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Comment: Funded with advertising... (Score 0) 106

by Bob_Who (#48408147) Attached to: NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015
Why does corporate pimping continue to be the dominant paradigm for creating private funding revenue for free public services? And why does it continue to work so effectively? I am convinced that nearly anything that is advertised to me is shit I don't need, for prices too high, with money I don't have. Perhaps that's the catch: If you have the money you'll happily spend it on overpriced crap you don't need, because with wads of cash you don't need anything. Including Free Wi-Fi. Ah the conundrum of consumerism...

Comment: Re:Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (Score 1) 223

by Bob_Who (#48382355) Attached to: Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising
So, in other words incentives have a function in business. As you state, we get good results from good incentives and bad results from perverse incentives. When you arrange to reward conflicting interests then unfairness results. The cluster-fuck arrangement that covers the administrative costs of the rebate, in part, with the "unclaimed" rebate pool will ultimately rip off consumers. Everyone else upstream is already paid, but the customer must play musical chairs in order to grab what is left over. This is fundamentally a bullshit arrangement for the customer who does not receive the price as advertised. More lucrative still, this arrangement creates a slush fund for the issuers that only reconcile what they acknowledge. Otherwise the customer defaults, by default. Perhaps the results speak for themselves: pissed off customers. This may not hurt the manufacturer, but someone is paying the price. I won't buy anything that involves rebates again, so it is no longer an incentive to get my business. I hope that $25 was worth it, its the last you'll steal from me.

Comment: Re:DuPont only cares about the money (Score 1) 377

by Bob_Who (#48381567) Attached to: How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

These are GMO, they are Hybrids, " focus their efforts in assuring that they monetize" Do you think farmers worked for free? "even at the cost of others' lives or prosperity." absurd. " When you put more effort into sterile plants" They aren't. "that require chemicals" Name a plant that doesn't require chemicals. " towards nutrition and human survival" this is about nutrition and human survival.

" DuPont's Napalm sales " so you are so factless you need to do ad homs, and non sequitors.

Do you think farmers worked for free?.

Farmers have been working for a living for thousands of years. They never before needed to consult with geneticists to fully understand the ramifications of buying seed that has been modified to produce sterile seeds and thrive with proprietary chemicals developed solely to control the crop and extort the farmer with costs that eventually put them out of business. This is not how the crops behaved in the past, and DuPont sure as hell did not clarify that fact to a subsistence farmer with no education.

absurd.

Absurd? So you think its reasonable for Africa to enter into untenable contracts with foreign interests who want profit and do not care about the difficulties to pay. These farmers will likely be driven out of business so foreign corporate interests can take over their land and agriculture. This is about power and money, not about feeding people.

They aren't..

Yes, they are. The development is not accidental, it is their business plan.

Name a plant that doesn't require chemicals..

No plant needs a DuPont chemical except for these. They are specifically developed that way. DuPont intends to make crops dependent on their chemicals. Once again, these intentions are not fully comprehended or disclosed. Poor Farmers in third world nations are no match for DuPont, they certainly should not be controlled by them.

this is about nutrition and human survival.

Don't be naive. DuPont is about profit. If they just want to feed people then why develop proprietary plants and then charge 10 times the already high prices? The Farmer's margin for profit is now all for DuPont. But when there is no rain, too bad for the farmer. DuPont will be happy to auction the land to another Farmer that must bear the burden and risk for their "enterprise".

Comment: Re:DuPont only cares about the money (Score 1) 377

by Bob_Who (#48375537) Attached to: How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Of course they only care about the money; that's what corporations are supposed to do.

(I mean, could you please make up your mind whether you want corporations to engage in politics or not? Sometimes you want corporations to get drawn and quartered if they as much as utter a squeak on social or political issues, at other times, you whine and complain that "they only care about the money".)

When you put more effort into sterile plants that require chemicals than towards nutrition and human survival than you should not be permitted to enter the world food market. Its criminal extortion plain and simple.

How is anybody forcing you to buy their plants? If you think that non-sterile, non GMO crops are a better deal, just buy those instead. Where is the "criminal extortion"?

This is not marketed to me, but their seed is contaminating the gene pool in African seeds via the subsistence farmers who wind up trying to use them.

If you think that its OK to screw over people to make a buck then I really don't need to elaborate further on the ethics involved.

Comment: DuPont only cares about the money (Score 1) 377

by Bob_Who (#48374987) Attached to: How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa
Technology can be used for good and feed the world. DuPont wants to focus their efforts in assuring that they monetize their tweaks to nature's developments, even at the cost of others' lives or prosperity. When you put more effort into sterile plants that require chemicals than towards nutrition and human survival than you should not be permitted to enter the world food market. Its criminal extortion plain and simple. I guess DuPont's Napalm sales are down so this is another bad use of science.

Comment: Re:fuck facebook (Score 0) 165

by Bob_Who (#48288129) Attached to: Facebook Wants You To Vote Tuesday

they call it connected, all they do is make the world smaller and smaller

Right. They don't really care about democracy, they just want to know how you vote, when and if you vote, so that they can sell that information in advance of you voting in order to render your vote less meaningful on election day. Your "vote" is sold as poling data before the vote is ever cast....this will make hanging chads or voting privacy irrelevant. F*ck Facebook, f*cking f*ckfaced f*ckers.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist

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