On Fri, 18 Dec 2009 22:54:39 +1300, Peter Huebner wrote:
Well yes, because there's no incentive for them (or anyone else) to sort
out the problems or make better products - it really is "you get
what you pay for", and most folk seem happy to buy complete crap so
long as it's cheap. I've seen good Chiense products in the past - with the
associated price tag.
Their labor's cheap, but still skilled if that's what's required; they'll
build and test stuff to the exact level that the buyer's paying for.
On Wed, 16 Dec 2009 11:39:07 -0800, David Nebenzahl
I think you are 100% correct. I was fortunate to be able to visit
China for a couple weeks with Chinese engineers and grad students as
hosts. They are VERY interested in doing things right and are very
proud of their country. They have a ways to go but it won't take them
long. We visited a road construction site where most of the heavy
equipment operators were hardly out of their teens. They were putting
in the curbing just prior to paving with asphalt. They had modern
survey instruments to maintain line and grade and were installing
large, but hand handlable and hand installed individual granite curb
stones that formed the gutter. The gutter line was perfect as was the
pavement when they were done. They also don't waste a lot of time and
effort on "environmental and archeological" salvage issues like we do
here. They just dig it up and rebury it. We could see the remains
of at least two prior iterations of roads buried several feet under
the current construction level. The US is almost assuredly on a long,
slow (best case) downhill slide due to over-regulation and
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