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Comment: Re:NOT capitalism (Score 1) 315

by kaffiene (#43410185) Attached to: Competitors Complain To EC That Free Android Is a 'Trojan Horse'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism
"Capitalism is an economic system..."

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitalism
"an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market"

A capitalist economic system effects the political sphere, of course, but it is not in and of itself a political system.

Re your argument: not all forms of control are politics. I control my dog but that's not a political system. You argument requires that all forms of control are forms of government but this is false therefore your argument is invalid.

Comment: Re:Back to the Future (Score 1) 658

by kaffiene (#41509937) Attached to: If I had a time machine, I would first visit...

The real problem is human nature, not that one particular religion. Kill one religious figure, another will fill its place (or the former will be a martyr).

And why not also go back and kill Jesus of Nazareth? Millions have been killed in his name. Do you reckon those wars wouldn't have been waged if this or that particular prophet hadn't have existed?

Comment: Meh (Score 1) 385

What I find most disturbing in all of this is the rabid brand loyalty (brainwashing?) on display. I don't get the apple/iPhone fans with their "mine is still better" and "Samsung is just junk" responses - when Samsung supplies the hardware for the iPhone in the first place!

I don't own a smartphone nor any Samsung or Apple computers. I don't care about either of these companies. But I do care about the tech world and I'm very disturbed to see mega corps using patents as a cudgel to prevent competition. Apple's approach is antithetical to a free market and to technological innovation. I find it extremely distasteful and if I ever did want to get a smartphone, this recent episode would be enough to put me off Apple. I like companies that compete by being the best, not by having the most lawyers.

In any formula, constants (especially those obtained from handbooks) are to be treated as variables.

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