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Is Stable Coin Stable Enough?

The so-called stable coin, USDT, has dropped significantly against USD on 10/15. While USDT typically values in a range of 0.99 to 1.01 when compared against USD, it dropped to as low as 0.85 on the Kraken exchange on 10/15.
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Disney Jumping into the Global OTT War

Disney will be ending its distribution deal with Netflix and starting a brand new OTT service of its own. With the release of this major news, Disney has just become the biggest cord-cutter Hollywood has ever seen. Being the biggest
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One China v.s All Types of Freedom

Whether it is IT implementation or business operations, redundancy is the key to ensure the service during crisis.
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The Basic Concept in IT Operations

Delta, the second largest airline in U.S, had a computer glitch on Wednesday, canceling 2000 flights and incurring huge losses. 全美第二大航空 Delta 電腦世紀大出包,被迫取消二千多個航班,公司和旅客都承受了鉅大的損失。 妙的是,過去三年它在系統上的投資就已經高達數億美元,光今年到目前為止也有1.5億、也換上了新的CIO,那怎麼會慘成這德性? 就算是AWS也會出包 開始投入IT業未幾,我就從多次痛苦經驗中,學到一件事「再好再貴再國際知名的軟硬體,都會意外暴斃」。所以,從那時起,我就拼了老命研究 redundancy, load-balance, remote-backup, fail-over, high-availability 等觀念,更因為自己向來對事業前途的不安全感,而自始奉行不渝。 有人說,如果Delta早上了AWS就不會出這種事,錯了。這是IT系統的基本架構認知問題,不是用誰家機房或哪家公有雲私有雲的問題;就算上了AWS,如果不事先設好並再三測試standby replica與secondary AZ這些神兵利器,Amazon出包的例子大家沒聽過啊?! 新聞來源: Delta Air Lines CEO
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Counterfeits on Taobao, Not Affecting Its Commission

Those who are buying products for cheap prices don’t really care about whether they are counterfeits or not. Putting a high-class, low-price product in the cart, they usually know what they are buying. 去淘寶撿便宜的,根本不在乎買到的是不是仿冒品;既然會把「低價、高規」商品放進購物車,對於買到的是啥,多半心裡有數。 The presence of counterfeits on Alibaba
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Market Outlook for Blue-Chip Debt Worsening

Issuing bond or applying loans from bank are common ways of financing. But the former is a direct loan from investors, how investors view the default risk will reflect on the interest rates.
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Loans vs. Global Recession

Ex BIS chief economist William White warns of epic debt tsunami worse than 2007 全球恐面臨債務海嘯 前國際清算銀行(BIS)首席經濟學家懷特(William White)警告,全球金融體系日益不穩定,面臨一波巨大的債務海嘯,情勢比2007年時更糟,可能對社會與政治穩定帶來嚴峻考驗。懷特現任經濟合作發展組織(OECD)審查委員會主席,他在達沃斯世界經濟論壇舉行前夕接受英國電訊報訪問時說:「現在的情況比2007年糟。我們用來抗衰退的總體經濟彈藥基本上全用光了。」 “A global recession made in China” 以下將對於全球投資人預期中國經濟前景之分析: 中國拿青春賭明天的超簡化10點例示 1. 煉鋼廠以土地廠房抵押向銀行借款百億,擴充產能大聘工人 2. 建商向銀行土融建融借十億,蓋樓房預售 3. 煉鋼廠員工薪資提高,靠銀行貸款買樓 4. 銀行貸款業務爆衝,行員加薪也貸款買樓 5. 二年後景氣下滑,煉鋼廠產能過剩,裁員減薪 6. 煉鋼廠遲付貸款,要求紓困,銀行減薪 7. 預售未能出清,建商餘屋有30%,為償債降價拋售 8.
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Americans Struggle With High Drug Prices

For many Americans, going to doctors and getting prescription drugs can cause bankruptcy.
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Healthcare vs. Drug Price

Media in Taiwan has been reporting that drug price investigations result in low drug prices and pharmaceutical companies threaten to leave Taiwan.
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Cord-Cutters – The Nightmare for Cable Providers to Come ?

We been expecting cord-cutters for a while and have yet seen any moves. 剪線潮,喊很久,卻只聞樓梯響,不見人下來。 Cord-Cutting Might Not Be So Bad for Cable Companies Today, video is only about 40% of cable companies’ profits… For a typical cable operator, a 10%
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