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Posted: Aug 28, 2023 - 8:05am

 Lazy8 wrote:
Most of the items for sale on Amazon aren't things Amazon makes or retails, they're things sold by third parties who use Amazon's marketing and sales features. Everything from mom&pop shops to Fortune 500 companies making a living thru Amazon's sales channels. Many of those folks wouldn't have businesses if they had to build all that themselves.  They concentrate on what they're good at, Amazon does what it's good at, and both prosper. You know...the division of labor. Capitalism.

OR they're made (printed) and sold by Amazon with royalties to ...ME. 

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Posted: Aug 27, 2023 - 11:42pm

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Wtf?  Look at the title of the thread.  But sure, Bezos is horrible person as well. Paul Allen is dead. I actually don't know much about Branson, but Yes, if you've accumulated 10s of billions of dollars, I think you've taken advantage of people/situations/systems and exploited them in ways that are not moral.

Yeah: mythology. Your post is steeped in it.

The familiar trope that if someone is rich then someone else must be poor, because life is a zero sum game ad the only way to get rich (at least richer than you are) is by stealing from those worse off.

The whole of human history disproves this. We are immensely better of than generations before, thriving collectively as individuals advance technology, culture, and intellectual life...and are rewarded for it. Exactly zero of the world's problems are the result of too many rich people.
Couple of other counterpoints to arguments I didn't make.  a) Not asking them to fund Medicare outright. Just asking them to pay a similar tax burden (yes percentage wise) as everyone else. Seems fair as we can point to the benefit they have realized from our system easily - Their billion dollar stacks of wealth.

Not going to happen. People with that kind of wealth can afford the financial advice to defend it. Squeeze them all you like, best you can do is drive them out of the country. Like Richard Branson. Or all five Rolling Stones. Or David Bowie or John Lennon or Marc Bolan or Phil Collins or Rod Stewart or just about every successful F1 driver or...

Also, not just taxes - Many of the people working for the Walton family are on public assistance due to their low wages. So we - all of us collectively are paying to support the workers for the wealthiest family in America. This is not moral. And back to health care - how about providing it, or paying their workers enough to afford it?

More mythology. If the people working at Walmart would be better off not working at Walmart they can quit any time. They'd still be on public assistance.

Or working at a better job...which most of them can't get...or they would. Walmart can't force them to work there. Walmart hires entry-level people. They serve a public (maybe one you have nothing but contempt for*, but they're real people) that benefits enormously from the low-cost goods they sell or they wouldn't be shopping there. They have agency, they could be spending their last dimes buying organic arugula hand-picked by an urban collective on a rooftop in Brooklyn, but they'd rather eat more than one meal.

You want them better-paid, but you of all people should understand that work doesn't just have a cost, it has a value. If the cost exceeds the value—to the employer—it will eventually be eliminated.

Someone stocking shelves in Walmart isn't adding very much value. They are paid accordingly. Want to be paid more? Learn to do something that's worth more. That can happen at Walmart or it can happen somewhere else, but it starts with the realization that people pay what something is worth to them, not what it's worth to you.

If you disagree feel free to saunter over to your nearest Walmart, approach the first employee you see, and offer him/her $100K a year and a cadillac health insurance policy to mow your lawn once a week. Not doing so makes you a monster!

I don't blame him for any of the 'troubles in the world' (except maybe the proliferation of asshole fanbois on the internet). I simply take issue with the idea(s) that he founded tesla, designs rockets for space x, has single handedly 'saved' twitter/X, is some kind of 4d chess playing business genius.

And yes, he gets criticism directly when he makes a statement demanding "sub 10 micron" tolerances on large pieces of stainless steel.  You think somehow owning Virgin Media /WaPo has insulated Bezos and Branson? Musk owns Twitter / X, I think that qualifies. You just don't see the other two seeking the spotlight to make stupid statements all the time.

No, I think they insulate themselves from criticism (to the extent they do) by keeping their opinions to themselves. In Besos' case he keeps WaPo the reliably left-leaning publication that its audience expects. Branson stays out of politics and Virgin Media is a nothingburger. That doesn't mean they don't have opinions you'd disapprove of, it means they haven't shared them with you.

And you aren't just criticizing the mythology around Musk*, you're criticizing him. And your vehemence seems as irrational to me as his fanbois' exuberance. He'll succeed or fail. Failure will punish him plenty if it happens. If he succeeds he won't care that you hate him. Nor should he.

So to summarize - I think we have too many billionaires, and they should probably pay a lot more in taxes. No, that won't solve all of our problems. Most billionaires* have taken advantage of people in things and ways that are not moral.  I think societies like the Netherlands do things a lot better. Much more sense of common goals and less selfishness (and willingness to pay taxes), makes a nicer society.

*Most people with extreme wealth - Don't know exactly where to draw the line, but yes I'll include myself in that pile to some extent. Certainly orders of magnitude smaller than most we are talking about, but yes I'm against the system that got me to where I am now (and Mr. Bezos was a part of that).

Your admission reveals more than you meant to: Jeff Bezos' success drove the success of many others. You certainly aren't alone; there are many many things we use everyday taking advantage of Amazon Web Services. Services that stay up even when the power fails at headquarters, web sites that are more scalable, less vulnerable, overall more robust and cheaper to run because of innovations he pioneered and/or implemented at scale. He got rich making other peoples' lives better. As did Bill Gates and the Waltons and Walt Disney.

Most of the items for sale on Amazon aren't things Amazon makes or retails, they're things sold by third parties who use Amazon's marketing and sales features. Everything from mom&pop shops to Fortune 500 companies making a living thru Amazon's sales channels. Many of those folks wouldn't have businesses if they had to build all that themselves.  They concentrate on what they're good at, Amazon does what it's good at, and both prosper. You know...the division of labor. Capitalism.

* A lot of the criticism of Walmart and its clientele is disgustingly classist.
**I have no idea how much of that he's responsible for and I'm not going to start reading twitter to find out.

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Posted: Aug 27, 2023 - 5:09am

 islander wrote:
So to summarize - I think we have too many billionaires, and they should probably pay a lot more in taxes. No, that won't solve all of our problems. Most billionaires* have taken advantage of people in things and ways that are not moral.  I think societies like the Netherlands do things a lot better. Much more sense of common goals and less selfishness (and willingness to pay taxes), makes a nicer society.

*Most people with extreme wealth - Don't know exactly where to draw the line, but yes I'll include myself in that pile to some extent. Certainly orders of magnitude smaller than most we are talking about, but yes I'm against the system that got me to where I am now (and Mr. Bezos was a part of that).

If you want to feel better... I'll put some of those Amazon options to good use.

Buffett and Gates have been saying for years that they should pay more in taxes... but as you point out, the resistance comes at lower levels.  There are definitely opportunities to raise revenue with absolutely no impact on the lives of those paying more.

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Posted: Aug 26, 2023 - 5:20pm

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They don't. not really. They are holding very tight tolerances (I've heard everything from 1 micron—bullshit—to 40 microns, and Lego won't say) but they are holding it over a several-orders-of-magnitude shorter distance. They are also working with a material with 10X the CTE of steel, so give them that.

So I tried t find some Legos to measure to see what my calipers tell me but I couldn't find a single one. Even tried walking around the house barefoot, but the kids have been gone too long.






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Posted: Aug 26, 2023 - 4:40pm

 Lazy8 wrote:

Paul Allen had a lot of money too. How's Stratolaunch Systems doing these days?

Just a reminder: SpaceX is doing right well.

Jeff Besos' Blue Origin has a was to go to catch up.  Virgin Gallactic (despite being funded by another billionaire, Richard Branson) just launched its first commercial cargo.

You don't hate him, but you give a mighty fine impression of someone who does. Do you feel the same towards Besos and Branson? They both own media companies too; Besos owns WaPo, Branson owns Virgin Media (what, you never heard of Virgin Media? No? I hadn't either).

You haven't mentioned why you think them being rich deprives other people of healthcare and food for their families, but the usual complaint is that they don't pay enough taxes. Maybe if we taxed them all into poverty we'd all get healthcare and food, because that's how that works, right?

Between the four of them their net worth is about $408B, That would fund federal healthcare benefits* for about 8 months. For one year.

Fetishizing Musk is stupid, but so is blaming him for all the troubles in the world. And if he gets blame for everything that goes wrong at any of his companies shouldn't he get credit for everything that goes right?

*In the form of Medicaid; trying to be as generous as possible to the premise, ignoring all the other programs. Medicare, for instance, is 30% more expensive than Medicaid.



Wtf?  Look at the title of the thread.  But sure, Bezos is horrible person as well. Paul Allen is dead. I actually don't know much about Branson, but Yes, if you've accumulated 10s of billions of dollars, I think you've taken advantage of people/situations/systems and exploited them in ways that are not moral.   

Couple of other counterpoints to arguments I didn't make.  a) Not asking them to fund Medicare outright. Just asking them to pay a similar tax burden (yes percentage wise) as everyone else. Seems fair as we can point to the benefit they have realized from our system easily - Their billion dollar stacks of wealth.   

Also, not just taxes - Many of the people working for the Walton family are on public assistance due to their low wages. So we - all of us collectively are paying to support the workers for the wealthiest family in America. This is not moral. And back to health care - how about providing it, or paying their workers enough to afford it?

I don't blame him for any of the 'troubles in the world' (except maybe the proliferation of asshole fanbois on the internet). I simply take issue with the idea(s) that he founded tesla, designs rockets for space x, has single handedly 'saved' twitter/X, is some kind of 4d chess playing business genius.   

And yes, he gets criticism directly when he makes a statement demanding "sub 10 micron" tolerances on large pieces of stainless steel.  You think somehow owning Virgin Media /WaPo has insulated Bezos and Branson? Musk owns Twitter / X, I think that qualifies. You just don't see the other two seeking the spotlight to make stupid statements all the time.

So to summarize - I think we have too many billionaires, and they should probably pay a lot more in taxes. No, that won't solve all of our problems. Most billionaires* have taken advantage of people in things and ways that are not moral.  I think societies like the Netherlands do things a lot better. Much more sense of common goals and less selfishness (and willingness to pay taxes), makes a nicer society.

*Most people with extreme wealth - Don't know exactly where to draw the line, but yes I'll include myself in that pile to some extent. Certainly orders of magnitude smaller than most we are talking about, but yes I'm against the system that got me to where I am now (and Mr. Bezos was a part of that).
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Posted: Aug 26, 2023 - 2:57pm

 islander wrote:
I don't really hate him. I hate what this whole situations symbolizes. He's a reasonably smart guy, who started with plenty of backing and support. He was never going to fail. That freed him up to take some chances and he got lucky and leveraged that into billions of dollars. He also took advantage of people along the way. And now he hordes so much resource, that a lot of other people who are equally smart aren't getting the chance to take a little risk because he's hording all the safety net that should be shared by all.  There are many people who could do great things in our world, but they are constrained by worrying about healthcare and feeding their family.  I doubt we can rid ourselves of all of this, but I do think we could provide a lot better base if we were willing to stop fetishizing people like Musk.

Paul Allen had a lot of money too. How's Stratolaunch Systems doing these days?

Just a reminder: SpaceX is doing right well.

Jeff Besos' Blue Origin has a was to go to catch up.  Virgin Gallactic (despite being funded by another billionaire, Richard Branson) just launched its first commercial cargo.

You don't hate him, but you give a mighty fine impression of someone who does. Do you feel the same towards Besos and Branson? They both own media companies too; Besos owns WaPo, Branson owns Virgin Media (what, you never heard of Virgin Media? No? I hadn't either).

You haven't mentioned why you think them being rich deprives other people of healthcare and food for their families, but the usual complaint is that they don't pay enough taxes. Maybe if we taxed them all into poverty we'd all get healthcare and food, because that's how that works, right?

Between the four of them their net worth is about $408B, That would fund federal healthcare benefits* for about 8 months. For one year.

Fetishizing Musk is stupid, but so is blaming him for all the troubles in the world. And if he gets blame for everything that goes wrong at any of his companies shouldn't he get credit for everything that goes right?

*In the form of Medicaid; trying to be as generous as possible to the premise, ignoring all the other programs. Medicare, for instance, is 30% more expensive than Medicaid.

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Posted: Aug 26, 2023 - 1:27pm

 islander wrote:

No one is criticizing the many talented people who work for his organizations and are serious about their efforts (well, maybe not so much the boring company*).  

But if you claim to be a genius and have armies of people online wording tirelessly to defend you all the time, at a minimum you should expect to be crosschecked.  And as is now being shown by people who are engineers, this is another bit of blather that just doesn't hold up. 

I don't really hate him. I hate what this whole situations symbolizes. He's a reasonably smart guy, who started with plenty of backing and support. He was never going to fail. That freed him up to take some chances and he got lucky and leveraged that into billions of dollars. He also took advantage of people along the way. And now he hordes so much resource, that a lot of other people who are equally smart aren't getting the chance to take a little risk because he's hording all the safety net that should be shared by all.  There are many people who could do great things in our world, but they are constrained by worrying about healthcare and feeding their family.  I doubt we can rid ourselves of all of this, but I do think we could provide a lot better base if we were willing to stop fetishizing people like Musk.

*speculation, but they certainly are not as serious as Space X. 


i personally think he probably has some issues
i just don't know everything he has said or done
i only follow the business side of his life/companies
since buying twitter and posting a lot it seems he has become the target for loads of folks who obviously disagree with what he says
fair enough, he says he will deal with the consequences and that is on him
if he sent that email i would think he sent it to his employees, specifically managers, not the general public/twitter
i remember reading a few years back he sent email to his employees/managers
something like this:

Here’s what Musk told employees on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4.

The first one was about music at work.

To: Everybody

From: Elon Musk

Date: Sunday October 3

Subj. Music in the Factory

Just wanted to say that I very much support music in the factory, as well as any little touches that make work more enjoyable.

An associate just sent me a note asking if we could have one ear bud for music so the other ear can listen for safety-related issues. That sounds fine to me.

Also, ambient music from speakers is also totally cool so long as there is reasonable agreement among your colleagues as to the music choices.

If there are other things that you think would improve your day, please let me know. I care very much that you look forward to coming to work every day!

The second one reminded everybody who the boss is.

To: Everybody

From: Elon Musk

Date: Monday October 4

Subj. Please Note

If an email is sent from me with explicit directions, there are only three actions allowed by managers.

1. Email me back to explain why what I said was incorrect. Sometimes, I’m just plain wrong!

2. Request further clarification if what I said was ambiguous.

3. Execute the directions.

If none of the above are done, that manager will be asked to resign immediately.

Thank you,

Elon






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Posted: Aug 26, 2023 - 10:54am

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she had me at "i'm not an engineer" but she can tell...
she just knows! especially better than a cadre of material scientists and engineers!
here's an example of the type of buffoons working with tesla and spacex on this stuff!
remember any criticism, hate and mythology directed toward anything musk related is valid!

because we just know...




No one is criticizing the many talented people who work for his organizations and are serious about their efforts (well, maybe not so much the boring company*).  

But if you claim to be a genius and have armies of people online wording tirelessly to defend you all the time, at a minimum you should expect to be crosschecked.  And as is now being shown by people who are engineers, this is another bit of blather that just doesn't hold up. 


I don't really hate him. I hate what this whole situations symbolizes. He's a reasonably smart guy, who started with plenty of backing and support. He was never going to fail. That freed him up to take some chances and he got lucky and leveraged that into billions of dollars. He also took advantage of people along the way. And now he hordes so much resource, that a lot of other people who are equally smart aren't getting the chance to take a little risk because he's hording all the safety net that should be shared by all.  There are many people who could do great things in our world, but they are constrained by worrying about healthcare and feeding their family.  I doubt we can rid ourselves of all of this, but I do think we could provide a lot better base if we were willing to stop fetishizing people like Musk.

*speculation, but they certainly are not as serious as Space X. 
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Posted: Aug 26, 2023 - 10:41am

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They don't. not really. They are holding very tight tolerances (I've heard everything from 1 micron—bullshit—to 40 microns, and Lego won't say) but they are holding it over a several-orders-of-magnitude shorter distance. They are also working with a material with 10X the CTE of steel, so give them that.

So I tried t find some Legos to measure to see what my calipers tell me but I couldn't find a single one. Even tried walking around the house barefoot, but the kids have been gone too long.

Which means Lego has good process control and consistent materials. Nothing any good molder couldn't reporduce. But sheet metal is another animal. Steel doesn't come from the mill flat, it comes on a coil. You have to take that curvature out (curvature whose radius varies by a factor of two or more from the beginning to the end of the coil) before you even start making parts, but a steel part the size of a vehicle panel will deform much more than that depending on how you hold it.

Which isn't to say Musk is an imbecile, he's just out of his depth and talking out his ass. Apparently nobody at Tesla or SpaceX is willing to correct him, and most of his audience will just say "Whats a micron?" and be suitably impressed.



Yeah, there are dozens of reasons why Lego isn't a good benchmark for Tesla standards.  Guess I really should have checked if Lego really did hold that standard when the statement started with such a ridiculous statement.
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Posted: Aug 26, 2023 - 9:09am

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I had to check my math to be sure I was right about how small that is. I'm really impressed Lego holds that kind of tolerance.

They don't. not really. They are holding very tight tolerances (I've heard everything from 1 micron—bullshit—to 40 microns, and Lego won't say) but they are holding it over a several-orders-of-magnitude shorter distance. They are also working with a material with 10X the CTE of steel, so give them that.

So I tried t find some Legos to measure to see what my calipers tell me but I couldn't find a single one. Even tried walking around the house barefoot, but the kids have been gone too long.

Which means Lego has good process control and consistent materials. Nothing any good molder couldn't reporduce. But sheet metal is another animal. Steel doesn't come from the mill flat, it comes on a coil. You have to take that curvature out (curvature whose radius varies by a factor of two or more from the beginning to the end of the coil) before you even start making parts, but a steel part the size of a vehicle panel will deform much more than that depending on how you hold it.

Which isn't to say Musk is an imbecile, he's just out of his depth and talking out his ass. Apparently nobody at Tesla or SpaceX is willing to correct him, and most of his audience will just say "Whats a micron?" and be suitably impressed.

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Posted: Aug 26, 2023 - 8:05am

 R_P wrote:






she had me at "i'm not an engineer" but she can tell...
she just knows! especially better than a cadre of material scientists and engineers!
here's an example of the type of buffoons working with tesla and spacex on this stuff!
remember any criticism, hate and mythology directed toward anything musk related is valid!

because we just know...


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Posted: Aug 25, 2023 - 8:12pm

 R_P wrote:



Yet more proof that he's a fucking idiot.
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Posted: Aug 25, 2023 - 8:09pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


Funny he should mention Lego because that thing looks like it could be designed by the. A junior-high robotics team could have come up with something sweeter looking. 


I had to check my math to be sure I was right about how small that is. I'm really impressed Lego holds that kind of tolerance.  


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Posted: Aug 25, 2023 - 3:39pm

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Funny he should mention Lego because that thing looks like it could be designed by a  junior-high robotics team. 

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Posted: Aug 22, 2023 - 6:18am

 miamizsun wrote:
he is out of control
not only does he read every tweet/post, but he still has a plan to oppress co2
i've heard from sources he plans to go into this extreme renewable energy mode too
if we don't act now he might succeed!
please help!
 
sounds nappy to me...
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Posted: Aug 22, 2023 - 5:55am

he is out of control
not only does he read every tweet/post, but he still has a plan to oppress co2
i've heard from sources he plans to go into this extreme renewable energy mode too
if we don't act now he might succeed!
please help!
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Posted: Aug 21, 2023 - 7:09pm

Elon Musk’s Shadow Rule
How the U.S. government came to rely on the tech billionaire—and is now struggling to rein him in.
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Posted: Aug 20, 2023 - 4:31pm

 miamizsun wrote:
PR chump change from 2022 (before the 44B Twitter acquisition).

Cf.

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