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Comment: Re:Law of Economics Applies... (Score 1) 1003

by Futselaar (#24384149) Attached to: Software Price Gap Between the US and Europe

I am not sure that is the only reason. In software, being the " big player" on a given market is very important (m$ office comes to mind). Given the relative size of the US, who owns that market, can expect others to follow, because they fear, rightly or wrongly, the cost of eccentricity. Hence, compete in the US, and then reap vast profits from Europeans.

It's just a hunch.

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+ - Bad Database Management Screws 21,000 Widows->

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Futselaar writes "According to the Japan Times, the introduction of a database of WWII widows in 1985 was implemented so sloppily that 21,000 widows were lost in the conversion. These women missed out on their state benefits, saving the Japanese state a sweet 41 billion Yen. All the more so because, under the statute of limitations, Japan is under no obligation to compensate them retroactively."
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