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    *resists the temptation to grammar nitpick*

    People who stand in front of the ATM counting the money they just received, as if they can argue or negotiate with a faceless machine. Even it did make a mistake, it won't care. Move along!

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    One thing I never understood (and probably never will, even though im studing economy) is how germans make capitalism work! Half of the EU is collapsing and just a few weeks ago, Germany increased their estimated economical growth for this fiscal year.
    HOW THEY DO THAT?

    And sorry for the bad english...
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    I don't understand how console gamers like playing FPS's with an gamepad, I tried it and it's just horrible. Before some of you say that I'm just not used to it, I learned how to handle it quite fast, I've even defeated my console gaming friend a few times. It just not possible to aim normal with that thing, it feels so unnatural. The thing I don't understand even more is that since PS Move came out, a lot of people with an PS3 still play their shooter games with an gamepad. Why the hell do they still play with an gamepad when the PS Move is much better suited, with way better controls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleLizard View Post
    One thing I never understood (and probably never will, even though im studing economy) is how germans make capitalism work! Half of the EU is collapsing and just a few weeks ago, Germany increased their estimated economical growth for this fiscal year.
    HOW THEY DO THAT?

    And sorry for the bad english...
    I guess they are assuming that Greece won't fall... Or Portugal, for that matter. I surely hope so, since I live here...
    Either that or Hollywood Accounting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleLizard View Post
    One thing I never understood (and probably never will, even though im studing economy) is how germans make capitalism work! Half of the EU is collapsing and just a few weeks ago, Germany increased their estimated economical growth for this fiscal year.
    HOW THEY DO THAT?
    Germany doesn't make capitalism "work", they just adapt to it's needs accordingly; as in:
    wage dumping, an immense cut in social security and unions which to call tame would be understating.

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    Isn't Germany still quite big on Industry, as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by somini View Post
    I guess they are assuming that Greece won't fall... Or Portugal, for that matter. I surely hope so, since I live here...
    Either that or Hollywood Accounting.
    Haven't Germany always been a little out of sync with the euro-zone anyway? I remember there was some kerfuffle and they had to have some special circumstances for them to initially join.

    As for what I don't understand... How on earth the pharmaceutical industry can sustain itself. Each drug takes like 13 years to produce (min), costs over a billion pounds, the patent probably only lasts another 10 years after that and even then theres a decent chance there'll be some rubbish side effect that takes it off market.

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    One thing I've never understood is this:

    You come to work, greet your colleagues, your colleagues greet you and you all start to work. So far so good. Then you get yourself a cup of coffee, pass one of your colleagues in the hallway, you get greeted again. Hmm, didn't we just greeted? Going to the printer and seeing a colleague again, they greet again! What the... Even in the toilet they greet you a-bloody-gain.

    Why do people do this? And is this an office-illness only or do, for example, road workers do this as well? I Imagine me and my girlfriend doing this all day when we're at home. Which would be pretty awkward...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vague-rant View Post
    How on earth the pharmaceutical industry can sustain itself.
    As you say, the answer is patents. And a focus on drugs that will sell, which ideally would subsidize more niche drugs.

    The math works out, though. They need only make $100m/year over the lifetime of the patent to meet the cost, and a mere 100,000 patients worldwide paying $1000/year would do that, or a million paying just $100/year. And they'll continue selling reasonably well for a few years until a generic develops a good reputation. Only the "active ingredient" is patented; the specific delivery mechanism, stuff that controls the release rate in a pill, is usually proprietary.

    After generics achieve parity, it's a different (but still profitable) business. The original name will still carry a great deal of weight thanks to a decade of marketing, and if it's only 20-30% more expensive, a lot of people will keep buying it another ten years down the road. See, eg, Prilosec.
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    the obsession that the American media seemed to have with the royal wedding a little while ago, I think there was more interest over in the states than there was over here.

    As I understand it Iceland is green and Greenland is ice, wtf is up with that, did they do it deliberately to confuse people?

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    Mayonnaise.
    Why people like James Blunt.
    Homeopathy.

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    Why people like James Blunt.
    His songs to me personally are quite good and he definitely brings a passion to his songs that some artists can't be called for, he isn't leading the charge of the advancement of music but he defiantly has a sense that will make a nice pop song that seems a little old fashoined. You might also have to have a feminine persuasion...

    Homeopathy
    Its a damn good placebo effect.

    I don't understand why 60-90% chocolate exists, its actually really horrible stuff, how can anyone eat it?

    How can a country go bankrupt?

    Why are there so many terrible panel shows now on? Yes I'm looking at you the panel show that's about twitter

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    @Xercies, above

    His singing voice drives me into a horrendous rage every time I hear it. It sounds like someone hated his accent so much they punched him in the balls and he never fully recovered. He starts singing two bars too early ON A SONG HE WROTE HIMSELF and left it on the album in the mistaken belief that it makes him fresh, funny and generally cool.

    Re: Homeopathy. "Here is a sugar pill that will cure your arthritis. That will be 50." Bloody load of nonsense.

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    "How can a country go bankrupt?"

    Short version: Socialist governments spend all the money to buy votes during the good times and try to borrow their way out of debt during the bad.

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    People who think Politics is Black vs White, Us vs Them, Right vs Wrong, Right vs Left. People that think their political opponents are their enemies.
    Last edited by Unaco; 28-06-2011 at 04:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    "How can a country go bankrupt?"

    Short version: Socialist governments spend all the money to buy votes during the good times and try to borrow their way out of debt during the bad.
    And the long version?

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    Hmm, okay, you got me. I'm actually pretty happy with my summary. Socialist governments tend to spend too much and borrow too much, and then more conservative governments are voted in and have to try to get the country back on it's feet- it's a pattern that's been repeated in the UK several times as well as in other countries.

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    The truth is, a reponsible government has nothing to do with it being socialist or conservative. It mostly has to do with it being responsible...or not.

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    Yeah i get that you can go Bankrupt if your a bit uncareful with your money, but what does the people who own the debt to that country do when the country goes bankrupt. If a person goes bankrupt he loses his home and some of his stuff and other stuff, with a country you can't exactly do that. So that's what the question i was mostly asking.

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    Everyone in London takes public transport because the traffic is so bad. So who's driving?!

    @man-eater chimp: How dare you sir, I demand satisfaction! Or at the very least some marmite on toast, which is delicious. On the other hand there's no accounting for taste, I've met people who don't like cheese and that's just wrong. You can keep the wheel, trigonometry, sliced bread and splitting the atom, cheese is mankind's single greatest achievement. In fact whoever invented the wheel probably got the idea after watching the local cheese-rolling festival.
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