Adapt or Die. That is the mantra of the computer industry. Apple has seized on this notion and have reaped the rewards for it. Microsoft is learning, but they have a long way to go. Personally, I am glad that they didn't let their OEMs know what is going on. "But Dharma, you charismatic stallion, why would you support an Evil Empire like Microsoft," you ask, It's quite simple....Microsoft is willing to step out of its' comfort zone. Look at the XBox, look at the Zune, look at the Windows Phone. Sure, all of those products had the missteps and out and out failures, but they got past that and made a better product up the road, and the consumer has been better for it on the whole.
HP and Dell have forgotten how to innovate because they stopped making things. And when they stopped making things, they stopped thinking about how to make things better. Making things in Malaysia does not count here, because those people over there are not making things. They are following a blueprint that has already been set in stone. They do not innovate. They are robots made of meat and it seems to me that this is what business in the 21st Century wants is robots made of meat.
"The right" is against NN for the same reason "the right" rejects global warming: the rich and powerful don't want it.
We've got an enormous problem with political ignorance and naivety in this country. The Republicans want to run the country in whatever way helps the rich get richer quicker. (If you don't accept that premise, go back and look at whose interests they consistently looked after when they held the White House and both houses of Congress, vs. whose interests they occasionally threw a bone to. By the time of the 2006 elections the leaders of various socially conservative movements were complaining that they were bringing in a lot of votes and not getting much of anything in return.)
But now, due to the aforementioned political ignorance and naivety, people think that whatever the Republican politicians want is an inherently conservative position. So we get idiotic ideas such as that global warming and net neutrality are leftist ideologies. People in this country need to wake up and smell the bullshit before they've been fucked beyond the point of no return.
I hate to say this, friend, but we are already fucked beyond the point of no return. Look at how easily the masses were manipulated by the Tea Party rhetoric that was bought and paid for by Corporatists who despised everything the Democrats and progressives stood for. Now they run the House and have a large chunk of the Senate at their whims, and they are promising more of the same in 2012. Personally, we are so fucked that it's going to take nothing more than pure Anarchy to bring us back.
When it gets down to it -- talking trade balances here -- once we've brain-drained all our technology into other countries, once things have evened out, they're making cars in Bolivia and microwave ovens in Tadzhikistan and selling them here -- once our edge in natural resources has been made irrelevant by giant Hong Kong ships and dirigibles that can ship North Dakota all the way to New Zealand for a nickel -- once the Invisible Hand has taken all those historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would consider to be prosperity -- y'know what? There's only four things we do better than anyone else:
- microcode (software)
- high-speed pizza delivery
If it means I can drive The Deliverator car, then sign me up. Saint Dharma