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: Mod me down, but...
by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 15:01 UTC in reply to "Mod me down, but..."
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

There isn't any politics involved. Since when did simply working together on technology instead of trying to out ego the other guy become Marxist? People were collaborating a lot during the early days of computing; where'd all that go now?

I think it's stupid to think this article has anything to do with politics.

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RE[2]: Mod me down, but...
by google_ninja on Thu 30th Aug 2007 15:08 in reply to "RE: Mod me down, but..."
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2006-02-05

Capitalism is based on the idea that competition in a free market will produce the best results. Marxism is based on the idea that everyone working together for the good of all is the best way to do things.

The early collaberation was in an academic context, and academia functions in a way alot closer to what marx was talking about the way marx was talking about. This works as long as it is a closed system of intellectuals funded by the larger capitalist system. It doesnt work as a general way of doing business, as can be seen many times in history.

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RE[3]: Mod me down, but...
by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 15:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Mod me down, but..."
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I don't care a jot about literary terms for these things, they only serve to set up A vs. B scenarios. This is reality, and consumers are being screwed over by companies more and more. If I lend my neighbour a cup of sugar, that makes me a full card carrying Marxist, because I'm helping others out?

It seems to me that in this thread, the hardline is that "Society dictates that I must screw over every other guy in the world to be the best, and that's 'good' for everybody". I'm not talking about governments and stuff - I'm just talking about nerds doing the best for technology.

I suppose my na´vetÚ shows, some people seem to launch into an attack whenever they smell the whiff of this so-called "marxism".

I think I'm going to go take a break by punching everybody I meet in the street ;)

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