Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2005 18:37 UTC, submitted by Robert Escue
IBM Unix isn't a flashy market. But what distinction there is has been going to Sun Microsystems lately, by making its Unix-based Solaris operating system available as open-source software. Last week, IBM moved to put its AIX Unix operating system back on everybody's radar by revealing plans to create a development center on its Austin, Texas, campus to speed up AIX development.
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RE: addendum
by Simba on Wed 21st Dec 2005 00:22 UTC in reply to "addendum"
Simba
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2005-10-08

"Theoretically such a tipping point may exist, but it hasn't been observed in practice."

It most certainly has been observed in practice. GM, who is often considered an economic indicator of the health of the entire U.S. economy, is almost certainly going to file bankruptcy. Why? A lot of it has to do with the fact that they can't compete with low cost imports from Japan and Korea. And often, those imports are dumped in the United States at less than what it costs to make them in order to destroy U.S. competition.

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RE[2]: addendum
by cr8dle2grave on Wed 21st Dec 2005 00:29 in reply to "RE: addendum"
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2005-07-11

Rubbish. GM was already once bailed by the Federal Government back in the 70's in spite of trade legislation which was designed to protect their place in the market. GM should have been allowed to die a long time ago. In any case, my point stands: the median standard of living and aggregate wealth in the US is up considerably from where it was in GM's heydays.

Edited 2005-12-21 00:40

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RE[3]: addendum
by Simba on Wed 21st Dec 2005 00:46 in reply to "RE[2]: addendum"
Simba Member since:
2005-10-08

"GM was already once bailed by the Federal Government back in the 70's in spite of trade legislation which was designed to protect their place in the market. "

You are thinking of Daimler chrysler. GM has never been bailed out by the government.

I'm going to assume you are not from the U.S., since you seem to have a very anti U.S. attitude. And most people in the U.S. do not think it is a good thing that our jobs are going overseas (although for obvious reasons, people in other countries would think it is a great thing).

Most people don't like it... Although at the same time, most don't do a damn thing about it.

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RE[2]: addendum
by kaiwai on Wed 21st Dec 2005 07:08 in reply to "RE: addendum"
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2005-07-06

It most certainly has been observed in practice. GM, who is often considered an economic indicator of the health of the entire U.S. economy, is almost certainly going to file bankruptcy. Why? A lot of it has to do with the fact that they can't compete with low cost imports from Japan and Korea. And often, those imports are dumped in the United States at less than what it costs to make them in order to destroy U.S. competition.

Question: Why are companies, forced in the US to not only pay the outragious taxes, but then pay for the healthcare and superannuation of its employees when in ever other country (those funny little nations in that mystical 'over seas' realm) seem to get those nifty things paid for via the TAX THEY PAY TO THE GOVERNMENT EACH WEEK IN THEIR PAY AS YOUR EARN TAXATION!!!!!!!

If GM is dying, its dying because of crap leadership from the top of the US administration, and nothing to do with 'cheap imports'.

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RE[3]: addendum
by Simba on Wed 21st Dec 2005 21:00 in reply to "RE[2]: addendum"
Simba Member since:
2005-10-08

"Question: Why are companies, forced in the US to not only pay the outragious taxes, but then pay for the healthcare and superannuation of its employees when in ever other country"

A: It is not "every other country"

B: Some US companies have higher profits than the GDPs of some entire countries. So at least part of this system works.

C: Yeah... Socialized medicine is great... If you don't mind waiting a month or more before you can even see a doctor because of lower availability. Since socialized healthcare plans typically have rather stingy caps on what they will pay for any given services (and the clinics have to eat the rest of the cost), clinics can't afford to hire as many doctors. And this means you have to wait a lot longer to even get seen for an appointment (like literally a month)

Socialized medicine is not all it is cracked up to be.

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