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  • Investors Will Ultimately Understand How Ridiculous Ford Motor's Valuation Is [View article]
    @Tony Pow,

    Look at the Heinz or Burger King deal.

    BRK/Buffett can still find/make some amazing deals.

    Sure BRK is huge and these deals are only a few billion each, but they're significant and promise outstanding risk adjusted returns.
    Sep 17 11:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investors Will Ultimately Understand How Ridiculous Ford Motor's Valuation Is [View article]
    BRK seems to be doing just fine investing in other capital intensive industries.
    Oil specifically, but there is also rail and other examples if you look.

    Just because Warren Buffett takes a pass doesn't mean that it isn't a good investment.
    Even BRK can't afford to say yes to every appealing investment.
    Sep 17 09:33 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iPhone 6 And Android Value [View article]
    RattyUK,
    The SDK with Android L preview has been out for a while, I've been playing with it, I don't see much missing that prevents me from doing what I need to do.
    What important APIs have been removed? None that I'm using in my apps have been removed.

    Maybe your experience is different than mine, but I've found that with heavy use my sons iPad bogs down every week or so, even if all apps are closed, which is quickly resolved with a reboot.

    2007?
    My post is from September 2014, Apple just announced that in the next release (not yet out) that they are catching up on some of the features I've mentioned previously (here on SA over a year ago actually).

    There are others, one of the things Apple has been very successful at is limiting options, which simplifies their UI. It's a key part of their usability strategy.
    As a user I think the improvements they are making are good. As a shareholder I don't know if this is going the wrong direction, most Apple customers are satisfied and aren't concerned with the shortcomings.
    Sep 12 10:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iPhone 6 And Android Value [View article]
    iOS devices suffer performance issues too, really not all that dissimilar to Android.

    The lock screen hangs and become unresponsive, they'll bog down if not rebooted periodically. Using both on a regular basis I can't say one OS is clearly better than the other, however iOS is comparitively lacking in features.
    Sep 11 02:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iPhone 6 And Android Value [View article]
    "Not really. You're not glad at all as you're just being a snarky git."

    I won't deny being a bit snarky, but I am actually quite glad that Apple is apparently implementing features that they should have had years ago.

    I do think there are benefits to shareholders if Apple implements these missing features.

    What is getting locked down in L?
    I'm not having trouble myself, and I'm not aware of serious complaints from developers.
    Sep 11 12:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iPhone 6 And Android Value [View article]
    So iOS 8 might actually implement features that have been in the Android world since at least the iOS 5 days? (I bought my phone 2 years ago)

    I'm glad that Apple is finally catching up, but why does it take them so long to implement basic usability features? As a customer I find it frustrating.

    However as a shareholder, they do a mindboggling good job of keeping their customers happy, despite the product shortcomings, so it's almost a non-issue.
    Sep 11 11:15 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • ARM Holdings Has 3 Advantages Over Its Peers [View article]
    Doesn't the ARM Holdings market look a bit like Android to anyone?

    One master (ARM/Android), with several hardware partners, who are trying to differentiate themselves.

    For ARM it seems like a good strategy, but I'm not sure it's going to be great for the chipmakers. Just like some argue Android isn't going to give phonemakers great margins either.

    At the lower end ARM solutions are <$1. For a current project I'm leaning towards a small ARM chip instead of AVR (Atmel) or PIC (Microchip)
    Sep 11 09:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iPhone 6 And Android Value [View article]
    For me, thie big one is "you can change the keyboard". I suggest people try SwiftKey when it is available, the predictive dictionary is awesome.

    Of course now Samsung has the Alpha coming out, so Apple isn't the only one making a smaller "top end" phone. I don't want a 6" phone, that's why I bought a tablet.

    I'm one of those personal taste Android users. iOS is apparently going to make strides in usability, but iOS is still lacking, why don't they have anything like Googles "Share" function?
    Sep 11 09:13 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Low-Cost Business Mac: PC Implications [View article]
    You're right, if the internet connection goes down you are still able to work with ChromeOS.

    I really don't get what you see as the advantage of this device.
    You've built a low powered product, on par with a Chromebox, which is <$200.

    But priced near $400, it falls far short from a fully functional solution like the Intel NUC systems.
    Sep 9 03:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Low-Cost Business Mac: PC Implications [View article]
    Functionality is reduced if there is no net connection, but they aren't "dead", I think you've been watching too many MSFT commercials.

    Not that it matters, I'd imagine a desktop (like the Chromebox or your low cost PC) would be connected to the internet anyway.
    Sep 9 12:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Tale Of Two Phablets: Apple's iPhone 6 And The BlackBerry Passport [View article]
    Phablets were neat, but if you have a tablet, it's nicer to have a smaller, more reasonable sized phone.

    I'm somewhat annoyed that I can't get a top spec'd phone with a smaller screen, all the high spec phones seem to be phablets now.
    Sep 9 09:56 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Low-Cost Business Mac: PC Implications [View article]
    Chromebox has been around for quite a while and is at half his imagined price.
    Sep 9 09:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Low-Cost Business Mac: PC Implications [View article]
    Why not simply use a Chromebox (at half your price) or an iPad with a docking station?

    I'm also curious, what do you think a 16GB RAM drive is? Do you mean to say SSD?
    Sep 8 12:50 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buybacks a boost to EPS, yield, and share price [View news story]
    If a company can issue stock, why shouldn't they be allowed to buy it back?

    There is no logic to a legal ban.

    If you really think buybacks are categorically bad, it could be an investment criteria.

    I am okay with them, they are sometimes good, sometimes not as good.
    Sep 7 06:36 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Android Vs. iOS: Which One Will Make The Most Money? [View article]
    A proper backup strategy is a good idea, if you don't have one, you're destined to lose data.

    iCloud is nice, but dropbox is nicer.
    For about the same price, you can get 50GB on iCloud, which only works on Apple devices, or you can get 1TB that's 1000GB on dropbox which works on Apple, Windows, Android and Linux devices.

    iCloud is far more expensive than the competition, and less functional for a user like me.
    That's the magic at Apple, they can less capable services at dramatically higher prices, and their customers LOVE it. As a shareholder it's great, as long as they can keep it up, and I fully expect they do.
    As a technically proficient user, I just shake my head at it.


    "lots and lots" that was not backed up?
    Purchase history, email, calendar, contacts and web browsing are all stored by Google automatically.
    My photos are also backed up (I do a one way backup, device -> service because I have too many photos to fit on my phone or iPad)
    Aug 28 11:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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