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  • Vale hits decade lows as Brazil stock rout worsens [View news story]
    @ Mario_USA
    Please explain the high cost of doing business caused by too much government control and you can answer your own question. Commodity prices are a function of strong economic growth worldwide which is directly related to Government policies worldwide. Socialism Brazilian control over a public company that is depending on a Communism China central planning economic demand is what you have here.

    Free market capitalism on both the supply and demand side of trade is the cure for VALE and the people of Brazil as well as the USA and the rest of the world. Elections do matter. If they didn't no one would seek power or influence over economic policy.

    If you sir don't understand then this you sir should not be investing your own money.
    Aug 26, 2015. 09:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google forms new structure, names Pichai CEO of core business; shares rise (updated) [View news story]

    You can slice and dice a company in many ways. Temporary market pops will adjust and respond to only one thing... EARNINGS. It makes no sense to me how this move improves long term growth and profitability? More CEOs, CFOs, and Presidents and capital stock manipulations adds expense which in the end does nothing for stockholder equity. Just saying... Time will tell.

    Google must stay focused on growth.
    Aug 11, 2015. 09:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google forms new structure, names Pichai CEO of core business; shares rise (updated) [View news story]
    This move make no sense to me. I think it overly complicates the structure of the company that already has 3 classes of stock and many different directions. eg. Where is the biotech arm of the company? Is it a core business or part of the VC arm?
    Aug 10, 2015. 05:53 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. crude oil settles below $45 but energy equities outperform [View news story]
    And why exactly should we always blindly listen to GS recommendations:
    Aug 6, 2015. 06:45 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Barrick Gold lays out "scenario planning" if gold sinks as low as $900 [View news story]
    What would Barrick's management team do if the scenario were to be $1300 or $1400 gold? Would it go back to spending like drunken sailors like it did in the past?
    Aug 6, 2015. 06:25 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Vale hits decade lows as Brazil stock rout worsens [View news story]
    The is nothing wrong with Brazil accept the inept corrupt Socialist government. Brazil had a chance to fix it in last year's election cycle and failed. Elections matter and 150 million Brazilian people are paying the price. Unfortunately, so are those of us that thought they would figure it out sooner than later. A decade low is not the time to sell. Long VALE and CIG and will wait it out.
    Jul 24, 2015. 08:07 PM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Microsoft And Google Couldn't Emulate The Apple Mobile Device Model [View article]
    "Why Microsoft And Google Couldn't Emulate The Apple Mobile Device Model".

    To this I say who cares? Android is here to stay. Microsoft in the past has never led in anything and through constantly chipping away at the leaders has always been a player. They didn't invent anything... not PC networking, Word processing, the GUI windows interface, Spreading sheets, Ethernet, email, or even the Internet Browser. They were late to recognize the Internet and Cloud computing. They didn't invent smartphones, the tablet, or even voice to computer browser interface. They still have 1.25 billion Windows PC worldwide and growing.

    10 years from now Google and Microsoft will still be players in computers, information delivery, computer processing and personal and business productivity. Where would Apple be if they had no competition to push them to innovate? More importantly where would the public be without free market competition?

    I am still long Apple, Google. I have not owned Microsoft stock since the later 90s. Do not own any Apple devices accept a second generation iPod. I am a Microsoft PC O/S user since 1988 but only after they perfected their latest releases and never stood in line for the latest Groupie devices from Apple.

    For me Android Smartphones and Tablets are very useful devices and the hardware and software APPs are getting better with each passing day. I can hardly keep up.

    Then again I am only one of 2 or 4 billion users of the targeted market share up for grabs. What do I know?
    Jul 9, 2015. 12:24 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Zambia to roll back copper mining taxes [View news story]
    Governments are run by stupid greedy politicians that do not understand the risk:reward costs of capital investment. They do not service the best interests of their workers or their country. There is a point when companies should just walk away. Barrick gold should understand this more than most mining companies given their past investment history.
    Jun 25, 2015. 06:57 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Reuters: Mick Davis' X2 out as bidder for Barrick Chile copper mine [View news story]
    Listen up mining Companies. Barrick's loss is your gain. Everything at Barrick is on sale today at pennies on the dollar! Buy 'em up while the commodity prices are really low. Contact Barrick management on Craiglist if you are interested.

    I think Barrick management should save themselves the time and problem. They should just sell the company to someone that knows what they are doing.
    Jun 18, 2015. 09:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Barrick Gold Sells Its Australian Cowal Mine To Evolution Mining For $550 Million In Cash [View article]
    I hope this decision is not another in a long string of bad management decisions. Truly we will see what the market thinks about it next month. Selling good assets in a depressed commodity market to reduce debt in a period of low interest rates sounds counter intuitive. I hope the Barrick CFO has a sharp pencil.
    May 25, 2015. 11:29 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Google starting road tests for self-driving car prototypes [View news story]
    Thanks for the links... Here is another good link and reason why Google and American innovation must stay ahead of the curve:
    May 17, 2015. 12:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google starting road tests for self-driving car prototypes [View news story]
    Good comment. The down side is government's insistence in heavy involvement is everything that moves on wheels both as a source of tax and fee revenues and controlling design and innovation in the name of safety and energy efficiency.
    May 17, 2015. 12:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google starting road tests for self-driving car prototypes [View news story]
    None of these comments so far are constructive. I personally love to drive for pleasure. I love to drive classic cars and old technolgy. I also love to drive fast on the open road when traffic is light. That said I think this technology should continue to be developed and the government should stay away and let the private sector and free market perfect it.

    I can see applications where it could be very useful for long haul trucking, long distance commuting and travel. Site seeing tours via bus or van. Touring and travel via RV. Handicapped personal transport. Years ago I had a handicaps employee that was wheelchair bound with MS. He had to pay someone to drive him to the office daily in his own van. Later he tried to setup his van to be driven using all hand controls. It was too hard for him to master. Public transportation is not always practical.

    I do have some concerns. Not all of us live in sunny California. I live in the northeast. How does Google plan to handle freezing weather, ice and snow? What about road construction, detours, school zones, road closures, funeral columns that do not pay attention to traffic rules? Police and ambulance traffic?

    I am long Google and have no problem with R&D spending. I am also long Apple. I would not have a problem with an iCar down the road. Pun intended. Has anyone copyrighted the name it yet?
    May 15, 2015. 10:30 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BioTime - Not Just Another Biotechnology Company - But Is That Good Or Bad? [View article]
    My biggest concern is BioTime's cash position and burn rate. I believe stock price dilution is in their future. I am not sure anyone should commit even 1% of their portfolio. Biotime is another Biotech lottery ticket. More should be written about the science behold their patients to help game their potential.
    May 7, 2015. 09:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What Companies Won't Win The Mobile Wallet Wars And Why [View article]
    Online payment processing or payment settlement is necessary for Internet shopping and electronic money transfers between parties. The type of Browsers, or OSs are even various hardware devices are not as critical as transaction security. Communications protocols standards take care of differences between devices just fine.

    As for what service to use that is the trouble. I currently use PAYPAL whenever it is available for retail electronic payment settlement both domestically and internationally. The biggest reason why is that I like to keep all my payment sources/options stored in one place that is not my main banks, merchant, my credit card company or brokers. I like to use debit cards, and VISA/Matercard/AXP cards all stored safely in one place. I want all my Payment history for every transaction available for years to review when needed in one place. I hate it when a retailer wants me to reenter my credit card information for payment settlement with them. Amazon is close but it is a limited retailer. I would prefer to use a PAYPAL option every time it is offered because it is a separate banking entity and not my bank. I would even make more political contributions to candidates if they did not ask me for personnel financial information each time. Few offer this option. Only the smart ones do.

    Regarding smartphone Apps I do not use them yet. I think hardware and wireless security still needs some more work. However I like the idea of not only making payments but also receiving funds from any financial source in a separate commerce account at PAYPAL without signing up as a credit card bank merchant at my primary credit card banking institution.
    May 6, 2015. 12:00 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment