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  • NRG Will Buck Natural Gas Glut [View article]
    NextEra NEE, formerly Florida Power & Light, has done some renewable energy deals and pays a dividend of 55 cents.
    Jan 31, 2012. 09:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Panel Makers See Demand Moving East [View article]
    It could work. If you see an S-1 send me a link.
    Jan 31, 2012. 08:58 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Apple's Garage Band For Textbooks Boost Earnings? [View article]
    Your key here is the fact that Apple is letting the text book makers take the lead. They'll negotiate with the states.
    Jan 31, 2012. 08:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Apple Shareholders Take Boycott Talk Seriously? [View article]
    One more point. In the now-famous discussion between Jobs and Obama on China, Jobs insisted that China's situation can't be replicated. It can't be moved to, say, Thailand, or Vietnam, or the Congo. It isn't just about labor. It's about logistics.

    You know, infrastructure.
    Jan 30, 2012. 05:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Apple Shareholders Take Boycott Talk Seriously? [View article]
    Don't have 100 shares. Have 20. They are fine.
    Jan 30, 2012. 05:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Apple Shareholders Take Boycott Talk Seriously? [View article]
    You are right in many ways. But one of those stages in economic development involves unionization, the growth of a middle class, and the discrete charms of the boo-boi-sie.

    One great fear for China's future is it will not go through these changes, remaining autocratic, keeping labor down in the name of centralized power. In the long run bad for us, bad for China.

    It is in America's best interest that Chinese workers get raises and better working conditions, and it is also in China's interest.
    Jan 30, 2012. 05:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Apple Shareholders Take Boycott Talk Seriously? [View article]
    China is not America. I'm sure Foxconn's robot message did what was intended.

    I prefer robot hands to human ones. But I know that America is better served, given its coming labor shortage, in such a situation. China is not in that situation, and there I can easily seen how such a statement by Foxconn might be seen as a threat.
    Jan 30, 2012. 05:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kindle Fire And iPad Redefine Electronic Brands [View article]
    Amazon may be quite happy with its results so far. They have never said that this was anything more than a mechanism with which to sell goods and services, especially digital goods, and so it is proving to be.

    My point is that your brand experience with a product is no longer limited to what the product can do. People are going for products that put them into a larger ecosystem of products and services, software and content, over those which do not.

    And that's something you can put money on.
    Jan 30, 2012. 05:03 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Apple Shareholders Take Boycott Talk Seriously? [View article]
    The statement by Foxconn that it is planning to switch to robotics in response to protests is not proof that they have any firm intention of making the investment. To some it sounds more like a warning to workers.

    As PR, it's brutal for them. You workers who might complain are no better than robots. You're not really human. Talk about your 1%.
    Jan 30, 2012. 05:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Apple Shareholders Take Boycott Talk Seriously? [View article]
    I don't know. Others have said that boycotts need targets. And this adds to the idea that, perhaps, Apple should be the target.

    I am not urging that course of action. I am suggesting its possibility based on many reliable reports, all closely referenced in the story.

    Perhaps this discussion thread is better than the story. It is proving to be so for me. And I thank all those participating.
    Jan 30, 2012. 04:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Apple Shareholders Take Boycott Talk Seriously? [View article]
    Those weren't suicides.
    Jan 30, 2012. 04:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Apple Shareholders Take Boycott Talk Seriously? [View article]
    Boycotting South Africa in the 1980s didn't hurt. There are examples of boycotts that worked, and examples of boycotts that didn't. Attempts by conservative groups to boycott shows they considered left wing haven't always worked.

    Whether something works or not has nothing to do with which side of a debate is supporting or opposing it. It has to do with public opinion generally. (And the decisions of public opinion aren't always fair either, as the Dixie Chicks or victims of the Hollywood Blacklist might attest.)
    Jan 30, 2012. 03:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Apple Shareholders Take Boycott Talk Seriously? [View article]
    I mentioned the Triangle Fire for a good reason. That is, it represented exploitation of workers leading toward reform.

    Publicity arising from stories like this one could do the same in China. Contrary to what some here believe, China is not entirely autocratic, its people do have choices and ways of making their voices heard. And if they decide to agitate for better wages and working conditions, if they do it to the degree American workers did a century ago, they are just as likely to win results.
    Jan 30, 2012. 03:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kindle Fire And iPad Redefine Electronic Brands [View article]
    I would be interested in seeing what you do after it does hit $500. Do you sell or let it ride? Let me know..probably before April 1.
    Jan 30, 2012. 03:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kindle Fire And iPad Redefine Electronic Brands [View article]
    I don't believe that replacing a home PC is the required metric for Fire success. Remember, the Fire costs about $200 and the iPad $500. Laptop PCs are available for $4-500 -- but can rise in price to $2,000 depending on how much horsepower you want. Gaming PCs are the most expensive.
    Jan 30, 2012. 03:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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