Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Aug 2010 10:47 UTC
Humor Now that I'm done with my internship and ready to take on OSNews again, I figured it'd be nice to start off with something light-hearted. I just read that Google bought an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a camera, ready to photograph whatever it flies across. We may consider Google's biggest threat to be privacy, but with all this computing power they have, their Street View cars, and now, unmanned flying drones, they look more and more like SkyNet to me. So, what's your most likely apocalyptic scenario?
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RE[5]: Comment by Kroc
by Novan_Leon on Tue 10th Aug 2010 03:21 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Kroc"
Novan_Leon
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2005-12-07

But the government controls the money, and ultimately, the ability to seize and do whatever they want with the corporations. Corporate money is good for bribing lobbyists and politicians personal bank accounts, but ultimately the government has all the power (hence the bribes). Corporations are just dogs like the rest of us (albeit, slightly bigger dogs).

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RE[6]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 10th Aug 2010 06:21 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Kroc"
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2005-11-10

In the dark ages the king had the authority, but it was the church that had all the power. Now that had flipped that the state has the authority, but the corporations have the power. Money has more influence over us than government. Who I am has been shaped by commercialism far more than laws that are present that most people don’t break anyway. The government defines the outer boundary, and the corps define what happens in the middle.

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RE[7]: Comment by Kroc
by Novan_Leon on Tue 10th Aug 2010 13:42 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Kroc"
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2005-12-07

I can't think of a single situation where a corporation has determined how I live my life. They may have influence via media exposure and money (after all, I'm payed by a corporation), but I've always had full control in all my interactions with corporations, and ultimately the choice whether or not to deal with them or not. On the other hand, my interactions with the government are all completely one-sided. I have no choice when dealing with the government (other than to leave the state or country that I live). The government has full authority and power to determine how I'm allowed to live my life or inflict punishment on me however they see fit.

Edited 2010-08-10 13:43 UTC

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RE[7]: Comment by Kroc
by Zifre on Tue 10th Aug 2010 16:47 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Kroc"
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2009-10-04

In the dark ages the king had the authority, but it was the church that had all the power. Now that had flipped that the state has the authority, but the corporations have the power. Money has more influence over us than government. Who I am has been shaped by commercialism far more than laws that are present that most people don’t break anyway. The government defines the outer boundary, and the corps define what happens in the middle.

I think this is a perfect summary of exactly what is happening to the world.

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