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Comment: Re:.7% (Score 1) 148

by theshowmecanuck (#47531573) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
This sounds more like you are describing Amazon shareholders making 6.3% less than what shareholders of other companies might make. That is not a loss to the company. You do understand that shareholders and the company are different entities don't you? You exhibit the warped logic that drives cowtowing to short sighted shareholders (I think calling them investors after this long in business might be disingenuous) who want immediate gratification and not to long term stable growth. If someone doesn't like it, they can sell their shares. That won't affect cash flow to the company, only a shareholder or share buyer. Maybe if we know if the profit/loss on the balance sheet includes payment to actual initial investment to venture capitalists... they are the ones who really need a set rate of return since at that point they ARE the company. But shareholders aren't, necessarily. I think that was the basis of the SCOTUS saying corporations are individuals. Sure if a block of shareholders large enough got together they could force short term returns to increase over long term stability and growth they can, and often do. Maybe this time we see the return of blue chip thinking. It is the kind of thinking needed to get North America back on the road to success in my opinion. Less drive to offshore for short term goals.

Comment: Re:Appre (Score 4, Interesting) 221

by theshowmecanuck (#47520741) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding
I worked in the U.S. for six years on TN visas. I would have loved to have gotten a green card and stayed, and invested back in the community where I lived. Unfortunately, the U.S. immigration laws aren't created to favour those from other countries who come, work, pay taxes, keep their noses clean, contribute to the community, etc. Why do people have to be refugees to get a fair shake?

Comment: Re:DAC (Score 1) 502

These will appeal to those who think they need to spend more money than they need to. As a previous poster pointed out, go to the music store (musical instruments) and go to the recording section and buy a DAC (they are really analog to digital / digital to analog converters depending on what direction you are talking about, but most just call them DACs). They have smaller ones for less money than these with equal bitrates and resolution to anything on this list for less money. They are good enough for recording music, they can be used for playback via their output channels. They won't be as small as the easy to lose thumb drive sized gizmos for a thousand quid, but more like the black box sized from the list. But at most you'll pay $US250.00 and some are half that price. In my reply to that other poster, I pointed out a product from MOTU (they make good stuff). The added benefit to these is most come with some decent recording software too, if you don't already have that.

Comment: Re:That's Less Than $1 per Device (Score 1) 530

by theshowmecanuck (#47429445) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

That's true. But at least now western companies get scrutinized a lot more and are less able to get away with shit. The Chinese companies don't have anyone at home who give a shit about where they get the ore and what they do to get it. And they try to avoid any western reporting often with the help from the politicians there. So western media haven't been been reporting what the Chinese do or haven't been able to. I have talked to people who have or currently work in mining in Africa and anyone could ask them about things like Chinese refining operations using crap loads of mercury and just pumping it out into rivers or hidden tailing ponds hastily built. I just talked to a guy over coffee last Sunday, who flies into Guinea periodically on mining related business (mind you he's taking a pass until the Ebola outbreak is taken care of).

FWIW, I don't fret about what my ancestors did. I can't help that and don't subscribe to the idea that I have to pay for their sins or indiscretions other than to have to live with the world they left like everyone else. I worry about what we can do now, and even though western companies try to get away with whatever they can, face it, we do rein them in far, far better than the Chinese do with their "companies" (quotes because really, they are just another arm of the government when they want them to be).

With your bare hands?!?