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  • Barnes & Noble’s Critically Acclaimed NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+ Now Available at Walmart [View article]
    I have owned the Nook color tablet for about a year now, and have more than 100 books archived. The reading quality for each page is excellent, in the dark and in the light. However, occasionally I go to turn the page, and the content jumps back three or four pages, and will not budge past the point where it jumped. The only way to get it to proceed is to bring up the go to page block and tell it to jump past the defective page. Obviously, that is not a good thing. A second problem, possibly related to the first, is that a sample can be downloaded and read. Once it has been read, the buy now button can be activated, and the confirm button comes up. The entire book is putatively downloaded, but no amount of coaxing will persuade the new book to allow itself to be read.
    Dec 13 08:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • GM Bondholders Think They Deserve More Equity: Where to Begin? [View article]
    Now the question becomes:
    Since the workerbees are the ones who really know what can be done to improve production, reliability, and so on, will they, as majority owners, make GM become the powerhouse manufacturer it can be?
    The work rules imposed by the union have been the major impediment to viability for a couple of generations.
    Apr 30 03:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2 Top Energy Sector Bets [View article]
    Blame anti nuclear activists for the four year permitting period for new nuclear plants. Blame them, too, for not having a place to sequester the waste.
    Blame Jane Fonda's movie "The china syndrome" for the hysteria that got the activists going. Carter is just a politician, and politicians will say anything to get more lobbyist money and votes from the illiterate masses.
    When we wake up and start to try and catch up with France in nuclear power, we will have to overcome Pelosi and her sycophants in congress before anything can be accomplished.

    It is so easy to know whom to blame, if you just find facts before spouting propaganda to thwart those with whom you don't agree.

    By the way, the engineers at Chernobyl knew what was going wrong and how to avert it before it blew; they were afraid to shut it down because the politician in charge left orders to override the safeties that were being tested, then went to his dacha.
    Feb 28 03:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Moment of Truth for U.S. Nuclear Energy [View article]
    The nuclear discussion is dominated by the know-nothing groups because of the fear generated over a 50's movie by Jane Fonda and jack Lemmon, The China Syndrome, and perpetuated by the media. The waste problem is almost entirely political. There was no radioactive release at Three Mile Island -- just media hysteria over the failure of operators to follow the procedures set up to prevent such release. Chernobyl was an engineering disaster with no containment. The disaster was caused by putting a politician in charge of the technicians and overriding the safety controls. The politician then went to his dacha over the weekend, and everyone feared to countermand his orders.

    Our policy of allowing know-nothings to have equal vote is rapidly causing the demise of the country we are supposed to be stewards of.


    We deride the French, but have failed to
    Feb 19 11:20 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Lack of Accord on Stimulus Obscure Economic Lessons? [View article]
    Please stop shouting! You are very difficult to read, therefore I do not read you. Besides, it's rude.


    On Feb 16 06:50 AM NITRAM wrote:

    > WE CONCENTRATE ON THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED AGAINST THE
    > SPENDING BILL. REMEMBER IN THE HOUSE MANY DEMOCARTS VOTED AGAINST
    > THE SPENDING BIIL. THE SENATE WAS DIFFERENT.NANCY PELOSI SAID ANYONE
    > WHO VOTES AGAINST ME WILL BE SENT TO MY PLASTIC SURGEON FOR IMMEDIATE
    > FACIAL WITHDRAWL. OBAMA DOES NOT WANT CROSS PARTY AGREEMENTS. IN
    > ORDER FOR TZAR/CAR SALESMAN OBAMA AND ALL THE LITTLE TZARS, TO ESTABLISH
    > THEIR SOCIALISTIC COUNTRY THEY MUST HAVE TURMOIL. THE TZAR WILL PUT
    > OUR COUNTRY INTO A DEPRESSION. PELOSI KEEPS HIM ON THE ROAD SELLING
    > CARS BECAUSE SHE KNOWS HAVING HIM IN WASHINGTON HURTS THEIR SOCIALISTIC
    > PLANS.
    > I WAS NOT A GREAT FAN OF BILL CLINTON. THIS WEEK PELOSI AND HER TAX
    > EVADING BAND OF JESTERS OVERTURNED BILL CLINTONS GREATES CONTRIBUTIONS
    > TO OUR COUNTRY. COME ON BILL, TEAR THEM NEW --- HOLES. THEY DESERVE
    > IT
    Feb 17 11:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should We Really Bail Out the Big Three Automakers with $73.20 Per Hour Labor? [View article]
    Suggestion:
    Replace the exorbitant wage packages with stock share grants. Likewise the pension packages. Then watch the overfed unions wither on the vine. Owners have a vested and perceived interest in the company doing well, vs. the current grab for whatever the union leaderws tell them is there.


    On Nov 13 07:07 AM skipper wrote:

    > Couple of thoughts from a Brit living in Brazil
    >
    > 1) Do you remember Bedford, Austin, Morris, Triumph, Rover,Hillman,Consul
    > ? Probably not. They were all British car companies that were unable
    > to compete on quality and price. The government tried to keep them
    > alive (through British Leyland) but in the end 'let them go'. The
    > root of the problem lay in short-sighted incompetent management and
    > short-sighted arrogant unions. At the time it was almost tragic but
    > the country soon recovered and opened its eyes to the world beyond
    > the shores of not-so-Great Britain
    >
    > 2) Up until 1990 Ford, GM, VW + Fiat had a monopoly on car production
    > in Brazil. They would import 20 year old machine-stamps from Europe
    > or the USA of a faded-out model and then launch it in Brazil as a
    > new model. When the Government said 'enough' and opened the market
    > to allcomers, the big four and the unions screamed and kicked alleging
    > mass unemployment and shutdowns. The opposite has happened. In spite
    > of a big influx of new players building plants in Brazil (Renault,
    > Honda, Toyota, Peugeot, Nissan), the previous big four are now producing
    > first class cars in greater numbers than ever and employment in the
    > industry has more than doubled. Car parts produced in Brazil are
    > exported to assembly plants world wide.
    >
    > My conclusions (you may reach your own). A country cannot afford
    > to be insular. The world is globalised whether you like it or not
    > so instead of fighting it, take advantage of it. You cannot look
    > at your market as being the good old US of A. Your market is the
    > world market. You have to get over and beyond the traditional antagonism
    > of labour versus management otherwise you will and should sink. The
    > Brazilian car industry has strong unions but they work together with
    > management. The President of this country organised the Metalworkers
    > union during the dictatorship - and far from being the left wing
    > demon we expected has turned out to be a terrific mediator between
    > all the myriad interests involved in keeping a huge economy on the
    > move.
    >
    > At times like this a country needs a leader and a statesman. Bush
    > clearly failed on both counts so let's now be optimistic about the
    > 'change' that has been promised. If the price to pay is to let Detroit
    > sink then so be it but with a lot of 'give' from all parties that
    > shouldnt be necessary.
    Nov 13 02:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Energy Independence: It's About Demand, Not Supply [View article]
    nakedjaybird: your ideas make good sense, after I translated them. Suggest you learn two things: the difference between "their" and "there", and the proper usage of each. Second, on railroads: backbone routes need to be running parallel rails, eliminating sidings except for switching. The idea of electrifying railroads would require major changes to the infrastructure and the equipment.

    Put bicycle lanes along existing commuting routes, if you want to see immediate benefit. Most people are scared to death of riding in the way of commuters' cars, and many commuters are enraged when a bicycle impedes their progress. Then put a floor under gas prices, using the tax to build the infrastructure.
    Sep 26 11:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Interest in Alternatives Continue if Oil Goes Down? [View article]
    Brazil has built the infrastructure and the ethanol product. Take the US tariff off sugar and watch the corn ethanol prices drop -- and with it all the food products we buy. Ethanol is not finished as a fuel. Just get the government out and let the market work.
    Aug 6 03:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • First Solar: Thriving in a Pioneering Industry [View article]
    You don't mention that if government had provided a constant push into research and development of solar, the progress may have been much greater, and we wouldn't be in such a muckle now.
    Aug 6 02:51 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors at Risk of Losing Everything [View article]
    A major revamp 5to the appearance of the site, and TH has still not learned to present a user friendly interface!
    When I have to click twice to see the full article and comments, that just makes me wait twice for all those irrelevant Ads to fill up my screen and makes me angrier with stupid design.

    I agree it looks like BO is a smelly Marxist choice.
    Jun 8 12:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Windfall Profits for Big Food: Where's The Outrage? [View article]
    Re:rentaprogrammer comment
    The farmers vote that counts is the CEO's of the corp's who bribe the congress with big $$. Majority of little farmers are just running around trying to survive on the crumbs. Most who are surviving also have day jobs somewhere else. But the MSM still call it a "Farm Bill" because they wouldn't know a cow from a bull.
    Jun 4 12:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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