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Comment Re:Well.... (Score 2, Informative) 140

There are residents in the Chernobyl exclusion zone who have lived there largely undisturbed and unhurt since right after the accident.

In the 'exclusion zone': yes. Close to the original site: no.

Reactor #2 at the Chernobyl power plant continued operations from the day of the accident with reactor #4 until 1991. Reactor #1 operated until 1996. Reactor #3 operated until 2000. The people operating those reactors weren't just working in the "exclusion zone", nor even NEAR the site. They were ON the site. And no harm came to them.

Comment Re: Don't care (Score 1) 161

You mean, back when creating the next generation of mankind was considered to have social value?

When marriage was a mechanism by which society supported this valuable task?

Before the economic support of marriage became something people are simply entitled to?

Before the important role of wives and mothers was completely devalued, and treated as offering no more social value than a young man who takes it up the bum?

You know what? I think I will.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 1) 153

$32 Billion is a lot, even for a company the size of Apple.

Apple dwarfs SoftBank. In the Forbes Global 2000 list, SoftBank is #69, with total assets of $179 billion, a market value of $67 billion, and an annual profit of $4.3 billion. ARM holdings will cost SoftBank 7.4 years of profits.

Apple is #8, with total assets of $293 billion, a market value of $586 billion, and an annual profit of $54 billion. I don't see any other company on that list coming anywhere near Apple's annual profits. #1, ICBC, is only $44 billion. Acquiring ARM Holdings would only cost Apple 0.6 years of profits.

It would have made a lot of sense for Apple to make the acquisition. By far the greatest part of Apple's profits come from products built around ARM chips: iPhones and iPads, plus, of lesser value, iPods, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs. Macs don't even come close. Apple makes its own ARM chips and is phasing out those bought from Samsung. What would make more sense than eliminating licensing fees for those chips?

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