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    JohnAskew

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-11-21/jobs-s-spaceship-like-apple-offices-to-arrive-later-than-planned

    Compaq (or HP now?) in Houston has 13 buildings connected by enclosed walkways which form a circle.

    Job's Apple Office vision due 2016

    How about a big red button in the middle of this behemouth: "EASY"...

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    USArcher

    Whats that hazy stuff in the sky?  Looks more like a biodome or the Roman Colosseum.

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    fabian

    , JohnAskew wrote

    How about a big red button in the middle of this behemouth: "EASY"...

    Like this?

    http://www.pixelscapes.com/spatulacity/button.htm

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    cbae

    Apple Inc. (AAPL) said the construction of a new spaceship-like headquarters with a circular design in Cupertino, California, won't be completed until mid-2016

    That's so long from now that it's enough time for AAPL to drop several hundred billion dollars in market cap before the grand opening. It would be almost predictably appropriate for something like that to happen when companies decide to create such ostentatious monstrosities like this.

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    Proton2

    The Pentagon was supposed to look like that, but Apple had the patent on curved corners. Smiley

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    Ray7

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    That's so long from now that it's enough time for AAPL to drop several hundred billion dollars in market cap before the grand opening. It would be almost predictably appropriate for something like that to happen when companies decide to create such ostentatious monstrosities like this.

    Well, the land cost $300million. The construction will cost about $500million, but let's make it an even $1billion for s**t and giggles.

    Apple is currently sitting on $120billion in cash at home, and another $90billion avoiding tax abroad. The market cap is unlikely to make any difference. Even if their stock price drops to Microsoft levels, they could still pay for the thing in cash (without breaking sweat from a single month's revenues), and probably pull a wodge back in tax breaks too.

    And if Tim Cook has any say in it then it'll have a really cool gym. 

    Ostentatious? You betcha.

     

     

     

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    Ray7

    , USArcher wrote

    Whats that hazy stuff in the sky?

    Ah, that'll come from the ten thousand Reality Distortion Generators Apple will have installed around the park. They'll create just the right balance of soft-focus cloud cover for anyone flying over.

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    Ian2

    So have you see GCHQ?

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     No 1 in a collection of great pre 9/11 architecture? 

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    Dr Herbie

    @Ian2: Seen it?  I've been under it ... Tongue Out

    (They have open days).

    Herbie

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    Ian2

    @Dr Herbie:Cool, next time stop by for a coffee (I am about 10 miles away from the Donut)

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    Ray7

    @Ian2:Mmm

    I think I prefer GCHQ

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    Ian2

    , Ray7 wrote

    @Ian2:Mmm

    I think I prefer GCHQ

    Is that with or without your terrorist hat on?

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    Ray7

    , Ian2 wrote

    *snip*

    Is that with or without your terrorist hat on?

    That's with my 'nice to have somewhere to park' hat on.

     

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    GoddersUK

    @Dr Herbie: *strokes gotee*

    "Give me the state secrets or Dr Herbie's children may find themselves... 'in new surroundings'"

    Devil Tongue Out

     

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    Dr Herbie

    @GoddersUK: You think that's a threat?  You wouldn't survive their constant questions and massive strops. Tongue Out

    Herbie

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    Ian2

    , Ray7 wrote

    *snip*

    That's with my 'nice to have somewhere to park' hat on.

     

    I must admit I do like the little racing rack they have going around the building - must be great fun at break time when all the C5's come out.

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    cbae

    , Ray7 wrote

    *snip*

    Well, the land cost $300million. The construction will cost about $500million, but let's make it an even $1billion for s**t and giggles.

    Apple is currently sitting on $120billion in cash at home, and another $90billion avoiding tax abroad.

    You're overstating their cash position just *slightly*. It's $120 billion total, of which $90 billion is held overseas.

    The market cap is unlikely to make any difference. Even if their stock price drops to Microsoft levels, they could still pay for the thing in cash (without breaking sweat from a single month's revenues), and probably pull a wodge back in tax breaks too.

    And if Tim Cook has any say in it then it'll have a really cool gym. 

    Ostentatious? You betcha.

    No *, genius. The market cap isn't going to have any bearing on whether or not they can afford to build this monstrosity right now because of the cash pile they're sitting on. The point is that the completion of this thing is so far off, it's enough time for Apple to easily go from the most valuable company in the world to one that would look just plain silly for opening a building like that.

    MSFT went from over $600 billion in market cap to under than $300 billion in less than a year. GE went from over $600 billion in market cap to under $250 billion in 2 years. And both of these companies have been sitting on *-tons of cash for way longer than Apple has.

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    Ray7

    , cbae wrote

    You're overstating their cash position just *slightly*. It's $120 billion total, of which $90 billion is held overseas.

    My goof! It's 2/3 held overseas. Right, now taking my poor reading skills into account, let's look again.

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    We're okay! It's still loose change! Phew!

    No *, genius.

    Oooh, snippy.

    The market cap isn't going to have any bearing on whether or not they can afford to build this monstrosity right now because of the cash pile they're sitting on

    <slow clap/>

    The point is that the completion of this thing is so far off, it's enough time for Apple to easily go from the most valuable company in the world to one that would look just plain silly for opening a building like that.

    Not as silly as sitting on a pile of cash that will decrease in value, rather than investing in slab of real estate and sticking a building on top of it that will benefit their employees. Dodgy maths notwithstanding, it's not a lot of money, and if your wildest dreams come true and they hit dire straits then just build it smaller, or sell the land. Hell, they could probably score a decent tax break if they left it empty (which a lot of property developers in the UK tend to do).

    MSFT went from over $600 billion in market cap to under than $300 billion in less than a year. GE went from over $600 billion in market cap to under $250 billion in 2 years. And both of these companies have been sitting on *-tons of cash for way longer than Apple has.

    Been sitting on "tons of cash for way longer than Apple has"?

    Big Smile

    Gosh, how...relevant. Look, if it makes you happy, then yes, if Apple runs into trouble (please! please! please!) then this will leave with them with so much egg on their face they will never ever ever recover.

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