I am the Morpheus of the consumerism matrix. http://earlyretirementextreme.com/angry-people-online-insults-frugal-lifestyles-and-the-poor.html
As Gandhi said, the poor of the world cannot be helped by mass production, only by production by the masses. The system of mass production, based on sophisticated,highly capital intensive, high energy input dependent, and human labour saving technology, presupposes that you are already rich, for a great deal of capital investment is needed to establish one single workplace. The system of production by the masses mobilises the priceless resources which are possessed by all human beings, their ... [Post Truncated]
A well-designed device should not injure a human being. If possible, it should not allow a human being to come to harm through its inaction. The later is the difference between a car and a scissors. I expect a car to have safety devices. I don't expect a scissors to stop me from running while I hold it, if I'm stupid enough to do so. Devices should only be expected to work at their general level of complexity. A well-designed device should obey the direction given to it by human beings, exce ... [Post Truncated]
That doesn't subsequently mean "non-exploitive" alternatives would exist, it just means those customers/employees would have no options (not even "exploitive" ones). The hidden assumption here is that producing the goods and services required to keep a single human being alive in relative comfort (fed, sheltered, educated, healthy) necessarily requires an expenditure of manual effort roughly equivalent to what that human being can do. Or, in other words, the assumption is that it is not and ne ... [Post Truncated]
If we all reacted the same way, we'd be predictable, and there's always more than one way to view a situation. What's true for the group is also true for the individual. It's simple: Overspecialize, and you breed in weakness. It's slow death.
who remembers identica? gnu/social? mastodon? gnu/social and its predecessors have about around for ten years or so by now (2017). during all of that time, adoption was a slow drip and the network never got particularly large. the community was tight knit, it was a special place. then mastodon happened: #mastodon proved to the community that you can boost adoption by making the software easier to use. [@gargron] was able to make something that attracted people, despite the confusion that a lo ... [Post Truncated]
> The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them. > To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. > To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. > To ... [Post Truncated]