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Mark Thornton

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Re: I Believe in Design Posted: Nov 25, 2009 3:01 PM
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> Guys,
>
> Shut up and buy Kirby Vacuum Cleaners.
>
> You are arguing about bike sheds.
>
> The winner has been around forever.

In the UK only salesmen and foreigners talk about vacuum cleaners. The locals call them hoovers (regardless of brand).

Dick Ford

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Re: I Believe in Design Posted: Nov 25, 2009 10:33 PM
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> > Guys,
> >
> > Shut up and buy Kirby Vacuum Cleaners.
> >
> > You are arguing about bike sheds.
> >
> > The winner has been around forever.
>
> In the UK only salesmen and foreigners talk about vacuum
> cleaners. The locals call them hoovers (regardless of
> brand).

In Korea only old people use vacuum cleaners.

Vincent O'Sullivan

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Re: I Believe in Design Posted: Nov 26, 2009 3:47 AM
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> the internet itself comes from the US.

Which was itself invented by the British.

Randy Hobart

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Re: I Believe in Design Posted: Dec 1, 2009 8:50 AM
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"American Capitalism"
The basics of capitalism; people who produce decide where their money or goods go.
The basics of socialism; the government(aristocracy) decides where the money or goods go.

Bill Pyne

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Re: I Believe in Design Posted: Dec 2, 2009 10:29 AM
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> The basics of capitalism; people who produce decide where
> their money or goods go.

As Alan Greenspan commented when testifying before Congress about the financial system collapse (I'm paraphrasing): I'm a life long believer in free markets but what I'm only now learning is the extent to which people will allow their own self-interest get in the way of the good of their companies.

Randy Hobart

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Re: I Believe in Design Posted: Dec 3, 2009 7:43 AM
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"As Alan Greenspan commented..."
Yes, and I agree.
And I can even add one better.
Pure Capitalism and pure Socialism are both equally evil.

But the basic problem - What is the best mechanism to use to decide who keeps , and who takes.

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary." - James Madison - Wednesday, February 6, 1788

Bill Seitz

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Re: I Believe in Design Posted: Dec 3, 2009 4:30 PM
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Wow, you get 8min out of yours? I think I get half that.

My wife pushes me into buying these stupid pretty things.

And I think Bruce is wrong about them lasting forever, unless that has changed.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3688983.stm

Bill Seitz

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Re: I Believe in Design Posted: Dec 3, 2009 4:32 PM
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for designing your own business for your own satisfaction, I suggest reading the E-Myth stuff by Gerber.

Taylor Cowan

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Re: I Believe in Design Posted: Dec 3, 2009 4:36 PM
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I'm glad I like my job...but I think we should love people, and that would help folks with jobs they thought they hated enjoy them again.

Sometimes bad work environments consist of a few people who love their job so much that they care nothing for others around them, including their own families.

Bill Pyne

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Re: I Believe in Design Posted: Dec 4, 2009 9:46 AM
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> And I can even add one better.
> Pure Capitalism and pure Socialism are both equally evil.

And the mathematician/philosopher in me wants to generalize further: all "-ism"'s will have unacceptable side effects.

> But the basic problem - What is the best mechanism to use
> to decide who keeps , and who takes.

I have no good answer, and I suspect nobody does, but my intuition says that a combination of mechanisms is necessary: sort of a hybrid approach (like what Scala is to programming paradigms ;-)

This is such an interesting topic I wish there was a chat room-like facility for discussing it.

robert young

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Re: I Believe in Design Posted: Dec 24, 2009 3:25 PM
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> > > It was slightly tongue-in-cheek, but you make my
> point
> > by
> > > citing relatively ancient examples.
> >
> > ...
> >
> > If you think about, the USofA is only good at making
> > weapons of mass destruction; we lead the world in
> those,
> > both physical and financial. Not much to crow about, I
> > don't think.
>
> I'm not sure which is sillier, the original statement or
> the response.

I misspoke. I should have said "has a comparative advantage only" rather than "only good".

And Happy Christmas (or Hannukkah) to all.

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