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  • Tesla Motors: Tackling The Manufacturing Issue [View article]
    Gasoline engines only transfer about 20%-25% of their energy to the wheels. The rest is wasted as heat.

    Electric engines transfer about 90% - 95% of their energy to the wheels. The rest is waste heat.

    Also Electric transmission and transformation (AC -> DC ->AC, 240 -> 120) only losses about 20% - 30% between the power plant and your home.
    Nov 18, 2014. 04:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla Motors: Tackling The Manufacturing Issue [View article]
    It takes time to ramp up production. Tesla is being smart about it, manufacturing cars is complicated you can't just double your rate overnight and not have huge, expensive problems.

    Plus Tesla also would needs all of their suppliers to ramp up production at the same rate, and it only takes one to slow everything down.

    I love Tesla and think they will do well, TSLA on the other hand makes me nervous at its current price.
    Nov 18, 2014. 04:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's iPhone User Population To Grow Robustly In Q4 [View article]
    Zipper your comment is a little offensive and ignorant. There are plenty of android users who have money. People make different choices for different reasons.

    The biggest problem Google wallet is that it is a minor hassle to use. You need to unlock your phone (maybe enable nfc), launch an app, pick your card. etc... Its slightly more work than reaching for your wallet, and since it was never publicized most android users don't even know you can do it.

    Apple pay is more convenient because you just pull it out of your pocket and put your finger on the scanner. Which is slightly less work than reaching for your wallet because my understanding is that apple pay removes the need for a signature.

    I'm sure the google wallet process will be streamlined as the demand increases.

    Its all cool, but we are still 5-10 years away until paying with your phone is universally accepted and you can leave the plastic at home. So the whole argument seems a little pointless...
    Nov 14, 2014. 03:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Q4 Will Show Just How Stagnant Apple Earnings Really Are [View article]
    The stock is already priced for zero growth.. considering how low its P/E is. With the moderate dividend and aggressive buybacks why would it go lower?

    I don't understand why is there so much FUD for this company with its proven track record and its enormous cash cushion (it can afford to make mistakes) and so little FUD for its peers?
    Oct 16, 2014. 11:04 AM | 30 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should Subscribers Rethink Switching From Sprint To A Competitor? [View article]
    Sprint's coverage in Minnesota and Wisconsin can be a very spotty outside of the Twin cities, Rochester, Duluth, Madison, Milwaukee metro areas.

    Verizon's coverage in rural Minnesota and Wisconsin however is fantastic.

    This trend appears to be true in most of the country esp the south west, so if you want good rural coverage don't go sprint.

    Im a Sprint customer/stock holder who spends enough time outside of cities to be annoyed with sprint coverage.
    Sep 2, 2014. 11:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM's Problems May Be Fatal [View article]
    Buffet isn't god... He just a rich man
    Aug 27, 2014. 03:50 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • IBM's Problems May Be Fatal [View article]
    I am a fairly recent computer science graduate, from a school that had a well regarded CS department, With a major IBM location not too far away.

    None of us applied for jobs there from my graduating class.

    IBM even invited our ACM club to visit. It was depressing...

    I've known lots people (family, friends who went to other schools, etc) who have worked for IBM, none of them still do, they all left by choice.

    The stock might do OK. but IBM no longer has their pick of top talent.
    Aug 27, 2014. 03:48 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Questions To Determine If The iPad Is Dead [View article]
    Umm no....
    Republic refers to a form of government. Democracy refers to a system of government.

    The United states is a Democratic Republic.
    Aug 26, 2014. 04:33 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Stabs BlackBerry In The Heart [View article]

    The factory with 18 suicides had ~600,000 employes... No place in the US or Europe has a suicide rate that low... Hell the state of Wyoming (pop ~600,000) had 165 (reported) suicides in 2012.
    Jul 24, 2014. 09:53 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Apple's E-Book Payout Is A Catalyst For Investors [View article]
    There are lots of stocks with weird evaluations, especially with big high profile & small unknown companies since the price is often driven by emotion & headlines.

    I used to get annoyed with this but now I try to use the illogical, irrational, knee jerk behavior of the market to my advantage.
    Jul 17, 2014. 11:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The High Price Of Owning Tesla [View article]
    Umm better check your facts. I'm pretty sure that Miss, Alabama, & Georgia have higher than average unemployment rates.

    The decline of unionization is also correlated with the decline of wages for low skilled workers.

    Just saying..
    Jul 1, 2014. 02:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Myths Of Apple's iPhone Market Share [View article]
    But developers like to get paid... total App revenue is much much higher for iOS, so it attracts most apps first, not always but usually. Its really staggering how much larger the iphone app market is in terms of money made by developers.

    Its also more expensive (time) to produce android apps on average due to the diversity of phones and system software. Google's tools are good, but not currently as good as apples.

    Also the google play store is so full of crap compared to iphone's store that don't feel comfortable paying for an android app for my tablet even if it has decent reviews (burned too many times). But I never hesitate to put a dollar or two for a new app my iphone.
    Jun 24, 2014. 02:23 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint Eyeing $32 Billion T-Mobile Deal [View article]
    Sprint has treated me very well, much better than ATT ever did. And even though their network isn't the best, its still better than T-mobile's.

    I don't think that a take over of T-mobile will be bad for its customers, I think it could be a very good thing but I understand the fear.
    Jun 19, 2014. 11:23 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple At $650. Now What? [View article]
    I had wireless changing on my palm pre, it was Neat, It used inductive copper coils. what I really liked about it was that it would automatically change to speaker phone when I set it onto the charger & it automatically answer calls when you picked it up. Also the clock was always visible while charging. It was better than any other charging solution I have ever seen.

    That being said I don't really miss it, but it was cool.
    Jun 5, 2014. 04:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Why I Raised My Stake By 14% Yesterday [View article]
    3M's first product was actually sandpaper. But I get your point, Companies that thrive long term have cultures of continuous improvement & quality. And ones that can differentiate them selves in a commodity market are special (P&G comes to mind).

    Tech companies usually start the slow march towards death after the founder(s) hand over the reigns to MBAs. Apple had this happen to them once, but righted the ship and so forth.. Cook seems to get what it takes, but only time will tell.
    Jun 3, 2014. 11:03 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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