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Its too late possibly:

It’s (Amazon) responsible for roughly 44¢ of every dollar Americans spend online, and it’s now mixing in retail stores.

I was looking for a 1 in 7 dollars in the world quote, but have come to the conclusion that is hearsay.
Water Cooler / Re: Domain Valuation in 2018
« Last post by Rupert on Today at 06:45:31 AM »
I agree. The key is not the number of digits, the word, but what it is worth to the buyer. 

Its difficult to get 2 people looking to buy at the same time to get competition, unless it is very special.  I have had a 4 digit domain on ebay for £400 for 6 months, and I have 1 watcher. (its ivet).  so loads of small vet practices might be interested, and in the UK, these practices are being bought up by a few big players. So I think there is less hunger for domains at present.
Water Cooler / Re: Where's my damn robot mower?
« Last post by Brad on June 23, 2018, 09:10:54 PM »
I've got two rechargeable electric push mowers.  Take their mowing area estimates with a large grain of salt, that robot mower has to both cut and propel itself forward all off one battery. Plus variables, inclines, wet grass.

Keeping the blades sharp really helps.

If it will recharge itself and pick up where it left off  then you are good.  For a robot, most of the work is up front, doing whatever type of setup needed to keep it in the yard and teaching it what to do. 
>Been using it for several years

Phooey, I thought I was going to be showing you something new for trails & backwoods.

I can see how this would be handy for large complexes or sprawling (flat) construction sites.
Water Cooler / Re: Where's my damn robot mower?
« Last post by rcjordan on June 23, 2018, 05:45:29 PM »
>cast of small brands had changed and the machine designs had changed but still over priced and under powered.

Same results here.  BUT at $1000 for one that can do 1/2 acre, it's going to be worth a shot for me on my disabled brother's yard. Roughly 100% ROI based on what I'm paying landscapers.  That said, I'm wary of taking on logistics, maintenance, & support ....but at 100% ROI it becomes a 1-season throwaway if need be.
Water Cooler / Re: Where's my damn robot mower?
« Last post by Brad on June 23, 2018, 05:27:52 PM »
Brad, seen any significant developments?

Nothing. I last checked over the winter and the cast of small brands had changed and the machine designs had changed but still over priced and under powered.

I specifically looked for Roomba mower and found nothing current.  Maybe they gave up.

I'll go back and check in the next few days, cos I'm due.

I'm thinking a gas powered robo-mower would be more attractive in the American suburban market.
Traffic / Re: Duckduckgo and Yandex
« Last post by aaron on June 23, 2018, 04:44:53 PM »
Russian antitrust action against Google happened over default Google bundling of their search on Android devices.

Fine was tiny … single digit millions in dollars

but it (along with the folding of their local Uber competitor into led to the stock price of Yandex roughly tripling as Google quickly lost 15% marketshare in mobile search in Russia

There was an old Matt Taibbi article where he mentioned the Koch brothers got their fortune from their father who did major innovations in oil extractions & refining. At the time he couldn't compete in the US market due to the overwhelming market dominance & control by corrupt oligopolies who sued him & his superior technology into the ground. So Fred Koch went to Russia & Hitler's Germany, made a fortune, then those funds grew for decades & decades and are now used to promote the ideology of free "market" plunder (e.g. monopoly capitalism / regulatory capture fascism) which is now more perverse than ever (based on growing inequality, growing power concentration & the rise of China's authoritarian state), but it was already so bad back then they needed to go to Russia to monetize their innovation.
In 1925, Fred, who earned a degree in chemical engineering from MIT, partnered with a former Universal engineer named Lewis Winkler and designed a near carbon copy of the Universal cracking apparatus – making only tiny, unpatentable tweaks. Relying on family connections, Fred soon landed his first client – an Oklahoma refinery owned by his maternal uncle L.B. Simmons. In a flash, Winkler-Koch Engineering Co. had contracts to install its knockoff cracking equipment all over the heartland, undercutting Universal by charging a one-time fee rather than ongoing royalties.

It was a boom business. That is, until Universal sued in 1929, accusing Winkler­Koch of stealing its intellectual property. With his domestic business tied up in court, Fred started looking for partners abroad and was soon doing business in the Soviet Union, where leader Joseph Stalin had just launched his first Five Year Plan. Stalin sought to fund his country's industrialization by selling oil into the lucrative European export market. But the Soviet Union's reserves were notoriously hard to refine. The USSR needed cracking technology, and the Oil Directorate of the Supreme Council of the National Economy took a shining to Winkler-Koch – primarily because Koch's oil-industry competitors were reluctant to do business with totalitarian Communists.
Fred Koch, the patriarch of the family, was an expert in building oil refineries, and he and a friend named William Rhodes Davis proposed building one in Germany during 1934, '35, that period in there. In 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of the Third Reich in Germany, so this meant working under the Third Reich. And in order to get permission, they actually had to go to Hitler himself, and William Rhodes Davis did the "Heil Hitler" to greet Hitler, and finally they got Hitler to greenlight this proposal so that they could build an oil refinery in Hamburg.

Whole circle is quite crazy.
Like a casino that bets at its own craps table, Koch engages in "proprietary trading" – speculating for the company's own bottom line. "We're like a hedge fund and a dealer at the same time," bragged Ilia Bouchouev, head of Koch's derivatives trading in 2004. "We can both make markets and speculate."

Koch exploited the contango market to the hilt. The company leased nine supertankers and filled them with cut-rate crude and parked them quietly offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, banking virtually risk-free profits by selling contracts for future delivery. All in, Koch took about 20 million barrels of oil off the market, putting itself in a position to bet on price disruptions the company itself was creating. Thanks to these kinds of trading efforts, Koch could boast in a 2009 review that "the performance of Koch Supply & Trading actually grew stronger last year as the global economy worsened." The cost for those risk-free profits was paid by consumers at the pump. Estimates pegged the cost of the contango trade by Koch and others at up to 40 cents a gallon.

Artificially constraining oil supplies is not the only source of dark, unregulated profit for Koch Industries. In the years after George W. Bush branded Iran a member of the "Axis of Evil," the Koch brothers profited from trade with the state sponsor of terror and reckless would-be nuclear power. For decades, U.S. companies have been forbidden from doing business with the Ayatollahs, but Koch Industries exploited a loophole in 1996 sanctions …
Plunder is only bad if you are not the plunderer = probably not a stable long-term ideology, but one which will be promoted forever.

Bad as the Koch plunder stuff is I still prefer that to being forced to buy a health insurance policy on the basis that I can't be dropped only to find out in spite of my forced payments/penalties if I don't have it, the corrupt insurance company would still drop a family member. Nothing like dropping 5 figures a year in pre-tax income on health insurance only to have to lie and say you don't have it because if you admit to carrying it you will be charged more … only to know that the person in your family who actually needed it had their policy illegally canceled by the wonderful health insurance company.

Wonder how high they can get the % of US GDP consumed by the healthcare industry before it collapses the global economy. Already at around 20% & could be close to 30% in a decade if it doesn't crash the global economy first.
BTW when I say "using" it, I mean mostly as a novelty, not as a tool.

If it had wider adoption, it could be a great tool. For our little quarter acre lot, there are at least ten locations. So unlike an address, you can use it to specify front door, back door, garage, etc. Aside from a survey, there are not that many things you need to describe to closer than 3 meters, but there are a lot of things you need to describe more precisely than 30 meters or 300 meters if you have a few acres at one address.

Still doesn't solve the problem that EMS deals with in cities where it only works in two dimensions. No way to specify altitude (i.e. what floor someone is on in a high rise)
Been using it for several years.

One word of warning - make sure that you have truly acquired a good GPS signal. One time it told me my car was in London
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