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Comment: Re:Nope. (Score 1) 416

by Kattspya (#40636623) Attached to: Is Our Infrastructure Ready For Rising Temperatures?

How can you tell if it's more efficient as a monopoly than as a toll network when you remove the very thing that determines efficiency i.e. the price?

I get that stopping every few klicks or tens of klicks is a timewaster and inefficient but nowadays we have all this wonderful wireless technology and strong encryption so tolls are no longer any way near as inefficient as they were.

Do you have any actual data or is it just conjecture?

Comment: Re:As well they should (Score 1) 347

by Kattspya (#36658874) Attached to: WikiLeaks To Sue Visa/MasterCard

No, not through size alone it takes more than that. But I'm not ruling out the existance of a point where the increased bureaucracy and inefficiencies inevitably leads to evil in spite of good ownership.

That would solve the problem. It would probably also create much bigger problems. Something should be done but what I cannot tell you.

Comment: Re:As well they should (Score 1) 347

by Kattspya (#36651100) Attached to: WikiLeaks To Sue Visa/MasterCard

I did and I see standard oil continually lowering their prices as costs fell to keep newcomers out of the business. I see alcoa doing the same. The same goes for some of the "robber baron" railway tycoons.

Have you actually looked at history or did you only look at the parts supporting your preconceptions?

As for companies "turning evil" when above a certain size I'm convinced it's due to the shortsightedness that comes when the original owners relinquish or otherwise are no longer in control. Then the only check on shortsighted behaviour are the shareholders and they tend not to hold accountable for errors nor very interested in the long term.

The only decently behaving (giving the customers what they want) large companies seem to be the ones still under the original owners control. Examples are: google, walmart and maybe IKEA. There are probably better examples and you'll probably disagree with walmart.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 169

by Kattspya (#36634036) Attached to: Long Now Clock Advances With Bezos Cash

No, I don't find it troublesome that he spends his cash they way he sees fit. What I do find troublesome is the amount of hypocrisy it takes for you to complain about Bezos spending while still spending money on an internet connection instead of saving some starving children with that money instead.

You see, if you come by money or goods voluntarily you are free to spend it the way you see fit. You should afford the others the same freedom.

Condescending, moi?

Comment: Re:I'm from California, ask me... (Score 1) 551

by Kattspya (#34675454) Attached to: How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

Yeah but the difference is that the soviets did follow Marx. What California did was price fixing which is not following Friedman, Rand or whatever name fits.

When communists claim that soviet wasn't communist they are either liars or using equivocation. When libertarians claim that a market isn't free enough it is usually true. And in the case of deregulation in California it's so bleeding obvious you'd have to purposely ignore such small regulations as fixing the fucking price.

Comment: Re:Where is the fun? (Score 1) 854

by Kattspya (#34065692) Attached to: Are Games Getting Easier?

That's a great argument you've got there.

You stuff food in your face, I stuff food in my face, ad nauseam. That isn't a meal, that's boring.
You put the penis all the way in, you take the penis most of the way out, ad nauseam. That isn't fun that's boring.
You say things, I say things, ad nauseam. That isn't fun that's boring.
You abuse commas, I abuse commas, ad nauseam. That isn't fun, that's boring.

You have a point but your argument or whatever you want to call it sucks.

Comment: Re: No worries (Score 1) 470

by Kattspya (#33691002) Attached to: China Embargos Rare Earth Exports To Japan

Poor people put less of a premium on a good environment than rich people do.

There are countless examples in western countries of toxic waste dumping. Much of it about as informed as what's going on in China. It would appear that pollution is a stepping stone to wealth.

American examples:
Valley of the drums
Love Canal
Alkali lake chemical waste dump
Iron Mountain Mine

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