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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re:Well of course (313 comments)

"Nobody has ever pointed out that it was actually a free trade agreement instead of a peace treaty"

You talked about that "unfair Versailles treaty". How, exactly do you think Germans found it to be unfair? "You should not engage in war against France" "Mein Gott! That's absolutly unfair!" Is that what you think?

"You might search for the (long) texts of the documents of the Versailles treaty and prove your hilarious statement."

I might...

Peace Treaty of Versailles

Articles 321-386
Ports, Waterways and Railways

ARTICLE 323.
[...]
Germany particularly undertakes not to establish against the ports and vessels of any of the Allied and Associated Powers any surtax or any direct or indirect bounty for export, or import by German ports or vessels, or by those of another Power, for example by means of combined tariffs. She further undertakes that persons or goods passing through a port or using a vessel of any of the Allied and Associated Powers shall not be subjected to any formality or delay whatever to which such persons or goods would not be subjected if they passed through a German port or a port of any other Power, or used a German vessel or a vessel of any other Power.

ARTICLE 330.

Import duties may be levied on goods leaving the free zone for consumption in the country on the territory of which the port is situated. Conversely, export duties may be levied on goods coming from such country and brought into the free zone. These import and export duties shall be levied on the same basis and at the same rates as similar duties levied at the other Customs frontiers of the country concerned. On the other hand, Germany shall not levy, under any denomination, any import, export or transit duty on goods carried by land or water across her territory to or from the free zone from or to any other State.

ARTICLE 365.

Goods coming from the territories of the Allied and Associated Powers, and going to Germany, or in transit through Germany from or to the territories of the Allied and Associated Powers, shall enjoy on the German railways as regards charges to be collected (rebates and drawbacks being taken into account), facilities, and all other matters, the most favourable treatment applied to goods of the same kind carried on any German lines, either in internal traffic, or for export, import or in transit, under similar conditions of transport, for example as regards length of route. The same rule shall be applied, on the request of one or more of the Allied and Associated Powers, to goods specially designated by such Power or Powers coming from Germany and going to their territories.

International tariffs established in accordance with the rates referred to in the preceding paragraph and involving through waybills shall be established when one of the Allied and Associated Powers shall require it from Germany.

[...]

et caetera.

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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

turbidostato Re:Remember how fast the USSR copied the nuke? (112 comments)

"The USSR would have had a hard time copying the nuke if the US had turned them into radioactive slag in 1945."

Yes, and Great Britain would still be an empire if only Michael Moorcock's fiction was true.

Back in 1945 USA had a whooping nuclear head count of... 6. Try to use them against such a big and unpopulated country as USSR, and the best you could hope is getting involved in a land war in Asia. I suggest asking Vizzini about that.

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re:Well of course (313 comments)

"I've always read that the reasons were the loss of WWI, the unfair Versailles treaty"

And you are, of course, right. But then, please, review the Versailles treaty. It basically holds down to "no tariffs will be allowed to Allies on German territory while German goods can and will be heavily tariffed on our borders".

"the massive war damages"

Yes, of course. And those damages and the hefty war repairings were being sustained with money borrowed from USA which all of a sudden stopped coming and debt reclaimed after 29' crash while, at the same time, basically no more imports were accepted by USA from Germany after the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act.

"Now the mistery has been revealed: germans just didn't want to pay the import tariff on their iPhones!"

Not exactly that but almost, only up-down: Germans couldn't buy enough iron to build their Mercedes because impossed import tariffs and then, they couldn't sell the little numbers of Mercedes they could produce because Smoot-Hawley Act would tax them 50% at USA borders.

All these led to poverty and hyperinflation, which led to discontent, which led to a crazy leader gaining power, which eventually led to a world war.

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re:Perspective (313 comments)

"As for driving ... you've never really driven in Europe, or anywhere else, have you?"

Well, that only can mean European people drive much better than American since, implied in your account, Europeans drive more dangerously but still they manage to kill each other when driving less than Americans.

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re:Perspective (313 comments)

"Judging by your observations and brag-paragraph, I'd estimate a 75% chance you live (or at least work) in New York City"

Yes, since he moved from UK to USA because (among other things) of the weather, when his company got acquired by Apple. Is Cupertino, CA anywhere near New York City nowadays?

There it goes your average republican's acumen.

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re:Perspective (313 comments)

"i could say everything (yes everything) that you said and i did the opposite move."

I claim bullshit on that!

You can't seriously say you moved from Cupertino, CA to Manchester because of the weather!

Grunt!!!

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re:The US already is a civilized First World count (313 comments)

"US property is respected enough to not need legions of gated communities."

Pardon me?

My bet is that USA has the biggest numbers and biggest percentage of population under gated (real or virtual) communities with doors opening both outwards (not to let them in, i.e. Bel Air style) and inwards (not to let them out, i.e. Washington suburbs style) in the whole first world.

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re:No surprise here (313 comments)

"The more succes one enjoys, the more tax one has to pay"

Well, not exactly true since the "more" in "more tax" is actually shorter than the "more" in "more success": double your fortune and you won't double your taxes. Multiply x1000 your fortune and you probably will pay less taxes than your assistant.

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re:Solid research there (313 comments)

"Thereâ(TM)s really no place on earth as relatively free of the problems that dog all civilizations - crime, corruption, pollution, overpopulation, disease"

Yeah. Except for basically every other first-world country.

"and really only one that also offers vast economic opportunities and the ability to change who you overnight."

Yes. For the good. And also for the bad.

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re:Unsurprising if you think about it (313 comments)

"Who wants to leave one socialist country to come to another?"

You can bet basically nobody from a properly run "socialist" (by your standards) country (i.e. Northern Europe) would want to go to what USA has become in the last 30 years.

And no, neither Obama nor USA is in danger of being anywhere near to be considered socialist.

"Socialist", despite of what you think, is not a swear word.

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re: Unsurprising if you think about it (313 comments)

"I'm more likely to die of being hit in a crosswalk."

Yes, you are right. Car accident rates are also that much higher than in Europe.

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re:Well of course (313 comments)

"Let's say the value of the wood by itself is $150. The value of our little economy is, therefore, $450.

Now each violin maker makes a violin.
The first person makes a violin worth $300.
The second person makes a violin worth $700.
The third person makes a violin worth $1500.

The value of that economy is now $2500- a massive increase over the starting $450. Not only that, but the value has gone up until those objects are destroyed."

You still didn't explain who has both the $2500 and the will to buy those violins. Without this pesky detail no, there's no more wealth than at the begining.

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re:Well of course (313 comments)

"The economy is not a zero-sum game. This is not a race to the bottom. As low cost-of-living places get more and more jobs, their standard of living rises and costs go up accordingly."

No, it is not a zero sum game, it is more like a steam engine: it requieres a hot (cheap producers) and a cold spot (rich consumers) to work.

Now, the game big corps are trying to play is to find if they are able to jump from hot spot to hot spot and the world will be big enough so by the time the travel it around (from Japan to Korea, from there to China, India and Philippines, from there to Brazil and Latin America, from there to Africa) old hot spots are already cold again (...and once Africa becomes hot enogh, back to, say, India, which by that time is again as poor as it was in the begining).

"And don't overlook the key fact that more people buy a given product than work to make it."

Just like in the steam engine example, you won't be able to extract more energy (wealth) than you put in. It is not a zero-sum game but it still is a closed-system one. More people buy a given product than it takes to produce it... provided they have the money to buy it, which comes in turn from the money those other people have earned by doing things that other people can and want to buy (which ones? the first ones? no, they don't have the money because all they have is just the portion the second group already gave him, which must be less than their own surplus, or else they'd be producing that themselves at an advantage).

"Walmart selling lots of stuff made in China. The total amount saved by all Americans in buying these products is several times larger than the total lost wages."

For one, it's not clear for that to be the case. For another, it is only savings if they were in the need of buying that even at a higher price, which for the most part is not the case. I'd call that the "promotional sale" fallacy.

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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

turbidostato Re:Well of course (313 comments)

"And WWII was caused by a german guy who wanted to expand the territory of its country a little bit too much, not by tariffs."

Humm... no, big no. No man could start a world war back then. WWII started because that German guy was supported by quite a lot other German guys and even a higher number of Germans and other Europeans that did nothing to stop the avalanche at its beginings.

And once you start studying why it was so, you'll find tariffs playing quite a strong role in the whole equation.

"Norway is the third richest country in the world by per-capita GDP, it's highly protectionist and most of its biggest enterprises are even state-owned."

Norway is the way it is because of a temporal chance not to last long. Firstly, we are here talking about tariffs, not state ownership (which would lead to a very interesting conversation, given USA common points of views about it, but a different one). Secondly, Norway, while quite strong on their borders by current standards is far from a closed border, being an EFTA member. Thirdly, they are lucky in that they are oil rich and their tariff policies are assymetric (they close their borders but their business counterparts do not), but this will sooner than later change, since EU is starting to be fed up about that.

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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

turbidostato Re:Let's do the math (287 comments)

"All indications at this point are that it's simply impossible. If we were to posit that mankind will someday achieve inter-galactic travel, I would guess that it would be by developing suspended-animation and AI capable of piloting a ship over that kind of time frame. The logistics of planning that kind of trip are pretty unimaginable"

Perusing you own argument, I'd say it is not pretty unimaginable but, on the contrary, quite easy to imagine: we've been flying around in a Noah-ark type of spaceship for as long as we know.

What I find troublesome is not the logistics but the intent. A 'Songs of Distant Earth'-style endevour is purposeless by any practical meaning once you start thinking about it minimally seriously, so I don't see it happen unless there's a chance for the people sent into deep space to communicate and interact among them, which without FTL devices seems pretty doubtful.

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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

turbidostato Re:Control the carbs and you control blood lipids (249 comments)

"Wow. What a complete logic failure. First off, obviously there can be more than one cause to anything. There could be a number of trends that relate to obesity problems, and dietary advice with the old "food pyramid" could in fact be one of them."

Since I state a fact-based hypothesis there can't be a logic failure. My assertion may be wrong but can't be logically fallacious because it's only that: an assertion.

And then again, what you do is putting, as already others have said, an explanation on why happens the cause I call immediate, not a demonstration that my assertion is false: big rations, processed food and soda comes from the food pyramid the... FDA? throws at American people.

My claim is that even that is wrong: big portions, processed food and soda comes from capitalism, not any given pyramid food. Everybody wants to sell their stuff above the competition and it happens that poor nutritional choices are both cheap to produce, easy to distribute, easy to consume and palatable for a great majority. Given USA is a big, big (both in terms of population and avaliable money) basically homogeneus market, unless you have strong market control the output is almost unavoidable.

Even more: even the food pyramid in use is heavily strongarmed by capitalism: just look who's backing this or that food campaign and you'll find greed and money.

Even even more: even all those diets, most of them promising the cure for everthing, from obesity to bad breath, from vascular illnesses to teenage pimples, are also pushed to gullible masses by greed and money.

So, to an extent, given that USA is the paramount of capitalism as seen if our world, it is no wonder that USA reaps both the benefits and the maladies of capitalism in an extreme way.

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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

turbidostato Re:Get a sales force and some customers (175 comments)

"Yes, they're big. But no, you won't be one of them"

No, I won't. My point is that these companies have forced us to "think out of the box": they show that the old "business is about sales and customers" is the absolute truth no more.

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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

turbidostato Re:Get a sales force and some customers (175 comments)

"Business is about sales and customers"

Where does it says it's talking about just "software shops"?

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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

turbidostato Re:Use standards now (175 comments)

"I work at a company where there haven't been coding standard until recently, so there were many years where a few programmers just made stuff work. Well now you come up behind them and it may take you hours to understand code that you could have understood in 30 minutes or less if it was readable and maintainable code."

Yeah, well, you know, owning a business is about trade-offs. Maybe if they were focused on processes and standards they wouldn't have been able to focus on producing stuff that just worked and then they wouldn't have employees by now to sigh about how hard their work is because of the accrued technical debt.

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