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2019-05-21 13:00 by Karl Denninger
in POTD , 34 references

No people?  No problem....


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2019-05-21 08:09 by Karl Denninger
in Small Business , 76 references
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So 2020 will approach.

And before November of that year gets here, likely well before (like by the beginning of the year) I'm going to be executing on a few things.

I've long maintained that I'm very unlikely to set up or start another entrepreneurial activity.  What I'm seeing both in the political and general context is that the odds have gone from "slim" to "none; Slim ran off with your sister and is banging her in the back of his old pick-up truck."

So here's the deal; Cuda Systems LLC can be yours.  Including the Market Ticker with its registered trademark (which I just reconfirmed as the 10 year anniversary was coming up), and HomeDaemon.  All at once.  Pay once, own forever.

If not, well, with there no longer being a formal structure for all this in another year it'll all go away.  Not all at once, but with certainty. While it's easy to maintain a Florida LLC even if you don't live in Florida (the requirement is only for a registered agent somewhere, which you can pay for cheap) I've no reason to do it, and I'm not going to re-domicile it either.

Let the bidding begin; look to the right for my email.

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2019-05-21 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Company Specific , 108 references
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This is the sort of sick crap that is sexist in the extreme, utterly indefensible and outrageous.

NikeOpens a New Window. said it was adding language to future contracts that would protect female athletes’ pay during pregnancy after the brand received backlash last week for freezing compensation for some pregnant women under endorsement deals.

Nike announced Friday the policy, which the company began implementing last year, will be written into future endorsement deals, The Wall Street Journal reported. Although current contracts will not be altered, female athletes will also receive the same protection.

What this stems from is clauses in athletic endorsement contracts that require the athlete to be competing to their level of ability in order to get paid.

Some women think this is "unfair" if they decide to have a child -- that is, they should get paid even though they voluntarily choose to do something other than compete athletically.

No man, of course, is entitled to make the same decision; he's expected to compete even though he might prefer to remain at home with his pregnant wife and, after the birth, his new child.


By the way neither sex should be able to demand this.

You're not being paid because you're smart when you have an athletic endorsement contract.

You're being paid because you're competing in athletic competitions and showing off the company's products while doing so, essentially making the marketing argument that if you wear Nike's stuff you'll be {faster|better|etc}.

It's likely a nonsense argument in the first case (are you really faster with Nike's shoes on than someone else's?) but most marketing is in fact what is known as "puffery"; that is, it is an attempt to get you to believe, without evidence, that if you buy product "X" it will make you {faster|sexier|you'll-get-laid|whatever}.

If you sign such a deal and then choose not to perform your part of the bargain because you wish to do something else then you shouldn't get paid until and unless you do perform your part of the bargain.

This sort of rampant sexist horse**** needs to be stomped on hard and I, for one, will never buy another Nike product.

They can claim men are lesser all they want but I claim their entire company ought to be sacrificed to Pele'.

**** Nike.

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2019-05-20 10:40 by Karl Denninger
in International , 50 references
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Well now that's gonna leave a mark....

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world.

Bye-bye to Google's Play Store and Play Services on Android -- which means most apps won't run even if sideloaded.

AOSP is publicly-available, but lacks all the services on top of the operating system itself -- and in recent years Google has tightened the noose on app developers in that regard.

For example in the last few years Google has required messaging apps, for example, to go through its Firebase cloud-based notification system for the handset.  This in turn requires Play Services, and poof -- no more of that on any new Huawei handsets.

It probably won't matter much, as Reuters noted, in China itself but in other markets, including the EU, this will essentially destroy their market share.  Whether the US and EU should have ever allowed the duopoly environment to exist in the fashion it does is another matter, but here we are today.....

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