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What a terrible photographer - he didn't even bother to tell that poor girl that there's a hole in her dress!   (Clearly I don't understand modern fashion.)   Did the magazine actually get her opinion on the watch, or just the editors' praise? When that kind of thing comes directly from the magazine, it's hard to tell if it's a paid advertisement, or if the editors really mean it.
The Motley Fool article does seem to imply no other company was valued even closely to that, so it does seem impressive - especially since it was the first publicly-traded company ever. In a way, though, I guess being the first may explain why it was worth so much, as investors didn't have a lot of other companies to invest in. On the other hand, there were also much fewer investors... there are a lot of variables that are very difficult to work out. On another point, has...
But what was the Dutch East India Company's P/E ratio? (Although, even accounting for Tulip-mania, it must have been a company worth a lot of money.) There's a Motley Fool article about this from back in 2012. At least the author admits that it's a hard comparison to make, and doesn't lessen Apple's achievement, really, because it was a very different era.http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/08/22/a-history-of-ridiculously-big-companies.aspx
How many billions of dollars do they really need to save, though? Nintendo kept something like $6 billion dollars in the bank, I believe, when their current console started to lose money. They survived 3 years, still have around $5 billion, and the console has started to make money again. Maybe not as much money as they'd like, but the cash-on-hand they have is only needed to weather losses, anyway. So if they really had to, that $6 billion could hold them out for maybe 10...
Have some fonts changed slightly? And did fonts change slightly in Safari 2 days ago? It looks just a little different...
I think the idea is something along the lines of the cable company saying, "Look, your speed was 15 Mbps and now it's 25 Mbps! That's a 66% increase, so your cost is going up 40% - what a steal!" In other words, the cable company will divert attention away from the word broadband and what the standard is, and to the masses who don't always hear about things like this, they'll make it seem like it's the cable company's idea.
Fair enough. I didn't mean to be critical, it was just an off-the-cuff remark, like the bantering I would do with my friends. One of them is an architect and he jokes about how he would never imagine *making* a building - he designs them and lets the construction workers do the dirty stuff! Plus, most physical products say "Made in China" on the back, even though the companies that designed them might be Japanese like Sony or Nintendo, or in this case American like Apple....
Totally not the point I was making - I guess I was just being overly critical of the word choice. Still kind of funny, though. Although you forgot, "Steve Jobs would never have..."
What you just said supports my point. The title of the piece is that Apple and Samsung are tied for largest smartphone maker, but neither makes the smartphones, Foxconn makes them for both companies, so Foxconn is the largest smartphone maker. I guess "maker" could be ambiguous here, but in the context it would seem to imply "builder" more strongly than "designer".
Technically, Apple only *designs* smartphones, doesn't it? I'm not aware that Apple owns the plants, so that would mean Foxconn is the largest smartphone *maker*, wouldn't it?
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