Porsche also required the VW Rule to be repealed, irregardless of the financial collapse that would have been a sticking point and could have dragged on indefinitely or not happened at all. Porsche would have the 75% it wanted but they couldn't have taken a full acquisition, and Piëch could play the game from that position.
It's possibly slightly unfair that he's not allowed his own 'stash', but he can only donate a certain amount per year and it seems like it's in demand, and apparently it can only be stored for 42 days (according to a very quick Google search).
I am not aware of whole blood cryostorage for use in transfusions after thawing from -196° C, can you please point me to the literature on this?
What I could find via Google searching referred to specimen cryopreservation at this liquid nitrogen-low temperature, and retrieval for future analysis and umbilical cord/placental banking for stem cell retrieval, but not for whole blood banking.
With the Nax cards there's always a weakness, Blizzard introduced them to change the meta but they made sure people could still enjoy the game without forking over too much capital. I've only done the first two dungeons, but I've always held my own against those playing the cards from it.
I'd argue that you don't need to spend $600 to play it to the end. That's just what you'd have to outlay if you wanted to own nearly everything in the game. There's plenty of top level players who've spent <$100 on the game, and have just gotten lucky with the RNG aspects or know the game mechanics so well they can force a win.
I think it's actually impossible to get a full collection, unless you were playing at a very specific time in the games development (one off cards for certain events etc). But that looks like some solid work on it, people will get lucky with certain RNG chances and spend less, and then there's the grinding up to get the golden variants for the classes.
Yeah, which is why people going for total deck completion need to have been playing for a while, so they can get those very specific cards. They could always have another event where they're up for grabs though.
Early Doctrow fiction is pretty good, he doesn't attempt to push his political beliefs as much. I actually don't disagree with a lot of the ideas he espouses, but his last two books were as subtle as a stomach pump.
I think if you could own the pre-trip organisation, and the post-trip sharing that would help cement it in the users mind. Most people dump the photos onto Facebook, but I imagine if there was a way to organise the data nicely or build a basic travelog from the trip data some people would be interested.
Interesting about the only non-ticket seller being Tripadvisor, I didn't realise it was that skewed toward trips sales.
Some of the problems in the article are what my startup has been dealing with for a while. We are basically trying to deal with the competence issue by letting people create travel logs of their adventures (both during and post trip)and use that to make customized travel suggestions for the future.
Users can basically share trips like the one below and we link up with most networks to import content from past trips. https://esplor.io/trips/k8g96my2j4vnm.
My friends in Mumbai, India are beta testing a beautiful travel journal Web app at http://serai.me/ (after a year of hard work) to share those beautiful trip photos with friends and they can contribute/comment so each can share his/her photos of the trip to a unified journal !
The pre-trip organisation bit is something We are working on as part of a long term goal of our new startup, Planning To (www.planning.to)
Being able to use the context of peoples existing plans and calendar/schedules to provide automated concierge type suggestions of what would suit them best in terms of travel (e.g flights, hotels etc)
Focused on B2B travel rather than vacations though for reasons others have put very well in here :)
To begin with though, we want to solve the problems inherent in calendaring/scheduling in the first place, and then build a technology platform from there that people can use to add context and automation to all sorts of use cases, travel being one of them.
Anyone interested in what we are doing would really appreciate feedback, good or bad :)
I know of one startup, Compathy(in Japan) that are working the other way around -that is, they're building a product that's first for post-trip sharing and then adding pre-trip planning elements/partnerships to it:
I've arrived at this conclusion in my mind regarding trip sharing or trip rating services - though for slightly different reasons.
Once someone creates a self-hosted, WordPress-like, trip sharing software, I'd be all over it. Like my blog, I'd like to know that my time spent writing and uploading photos is going to last longer than the typical lifespan of a startup.
Symbian had a larger market as Nokia were throwing it on as many devices as they could, irregardless of whether it worked well so they saturated the market. Plus they were commonly called featurephones and not smartphones.