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My dad's dad came out to California during WWII, but before that his family apparently lived in NC since 1660.  Odd, CoreCon was the first time I've ever been to that part of the country.  Apparently, I have a bunch of cousins there I know nothing about.

Economics & Investing / Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM
« on: April 21, 2018, 01:15:42 AM »
As it scrambled to compete in the internet world, the once-dominant tech company cut tens of thousands of U.S. workers, hitting its most senior employees hardest and flouting rules against age bias.

Water Cooler / East Palo Alto, CA
« on: April 06, 2018, 02:32:49 AM »
This little plot of land is going to make some people very wealthy in the near future.


I've been told that the high end for youtube channels is pretty close to actual earnings.

Traffic / Google will ban all cryptocurrency-related advertising
« on: March 16, 2018, 02:02:52 AM »

Right when I was about to start assisting on an adwords cryptocurrency project...

Last year alone, the social network lost more than 1.4 million users in the 12 to 17-year old demographic, according to new report from research firm eMarketer. That represents a decline of nearly 10 percent, or roughly three times what analysts had predicted. Notably, 2017 was the first time that analysts expected the company to see a drop in usage for any age group. Overall, Facebook lost 2.8 million U.S. users under the age of 25, the data found.

Unfortunately for Zuck, 2018 isn't shaping up to look any better. EMarketer predicts another 5.6 percent decline in users between 12 and 17 years old, and a 5.8 percent decline for those between 18 and 24. That likely has executives worried about the long-term dominance of the social media platform.

Economics & Investing / So, who's buying?
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:04:00 PM »
Or going to start soon?

Water Cooler / Falcon Heavy landings -- Amazing
« on: February 07, 2018, 10:27:20 PM »
This has a scifi quality to it.  Sonic booms, so maybe turn the volume down.

Water Cooler / Vertigo?
« on: January 20, 2018, 04:50:38 AM »
I haven't really thought of the condition since I watched the Hitchcock movie years ago.  Yesterday I spent the day in ER with my mother as they ruled out a stroke as the cause of her vertigo.  Up until yesterday this condition was completely off my radar, now it seems every third person I talk to has had a bout of it.

Anyway, she seems better today.  They gave her a prescription of meclizine, which seems to be helping.  I was just reading that hearing loss can also be a symptom -- this would make sense as I wished I brought some earplugs with me today as I parent-sat and she was going nuts with the TV volume.

Water Cooler / How an artificial sugar may have caused thousands to die
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:12:07 PM »

A lab-created sugar that is very stable and moisturizing started to get added to ice-cream in the 2000s.  Clostridium difficile seems to become a super-bug when it eats on this stuff in the get.  Twenty-nine thousand died from C diff in the US alone.

But you should probably read the article.

There have been many examples of the ingredients in manufactured food, often touted as healthy, that turn out to be toxic later.  Eating things that use to be alive, things your great-grandmother would recognize, avoids most of this.

Water Cooler / Re Robots vs low skill Human jobs
« on: January 05, 2018, 01:32:35 AM »
I saw this going down the street today.

Water Cooler / 56,000 layoffs and counting: India’s IT bloodbath
« on: December 28, 2017, 01:21:40 AM »
One of the top employment generators until a few years ago, India’s $160 billion IT industry laid off more than 56,000 employees this year. Some analysts believe this spree was worse than the one during the 2008 financial crisis. Meanwhile, hiring plummeted, with entry-level openings having more than halved in 2017, according to experts.

Water Cooler / theme suggestions?
« on: December 27, 2017, 01:53:43 AM »

If you find one you like post it here.

Also, we will should probably have two, one for inner core and one for the public section.

Water Cooler / Belated Merry Christmas & Sorry for the outage
« on: December 26, 2017, 10:28:20 PM »
On Christmas Eve Jaguar hosting decided to upgrade the PHP version on this server and made it incompatible with the version of SMF we were running.  It took a while to get the board up again.  We're using the default theme for now because the old theme was not compatible with SMF 2+.  There are still quirks I'm working out.  Sorry again!

Edit: My wife says I should say something holly and jolly so...

I hope you had a Holiday season filled with joy!

Audry (6 y.o.) says "Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, I hope you have fun things going on with your family"

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