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Comment: Re:the next logical step (Score 2) 85

by pitchpipe (#47990793) Attached to: Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

However, the engineer in me can't help but think of how far they can take the cyborg theme.

Are you kidding me? Imagine having one that you could just strap on for an hour, get on a treadmill, and then read a book or surf the net while your legs did their thing. I'd exercise everyday.

Sign me up!

Comment: Re:You can't sink a conspiracy (Score 1) 275

by pitchpipe (#47971151) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

People such as moon landing hoaxers, 9/11 truthers etc. are so far gone that you could methodically tear down each and every one of their assertions, employing evidence, science, logic to beat it to a pulp and they'd still start right up with the first one again.

Sounds like a substitute for religion.

Comment: Re:Now all they need to do... (Score 1) 138

by pitchpipe (#47962195) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

Is figure out why so many who are on SSRI's or had recently stopped taking them, become suicidal or go on shooting rampages, or both.

Seriously, what the fuck? What an idiotic, close minded, asshole of a comment...

Whoa, whoa, whoa! ...

Let's not go on a rampage here.

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Sorry, I had to. For the record I agree with you.

Comment: Re:Why is Alibaba selling IPO in USA? (Score 5, Interesting) 191

by pitchpipe (#47952019) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

The whole thing seems like a clever scheme by Chinese companies and Goldman Sachs to sucker money out of U.S. investors.

It is. What do you really own with Alibaba? The websites? No.

What's really for sale: When investors buy Alibaba, they are actually purchasing shares in a Cayman Islands entity called Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

But that company -- surprise! -- doesn't actually own Alibaba. Instead, Ma and another co-founder, Simon Xie, own most of Alibaba's biggest businesses according to Chinese law. Ma and Xie are then under contract to turn profits over to the Cayman entity.

The arrangement is called a variable interest entity (VIE), and is necessary to get around China's strict foreign investment rules. But investors should be aware of the structure -- especially since Chinese courts have not clarified the legality of the arrangement.

Voting rights and control in the company? No.

So what the fuck do you actually own? Hope and promises. My ex-wife gave me those.

P.S. Even the Hong Kong stock exchange spurned Alibaba.

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