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Wednesday, October 26. 2016
I get this weird vibe when I read the newspapers. I'm looking for things to amuse or delight this audience. Nothing seems amusing and delightful to me. Lots of things are funny, but Will Ferrell funny, not Mark Twain funny. Lots of things are delightful. They still publish the obituaries, after all, and there's always people you don't like in there. You have to take your amusements where you find them.
The vibe I'm referring to doesn't really have a coherent theme I can point out. Just the opposite. I'm pointing out the lack of a theme. It reminds me of the interlude just after a trip to Chipotle. You know what's going to happen. You just don't know if that trip to Costco for toilet paper was enough to handle it.
So if you're looking for a theme in today's links, you're bound to be disappointed. It's a burlecue out there, people:
The average person in the United States in unemployable. They are unable to concentrate on anything but a cellphone. You're only hired because they can't get anyone better, and they can't wait to get rid of you. You must become freelancers because there's no other way to force you to pay attention to your work, or starve.
Look high. Look low. Go around back. Dig a hole and look at the underpinnings. A number of any kind never appears in that story. I wonder why that is. Wait a minute. No I don't
Google made its money completely by accident. They had a rock in their pocket that kept away tigers in Palo Alto, and they think it will work in the Punjab.
Remember the crack "epidemic" of the 90s? Politicians said prison or midnight basketball would fix it, take your pick. Neither did, but they both took credit. The problem disappeared only after it had utterly destroyed everyone it touched. Cellphones are just like that.
The tech industry is incredibly sanctimonious about imaginary slights to any aggrieved minority. Except anyone older than 35, the hell with them. I have no sympathy. Ten years ago, the aggrieved parties here were snickering in conference rooms about an adult who applied for a job at their startup. Welcome to the wonderful world of freelancing! Now put down the phone, or starve.
Job mobility is important. Otherwise you just end up with a bunch of people over 35 at your workplace. Ewww.
There are 600,000 Chinese people in France? Who knew? Say, I was wondering. Are there any French people left in France? I hope they keep at least one around to insult Americans on vacation. It lends a certain charm to the place.
Say, isn't that about the same age as the two people currently applying for George's old job? George retired eight years ago. Ten, if you count when Pelosi took over the country. Is president listed on Old Geek Jobs?
Books are heavy. The people who believe "studies" should lift more of them.
Like two elderly wrestlers leaning on each other in the ninth round.
Waterfront homes are always ugly. Always.
That's such a wonderful formulation: He is known at the strip club. Are you known at the strip club? Out of the way, peasant! I'm known at the strip club. How do you get known at the strip club? Do you bring quarters instead of dollar bills?
Well, it's Wednesday, people. You might as well swim to the far shore. You're already halfway there.
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Yahoo made money by accident. Google didn't make money by accident, they knew what they were doing: replacing a very bad Yahoo.
Cubs v Indians- Two very good teams, w/ wide range of talent. Just b/c the franchises are older doesn't mean the teams are.
(I know this b/c they play ESPN where I lift weights. QED.)
Cell phones as cocaine? They called it Crackberry(TM) for a reason. Not my addiction though. I'm more tempted to be known at strip clubs.
Re: Google fiber
So Google's throttling back their plans for fiber Internet? And we all thought fiber was the future!
I do notice that the article says that Google Fiber is all ready available in The Triangle, NC. That's true. It is available in parts of "The Triangle" but not yet in all the parts promised so I consider their commitment to implement their plans here somewhat ambiguous. The interesting thing is that in researching fiber in my area, I found there are other lesser-known players in that field.
Google pays almost no taxes. They use a semi-legal technique known as the double Irish arrangement and a Dutch sandwich. The result is billions in profit escape the taxes due on it in the countries where the profit is made. This is what all the so-called free trade deals are all about. It isn't about free trade it is about moving offshore while continuing to exploit the very profitable American market and still paying no taxes. This is why a "free trade" bill runs into thousands of pages of single space legalese. This is why Trump is right and Hillary is wrong and bad for the U.S.
I so wish we had a way to vote up your comment. In any case, "ditto."
Ireland has officially announced the phased abolition of its controversial “double Irish” tax scheme that has enabled multinationals such as Apple to dramatically cut down their tax bills.
Re non-competition clauses.
In California, non-competition clauses are, in general, unenforceable, and this has been so since the 1870s. The exceptions involve confidential information/trade secrets and when the sale of a business includes the sale of its good will.
re: Electric floors
OK, maybe a way to recover some energy that would otherwise be waste thermal noise. However, like all human-energy recovery methods, it's horribly cost inefficient on a large scale basis. Look at the price of a gallon of milk vs. a gallon of gasoline, and then figure in the fact that the gas has 15 time the energy content.
http://nanoscience.gatech.edu/paper/2014/14_FD_01.pdf if you want more details about the electric floor. With a few numbers.
I suspect that walking on anything that would generate significant charge would feel like walking on sand. I hate walking on sand.
By way of prelude, a corny old joke:
A man rushes up to a friend and cries "Brace yourself! I have bad news about your mother-in-law!"
The friend replies, "Hold up there. Don't shock a fellow. You need to build up gradual-like, when you deliver bad news. For example, I wouldn't just flat-out tell you your cat got killed. No, I'd ease into it gently. For example, I might say, the other day I saw your cat up on the roof. And then your son tried to get it down, but the cat got skittish, jumped down and ran off. And then it ran out into the street. Unfortunately, your wife was driving home from the grocery, and she ran over the cat. See? Gradual-like."
"Oh, I get it," says the first fellow. "Well, I was going by your house, and I saw your mother-in-law up on the roof..."
All that to explain, that here in San Antonio, Google Fiber is up on the roof...
We San Antonios have been reassured that the installation of Google Fiber in our fair city will proceed apace, unlike in those 10 wannabe cities--like Dallas--where it's been cancelled.
Me, don't believe anything until it's been officially denied.