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I wonder why production of things more recently has moved from quality, to making things on cheap mass.

After Christmas I brought a new chair for my desk with gift money to replace my old one, which was feeling age. That replacement chair? It broke already. The back part of it, the screw thread which had an adjustment thingy on it broke. I almost fell out the chair as a result of it. Looking at it, they used a cheap metal which just wasn't strong enough for the job it was being used for.

The bottom half of the chair is fine, so keeping it as a stool of sorts. Just one you can spin around and around on. X-3


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Well, many things are made in China so the factory standard isn't that great quality.

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It doesn't have anything to do with Chinese manufacturing. For instance, iPhones have exceptional build quality, and they're made in China...

...but the availability of outsourcing in general allows companies to sell lower-quality goods at lower prices. Production has not directly moved from quality to quantity so much as it has realized that people are willing to buy cheap goods even at the cost of quality.

Naturally it is not difficult to get a good chair, supposing that you are willing to pay for one.

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Likewise, I still think the T43 and T60 are the best ThinkPads ever made (and the last true IBMs) ;) I'm honestly not a fan of the MacBooks myself :P


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At my school, there are ThinkPads which, for some reason, have a bumpy touchpad. I have no idea why it's not a smooth touchpad. Also, it seems to added on or something because touch pads usually below the surface of the laptop but the bumpy touchpad thing is above the laptop surface. If it's added on, why not just keep the smooth touchpad the way it is? :P

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They're called the "TrackPoint", and they're used differently from a standard touchpad (for example, you can scale the entire screen just by pressing in a direction :P)


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...but the availability of outsourcing in general allows companies to sell lower-quality goods at lower prices. Production has not directly moved from quality to quantity so much as it has realized that people are willing to buy cheap goods even at the cost of quality.

It doesn't help though if companies in western countries reduce salary to Chinese standards to compete with China. So while goods might be cheaper, you earn less too and so basically nothing has changed at all, except for the quality.

I realize though that this is a serious topic which shouldn't be debated on in here. <_<


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I'm the the "fuck Winter, bring on Spring!" mood right now. I want tropical weather. <_<>_>

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I'm the the "fuck Winter, bring on Spring!" mood right now. I want tropical weather. <_<>_>

Same here, but minus the tropical weather :P


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I would like to go back to Florida. Maybe go to an island in the Pacific or Carribbean. :P

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...but the availability of outsourcing in general allows companies to sell lower-quality goods at lower prices. Production has not directly moved from quality to quantity so much as it has realized that people are willing to buy cheap goods even at the cost of quality.

It doesn't help though if companies in western countries reduce salary to Chinese standards to compete with China. So while goods might be cheaper, you earn less too and so basically nothing has changed at all, except for the quality.

I realize though that this is a serious topic which shouldn't be debated on in here. <_<


It's unlikely that salaries of domestic workers would be reduced; the gap between wages here and wages in China are too great. More likely is the loss of jobs.

However, unless you're working in the manufacturing sector, this should hardly be an issue; the vast majority of the population gets access to cheaper goods at cheaper prices. Both the low-quality stuff and the high-quality stuff is less expensive overall due to outsourcing, it's just that if you still buy the cheapest possible then you'll end up with low-quality goods.

International trade (which includes the "trade" of human labor, i.e., outsourcing) generally makes most people a little better off even if it makes a small group of people worse off.

Anyway I'm not sure what the sense is in stifling discussions, "serious" or not, wherever they might happen to arise.

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School is closed tomorrow due to snow.

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School is tomorrow due to snow.

What kind of school is that, eskimo school?


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You only get the 3 day weekend, and not the whole week in Ohio? :P


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CLOSED tomorrow. My fucking God, these typos. >_<
And I actually have a 5 day weekend because I had Friday off.

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CLOSED tomorrow. My fucking God, these typos. >_<
You can't deny that typos of that scale lead to some interesting, or amusing responses.


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It's also funny when you do typos such as leaving out the word "not". For example, you may accidentally type "I do hate you." instead of "I do not hate you."

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Today was not a good day for me, I shoveled snow with my nephew. And after I slept for about four to five hours, when I was eating dinner I couldn't finish eating the food. I've been depressed all day but didn't want my family to pick it up, I ate some ice cream from 711 but that didn't cheer me up.

I was playing some Xbox 360 earlier with my nephew, at least that was a bit fun...

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Pre-move out inspection? The hell? Isn't that suppose to happen after the move?

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I slept so much yesterday that I'm still not that tired.

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