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Comment Re:Oh the humanity (Score 1) 588

No you are incorrect! The decision whether to go with a labour-intensive or capital-intensive operations largely depends on local conditions. Nevertheless, labour intensive manufacturing processes tend to be cheaper (especially in rather mature industries such steel manufacturing). To prove my point, just look at the rust belt. Manufacturing is never coming back to the US! When you have 2 billion people living on next to nothing, there is no justification for hiring overpriced American labor. They kind of shit you need to do in a steel mill is not hard.

I am not just taking this out of my ass you know. I live in the Mid-West, I am Ukrainian national (which means I go there pretty often) and my dad works in commodity import/export business (in Ukraine/Russia). His career depends on understanding this kind of stuff...

Your smart location theory is interesting, but it's again incorrect. If you read up on IMF (or worldbank, I forget) reports on this issue, they are suggesting that in the worst case scenario the world might revert to a slightly more regionalist mode of operation. So even with increasing transportation costs (and in the long term transportation costs are approaching zero), manufacturing will simply be located in Mexico. However, I am even skeptical of the regionalist model, there are simply way too many benefits from globalization for people to just bail on it. Oil prices are increasing, so what? This only creates more incentive for us to find alternative sources of energy for transportation.

Submission + - Intel releases 2.93GHz quad-core QX6800

AnInkle writes: Intel's new QX6800 debuts, and The Tech Report runs the gamut of multi-threaded 64-bit benchmarks, to find out what $1199 can get in a CPU, or if you should get by on the cheap and stick with the $999 QX6700. With popular games, Folding@Home in Linux, real-world scientific applications, and detailed power consumption, the 2.93GHz quad-core QX6800 is compared to over a dozen competitors from both Intel and AMD. The results aren't surprising, but the commentary sure is fun.

Submission + - Debian 4.0 is finally out!

Anonymous writes: "Looks like after what seemed like an eternity (well actually 3 months short of 2 years) Debian 'Etch' is finally out. As we seen some drama over the past few months it looks like everything has been resolved and the versions 4.0 of what seems to be one of the best flavor of Linux (in my opinion) is finally out. You can read the official news here.
If you would like to get a copy this link has information on how one might acquire a copy of Debian 4.0"

Submission + - Thai government shuts down political chat rooms

patiwat writes: "Less than a week after censoring Youtube, the military government of Thailand has shut down the Kingdom's most popular web discussion board,, for reasons of national security. Other webboards were warned not to allow political messages to be posted, lest they also be shut down. Thailand currently censors over 10,000 websites, including sites of the deposed government and sites containing censorship circumvention software and links anonymous proxy servers."

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