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Comment Re:Retired Mechanic Says... (Score 1) 80 80

The other intesting thing is that before $4/gal oil Ford retooled to modernize and create options so they could move away from over reliance on SUVs. People at GM and Chrysler thought they were nuts. Then the recession hit and $4/gal gas. Of the big 3 they did not require a bail out.

I attribute it to being largely controlled by the Ford family which often produces motivated and capable execs. for the Company.

Comment Re:Ever heard of the FREE MARKET? (Score 3) 80 80

"If they were truly motivated by profits, they would make a safe product."

In the real world corporations and the rich have always been happy to trade lives for profits or quarterly bonuses; hence we have FTC, FDA, OSHA, MSHA, FRRC, EPA, as well as state level agencies. See also the recent BP oil spill, the Piper Alpha disaster, salmonella outbreaks, and a host of others.

Comment It works? Really? (Score 1) 162 162

At one charter school? How did they measure the impact on teachers' time? What impact did it have on students? Was there a controlled study which compensated for Socio-economic status, age, regional differences, etc.? Was there a longitude study which tracked student performance over time? Or is this just wishful thinking and huckstering?

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 231 231

I have been on the receiving end of CA, CSC, IBM, and a host of smaller companies. They come in with promises spouting mumbo jumbo like "new economy", "webified", "whole new paradigm", "cloudified", "localized private cloud in a box", "XML", "webscale", "secret sauce", "Object Oriented", etc. and end up causing at least as many problems as they solve and then charge you for the privilege of fixing it.

They wear ceremonial garb (suits and ties in some cases, black t-shirts in others), often wave shine things around ("smart" phone, tablets, iWatches etc.) to show their geek cred. Ceremonial drugs are sometimes involved in the form of beer and martinis as well as ceremonial meals ("let's do lunch!").

So yeah, I see some parallels there.

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."