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  • If We Get Even The Simplest Things Wrong  [View article]
    Oh, it's bad. Countries like China, India and Australia are entering into dollars-free trade agreements, and Oil countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Germany are basing their trade on remimbi and other currencies, just because the US$ is losing its stature as the de facto world currency. This is only the beginning of a world-wide trend. Look out!
    Jul 4, 2014. 02:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. Energy: Myths/Realities And The 2 Elephants In The Room  [View article]
    Why all this angst about natural-gas vehicles and the associated issue about CNG filling stations? Efforts are underway to place CNG sources along major thruways- it's coming.
    Why not propane (LPG) fueled vehicles? LPG sources are widely available in nearly every town, especially rural, where many homes depend on propane heating. LPG has been used for decades in stationary industrial uses, farming tractors and produce processing plants.
    I have a Ford van that runs on LPG/gasoline that I had converted back in 1981- it still runs just fine; LPG is a very clean fuel that minimizes engine wear, and the oil stays clean. Somewhat less MPG with the same power, and there are three local fill-up sources (2 independent gas stations and 1 truck rental). Conversion still costs ~$3K, so it makes sense mostly for fleet operators. Homebrew installs are NOT encouraged...
    Jun 16, 2014. 11:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Romanian Teenager Wins Big for Low-Cost, Self-Driving Car Innovation 
    Exactly- Oriental and Middle-Eastern and Slavic -derived names seem to reflect high achievers supported by their families and perhaps superior educational systems.
    An interesting research project might be to seek out how many of these fortunate winners derived from their native countries compared to those within the US educational cultures.
    May 18, 2013. 04:01 PM | Likes Like
  • Apple And Microsoft: A Holiday Retail Study  [View article]
    Macs for creativity, MS for productivity - see which option people went for.
    Have a cool Yule and a frantic New Year!
    Dec 21, 2012. 02:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If Apple Isn't Investing In Apple, Should You?  [View article]
    Does anyone know the difference between rant and wrong? I learned a few things that are Apple-related, but only by tediously filtering out the useful stuff from ... the rest. A productive read, for the labor.
    Dec 21, 2012. 01:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on Apple: 1) The Oregonian reports several states are vying to host a chip plant believed to be meant for producing Apple's app processors. An Albany paper recently reported of New York's efforts. If the speculation is accurate, TSMC (TSM) will likely build the plant, with Apple perhaps contributing funds. 2) U.S. hosted e-mail firm Intermedia says its data indicates the iPhone accounts for 68% of smartphone activations among SMBs, evidence of its continued enterprise edge against Android and share gains against RIM.  [View news story]
    Just what is an "app processor"? How does it differ from a CPU such as the A6? Does Intel figure into this picture as a competitive chip supplier, and how come Noo Yawk becomes a newcomer in this? Where is their pool of experienced fab technicians - I am figuring the Boston area would be more attractive, Yes?
    Dec 19, 2012. 03:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Wal-Mart's Promotion Of The Apple iPhone Means For Both Companies  [View article]
    Doc' - Remember the mantra "Macs for creativity, PC's for productivity" and that tablets et al are consumer-oriented, not for doing letters, spreadsheets or serious online searches/blogs/whatever.
    I work with an iMac, have done so since the days of Apple[ ], 2c's, eMac and G5. Mostly because I can upload from a digital camera and print to an inkjet printer.
    I used to work at Intel on XT and AT PC's, and got full of Windoze and all that. Its PC for biz, for sure, but for *fun*, go for Apple/iMacs.
    Dec 17, 2012. 07:51 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google: An Investment For The Stodgy Value Investor  [View article]
    Good point – the PC/mobile shift is obvious, but this is the first mention I've seen about what Google does about their desktop "click" revenue vs. their mobile Droid franchise.
    Dec 10, 2012. 01:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel's (INTC) next CEO will likely be an internal hire, says current chief Paul Otellini. "Even if you brought in Mr. or Ms. Perfect, that person is going to take two years to figure out the culture ... In this environment, why take the risk?" Some think "this environment" is exactly why Intel needs fresh blood. If Intel opts for an existing employee, it could turn to one of several candidates (I, II), including its COO, CFO, and the heads of its software, PC CPU, and server CPU units.  [View news story]
    Intel is a very large and deep industry leader with an attendant management staff to choose from. An internal hire is likely, so let us believe in a protracted, careful selection process.
    Dec 7, 2012. 02:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel With Almost Free Money  [View article]
    The "I" in iphone and ipad will denote Intel – look for it!
    Dec 7, 2012. 12:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • "When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years," says Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook in a TV interview. "It's an area of intense interest, I can't say more than that." Other news from the chat is his announcement one of the existing Mac lines will be manufactured exclusively in the U.S. next year.  [View news story]
    There are lots of capable workers with skills and good education both eager and willing to join in a "back to work/made in USA" enterprise. Apple and Intel could make the most valuable political move on the current economic scene, besides solving for the exploited line workers overseas. There is some huge potential here – right?
    Dec 6, 2012. 03:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel Raises $6 Billion To Fund Buyback  [View article]
    Guesstimate/SWAG– Intel's Oregon new fabs are ready to come on line; JIT to accommodate production for Apple??
    After all, AAPL is trending *away* from ARM - just askin'...
    Dec 5, 2012. 02:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Reasons Why Intel Shares Could Be Headed For $18, Or Less  [View article]
    Aw, a good horse running with the pack on a muddy track– they are all slow just now, looking for a brighter day Next Year(!)
    Dec 4, 2012. 02:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Windows (MSFT) notebook unit sales fell 10% Y/Y on Black Friday, claims NPD, which recently estimated a 24% Y/Y drop for the first month of Windows 8 sales. Windows 8 gear made up 89% of notebook sales and sported an ASP of just $368; touchscreen devices made up only 3% of sales. Mac (AAPL) sales were flat Y/Y while Android (GOOG) tablets saw a 177% increase, though their ASP plunged to $151 from $219 (no doubt thanks to the Kindle Fire/Nexus 7). TV units rose 4%, but revenue fell 6% thanks to falling ASPs. Total consumer electronics sales fell 5.6%.  [View news story]
    MSFT is rated as a great place to work, but there is a large Ballmer toad squatting at the nexus point of development there. That said, I am not knowledgeable how much direct influence (or not) he had w/Win8.
    Dec 4, 2012. 02:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • FiOS TV For iPad: A Clear Vision For The Future  [View article]
    I switched out from Comcast to AT&T TV/Web - the rate did not change much (~$90/mo.) but the TV selection is much wider and the Internet connection is rock-solid, in contrast to the local wi-fi that was often flaky and slow, (but free.)
    Dec 2, 2012. 09:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment