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Comment Re:A browser ballot is stupid (Score 1) 411

Bert is right. I'll try to help the conversation:

Let me see if I can remember: Free market - no barriers to entry or exit (people are free to participate without having to fulfill a bunch of check-boxes (e.g. licensing, large capital outlays for equipment, etc). Also, the consumer has perfect information, meaning that they understand what the value of a product is when compared to every other similar good. There was something else, too, but I can't remember it. You can see why it's theoretical.

Anyhow, "unregulated" means that there are no rules. Think about a situation where MS could force the industry in whatever direction they wanted - not too hard to imagine, actually. It could be argued that the defense companies have already bought half of our political system and the insurance industry has bought the other half. (We're nearly there!) These industries, controlled by an interlocking directorate, would control the country. It's easy to see why that's fascism.

This, I think, is where you got lost: Corporations don't want an absence of regulation either, as they like the rules that they create. Every company/producer will ALWAYS try to create barriers in the market so that the fundamental rule doesn't apply: "There are no long-term profits in a free market." We see profit degradation most in businesses more closely affected by the Internet for these reasons. The Internet provides much closer to 'perfect information' to the consumer. The rules that "free market capitalists" abhor are those that seek to create (closer to) perfect markets, limit the "capitalist's" influence, or keep them from limitless profit.

As an aside, the record industry has been 'hammered' by the fundamental rule - and I like it. They tried to stop it (DMCA) with their rules, but didn't succeed because the draw was too strong to the free market. Incidentally, they're busy PRing themselves back to profitability ("but, we DESERVE profits..."), which proves that greed is a much larger part of human nature than Adam Smith thought.

As far as I understand it, a long-term, perfect, free market is very close to socialism. There are no profits, just people making a living and paying what an item costs to produce. The difference from communism is that the people, not the gov't, run the companies.

The obvious question in your mind is probably about incentives to participate. The incentive (if it's profit that is the incentive) is in the short-term in new industries. There, the profits could be high for a long time. In the US, profits are a right, though. No one thinks anyone will work unless there's something in it for them. I, personally, think that's BS.

Greed is the real enemy of the free market; greed causes class stratification, strife, and (eventually) revolution.

Comment Re:ROEI, Return on Energy Invested (Score 1) 867

You've heard of trees. They block the wind, too.

Now, I'm a little worried about birds, but this (academic) study is just calling our attention to the fact that wind-power is a great alternative. Don't get too worked up about it!

BTW, I'm a proponent of Nuc. power, too. However, it will take another 20 years (or so) for the generation of people that were brainwashed to die off (or become a small minority) before we can seriously consider it on its merits.

Comment An honest question... (Score 1) 130

I have a java project, which basically exposes web-services (jax-ws) and it's built on java 1.5+ standard. I considered Spring when I was starting the project a couple years ago. However, I thought that they didn't offer much (for me) with regards to web services and I thought that the point of Spring was to get away from EJBs, which as of java 1.5 are vastly simpler and lighter weight.

So, I've basically been under the impression that Spring would die either as java dies, or as java integrates much of its functionality. What do they bring to the table? I'd honestly like to know.

To me, this is a dying company struggling to stay relevant - but I could certainly be wrong.

Comment Perpetual RC's (Score 1) 528

So, if MS is supposed to be releasing a new OS every couple (2) years and it's SOP to RC them for free for a year... doesn't that mean that we get free MS Windows (RC)? I'll get nailed for this, but really most linux distro's are RC's, too ('LTS' version or the paid version being the actual product).

So, hey, short of 'Free (as in speech),' and 'Open Source' MS is definitely learning from FOSS. hehe. The new MS tagline: It's 'Free (as in beer)' and it's 'software.' So, we're halfway to the FOSS ideal! (j/k)

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