have seen some comments on R&D here. mostly saying it doesnt make sense outside the U.S. (specifically companies going to China). or something like that.

read article on BusinessWeek and thought of the people on here who seem to believe R&D is an American birthright. suggested reading.


And he said they > just > got a new gift of a network analyzer from Agilent (A ). It’s worth about $110,000 and they put it on a metal cart, and professors will hide it away and hoard it. And to use it, you have to sign up for it days in advance, and they roll it around from lab to lab.

And then > he was invited over to China to give a speech and was given a tour of Tsinghua University. And he was shocked and amazed that every lab had one of those very same Agilent network analyzers. Some of them had never been used or turned on, but they had them just in case they ever needed one.

it’s a comparative example. the guy wouldn’t use it if the school got theirs 10 years ago and he took the trip to China last week. if it was 10 years ago, then his trip to China was probably around that time too. makes it worse.