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Comment: Re:It's The Parts Count (Score 1) 275

You rightfully called out the quality issues...as did I. And, while I won't disagree that executive compensation was too high, it was by far outweighed with the pension liability the companies owed. You also had situations where workers could literally shutdown the assembly line, go home, and be paid for the day. I also know people who ordered vehicles with nothing on them, that were delivered loaded because they knew the right people.

Here's a factoid I just found though it predates the Japanese wave...
1950—Top CEO salary in America: GM chairman Charlie Wilson is paid $663,000, roughly $5 million in today’s dollars, and about 40 times the annual wage of his average assembly line worker.

Here's another...
When the German and Japanese companies opened plants in the USA, they headed to the South and operated without unions.

Comment: Re:It's The Parts Count (Score 1) 275

You're misrepresenting the history of the Japanese vs. U.S. auto manufacturers. There were many reasons why the U.S. failed, and to reduce it to "someone coming along with a way to cut their costs a small percent..." is just revisionist history. The Japanese didn't have nearly as much overhead as U.S. manufacturers. They didn't have to fight with the UAW year after year. They didn't have a huge pension program that had to be covered by the cost of every vehicle sold. And, while they sold crap vehicles at first, they learned from their mistakes, and improved reliability. American manufacturers didn't get that lesson right until years later, and only once they were already suffering for it.

FWIW, I grew up in Motown (1958-76), and have many friends in the industry. There's was a lot of corruption, and Mob influence that affected the cost of vehicles in addition to the issues already mentioned.

Comment: Re:Something they should focus on... (Score 1) 459

by dcw3 (#48373849) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Okay well we'll continue to disagree. I see it like the ihtoit stated. If the people's representatives made those laws, then violations of them are arguably offenses against the people. It's probably a bit pedantic though, and I certainly don't disagree that some laws are bullshit. But then those who wrote them will disagree with us, and we've come full circle. I'm gonna go have a couple beers and philosophize about it some more :-P

Comment: Re:Don't mess with the geek's toys (Score 1) 114

by dcw3 (#48373731) Attached to: Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

You're welcome to call bullshit, but then you're wrong. I got out of software, and into management years ago, so I haven't kept up. Have I heard of Gnome, absolutely. Do I know or care what it is currently, no. What I do know is that companies who write code don't necessarily stick to a single area. The one I work for has written products for everything from cyber security, to networking, to environmental products. So, yeah, when Apple records got into it with Apple Computers, it was pretty obvious. Not so much in this case.

Comment: Re:A Contrary View (Score 1) 285

by dcw3 (#48369733) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

I'm fine with being mad at China for human right's abuses or lack of free speech, but this whining is really about we-got-our-nut, screw everyone else if they try to catch up.

If you're okay with that, then you should be okay with giving that free pass to every other nation. Oh, and was the playing field uneven back when the US was a developing nation? Why was China unable to go through the process at that time?

Yes, the US should clean up it's portion of the mess, but China should in no way get a free pass to piss in the commons.

Comment: Re:Legalities (Score 1) 301

by dcw3 (#48367639) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

It seems like there should be a signed release required.

I would disagree. Charged suspects and corrupt officials would never sign the release even if it might be in the public interest. I would agree with you that it should not be automatic but there should be some mechanism to release the video even if those videoed oppose it.

How about we make it so these are only releasable upon a conviction? People get charged all the time, that doesn't mean they've done squat.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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