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New blog post: Why "Don't be evil" is good advice for corporate survival these days
One of my regulars, contemplating the increasingly pathetic series of clusterfucks that have passed for exciting new products at Microsoft, wonders why a company with all its advantages – more money t...
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Well put. Your observation that sustainability and ethical behavior are connected in both directions also aligns with Assange's observation that making conspiracy harder and more expensive is a winning strategy.
 
Warning, +Michael Bernstein: if you pursue this kind of analysis with sufficient rigor and honesty, you will become a - gasp - libertarian.
 
IMHO, secrecy and software patents are homologs.
 
I made the same argument when people were advocating for torture as a valid investigative method.  After a point actual, factual investigation is smothered by crude brutes adhering to doctrinal belief that if they just apply more pain they can get the answer they want to hear.
 
Heh. In some ways, I am a libertarian. Well, a left-libertarian or classical liberal anyway.

In general, though, I tend to observe that while, all else being equal, some of something may be a good idea (deregulation, a limited-time copyright monopoly etc.), it does not therefore follow that more is necessarily better.

So, for example, I am mostly in the libertarian camp on individual civil liberties. I even think that the corporate veil of limiting shareholder liability was, on the balance, a useful innovation. However, I do not think that granting equivalent human rights to corporations comprised of fungible humans is a good idea, even if the effect is to further expand the freedoms of the individuals who happen to be sitting at the top of the corporation.
 
+Porter Woodward, that's not a doctrinal belief, it's true. They do get the answer they want to hear. It is just that what they want to hear may bear no relation to the facts.
 
+Michael Bernstein true - although it adheres to their version of the "truth" - which as you rightly point out may bear no relation to facts.
 
+Porter Woodward +Michael Bernstein That's the true reason torture isn't used in most places, outside of the treaties. The data gathered this way is too often useless. And it's not like USA had apropriately trained and experienced torturers ;)
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