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Comment Re:Free market unleashed (Score 2) 169

counterpoint: Land is a lot more expensive in the US than most Asian places

Don't forget that in the US you can actually buy the land, though. Sure, there is some Eminent Domain risk, but in China you can't even buy the land in the first place. All you can do is lease it from the government. As soon as someone with deeper pockets and/or better connections wants your plot, you're out of luck.

Comment Re:Microsoft is leaning itself out (Score 1) 167

There is the business services unit that I still see very active.
I expect Microsoft is going to be like IBM dropping its consumer products and focus more on B2B products and relationships.
End use technology is really too cheap to focus software for.
Back when a good PC cost 2k. Putting an extra couple hundred bucks for OS and software was normal.
Today with PCs under $500 and will last you 6-10 years before going out of date means conserned are not willing to invest software on such a cheap system.

Comment Re:Now lets see. (Score 1) 1533

While not a Trump supporter. There is reward in taking risks. People who are successful in their tasks do fail often, and often fail big.

However for government. There are some things where failure is too horrible to deal with, so such a risky behavior at a sacrifice of getting the big success will prevent such a horrible failure.

But there are some aspects in government where Risks can be safely enough made, where a failure could be recovered, and success could lead to a big success. Many politicians try to keep their actions safe.

Comment Re:you think a billionaire is dependent on $500? (Score 1) 1533

There is a psychological aspect about receiving gifts. Even offering the person a bottle of water. If they receive the gift. It will get their guard down a little bit, and feel thankful and more willing to reciprocate a favor. Even if that is listening to the person for an extra minute where they may have that extra time to convince you.

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