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Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 235

Berkshire Hathaway owns 60 companies outright, taking them private through acquisition. Buffet didn't make his insane annual returns by controlling public companies, he did it by owning companies outright and shuffling capital from one to the other. There is only one tax return for 60+ companies, filed by Berkshire Hathaway.

Berkshire's investment in public stock (Coca Cola, Wells Fargo, etc) is mainly through investment of insurance float by its subsidiaries.

The myth that Berkshire Hathaway made its money by controlling publicly-traded companies is common. In fact, it is antithetical to Buffet's operating style. He is beholden to no one. If you want to share in his success you have to buy BRK.B and wait for long-term capital gains; you can't buy into his companies individually.

Comment Re:110 or 240v (Score 1) 260

It's pretty pointless to hook a neutral up to a delta-wired motor, code or no :D

3-phase 4-wire feeds are used all the time for commercial power here in Canada. Either 208V or 600V depending on what is required. Single phases are circuited off for 208V/120V or 347V single-phase feeds, respectively. A neutral conductor is definitely required for this application, yes. 208V single-phase circuits don't use a neutral, since they use two of three phases as if they were single phase. Their "split neutral" would be ~60V with respect to ground.

Comment Re:ATMs? (Score 1) 367

When I go to a teller at my Credit Union, I just hand them my bank card, tell them what I want, and they key it in. Then I just sign the receipt when all transactions are done. No filling in of forms. No going only to my "home" branch for free service. I used to have to do those things...20 years ago.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 320

Canada has one phone company, because the following are not Canadian phone companies: [/sarcasm]
Bell Aliant - Made up of MT&T, NewTel, NBTel and IslandTel
BabyTEL
Bell Canada
BoltonSmith
Brooke Telecom
Bruce Municipal Telephone Service
Chatr
CityWest
Cogeco
DMTS
Eastlink
Execulink Telecom
Fibernetics Corporation/Freephoneline.ca
Fido
Gosfield North Communications Co-op
Ice Wireless
Inline Communications
Iristel
Lynx Mobility
Manitoba Telecom Services/MTS Allstream
North Renfrew Telephone Company
NorthernTel
Northwestel
Novus
Ormuco
Ontera
Primus Canada
Quadro
Rogers Telecom
SaskTel
Shaw Communications
Sogetel
Start Communications
Télébec
TELUS - Made up of BCTel, AGT & ED Tel
TBayTel
Vidéotron
Wightman Telecom

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