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Comment: Re:Harbingers? or just early adopters? (Score 1) 229 229

According to the study's authors (as quotyed by the Chicago Tribune) "Certain customers systematically purchase new products that prove unsuccessful,". Also: "Our findings challenge the conventional wisdom that positive customer feedback is always a signal of future success."

So they are saying that this sub-group's purchases of new products is indeed predictive of failure.

Comment: Re:Austerity fails again (Score 1) 1109 1109

There are cost cutting measures that may make sense, but that's not what is meant by austerity (perhaps it should be capitalized). Austerity (capital A) would mean cutting everything from roads to healthcare, pensions (not just future, but immediate, leaving people in the lurch), everything. The net result is mass unemployment and people moving from gainful employment to the dole. That, in turn leads to less taxable income and so deeper austerity measures to compensate. In other words, a death spiral.

On the other hand, shifting things around like making do with older military hardware in order to finance stimulus can make plenty of sense. Slowly raising the retirement age can make sense even though the payoff isn't immediate.

Comment: Re:Austerity fails again (Score 1) 1109 1109

So who cares if the austerity theory only works when 2+2=5, do it anyway? Sure, the last 50 people who drank Drano for their cold died, do it anyway?

They can't keep goint the way they have been, but that doesn't make austerity the answer. They need an answer that at least hasn't been shown to make it worse.

Algebraic symbols are used when you do not know what you are talking about. -- Philippe Schnoebelen