Feb 21, 2014 q commented on Hey Slog, How Much Do You Think Microsoft Spends on Its Payroll Each Year?.
MSFT has 99,000 worldwide employees and another 70,000+ vendors (contractors).

Data from last year's 10K report:
Operating Expenses are $31bn for 2013. From this, I'd guess at $15bn in employee compensation, plus another $7bn in vendor/contractor compensation, and the remaining $9bn in advertising, purchases, benefits, and other fees (breakdown of operating expenses: 10.4bn R&D; 15.2bn S&M; 5.1bn general/admin)

From the 10K:

Research and development $10.411 billion
Research and development expenses include payroll, employee benefits, stock-based compensation expense, and other headcount-related expenses associated with product development. Research and development expenses also include third-party development and programming costs, localization costs incurred to translate software for international markets, and the amortization of purchased software code.

Sales and marketing $15.276 (billion)
Sales and marketing expenses include payroll, employee benefits, stock-based compensation expense, and other headcount-related expenses associated with sales and marketing personnel and the costs of advertising, promotions, trade shows, seminars, and other programs.

General and administrative $5.149 billion
General and administrative expenses include payroll, employee benefits, stock-based compensation expense, severance expense, and other headcount-related expenses associated with finance, legal, facilities, certain human resources and other administrative personnel, certain taxes, and legal and other administrative fees.
Jan 16, 2014 q commented on Bipartisan Bill Introduced in Washington House to Stop State From Cooperating With NSA Spying.
Doesn't the IRS collect electronic data without a warrant? And the CDC? And the census? And, well, every other government agency?

I think the unintended consequences of this will be hilarious...
Jan 8, 2013 q commented on What are You Doing with that Sledgehammer, Bimzie?.
Compare that to the master at work, Fred Dibnah. Calmly leaning on a fence when the chimney goes down (near the end of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L1WOnR2K… )
Nov 9, 2012 q commented on Afghan Donkeys Replace American Helicopters.
At the start of the invasion of Afghanistan, there was a cavalry charge. By British and American troops. Probably with bayonets.

We have fewer horses and bayonets, but we still have some because they can still be useful (though in the above cases the horses were Afghan).
Oct 11, 2011 q commented on The 68 Percent.
Talking of 68%, check out this Fox News poll, which shows similar amounts of Fox News viewers agree with Occupy Wall Street:
Sep 11, 2011 q commented on Another Bicyclist Is Killed, This One at the Corner of the Ave and Campus Parkway.
That intersection is a stop light. Either the car or the bike must have run the light. There's no "ignoring bikes" here, just someone breaking the law.
Sep 7, 2011 q commented on A Monstrous Decade, a Fanatical Family, and the Worst Birthday in Human History.
I liked reading this. Thank you, Mr Frizzelle.
Jul 15, 2011 q commented on Civilization Destroys Facebook, Not Vice Versa.
There's some good and some bad about this game. The good is that it only allows you to spend about $1-$2/day, so it's not going to break the bank. The bad is that it's still in beta and there are a ton of frustrating bugs at the moment. I'm going to check back in on it in a month. Maybe it'll be better then.
Jul 6, 2011 q commented on State Will Release Its Final Study on the Deep-Bore Tunnel Tomorrow.
@10: I'd chip in $50 for that plan. Though the cost overruns would be about 100% on it - you have to cone off both ends!
Jun 30, 2011 q commented on Final Traffic Report.
I-5 isn't quitelike Salford. It doesn't have that same utterly life-ending depressing gray feeling.