This afternoon I got the FBI virus on my home computer. You can see the screen image if you just google it. It does look official. I can see how it could frighten people into paying $300 by MoneyPak to the scammers. The virus just locks up my computer.
All of the sites which discuss how to remove the virus are actually trying to sell me their software. I wonder if any of these anti-virus companies are involved in the creation of this virus?
In order to install anti-virus software, I tried going into the safe mode by pushing F8, but the virus would switch the computer back to the regular mode and lock the screen. After a frustrating few hours, I decided to do a system restore. It stated that my system would be restored back to just 3 days earlier. It also stated that my documents would not be lost. Well the system restore worked perfectly. All of my documents are intact, including one I had saved just one hour before the virus occurred.
How come system restore is not mentioned as an option to fix a virus problem? Does anyone know if there are any adverse effects when this procedure is used?
An Apple iTV which incorporates a TV with the package would only work if Apple did something really spectacular such as invent 3D without the use of glasses. Otherwise, the combination would just flop. When Bose tried to sell the combination of a TV with their built-in audio system, sales flopped. You can now buy a Vizio 60" Smart TV for $890 at Costco. Consumers are smart enough to realize that they may want to replace the TV while still retaining all of the features offered by a system such as the iTV. You could not have achieved this with the Bose combination because the speaker system was incorporated into the housing of the TV. If the electronics of the iTV is such as to prevent you from separately upgrading the TV at future date, then the iTV will be a failure. Apple should just consider an iTV in the form of an add-on box attachable to a user's own TV.
So what do you think? Nice recover so far for today. I bought a bunch of calls this morning for a trade. It was hard not to go into a panic sell mode when it hit 20.10 Trading BX has lowered the cost basis of my core position by a substantial amount.
This was a recent transaction. Could he be selling massive amounts of FB shares in order to pay for this purchase?
Yuri Milner, who owns 2% of Facebook, buys a 100 million home from software pioneer Fred Chan.
You are right about rallying into the close.
Today around noon, I bought the June 07, 71.00 calls which I plan to sell tomorrow if we get the rally.
Due to the risk involved, I am thinking that the best way to play RBS may be to just buy long term OTM calls such as the Nov 12.50
At a pps of 10.18, the ask price is 0.35
If the pps were to just go to 12.50 in the next month, the value of this option would increase by 3X.
Now obviously, the big money would be if the pps were to double by year's end.
The open interest for the Oct 29.00 calls were over 14,000.
This was a big cash outlay for such a bet. The acquisition date of these calls may reveal if this was insider trading.
Apple had thought that the large iPad was the only size everyone needed, until proven wrong. They acted like they were forced to come out with the iPad mini in order to keep up with the competition.
Now they may be forced to play catch up again by coming out with a larger iphone. What Apple needs is two different sized iphones.
This is a cell phone which can dock with a pad. No one wants to have to pay for internet access for 2 different devices. This is going to be the direction that tech is going. Now if only Apple can do something like this.
Apple also needs to get away from the idea that one size fits all. They need 2 different sized cell phones.
Apple were to use their cash located overseas to buyback AAPL shares on the foreign stock exchanges. The shares could then be held in the foreign brokerage house names.
It would be better for Apple to have their foreign assets in the form of stocks or other assets such as real estate instead of cash. It is really a psychological problem. When someone has money, others are always trying shake them down to try and get their money.
Since Jon Najarian made this comment on CNBC, the open interest for the Sep 20 calls have increased by over 20,000. They have also doubled in value.
If Apple did something illegal, then it should be handled in a U.S. Tax Court.
Congress has done some ridiculous things such as going after Roger Clemens for steroid use during the middle of the economic crisis.
A good example of this was crude oil back in 2008 when it was $150. Everyone was then predicting $200 oil. In just a matter of months, oil sold off and bottomed at just under $34.