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Comment: It's inflation (Score 4, Interesting) 166

by QuietLagoon (#47951955) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US
The size of the IPO is bantered about in US$. Ten years ago, the IPOs were worth less in the US$ of that time.

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It is the same reason that Hollywood always touts dollar amount of ticket sales and not the number of tickets sold. With the ever increasing ticket prices, ticket sales will always increase, even if the number of ticket sales remains the same. If you take into account inflation, Gone With The Wind (1939) is the largest grossing movie.

IPOs are subject to a similar inflationary hype. This is the same Wall Street that crashed the world economy a few years back. They want to make it appear as if everyone is farting sunshine and rainbows so Main Street will start sending money to Wall Street once again.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

Comment: Russian software (Score 1) 231

by QuietLagoon (#47948131) Attached to: Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet
I sure am happy that I stopped using the Agnitum Outpost firewall on my PCs a few months back. I didn't like having Russian-developed software in such a critical spot on my PCs, especially with Mr. Putin's irrational sabre-rattling. Now, with the possibility of Russia being taken off the internet, my decision looks even better.

Comment: Cross between a music album and a video game (Score 5, Funny) 329

It appears that U2 and Apple are proposing an interactive album format that combines the music of a record album with the interactivity of a video game.

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Or to phrase it differently, it appears that U2 and Apple are proposing to make music more prominent in video games.

Comment: Sounds like Mr. Torvalds has an opinion. (Score 1) 364

by QuietLagoon (#47926487) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd
An opinion which he expressed.

"I think many of the 'original ideals' of UNIX are these days more of a mindset issue than necessarily reflecting reality of the situation. There's still value in understanding the traditional UNIX "do one thing and do it well" model where many workflows can be done as a pipeline of simple tools each adding their own value, but let's face it, it's not how complex systems really work, and it's not how major applications have been working or been designed for a long time. It's a useful simplification, and it's still true at some level, but I think it's also clear that it doesn't really describe most of reality."

That sure sounds like an opinion to me. I suspect he stated he didn't have an opinion just so he would start a war among his fanbois.

Comment: Re:Get a Radio (Score 1) 40

by QuietLagoon (#47917813) Attached to: Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

...Any idea how to find out which ones aren't?...

The last two times the power went out for days, I turned on my battery-powered radio and just scanned the dial until I heard a station giving local information.

That seemed to be a rather easy way to find which stations were broadcasting local info. btw, there were four stations that I could receive which abandoned their automated programming to go local.

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