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Comment Re:Unproductive Jobs (Score 3, Insightful) 279

> This basically sums up the problem with the economy - it is gummed up with jobs that do not produce real wealth. Sure, lawyers will say that copyright laws
> are important because they give an incentive for real wealth creators to do stuff, but there is no natural law that ensures that the amount of human
> energy that goes into protecting existing wealth would not have produced a net greater benefit for society if it had been directed at creating new real
> wealth instead.

Copyright was built with the idea to give incentive to do work so that work can make it to the commons and other people can build off of that foundation. It wasn't a magic formula to make cash and that's how it is treated today.

Comment Re:Yay (Score 1) 95

A good and low cost way to encourage coding is to buy Raspberry Pi boards for kids. It's worked great in the UK.

However, since that tech is not owned by Microsoft I bet that's not on the table. Yeah, Gates has been good with philanthropy, but I fair criticism of some of that work has been that ultimately its self promoting. Open Source tech is free (as in beer) for all, but it doesn't fit the Gates/Microsoft world view.

Comment Re:...dangerous ideas... (Score 4, Insightful) 563

Another way to state this is that the US now needs thought police.

How about the we spend our time looking for the REAL troublemakers instead of deciding certain broad groups, i.e. "Muslims," 'Web site users," etc. are all bad.

Of course that would take reasoning ability, and that's at an all time low in our leadership and our general population.

Comment Re:These people (Score 2) 760

I've seen this story a couple of times already today. I hope someone does an analysis of where this "information" about the solar farm came from.

We've had similar campaigns against wind farms in Indiana. It's resulted in an outright ban of wind farms in at least one county. The claims were also very dubious in that case as well.

I tend to think that these folks didn't come up with the ideas themselves. I think someone needs to look to see if ALEC and other such groups were part of it.

Comment Re:Why would Disney do this? (Score 4, Interesting) 262

Is it a desirable quality for the success of a society, however?

There isn't a requirement for a government to kowtow to every "need" a business puts forth. Multinationals aren't paying taxes and, as this story shows, they aren't really providing that many new American jobs either.

Comment Re:Why would Disney do this? (Score 4, Interesting) 262

This makes corporate-centric people on stashdot explode every time I say it, but the corporation is (at least supposed to be) a creature of the state. One of the reason that corporations act the way they do is because of case law. The legislature can change the law which will contradict that case law.

The parent of this post doesn't do this, but a lot of people like to pretend that somehow the idea of "maximizing profits" comes down from God. It doesn't. It's the outcome of years of evolution and with national law. It is changeable if the political will is there.

Having said that, the political will is not there because all intents and purposes the corporate class control the government.

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