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Comment Re:People don't value what they don't pay for (Score 1) 274

I can assure you that we all think very highly of our university education in Germany and we do not pay a dime (directly). I would agree with the concept of "people value only when they pay for it" for goods and services. However, in university education it is also your doing which results in good grades and a chance for a job.

Comment Re:No such thing as a free education (Score 1) 274

You largely misinterpret my words and you know that. Of course schools cost money. And so do universities. However, you can either have a system where money dictates if you can go to school or where all can go to school and we all, in an attempt to be altruistic, pay for it. In the end, if the university education pays off, you will pay enough money so someone else can go to school and university. It is like many concepts in modern states. For example, retirement. Some pay and the elderly people get the money. When the payers get old they will get money from the fund other people pay then. Such systems even survive big financial crises or even world wars. While the every looks after himself concept resulted in no retirement money.

Education is very similar. We invest in the education of the young people today. Therefore, there will be an economy when we are old. And they will invest then in the education of the young people then. You have to look at the subject from a macroeconomics view. As a state you have.

Comment Re:Poor slashdotters (Score 1) 414

Why engage in a serious discussion when you can just blame someone else for the misery. For example, last time they could vote, they voted most likely Republican or Democrat (not that it matters that much) and they most likely did so before. And every time they do not like the outcome. But instead of changing their choice the next time in an election, they whine about the situation and elect the same jerks over and over again. They could vote for the Green party or even organize something new.

Neither Trump nor any other candidate will really stop H1B visas. It might be that they deport Mexicans to simulate action, but the truth is that this will be far too little to fight the influx of Mexicans. As long as you do not start shooting at them at the border 24/7 they will come. And if you do, they will find other ways to flee their dysfunctional country. Why do I talk about Mexicans? Because it is part of the same problem. People move around the globe in search for a better life. Some come by H1B visa, some are illegal. They are driven by the limited prospects in their own country, by wars, by hunger, by violence. and they will all come to Western states. Look at the influx of Syrians to the EU.

So if all these /. would really want to discuss the issue of H1B they must discuss migration and wealth distribution, but this is communist stuff. Real Americans don't use these words.

Comment Go abroad (Score 1, Interesting) 414

A lot of people here in the forum fear those people with H1B visas, as they are used to lower wages and increase unemployment. Instead of whining about this obvious bad situation in the US, you could yourself look at relocating yourself to another country. For example you can get paid between 35-55 k€ a year in Germany as a coder or software engineer after leaving university. In US equivalent you have to add another 7% for healthcare and 5% for retirement plan which would be today $43.77k to $68.79k per year.

Comment Re:Wrong Concept (Score 1) 74

In the US, most suburban areas are dominated by houses surrounded by (potential) gardens. In such areas mass transit by tram or even by bus is not easy to realize because you need a specific amount of people to make the system work. However, when the population is denser which is in fact the case in poorer communities in the US and applies in (Western) Europe to most bigger cities.

It is also a chicken and the egg problem. The mass transit sucks because no one is using it. And no one is using it because it sucks so much.

In Europe, China and Japan mass transit is much faster when you need to get to a location in the city or metropolitan area, as they can go easily up to 80 km/h and have an average speed of 50 km/g while cars only have up to 17 km/h (in German cities that is).

However, he real solution is not in installing a system which is able to shuffle people around more quickly. As history shows that never resulted in less traffic. It would be better to relocalize businesses. For example, why must people working in an office drive all to the city center to sit in an office together with their neighbors. In most cases it is more helpful and even cheaper for the company to rent offices closer to the home. However, then most of those tall buildings are useless.

European cities were constructed during a time where people worked close(r) to home and had no cars. Therefore, the cities are dominated by 4-8 story high buildings and narrow roads. Shops where located in such structures on street level while the people were living above their shops. Traffic wise this is very clever.

Ah yes, and you asked about efficiency of mass transit vs. cars. In my previous post this efficiency comprises all resources used to transport the person. However, I left out time. While I know that this is an important factor for people, it depends highly on the area where you live how much faster you are at average and at the time when most people commute.

Variables don't; constants aren't.