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Comment: Re:Tell me it ain't so, Elon! (Score 1) 181

by yuriyg (#48814751) Attached to: Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

"...Let's open a company storefront down there - we can sell for less than our franchise and make more money".

There were times when those company-owned stations would sell gas for cheaper than they would sell it to him wholesale

This is actually really good for the consumer, and thus for the economy.

Comment: Re:Fiat Currency (Score 1) 692

by yuriyg (#43474871) Attached to: Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money
Not at all:

This statute means that all United States money as identified above are a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a State law which says otherwise. For example, a bus line may prohibit payment of fares in pennies or dollar bills. In addition, movie theaters, convenience stores and gas stations may refuse to accept large denomination currency (usually notes above $20) as a matter of policy.

Comment: Forbes is right on the money (Score 1) 692

by yuriyg (#43473207) Attached to: Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money
Forbes' comment is right on the money (no pun intended). I'm a proponent of the Bitcoin project, but what we've seen in recent months is ridiculous. What Bitcoin community needs is for BTC to be accepted as a form of payment. The volatility that was created by the speculators is discouraging acceptance of the BTC by the business oweners. I personally think the value of BTC is in it's convinience and anonymity, not in its exchange rate to the dollar.

Comment: Re:Version war? (Score 2) 507

by yuriyg (#38412868) Attached to: Chrome 15 Overtakes IE 8 For Top Browser Spot

IE9 is the first browser where Microsoft actually tried. It's not perfect by far, but at least it's trying.

Sorry, but I have to nitpick here. IE3 was the first browser where Microsoft actually tried. It was so beyond anything that Netscape/Mozilla offered, feature- and interface- wise. IE3 is the reason why IE is still in the lead 10-15 years later. Posting this from Chrome ;)

Comment: Re:Here is why its good (Score 1) 392

by yuriyg (#37661592) Attached to: Amazon Pushes For National Internet Sales Tax
Online shops already have a lot fewer expenses, if they don't have to pay sales tax like brick and mortar stores have to, their customers will be able to save more money. Less tax is paid, the less will be spent on bombing innocent foreigners, closing down legal drug dispensaries and more of the more money will be left in people's pockets to spend on a decent human society (unless you are one of the rich who doesn't give a crap about ordinary people).

Comment: Re:little late (Score 1) 79

by yuriyg (#36174142) Attached to: Intel Shifts Might To Mobile

While tablets can't replace laptops outright, they can replace enough functionality where a person buys a tablet instead of a 2nd computer.

Absolutely not true. Most users will be more than OK with a tablet. These things are designed for web, e-mail, and casual games; and let's face it, this is all the average user wants to do. Spreadsheets and word processing? Save that for a desktop at work. Getting back to topic, this is not to say that Intel won't be able to capture the market. With the best r&d in the market, I believe they will soon become number one chip maker in the mobile world.

Comment: Re:MBA's . . . (Score 1) 125

by yuriyg (#36063600) Attached to: The Stanford Class That Built Apps and Made Fortunes

If I was where they were, passing off (useless) programs to end users and selling the (useless) end user data to advertisers so that the advertisers can eventually annoy the end users with ads for stuff they don't want, then I'd feel guilty.

Obviously the users of these programs didn't find them "useless," as they chose to use them. It seems like you're trying to paint anything as useless if it has no utilitarian value. However, there are tons of things in the word that have no utilitarian value, but people chose to use everyday. Think jewelery, sports television, theater. The people who produce them are not evil in any way, they just fulfill the market demands. If it wouldn't be this MBA class it would be someone else.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.