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Comment: Re:Not sure (Score 1) 68

by ponos (#47957851) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

This IPO is interesting because it's a test case for how well China can provide a code of laws assurance to the worldwide investor. So far, so good. But the Chineese system has a similar habit of disenfranchising shareholders, and in this case, it could happen in the blink of an eye.

It's too early to say how it would function in an hypothetical situation. Clearly, that question will have to be settled in the coming decade: what happens when a Chinese company does not behave well? For the moment, people are just hoping for a quick buck, just as with most IPOs.

Comment: Re:Comparable? Not really. (Score 1) 68

by ponos (#47957847) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

Until recently, multiple classes of stock were prohibited for NYSE-listed companies, which tended to discourage doing this. (The classic exception was Ford, which has two classes of stock, the voting shares controlled by the Ford family. This predates that NYSE rule.)

Thanks for sharing this information. This explains some things.

Comment: Re:Comparable? Not really. (Score 1) 68

by ponos (#47957843) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

The market is fully capable of pricing the fact that Alibaba stockholders don't actually own a direct claim on Alibaba's Chinese assets and can't elect its board. Truth be told, shareholders don't "own" any company; they own whatever rights are specified in the share agreement........

You are right of course. Personally, I'm a bit bothered by stocks that don't give dividends (as a rule!) or voting rights. I know it's common and Alibaba is not the only example. Investing without any kind of control and without expecting dividends (I don't know if it's the case for Alibaba) only seems to reinforce the perception that stocks are some sort of casino. I prefer the vision of stock ownership as holding a small piece of a real business: contributing to decision-making and getting a part of the profits just like you would if you owned a percentage of the restaurant next-door. I feel that this would reinforce much more responsible corporate behavior and saner investment strategies. It's a pity that many technology companies operate this way.

Comment: Re:Only 4 displays, sticking to AMD. (Score 1) 108

by Greyfox (#47955617) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs
Oh I do my own little projects at home. Lately I've been generating a fair bit of video from gopro footage of my skydives. I also do some programming for fun. Traditionally my setup at home has always been a little better than my setup at work. If I got used to working with a huge amount of screen space at work, I'd want something similar at home.

Comment: Re:Only 4 displays, sticking to AMD. (Score 1) 108

by Greyfox (#47954163) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs
So how many Xterms can you have open with 6 30" displays?

If I had that setup at home, I'd find the fucking postage stamp I'm allocated at work to be insufferable. Actually I already do. If I had that setup at work, I'd have to drop a few grand to duplicate it at the house.

I'm pretty sure I'm not going to find a game I'd want to play that'd allow me to make effective use of that many monitors. Maybe if I were building a realistic VR flight simulator with X-Plane, or something. I guess you could use it for bitcoin farming or nuclear physics simulations, if you were into that sort of thing...

Comment: Yuh Huh (Score 1) 97

by Greyfox (#47951401) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group
I'm guessing the desktop isn't the enviable real estate it once was. They're probably going to fumble around in the mobile space some more. The last time they were caught this flat-footed by a new technology, IBM was trying to start up competition with them on the desktop and Microsoft's position was quite strong. They just had to... borrow... the TCP/IP stack from BSD and they were good to go. They just had to poke IBM in the eye a couple of times to convince them to go elsewhere. I suspect they'll find Google to be a somewhat more difficult competitor to deal with. Especially given the state of Microsoft's search engine and... mobile platform.

Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 2) 276

by GTRacer (#47944143) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

[...] and two Android phones (albeit I keep wifi off on mine)...

May I ask why you keep WiFi off at home? I completely understand keeping it off away from home (Thank you Llama!) to keep ad-snoops from trying to tag me in stores, etc... But home?

Then again, my poorly-positioned and very outdated Linksys WRT-54G can't get a VOD-capable signal into my room from the den some days, so it's mobile data at home a lot for me ><

Comment: Re:Recent claims by whom? (Score 1) 215

by Concerned Onlooker (#47943043) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

"All the hippies need to get over it and come back to reality."

The reality is that evolution isn't finished. We are possibly evolving into something much greater than what came before. Steven Pinker exhibits that the human race has overall experienced a decline in violence in the recent past. (

Maybe the reality is that the hippies were right.

Comment: Re:Obama is but a puppet (Score 1) 229

by Concerned Onlooker (#47942595) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

"The huge machinery behind the NSA / CIA / FBI and all those alphabet agencies wants total control, and it has the enthusiastic support of private companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, amongst others"

While I admit that we have a de facto oligarchy here in the US I have to wonder that if the above were true then why have a warrant canary at all?

"The chain which can be yanked is not the eternal chain." -- G. Fitch