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  • Where do smart people go?

    , JohnAskew wrote

    *snip*

    Why not ask me?

    You are incorrect, by the way. Many here remember me ranting about this topic in past years and they know. We do homeschool.

    We have been in public and private schools here. Private schools educate, public schools do not. That is my local world.

    Oh, I'm sorry. I thought your singing the praises of private schools was based on personal experience. Instead, it wasn't based on any experience at all. Just speculation.

    My kids are taught at home by an Ivy League graduate, 2::1 student to teacher ratio. It isn't cheap or easy. Public schools must improve, they are rotten here.

    The idea that smart kids can teach other kids is foolish. Smart kids would be stuffed into dumpsters at lunch hour. Oiy vey. That wouldn't even work very well at the private schools. Do you have kids, cbae?

    Don't be offended by my opinions, I'm old.

    Well, my kids attend public school, and their education just so happens to be augmented by an Ivy League graduate. The best part is that he doesn't need to paid to teach. This second part would have happened whether my kids attended public or private school. The point is that it's ultimately your responsibility for making sure that your kids are learning something. Placing the blame solely on the schools is a cop-out.

     

     

  • Are we our own worst enemy?

    , spivonious wrote

    *snip*

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMyk7MXsseg

     

    The labor force changes. When cars became popular, a lot of people's horse and carriage jobs went away. When the computers became popular, the teletype repairman jobs went away.

    The labor force will adapt. It just takes some time. The same thing would happen with a communist economy as it does with a capitalist economy.

    I don't think that will be the case at all. We're not witnessing a sea change where one type of manufacturing takes over another. We're seeing automation take over all sectors, even in the service sector, which the US has relied on over the past 20, 30 years as it's lost manufacturing jobs overseas.

    The thing is we're not losing jobs overseas simply because the labor in Asia is cheaper. Asian companies have superior technologies too. Many Asian companies have automation technologies that make most US manufacturers look like they're using 19th century hand tools.

  • Are we our own worst enemy?

    , Proton2 wrote

    How about spending less on paper work:

    "Shocker: Americans Produce More Regulatory Compliance Paperwork than  Manufactured Goods

    Read more: Family Security Matters http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/shocker-americans-produce-more-regulatory-compliance-paperwork-than-manufactured-goods?f=must_reads#ixzz21QguWHUI
    Under Creative Commons License: Attribution"

    Do you just belch out right-wing, anti-government propaganda uncontrollably whether it's related to the topic or not? Do you really think that if we eliminated regulations that it will magically reduce the cash pile that Microsoft, Apple, and Google have accumulated and spread it out to more companies?

  • It's possible Windows 8 won't be released this year...

    , Sven Groot wrote

    @cbae: That's an article from September 2011...

    Ha ha. For some reason a link to an old forum thread about this article showed up while I was reading Neowin, so I thought it was new.

  • Are we our own worst enemy?

    @JoshRoss: I agree. Smiley

  • It's possible Windows 8 won't be released this year...

    ...or ever. Smiley

  • Are we our own worst enemy?

    , JoshRoss wrote

    It's not like all that money is in some type of Scrooge McDuck room, where Bill Gates, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg, and the corpse of Steve Jobs spend their evenings swimming in a pool of currency. Most of these folks are actively seeking to throw their money at fools like us, who have started some company that might offer-- once acquired-- the slightest competitive advantage against one of their competitors.

    -Josh

    Compared to most companies, they are Scrooge McDucks. These companies each enjoy operating margins in excess of 30%.

    At the risk of appearing to channel Bass, compare Microsoft's 38% operating margins to RedHat's 18%. Consider that RedHat even has most of its development done by the open source community whereas Microsoft depends on its own salaried developers. We're not even considering the fact that Microsoft has to have way more overhead to manage so many divisions other than WinDiv as well as fund run non/un-profitable entities like Microsoft Research and the Online Division.

    Another example is salesforce.com. They've been receiving all kinds of praise for supposedly eating Microsoft's lunch in the SaaS space, but they have a -2% operating margin. Yes, they spend MORE than they take in in revenues. They are money churners. You spend $1 on salesforce.com, and there's a far greater chance that you'll be getting part of the money back than if you spend that same $1 on Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

    Every now and then Microsoft does "donate" money like when they purchased Danger and aQuantive, but those amounts are drops in the bucket compared to what Microsoft's competitors have to spend every single business day in order to compete with Microsoft.

    So that I'm not sounding like I'm getting on only Microsoft's case, let's compare Apple's 35% operating margins to HP's and Dell's 5% operating margins. And if you want to compare them to a company that competes with Apple only in the smartphone space, consider that HTC's has a 15% operating margin.

    Last but not least, let's look at Google. They enjoy 30% operating margins, and we all know that Microsoft's Online Division, which operates Bing, loses money every quarter. Bing represents a net positive for the economy.

    I'm not arguing that we should be throwing money at also-rans just to keep the economy going. The point I'm making is that the mechanism of sorting out winners from losers in the free market has a negative effect on the overall health of the economy.

     

  • Are we our own worst enemy?

    I'm getting alarmed by the stockpiles of cash Microsoft, Apple, and Google are hoarding.

    Just these three companies alone hold a combined $200B in cash. That's the equivalent of the US's median annual household income x 4 million.

    We have roughly 600K people filing for unemployment each month. That $200B is enough to cover those 600K for nearly 7 YEARS--not just for the unemployment claim but for a full $50K/year salary.

    The public's fascination with gadgets and technology, while great for those who make a living in the sector, is looking like a huge detriment to our economy.

    It's nice to think that the free market can solve this inherent problem of winners winning and winning by such a large a margin, but the problem is that the people's wants and desires aren't varied enough to support more than a handful of winners.

    The bandwagon effect is a vital part of the mechanism whereby the free market picks and chooses its winners, but it's self-defeating. Today's free market has a huge gravitational force toward forming oligopolies, and that means an unfettered free market is not sustainable. It has built-in mechanisms to cause its own destruction.

    So what do we do about this? We want to continue nurturing the free market because it's the only politically correct thing to do, but it's becoming clearer and clearer to me that our 8.2% unemployment rate is only going to get worse as technology moves forward.

     

  • Where do smart people go?

    , magicalclick wrote

    *snip*

    Well, it is on YouTube with that angry girl threaten to hurt people when the teacher was try to teach evolution in community college. I thought everyone already saw the video already. That's a fairly popular video.

    Well, honestly my college is also half empty, but, i didn't have a digital camera back then. And i was busy study.

    We're talking about primary schools, not colleges. Classroom sizes in college are dictated by popularity of the class.  If you want to see crowded you should take a look at some classes that cram 500+ students into a lecture hall at some of big public universities.

  • The long road to the Start Screen

    , DeathByVisualStudio wrote

    @cbae: You just got to teach her how cookies work. Smiley

    Cookies? Technobabble!