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I could summarise this article but I won't. However, the opinions expressed in it (about how IT services businesses are in trouble and how "shareholder value" isn't how you should run your company) ring true to me.
Posted: June 25, 2015 @ 01:01
Pretty much everyone except the politicians and big business think so. And it isn't about trade - it's about business extending their power over governments. So you'd think the politicians wouldn't like that.
Posted: May 27, 2015 @ 08:34
Modified: May 28, 2015 @ 10:24
Geo-blocking sucks. But it is there because licenses have been given out for geographical regions to distribute content - physical or electronic. But it needs to go. Boo-hoo to the businesses that depend on it - everything is global now; this has been a trend for a decade or more (even before region code enforcement on DVD players was outlawed in Australia) so get with the program already.
Posted: May 8, 2015 @ 12:43
If there are complaints about the secrecy behind the creation of the TPP both here (in Oz) and in the US - why are we doing this? Why does it have to be secret? This is a bad deal in the making.

We already know that the previous free-trade deal has meant jack for us so why are we bothering?
Posted: May 8, 2015 @ 12:30
When an individual can manipulate the stock market (and that's bad!) what can large companies do?
Posted: April 23, 2015 @ 09:20
It turns out that "trickle-down" economics may not actually work. Latest research shows that the rich get richer with economic growth while the poor don't see that much benefit.
Posted: April 7, 2015 @ 09:10
This is a long-term trend - and most of us in the Internet/computing game get it - that the value of a company is not based on bricks-and-mortar.

However, the issue here is that many companies are valued on - well - pretty much nothing. Why is Snapchat worth so much given that they have no revenue? Why was WhatsApp valued so highly given that the had some revenue but not in the billions of dollars?

Is this valuation false? Are we headed for a crash? Are we in a bubble?

I don't know - I'...
Posted: March 30, 2015 @ 10:48
This article references a documentary about climate change denial ("Merchants of Doubt") and subsequent email exchanges between said deniers trying to work against the film's message. Sad, sad, people.
Posted: March 24, 2015 @ 10:14
Think again... The food creation industry has got some very neat tricks to take natural ingredients and make them into very interesting chemicals that are then used in food. And because they are "based on" actual plants and animal byproducts they can disguise how they are described on the labels.
Posted: February 23, 2015 @ 12:46
Given that the TPP document itself estimates there is a 0% difference to Australia's GDP should we sign it - why are we wasting our time with it? And that's outside all the negative benefits. Why are we pandering to large, external business interests on this one?
Posted: February 13, 2015 @ 13:29
Big business rules the roost - normal people (the taxpayers and voters) get the shaft. Unless you're rich.
Posted: November 7, 2014 @ 13:31
No surprises here but a game plan for how big business (in this case, the fossil fuel industry) discredits anyone trying to attack them. It's all about protecting their dying business model.
Posted: November 4, 2014 @ 07:25
Bend over and kiss your arse goodbye. Pity that politicians are complete hypocrites. And also a pity that this isn't really about law enforcement - the first task will be for the movies studios around copyright infringement - so already this is extending beyond what it is meant to do and we haven't even got it through parliament yet.
Posted: October 30, 2014 @ 16:43
Two of them harm innocent people - the other, not so much. Unless you're the Australian movie studios in which case if you pirate a movies you're just as bad as a pedophile or terrorist.

Not in the same league, methinks. Probably time to stop the hyperbole.
Posted: September 5, 2014 @ 07:11
This is just a comic but I don't understand how Snapchat is worth multiples of billions of dollars when it has no way of making money.
Posted: August 21, 2014 @ 11:07
No, really? And the government is listening to them, not the science.
Posted: August 18, 2014 @ 11:46
Australia needs to get out of the business of digging up stuff and sending it overseas. Coal in particular (given how much pollution is generated from the act of mining it and then burning it) is a good thing. We should be taking the people from these industries and employing them in the renewable energy sector.
Posted: August 7, 2014 @ 08:57
I remember the denials from the tobacco industry - even though there was clear evidence that smoking caused cancer and other diseases. Same thing happening now with climate change. In 50 years the mainstream will wake up but will it be too late?
Posted: April 20, 2014 @ 10:51
This is a really good, simple explanation of HFT - and also an opinion on why it is "cheating" the market. Worth a read.
Posted: April 5, 2014 @ 20:26
Modified: April 5, 2014 @ 20:26
This is an interesting proposal. I'm no fan of the coal industry - or any other industry that creates significant amount of pollution - so why not shut it down and push other cleaner technologies?
Posted: March 14, 2014 @ 09:45
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