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Comment Re:Oh Great! More Central Planning! Just what we n (Score 1) 413

Thanks for making my point - for some it's black and white; if we can't have black we must have white. If we can't have unfettered capitalism we must have a "massive restructuring" and go 100% with full-blown communism. No-one, least of all me, is advocating that. A SENSIBLE mix where capitalism does what it does well, and central planning does what it does well can and does work. Look at countries like Denmark - the vast majority have a comfortable and pleasant way of life without massive unemployment, violence and social upheaval. Sure, each person has to pay a little more tax but the kicker is that tax doesn't just benefit a few already rich plutarchs, it benefits everyone in the form of schools, hospitals, transport and so on. Capitalism really doesn't do those things well - countries that have tried to follow that ideological model are in some serious strife, like the UK. Profit cannot solve every problem.

Anyway, we're hardly talking about a massive restructuring. So far it's been a slow piecemeal drift. If the change to sustainable were speeded up 10 times you'd hardly notice the difference. And if you're right (unlikely), and the threat is imaginary, then you've made a better world for nothing I suppose.

Comment Re:Oh Great! More Central Planning! Just what we n (Score 1) 413

No, you drive large death traps.

Consuming a gallon of fuel to transport one human being 30 miles is a ludicrous waste of resources. A personal vehicle that could achieve the equivalent of 200 miles per gallon is perfectly feasible right now with no new technological breakthroughs. The only thing that would have to shift is the perception that you need to be enclosed in 2 tons of steel.

Comment Re:Oh Great! More Central Planning! Just what we n (Score 5, Insightful) 413

Do you seriously believe that switching to LED bulbs and driving a car that gets only 29mpg (which is terrible gas mileage in reality, only relative to your other gas guzzler does it seem reasonable) will achieve anything? Even if every single person in the world did this, it would make no effective difference.

The real waste is at the front end, where power is generated, and the only fix for that is "top down" legislation to force the providers to do something about the emissions and inefficiency. And that pretty much has to be dictated because industry has shown time and time and time again that it won't regulate itself if left to its own devices.

Some things simply cannot be solved by laissez faire capitalism. In fact it creates many problems, which is obvious to anyone willing to open their eyes for two seconds. That does not mean that the solution is the opposite, a totally planned central economy, but a sensible mix of the two. The knee-jerk reactionary repugnance to anything with even the mildest whiff of small-s 'socialism' is seriously damaging. It damages the health and happiness of every person, and now it is seriously damaging the planet. Nothing is black or white, perhaps a little subtlety should be given its chance. People have been sold the right-wing view for so long now they've forgotten what the middle ground even is. Centre-right policies are seen as far left, which is ridiculous.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 351

I just don't engage with advertising, because I do feel I have better things to give my attention to. I run Ad Block, Ghostery on the web, I mute ads on live TV, I skip ads on recorded TV. If an ad is unavoidable (e.g. live radio stream), chances are good that it will trigger a channel change.

If I want some product, I'll research it myself. Advertising is very unpersuasive. In fact it's likely, in my case, to have the opposite effect, especially if it's unsubtle, repetitive and annoying.

I accept advertising exists as a way for content production to get paid for, but that really reflects the lack of imagination of the prevailing business models. We are in a transitional period - I beieve that in future there will be more subscription and pay-per-view based stuff and that will slowly edge out advertisment funded content. So make hay while sun shines advertisers, because people are turning away in droves.

Comment Re:Taxes (Score 3, Insightful) 188

People really think like this? Really? I'm sorry for you. Somehow, you've been brought up to be a sociopathic moron.

Life is better when people cooperate and look out for each other. That's what has made the human race so successful as a species. If that's not your experience, again, I'm sorry for you. However, if you expect people to look out and care about you, then you have to look out and care for them, at least just a little. And in the modern world that means that you pay taxes.

You might feel that your taxes are not well spent, or that they only end up in the pockets of the corrupt, or the already well-off. That's obviously bad, but it's not the fault of taxes in themselves. Maybe you should stop voting for idiots and corrupt politicians, and do something to ensure that your taxes are used equitably.

But if you disagree with the whole premise, then that just means you're as greedy and selfish as they are.

Comment Re:iOS users feel it (Score 1) 311

Well, you could build an app with the same interface, features, etc. Sure it's more work, but that's where the money is. At some point presumably you have to put food on your table and a roof over your head, and ideology doesn't pay the bills. I don't like the idea of selling out any more than you probably do as a matter of principle, but my wife and kids need feeding and clothing.

Comment Turn it on them (Score 1) 161

Surely it wouldn't be beyond the collective wit of the internet to set up a parallel surveillance system targeting judges, politicians and others involved in dismantling these freedoms. After a couple of months of having their every private movement made public I suspect they'd change their outlook.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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