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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Why are we discussing this?
by lindkvis on Thu 30th Aug 2007 14:43 UTC
lindkvis
Member since:
2006-11-21

The author seems to be reinventing large portions of political and economic theory without actually contributing anything new.

Also just because he addresses this from a 'techie' perspective, does not make this a techie subject. It is straightforward political discussion belonging on a political web forum.

However, if the author brought this article to a proper political forum, he would be laughed at and told to go read some philosophy and political theory as this subject has been discussed a million times before.

As it is now, it is just uninformed drivel. Those that do not understand history is doomed to repeat it.

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RE: Why are we discussing this?
by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 14:52 in reply to "Why are we discussing this?"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

It was a discussion point. I think you're trying way to hard to read something about it. Political? Ha! Whatever, politics I could care less about. Companies screw over consumers because they won't work together - that's it. That's your 'philosophy'.

Those who think everything has meaning, will never find any.

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lindkvis Member since:
2006-11-21

This just goes to show exactly how uninformed you are. You are even reinventing politics :-) since you don't seem to understand what politics is.

This is so typical from people who claim not to be interested in politics and then suddenly complain about petrol taxes and alcohol regulations.

Your article is almost purely political and competition versus cooperation is something that is essential to discussion about capitalism, cooperatives and marxism.

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RE: Why are we discussing this?
by redtux on Thu 30th Aug 2007 15:37 in reply to "Why are we discussing this?"
redtux Member since:
2006-12-04

So techies dont have political views that inform their actions and thoughts?

Anyway IMO what the writer is actually reccomeding is coopetition als FOSS

Also pure competition doesn't exist anywhere (closest being countries where the US insist on rampant pro-corporatism like Chile)

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Techies have psuedo-politics. That's where we get our 'holy wars' from. But at the end of the day I don't go club Windows users to death because I'm a Mac user, or vice-versa. I don't go on hate rallies in the streets. People need to get a grip of reality and stop trying to associate this article with those kinds of behaviours. There simply is no reality there.

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