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If you had $100 billion, what would you do?

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    MasterPi

    @Maddus Mattus:Why buy a country?

    Build a death star.

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    giovanni

    , Ray7 wrote

    @giovanni: I really don't see the point in giving a dividend. It's not as if they need to attract stock buyers.

     

     

    Me neither

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    giovanni

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    giovanni

    @raymond:What would you do to accomplish these goals?

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    Dr Herbie

    @giovanni: The give dividends because the shareholders own the company and it's their money!

    This is what Warren Buffet did-- buy enough shares in a company and then demand that the company hands out the funds that they're sitting on to the shareholders who own it.

    Herbie

     

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    giovanni

    @Dr Herbie: Well, they could invest in other technologies or brands.

    I think a company can also donate to charity: investors might not like it and the board would have to approve it, but I think that is an option.

    More realistically: I seriousely thing they should invest in their own manufacturing. Outsourching to Asia has been the current development model for some times, but is it the future?

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    01001011

    @giovanni:

    As far as Asia is concerned, why would you pay a CS major in CA or WA or get foreign nationals here with a h1b vs setting up shop in China?

    the market is here. the marketing is here.

    the work? doesn't matter where.

    There are plenty of CS students at South China Normal University who will write code in a Walmart style international pipeline.

    shipping code is free and the IP is worthless in China and India anyway so who cares if they steal it.

    Almost every programmer i worked with in CA immediately blows their huge money on a fancy car. What kind of improvement for society is that anyway?

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    ZippyV

    , Maddus Mattus wrote

    I would just show up at work my last job in a Bugatti Veyron.

    FTFY

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    Bass

    Paying dividends might backfire, because it is an act of a "mature company". Does Apple want that image? It seems like Tim Cook was getting somewhat defensive about the idea.

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    cbae

    , Bass wrote

    Paying dividends might backfire, because it is an act of a "mature company". Does Apple want that image? It seems like Tim Cook was getting somewhat defensive about the idea.

    It's a generally perceived that a company that pays dividends and buys back stock is a company that has run out of ideas. At least that's how many people perceived Microsoft when it started issuing a dividend and implemented a stock buy-back program.

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    Maddus Mattus

    $100 billion is pointless.

    It will bring more problems that it will solve.

    @MasterPie: I'm still looking for a Darth!

    @ZippyV: Thank you, but I prefer it my way Smiley

    Had a project manager at my desk once yelling at me about some deadline he agreed on, told him that I have a couple of million dollars in the bank of some idea I sold to Microsoft, and that I didnt need to put up with his crap, so if he was not happy with me, just replace me I dont care, I'm rich!

    Took him two hours of googlingwithbingsearch to figure out I was flatout lying, it actually was a couple of billions, j/k, meanwhile I fixed the issue.

    It would be so cool to still show up at your pathetic job, but with whole different attitude. Wink

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    JoshRoss

    , MasterPie wrote

    @Maddus Mattus:Why buy a country?

    Build a death star.

    From what I've read, it would be £541,261 trillion just for the raw materials.

    -Josh

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    giovanni

    , 01001011 wrote

    @giovanni:

    As far as Asia is concerned, why would you pay a CS major in CA or WA or get foreign nationals here with a h1b vs setting up shop in China?

    the market is here. the marketing is here.

    the work? doesn't matter where.

    There are plenty of CS students at South China Normal University who will write code in a Walmart style international pipeline.

    shipping code is free and the IP is worthless in China and India anyway so who cares if they steal it.

    Almost every programmer i worked with in CA immediately blows their huge money on a fancy car. What kind of improvement for society is that anyway?

    Where the work is does matter a lot actually. I wasn't thinking about CS majors, I was thinkging about the actual manufacturing of stuff.

    Besides it is very interesting to be closer to manufacturing.

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    Maddus Mattus

    @JoshRoss: If you have the army to create a death star, you don't have to pay, you just take.

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    cheong

    @Maddus Mattus:You assume that the materials are already there and you just need to take them, don't you?

    I think most of the necessary materials are still sleeping in the crust and waiting to be extracted.

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    Maddus Mattus

    @cheong: If I have an army of 1 million clones with a million more on the way, I can assume anything is mine for the taking.

    The dark side is so much more fun!

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    Ray7

    , Bass wrote

    Paying dividends might backfire, because it is an act of a "mature company". Does Apple want that image? It seems like Tim Cook was getting somewhat defensive about the idea.

    Agreed. I can't see a reason for it when your share price is heading for $800.

     

     

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    evildictait​or

    , giovanni wrote

    @Dr Herbie: Well, they could invest in other technologies or brands.

    I think a company can also donate to charity: investors might not like it and the board would have to approve it, but I think that is an option.

    The board are legally obliged to keep the company in good faith for the benefit of the shareholders. They are therefore not allowed to give money to charity without either

    A) Explicit approval from the majority of shareholders via a shareholder vote.

    B) Demonstrate to the shareholders how such a donation is in the best interests of the company.

    If the board perform actions that are not in good faith for the benefit of shareholders, they are committing a federal offence. If they do so in good faith, but it is to the detriment of the shareholders, then the shareholders can still remove their bonus, pay or fire them via a general shareholder vote - and getting kicked out of a company for mismanagement by the shareholders will end that executive's career forever.

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