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Comment: Underdevelopment Theory (Score 2) 522

by GLMDesigns (#47879511) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion
And here we were taught by Under-development theorists (Marxists) that poverty was caused by exploitation by the capitalist countries (Core-Periphery) and that the solution was to have underdeveloped countries have less trade with capitalist countries. All sorts of regimes copied that (high import tarrifs, refusing outside companies from going in,etc...). Free market economists said that would create more poverty. Marxist economists and theorists said "bullsh1t." So. According to Marxist theorists and economists from the 1950s to the 1990s (out of grad school now - things may have changed) the Cuban embargo should have helped Cuba by saving them from capitalist exploitation.

Comment: Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (Score 1) 441

by GLMDesigns (#47734069) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
I don't think so. I was born and raised in NY in an immigrant family, living among other immigrants. You get used to hearing English spoken by people in Italian, Russian, Chinese, West Indian accents. In fact it becomes normal. What about someone not raised in a NYC sort of situation? A place where my NYC accent is out of place? They might have a hard time, not because they are poor communicators but because they are not attuned to the different cadence and inflection of the speaker.

Comment: Re:Return to a space suit design of the 1960s (Score 1) 54

by GLMDesigns (#45705593) Attached to: NASA Testing Lighter Space Suits For Asteroid Work
The profit is coming. Companies will mine resources and manufacture items in earth orbit / elsewhere and then sell/use the items to do more mining and more exploring and more expansion. The profit will come. The excitement will come. And the investment bubble put the 1999-2000 tech bubble to shame. :-)

Comment: Re:Manage Milestones not Minutes (Score 1) 311

by GLMDesigns (#44909837) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Your Work Schedule Make You Unproductive?
I'm a big fan of pomodoro - actually combining kanban and pomodoro. For those not familiar with pomodoro imagine

1) setting aside a block of time to do a task (be it code or answer emails)
2) setting up a time (think kitchen timer and set it for the time necessary say 25 minutes)
3) at the designated time "Ding" - you can stop your task
4) refresh your brain with a 5 minute break (bathroom, coffee, slashdot)
5) start all over again

It's a great way to focus your brain and get specific tasks done

see for a free app.

Comment: Re:How can anyone trust (Score 1) 138

by GLMDesigns (#44839549) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can We Still Trust FIPS?
Your conclusions are kind of funky.

The neo-con idea was to "drain the swamp" with Saddam being at the center of the swamp. (By the way I'm not a neo-con and don't support their views.)

Would it have made sense to bomb mecca? Maybe. But there would have been repercussions with that action as well.

One of the best solutions is to be energy independent and not give the Saudis any money and let the kingdom face the wrath of the wahabbi clerics without having any money to pacify them. Of course the left is against drilling for oil, fracking and is against anything that is not clean-energy. A good compromise would be to drill and focus the tax revenue derived from the drilling on improving photo-voltaic paint, tidal power, etc...

By the way this has nothing to do with capitalism - it may have something to do with corporatism but then fascism is not exactly capitalism is it? At least not the capitalism as described by its supporters - Menger, von Mises, Hayek, Samuelson. Now you may think they're mistaken - but at least address the points and views they raise and acknowledge that their conception of capitalism is not the tyranny that some make it out to be.

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