The Microsoft Problem
Microsoft is one of the few companies large enough and
prosperous enough to sell hardware at such a loss, i.e. the X-Box and quite
possibly the Homestation. The STB and PC hardware
manufacturing market is already in a slump due to market slowdown and in
reality market saturation. This could mean Microsoft and its friends end up
dominating in an already slim market, so this may add to the problems
described within the chain reaction scenario. By making all of their money
via software rental and in so many different ways,
Microsoft may as well have a global vacuum cleaner connected to the bank
accounts of every connected user who can afford such services,
Gates and Microsoft will clean up and they know
it. With X-Box live, Windows, Dot.Net, passport systems
and Microsoft's ASI (Adaptive
Systems and Interaction group)
etc, then the big M and others could end up
knowing what every user watches, when they watch it and gather targeted
marketing information on a massive scale, this is the equivalent of allowing
a Microsoft spy into almost every home. The question is, is it right, I
mean, do we allow a global corporation like Microsoft to do this?
What Microsoft and others want is a totally intuitive and
interactive user interface that ties the user directly to the web (see
Indigo). This is about the future, a future in which non localised
computing and web based services, will be rented to the user, within a
cashless society. Privacy will cost money, people may find it impossible to
hide, from the prying eyes, of well, just about everybody actually.
Money is what gives Gates, sorry this fellow equal human
being, the power to do these things. Most people could also do what Gates
has done, there is nothing special about him. He is not special and in my
opinion he is just a profiteer with good spin doctors, he doesn't deserve to
make a living to the extent he has and at the expense of almost every
computer user on the planet. He does not have the right to shape the destiny
of the world to the extent he is doing and is about to, Microsoft is not a
democracy. Microsoft software has almost become an embedded technology,
which the human race has not even had the chance to vote on, we need to
understand that monopolies of this scale, need to be challenged.
Bill's infamous letter to the Homebrew computer club
basically saying, "I
wrote this software for money so don't copy it", this letter only goes
to show that Gates doesn't care, whilst the rest of the human race works to
make him and Microsoft richer, we will all in effect become a little poorer
because of him. It sucks, and yet the masses with money will love it, but as
he say's, you can always buy Microsoft stock, that's if he and the rest of
the virtual middlemen, haven't made you unemployed,
decimated your local economy and sucked your bank account dry.
Don't believe me, then think about this, the next version of Windows,
may no longer be a one off payment, it may actually be rented to you, via a
monthly payment being taken out of your bank account, this is what the big M
really wants, billions of users, paying on a
basis, to Mr Gates and friends. This is Microsoft's true corporate
vision of the future for themselves, they wish to turn themselves into a
public utility company, just like gas or electricity, but on a global scale.
I will spell this out for those of you not paying
attention, that's a couple of dollars a month, being paid every month, by
the majority of computer users world wide, equalling billions of dollars per
month, being collected every month by the big M, now that's what I call,
Microsoft Added Tax.
SOD THAT - GO LINUX
Will it happen, that's a question only the future can
Oh it makes me mad, but if you want to
see how Gates made it then go watch the
Pirates of Silicon valley,
it includes a reference to
Some would say the richer he gets, the richer we all get,
through taxes etc, yep, the harder he works the richer we all get?
Don't worry though the net
based operating system maybe coming soon, which also may spell the end
of the big M's stranglehold on us all?
Another good topic, if we use technology in the right
way, then there is no reason to think that emission levels could not be
lowered drastically. Imagine covering every home
with solar panels or
currently expensive, but this is another one of those situations
where common sense is overruled by cost factors. Wind turbines, wave power
plus all sorts of other ecologically safe power production methods are not
introduced because of cost factors. What you have to
consider, is that the average oil well can pump out a million dollars worth
of crude a week, (on that note, Iraq pumps out 1.7 million barrels of
oil a day), so economically speaking,
who cares about the
environment when your making that type of money?
Money is obviously just more important than global
donít worry about it, because we could always use some
future version, of a universal nano-assemblers to fix the problem, thatís if
we make it that far. Also totally safe nuclear reactors
have been around since the 50's, called
Triga reactors, these
reactors are generally not used, because they inherently cost more, than
other less safe designs.
3 Mile island -
Sellafield, all preventable problems, I bet the clean up and related
costs to the environment, have
costed us all far more, than
the cost of building safe reactors. Mind you large parts of the Earth may
before any of the predictions in this ebook come about, yet again causing
massive economic problems, mind you it may stop many nations going to
war over water?
Western society is incredibly wasteful
and totally out of whack with it's environment, but before we can fix the
environment we have to fix the system that is causing the problem. This
means society has to change it's entire outlook, the truth is...the problem
is money, it promotes greed inequality and in effect curtails society from
wising up to itself and what it is doing. The question in my mind is this,
is there enough to go around and do we have the ability to equally share the
wealth, whilst also maintaining a balance with nature, on that note, did you
watch Horizon on El Dorado, because if you didn't
then you really should have, it was truly amazing, if you didn't see it,
check it out. A brief rundown:-
increased and sustainable ecologically safe food production almost anywhere
on the planet. Plus if we get
hydrogen systems right, then it should be possible to find a balance
with nature that we all can ALL live with. Although the oil industry may
lose its grip on a rather large
market, the question is, will the capitalists win or will the
Will the human race change fast enough from a fossil fuel
based economy, to something saver and will the people profiting from these
carbon based systems let us. My hope is, that new breakthroughs in
hydrogen production and
lead us towards a saver ecological solution to the needs of the emerging and
existing energy markets. Beats using
dead cats? Anyway, I always remember an
the boss of Shell who basically said, if we don't do something soon, then
we're screwed, that's a hell of a statement from somebody that high up in
the oil industry, it stopped me in my tracks and it should make you do the
I think we all know the consequences,
if we don't get it right?
warming / Global freezing /
Ecological and biodiversity elimination due
to human activity etc.
Or as Forrest Gump, sorry George Dubya Bush put it?
I'm so thankful, and so gracious -- I'm gracious that my brother Jeb is
concerned about the hemisphere as well.""
What a guy?
Or as Penn and Teller may tell you, it's all BS?
global dimming has now been proven and it paints a terrifying future,
for the whole world.
Although climate change is hotly debated and some
scientists say we just don't know enough to make rational decisions about
what the climate is doing. I look at this way, if you put someone in a
sealed room for long enough, however complicated the room, then pump in
enough of the wrong sought of gases, then eventually they will choke to
death, if you get the point?
For me, it's a question of time frames, so if you
pump out lots
of stuff quickly, as we did during the 20th century, then the world has only
a limited natural ability to purify or soak up all those emissions. The
question is, will we choke or will we just splutter for a bit, before nature
reaches a natural equilibrium, maybe by finding a way of killing of the
problem, humans that is?
I can imagine all the rich people living in air
conditioned, environmentally controlled building, whilst the rest of us
wonder how we ever managed to let it come to that? Come to think about it,
that's exactly how most Americans do live - they go from air conditioned
homes, to air conditioned cars, to air conditioned shopping centers or
places of work, God most of them may not even notice, whilst the rest of the
world chokes, drowns and boils, but after
Katrina, their leadership
maybe forced to deal with global warming, now their population has had a
taste of just how bad, these types of natural disasters can be?
Oh well maybe they will come up with, a cheap clean
energy source, so as to power all of their air conditioning units, along
fuel efficient cars? None of these things will matter of course, once
you factor in bird flue or some other pandemic, nature fights back. As a
species I find it strange, how we allow ourselves to be swayed by BS and
spin from advertisers to buy into the crap their selling and yet the masses
seem to generally be able to block out, hard facts? For example, I was
watching the news, it stated the Arctic ice sheet has now gone past the point of no
return, most of the people I observed watching this article, hardly took it
in, but then there was an advert, for some new gas guzzling
SUV, the point of course is
that the advert seemed to grab their attention a hell of a lot more, than
the last news article?
IGNORANCE IS BLISS?
Of course before you
believe anybody when
it comes to facts and figures, always make sure you know who's done the
survey, plus why they have done it and of course most importantly, who's
paying the bills?
The truth is, that just maybe, nanotech and future
developments may lead us to a cure, for all of our environmental
But for now, I'm with the
environmentalists when it comes to nuclear energy, as long as it is
seeing all sides, is a pain in the arse.