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    JPWatkins

    JPWatkins 12:58 am on January 14, 2016 - 503 days ago

    I’m just curious what people are thinking about Mr. Bezos’ latest foray into space. Thoughts?
    (I searched the forum for info on SpaceX and Blue Origin but found nothing. Feel free to point me if I missed it.)

     
    • Nicu

      Nicu 6:31 am on January 14, 2016 502 days ago

      Hey JP, how are things? Happy New Year!

      I’m not sure it is well understood, but BO has touched “space” for a few seconds at speed 0, meaning it managed to go up 100 km = 62 miles and then fall back.

      What SX is doing, is going on orbit, that is, while going to that altitude, it accelerates to several thousands km / h (or mph) so that once you stop the engines, you keep your altitude of 200-600 km. It is much harder to do that as you need more fuel, which means more mass thus a larger rocket, so even more fuel needed, thus an even larger rocket etc. – you get the idea, things are really hard. And on top of that, a much larger rocket (well, only first stage, for now) managed to keep some spare mass for legs and fuel to land, something many teams at NASA and ESA have tried and abandoned as impossible.

      • JPWatkins

        JPWatkins 9:54 pm on January 14, 2016 502 days ago

        Yes happy holidays to you and yours, and everyone at Trader hood (I haven’t been around in a while.) I assume you are, or soon will be , back home from the city on the lake.

        Yeah, I’ve been rather surprised to hear the media act as if Blue origin is somehow on par with SpaceX. I must admit Blue Origin has surprised me with what they have done, but nonetheless, they are far behind SpaceX. Just wondered if more sensible people (like yourself) were, like the media, caught up in the “irrational exuberance” of Blue Origin (actually I was confident you were more knowledgable than Wall Street, Nicu. :-) )

        How are things in the electrified go-cart area?

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    henrystar

    Richard 1:05 pm on January 12, 2016 - 504 days ago

    If Tim Cook knows Apple had blowout sales not yet revealed, and Tim bought AAPL now for himself, I guess that would be illegal. But! If Apple knows it had blowout sales not yet revealed and made a huge buyout of shares to retire them, would that be OK? I imagine so; I hope so; and of course, I hope it is happening as I type!

     
    • eatingbeets

      eatingbeets 7:45 pm on January 13, 2016 503 days ago

      “As earnings season approaches, U.S. companies are required to refrain from discretionary buybacks during a so-called blackout period that lasts from about five weeks before their respective earnings reports to about 48 hours after earnings are reported…”

      http://macdailynews.com/2015/03/24/goldman-sachs-buy-apple-during-buyback-blackout-period/

      • Nicu

        Nicu 6:22 am on January 14, 2016 502 days ago

        Interesting, did not know that. Now I’m happy I did not post an uninformed opinion :)

    • henrystar

      Richard 11:17 am on January 16, 2016 500 days ago

      Good in a way; it means that support that is appearing is coming from (I hope wise) investors, not from Apple management.

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    conshmillo

    conshmillo 3:04 am on January 12, 2016 - 504 days ago

    Tesla’s owner, Elon Musk, has said it is an “open secret” that Apple is making a rival electric car.
    He also predicted vehicles that could not drive themselves would become a “strange anachronism” before too long.
    The tech entrepreneur’s comments were made during an exclusive interview with the BBC at his design studio near Los Angeles.

    SOURCE:
    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35280633

     
    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 3:04 am on January 12, 2016 504 days ago

      Take your money and run!

    • JPWatkins

      JPWatkins 12:34 am on January 14, 2016 503 days ago

      Yeah, especially in an era where things like Mail on iOS 9.2 doesn’t even properly format an e-mail with attachments anymore (don’t get me started on El Cap.)
      Sheesh, Apple, you have to get the little mundane stuff right before you can go on to other things. Especially bigger things, like a car, much less a self driving car.

      • conshmillo

        conshmillo 6:21 pm on January 14, 2016 502 days ago

        It’s gona have flat pink wheels.

        • JPWatkins

          JPWatkins 10:04 pm on January 14, 2016 502 days ago

          Oh and the wheels will be so simplified and to such an extent that nobody will realize they actually are wheels (they’ll be needlessly transparent, of course.) Consequently most people will be unable to find them or use the car properly until they’ve watched an Apple produced video, ponderously narrated by Jony Ive, at least twelve times (but of course they’ll all say they love “The Emperor’s New Clothes” anyway.)

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    conshmillo

    conshmillo 9:03 am on January 11, 2016 - 505 days ago

    If you missed the reports, Apple is expected to slash its planned iPhone 6s production by 30% for the first three months of 2016. Inventories have apparently built up at retailers, and the initial demand spike caused by the launch of the bigger-screened iPhone 6 Plus in late 2014 tapped into the majority of pent-up demand.

    SOURCE:
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-iphone-slowdown-spells-doom-for-apple-2016-01-07

     
    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 9:07 am on January 11, 2016 505 days ago

      Kick that moron Ive in the balls before he takes down Apple with his moronic ideas. Like flattening or Apple car.

      • JPWatkins

        JPWatkins 12:51 am on January 14, 2016 503 days ago

        I wonder if this is mostly a slowdown of sales in China as resulting from a long overdue dose of reality there.

        Sales of iPhone xs series phones always seem a bit anemic (in my view, anyway,) because people tend to upgrade most often with the introduction of a new numeral (even though the s series are usually nicer/better value.)

        Plus models just gives people who want a bigger phone a chance to buy something they want from Apple. Station wagons don’t compete with compact cars. I think my next iPhone will be a larger model (I’m guessing my aging eyes will like an easier to see screen.)

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    conshmillo

    conshmillo 3:00 am on January 6, 2016 - 510 days ago

    Faraday Future, a Tesla rival, wants to turn cars into driving movie theaters.

    SOURCE:
    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/01/faraday-future-concept-car-consumer-electronics-show

     
  • conshmillo 7:46 pm on January 4, 2016 - 512 days ago

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    conshmillo

    AAPL holding pretty well in today’s rout.

     
    • Nicu

      Nicu 5:07 pm on January 5, 2016 511 days ago

      No worries, it recovers the lost ground today ;)

      I am so disgusted about this that I don’t even report my trades anymore. Being crushed by my short puts and melting calls :(

      • conshmillo

        conshmillo 2:54 am on January 6, 2016 510 days ago

        I feel your pain. Been there, done that.

    • Nicu

      Nicu 12:27 pm on January 7, 2016 509 days ago

      Looks like another very exciting trading day!

      I have switched to a very aggressive strategy: it’s either the last great opportunity to make a killing with calls or another serious slowdown like 3 years ago. I think and hope it’s the former, therefore I am more or less going all in. Either rich or poor, the intermediate slowly decaying or even improving situation is the least interesting path to me (better use my time to invent and build great stuff than do trading for peanuts).

      I am trying to do that in an intelligent way, but that’t what we always tell ourselves before the fight. Unfortunately most of the time it doesn’t match the post-fight analysis. As one simple guy told me recently (Jean the machinist who helped me with the EV kart motor sprocket), time is the greatest judge!

      • conshmillo

        conshmillo 4:05 pm on January 7, 2016 509 days ago

        Last time I got burned real good was in 2008. I kept loading up on calls.

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    conshmillo

    conshmillo 9:17 am on January 1, 2016 - 515 days ago

    Despite record-breaking quarterly earnings and continued market growth in the face of withering industry headwinds, Apple stock closed out 2015 down for first time since 2008, though analysts remain positive on the company’s near-future prospects.

    SOURCE:
    http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/12/31/apple-stock-closes-first-negative-year-since-2008-but-wall-street-upbeat

     
    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 9:21 am on January 1, 2016 515 days ago

      And this will continue as long as Apple will keep Jonatan Ive in design. That moron is clueless and useless without Jobs’ censorship. His whole flattening of earth is a huge mistake. He turned unique Apple into Apple like everyone else.

    • Nicu

      Nicu 5:38 pm on January 1, 2016 515 days ago

      The market is completely clueless about Apple. Probably because completely clueless jurnos that survive mostly via clickbait spit more and more of it every day. Add some clueless analysts (not all, for a change) to the mix, bad stock price dynamic lately and general lack of optimism in the market and you get today’s AAPL.

      Just as an example, here is what market observer that gets it thinks
      https://twitter.com/BenBajarin/status/682617782039646209

  • henrystar

    Richard 9:48 pm on December 30, 2015 - 517 days ago

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/31/technology/personaltech/is-it-time-for-an-apple-watch.html?hpw&rref=technology&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0

     
  • Nicu 11:59 pm on December 25, 2015 - 522 days ago

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    Nicu

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    I hope you spend time with family and friends and relax :)

     
    • conshmillo

      conshmillo 4:53 pm on December 28, 2015 519 days ago

      Hey Nicu, marry christmas and happy new year to you too!

  • conshmillo 12:54 am on December 11, 2015 - 537 days ago

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    conshmillo

    Just in case you didn’t notice notice AAPL’s price is about the same at the end of the 2015 as it was at the beginning of 2015. One year’s gain of 1%!!! NFLX 145%. AMZN 111%.

     
    • Nicu

      Nicu 7:24 am on December 11, 2015 536 days ago

      Of course I notice, losing lots of money on calls for the last year …

      It is obvious that perception is more important than reality in the short term, but things will correct in time. The question is, could we still catch that growth when it comes?

      AMZN it the largest non-profit organization ever. The stock is just a huge balloon full of hot air.

    • henrystar

      Richard 11:48 am on December 11, 2015 536 days ago

      This is called a buying opportunity.

    • henrystar

      Richard 10:40 pm on December 17, 2015 530 days ago

      The buying opportunity seems to get better every day.

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