In a normal universe
it would be the the Microsoft et al wondering how to sell their licenses in a market dominated by freely-available software, maintained by a highly-qualified volunteer workforce.
10 posts • joined 9 Sep 2019
Your forests simply need a good raking, and harvest for sale the trees that died from rot. And, as he has said, if the Canadians didn't have so many trees there would be more demand for real 'Murican produce. I'm surprised scientists need to investigate this when they could be kept occupied denying climate change. As volunteers, of course.
Shorting works by borrowing stock and selling it in the hopes that the shares can be bought for less at some future date, allowing the short-seller to pocket the difference. Buying/selling option puts/calls is not short selling per se, as depending on the position taken it can also be a wager on an equity increasing in value. About 80% of options expire with no value.
The ever-extending reach of the big tech companies is now far greater than the justification used to break-up AT&T/Bell monopoly. The roots of that decision began in 1956 and continued until 1984. If one compares the dimensions of the communications industry a few decades ago to present day, the "too-big to fail" mantra used to bail-out banks could easily be applied to companies who basically own the internet and web. If FB proceeds with its cryptocurrency plans, I'd support that business activity split-off so that it resembles something more similar to Ethereum.
"On current trend, it won't be long until Google is seen as the moral equivalent of Facebook – utterly corrupt and to be avoided whenever possible."
There was a recent article that called the use of ad-blockers and other privacy software the greatest consumer boycott in history. No small wonder, considering how invasive the business has become. If I read a newspaper the ads may or may not convince me to buy a product. On-line, the ad is half (or less) of the effort, the other half (or more) is to harvest personal data. The sheer volume of anecdotes of in-your-face targeted web advertising should be enough to convince people to tame the beast however they can.
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