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Comment Re:Or we could (Score 1) 634

I agree. Let's spend other people's money to make all the problems disappear. That seems like the obvious solution.

aside from maybe looking at why the NHS can't live in the existing budget, and tinkering with existing perverse incentives. You know, like the lack of cost for someone to go in for hangnail, or a mild headache. Thinks a nominal £10 co-pay might prevent.

Comment Re:Apple makes money either way... (Score 5, Insightful) 348

I know all the pundits believe that the 5C was supposed to open up China, but that doesn't mean it is what Apple intended. As pointed out elsewhere in this thread, this is just the same strategy of taking last year's hot phone and bumping it down to the peons -- but ensuring they maintain their margin. about 20% of the cost to build the 5 was in the machining and assembly, not to mention the press they got on how easily scratched anodized aluminum was. So instead of a Iphone 5 with an aluminum back that's $100 less than last year's price, you have the 5c which probably adds $20-30 back into the margin for Apple and avoids some of those pesky customer complaints.

Apple (even if currently reviled) is not stupid. If they want to compete on the low end in China, it won't be with the 5c at twice the price of a HTC android. Maybe it'll be a 4c at a slight premium to HTC with a similarly high margin.

Comment Re:With a world population of 7 billion, (Score 2) 180

You could argue the exact opposite. Life extension would just as likely mean folks making the decisions impacting climate and environment now have to live with the consequences.

And if you hadn't noticed, birth rates are dropping precipitously in those countries where poverty rates fall -- China and India are showing this today, just as many of the asian tiger countries did 20 years ago. So much so that we're going to be having real problems in 20-30 years in the developed world, because (aside from the US) we don't have replacement workers coming into the market to replace the ones retiring and dying. We will level off around 10B.

Comment Have any one of you worked there? (Score 2) 139

Having come in for some consulting with them, like most firms they could cut > 10% and not feel it, because any large firm ends up with a high amount of cruft. The trick is figuring out who the cruft is (hint, if you have more than 1 PM per project, look there) and who is actually effective.

Comment Re:This is bad. (Score 1) 372

Um... SF has a city-specific payroll tax based on the number of people your company has working in the city limits. Why would any potentially fast-growing company purposefully inflict additional taxes on themselves, in addition to some of the highest cost commercial rents in the area, when they can can just move 10 miles out and get the same staff?

Comment Re:Sure (Score 1) 397

You mean all that money they made overseas, and are parking overseas, to be used overseas? That money? Kind of like how Uncle Sam wants a slice of the income I make while working as an expatriate overseas? Despite the fact that no other country in the world wants to tax income not made on their soil?

You know, Callahan's is a peaceable bar, but if you ask that dog what his favorite formatter is, and he says "roff! roff!", well, I'll just have to...