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Comment: Re:Why isn't the USA doing this? (Score 1) 171

The guys that vacuumed up all the money in the US economy through (continuing) extraction in the name of "free markets" and other cockeyed holy market nonsense, own industries other than anything that might grow and/or create jobs. So they spent all that money legally bribing elected officials to pass laws lackies for the wealthy owners of all the capital wrote, to advantage themselves over everyone else. When they still can't out compete anyone else to turn a profit, because they have a declining asset (or even industry), then they use the same levers of power to make sure no one else can rival them.

Why can Europe do it? Because they have people there organized into political parties who believe there should be something in the economy for them too, and don't just believe in holy markets for the sake of economic royalists, like we do here in the US.

Comment: Roads aren't essential? (Score 1) 338

by Touvan (#46871557) Attached to: To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

Do to be clear, you imagine everyone has access to clean water, all the food they need in their personal farms, and the means to harvest all that - in their back yards?!

You might need to think about what sustains you, where it comes from - and especially how it gets to your dinner table before making such a ridiculous assertion as "Roads aren't essential for survival."

Next you'll tell me child labor laws aren't essential to stop child labor abuses, or that polio vaccines aren't essential to survive polio outbreaks.

Good grief.

Comment: Re:Protecting businesses again? (Score 1) 387

by Touvan (#46240327) Attached to: Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

Capitalism only works for capitalists - those who own and control the means of production. In capitalism, they get to make all the decisions. This is why capitalists governments all over the world are currently failing to meet the demands of the public. If you don't own any capital (and most of us don't), it's just a fool's paradise.

Comment: Re:Protecting businesses again? (Score 1) 387

by Touvan (#46240309) Attached to: Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

Capitalism (in your narrative) worked a little while only because there was a broad social contract in place, that for a generation or two people really did adhere to (and was enshrined in law, institution and culture). That social contract has been torn up, replaced with "greed is good" which is a more "pure" form of capitalism, and now here we are, a shitty cut throat system that most of us (except some of the 1%) don't like.

Comment: Re:Once again ... (Score 1) 387

by Touvan (#46231091) Attached to: Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

I guess the rest of us, those with non-market driven interests (life, liberty, happiness, etc.), may have to actually get involved in government! If all politicians are getting is lobbied from private interest A and private interest B, well, they have a decision to make - A or B!

They'll need an option C.

Comment: Re:Protecting businesses again? (Score 1) 387

by Touvan (#46231025) Attached to: Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

When a group of business men/women lobby the government for special rules on behalf of their own private interests, and those of their companies (or bribe/buy special rules) - I suppose that's a kind of "politics protecting business." I never understand who exactly is supposed to protect "the free market" from this kind of behavior in this quirky American libertarian dream world that IT specialists seem so fond of.

After a "free market' has run it's course to it's predictable - and predicted - consolidated end, exactly what benevolent force would prevent private market forces from exerting their accumulated power influence on a government for their own protection and benefit? And what would prevent them actually becoming the government as some in the same realm of IT specialists have recently suggested?

We used to have this idea that citizens had to work hard and engage in their government (which is to have the consent of the governed to be legitimate) to lobby on behalf of those things that aren't about money - life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, etc. Now it's all about the all mighty magical "free market," or more accurately neofuedalism.

Medieval times indeed.

Comment: Re:It's not about which technology (Score 1) 387

by Touvan (#46037141) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

MLK, Gandi, etc. passionately perused peace. I'm not sure how passion means war exactly. Science and reason without conscience can be just as destructive or productive as other political motives (or even more so, since it's science, and can do everything better).

Comment: Re:Market is Apple/Google's, but N has an advantag (Score 1) 559

by Touvan (#46025603) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?

It's not just the console that's over priced, but the games. Nintendo a few years ago figured out that they don't make more money by dropping the price of games to $20 and less after a year, so they put a stop to the practice. This may have worked in the short term on their spreadsheets, but it lead to a permanent situation where consumers (like me) expect games to stay expensive, and to choose more carefully about what to buy. I have a pile of old Gamecube games, and earlier Wii games particularly from Nintendo, but never really built up a big library in that second half of the generation on Wii.

Now I expect Wii U games to continue the trend. With the confusing name (Wii U - is that just the tablet? - many consumers think so, they don't understand it's a new HD console), and the relatively high price, and you have a poor value proposition.

Case in point = Zelda: Wind Waker HD is $50! It should have been $20. They are killing themselves with this pricing scheme, and they don't even know it, because it doesn't show up on their spreadsheets.

Comment: Re:Where are they? (Score 1) 324

by Touvan (#45965995) Attached to: NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

"use open hardware/software" - folks make the same claim about voting machines. But I'm never clear on how exactly that would make the machine more trustworthy. You still have to trust your vender, and every single person along the way from the manufacturing plant to your house/office, to not have tampered with anything. It's the same with e-voting machines. How exactly do you know there isn't a modified binary (or even hardware) running inside the black box? It's not like you can open the cover and look inside to see what's running in there - regardless of whether the design or programming was done in the open.

It all boils down to trust. That's much harder to figure out, so I guess I can see why folks choose to believe in unicorn solutions, like open hardware and open software.

Comment: Re:Next job? (Score 5, Interesting) 308

by Touvan (#45748971) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

What this industry needs is a professional organization and standards (or a trade union, but professional organization would be better). Alas, we are awash with folks who have been duped into libertarianism, and it's obsessive individualism (I gotta do ME, man), a tired ideology that prevents natural tribal grouping for mutual benefit. A locked tight political gambit for sure. Still there are signs that the craziness is ending.

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