Between Korea, China, and Japan, which country has a more “intense” work culture (on average)?

I’ve only worked in Korea, not in Japan or China but I’m inclined to say Korea because:

  1. they have 눈치 culture which means you gotta respect your seniors and boss and cannot say anything back. For example you cannot leave your work until your boss does
  2. 회식 which is a type of dinner you have with your coworkers, but you cannot refuse. Your boss invites you to go drinking, you have to go because of 눈치 and sometimes your work details can be affected as a result of these dinner meetings
  3. There’s no separation of personal and work life. Your work life is your personal life. If you got pregnant, you have chance of getting fired. If you got a needy bf/gf? too bad that decreases your chances of getting hired or keeping your job.
  4. 9–6 is the common Korean work hours shift, but its not uncommon to see people working until 9pm, 10pm, midnight, or even 1–2am. Working weekends is normal too.
  5. Its frowned upon to switch companies. If you have too many companies on your resume your new employers might question your loyalty and refuse to hire you.

In my experience meeting Japanese and Chinese people, it seems Japan work culture is very similar but maybe not quite as intense as Korea (90% as intense?) after all Korea’s strict hierarchical work culture comes from Japanese work culture.

In contrast Chinese work culture seems more similar to American work culture and they seem to have little of any of these things. Sure people work overtime in China too especially in cities like Beijing or Shanghai but I think overall Chinese work culture is more flexible and loose.

So far, two billion dollars has been pledged to restore Notre Dame Cathedral. Some people say there are more important ways that money could be used to improve people’s lives. Which side of the issue is right?

It’s a little big frustrating for me, personally.

Not so long ago, I lost my life savings in a crypto currency exchange scam. Software Engineer Loses Life Savings in Quadriga Imbroglio in fact this is the first article you will see when my name is Googled. over $500k I lost.

And yes, while I do admit errors of judgment, this wasn’t the typical investment loss where you ‘only invest what you can afford to lose’ in this case I was trying to get my money from Canada back to the US and I was seeking a way to do it without paying commission. So what was a “clever” move I thought at the time – why not use crypto currency to do it? – turned out to be a disaster.

I only kept bitcoin in my account for less than 30 seconds. I sold it immediately to CAD (Canadian Dollars) and asked to withdraw my money to my bank account. QuadrigaCX (the crypto exchange) kept lying to me telling me oh you’ll get your money within a few weeks after this CIBC lawsuit is done. and I believed them. I kept waiting, and waiting. Until BAM Jan 31 comes along – and they declare they have been insolvent for a long time.… they scammed me and over 100k other users.

What does that have to do with the Notre Dame Cathedral issue? Well on Binance, they had a donation fundraiser for it.

Now there’s no problem with this – except that I figured, since the crypto community apparently have millions to donate to the wealthy Catholic Church who already have billions of dollars in donations already – maybe they could spare a couple grand for the QCX users who lost their money in the crypto exchange scam?


No sympathy at all. Apparently the crypto community sees us QCX victims as ‘since we put our money in a crypto exchange, we deserve to lose it all’. That’s kind of ironic considering these comments are from the Binance community who themselves use a crypto exchange to hold their coins.

r/Buttcoin – Butter loses life savings of $420,000 USD while trying to convert it to Canadian Dollars using QuadrigaCX

^There’s an entire Reddit thread devoted to making fun of me and my losses.

My faith in humanity decreases everyday. These are the assholes who will apparently save a burning building but NOT save the people inside the burning building. That’s the sad reality. Now I understand how homeless people must feel – these wealthy patrons donating millions of dollars to charities but will not spare a single cent for the humans they see suffering in front of them. Shows you just how cruel reality is.

Edit: it seems that some people missed the point of this post. I was asking for a donation. I wasn’t forcing people to give me money. I wasn’t trying to feel entitled to any of their money. I don’t expect others to bail me out of a stupid investment decision. Do not victim blame please. (Thats why I disabled comments on my youtube video about this because everyone blamed me, the victim. I always find it funny that when a big organization asks for money people are ok with it, but when I ask for money I am being selfish and greedy. What the heck?)
The point of this post is to highlight the hypocrisy of people who feel like they are being all Good Samaritans helping rebuild the cathedral or donating to some charity and then as soon as an actual person (not organization) needs help they turn their back on them and wont even spare a single penny. That’s all. And sure it’s their money and they can do whatever they want with it, but don’t talk about yourself as if you are such a good angel for helping out people in need, donating to all these charities when you know thats a lie. You gave money to big organizations like UNICEF, United Way, Salvation Army etc but when an actual person in need came up to you you turned them away. That’s what I hate.

Is 2019 the end of Apple?

No, but I will tell you one thing.. Apple is stagnant.

They’ve been forced to raise the price of their products in order to make up for the reduction in sales, especially in China where Huawei and Xiaomi are eating their lunch. In the beginning Apple was selling well there because they were portrayed as a ‘luxury’ brand but now Huawei makes phones just as or more (see Mate X) expensive than Apple, Chinese no longer need to buy Apple when they can buy a Chinese product and support their own country.

Like all the other answers said, Apple’s financials are still great and they are still taking the lion’s share of smartphone profits – no surprise there. But they are in danger of losing their market share, and they cannot keep raising prices of their products in order to make up for it forever.

And one can easily see why they are losing market share – they are a premium product. The cheapest macOS device is $799 (Mac Mini). That’s insane. that was $499 a few years ago, and the price increased 60%. The new Macbook Air Retina starts at $1199 – a 20% increase from the old $999 Macbook Air. They are pricing themselves out to the point where only Apple faithful will keep buying.

They are basically coasting on their high loyalty customers – but who knows how long that will last? Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod, Apple TV – what do all these have in common? They are for iOS / macOS users. A Windows / Android user has no incentive to switch over. If they are not on iOS or macOS the products Apple sells are not going to work well – or not work at all.

Another symptom of decline is instead of focusing on new R&D they’ve been iterating a lot on existing products. Look at how many iPads they sell now – the low end iPad iPad, the smaller iPad Mini, the more premium iPad Air, the 11 inch iPad Pro and the 13 inch iPad Pro

Now let’s look at the iPhones they are still selling – the iPhone 7 (for some reason still selling on their website), the iPhone 8, the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max

Now lets look at the Macbooks – there’s the 12 inch Macbook, the old 13 inch Macbook Air they are still selling, the 13 inch Macbook Air Retina, the 13 inch Macbook Pro without touchbar, the 13 inch Macbook Pro with touchbar, the 15 inch Macbook Pro with touchbar

Wow, that’s a lot of overlap.

Remember when Steve Jobs came back as CEO and focused Apple into making only one product for each category? Consumer desktops, consumer laptops, professional desktops, professional laptops? Apple should really take note because confusing consumers is not really what Apple stands for.

Steve Jobs made it easy for non Apple users to get into the ecosystem. Buy an iPod Mini, release iTunes for Windows, switch Macbooks from PowerPC to Intel architecture etc these are all moves done to make Apple more mainstream. Tim Cook has done the opposite – all his new products are only for use by existing Apple users. If I wanted to just get an Apple Watch but I have a Samsung phone – uhh nope doesn’t work. HomePod? doesnt work with Spotify or Tidal. AirPods? Yeah they can do bluetooth – but you lose out on that special W1 chip and then there’s no reason to get it over competing wireless earbuds.

And even to Apple faithful – how many customers did they lose with that Macbook Pro all USBC move? the butterfly keyboard? taking away the headphone jack in the iPhone 7?

So while Apple is far from being dead in 2019 they are certainly on the decline.