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Comment Import duties (Score 4, Informative) 206

As long as you keep the total value of what you are importing under $1000, you don't get hit with GST. If you were to, say, buy a PC overseas that costs over $1000, prepare to get slugged when it comes in through the post. If you have someone send something over, make sure that they price it as $999 on the customs form. I sent myself a computer from overseas and in my honesty/stupidity, priced it over the magic $1000 value and ended up paying about $200 in duties. Actually while you are in Australia, prepare to get slugged everywhere for tech. A high Australian dollar, and the fact that we don't locally produce any tech (we just dig rocks out of the ground and sell them), means that overseas tech companies here charge whatever the small Australian market will bear, and usually they typically price it on the side of unreasonable. Do I really need to talk about how terrible the internet speeds are here? No need to mention that in some places, the best you can get is 2Mbps ADSL? No? OK.

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 1) 999

[quote] but this little dance had to go all the way because the moderate Republicans are as terrified of the Tea Party as they are of voters.[/quote]

I think this little dance had to go all the way through to sucker enough opportunists into placing orders on Wall Street. Then Wall street looks at their books and moves the market into the direction that they are most likely to profit on aggregate from the orders. ... and if you happened to trade with the banks, good for you.

Comment Re:Like your own product (Score 1) 394

Not really. They've added stuff into their UEK kernel that directly supports their own products. Take OCFS2 and ASM for example.
Oracle used to release packages for RedHat EL users so they could get Oracle Databases and Middleware working on their systems.

Then, starting with Red Hat EL 6 (or Oracle UL 6), they decided not to release these anymore and instead build them into THEIR kernel, edging users towards going with Oracle Linux over Redhat.... all because Larry possibly needed another yacht by slurping up more support contracts. This of course, angered a whole lot of RedHat shops who were happy with RedHat support (after all, they add to the kernel heavily and have the resources to really support Linux users), and have a strong aversion to Oracle's "support" (using that term very loosely, in addition to the fact that Oracle adds very little to Linux).

On one hand, if you're going to be an Oracle shop, it makes sense to go all Oracle... but some users have a very low estimation of their support.

Comment Re:How does this happen? (Score 3) 214

That was my experience in the Japanese IT industry as well. Fastidious and near anal retentive attention to detail.
Unfortuantely it's also got it's fair share of it's bumbling halfwits that the company can't/won't fire due to the lifetime employment custom.

The head honcho representative of the large Japanese-IT-company-that-many-people-will-have-heard-of at the place I was working once had to apologise for accidently unplugging the wrong production server (Nope he didn't even shut it down or turn it off)

The Japanese actually need the anal retentive planning, because they recognise that they are actually pretty hopeless. The REAL problems begin when something happens OUTSIDE of their plans. They lack a complete inability to think on their feet and respond in a timely manner... preferring to sit on their hands and wait for a roundtable discussion and confirmation from their higher ups. Contrast that with the situation at Fukushima. In fact it was the initial Fukushima engineers at the beginning of the disaster that made some critical calls in defiance of Tepco (who were only interested in saving the plant), that may have prevented a greater catastrophe.

In fact, when the Tepco engineers were starting to explain and reassure people about what had happened at Fukushima on TV on the 12th of March, they sounded just like the voice of the bumbling server engineer, trying to apologize for unplugging the server, that i remembered from years earlier.
It was at that time I knew that they had no control over the plant....

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