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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

pitchpipe Re:more direct connection to producers (101 comments)

I sure wouldn't be wanting to hang onto Amazon or Ebay stock right now (assuming either have stock, sorry I don't keep track of things like that).

If I were you, I wouldn't even take my own advice on stocks.

4 hours ago

Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

pitchpipe Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (124 comments)

As a side note, who the fuck thought that "AdMob" would be a good name for an advertising site? "We're going to MOB you with ADS!"

Fuck Off, AdMob.

4 hours ago

Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

pitchpipe Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (124 comments)

Let's see, Google owns:

  • AdMob
  • AdSense
  • AdWords
  • FeedBurner
  • DoubleClick
  • Froogle
  • Google Analytics
  • Gmail
  • Urchin

All of which they are tracking you with (probably more). But I'm sure it's harmless /s

4 hours ago

Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

pitchpipe Re:Why is Alibaba selling IPO in USA? (101 comments)

The whole thing seems like a clever scheme by Chinese companies and Goldman Sachs to sucker money out of U.S. investors.

It is. What do you really own with Alibaba? The websites? No.

What's really for sale: When investors buy Alibaba, they are actually purchasing shares in a Cayman Islands entity called Alibaba Group Holding Limited.

But that company -- surprise! -- doesn't actually own Alibaba. Instead, Ma and another co-founder, Simon Xie, own most of Alibaba's biggest businesses according to Chinese law. Ma and Xie are then under contract to turn profits over to the Cayman entity.

The arrangement is called a variable interest entity (VIE), and is necessary to get around China's strict foreign investment rules. But investors should be aware of the structure -- especially since Chinese courts have not clarified the legality of the arrangement.

Voting rights and control in the company? No.

So what the fuck do you actually own? Hope and promises. My ex-wife gave me those.

P.S. Even the Hong Kong stock exchange spurned Alibaba.

5 hours ago

What To Expect With Windows 9

pitchpipe Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (535 comments)

I've argued this in the past on Slashdot here, but I honestly don't see the appeal of physical screens.

Just like I don't 'see' the appeal of a non-physical screen. Get it?

,,, I'll just show myself out.

3 days ago

Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

pitchpipe Re:why? (182 comments)

Having a smoking hot babe as a teacher has been show to increase focus and attention span, at least in a study I did of myself. Although I don't remember if I learned anything.

5 days ago

US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

pitchpipe Re:+-2000 deaths? (119 comments)

... ebola could mutate into some superhero bug that gives people big erections.

Just like your mom.

about a week ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

pitchpipe Re:Wages (528 comments)

QUICK! Grab your binoculars and look up! You see that thing, so small, so tiny, way the fuck over your head ...

about two weeks ago

Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

pitchpipe Prey (142 comments)

Anymore, when I am out-and-about, I feel like one member of a big school of fish because when I see a police officer I know that it is mostly random whether I get pulled over or not. This makes him like a big fish that eats us little ones. I try to blend in (stick to the middle of the school) because it is safer. Luckily I am a white guy (that makes it easier to blend in). I really feel for people with darker skin.

about two weeks ago

Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

pitchpipe Re:Humans have too much (206 comments)

"Humans have too many privacy rights as it is. Groups like ISIS happen because we're more concerned about doing all of our daily tasks in secret rather than being safe." - by Anonymous Coward

Of course, if I had said something as stupid as that, would want to maintain my anonymity/privacy as well.

about two weeks ago

Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

pitchpipe Re:Competition is good. (211 comments)

God damn I haven't laughed like that for a long time. :-D

Great post.

about three weeks ago

Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

pitchpipe Re:OK Another one (89 comments)

If the surface gravity were about the same as the Earth's, wouldn't that mean that its atmospheric pressure at the surface would be about the same also. After all, it's gravity holding the gas down, and technically the atmospheric pressure is the weight of the gas above that point. Assuming the gas is trapped to the planet by the gravity, then you might have about the same amount of gas trapped above a point by a similar amount of gravity.

I'm just speculating though.

about three weeks ago

What's After Big Data?

pitchpipe What's After Big Data? (87 comments)

What's After Big Data?

Big Brother, and after he finds out what you are guilty of: the Big House. Then comes Big Love with Big Bubba and his Big Little Bubba. Next is Big Money for Big Medical to fix up your Big Rectum.

about a month ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

pitchpipe Chicken (521 comments)

The concentrated solar energy chars and incinerates the feathers of passing birds. BrightSource estimates about a thousand bird die this way every year...

Probably doesn't taste like chicken though as chickens can't fly.

about 1 month ago

No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

pitchpipe Re:Actually... (123 comments)

At least the asteroid exists, your "Singularity" does not

Thanks, man from the future. We were very worried until your insightful and illuminating post reassured us.

about a month ago

60,000 Oculus Rift DK2 Orders, 20,000+ Units Shipped, New Orders Ship In October

pitchpipe Sweet! (67 comments)

60,000 Oculus Rift DK2 Orders, 20,000+ Units Shipped, New Orders Ship In October!

Sweet! Keep this up and they'll never have to hit alpha.

about a month ago

Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

pitchpipe Re: The problem with the all robotic workforce ide (304 comments)

Get the power-hungry, comand-and-control collectivists out of office, elect free market proponents and the economy will sprint forward with increased job ops and increased income for just about everyone.

As usual, government (basic income, planned economy, etc.) is not the solution to the current crisis. Government is the problem.

I can't tell if this is satire or not. It sounds like a parody of a Foxnews host.

about a month ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

pitchpipe Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

Would you do it if they were reading comic books about war? Watching movies? Watching 50s movies with John Wayne about war? Reading novels about war? Playing war in the yard? If they started playing cops and robbers in the back yard with the neighbor kids, is it time to haul them off to a Scared Straight session at a prison, to impress upon them the harsh realities of a life of crime?

I think that every American should have to take a trip to the war zone to see what our tax dollars go to supporting.

This whole story is a tale of over-reaction that only seemed to have occurred, because "oh my god, video games!".

Or maybe it's just a father trying to raise his children to be good humans. Nah!

Wanting to expose your children to realities beyond those as depicted by popular media is a thoughtful thing to do. Not so much when it's a swift over-reaction to "OMG VIDEO GAMES!".

How do you know it was an over reaction? Were you there when they were discussing it? Maybe they're just a really thoughtful family. Also, what about the children who are already in the middle of the war zone? I don't see anyone wanting to try to mitigate that.

And, really, the truth seems more to be "freelance journalist does a freelance journalist thing and uses his kids as fodder for more freelance journalism". What do you figure the odds are he'd be doing this and documenting it if, say, he were a flight mechanic or a plumber and there weren't some other benefit besides that to his children?

A plumber or flight mechanic going there with their kids? Maybe. Documenting it? Doubtful, as they generally tend to not make documentaries.

I like how you stated it as "uses his kids as fodder." I'd put it more as "Family man sees opportunities to teach his children to become good stewards of the planet, and documents it to try to help others do the same."

I guess it all depends on your perspective.

about a month ago

New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

pitchpipe Re:Unbiased advice by a corporate-owned AI? (161 comments)

Honestly, I am so tired of humanity confusing movies with realityl.

Me too! Just the other day I was watching The Truman Show and thinking, "How can he not know the whole thing is a movie?!"

about a month ago

New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

pitchpipe Re:What?! (161 comments)

SiriÃ(TM)s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask...

Oh and Viv, format this shit so Slashdot will display it correctly.

Nah, never mind. Too difficult.

about a month ago



How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  about 5 months ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "

Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That’s the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.

I attribute my becoming an atheist to the internet, so what the study is saying supports my anecdote. If I hadn't been exposed to all of the different arguments about religion, etc., via the internet I would probably just be another person who identifies as religious but doesn't attend services. What does Slashdot think? Have you become more religious, less religious, or about the same since being on the internet? What if you've always had it?"
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Company Deleting Facebook Page; 80% of Ad Clicks from Bots

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "Hey everyone, we're going to be deleting our Facebook page in the next couple of weeks, but we wanted to explain why before we do ... We built our own analytic software. Here's what we found: on about 80% of the clicks Facebook was charging us for, JavaScript wasn't on ... The 80% of clicks we were paying for were from bots. That's correct. Bots were loading pages and driving up our advertising costs."
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Antarctica Experiment Discovers Puzzling Space Ray

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "A puzzling pattern in the cosmic rays bombarding Earth from space has been discovered by an experiment buried deep under the ice of Antarctica.

[...]it turns out these particles are not arriving uniformly from all directions. The new study detected an overabundance of cosmic rays coming from one part of the sky, and a lack of cosmic rays coming from another."

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Book says White House ordered forgery

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Ron Suskind, claims that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a back-dated, handwritten letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein. Suskind writes in "The Way of the World," to be published Tuesday, that the alleged forgery was designed to portray a false link between Hussein's regime and al Qaeda as a justification for the Iraq war.

Remember the news then, that "Mohammad Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq.""

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Parents Pick Prayer Over Docs; Girl Dies

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "From the article

WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Police are investigating an 11-year-old girl's death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.
Sometimes I think we are regressing."

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