On July 26, Analog Devices, Inc. and Linear Technology Corporation entered into a definitive agreement under which Analog Devices will acquire Linear Technology in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined enterprise at approximately $30 billion. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the first half of calendar year 2017."
This is a big move for Analog Devices, buying up one of the only other major competitors in the market space for precision analog devices and data converters besides Texas Instruments. They are taking on $7.3 billion of additional debt to complete the purchase of Linear Tech for approximately $14.8 billion. They advertise that the deal will finalize in the first half of 2017. According to their presentation, they have hopes this will nearly double their potential market share.
As an ingress player, I couldn't disagree with you more.
Having said that, I took a quick look at pokemon and although interesting, it's surely not my game. There are similarities to ingress, but it's also targeted at a very different audience. Another drawback I saw was their pricing scheme, they seem mostly interested in you dollars, whereas ingress is totally free to play, with only a few 'gimmicks' sold for the die-hard players, and surely will not drain your wallet till the max.
On-topic - ingress has put a lot of couchpotato's outside, made hiking and traveling more fun, and socializes team members in sometimes very close and active communities. I wonder if pokemon will have the same socializing effect.
Missing option: Real Life
Europe has import taxes on about anything, ranging from 10% to over 20%. In particular end-consumer products are taxed very high. On top of that comes sales tax etc, making a lot of things way more expensive than anywhere else in the world.
A recent example is the solar-panel industry. It was said china was 'dumping' solar panels. Read: the prices were dropping so it was getting very interesting for private persons to install solar installations on their roof top, even without any subsidy at all (as lot of countries used to do - European countries love high taxes just to spend it on subsidies again).
So, solar installation companies were flowering. Yet, European solar panel industry was having a hard time making a profit as China would undercut them.
Reaction of European politicians? Just add a 30% import tax on solar panels, just and only to protect a local and very marginal industry. At the cost of delaying and discouraging renewable energies.
So despite all talk and political intentions for more renewables, in practice they only discouraged it and money talks.
On topic. I actually think a better trade agreement between USA & Europe and other countries is a good thing. Just the secrecy and the smoke curtain that surrounds it now is bad. It should be a more public debate allowing more stakeholders to share their views.
There's a reason i quit booting windows.. And this just adds one more - as i would have been an effected user, by the looks of it.
I have windows license. I moved the * to a virtual machine. Which i can easily copy, move, boot from whatever i'm running at that moment (although i replace desktop OS only every so often).
I rarely use it (Windows). Primary reason to use it is because some other people use it and request me for help. I don't need or use windows at all, thank you, life is too short to waste time on that clickable crap. I keep the VM updated every so often. And i'm not even considering booting windows ever again, after it evolved a habit of randomly deleting any non-ntfs partitions, or making itself and the rest of the system unbootable, thank you.
Windows is not an OS, it's a data destruction system. They (MS) don't give a f* about your data. It was like that 20 years ago, it was like that 10 years ago and it is now. My data more important than any narcissistic OS. And i not even started about usability issues like convenience or 'just getting things done'.
What sin has not been committed in the name of efficiency?