Are you looking out for creditors? Or Employess?
"The Malden Mills factory burned down on December 11, 1995. CEO Aaron Feuerstein decided to continue paying the salaries of all the now-unemployed workers while the factory was being rebuilt. By going against common CEO business practices, especially at a time when most companies were downsizing and moving overseas, he achieved recognition for doing the right thing"
This is slanted wrong. Public companies have share holders to answer to. They've sold their soul to the devil, AKA: Share holders who almost always buy shares to make money.
A private holder, a guy who is already rich, he can do what he wants. Maybe try to make money. Maybe try a long term growth strategy that won't make money for a few years. Maybe keep people on the payroll who should be layed off now, just so they will be ready to go to work in 6 months. I'd be way more critical of what public companies do to make money than I would be critical of private companies.
There are quite a few examples of privately held companies going the extra mile for their employees at the expense of short term profits.
According to wiki:
Patek Philippe created the first wristwatch in 1868 for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary.
Too bad Job wasn't still around. He could "reinvent" that wristwatch.
We all knew climate change would be bad for polar bears. If I was a polar bear I'd be pissed to hear about this.. If you're a polar bear, that ice age; it's the _best_.
An access tower that houses a spiral staircase? Why? A stained-glass roof by artist David Pearl? Why? Panels of carved poetry by Nigel Jenkins?
Maybe the Marina Towers in Swansea is a pretty good place to host a reception? Perhaps Swansea Astronomical Society is more interested in Astronomy than entertaining??
Car companies make money on big cars and inefficient features. It's hard to buy a car w/out electric windows and air conditioning. Go shop for one. The are hard to find.. Electric motors in windows are heavy. AC is heavy. Costs milage.
If we ever try to pull off a bug stupid change, I say lets go to metric time. This base 60 and base 12/24 stuff is a lot of bother. http://zapatopi.net/metrictime/
In China, the land of the One-Child Policy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-child_policy, Tiananmem Square, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square, the phrase safely could mean something very different that it does in Europe or US. How many Chinese can be driven over before the the driverless car is deemed unsafe? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_the_People's_Republic_of_China
So what's the point.. The Amish still use Buggy Whips.. So you've got a poorly designed extremely limited instrument and it still uses obsolete technology. So what?
In nine years my home DVR system will generate more data than the entire internet!
When the laws are changed so that any citizen can put up a windmill and then sell power DIRECTLY to their neighbor, then we will have an environment in which the free market can allow for cheap power. Until then we have a government back monopoly based system that will need to be carefully monitored and controlled by the government to prevent/stop involved companies from taking advantage of consumers.
"Deregulation" is just a made up word used to sell us some bullshit. At the end of deregulation in any state there are always even more regulations then when they started, and I still can't sell my extra solar power to my neighbor.
Typing speed has no bearing on how good a programmer is. The time spent actually typing lines of code is not that significant when you factor in design, unit testing, debugging, integration, and so on. BUT, the best programmers tend to spend a LOT of time at the keyboard. They become fast, even if they can't touch-type, their hunting and pecking will become speed pecking. So, while I agree that you don't need to be a fast typer to be a good programmer, I've never met any good programmers that were not also fast typists.