Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Jun 2008 15:13 UTC
Oracle and SUN Sun UK's chief open-source officer, Simon Phipps, has a high-profile role to play as the company is seeking a complete its move to 100 percent open software development. When asked about the criticism over its commitment to open source, Simon re-iterate its commitment with a "Pig and a Chicken" story: "Both animals were asked by the farmer to bring something along for breakfast one morning to show their worth. The chicken turns up with an egg, while the pig turns up with a side of bacon. The farmer looks over the offerings and says: "Well, the chicken has contributed, but the pig is committed."
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RE[5]: The New World
by unclefester on Sun 29th Jun 2008 12:34 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: The New World"
unclefester
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Small cheap cars are actually loss makers for both the manufacturer and break even at best for dealer. High end models are the only ones that are reasonably profitable. They only make money out of spares and service. A very minor accident can cost thousands of dollars for grossly overpriced spare parts. Most people in Australia get new cars dealer serviced. However any licensed mechanic can service them (much cheaper) without affecting the warranty.

Petrol stations in Australia are actually in the Coca Cola business. They are mostly owned by supermarket chains. They sell petrol only to get people to make impulse buys of overpriced snacks.

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RE[6]: The New World
by kaiwai on Sun 29th Jun 2008 22:19 in reply to "RE[5]: The New World"
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2005-07-06

Small cheap cars are actually loss makers for both the manufacturer and break even at best for dealer. High end models are the only ones that are reasonably profitable. They only make money out of spares and service. A very minor accident can cost thousands of dollars for grossly overpriced spare parts. Most people in Australia get new cars dealer serviced. However any licensed mechanic can service them (much cheaper) without affecting the warranty.


Reminds me of the 'Smart Car', IIRC, they've been operating as a subsidiary to who ever owns them, and have never made a profit. Before they were bought out, they made losses - IIRC that was the original reason they were bought out, it was a rescue more than anything else.

Petrol stations in Australia are actually in the Coca Cola business. They are mostly owned by supermarket chains. They sell petrol only to get people to make impulse buys of overpriced snacks.


In New Zealand is is a strange combination. For a while some of the petrol companies owned the service stations - but have since sold them off. There are still a large number, however, which are privately owned - which is why alot of those who do 'drive off's' fail to realise that they're not screwing the big oil companies but the small business owner who is also getting shafted with the high price he has to pay to the oil company.

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