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Comment: Re:How Detriot Got That Way -- and Why It Will.... (Score 1) 121

Why should they? As long as they had a good run, what does it matter? Nothing lasts forever, certainly not any corporations. How many major corporations can you list which haven't either collapsed, been bought out, or significantly contracted in over 50 years? I can't think of any. Even IBM had a major contraction back in the 90s. Ford certainly contracted a lot, but these days they're doing great.

As for "durable goods", cars don't last that long. Sure, a few weirdos keep the 25+-year-old models in pristine shape, and other cheapos keep old cars running (barely) long past their prime, but most cars are not kept more than 2 decades or so. And this span of time is quite a bit greater than it used to be: 30-50 years ago, a car was considered junk when it had 50,000 miles on it. It's only been the last 10-20 years where it became normal for cars to go well over 100k miles.

Comment: Re:I am a Republican voting Conservative. (Score 1) 273

You've got to wonder if Obama released a statement that read "I like puppies. They're cute.", how quickly would Republicans line up to declare that puppies are evil spawns of Satan and real Americans own cats, not dogs.

Personally, I think dogs are a pain in the ass and it annoys me how dogs are generally favored as pets, so I really wish Obama would do exactly this.

Then again, this probably isn't a good idea: then all the Democrat voters will suddenly be dog lovers (because they'll support anything the Democratic party tells them to, even if it only benefits their rich constituents like in the media companies), and all the Republican voters will suddenly be cat lovers, and I don't really want to hang out with Republicans. Democrats annoy me sometimes, but I can stand them far better than I can Republicans. At least the Democratic voters aren't always talking about how the Rapture is about to happen.

Comment: Re:How Detriot Got That Way -- and Why It Will.... (Score 1) 121

You still don't get it, do you? Nothing is permanent. It doesn't matter if Detroit fell; for a long time, it was highly successful. If you were a highly compensated auto executive there in the 50s, who cares if it's going downhill 20 years later? By then, you'll be retired.

By your logic, everyone in Rome at 100BC should have moved out because the city was going to fall ~500 years later.

Comment: Re:How Detriot Got That Way -- and Why It Will.... (Score 1) 121

So what if people bought cars in other countries? The biggest auto market was easily the US at that time.

As for Ford's and GM's management, yeah, they were really clueless, as they cashed in their huge paychecks. *rollseyes* It wasn't until the oil crisis that things went south, and that was many years later.

Comment: Re:How Detriot Got That Way -- and Why It Will.... (Score 2) 121

At one point nearly all of the sports-convertibles sold worldwide were from the United Kingdom,

So what? Those were never huge sellers in the American market anyway, they were a niche product. Americans were all busy buying giant gas-guzzling behemoths all the way to 1974 when the Oil Crisis hit.

So even in the early 60s, someone writing "Why Detroit will continue to rule" would have been absolutely correct; they had over 10 years of unchallenged dominance left, and even after 1974 it's not like things suddenly came to a halt there.

Comment: Re:Why the surprise? (Score 1) 177

by Grishnakh (#49606049) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

You're obviously not very good at reading comprehension.

>>The kernel is the only thing they have in common.
>You didn't know it, but the kernel is Linux,

Obviously, I did know it.

No, Android is NOT "Linux". "Linux", in the context here, means desktop Linux. Tablets are NOT desktops. You may not like this fact but I know lots of people have problems with reality, that's life.

Comment: Re: Garbage (Score 1) 179

by Grishnakh (#49605503) Attached to: NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!

You're not a "Christian conservative" if you're Catholic. Catholics aren't even Christians. (Don't believe me? Go find some Southern Baptists or some fundamentalists and ask them if you're a Christian; they'll say no.)

Here's some litmus tests for you:
1) Do you believe the Rapture is going to happen soon?
2) Do you watch Christian movies starring Kirk Cameron?
3) Are you a fan of the "Left Behind" books?
4) Do you believe there's a "gay agenda"?
5) Do you believe President Obama is literally the anti-Christ?

If your answer to these is "no", then you are not a "Christian conservative".

Comment: Re:Let's see, stranger things have happened (Score 1) 386

by Grishnakh (#49603343) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

I'm subscribed to a bunch of Democrat newsletters and politicians' email lists. I know perfectly well what liberals want and what Democrats are pushing. I also don't even have a TV and strictly avoid Faux News.

If you think the Democrat party doesn't have immigration as one of its top issues, then you are clueless.

Comment: Re:Whatever it takes (Score 1) 386

by Grishnakh (#49602597) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

He's doubly stupid. Not only is he stupid enough to expose his bigotry, he can't even get the correct ethnic group. The majority of H1-Bs are most likely from India. India is not known for deserts (quite the opposite in fact, it has jungles and is famous for tigers). The slur he used is a reference to middle easterners, but those aren't a majority of imported tech workers by a long shot.

Testing can show the presense of bugs, but not their absence. -- Dijkstra