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Comment: Re:Man, am I old ... (Score 1) 138

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#48619917) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

if I packrat digitally, I just fill up maybe a corner on my desk.

If I packrat IRL, the cops will break down the door because there's probably a dead animal or two in my apartment and i'm probably nose deaf to it.

When I die I don't care who's going through my digital shit. Unless I've got a backup of my consciousness sitting on a disk somewhere. In which case, DON'T THROW THAT AWAY.

Comment: Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (Score 1) 109

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#48607111) Attached to: The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

Third position is absolutely a fine thing to bring up but it's like trying to insist loudly we talk about RC Cola when the context is the cola wars of the 80s.

Sure, there's a lot of alternatives to the dichotomy of capitalist vs communist, but that dichotomy was rhe backdrop to the context here.

Comment: Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (Score 4, Insightful) 109

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#48605221) Attached to: The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

The principle intent of communism was to end the oppression of the working class by those who had capital and wealth. Not so lazy people could leech off the system. I don't think that I've read anything like that in some of the original communist works.

I think the problem with Soviet style communism was that central planning bureaucracies were trying to balance authoritarian political power and economic production.

It's a pretty Brady Bunch view of the world, but had the Soviet Union not been a paranoid authoritarian bureaucracy, we might have a different view of what "communism" means.

Comment: Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (Score 4, Interesting) 109

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#48604961) Attached to: The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

It wasn't Communism or Socialism that collapsed, it was Sovietism.

Communism as a means of where workers own the firm and means of production hasn't failed. Look at manufacturing and worker coops. Some succeed, some fail. I'm guessing around the same rate that private and publicly owned firms do. Given that though, I'm willing to say that the idea isn't a failure.

John Green said it best. "Truth resists simplicity."

If you have a system where worker owned firms are exchanging goods and services on an open market using currency and capital as means of trade, is that a communist or capitalist society? What about when state governments establish rules that govern trade?

I'm a descriptivist when it comes to language. However, when the use of language is twisted as a way to paint people and ideas as "other" I have a massive problem with it. Don't get me wrong. I do understand that when we talk about "Capitalism" we're talking about western style capitalism where production and markets are more or less handled privately(Government regulations not withstanding). Conversely and by "Communism" we're talking about Soviet style communism where the state controls the means and focus of production. It's been a few years since I've read Marx and Engels, but I don't think this was the point of the mid 19th century communist movement.

So it becomes important to remember when we talk about things like Communism and Capitalism, things are pretty complex when you start to get serious into the terminology.

Did communism fail? Probably not. Has capitalism failed? Probably not either. It's likely that these are mutually exclusive ideas that can coexist.

Furthermore, how a state governs itself and interacts with it's markets complicate things further.

One thing i'm willing to bet on being pretty simple is that state planned production systems probably won't work. Not unless you got really lucky and the Government wasn't corrupt and somehow manages to provide for everyone.

Comment: Re:Shape DRM (Score 2) 59

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#48558691) Attached to: Royal Mail Pilots 3D Printing Service

This is actually kind of interesting.

I'm waiting to see what companies like Citadel Miniatures is going to do in response to gamers printing their own figures.

It's not fair to exactly call them customers since, you know, they're printing their own figures. I guess they can try selling them 3d shape files of figs instead.

Comment: Re:We've already seen the alternative to regulatio (Score 1) 93

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#48525799) Attached to: A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

Regulation of industry, particularly interstate industry is in the Constitution(Article 1, section 8). Furthermore, States have the right to further regulate industry in their own jurisdictions.

Some of the taxicab regulations are protection rackets, but some of them are high barriers to entry for a reason. Namely things like public safety and accountability.

Like I said, regulations don't have to suck.

Comment: Re:Can we hold the froth first? (Score 1) 250

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#48525523) Attached to: Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

I'm me willing to bet number 2 was true, but they screwed it up and rather than admit that they're trying to freeload off of iTunes and the iPod, they're blaming them for not sharing.

Despite the fact that RealNetworks had years to get into the game and establish a real actual standard. Sorry RN, you snooze, you fucking lose.

Comment: Re:We've already seen the alternative to regulatio (Score 1) 93

by RyuuzakiTetsuya (#48524991) Attached to: A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

As someone who's on the opposite coast, Valley and San Francisco both are one and the same to me. So, oops.

I'm also a fan of the ride sharing concept. When I flew out of Laguardia last week, I took an Uber from the Roosevelt Ave/Jackson Heights station to LGA and the process was smooth and simple(Also I had Uber credit so, might as well).

I just don't like Uber as a company.

Lyft seems like it's doing the right thing by complying with NYC taxi regulations though. So I'm going to have to look into that.

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