Subject: Re: Ignorance regarding money issues(Was: Why I can't use Lisp.)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 20 Aug 2002 02:23:48 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* (thelifter)
| What most people who live in the richer countries(mostly US, Canada and
| Europe) don't realize is that the majority of this worlds population live in
| much poorer conditions.

  Who cares?  If they have something to offer me, I will gladly pay them on
  /my/ scale.  That is, if you, instead of being a destitute idiot, could do
  some work for me that others would only do for USD 10,000, but at a
  massively lower cost for yourself, you could charge USD 9,990 for it and
  amass USD 9,000 in profits instead of the USD 2,000 that others would make.
  That would probably afford you 1,000 times more real value in your povertry-
  stricken economy than those others would get out of it, so your opportunity
  to make a really huge profit is much, much greater with the same investment.

  So you just shot down your own stupid argument with an elephant rifle.

| IMHO it simply makes no sense to charge the same price for a product all
| over the world.

  Many American companies charge a lot more of their European customers.
  Perhaps you are unaware of this and should be accused of willfull ignorance?

| This is especially true for software where the cost of reproducing it is
| almost zero(consider download).

  You are not paying for the bits, you are paying for what it cost to make
  them and maintain them, amortized over the total number of copies made.

| Some companies could probably increase their income this way, because a
| cheaper price may also attract more customers.

  Ah, a brilliant financial genius whose brilliance far exceeds that of every
  single investor in the entire Western Hemisphere!  How come they don't do
  this?  Think about it!  No wonder you are still poor.

| A higher price will cause the software to be pirated.  In the country I live
| you can buy any software CD from professional pirates for just 2 US$.

  Well, brilliant.  That keeps /you/ in poverty, too.

  Your chosen nick is apt.  The lifter is indeed a thief.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.