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[2]: addendum
by kaiwai on Wed 21st Dec 2005 07:08 UTC in reply to "RE: addendum"
kaiwai
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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"
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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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RE[4]: addendum
by kaiwai on Thu 22nd Dec 2005 02:09 in reply to "RE[3]: addendum"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

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

Oh pulease, I'm sitting in New Zealand, both the public and private sit side by side, if I want to have quicker response, more cover etc. I can pay for some health insurance, if I want faster operation times then I can go through the private health system - the public and private operate side by side as to allow the INDIVIDUAL to make the choice on which he or she would prefer to go to.

And you still haven't addressed as to WHY companies should be paying for things other than simply the wage/salary to which their employee is entitled to? again, it isn't the responsibility of the company to pay for things out side their core focus areas, and they SHOULDN'T be forced into paying for these things either.

If a company CHOOSES then offer those perks, then different story, but the fact is, these companies in the US are forced to, via legislation to PAY for these costs - believe me, if I were forced to pay for the health care of my workers I certainly wouldn't hire any fat people, smokers, people with high blood pressure, drink alcohol etc. etc. If the government thinks it has the right to impose undue costs onto business, I in turn should be given the right to descriminate against those who will cost me the employer money in the long run.

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