Posts tagged ‘capitalism’

10/26/2011

Quote of the Indeterminate Time Interval – David Harsanyi

by wfgodbold

From his piece on luddites:

Luddites on the streets of Manhattan can demonize big oil, big food, and big pharma all day long. They can decry profit as if Satan himself invented the notion. Yet when the multinational firm GlaxoSmithKline announces, as it did last week, that it has come up with the first effective vaccine for malaria, you can bet that it would never have happened in the system they propose. And if the vaccine is successful, the company will have done more good for the world than a million marches about the evils of capitalism could ever hope to produce.

Capitalism, ho!

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10/25/2011

I don’t grok Nintendo’s thought process…

by wfgodbold

As part of a way to sell more 3DS widgets, they’ve developed a steering wheel peripheral that fits on the outside of the 3DS so that you can more easily (I guess?) use the accelerometer to steer in-game.

The only problem with that plan is that the 3D effect of the screen only works if you hold the system in one position.

If you use this steering wheel doodad to play Mario Kart “3D”, you won’t actually be able to play it in 3D; you’ll have to fix the screen so that it’s displaying 2D. If you want to play in 3D, you have to hold the 3DS in the regular position without moving it to steer.

They had the same problem with Super Monkey Ball 3D; if you tilted the system to control the ball’s movement, you wouldn’t be able to see the eye-popping 3D you paid extra to get.

Well played, Nintendo. You’ve managed to come up with an entirely useless product that millions of people will nonetheless buy.

I only wish I’d thought of it first!

07/10/2011

They don’t call it totalitarianism because everyone eats Total for breakfast, Fareed…

by wfgodbold

They call it that because the state recognizes no limits on its authority to regulate behavior (wait a a minute…). Even when it comes to simple things like what movies people can watch.

Apparently China has had a moratorium on foreign film releases for the past month (and for the foreseeable future).

Fareed Zakaria feigns shock, saying “Can you believe it? Beijing has imposed a moratorium on new foreign films.”

I don’t know why this is hard to believe; given the choice between poorly produced, badly written propaganda and a Michael Bay film, I’d go with Michael Bay every time. For that matter, I routinely choose Bay films over more “serious” films; when I go to the movies, I want spectacle, explosions, and action, not an overpaid simpleton lecturing me about what a horrible person I am for not holding the same opinions as him on whatever the cause du jour is.

Why did films like Redacted ($781k gross revenue on a budget of $5 million) do so badly? Because filmgoers can spot propaganda, and given a choice between it any damn near anything else, they’ll go with the latter.

Unless their choice is taken away.

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