Reversed Argument Galore – US Food Industry on Sales

Reverse logic, you might listen to one being uttered once in a while, and as you recognize it, you just wanna pull your hair, and say “it’s either you are so obtuse or you are so evil”

A sample of reverse logic: ………..

I can’t, I can’t think of any, it just to mindbogglingly dumb to utter a reverse logic.

But I just (Sunday, May 30th 2010) read plenty reverse logic in an article in The New York Times, it’s about the American Packaged Food Industry resistance to reducing salt in Packaged Food.

The article can be found here:

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I thought Hyundai Genesis had a chance, then comes the 2011 Jaguar XJ

I like the Genesis a lot, I think it provides great value.

I like the size, the safety equipment, the sound system, the gadgetry, and I don’t really car about the brand issue. I like it so much, as it launched, I called Hyundai Indonesia to find out when they’re going to import the car, on which the sales manager says “Huh?”; sad really, he needs to be reminded what a Genesis is.

I then called a car importer to ask about the Genesis, upon which this sales manager scoffs and says “we don’t do Hyundai’s”, ignorant fucks doesn’t understand value I say.

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NY Times article on the practice of simultaneously selling bad debts and then betting against it

“The simultaneous selling of securities to customers and shorting them because they believed they were going to default is the most cynical use of credit information that I have ever seen,” said Sylvain R. Raynes, an expert in structured finance at R & R Consulting in New York. “When you buy protection against an event that you have a hand in causing, you are buying fire insurance on someone else’s house and then committing arson.”

Ridicilious mark up by indonesian software distributor

fotolia_1193405Recently i was evaluating a very nice looking visual mining software named Advizor.

The software allows a very visual manipulation of a large data set, it doesn’t provide the deep analysis afforded by SAS data mining tool, or the more automatic approach by SPSS PASW modeler,

but it greatly support business user with some interest in data (like me) to play with the data that i have

Now, the guy who introduce the software was very nice, very nice, he spend time to introduce us to the software, to show what we can do, he even create and test some hypothesis, and you know what? he’s not the guy distributing the software in Indo

He spend all this time explaining something he can’t even sell to us

So, i contact the distributor of the software in Indonesia, ask them for a quote

And they give me quotes ranging from US$ 3,000 to US$ 5,700 for the desktop version of the software (only the software, no maintenance etc)

It was outrageous, it was overpriced to the point where i feel kinda insulted

why do i feel that?  the software is sold online by the developer, i can easily check the price on their website, which i have done before hand (the software is price from US$ 500 to US% 1,000 on the website)

I mean, to release such ridiculous price, what were they thinking? that i’m so stupid i won’t check the price? and it’s out there right on the developer website, and they, as the reseller of all people should know.

Man, this really makes me reconsider all the quotes that i’ve seen and to be very careful about future quotes

What’s the best career move for fresh graduates?

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Get yourself a good boss.


If you have the option of 3 type of workplace:

1. A place that offers substantial pay compared to other company for fresh grads (it happens right?)

2. A place with good boss, people who are great themselves and really care about making their staff to be as good as them

3. A place that offers some variety in challenge in the task

4. A place that allows you to go home at 17.00 every day

Choose number 2.

Why? Why not the money?

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KFC aggresive up sell

imz08TdbwV41220613874I like KFC,

i think it provides a good value meal, and i assume it has some standards, if i go to unfamiliar cities and i like a safe bet, sometimes i just go with KFC.

Yet, something always bothers me a bit everytime i approach their counter,

the feeling that i’m about to meet an aggresive up-selling effort by their cashier.

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US$ 47.5 billion software development


Microsoft almost bought Yahoo for US$ 47.5 billion, yet they could just spend US$ 10 billion for building a Yahoo rival. It seem the decision maker is more interested in producing mega-mergers than actual value calculation and creation.

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