On Sat, 22 Jan 2005 11:45:12 -0800, the renowned John Larkin <jjSNIPlarkin@highTHISlandPLEASEtechnology.XXX> wrote:
>On Sat, 22 Jan 2005 20:30:45 +0100, David Kastrup <email@example.com> wrote: >> >>It's just unfortunate that nobody has as to yet figured out a way to >>get work done without workers (aka proletarian swine). You can't >>plough a field with a silver spoon. > >But one tractor, with air-conditioned cabin and custom sound system, >replaces 50 or so workers. We, the engineers, build stuff like this. > >John
Don't forget the GPS positioning system (and load cells) so the fertilizer and crops go exactly where they are supposed to in the quantities they are supposed to. Big business for Rockwell.
And with automation and 3rd world workers, the direct labor content of many products can be reduced to a negligible portion of selling cost. That $40 pair of kid's boots probably only has 50 cents of direct labor (in, say, Vietnam), other markups and costs fill the Gap errr gap between materials and retail.
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