“So, let me get this straight. The only measure of intelligence is financial gain? I work in medical research. I do okay, but could make more in other areas. My work and my advanced degree contribute to the well being of many people. The people are I work with, physicians and other researchers, are incredibly brilliant and deliver real value and real results. MZ is not my definition of the highest that humans can achieve. If he is yours, I will make as blanket an assumption as you have made about me and determine you are a person of extreme shallowness and needs to have various heros and celebrities to worship in order to give meaning to your life.”
“The immaturity of the history of this company is quite interesting and revealing. Can the majority of us agree that MZ and others here are hardly the "geniuses" they are so often described to be. Sure they are smart, technical and obviously a little ruthless, but "genius" is a label reserved for something far more intellectual and creative. I'd put any MacArthur Genius against these clowns any day of the week.”
cinesimonj on May 30, 2011 at 00:32:51
“I think the majority of us can agree that MZ is a flawed human being like the rest of us, who is,in fact, extremely intelligent - and as usual, being judged by people with maybe 1% of the info they'd need to actually make an informed decision. Not that making informed decisions is what your sad little hobby is about, right?
Gullible people judging extremely successful, highly intelligent and imperfect people seems to have become a leading American pastime, so it's no surprise so many of you feel the need to display such righteous silliness...”
“This is such BS. I supported the bailouts, but not this. This is unbelievably unfair. What is what wrong with this country. Is there no end to our shame and how low will we go while others get all the breaks? Oh, and any idiot who wants to claim these people are freeloaders looking for a buck, I challenge you to lose the use of your limbs for some $. Get real.”
duriostellaj on May 27, 2011 at 19:11:13
“When you support the govt involvement in things it has no place in particularly in the paying back of union favors you did support exactly this and the short changing of the bond holders. Results like these are the norm and not the exception when the govt exceeds its boundaries.”
“In other important news Madonna's NYC penthouse dishwasher is producing excessive spotting and technicians have been called in to assess the problem. Fortunately the pop culture goddess is on tour and is unaffected by the problem.”
“I have to admit, I am completely lost in interpreting your comment. Smart people are needed to fix the grid, but smarts alone doesn't get hard work done. There is enough to do for everyone, smart and non-smart. I don't see the grid failing because of smart or non smart people, but because we are simply not taking care of it. From that point of view both smart and non-smart people are acting very dumb.”
“Now now, let's not get hysterical. The real issue is we need to cut all government spending to nothing. The free market can take care of all this. After all the free market has done such a great job in building highways, railroads, airports, bridges... what is a little thing like the power grid?
Sarcasm off. Okay, how many of you live in a house or building? Probably most! :-) Keeping up your living domain is an endless challenge. You simply can't let things go. If we want to live in a nice house and a nice country, we have to keep it up and that costs money. It always has and it always will. I have an old house and it cost me over $3,000 to replace the remaining ancient "tube and knob" wiring built in the 1920s. Now I have an updated and modern electrical system in my house that is reliable and safe and not a fire risk like the old one. Our grid is the most complex system ever developed by humans, but it is old people, very old.”
Ethernum on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:30:44
“The power grid need a lot of improvment, in Europe massive blackout never happen, or only under flooding, heavy snow, hurricane and other climatic disaster.
Time for the US to get new infrastructures, it's the blood of the industry and the nation, when an artery broke, the heart of the nation stop.”
Wild Thang on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:23:55
“Great comment. Fanned, Faved, you MamasLittleBoy, you!”
corwin on Sep 10, 2011 at 09:14:39
“I think this is a self correcting problem.The Smart People are leaving California.This is evolution in action.The Non Smart People will be able to fix things.Li'l Boy.As a Non Smart representative,am I being on the mark?”
“Well, I guess you can work out 10 hours a day and keep a body in great shape, but the face is looking mighty old and perhaps sign of a little face lift. Tisk tisk, poor Madonna. You can have all the money in the world but you can't buy new genes and escape your trashy roots.”
“Obviously Obama and the Republicans need to get together and compromise to develop even more spending cuts and more tax cuts! Only this will jump start the economy by inspiring businesses with the confidence to invest. (if I have to explain to anyone that this is sarcasm...)”
Aug 18, 2011 at 17:24:59
“Anything with Pete. He's a highly complex character played by a great actor. Meanwhile Don's character is, to me, one that often fails the suspension of disbelief. He goes from a put on front of super machismo to a blubbering coward at the drop of a hat. Perhaps such people do exist, but I have yet to meet one - thank God for that!”
“Robert, I disagree completely and wonder if you have any experience in the field. Medical record system implementation is only the start. These systems can be used to improve efficiency, safety, outcomes and all at lower medical costs BUT there is a lot of work to reaching that point and does require skills beyond the pure technical. Anyone who has those extra skills will do just fine and healthcare isn't going away (yet). Yes, now with federally funded incentives it is something of a gold rush, but it is one of our most complicated sectors that is decades behind in technology.”
Robert SF on Aug 18, 2011 at 17:49:48
“Yes, there will be a gold rush, as there was with the internet, but it will be brief, and the bust will be bloody. I guarantee you that the bottom will fall out on employment as continuing automation lowers the skill needed or transfers the job to someone else.
In the case of medical records, you must know that medical transciption paid less and less until it was sent to India. With medical records going paperless, there is talk about having the care providers themselves update the records. That will be more efficient, but it will cost jobs.
Again I say that I'm not against technology, but we have to deal with the question: once the machines are doing our work, how will we earn a living? This is not something we will face in the 24th century. We'll have to deal with in over the next couple of decades.”
Aug 14, 2011 at 00:54:12
“Breaking Bad is the best show on AMC. So much more intelligence, substance and drama than Man Men. Just my opinion, but Mad Men is very entertaining eye candy, but Breaking Bad rocks your soul.”
bluegreen on Aug 14, 2011 at 14:19:38
“my sister loves BB but i don't get it. the acting is superb, but otherwise it's really conventional. and anyone who has really been around tweakers knows it's rubbish at getting to how that world actually operates. as for weiner, bless him for standing up for the integrity of this great show. if this guy doesn't like it, let him try elsewhere.”
TOMLAM on Aug 14, 2011 at 05:39:51
“I agree with you on Breaking Bad. I tried to watch Mad Men numerous times and just found it to be boring flash with little substance. Entourage is similar in that its flashy, but nothing ever happens on Entourage & that show is filled with who cares TV. Those are my opinions of course & you can disagree & try to educate me on Mad Men. I doubt I'll change my opinion, but it would be nice to hear from fans what episodes to watch.”
Dave Bee on Aug 14, 2011 at 04:09:53
“well then I hope that breaking bad uses that to negotiate its OWN contract and get what IT deserves from AMC. Not what it and The Walking Dead and The Killing deserve.”
“I went to graduate school for a technology related degree and my pay went from about $40k a year to over $100k. I am not a technician. Working with data and information - eg, the actual "information" in "information technology" is a very good field. From experience, if those help desk pros had delivered top notch service and support, they would still be valued here. Very few did, but some companies with high performing service departments kept them here and avoided the bangalore rush.”
“Ted, did they let you out? Kidding! (unibomber reference). Technology and progress have been occurring for a long time my brother. Technology can and has created new opportunities and new work. What impacts us, good or bad, is social. How it is used, not the technology itself. Right now the ONLY field short of people and hiring like crazy is healthcare technology. There are federal programs to train people in working with electronic medical records. It is a bit messy, but the goal is a good one. Green energy and technology could be a boom if it were supported and encouraged by our government. Imagine all those brilliant Detroit engineers and skilled workers being let loose on developing all types of new energy technology. So, I fail to see how technology is your enemy.”
OldTulsan on Aug 14, 2011 at 08:43:18
“Indian BPO companies already have their sites on putting our medical records online.
See Job Destruction Nesletter No. 2096 -- 3/27/2010
“There will be a short boom, but soon "working with electronic medical records" will be a skill no better than "using word" or "developing spreadsheets." It will simply be an expected skill that doesn't even merit noting on the resume.
Technology is not an enemy. However, technology does destroy jobs. I mean, come on, it's entire purpose is to replace human labor. That was true from the earliest technologies, like the lever, and the latest ones, like the RFID chips that allow a whole cart full of groceries to be rung up without anyone scanning the items.
There is not a single example of technology that replaced something and that required more workers that the something it replaced. Not one.”