Info on Solidworks

This just hit my in box and may be of interest to the group.
http://files.solidworks.com/swexpress/SWX_pros_120710.html
note the link to download a free 2 d cad program and dxf converter/reader. http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/draftsight-overview /
This is a Dassault Systmes [French company] product. They also sell Citia.
{political content follows}
Now a question to the group: How/why did things go so wrong? CAD was conceptualized as a DARPA project, and among several others Autodesk/Autocad was a leader in development and marketing of CAD programs. http://www.darpa.mil/history-docs/Accomplishments%20vol%203.pdf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VLSI_Project http://mbinfo.mbdesign.net/CAD-History.htm
DARPA was also instrumental in the development of CNC and APT. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerical_control
How/why and who killed the [domestic] CAD/CAM/CIM/CNC golden goose (along with the jumbo jet)? Having killed off McDonnell-Douglas and Lockheed, it looks like Boeing is next on the hit list. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2013506422_bruce24.html?prmid=op_ed http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-12-04/business/ct-biz-1205-787-delay-20101204_1_dreamliner-teal-group-richard-aboulafia but at least they got rid of the unions... http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id 344813
-- Unka George (George McDuffee) .............................. The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. L. P. Hartley (1895-1972), British author. The Go-Between, Prologue (1953).
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On Dec 9, 8:37pm, F. George McDuffee <gmcduf...@mcduffee- associates.us> wrote:

why do the call them "scare-bus"
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On Thu, 09 Dec 2010 19:37:26 -0600, F. George McDuffee
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<snip> ===========Just came across a partial answer to this rhetorical question.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/12/bernanke_to_china_stop_hurting.html <snip> China is running huge trade surpluses (about 5% of GDP) because it is concentrating on growing its national power. And she has the help of hundreds if not thousands of multinational corporations. Her trade surplus is largely made up of the products produced by multinationals in China, including high-tech products like computers, televisions, cell phones, and automobile parts. The list of companies looks likes the Who's Who of the industrial world! And make no mistake: their factories -- really co-factories -- are Chinese. The Chinese have learned from Stalin's mistakes and understand, as Lenin did, that the capitalists in their greed will provide the rope to hang themselves with! Recently, Andrew Grove, a founder of Intel, warned his fellow high-tech companies like Apple, HP, Dell, and many others that their outsourcing in China foretells a coming disaster for the U.S. Grove noted that most of these companies have ten times as many employees producing in China as they do in the United States. <snip>
-- Unka George (George McDuffee) .............................. The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. L. P. Hartley (1895-1972), British author. The Go-Between, Prologue (1953).
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F. George McDuffee wrote:

The Chinese also have another problem right now George - inflation. Rice, for example, has gone up sixty percent year on year.
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On Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:48:05 -0800, "John R. Carroll"

=======Indeed, but their leadership seems to be well aware of the socio-economic problems food shortages can cause and are taking active steps such as leasing vast areas in Africa for food production rather than simply saying "let them eat cake."
A need for food purchases can also cause the Chinese to redeem their US Treasury securities or to trade these for food. A large part of the problem of food inflation may be due to commodity speculation/market manipulation and price rises caused by the fall in the international value of the US dollar. Thus the failure by the government to adequately oversee/regulate the commodities markets can cause serious governmental financial/fiscal problems.
-- Unka George (George McDuffee) .............................. The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. L. P. Hartley (1895-1972), British author. The Go-Between, Prologue (1953).
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"F. George McDuffee" wrote:

Ah excuse me. Why do you label inflation in farm commodities as "a problem" and inflation for anything else is regareded as normal and acceptable?
The majority of the population of China is impoverished because their has been in recent history no comparable inflation in the price of the goods they produce. An increase in the price of rice or other foods is not a problem for those who produce the food, which in the case of China is a majority of the population. Increases in the price of rice may well be a problem for the robber barons that would like to induce the farmer to move to an urban slum and work in an urban sweat shop.
-jim

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"John R. Carroll" wrote:

That is not bad news to everybody in China. There are more rice farmers in China than people in the US.
-jim

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jim" <"sjedgingN0Sp wrote:

That might be true. I don't know. What I do know is they aren't equally benefitting from China's economic growth. Educating vast numbers of Chinese peasants also seems not to have generated a prosperous middle class of consequence. Recent college graduates have seen wages fall right through the floor.
Workers migrating to cities on the other hand, are in demand. There are genuine labor shortages and wage inflation.
"In a kind of cruel reversal, China's old migrant class - uneducated villagers who flocked to factory towns to make goods for export - are now in high demand, with spot labor shortages and tighter government oversight driving up blue-collar wages. "
"But the supply of those trained in accounting, finance and computer programming now seems limitless, and their value has plunged. Between 2003 and 2009, the average starting salary for migrant laborers grew by nearly 80 percent; during the same period, starting pay for college graduates stayed the same, although their wages actually decreased if inflation is taken into account. "
"Chinese sociologists have come up with a new term for educated young people who move in search of work like Ms. Liu: the ant tribe. It is a reference to their immense numbers - at least 100,000 in Beijing alone - and to the fact that they often settle into crowded neighborhoods, toiling for wages that would give even low-paid factory workers pause."
""Like ants, they gather in colonies, sometimes underground in basements, and work long and hard," said Zhou Xiaozheng, a sociology professor at Renmin University in Beijing. "
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/world/asia/12beijing.html?hp
This story in the NYT isn't either unknown or anything new. There is, however, a lesson in it for the growing group of American pundit's pushing higher education as an economic cure all. "Higher than what" is an important question to ask and answer.
Genuine prosperity will not return to the American landscape until elected officials actually work to shape policies that will lead to the rebuilding of America's real job creation engine - the currently impoverished middle class. That group has been sacrificed for the betterment of the countries truly wealthy and by truly wealthy, I mean individuals and families with a net worth in excess of $100 million dollars or an annual income above $10 million dollars.
In 2009, the top 25 hedge fund managers earned an average of $900 million dollars each. Thier effective federal tax rate was 15%. Dick Fuld was paid $64 million dollars in the same year his firm ended in bankruptcy. A single Morgan Stanley bond trader was paid $42 million dollars for the year ending in December of 2008. He'd generated a trading loss of $13.2 billion dollars for his shareholders during the same period, $2 billion on a single day in one instance.
In 1975, the average CEO of a publicly traded American company was paid aproximately forty times the companies average wage. By 2007, the disparity was 355 times the average wage. That's a ten fold increase in the disparity alone. During this same period, the average income of middle class American's just about tripled. Factoring in inflation, this means middle class American's actually lost ground and, for example, that both members of a married couple went to work on a full time basis to attempt to hold on to thier standard of living.
During the 60's and 70's, marginal tax rates on America's wealthy were pretty high and that showed up in how companies were managed. Goodyear is a great example. Rather than pay out profits to the companies officers, those profits were reinvested in R&D, expanding payrolls, and wage and benefit packages for the people on the line. All of these things sheltered Goodyear's profits from taxes. The CEO would have gotten a ten percent benefit from compensation payments above about a million dollars per year so his recomendation was to take the money and plough it back into bulding or maintaining both the company and it's work force.
That sort of investment doesn't make sense with todays marginal tax rates. Keeping two thirds or more of what you make at any level is all the incentive anyone with a pulse needs to take the money and run and that's exactly what's been going on for about 30 years now. That money had to come from somewhere and it did. It came from America's increasingly squeezed middle class.
Chinese policy has created a huge over supply of labor in a select segment of thier economy with the real possibility of social disruption as a consequence. American policy decisions have come from a different place but our economies are struggling today with different versions of the same disease.
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On Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:48:05 -0800, "John R. Carroll"
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<snip> ===========While PRC governmental numbers are no more likely to be "true" than are US governmental numbers, they report a 5.1% annual overall inflation rate, and apparently are taking steps to control this. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/168a7640-0553-11e0-b31a-00144feabdc0,dwp_uuid 33700c-4c86-11da-89df-0000779e2340,Authorisedlse.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F168a7640-0553-11e0-b31a-00144feabdc0%2Cdwp_uuid%3D9c33700c-4c86-11da-89df-0000779e2340.html&_i_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F9c33700c-4c86-11da-89df-0000779e2340.html%3Fsegid%3D20001%26ftcamp%3Dtraffic%2Fsem%2FUS%2Fgoogle_p4p%2Fworldnews_china%2Fauddev http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/68c40112-05f6-11e0-976b-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=rss
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101212/bs_nm/us_economy_china_policy
For comparison US annualized inflation rates: YEAR    CPI-U        delta PY 1990    129.0     1991    134.3        5.3<=1992    138.2        3.9 1993    142.1        3.9 1994    145.6        3.5 1995    149.8        4.2 1996    154.1        4.3 1997    157.6        3.5 1998    159.7        2.1 1999    163.2        3.5 2000    168.9        5.7<=2001    173.5        4.6 2002    175.9        2.4 2003    179.8        3.9 2004    184.5        4.7 2005    191.0        6.5<=2006    197.1        6.1<=2007    202.8        5.7<=2008    211.1        8.3<=2009    209.6        -1.4 2010*    213.4        3.8[2X annualized = 7.6] * first half        
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F. George McDuffee wrote:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/168a7640-0553-11e0-b31a-00144feabdc0,dwp_uuid 33700c-4c86-11da-89df-0000779e2340,Authorisedlse.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F168a7640-0553-11e0-b31a-00144feabdc0%2Cdwp_uuid%3D9c33700c-4c86-11da-89df-0000779e2340.html&_i_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F9c33700c-4c86-11da-89df-0000779e2340.html%3Fsegid%3D20001%26ftcamp%3Dtraffic%2Fsem%2FUS%2Fgoogle_p4p%2Fworldnews_china%2Fauddev
China reports "purposefully". I don't know why that would surprise anyone.
LOL
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On Dec 10, 12:36pm, F. George McDuffee <gmcduf...@mcduffee- associates.us> wrote:
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slave labour is cheaper
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