Linked by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:03 UTC
Editorial I hear often that when something new appears that "competition is good". The primary reasons competition is seen as good, are: it drives down prices; it gives consumers more choice; it pushes technology forward, quicker. Competition is not good because: competition is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; competition is why DRM exists; and more. In this article, each of the supposed benefits of competition will be looked at in more detail.
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RE: Disconnected from reality
by Almindor on Thu 30th Aug 2007 21:11 UTC in reply to "Disconnected from reality"
Almindor
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Profit is why we have products to buy, and why we have jobs, rather than pure slavery. If you remove profit, you remove not only the incentive to make improvements in anything, but also the means to do so.

Opensource and free software has proven you wrong in this one. People don't only do stuff to get profit and/or survive. They also do stuff because they enjoy it, because they want praise etc. I can say this because I always enjoy working on my OSS projects more than on the ones I get payment for. You may say that it's because I chose those which I enjoy, and get pay for those which I don't, but it's not true. I enjoyed my last payed project, but since it had a deadline, and I was under stress, I always had that "bad" feeling when I worked on it.

So it's not just profit. For companies, mostly yes, all big ones are pure profit makers with no other concerns. But that's what makes it bad.

When a small company is founded, it's usually with a vision. The founders want to do some quality stuff etc. But later when the company grows, the managers and economic rats pack in and start to control things, then shares go in and the original people lose control. This is the beginning of the end. These new controllers have no reason to produce quality software. They have no vision, no respect for what they do. They want only profit.

You forget that we're talking humans here. As long as the company stays loyal to it's roots it makes good products, not because of greed, but because of self esteem, pride and image.

I've seen too many companies "grow" into profit seeking pieces of crap. Thats the natural cycle of capitalism as it eventually grows into corporatocracy (yes, that's a political system not economical I know, but capitalism as economical system forces corporatocracy no matter what the underlaying political setup may be)

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