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Comment Re:How do you obtain antiques? (Score 1) 503 503

So in the Star Trek universe where money doesn't exist, how does one acquire, say, a collectible item like the badge that Wyatt Earp wore, or a rare tea set once owned by Andrew Carnegie?

You have a holodeck malfunction and Wyatt Earp, the hole-in-the-wall gang and some 19th century Robber Barons take over the Enterprise. Then in a plot twist you acquire Wyatt Earp's badge and Carnegie's tea set.

Comment Even in Star Trek, not everything could be replica (Score 2) 503 503

Even in Star Trek, not everything could be replicated. Trilithium crystals or Romulan Ale come to mind. Trilithium ore was mined under terrible conditions as seen in several episodes on TNG. Other things had to be purchased, actually bartered as Capt. Picard had no capital, from time to time, usually from the Ferengi, Romulans, Klingons, etc.

Comment Re:How to avoid the tech bubble (Score 4, Insightful) 135 135

Don't be inside the bubble when it burst.

That's the best advice of all. Make sure that whatever you're working on, it's continued existence does not dependent its short-term market valuation. Imho, most of the losers in the 2000- bust were businesses that needed to maintain high valuations in order to have access to capital to for day-to-day operations. In short, needed to constantly borrow money to cover operating expenses.

Comment got my masters in Germany (Score 5, Insightful) 528 528

I got my masters degree at the Technical University in Ilmenau. Ilmenau is a small university with very good reputation in central Germany. I did my degree and thesis in German, full immersion. Before that, I got my B.Sc. at the University of CA in Irvine (UCI). I had the GI bill and could have attended any U.S. public university tuition free. I went to Germany because I wanted to. Even without tuition, I still had to pay for living expenses, books, supplies, etc. and had a work permit so I could work part-time to make ends meet.

Having experienced both systems, I would say that the academics were comparable. I think the choice of where to study depends on whom you want to meet and what kind of career you would like having afterwards. The U.S. is closer to a lot of the innovation in computer science, so if striking it rich at the next big thing in Silicon Valley is your ambition, you could probably get better contacts at an American University. Germany has a more traditional industrial economy, a lot like the U.S. was before about 1970. Germany designs, develops and makes a lot of their own stuff. Studying in Germany helped me gain a lot of invaluable contacts in the German "Mittelstand" or mid-sized industry. Germany is one of the few places that still combine product development and manufacturing under one roof and there are a lot of advantages to the 'old-school' way of doing business. It might not be as sleek as "designed in California, made in China" but it's the best way to ensure consistant quality, especially in more complex, safety-critical industries.

Comment "If I don't, then who should" (Score 1) 1032 1032

The question this person should have been asking himself all these years is "if I don't repay my loan that I took out, then who should?" The nice middle-aged banker who helped him get the loan in the 1970s? The bank where he took the loan and then went under? His parents who are now deceased? The tax payers, and by extension, this /. reader who has to pay for his own mortgage and kids college? The irony is the debt is 30 years old. If the author had worked a normal job, he could have repaid the loan and had a life of his own. Instead, he's still caught up in a prision of his own making. Life is sometimes fair. Responsibility is hard. Sorry bub.

Comment Re:Vinyl (Score 1) 260 260

I did that too on a 10" TEAC 4 channel. Probably needs new belts by now :)

You could pack about three hours of music on a 10 1/2 reel. It was great for partys, etc. Throw on a tape and forget it. I've been thinking about getting a reel-to-reel player to mess with. They're pretty cheap now days. But would probably go with a two- channel player that can play 10 1/2" reels and has auto-reverse. Direct drive would be nice to have for the reason you mention. The pre-recorded music catalog for this format is pretty weak. Time to think about taking my old, dusty mp-3s out of storage and making some new tapes from them. :-)

Comment Better Idea for Disney (Score 5, Funny) 614 614

If Disney wants to boost profitablity, they should bring in an H1-B replacement for Robert Iger. I'm sure they could find lots of qualified candidates from India or China who have experience managing an organization the size of Disney and who would be willing to do the job for less than 46.5 million dollars per year. Replacing this one employee would have a larger savings effect than replacing the entire IT staff, while allowing the IT staff to continue innovating and making Disney run smoothly. As a gesture of corporate good will, Disney could allow Mr. Iger to continue working at a theme park as a cast member, preferrably wearing the Goofy costume.

Comment analog multi-room stereo (Score 1) 557 557

I go home to relax and unwind, and would like to have is a nice old-school, multi-room analog audio setup. Nothing digital. The other thing would be a good antenna for running a HAM radio. Maybe I'm getting too old, but I find myself caring less and less about being online.

Comment Re:It's probably too late (Score 1) 144 144

So if they are valued as a multibillion dollar company then they have money to purchase lawyers as if they are a multibillion dollar company....

So if they are valued as a multibillion dollar company, they could have a line of credit as if they were a multi-billion dollar company. Agree 100% with the rest of your post.

Comment Re:It's probably too late (Score 3, Informative) 144 144

Uber is a multibillion dollar company now....

No, Uber has been 'valued' as a multi-billion dollar company by the venture capitalists who are backing them. It has nothing to do with Uber's actual economic activity or the net-worth of their assets and cash. When venture capitalists put a value anything, it really means that is their asking price for that "investment". It has nothing to do with true economic value. I personally am willing to go out on a limb and would value Uber somewhere between my kid brother's lemonade stand (proven profitability) and a decomissioned Russian aircraft carrier (proven scrap value). Exactly where in that range Uber falls, I cannot say. But then again, I'm not a venture capitalist.

Comment Re:Beware Corporate Sovereignty in TPP (Score 0) 201 201

If the US gets its way with TPP then corporations can sue governments for anything that negatively impacts their profits. So Italy could not regulate taxis because Uber would sue them as causing unfair trade....

Please mod AC up! The problem as I see it with TTIP Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which is a free trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union is that it attempts to grant corporations an innate right to profitability and the ability to sue any government that passes laws that might restrict that profitability.

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