Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 09:56 UTC
In the News If you don't live in the US, this is a pretty common source of irritation: US companies charging crazy markups on products sold in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and the rest of the world. The Australian government has had enough of this practice, and started an inquiry into the matter. Yesterday (or today? Timezones confuse me) Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe had to answer questions in a public hearing.
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RE: Comment by static666
by unclefester on Mon 25th Mar 2013 09:08 UTC in reply to "Comment by static666"
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Kickbacks in IT are WIN in every developing economy, e.g. many parts of Europe, non-EU European states, Russia and third world.

Australian government better look into FOSS and foster adoption.


Australia is actually a far more economically and socially developed country than the USA.

Australia has:

- the second highest per capita wealth (after Switzerland)

- a minimum wage 2.5x as high as the USA

- a medium male full time wage of over $72,000 [blue collar mining workers can earn in excess of $150,000 pa.]

- much lower unemployment than the USA

- free universal health care

- far less violent crime

- it only takes 3-4 years to complete a professional degree (equivalent to US Masters). The cost is also massively subsidised.

We have even managed to virtually eliminate handguns and assault rifles.

Did I mention that we also have have better weather and better beaches than the USA?

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