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(RYOT.org)   Things Facebook could have bought for $19 billion instead of WhatsApp: 200 million years of NetFlix. 12.6 million hot dogs. 4 World Trade Centers. 678 nuclear bombs   (ryot.org) divider line 115
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2014-02-20 12:38:51 PM
3 billion 800 million months of TF noticeably absent.
 
2014-02-20 01:49:21 PM
How much do you pay for a hot dog, subby?
 
2014-02-20 02:29:00 PM
That's not true, subby:  There is a certain amount of overhead necessary to keep those nuclear bombs, so probably fewer than 600 once you've built your special weapons area with the double fencing and motion sensors and anti-helicopter poles, etc.

No government is going to let you buy them unless you comply with safe storage laws.
 
2014-02-20 02:54:39 PM
"1-2 year delay in GOOG, AAPL, or other international competitor being able to grab 500,000,000 users," qty. 1, please, payable mostly in stock and $4B in cash from an $11B cash pile.

From FB's perspective, that's not exactly cheap (about 2-3 times the cost per user they paid to keep Instagram out of YHOO's hands), but it's not prohibitively expensive either, given that GOOG was reported to have been turned down by Snapchat after reportedly offering them $3-4B.
 
2014-02-20 03:21:57 PM

Twilight Farkle: "1-2 year delay in GOOG, AAPL, or other international competitor being able to grab 500,000,000 users," qty. 1, please, payable mostly in stock and $4B in cash from an $11B cash pile.

From FB's perspective, that's not exactly cheap (about 2-3 times the cost per user they paid to keep Instagram out of YHOO's hands), but it's not prohibitively expensive either, given that GOOG was reported to have been turned down by Snapchat after reportedly offering them $3-4B.


And since "Facebook's sitting on a giant pile of cash.  How do we tax it?/HOARDING!!!" is becoming more and more of a political issue, burning $4 Billion isn't the worst idea.

I still don't see how it's worth it, but hey.
 
2014-02-20 03:22:52 PM
Makes the Instagram purchase look like a deal.
 
2014-02-20 03:23:13 PM
That's a big Twinkie.
 
2014-02-20 03:23:15 PM
19,000 nights with Demi Moore.
 
2014-02-20 03:23:26 PM
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, Subby. Don't give the bastards any ideas. Soft pedal that atomic bomb stuff.
 
2014-02-20 03:23:32 PM
Since when do hot dogs cost $1,000 each?
 
2014-02-20 03:23:38 PM
32 billion chicks at the same time, man.
 
2014-02-20 03:23:45 PM

dittybopper: That's not true, subby:  There is a certain amount of overhead necessary to keep those nuclear bombs, so probably fewer than 600 once you've built your special weapons area with the double fencing and motion sensors and anti-helicopter poles, etc.

No government is going to let you buy them unless you comply with safe storage laws.


Typically big tech companies keep four or five tactical nukes on hand at any time.  The only reason that Dell and AOL are still in business is that regulates don't know where they have hidden the nukes.
 
2014-02-20 03:24:21 PM
yet still not enough to buy the Sochi olympics.
 
2014-02-20 03:25:02 PM

naughtyrev: How much do you pay for a hot dog, subby?


Glad I'm not the only person wondering about that.  TFA uses the same questionable math as well.

If this is accurate, I need to go to the grocery store and stock up on this (apparently) incredibly valuable commodity, stat!
 
2014-02-20 03:25:25 PM
How many is that in congressmen?

I would live forever on 10% of that.
 
2014-02-20 03:25:56 PM

naughtyrev: How much do you pay for a hot dog, subby?


Well I spend $1507 each don't you?
 
2014-02-20 03:26:31 PM

Smoky Dragon Dish: Since when do hot dogs cost $1,000 each?


These are the kind with cheese in them.
 
2014-02-20 03:26:57 PM

naughtyrev: How much do you pay for a hot dog, subby?


It depends on the size of the hallway.
 
2014-02-20 03:27:14 PM
12.6 million hot dogs

Zuckerberg would make the stupid mistake of inviting Joey Chestnut to his hot dog party and end up with nothing.
 
2014-02-20 03:27:46 PM

kingflower: Makes the Instagram purchase look like a deal.


Agreed. Though I can "understand" that WhatsApp is in fact better than Instagram as a purchase since WhatsApp apparently works flawlessly on feature phones, which much (most?) of the world still uses.

http://blog.textit.in/your-path-to-a-$16b-exit-build-a-j2me-app
http://qz.com/179304/whatsapp-gives-facebook-a-lock-on-the-planets-n ex t-billion-mobile-internet-users/
 
2014-02-20 03:28:28 PM
Never Never Forget Forget

d3819ii77zvwic.cloudfront.net
 
2014-02-20 03:28:37 PM
My shares in FB have been doing pretty good so I'm not mad.
 
2014-02-20 03:28:50 PM
"IF THIS POST GETS 1 MILLION LIKES FACEBOOK WILL WIPE A CITY OF YOUR CHOICE FROM THE FACE OF THE PLANET"
 
2014-02-20 03:29:55 PM
About as useful an acquisition as...

AOL buying Time Warner
Google buying Motorola
HP buying Autonomy
 
2014-02-20 03:30:35 PM
A team of programmers to duplicate the functionality of WhatsApp... about 500 times over?
 
2014-02-20 03:30:56 PM

Anayalator: 19,000 nights with Demi Moore.


That's 52 years, and she's already 51. Pass.
 
2014-02-20 03:31:03 PM

meyerkev: Twilight Farkle: "1-2 year delay in GOOG, AAPL, or other international competitor being able to grab 500,000,000 users," qty. 1, please, payable mostly in stock and $4B in cash from an $11B cash pile.

From FB's perspective, that's not exactly cheap (about 2-3 times the cost per user they paid to keep Instagram out of YHOO's hands), but it's not prohibitively expensive either, given that GOOG was reported to have been turned down by Snapchat after reportedly offering them $3-4B.

And since "Facebook's sitting on a giant pile of cash.  How do we tax it?/HOARDING!!!" is becoming more and more of a political issue, burning $4 Billion isn't the worst idea.

I still don't see how it's worth it, but hey.


I still don't see how FB is worth it financially in the long term.

Does WatsApp even have a revenue stream? I never noticed anything when I used it (thankfully BBM on iphone was released so my sister could get that instead).

This strikes me as more of an aquisition for the sake of an aquisition.
 
2014-02-20 03:31:22 PM
That could be a whole week of hookers and blow.  For the entire country.

/eagle tears.
 
2014-02-20 03:31:31 PM
I would buy 1,900,000,000,000 pieces of penny candy.
 
2014-02-20 03:32:05 PM

TNel: naughtyrev: How much do you pay for a hot dog, subby?

Well I spend $1507 each don't you?


You're overpaying by six bucks.

You and Zuckerberg should learn the simple delights of Hebrew Nationals with coarse brown mustard.
 
2014-02-20 03:33:10 PM

NewWorldDan: A team of programmers to duplicate the functionality of WhatsApp... about 500 times over?


They're buying the users, not the code.
 
2014-02-20 03:34:39 PM

naughtyrev: How much do you pay for a hot dog, subby?


Must be Yankees Stadium prices.
 
2014-02-20 03:34:53 PM

scottydoesntknow: I would buy 1,900,000,000,000 pieces of penny candy.


Somewhere, a man in a straw boater with a twirly mustache clenches his chest and dies.
 
2014-02-20 03:34:54 PM

Twilight Farkle: GOOG was reported to have been turned down by Snapchat after reportedly offering them $3-4B.


And those kids at BRB.
 
2014-02-20 03:35:07 PM
I use it to talk to my sisters in Ireland. All day every day for free
 
2014-02-20 03:35:37 PM

dittybopper: That's not true, subby:  There is a certain amount of overhead necessary to keep those nuclear bombs, so probably fewer than 600 once you've built your special weapons area with the double fencing and motion sensors and anti-helicopter poles, etc.


I'm guessing that the price subby is using reflects all of that already. Subby's number works out to about $28 million per nuke.

Nuclear warheads are comparatively cheap. Richard Rhodes claims in  Arsenals of Folly that each nuclear warhead costs about $250,000 each. I'm not sure from context if that is the cost in modern dollars or if that was the cost during the Eisenhower presidency (in which case the modern cost would be about 2 million dollars). Either way, he makes the point that each individual warhead is cheaper than a tank, or a patrol boat, or a fighter-bomber aircraft. In modern terms, a single Trident missile costs about 70 million dollars by itself... the nuclear warhead is a tiny fraction of that cost.
 
2014-02-20 03:36:19 PM

NewWorldDan: A team of programmers to duplicate the functionality of WhatsApp... about 500 times over?


They are buying the installed userbase, not the program.
 
2014-02-20 03:36:40 PM

Crudbucket: Smoky Dragon Dish: Since when do hot dogs cost $1,000 each?

These are the kind with cheese in them.


And extra hog anus.  Yummy yummy hog anus.
 
2014-02-20 03:36:46 PM

dywed88: meyerkev: Twilight Farkle: "1-2 year delay in GOOG, AAPL, or other international competitor being able to grab 500,000,000 users," qty. 1, please, payable mostly in stock and $4B in cash from an $11B cash pile.

From FB's perspective, that's not exactly cheap (about 2-3 times the cost per user they paid to keep Instagram out of YHOO's hands), but it's not prohibitively expensive either, given that GOOG was reported to have been turned down by Snapchat after reportedly offering them $3-4B.

And since "Facebook's sitting on a giant pile of cash.  How do we tax it?/HOARDING!!!" is becoming more and more of a political issue, burning $4 Billion isn't the worst idea.

I still don't see how it's worth it, but hey.

I still don't see how FB is worth it financially in the long term.

Does WatsApp even have a revenue stream? I never noticed anything when I used it (thankfully BBM on iphone was released so my sister could get that instead).

This strikes me as more of an aquisition for the sake of an aquisition.



Which rule is that again?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-02-20 03:37:11 PM
Google Hangouts FTW.  Why fark with anything else?

/Unless you're sending dick pics with Snapchat.
 
2014-02-20 03:37:13 PM

radarlove: TNel: naughtyrev: How much do you pay for a hot dog, subby?

Well I spend $1507 each don't you?

You're overpaying by six bucks.

You and Zuckerberg should learn the simple delights of Hebrew Nationals with coarse brown mustard.


That was 2 years ago he raised the price a bit.  Hebrew nationals?  nah give me some plain jane Oscar Myer or Kunzler.  I refuse to pay more than $2 for a pack of Hot Dogs but can't lower myself to buy the Bar S or Gwaltney.
 
2014-02-20 03:37:26 PM

naughtyrev: How much do you pay for a hot dog, subby?


Looks like about 1500 USD
 
2014-02-20 03:37:37 PM
i heard this on the overnight news, and my thought was,"am i the only person in the world who doesn't know what whatsapp is?"

/bet i am.
 
2014-02-20 03:39:43 PM
I'm getting a kick because all the fark experts said when facebook went public it wouldn't be a 'buy' until it dropped to 5, which it never did.   I've been in and out a few times and I still own 1500@30.  Currently it's at 69.72.  Friggin thing's been a cash cow.

/haters gonna hate
//Apple OTOH, is killing me at the moment
/// obligatory third slashie
 
2014-02-20 03:40:18 PM
The presidency? Imagine it: President Facebook. LOL
 
2014-02-20 03:41:00 PM

stir22: i heard this on the overnight news, and my thought was,"am i the only person in the world who doesn't know what whatsapp is?"

/bet i am.


*raises hand*

No farking clue either. And I don't feel like taking the time to look it up.
 
2014-02-20 03:41:39 PM

naughtyrev: How much do you pay for a hot dog, subby?


"Hit Man" Hot Dogs. When you'd kill for a hot dog!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG72Sv3OPQs

i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-02-20 03:42:01 PM
I must be getting old. I still don't get it.
 
2014-02-20 03:42:04 PM

stir22: i heard this on the overnight news, and my thought was,"am i the only person in the world who doesn't know what whatsapp is?"

/bet i am.


I still don't know what it is and if I haven't used it yet I doubt I need it.
 
2014-02-20 03:42:24 PM

stir22: i heard this on the overnight news, and my thought was,"am i the only person in the world who doesn't know what whatsapp is?"

/bet i am.


theescapepod.files.wordpress.com

nope
 
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