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Comment Re:I've watched as the iTunes UI deteriorated.. (Score 1) 460

I think companies like Starbucks do this. Grande is the small coffee? Tall is not the largest but medium? What is Venti? The have their own ordering language. Yet, they don't keep changing it. Renaming things and ingredients and changing the visual of the stores.

Apple is at the peak of its sucess. I adopted iPhone when every single colleague mocked me as immature, and rated the product as a toy. Blackberry was for real executives. Pardon me? Today, iPhone still has many upsides but it has very little differentiation. Actually, I see Apple as a company that considers ways to restrict me, lock me, block me. They go after the apps that made iOS a success, like Pandora, illegaly bundling its service andcross selling it and pushing it at every possible place. They are Dirgital bullies. They change the interface to sell more. Design choices are to maximize revenue and content sales.

I look at my phone, and see them imitating Android, or copying things like Pandora. And every app I own that I use the most is not Apple. I use Office 365 (how can Apple email app be so atonishingly bad and limited?) i use Kindle which wors great across any platform. I use Netflix (for the kids), 3 or 4 games that are also on Android, Pandora, Spotify, Waze, Google Maps, Skype and maybe 5 other frequently used apps like LinkedIn or twitter.

There nit one single interesting thing aboit Apple in my phone. Yet, the UI made me feel different. With that gone, my love for them has reached a low point of "I ise it because swtiching is annoying". But i M at the boundary and if pushed a bit further, I will leave them. The horrible UI that makes rhings harder, less intuitive, illogical....I am sorry Apple, I am ready to dump you the moment you push me a little further north. Now regarding Starbucks, keep my Venti ...Venti. And keep the ambience a joy and cheerful. And I'll keep paying $5 for coffee.

Comment Re: Great (Score 1) 602

Fair is determined by the benefit to the Citizens. Why should any corporation be allowed or favored to keep one penny more than needed to benefit a parent company that has no loyalty, alliance or duty in making that country wealthy, safe and happy except to the extent needed by marketing? Additionally, workers generally consume most if not all their wages, and still have to pay income tax for the full "gross income". If corporations are people, why not treat work as a corporation, and we can all deduct food, entertainment, education and just anything not spent? Today, corporations have citizen rights but behave as foreign enemies, and pay a negligible amount only once. To be called an american corporation, they should ship ALL income here, and pay in full income tax. After all, USA created Google through favoring laws, education, infra, initial mass scale. Otherwise, it should be considered an alien to be replaced by a more american company. After all, the UK or USA largest bargaining power is Purchasing Power. A monopsony of sort worth 20% of the world demand if not more. And instead of leveraging that we highly tax health, housing, education and everything that makes work more expensive, and makes corporation decide the US is for dumping stuff, not making it.

Comment Re: Emma Watson is full of it (Score 1) 590

I don't think you should give up. Forget how the other person looks and love how you look. Attractive people seek secure opposites than pretty ones, because survival has ingrained that deep within.

The moment you think you there's anything not to love about how you look, or that you pay more attention to anyone by virtue of their beauty, will @justly@ be discarded.

Comment Re: Offer/Demand Law (Score 1) 537

Here's take. Money is like any good with a price. Limited in supply. Money has advantages over goods. For example, you don't pay sales taxes when exchaning it with other currency, or financial asset. Governments regulate this. So they can make any private currency an asset regulated and taxed by them.

Conclusion to be viable: that it gains international credibility where no sinlge country or collusion of counties can challenge it's viability. Today, that's not the case. Thus, it's just a scarce good (limited supply, with certain properties) at the mercy of dominating economies.

Additionaly, money supply is a tool that goverments or economies need to influence the economy. Since there are strong habits and regulations (for example, it's very hard to reduce salaries under negative inflation, for many legal and cultural reasons) an economic shock under a hard currency (inability to expand or reduce supply in the short/mid term) can trigger a destructive vicious cycle. Like a depression that ruins most of the economy. The economic system is then unable to break that implosion, and the outcome is horrible.

Thus, bitcoins are today a good with some privileges (eg. Not a "good") that may disappear suddenly, and with risks due to that inability to do exactly what we usually don't goverments doing (printing and destroying). Yet, that inability is a double edged sword. And while bitcoins may overcome the influence of governments regulating it, that's very unlikely if you look at what is the GDP of the top 10 countries vs rest is.

So this economist is right. Competing bitcoins is just creating similar assets, and to compete they need to have a tangible (practical superiority) and some strong network effect. For an example of superiority, think of the case of a government that invents a computer that can mine bitcoins at 1000000000 the rate of the rest of the world....then maybe with another cryptocurrency maybe that's not possible. Im am not very familiar with bitcoins, so I use it as an example of weaknesses that might happen.

But all in all, bitcoins are just a virtual scarce good, by definition making supply ever more "costly". But ultimately is like saying you'll trade the Monalisa, and that you can divide that painting in infinitely smaller parts and use it as medium of exchange and value reserve and universaly adopted....besides regulations and law, this is just a scarce good with limited supply. All the variation is mostly demand and the thing that changes is the price per patch of the painting. Which again, has the disadvantage of not being able to provide a stable economy with low inflation and full use or resources, because you don't control supply, and thus, you don't control inflation/deflation.

Comment Re:Give a pro partner a interest in the profit (Score 3, Insightful) 212

I work in marketing and find it more challenging than finding a good programmer. Everyone in their profession thinks that others are a commodity because one is so special and unique. My learning so far has been that if you are really talented, you never think like you have just done. You need a great marketing person, and a great team. If you can become a Fortune 500, the least of your worries will be the marketing dues. I'd recommend this: hire somebody that can educate you, and has the personally to be able to handle your ego. You'll thank that person later on.

Remember that IBM's turnaround in the 90's came from somebody that manufactured cookies, not technology.

Comment Re:I can sleep (Score 1) 878

I met a guy who was a friend of an ex girldfriend. They went to the same university. Both had Grants for being the best in their class. He was doing his masters in political science in a university that is extremely quantitative oriented (it's a school of economics). The university is as though as it gets. Most people never get in, and many quit. Now this person smoke every day, and without reserve. And still he finished first, and was lovesdby classmates and teachers alike. He's still doing great. I didn't believe it at first (and Was extremely anti-anything but water) at that time. So I though, maybe things are a bit complicated. Then I had my housemate, and she told me of the story of one roomate in germany. He started smoking, started to have problems at work. Was firef. Then did the idiotic idea of going to amsterdam and brught things back. He went to jail. I have no idea how that story continued.

I've seen best of class and people go to jail and lose jobs, weed or not. And that made me ask some questions.

Comment Re:2.7 billion (Score 1) 94

I've reached this conclusion a few year ago. People always ask me how the people from Brasil, Argentina, Mexico or the USA differ. They are all the same, although values do vary, this is basically unrelated to political system and more related to the justice and tolerance of their society. I'd live in any regime where there's empathy, good will and tolerance. I found a lot of that In Mexico, and if you read happiness surveys you'll see that factored in.

Comment Re:Truth or dare... (Score 1) 617

If you invest, you don't have to worry about this. If you are an honest trader, based on information and strategy, not algorithms, you would. For an investor, you are doing a low number of trades and each trade is going to have a huge % of movement which is miles larger than the margin of a HFT. In other words, not only Las Vegas "tax" is extremely larger for random events (say roulette double zero or 1/16 tax rate) but you also can't leverage your knowledge of why something will work/not work. Example: there's a post of OnLive bankruptcy. Suppose it traded, but you knew it'd fail due to lag. That gives you better odds that roulette....only if your judgment is sound, complete and can wait long enough.

Comment Re:Truth or dare... (Score 1) 617

There are reason to to sell within the month:
- You found shares of a company that seems even more attractive
- An event makes you consider closing the position. Say they won the lawsuit you assessed they'd won and the verdict just happened. Or that a company makes an offer.
- Some other fund or company decided to add a position that has affected the price though increased demand. And you think the stock is now overvalued (or the inverse if the fund got rid of a position).
- You want cash to buy a house that you just found that is an amazing deal.
- You decide you'd like to reduce your risk by reducing all your investments in assets (or maybe only the high betas).
- Another 200 reasons

What I do find unacceptable is buying and selling the same symbol within seconds. Much less placing fake quotes.

Comment Re:Truth or dare... (Score 1) 617

For the same reason why you pay taxes, or why you pay twice for mobile plan than in many other countries. An exchange with no HFT would need to be disconnected from mayor exchanges, and would be a useless exchange. And saving in taxes by moving to another country accomplishes nothing if you want to sell to the largest market in the world.

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