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Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 1) 451

by Xest (#47934969) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

"Thatcher destroyed manufacturing and industry in the whole of the UK."

Christ, not this broken old meme. Thatcher didn't even come close to destroying manufacturing in the UK, the UK is still the 9th largest manufacturer in the world in spite of the trend towards manufacturing in poorer nations where labour is cheap.

That's right, the GDP value of UK manufacturing is about 4 times that of commonly cited manufacturing powerhouses like Taiwan.

So can this meme die already? It's not true, it's not even close to true, and it's never been true. The only manufacturing Thatcher killed was those industries that were unprofitable and being subsidised by the tax payer and hence were a drain on everyone's pocket.

There are plenty of better reasons to hate Thatcher like her overuse of military in civilian situations, her anti-European stance and her overly conservative views on almost everything else, but economic policy? she simply cannot be faulted there, she modernised our economy and made us as prosperous as we are.

The same is true of the Tories now, they've done fuckloads wrong such as being way too close to Murdoch and having helped derail press regulation but you'd have to be a special kind of idiot to argue their economic policy has failed- we're the fastest growing G7 nation, the nation most firmly into it's recovery and with the best trajectory on reduction of unemployment in the West.

This debate on Scotland, and too many others are being had on myths and legends like you just made and it's tiresome because as in this case the statistics paint the exact opposite of what you're claiming. The UK is still a global manufacturing powerhouse- you cannot claim a country in the top ten out of 203 to be anything else.

Objectively the UK is doing incredibly well relative to just about every other nation in a similar position right now, that's not something to bitch and moan about and yet you and the Scots are doing exactly that- frankly nothing will ever please you because you're unpleasable, even with our excellent growth and great reductions in unemployment it's still not good enough for you.

Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 1) 451

by Xest (#47934903) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

"This would leave Scotland with a new currency but with tremendous assets and no liabilities."

This is absolute stark raving nonsense. Debt is the opposite of assets, both things are valued in sterling currently. If you opt to leave the UK with no debt, you opt to leave with no assets that were paid for with that debt. This means that yes Scotland absolutely can vote to leave with no sterling debt, but it also leaves with no sterling assets - that means no frigates, no eurofighters, no hospital equipment, no public sector IT equipment as they're all assets valued in sterling, just as the debt is valued in sterling. You can't take one and not the other and I'm astounded so many of you Scots believe Alex's nonsense codswallop that's so easily disproven.

That blue book is like a kind of nationalist Bible - and like the Bible it's a book of fairy tales for gullible folk to believe and made follow you with.

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 126

by HornWumpus (#47934049) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

The only reason anybody pays minimum wage is because they can't find anybody worth more than that.

Seriously have you seen the kind of 'work' those mouth breathers do? Nobody hires them if they have any better options. Robotic burger flippers are here and the $15 minimum wage people are going to be sorry unless they get their shit together. Minimum wage=minimum productivity.

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 126

by HornWumpus (#47934043) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Complete bullshit. The south was poor and unindustrialized. If they had been a rich society they might have stood a chance of winning. They never did, even with Lee and _incompetent_ Union leadership they lost.

The fact is slaves are shitty workers. They only work hard enough not to get whipped, and to get that you have to pay someone to hold the whip. Might as well pay them directly.

Slaves built the US is just mythology.

Comment: Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (Score 1) 309

by roman_mir (#47933991) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Property ownership starts with self ownership. To earn money one has to spend his own time and effort, one has to use his own health and life, the time not spent enjoying but working. Property is thus extension of our own bodies and time given to us to spend on this planet.

To deny people ownership of the fruits of their labour is to deny people self ownership and it is disgusting. Noone should be born into slavery.

Your hands and your head and legs and the rest of it belongs to you. The collective does not own you and it cannot own what you produce. You can trade with others for what they produce or give it away, but that is your choice, your life. Your body your choice, yes?

Well, not according to you. You would steal from those who produce but how is it different from taking their body away? Taking 1 of every 2 chairs away from a chair maker is somehow different from taking away 50% of his life on the planet? It is not. That 50% of life is gone from him and nobody can fix that.

Your ideology is also insane in another regard. If somebody can produce chairs and another person cannot you want to take away from the one who can. What if there are people with no eyes? Let us then make it 'fare' for them and take everybody's eyes out. Some people are missing limbs, lets hack everybody's arms and legs off. There were people who died...... let us just murder everybody to make it fair for those who are dead but also for all of those who never lived at all.

Your ideas are horrendous if someone takes 1 minute to examine them, they lead to slavery and murder while providing superficial justification for the feeble minded.

Comment: Re:It's not really that bad (Score 1) 193

by mjwx (#47933589) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

I would also add that the 52% fatality rate is much better than the 90% rate that other outbreaks have sufferred, and it suggests that the heroic medical intervention that is underway is having a beneficial effect.

The 90% figure is for the Zaire strain of Ebola,

The current strain is new but believed related to the Uganda strain that has a 50% fatality rate.

However this is still bad, diseases that we consider bad like Yellow Fever have a 20% mortality rate that reduces to 3% if treated early. If you travel to a South America, you need proof of a Yellow Fever vaccine to get back into Australia without issue.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 324

by mjwx (#47933535) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Heck. At 12-years on a BMW, there are any number of wearbale parts that replacement may exceed car value (tires, brakes (you have to replace the rotors with the pads on a BMW), etc).

You might as well have written "I dont know anything about cars". It would have been quicker and faster.

A set of racing spec brake pads and rotors (Project Mu) for my 14 yr old Nissan S15 cost A$1000, that's racing spec (800 degrees C) for sustained track use. A set of povo spec rotors and pads from Supercheap Auto will cost in the vicinity of $300 and this is Australia, one of the most expensive countries in the world.

Also you dont have to replace the rotors with the pads (whoever fed you that line was probably making a mint from you). A set of rotors should last several sets of pads unless you're doing a lot of track days on stock rotors and heating them up until they crack.

Even a replacement gearbox should only cost $2000 ish for most cars.

Now for average cars like a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, these are dirt cheap to keep running and repair, not that they often need repairs. There is an abundance of aftermarket parts for them (and BMW's) so even if you blow a radiator, it's going to be $400-500 to replace, hoses and all and most of that would be labour. People try to kill Honda Civic's and fail.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 324

by mjwx (#47933495) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

"and it costs $15k-$45k to replace,"
what? People dn't buy a new car becasue it's cheaper then buying an engine. They use the failing engine as an excuse to buy a new car.

Beyond this, an engine swap isn't going to cost $45K unless you're a complete idiot and are trying to fit an Aston Martin V10 (Aston V10's can be had for $30K).

A B series swap into a Civic will cost $10K at Australian rates if you get someone else to do the work. Less than this if you're swapping in the same model of engine.

Comment: Re:More importantly (Score 1) 324

by mjwx (#47933457) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

And neither does an internal combustion engine, either. Your point?

A ICE can be expected to outlast the car if it's from a decent manufacturer such as Toyota or Honda. You have 30-40 year old engines still running that have been repurposed into newer bodies (some from crappy manufacturers where engines failed like a GM or Ford, others into stock car frames and oversized go-karts). A battery is not expected to live for the lifetime of the car regardless. With a Honda Civic, the engine is going to outlast the rest of the car.

You're expected to need a battery replacement some time in the future, long before the things like engines, CV joints, drive trains, steering racks, door handles, electric mirrors, seat motors and so on fail. We know that Li-ion batteries degrade over time, your laptop battery in 3 years will not last as long as it does today so It's not unreasonable to want to know this cost in advance. With a prius or other hybrid, you can use that as a conventional fuel burning car after the battery fails, but not with a full EV.

Comment: Re:Worse than it seems. (Score 1) 193

by khallow (#47933419) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Sadly, I think that if it happened now, we would be in a situation where people staying home would end up causing them to loose their home due to a lack of income, and any calls to help those people would be met by Neo-Con hate.

I guess you ought to leave the thinking to grown ups. So why would "neo-cons" want to foreclose on a zillion underwater (in the sense that the debt owed is more than the price the home can be sold for) home loans? That turns a temporary shutdown of the loan repayment revenue stream into a large permanent loss. They haven't bankrupted themselves enough that month?

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 126

by mjwx (#47933315) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Isn't that the GOAL of Capitalism??

Only if you ask a Republican.

Republicans freed the slaves.

And they've been going backwards ever since.

You cant rest on your laurels and talk about what happened 150 years ago (my descendants started freeing slaves in the 11th century, when the US was having it's civil war, they had the largest single fleet in the world dedicated to stopping the slave trade out of Africa, just for a bit of context). Its like Berlusconi claiming he is Caesar because Julius Caesar was Roman or Putin calling himself Peter the Great because he was also a Russian leader.

Comment: Re:Lament the DC10 (Score 1) 100

by mjwx (#47933197) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

While many plane enthusiasts lamented the exit of the DC-10 from passenger service, I did not.

That aircraft had an awful, awful 2-5-2 seat arrangement in economy. More often than not I ended up in the middle seat of that set of 5 and had to crawl over 2 people if I wanted to use the toilet in the middle of the night, and didn't get the compensation of a view out the window which at least makes up for it in aircraft with the 3-4-3 configuration). Inevitably, it would be a parent and a very noisy child occupying BOTH sides.

Good riddance, DC-10. You won't be missed.

A lot of B777's have the same configuration. The alternative used by a few airlines are 3-3-3. This is one of the reasons I prefer A330's over the B777, the A330 is usually in a 2-4-2 configuration unless you're flying a budget (or crappy) airline where they'll have 3-3-3.

Budget airlines are pushing for 10 on B787 and 11 abreast on the A380 lower deck.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?