Archive | January 2013

Corporations are not people. People are corporations!

corporations-are-not-peopleIt is widely known that according to Mitt Romney, and many Republicans in the United States, the beliefs are that corporations are people. I highly doubt that. I haven’t come across a corporation that has its best interests in its customers or the people that use them. Their main goal is to make a profit and keep their investors happy. Why do you think Walmart and Primark and others use or have used child slave labour in China and other countries? It’s because corporations save money on paying very little for the work than to hire local. That’s the reason of outsourcing jobs abroad. The US isn’t the only ones guilty of it. The United Kingdom regularly uses India for its call centres and other countries for sweatshop activities. The pay, I’m sure, isn’t the best for those who work in such places and they work long and hard just to put food on their tables. All the while the corporations are getting fatter with money and greed.
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Open Sourcing

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“Our goal is to be destructive but in the cause of making the world a better place.” -Founder of Skype.

According to Wikipedia, Open Source is “a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product’s design and implementation details.” Open sourcing is an idea that has been around for centuries. Artists and sculptors have always been proud to show off their work and allow public access to their works. It’s kind of a “Look what I did!” type mentality. I can even feel it when I edit together an amazing video. But open sourcing is also quite pragmatic and almost philanthropic to humanity. Take a look at information and the internet. Before we had the internet, our research would had to have been done in a local library or through publications such as encyclopaedias and periodicals. An entire set of Encyclopedia Britannica would set you back hundreds of dollars. Jacques Fresco once said, “You don’t fight for a ‘new system’ if you want change, you need to offer something that makes the old system obsolete.” This is what the founder of Wikipedia decided to do. Information was seen to be something that all humans deserve to have access to. Not just the wealthy who could afford the encyclopaedias. 800px-History_Wikipedia_English_SOPA_2012_Blackout2In fact, during the SOPA/PIPA fight in the US Congress, Wikipedia took it on their own to block their website for a day and placed it with a graphic which said, “IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT FREE KNOWLEDGE – For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage this site and your ability to access information online. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.” Read More…

It’s All About Sharing

sharing_is_not_piracyI went into my loft today to find a couple of odd cables that I needed for my new Raspberry Pi. Story of my life. Actually, what I came across was tons of junk that has been collected over the years that I just don’t care to really see anymore. Odd books. Old CDs that haven’t been digitised yet. Cables for computers. Even old VHS tapes. None of it is really sellable. I even have a garden shed full of tools and equipment that I use maybe a few times a year. If I’m not using them, then it means no one is and they sit all alone in a lonely place. Why can’t they just go to use whenever anyone needs something? It reminds me of this conversation:

Ned Flanders: Uh, huh-huh… Homer, ah… About those things you borrowed from me over the years, you know, the TV trays, the power sander, the downstairs bathtub… You gonna be… needing those things in Cypress Creek?
Homer: Yes.
Ned Flanders: Oh. Uh…
Homer: [coaches Flanders] Okily dokily…
Ned Flanders: Okily dokily!

It all may be funny, but do we really need to have these items hidden in a shed or loft somewhere? I can think of loads of things that I don’t use on a regular basis that I don’t mind people using them if they need to use it. Like my pitcher I use for my summer Pimms. I’m hardly going to be using it in winter. Although, someone might be having a summer themed party in the Read More…

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