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Comment Soda is TOO expensive (Score 1) 486

How hard can it be for soda companies to figure that out.

$2.79 for a drink for a meal that costs $8???

McDonalds has the right idea.

Same thing in the stores. Coke seems to want $4.50/12 pack these days. Other brands want $3.00. So I don't buy coke products anymore even tho I love coke products.

Comment Re:Unionize (Score 1) 340

Nope, there are videos on Youtube of seminars where they teach how to prove that you've done a qualified job search and found no workers to fill them. Even has procedures to escalate workers who meet the qualifications to a manager who can find a reason to disqualify them.

Search for lou dobbs and h1b visa. It'll turn up.

Comment Re:My experience with Infosys (Score 2) 340

My experience with IBM was that they were highly skilled but also they were too expensive ($200/hr billed vs $30/hr offshore/$60 onshore billed for Infosys) to consider replacing skilled employees with IBM employees. They did replace low skill positions (like computer operators) because they gained economies of scale (one operator could work on 12 companies). But they did not replace programmers or analysts.

You are spot on with regards to your points 1-3.

Comment Re:My experience with Infosys (Score 5, Informative) 340

My experience with Infosys was different.

For older technology they were highly competent. For newer technology they were not competent. They were always training on our time.

They always said yes to every project which managers loved until the projects failed. You need to learn that when infosys personnel people say "I'll do my best" an american would say, "We probably can't make that deadline even working overtime" and think "WTF!?!? Are you batshit crazy? That's impossible."

One BIG thing to learn when Infosys specifically is brought in to "help" you is that 90% of your staff is on the chopping block within 5 years.

When Infosys walks in the door, unless you are the lead in the area and have superior business side skills, you should be walking out the door. Today- not tomorrow-- unless you want a nice severance package.

But don't underestimate their competence with technology once it's about 3 years old. Unlike most U.S. companies they pay for continuous formal training and certification for their staff. They DO catch up.

And from a business perspective, it's great to be able to "turn on" and "turn off" resources without paying unemployment and without spending 17 hours interviewing candidates over three months. Instead the new person is there-- next week.

And if all you need is "construction" coding by "code monkeys" combined with unit testing they fill that need as well as u.s. resources. If you are working for a company and you are a "code monkey"-- even a very good one- you need to think about a new job when they come onboard. Business analysts usually survive. But not programmers unless they are top 1% or have some very obscure specialty knowledge (and even then they are often hired by infosys for a year or two at best).


Comment Re:Ethics (Score 2) 340

That's really only true if buying products produced by a subsect of humans which are less expensive due to structural pay differences in their native countries is also unethical.

Enough knowledge has been transferred to other countries that if local companies do not hire remotely, then they will be driven out of business or forced to relocate overseas by cheaper competition.

There is no good solution except allowing wages to equalize and removing some of the barriers to capitalism which prevent us from buying products which are sold overseas much less expensively than locally. For example movies are about 1/10th the price, blood pressure medicine is about 1% the price, etc. Some can't be fixed-- housekeeping and lawn staff is about 3% of the price.

Unfortunately, under good growth projections (which don't look to hold for the coming 12-18 months) it will be 2045 before china approaches wage parity and 2065 before india approaches wage parity.

Comment Re:Does this work out for the driver? (Score 1) 145


The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, including depreciation, insurance, repairs, tires, maintenance, gas and oil.

Note: based on hard data.

Comment Re:Amazon Warehouse workers should demand more mon (Score 1) 173

You're missing my point. I agree.. history shows the morality of the mob IS to murder and steal.

You want to be morally right and lose everything including your life or do you want to be alive and happy and still be incredibly wealthy compared to the rest of society?

Comment Re:Amazon Warehouse workers should demand more mon (Score 1) 173

The morality of 1% of the populace taking 40% of the rewards of society while others suffer, starve, and go homeless is obvious.

More to the point, the higher the percentage taken and the greater the number suffering in misery, the more dangerous it is for the 1%.

Bears make money, bulls make money, pigs get slaughtered.

I'm not advancing a political position- I'm giving a warning. When the top 1% takes too much, they will suffer.

Comment Re:Amazon Warehouse workers should demand more mon (Score 2) 173

Um. Yes there is.

See I can do the same thing.

Link it.

We have a distribution problem. Not a raw resource problem.

Everyone on earth could live better than u.s. citizens did in the 1950s. No one needs to starve. No one needs to be without shelter. No one needs to be without water. And really no one needs to be without entertainment or cheap intoxicants.

That, friends, and family is all most people in the world has needed to be happy for most of time.

The few rare birds with genius level talent could still excel. Everyone doesn't have to suffer.

But yea.. things are going to get ugly despite all that. Hoping it will be after I'm 6' under. Will do what I can tho while I'm here.

Comment Re:Amazon Warehouse workers should demand more mon (Score 1) 173

We either share voluntarily or we will share by force. Sharing by force usually goes too far.

And I repeat there is plenty of clean food, water, and food for the current and projected population of the earth for the next 30 years (even the new higher estimates). It won't be the same quality as 1970's food (much less 1950's food) but that's not required.

What we have is a distribution problem. We are literally destroying food which could be going to hungry people daily. Large amounts.

If you don't share, you will be forced to share. Once it gets that bad, your chance to control the process will be gone and you'll lose a lot more than if you were fair to begin with. It's your choice.

If you are in your 50s like me, this is all academic. The further you are under 50, the more this applies to you.

Comment Farming (Score 1) 173

> This will be an interesting challenge for the 21st century, what do we do with all the people who are no longer required to make stuff?

Those people will still need to eat, need a place to stay.The answer is farming - either collective, or individually - everyone has the option to own in a piece of land and grow food to feed his family

Comment Re:Amazon Warehouse workers should demand more mon (Score 2) 173

It's not irony.

Chinese noodle workers who make under $400 a year were replaced by robots.

Think you can live in the 1st world for $400 a year?

There is plenty of food, water, and resources for everyone.

We share or things get ugly asthey have over and over and over in the past.

Robot jobs are two to three orders of magnitude fewer than the industries they are replacing.

We'll either go to a basic income, or a revolution, or a tax on robotic labor, etc. etc.

You can have 30% of the population starving, homeless, and not expect civil unrest.

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