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  • Someone in the options market knew a week ago that Ballmer was leaving

    Not that I know what the chart means, but the bottom one shows minimal activity ( or price ) in June and July. Then a marked increase around Aug 8.  I for one do not think there is anything wrong with 95% of insider trading. Just interesting that some people knew the MSFT share price would rise on news Ballmer was leaving.


  • Someone in the options market knew a week ago that Ballmer was leaving


    As I am reading here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_option a call is something you pay for today that gives you the right to buy a stock at a set price in the future. You are betting the stock price will rise.


  • Microsoft new CEO

    , Jim Young wrote

    @SteveRichter: Anders is a great technologist, but not CEO material.

    Think of how many CEO material types have failed to grow their companies. I think product is key to the success of these current day mega companies. I use the google browser because it is simply better than other browsers. Amazon is best product wise. I am sure Apple also. I think Anders would be terrific at making sure MSFT products are top rate.

  • Microsoft new CEO

    Anders. His part of the company is the only one that is an industry leader.

  • Windows 8.1 Preview arrives

    , Lizard​Rumsfeld wrote


    Well you would just use Adobe Reader for the desktop if you need that,

    it is scary how dumb I can be.  I did not think of that. Thanks for the tip.


  • Windows 8.1 Preview arrives

    8.1 also broke my Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobiltiy Client.  The app is still on the PC, but the connection fails. I have to try to reinstall.  But I am kind of worried. This is a VPN client we had upgraded to specifically for Windows 8. Now after the 8.1 upgrade it does not work.


  • Windows 8.1 Preview arrives

    The PDF viewer has a print button now ( which highlights the question of why was it not there in the 8.0 viewer. Who made that UI decision? ). 

    But still, why do I have to use the metro PDF viewer at all?  I don't see how to view multiple PDFs in the desktop.  I can right click in the PDF viewer and navigate to multiple PDF documents. But alt-tab from the desktop only lets me navigate to the current PDF I have open.

    And things like navigating from the PDF table of contents are harder to do. Search does not remember what I searched on before. And would be nice if I could use booleans in a search.

    Can I go to the windows store and purchase a 3rd party desktop PDF viewer?




  • IBM employing Watson in new fields

    , Dr Herbie wrote


    Actually in many insects the movements are not conscious -- e.g. Cockroaches use hairs at their tails to detect air currents (such as a human foot coming down on them) and their nervous systems autonomously make then run away to escape

    not disputing this but interesting that more evolved animals like mammals and humans dropped this feature of their nervous system making independent decisions. Does a mammal feel pain if the pain signal does not reach the brain? If not, why would evolution drop that ability from the feature set? And why not enhance the nervous system even further, kind of an implementation of multi core processing in the evolved being?  For example, enhance the insect "feel the air current" feature by adding the ability to see things as well.


  • IBM employing Watson in new fields

    Isn't search Google's area of expertise?  Is search any better than it was 10 years ago?  Does not seem like it.


  • Democrat and Republican lambasted Apple for working the system in a way they said was unfair, if not unpatriotic.

    , Ray7 wrote


    The tax is applied when the money is repatriated, which Apple would need to do to pay the shareholders. 

    because dividends are something paid by the corporate entity, which is Apple.  AOI can keep its money off shore because it is another corporate entity?  Which raises the question to me of why not move the entire Apple corp off shore? That way the corp could distribute its non US earnings without paying US taxes at all.

    A Samsung has a big advantage over a US based corporation in this regard. It can have research facilities in the US, but its global earnings are likely taxed at a much lower rate than the US company with the same degree of US based research and production.