147 comments)

You are obviously neither a CPA nor an MBA. The general rule of thumb is that an investment must have a ROI of less that 7 years max, and ideally under 3 years. Otherwise, you are much better off making a different investment choice with 8.5 Billion dolars.

That's why they are CPAs or MBAs, not school dropouts that created MS and Apple.

about a year ago
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Only One US City Makes "Top Ten Internet Cities Worldwide" List

ygtai Re:American priorities (240 comments)

To some extent, I would say. Filtered/censored info is better than nothing at all -- unbearable speed is a filtering itself...

about a year ago
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How Deadbeat Facebook Friends and Using ALL-CAPS Can Lower Your Credit Score

ygtai All-caps is standard to many official documents (362 comments)

Not I like to read all-caps, but it's standard to many formal/official/government documents. Birth certificate, DL, etc etc. Standard USPS address format is all-caps. Even the name on credit cards is all-caps. During loan application they often ask one to put exactly the same info on your formal documents. Oh maybe they're saying they themselves are credit worthless, which is true to some extent...

about 10 months ago
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Qualcomm Says Eight-Core Processors Are Dumb

ygtai Re:Power? (526 comments)

The last time I mowed it was hard for me to operate two mowers at the same time...

about a year ago
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Apple Renews Contract With Samsung Over A-Series Processors

ygtai Re:Simple business decision (101 comments)

What I said about "expand" might not be very accurate. What I meant was they want to expand into the pure-play foundry business. While Samsung's smartphone business is earning a lot, it's semiconductor wing's profit is very thin or at the brink of losing money with its huge capacity. In the meantime, the pure-play market is still in the state of greater demand than supply. Samsung Semiconductor wants that market. They stated that in their own brochure. And that's why they poached TSMC's former R&D chief. They are still far behind in the pure-play business, and it's natural they lower price in pursuit of bigger market share, as what they have done in the very beginning of their other businesses. Though I have to admit I'm just doing educated guess...

1 year,10 days
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Apple Renews Contract With Samsung Over A-Series Processors

ygtai Re:Simple business decision (101 comments)

The reality may simply be Samsung offered a very low price that Apple cannot refuse. TSMC, while maintaining a 40%+ profit margin, doesn't have to lower its price; customers are well queued in line. However Samsung wants to expand their foundry business badly.

1 year,10 days
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Math and Science Popular With Students Until They Realize They're Hard

ygtai Re:Math & Science isn't hard, other subjects a (580 comments)

Pre-meds NEED an A in general chemistry for a reason. They will be responsible for lives of human beings. I wouldn't want someone who got 16/100 in general chemistry to be my doctor...

1 year,14 days
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Math and Science Popular With Students Until They Realize They're Hard

ygtai Re:Pre-Science (Not To Be Confused With Prescience (580 comments)

Sounds not a good idea in practice. After those pre-nursing, pre-med, pre-law, you get into med school, law school, and earn a professional doctorate. Following the pre-science track, you then get a bachelor of science that gets paid 1/3 of those professional doctorate...

1 year,14 days
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Math and Science Popular With Students Until They Realize They're Hard

ygtai Re:like anything else.. (580 comments)

When they couldn't understand the idea of variables, it seems to me they didn't have a grasp of basic algebra. They were simply extremely unprepared, as many previous posts suggested.

1 year,14 days
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Rice Professor Predicts Humans Out of Work In 30 Years

ygtai Re:This thought crosses my mind a lot. (808 comments)

This reminds me of one profession that will still be there: patent lawyers. I'll sue you for your fembot having those round-cornered XX...

about a year ago
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Does Antimatter Fall Up?

ygtai Re:What am I missing? (255 comments)

Depending on the professor's figure and the exact condition when this happens, he might need to look downwards or gradually upwards. Training in FPS helps.

about a year ago
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How LinkedIn's Project Inversion Saved the Company

ygtai Re:Dubious story, dubious subject... (92 comments)

I have even gotten (plenty of) LinkedIn requests from people that I have never met and never talked to. Another thing that bothers me (a lot) is from people who know absolutely nothing about my professional capability endorsing my professional capability...

about a year ago
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Salesforce, a Pillow Maker and a $125k AmEx Bill

ygtai Re:Summary (228 comments)

What's wrong with an anti-christ?

about a year ago
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U.S. Senate's Big Immigration Bill Seeks Centralized Database For H-1B Jobs

ygtai Re:why? (251 comments)

RTFA. I blame the summary. Raising H1B salaries is to keep them from undercutting domestic unemployment.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice

ygtai Re:Gimmick media story (408 comments)

I don't have the numbers, but how much did it cost when they first got those cables to homes? Inflation adjusted, I doubt today's fiber is any more expensive than coax cables decades ago.

about a year ago
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Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice

ygtai Re:Gigabit connection (408 comments)

Population in the Bay Area is not that dense, even in San Francisco. The only really dense city in world standard in the US is probably NYC.

about a year ago
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H-1B Cap Reached Today; Didn't Get In? Too Bad

ygtai Re:talent! (512 comments)

Many PhD professors, non-STEM, earn like $40K-60K. They may be the close to the top of their fields, but salary is still supply and demand in a free market. Companies want to reduce cost, that's how it is, unless they can really make a lot of profit.

about a year ago
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Disney Closes LucasArts

ygtai Loom (299 comments)

IIRC, there's this classic Loom.

about a year ago
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Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

ygtai Re:Tipping point ... (427 comments)

What's NFL?

about a year ago

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