Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Dec 2010 23:34 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Every now and then (or, actually, rather often) you come across a story which once again exemplifies why governments should keep their paws off anything remotely related to technology. It seems that not knowing anything about technology is one of the prime reasons why governments the world over fail so spectacularly when it comes to technology-related lawmaking. The latest in the series? France. My southern neighbours (I never acknowledged Belgian independence) are thinking about extending their piracy levy, normally found on CD-Rs and mp3-players and such, to cover tablet computers as well. However, tablet computers running Windows are exempt.
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Unstable equilibriums
by Neolander on Wed 29th Dec 2010 10:07 UTC
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The problem with that free market theory is that like many other political theories it does not work in the real world.

No one has interest in a genuine free market, because everyone wants a bigger slice of the pie. Thus it's an unstable equilibrium, because once someone gets big enough through merit or agreements with other parties, he can pressure governments or crush competition and the pretty utopy is over.

A working market-based theory would make cheating governments impossible or undesirable, would guarantee that everyone has a fair chance, and would prevent small groups of people from getting more powerful than the rest of the world. Currently, it does not work this way however.

Edited 2010-12-29 10:10 UTC

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