…mysteries of life in these United States is the domination of an industry by one or two giants that are providing each other “competition” without innovation for their customers. My general guideline is if the company is getting all of its customers to sign non-negotiable contracts one can be sure competition has more or less evaporated in that industry. We see this in rental properties, cell-phone contracts, power company services, national water companies, credit card offers–even your doctor is locked by global contracts that are non-negotiable. A post by Derek Powazek (details below) sums this up beautifully. I think of it as the short version of Atlas Shrugged. It is the third key to business relationships.
Derek Powazek – Don’t Work for Assholes
It can be very intimidating to turn down work, especially in these uncertain economic times. But the months I spent suffering that fool 12 years ago would have been better spent building my portfolio and hustling to find better clients. All the time you spend working for an asshole is time you’re not spending to find a gig that will, in the long run, pay you better, teach you more, and make you happier.
Nowadays, the only asshole I work for is me.
…is available. This is really very useful as setting up an environment for evaluation of code reuse is difficult in a corporate environment sometimes. Also, the hands-on approach has ever gotten me farther in my pursuit of mastery than a thousand books (yes, I subscribe to Safari every year).
It is a simple question, and a small number: $9,718.49! The real question is not what would “156.3 million” people do with 9.72 thousand USA dollars. The real questions are “Who got US$1.519 trillion and what did they spend it on?” However, giving money in equal parts to every person in the USA would be more equitable than what has happened with government bailouts. The question that could be asked is “Why would a free people accept the load of debt that has been thrown upon them without their consent by the rotters and the looters that have taken up control of the politicians in Washington, in the states, and in local jurisdictions?” The question that could be asked is “How would we find the 156 people in the US that could take ‘$1.519 trillion’ and using all of their considerable intellect and energy, make money–turn ‘$1.519 trillion’ into ten times that through their ingenuity and understanding of wealth and innovation?”
According to CNN, this is the amount we all would have gotten if the bailouts went to taxpayers and not the banks. What could you have done with $9,718.49?