Re: Lack of Bacon
Was he being polite due to being in Riyadh? That was the location wasn't it?
60 posts • joined 14 Mar 2019
As usual and common across the world, the Government is going after the wrong group to increase its income through taxation. Government needs to be going after Corporations to increase its taxable income not us in the populace. The problem is that Corporations have bought and built very favourable tax laws and can afford to fight the Government in court. Then add in the graft and corruption at the highest levels, which is business as usual, and you know it'll be us getting screwed over. Of course, the problem isn't just taxation but how Globalization has played out. Governments everywhere know this isn't sustainable if we are to keep any semblance of our standard of living but the graft and corruption at the top make change unlikely.
Keep in mind that in society today what is considered the far left is FDR style social democracy which is what built the US economy into the power house that it is. Trump and those of his ilk are moving the US toward the far right which is closer to the oligarchy that FDR style social democracy replaced. I say this with caveat that Trump may be more of a fascist than those who preceded him.
People can hold any view they want, absolutely; but, not all views hold the same weight. Politicians, however, by the very nature and importance of their work need to be held to a higher standard. Politicians should be building legislation on the basis of scientific evidence, historical data and human rights. No Politician should be able to get away with pandering to any groups particular wants or beliefs. Yet, that seems to be all they do now. For instance, here in Canada Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party were in a real race with the NDP. One the NDPs platform promises was to enact Proportional Representation (PR) and that was gaining real traction with us in the populace so the Libs jumped on that bandwagon and that seems to have been enough to swing a lot of people to the Libs. The problem there was the Libs had no intention of enacting PR as it would hurt both their and the Conservative Party's chances of forming single party majority governments and that is not something either of those parties or their main contributors want.
Although I understand that argument when does one take a stand and and say to such people your views are ridiculous and you don't deserve a platform which can be used to for self promotion?
The problem with Trump wasn't that he was denied a platform but that so many media outlets were so fascinated with his idiot speeches that he got a huge platform to promote his lies and idiocy. Sadly, so many Americans have little or no hope of reasonable Government under their existing system and want Governmental change so badly that they voted for Trump. It is my sincere hope that most won't repeat that mistake again. Although, without voting in a real progressive and the Congress and Senate people to support such there won't be any real change. Free market Capitalism has gone well past it zenith. We in the developed economies need a new New Deal (FDR) style of Governance (Social Democracy) to re-balance economies and put money back in the pockets of the populace.
The worst part of the Trump presidentail administration may be the encumbrance of the Supreme Court with judges who care less about the law than they do their political or religious beliefs. That will hurt America for many years. That will keep American society somewhat destabilized for a long time. Putin has truly won the war. Trump<--Bannon<--Putin
Security risk or not, we in the developed economies, need to move a lot of manufacturing back to the countries in which we live for our own security. I think that something Trump will be known for is proving that no country can be counted on as a stable trade or defence partner. Canada, for instance, exports huge amounts of its finite natural resources unfinished to other countries. We leave a lot of money out of our economy by not exporting finished goods.
It would be fantastic if these mega corps could provide the code quality of OpenBSD. Maybe they should be paying OpenBSD devs to optimize for their devices? I know no software is error free but come on mega corps this is what you do, your hardware is only as good as the drivers and software that enable its functionality.
My experience with learning Junos was that it was easier to learn than Cisco iOS. Does iOS now have the ability to create temporary configuration when you change configuration that shows you the results of your intended changes? In Junos you dump in your intended changes type "show | compare" and you see what's changing in that box before any changes are made. That's saved my bacon more than once. Years ago when I worked in Cisco equipment that feature seems to have been missing.
sorry, replying to myself to add comparisons:
The State of Maine from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maine#Population
The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Maine was 1,338,404... on 35,385 sq mi (91,646 km2).
The country of England from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England
Area 130,279 km2 (50,301 sq mi) Population 2017 estimate 55,619,400
That so many don't have fibre run past them is a function of corporate greed. One might even consider that a little collusion might be thrown in.
I have to, at least partially, disagree about rolling out fibre is too expensive. I live in Atlantic Canda and here there are basically two physical wire service providers. One was the tradition phone company using twisted copper pair and the other the cable tv using coax.
So, as Internet speeds and tv programs increased in bandwidth requirement the coax provider was kicking the ass of the twisted pair provider. The twisted pair provider decided to run FTTH damn near everywhere in Atlantic Canada and are now the prefer provider in the area. They run fibre past 90-95% of the population in a largely rural and harsh environment. To hear other ISP/Telco/TV providers say it's too expensive seems to me to be a lie. Keep in mind that Atlantic Canada is also, typically, the most economically depressed area of Canada.
Atlantic Canada taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Canada
"The population of the four Atlantic provinces in 2016 was about 2,300,000 on half a million km2. The provinces combined had an approximate GDP of $121.888 billion in 2011. "
It appears they need to give their management VLANs higher CoS/QoS. Under the issues they've described they shouldn't have had trouble managing their systems.
Makes me wonder if there wasn't more to this issue because I find it hard to believe they hadn't done that. It's not the GOOG are new cloud.
I think that first we need to decide if free trade and globalization have been good for the "developed economies" over the long term.
Things I remember from up to sometime in the mid 1970s or early 1980s was that credit was much harder to get. Did this change around the time of “free trade” and “globalization” or perhaps it predated those and was caused to stimulate the economy at the time of the OPEC oil embargo? Eased credit availability to us, the populace, may or may not have been a good thing. I’m leaning toward not. The 1980s to present also lead to greatly reduced tax burdens and a plethora of tax loop holes available it would seem only to the wealthy and large Corporations.
The selling of free trade and globalization was to open new markets to western business. Quite the opposite has occurred. We suffered job loss which started with lower end manufacturing and clothing industries but over the 40 plus years since have moved to include the high tech industries that now largely dominate our lives. China and India both have rules that limit foreign ownership in their countries and if I recall correctly India tightened those rules about a year ago.
So, massive amounts of money and jobs have gone from the developed economies to China, India and others more recently. The big problem here is that the developing economies don’t have meet the wages, health care, or environmental standards that are required in developed economies.
We cannot compete.
Idiots like Trump and his ilk want to drive our salaries, health care and environmental standards down to non-existence while what should be happening is that our Governments shouldn’t be trading with nations that don’t meet the standards we have.
This is in no way intended to be a knock on either China, India or other developing economies. It is directly a knock on the short-sighted greed of the developed economies Governements and Corporations possibly culminating in the idiocy or the USA Trump Idiocracy.
The whole "old laptops don't work well enough" is ridiculous, in most cases. For my home usage I still use a Lenovo T420 i5 with 8Gigs of RAM and the original spinning rust HDD running MX Linux. It still works wonderfully for my purposes and I occasionally spin up a different distro in a VM to have a look. I'd like to buy a new laptop with maybe 32 or 64 Gig of RAM but that won't be soon and if I go that root I'll make sure it has AMD inside. I'll probably put an SSD in my T420 and maybe buy a T440 with 16 Gig of RAM next.
So, other than for gaming there's very little most of us can't do using an older laptop.
Well said. Much of this problem is due to the deregulation of Corporate financials. I'm not a finance person so am not sure that's the correct term. What I'm talking about is at the time of globalization/free trade when RRSPs were allowed to participate in corporate stock outside of national scope. Such was the case in Canada at the time. Since then, these corporations outsource as much work as possible to developing economies to reduce cost and most no longer have any R&D worth mentioning, all in the name of increasing profit for the Ponzi/Pyramid scheme that is the deregulated stock market and that is effect of changing the corporate tax burden. Since the late 1970s corporations have been able to increasingly buy their own taxation system, it seems. The more regulated, or in authoritarian regimes financially controlled, corporations still seem to have effective R&D.
The above boils down to the populace having been duped by bad faith politicians. As much I don't like Trump and his crazy train this all started a long time before him.
I agree that one should be a decent human being and do the right thing and I or any/most of you would do that. On the other hand, many Corporations make most of their money in the developed economies and outsource their work to the developing economies whenever possible or simple reduce staff leaving existing staff with an increased workload. I find it very hard to have have any sympathy for any of them.
I upvoted you, because if Trump was sane you'd be correct, but is Trump smart enough to understand that or care how that would most of the world's population? I'll bet he's worked out something with his friend Vlad wherein he and the kids can move in with his buddy in case he's able to pull that off. What I wonder is does Trump believe that his buddy would honour a deal like that.
It's important to keep in mind that Trump is a Bannon fan and Bannon wants to deconstruct the US economy/world economy and turn it all back to the times of the robber barons. Aside from the fact that there's nothing any nation can do with any nation that has nukes, if the nation with nukes is run by a crazy despot. North Korea is a good example of that. To contrast that, Ukraine is a good example of living near that and giving up its nuclear arsenal.
The taxation system and corporations hiding money and having an ever decreasing tax burden certainly needs changing, in NA at the least, but I think Bernie Sanders ideas of a new New Deal was the way that should have played out. Of course, the robber barons didn't want that and where there's private money and lobbying allowed in politics we get control by rober barons.
I love lower prices, but this feels like selling below cost of production to put competitors out of business or simply using their near slave labour force to under cut prices. Either way this should not be allowed, of course, that's how a lot mega Corps have gotten where they are, so it'll be interesting to see the arguments for and against this.
I am not a Trump supporter, but in the case of selling stuff cheaply from developing economies we cannot compete. Many developing nations have very good education systems and can compete on technical developments, obviously. At what point do developed nations stop the bleeding of jobs? Granted the system is screwed and Trump will make it worse not better, but sometimes even his idiocy is a "small step" in the right direction.
Real steps would require these maga-Corps to bring jobs back to NA, EU, AU and parts of Asia.
I think it is germane to the subject of the Chinese government's handling of the Huawei case. China is, of course, an Authoritarian regime and the US is moving in that direction, at this point the above illustrates the not so thin edge of that wedge. I do hope your right and that those bills will be overturned.
Here's another one. There are so many articles questioning the viability of the Canada China FIPA:
To paraphrase the article, China can screw Canada in about anyway they want.
I agree that China can produce very high quality products. No question about that. The problem, in my opinion, is human rights, pay, hours expected, healthcare etc.. all those things that we in developed economies have, or used to have thanks to unions. We, in developed economies, cannot compete as our cost of living is so much higher and having had a large, vibrant middle class from the end of WW2 through the 1980s we are have expectations that freedoms, quality education, healthcare will continue, except our governments and the money that owns them is moving us away from that model and toward the Chinese model. Lets face it the wealthy have more control than we'd like and that is increasing.
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