Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Jun 2009 21:22 UTC, submitted by Governa
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Apple, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Texas Instruments have agreed to standardise their smartphone chargers in Europe using micro-USB. "The European Commission announced today that 10 mobile phone producers, which represent some 90 percent of the mobile phone market in the European Union, have signed a voluntary agreement to use standardized chargers for mobile phones using a micro-USB connector. The agreement addresses the EC's concern that mobile phone chargers create needless electronic waste." A single charger for everything! It almost brings tears to my eyes. Honestly. Even Apple. There it is. The tear.
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Absolutely
by ThomasFuhringer on Tue 30th Jun 2009 10:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Vindicated"
ThomasFuhringer
Member since:
2007-01-25

Interest rates and housing prices should be left to the market. Some government setting them is what you call 'central planning' and we have seen where that leads to.

When it comes to standardisation a government can really do some good by pushing through a convention here and there.

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RE: Absolutely
by dagw on Tue 30th Jun 2009 11:01 in reply to "Absolutely"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Interest rates and housing prices should be left to the market

Nothing anywhere is ever wholly left to the markets.

Some government setting them is what you call 'central planning' and we have seen where that leads to.

There is a lot a government can and do do to control house prices without actually setting them. The obvious one is to pass legislation and change taxes to make it cheaper and easeir (or more expensive and harder) to build new houses and renovate old houses. They can also change laws governing how banks can lend money to potential buyers. Basically maniuplating the supply and demand in the housing market.

They can also control rents by changing the laws governing landlords and tennants.

It is not a binary system with free market and central planning being the only two values. It is a fuzzy continuum and no country is at either extreme.

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