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  • Buying Intel At $23: Like Buying Coca-Cola At $23?  [View article]
    Boiler-room tactics are getting thick here at Alpha. You just have to look at the info, wait awhile and then decide. If I counted the people that called me out here and elsewhere as legit help, I would be broke.

    Many may not be investing in the company they write on, but they are employed with them, some with very impressive stories to tell. But so what?

    I got into a debate about credit cards the other day, and the poster was clearly talking about a Debit card - not a Credit Card. So, I guess that's how good the info is to sometimes. They are really "in touch" with the subject matter you know?
    Sep 24, 2012. 09:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buying Intel At $23: Like Buying Coca-Cola At $23?  [View article]
    $2-3 volatility on a $40 stock is like a couple cents worth of risk. I'd say KO is pretty solid still.
    Sep 24, 2012. 10:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Look At Crude Oil's Massive Dip  [View article]
    There is only one pie. Once all the pieces are gone - the pie can't be divided anymore. You couldn't even buy the pan it was in because it isn't for sale. But the important thing is, nobody will be coming to America to be feeding from it anymore.
    Sep 23, 2012. 08:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Energy After The Peak: Merger Of Coal And Refiners Replaces Conventional Oil  [View article]
    Another interesting approach from the DOE.

    The transmutation of CO2 into useable fuel is well-established science, the processes you discuss are not the only means of doing so. And further discussion of the principles would violate security concerns of the DOE and other entities. So I am not going to address the matter any more publicly here or elsewhere without appropriate license or need to do so.
    Sep 23, 2012. 01:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Energy After The Peak: Merger Of Coal And Refiners Replaces Conventional Oil  [View article]
    Direct catalytic conversion of atmospheric CO2 has been done as well. It's the global CO2 Tax that is driving these concerns AND making it profitable.
    Sep 23, 2012. 12:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Energy After The Peak: Merger Of Coal And Refiners Replaces Conventional Oil  [View article]
    Sep 23, 2012. 12:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Energy After The Peak: Merger Of Coal And Refiners Replaces Conventional Oil  [View article]
    If we suddenly had 10 million barrels of extra gasoline on the market daily, the price would not then support a bunch of different production scenario's. The price will drop dramatically. Which doesn't bother me any.

    Only the most efficient ones. And if we go this route, only certain areas will have facilities at first. And as yet, still 80% of the Governments oil wells aren't even producing yet.

    "The first commercially available liquefaction process was the Bergius process, developed in Germany during World War I. This involves dissolving coal in a recycled solvent oil and reacting with hydrogen under high pressures ranging from 200 to 700 atmospheres. An iron oxide catalyst is also employed."

    The Chevron Coal Liquefaction Process will still be the main one without huge lake like beds. Possibly the Fischer–Tropsch process will catch some highlights for alternate energy crowds and low sulfur diesel generation. But none of this is new science and widely done in Canada already.
    Sep 23, 2012. 12:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nvidia's New Offerings: Aiming For A Slice Of Intel And AMD's Pie  [View article]
    Good work. And AMD is partners with Kingston memory for a few dollars of extra profit yearly..
    Sep 23, 2012. 11:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Energy After The Peak: Merger Of Coal And Refiners Replaces Conventional Oil  [View article]
    You are right. But I am a refiner, and more importantly an environmentalist too. We don't want to kill or injure the public because that just's not good for profits. It also would be a sin to commit and make our Professors less impressed with us. After all, they were PhD.'s of refining methods. That would mean we are dumping valuable product somehow, and that's just not good business.

    The guy below strikes a point and moves on. "artificial scarcity". How true, because the refiners weren't saying we'd ever run out of fuel or crude oil, that would be akin to saying we all are flunking science class, but got the job anyway because our daddy owns the business and we just have a BA in Marketing from the State College.

    Standards be damned, coal doesn't need to be wasted inefficiently without proper treatment and refining. The real problem is space for coal/diesel soaking ponds, and of course the lack of demand to be honest.

    It is much easier to just scoop it up versus drilling way down, and fracking the heck out of the formation, and buying a lot of expensive {and now Chinese made} pipe all the time.
    Sep 22, 2012. 02:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nvidia's New Offerings: Aiming For A Slice Of Intel And AMD's Pie  [View article]
    AMD and ATI would never really compete strongly for long with Nvidea as in the past. They always come out with strong numbers, but can't do the projected task as claimed fully.

    I remember when Nvidea came out and Hercules was the only competitor. That was a good level of competition. Now Nvidea is working with re-licensing on even it's old chips and still doing fine.

    But if you want in on profits that will not sour look at Solid State hard drives right now. Cloud is going to hangup alot at first, and I am not suggesting people move to it yet. Especially when many companies just purchased their own IT network and new servers of substantial computing power. There is not a revelation to be had in moving that way just yet. But essentially it will soon be the same as back in college with the main processor server doing most of the chores with a hard drive the size of a pizza!

    The problem : they will have to cool the servers CPU stacks with liquid nitrogen to eliminate errors in the data stream AND use optics instead of wire for any gain in processing speed. What's the point?

    Why go that way and lose the strapped potential of a 100 computers with Pentium i8 processors? Run your own "cloud" not clod. Install solid state drives and your errors would drop into the realm of nearly zero. Leave the cloud to people on their phone.

    Read Kingston and similar :
    Sep 22, 2012. 01:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • China: Don't Dismiss The Slipping Tiger  [View article]
    They may not have a lack of skill, but they still have a lack of quality products. You can have a new Chinese car delivered to your driveway for under $10,000 {by far}. And they are fairly nice.

    But you will not probably fit in it.

    China and Mexico both have toy sectors that are making low quality knock-offs and duped copies of drugs that are not quality controlled nor materially accurate in design.
    Sep 20, 2012. 09:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Decline Of Credit Cards  [View article]
    Most are cards not run by or offered by Credit Unions at all. That, in fact, is unusual in the Credit Card world. Haven't you ever even seen a Capitol One advertisement on TV? THAT is the usual line heard by people with a credit card on the earth today.

    "Low fees, set your own rate, what do you have in YOUR wallet?" But the truth is they reset the rates to whatever bank it is that offers your particular brand of card most preferred maximum allowable profit potential. Up to 25% and if there is an error - suddenly 35% or more. Which is actually around 400-500% return.

    Credit Unions are totally different types of banks. But they operate exactly like all the banks did twenty years ago. "All for one and one for all" types of principles that encouraged growth and independence, not a degree in Financial Law to maximize profits and venture capitalism corporate ownership with virtually no fault or risk.

    You see, that's what has changed in the entire worlds view against America, Brittan, Israel, and Japan. Some people have totally different views on whats acceptable interest or term. Its like comparing a friendly loan between friends that have known each other for years to a race track loan shark or Pawn Shop with exactly the same applicable principle of business as those two types of entities.
    Sep 20, 2012. 06:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Decline Of Credit Cards  [View article]
    Oooph, isn't that some kind of dirty word though? Credit Union? LOL. Right on.
    Sep 20, 2012. 03:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Decline Of Credit Cards  [View article]
    That is the problem in America though. The local banks are supposed to encourage growth in their regional areas. Not shuffle the monies to a regional capitol city for political bribery, when there are brides that need that kind of treatment.
    I got a loan from a local bank for $4,500 to start my business back in the 80's. Then the hard capitol war started over personal property and land values. High gain/high Interest loan banks needed capitol to remain liquid and buy for their own wishes.

    Now they want to be on every boardroom meeting invitation list to partake in even that profit equation.
    Sep 20, 2012. 02:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Decline Of Credit Cards  [View article]
    But what about those occasional instant insurance fees they throw in on you that destroy your payment value? Timing is crucially ever-occurring to cause a delinquent or remaining balance for some, but not others. Largely based on factors like whether you are single, self-employed or not, monthly or yearly income, and on and on.

    Those numbers are darned handy to social science/business majors that command programmers.
    Sep 20, 2012. 02:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment