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Just Shmooze / Re: Amazon HQ2
« on: Yesterday at 08:52:10 AM »
They would never sign a deal without a timeline. How would that be enforceable?

Agreed - but I didn't see it publicized by the city or amazon - it was all very vague - wouldn't you think both sides would want transparency?

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Just Shmooze / Re: Amazon HQ2
« on: February 15, 2019, 01:11:28 PM »
Why would you want to build in a place where the politicians will be out to get you when you could build in a place where they're welcoming you with open arms?

Smart move by Amazon. They likely would have been shafted with special taxes targeted at them as revenge so that the politicians could score more points.

I had read somewhere that the unions got involved as well and that was part of Amazon's decision's to back out.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Amazon HQ2
« on: February 15, 2019, 01:09:26 PM »
Amazon had to guarantee those jobs, or else the incentives wouldn't be given.

I would imagine that was the case, but I don't believe that a timeline was publicized.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Amazon HQ2
« on: February 15, 2019, 01:07:15 PM »
...I also don't buy the argument that Amazon setting up shop here would transform the tech sector in NYC. It's already quite big, and it will never ever rise to the level of Silicon Valley. Google is expanding here as well, without the incentives. If big tech brings other tech, then it's already happening, with or without Amazon.

I don't know about that - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-27/new-york-will-never-be-silicon-valley-and-it-s-good-with-that - It's getting close in terms of dollars raised, and while SF might have some great university talent coming out of Stanford / Cal - NY has no shortage of engineering schools Cooper Union, Columbia, NYU Tandon, CCNY and others. In addition to a lot of big tech presence, there are also dozens of incubators and startups. For example, there is an Incubator for NYC-based startups with Israeli Founders.

People forget that Bloomberg gave money to build NYC Tech on Roosevelt Island - which is connected to LIC - NYC Tech has a joint Cornell/Technion engineering graduate school and incubator.

So really the biggest incentive to NYC is primary and secondary jobs, and income tax. Of those 25K people - how many of their spouses would now work/live in NY? (You can argue that not all 25K would live in NY, but they'd still be paying NY income taxes).

Still, the person who benefits most is Cuomo - just my $0.02



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Just Shmooze / Re: Amazon HQ2
« on: February 15, 2019, 10:04:12 AM »
My own $0.02 on the whole thing:

- I thought that the city offered too much in incentives to Amazon, and that there was a little too much uncertainty - i.e. 25K jobs over 10 years - does that mean approx 2500 new jobs per year? or 1000 jobs in year one and 24000 in year 9? (I know that' an extreme example, but the ramp up has tax, and generated revenue implications).

- This is a ploy to stoke the flames of Cuomo's presidential aspirations. He's already facing a state that has some of the highest taxes in the country, and stagnating population growth. He just admitted this week that people are leaving NY for FL to save on taxes (he blamed Trump's Property tax deduction cap, of course). If he gets Amazon to move, job growth, that's one feather in his cap. Of course, in 3 years, infrastructure will be taxed, so he'll drum up an opportunity to tax NYers for the upgrades.

- In case you didn't know - most of the major tech companies already have offices in NY - Google has a few thousand employees, Facebook has offices here - and guess what so does Amazon - Amazon Video has offices and development teams in NYC. (Audible has offices in Newark) - Even if they did get incentives to move in, they weren't big enough to warrant news articles.


I have a feeling Amazon will still grow in NYC/NY Metro, just not at the rate that they previously wanted.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Amazon HQ2
« on: February 15, 2019, 09:31:22 AM »
Especially since amazons average salary is below 40k, iirc. These are legitimately high paying job even if, say, half of them are below 100k

There is a huge dichotomy between white and blue collar jobs - the 40k jobs average is what happens when you combine the salaries of hourly warehouse workers in low-cost areas, with office workers in bigger cities. If you have 10 warehouse workers making 30k in West virginia and one programmer making 140 in SF, that's a 40k average. These jobs would primarily be the latter.

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Credit Cards / Re: Largest Dispute & Fraudulent Activity on your card
« on: February 14, 2019, 12:51:24 PM »
Not a large dispute, but while in my 20's someone charged a meal on one of my cards. I called to dispute it. They asked me if I was sure it wasn't me. I told them I was an Orthodox Jew, and the charge was to a non-kosher restaurant on a Saturday.

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Just Shmooze / Re: Favorite Jewish Brand & Store Names
« on: February 08, 2019, 02:00:18 PM »
I always get a kick out of this one - http://www.tzniusprincess.com/ - definitely truth in advertising.

Usually the kosher kitsch comes into play with Asian Restaurant names:

Shulchan Low
Estihana (a play on the Japanese chain Benihana)
Mee-Tsu-Yan

I also always wondered how Carlos and Gabby's got their name - was it because the founders were Chaim and Gavriel, or was it a play on the hispanic couple in 'Desperate Housewives' that was popular when it opened.

But the most Ironic - almost every city with a kosher population (especially so in the NY Area) in the US has a Jerusalem Pizza - which makes no sense to me, since, AFAIK Pizza isn't inherently a Jerusalem thing. And when you go to Jerusalem, the most touristy, american-style pizza place is called - Big Apple :)



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Tech Talk / Fossil Sport Smartwatch - $55 off
« on: February 08, 2019, 10:04:05 AM »
Fossil is running a sale on their newest smartwatches - the Fossil Sport Smartwatch - it's a little more than 20% off ($199 vs regular price of $255). This is a brand new smartwatch that just came out in Novemeber.

This also includes the latest Smart watch chipset - Dragonwear 3100 (most of the android wear watches that are selling for less make use of the old 2100 chipset). This is also comparable to a full-featured sports watch as well as android wear

https://www.fossil.com/us/en/wearable-technology/smartwatches/smartwatches.html

Some other features:
- On watch GPS
- Optical HR
- Google Pay NFC


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Just Shmooze / Re: Do you daven out loud?
« on: February 05, 2019, 08:52:59 AM »

On the one hand the young Israel crowd always stand up for yehei shmay rabba but they are so timid.


As a member of the 'young israel crowd', when I daven Shabbos morning at a more yeshivish minyan and/or some chasidish minyanim, I miss the taam tefila - it's just moaning and 'krechtzing' - what happened to Ivdo es hashem b'simcha?

If you think davening is timid, I would suggest you've been to the wrong Young Israels :)

On the subject of kol ram -  I am one of those people who has a voice that carries (It's a mixed blessing, believe me). I don't need to put in effort to bring out my kol ram, I just need to talk. When I said kaddish for each of my parents, I hated walking into a shul where everyone was out of sync when it came to kaddish. You have one person flying through kaddish who is two 'amens' ahead of everyone else, and another (maybe a BT, or someone early in their aveilus where the emotions are strongest) who is struggling with it. I couldn't take it, so I took over. I said kaddish at a loud and deliberate pace (never too slow to cause tircha d'tzibura of course, but I did slow down if I knew that others needed a slower pace).

While I know that can be construed as arrogant and selfish, I try to think of it differently: hashem gave me the opportunity to be the metronome for the other avelim to enable all of us to say kaddish at the same speed so that the kahal can answer amen in unison - so that we merit a z'chus for all of the neshamos that we're saying kaddish for.




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Tech Talk / Re: gmail hacked
« on: February 04, 2019, 08:53:18 AM »
Adding to the Echo Chamber, plus a couple of more tips:

- Definitely add 2-Factor auth. It makes it a lot harder to hack in the future.
- With 2FA, you don't need to change your password as much - because your password alone won't compromise your account.
- I would also check your sent and deleted mail to see if there is anything suspicious in there - i.e. a password reset e-mail from your bank or amazon account.

As for the weird g-mail suggestions - gmail eats data like a teenager. Somehow it adds any e-mail addresses on any chain you've been a part of. For example, I'll sometimes look for the e-mail of one of my kids' friends' parents - only to find they're in my address book - even though I've never e-mailed them before. So weird suggestions alone might not be that much of an indication of you being hacked - I would search for that e-mail address in your archives and you're likely to find it on something someone else sent you.

I hope that's helpful?

(For the record, I am a software developer, but not a security pro)


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Just Shmooze / Re: in search of new zemiros tunes
« on: February 02, 2019, 08:32:54 PM »
not sure maalin bkodesh has anything to do with this, although they say some chassidic rebbes "sanctified" some non jewish songs

You mean like 'Ha'aderes v'Haemunah' on Shabbos morning to the tune of Les' Marsellies? :)

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