This really depends on WHERE you are talking about in the USA. There are plenty of cases where the police and the jail system are used as arms of the corporate class.
When the source is open it's easier to vett. It's hard for some people the grok that...
Some of these people literally believe that the Internet is a corporate creation that was spearheaded by Bill Gates... so you can see how solidly they understand the history of networking.
This American Slashdotter thinks it's good. Companies and people should be regulated in proportion to the harm they are capable of doing. Monsanto, a corporation that has literally created PCBs that cover the entire planet, should be regulated to hell. The corner small businessperson shouldn't. I don't see how that is unreasonable.
We wouldn't do that. Protecting people from predatory practices is the dreaded soociialsshinm.
You know, this phrase "in business to make money" is getting to be said like they are words handed down by God. They're not. Not everything needs to make money to be a worthwhile venture despite what our current dogma in the U.S. says.
Maybe as a society we should be creating some institutions that are in business to make the country or the world better, or in business to increase the sum total of knowledge. There is NOTHING that says everything has to make a profit. We are not Ferengi.
I agree and disagree. Agree that the contracts should be better, but disagree from the aspect that these type of contracts come from the unspoken assumption that they are agreements between equals. It's not. Most contracts between individuals and corporate entities right now are very unequal. Individuals have to sign the contract or they are screwed and corporate entities take huge advantage of that. In this case at least the researcher has some power to take the paper someplace else, but I'm sure that varies based on the field a researcher is in and how high profile the researcher is. Corporations are high concentrations of power, and the idea that contracts are signed by absolute free will as an agreement among equals is laughable.
I've said this before and I will say it again... corporations should be legally prohibited from owning copyrights. They should be legally limited to leasing copyrights from real persons. Copyrights were meant to make MORE material open, not to lock up material so that a corporate entity and gather rents without end.
I think this is majorly unfair moderation. There is a perfectly good argument that Thomas was "paid off" in the Monsanto cases. It's damn obvious that they don't care about conflict of interest issues any more. It's a hyperbolic point calling it a bribe, but it does get some of the shallow minds thinking when the word gets used.
Um, dude, US/North American power plugs traditionally have been the same. Today most plugs have grounds or polarization that prevents them from being reversed, but theoretically they still can reversed.
Roddy McDowall was AWSOME wearing that ape suit and playing Satoshi Nakamoto. How can anyone not agree?
Howard Johnson is right!
I didn't read this fine article, but having read some similar in the past it seems like some economists have horrible visceral reactions to Bitcoin because they they have firm stakes in how the status quo works. If something comes in and changes the rules then they their value will diminished or their way of life will be gone.
I don't know if Bitcoin will make it or fail, but something like it is in the works that will take hold and it's threatening to economists, some of which are the "prophets" of the corporate worshiping economy.
any "superstar" CEO more as well.
I can't argue with that. I am doing this for a hobby. I am not going to die if Bitcoin disappears tomorrow.