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Comment Re: Normalize to a normal P/E (Score 1) 54

Yeah, except they're twice the size of Target and revenue is still growing at 20+% per year so the multiple is probably justified. If they can keep it up they'll surpass Walmart in under 10 year and then they can stop putting capital into growth and really start making money. Imagine if Walmart could throw off 10-15% instead of 2.5%h

Comment Re:What the hell? $600K? (Score 1) 54

Just the accounting you'd need to sell the thing to the government would cost you $100K. Oh, and you'd have to pay yourself or someone else to take part in the bidding process or apply for the granted, and that has to be recouped as part of the sale cost. Er... you were planning on paying yourself for your time, weren't you?

Also, there's a big difference between building a prototype from junk you scrounged and building a reproducible product. When you build a product the second copy should be exactly the same as the first but cost less. Duplicating a one-off prototype exactly usually costs more. Why? Proof of concept prototypes are cheap because you make them with surplus stuff you have lying around or can buy for fractions of a penny on the dollar. You can be opportunistic. The problem is any particular set of opportunities (e..g the $10,000 assembly you picked up at auction for $50) aren't reproducible.

I had a colleague whose first job out of school was writing up a detailed specification for a prototype midget submarine a defense research lab built for the Navy. The Navy was pleased at the low cost and so they wanted to be able to build a second one just like it. Well it turned out that a second one would have cost a hundred times as much they'd have had to pay manufacturers to reverse engineer stuff or start up production lines. It was one of the pointless, futile tasks you dump on newbie engineers before you know you can trust their work.

Comment Re:Basic Journalism... (Score 2, Insightful) 122

That's an asinine argument. Other people who should do it don't do it, so I won't do it either.

Wikileaks won't do it because Assange is a chaos-monger posing as a crusader. Wikileaks should do curate its leaks because when you possess information you act responsibly with it, e.g., don't expose people it is about to identity fraud.

Comment Re:Alternate Headline (Score 1) 59

His point was that there's no way through the normal filesystem interface to recover deleted data on an SSD - you'd have to pull the chips and write your own firmware to explore them. With a journaling filesystem you may be able to "undelete" the file without nearly so much effort. And obviously if you have backups of any kind, that's even easier. Worrying about the SSD seems pretty far down the list.

Comment Re:Instant Deleivery (Score 3, Informative) 43

With that many employees you would think that they could dispatch a driver to personally deliver my package to my door!

That's called "Prime Now" in a few cities, which is mostly for food delivery (including pizza), but I think you can get some other stuff (I know you can get beer).

In Seattle where you can get Sunday delivery, the packages I've had delivered Sunday came somewhat like pizza - some guy in a beater car drove up, left the package on my doorstep, rang the bell, and drove off. (I'd bet he was carrying more than just my package, but it wasn't a delivery van or anything). Same day delivery seems to be a third party delivery service, though.

Comment Pretty lame as far as scandal material goes. (Score 2) 174

If you want to see Democrats sniping at each others' candidates or complaining about what the party's up to, just go on any Democratic blog.

It's not a scandal. It's not a secret. It's not even a problem -- not even when people get hot under the collar and start acting like assholes. George Washington was elected unanimously by the Electoral College, but in every election since then politics has been turning Americans into assholes.

And that is a good thing. You can't make politics 100% civil without pushing out unpopular opinions.

Comment Re:Current U.S. corporate tax equally fraudulent (Score 1) 177

Apple doesn't build hardware - that's done by Chinese slave labor. They do a bit of hardware design, but mostly it's software: iOS, any custom firmware, all the Apple-provided apps, all the back-end infrastructure for all their cloud stuff (or at least the stuff that's not run on Azure),m their commerce system, their auth system, etc, etc. They're one of the Big 5 software companies (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft), and the only one of those that still sells software directly is Microsoft. Doesn't change the fact that all 5 are software companies.

Comment Re:Learning to program will get mr a job? (Score 2) 159

So technical training is all I need to get a good job and keep it?

I'd say so, given the pattern of MS layoffs thus far:
* QA people
* Salesmen
* Manufacturing workers in FInland
* More salesmen

Coding seems to be the place to be. I know some devs were layed off along the way, but from what I hear backchannel it's still a net increase in coding jobs (cloud and mobile growing fast, other areas slowly shrinking).

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