2009年2月28日 星期六

sellable, dismay and dismal

Health Workers' 'Conscience' Rule Set to Be Voided
The Obama administration's move to rescind broad new job protections for health workers who refuse to provide care they find objectionable triggered an immediate political storm yesterday, underscoring the difficulties the president faces in his effort to find common ground on anything related to...
(By Rob Stein, The Washington Post)


sell

v., sold (sōld), sell·ing, sells. v.tr.
  1. To exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent.
  2. To offer for sale, as for one's business or livelihood: The partners sell textiles.
  3. To give up or surrender in exchange for a price or reward: sell one's soul to the devil.
  4. To be purchased in (a certain quantity); achieve sales of: a book that sold a million copies.
    1. To bring about or encourage sales of; promote: Good publicity sold the product.
    2. To cause to be accepted; advocate successfully: We sold the proposal to the school committee.
  5. To persuade (another) to recognize the worth or desirability of something: They sold me on the idea.
v.intr.
  1. To exchange ownership for money or its equivalent; engage in selling.
  2. To be sold or be on sale: Grapes are selling high this season.
  3. To attract prospective buyers; be popular on the market: an item that sells well.
  4. To be approved of; gain acceptance.
n.
  1. The activity or method of selling.
  2. Something that sells or gains acceptance in a particular way: Their program to raise taxes will be a difficult sell.
  3. Slang. A deception; a hoax.
unsellable adj


dismay
Show phonetics
noun [U]
a feeling of unhappiness and disappointment:
Aid workers were said to have been filled with dismay by the appalling conditions that the refugees were living in.
The supporters watched in/with dismay as their team lost 6-0.
She discovered, to her dismay, that her exam was a whole month earlier than she'd expected.

dismay
verb [T]

dismayed
adjective
I was dismayed to discover that he'd lied.


"... She treated me as she did her children, proudly showing my articles in the Paris journals to her friends, attempting to improve my crude manners and expressing her dismay at my sloppy clothes. Her maternal ..."


"It is frustratingly difficult to cite a significant modern management concept that was not first articulated, if not invented, by Drucker," says James O'Toole, the management author and University of Southern California professor. "I say that with both awe and dismay." In the course of his long career, Drucker consulted for the most celebrated CEOs of his era, from Alfred P. Sloan Jr. of General Motors Corp. ( GM ) to Grove of Intel.


新文聞例
Greenspan's Dismay Extends Both Ways
Greenspan criticizes Republicans in his memoir, but in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, he expressed just as much dismay with the Democratic Party.








dismal Show phonetics
adjective
1 sad and without hope:
a dismal expression

2 INFORMAL very bad:
The acting was dismal, wasn't it?
What dismal weather!


Global Alpha's dismal record this year is especially startling because it is a "multi-strategy fund" and can engage in an array of strategies.




新聞例
Sony to sell its Cell microchip facilities

09/17/2007

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

Sony Corp. plans to terminate production of state-of-the-art computer microchips following the dismal market demand for its Cell microprocessor and other high-end products, sources said.

Sony is in talks to sell the production facilities for its large-scale integrated (LSI) semiconductors to Toshiba Corp. as early as spring, the sources said.

The company's decision underscores the difficulties electronics manufacturers face in trying to assemble everything on their own, from core components to the final products, analysts said.

Several manufacturing facilities are on the block, including those for the Cell microchip, a key component of Sony's PlayStation 3 game console, and video-processing LSI chips for videogames.

The Cell, which has been developed by Sony, Toshiba and IBM, is said to perform comparably to the microprocessor of a supercomputer.

Sony spent up to 200 billion yen on the Cell's development and production over the three years through March 2007.

But the company concluded that it would not be able to recoup its huge investment because the Cell's applications are mostly limited to videogame consoles.

The microprocessor's high performance is not required for flat-panel TVs and other electronics products, while sales of the PlayStation 3 have remained sluggish in the face of the popularity of the Wii, Nintendo Co.'s rival machine.

Other companies have also been reluctant to buy the microchip.

The production facilities for the Cell and other chips are located within Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corp.'s Nagasaki Technology Center in Isahaya, Nagasaki Prefecture.

If the sale, which is estimated to be worth about 100 billion yen, is finalized, Toshiba and Sony are expected to form a joint venture, the sources said.

The new company would borrow the facilities from Toshiba, continue production of the Cell and other chips and supply them to Sony, the sources said.

Sony plans to invest the proceeds from the sale in audiovisual equipment operations.

It also plans to limit semiconductor-related capital outlays to CMOS sensors and other devices that can be sold to other companies.

Toshiba, meanwhile, plans to beef up its LSI operations by buying the facilities from Sony.

The company is currently the nation's top chipmaker and has relied on flash memory chips, demand for which has been rapidly growing around the world.

Many Japanese electronics manufacturers have made aggressive investments in their in-house semiconductor divisions.

The companies believe that they can set apart their final products from those of their rivals by producing high-performance chips on their own.

But Sony's latest decision could encourage other companies to concentrate their resources on the product sectors they excel in.(IHT/Asahi: September 17,2007)





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