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Member Since 09 Dec 2005
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In Topic: The Problem With Capitalism

Today, 04:33 AM

I think the most strong argument against the whole thing based on "human nature" is to find an incentive for people to actually perform in jobs that aren't exactly very rewarding or creative.

That's still making the same mistake about human nature.  One of the most important aspects of human nature is that everybody has different needs and desires.not everyone is covetous of others' good and greedy enough to try to acquire them at all expenses, and not everyone resents doing mindless repetitive work.  Enlightened self-interest is not a single, scientifically measurable and competently engineerable entity.


Even in a post-scarcity society there will be someone who figures out how to exploit the system for personal gain above and beyond the needs of comfort and security, and they will put that plan into action and become king of the hill.  Whatever post-scarcity economic system (economics == equitable system for the distribution of scarce resources) you can develop, it will need a series of checks and balances to prevent such exploits, and the checks and balances will need to be the easy path.

In Topic: Cleanup and return from main in case of a crash or just display error message...

Yesterday, 12:34 PM

So in your opinion, which one you would do? Throw an exception or return an error code?

Don't let exceptions leak out across DLL boundaries.  Return an error code or error event.

In Topic: The Problem With Capitalism

Yesterday, 12:33 PM

Another argument could be made, where someone says that capitalism is just fine and will always be sustainable because the laws of supply and demand dictate the price of goods and services. The ability of the market to pay for a product or service would dictate the price of it.


We've been there for quite a while.


It takes what, $10,000,000 to create the first copy of a game.  The cost of additional copies of that game is zero, and there is an infinite supply of those copies.  The law of supply and demand states that because the supply is infinite, the price the market will bear will approach zero very quickly.  The reality is that in order to recoup the cost of the first copy, the capitalists will manipulate the market by artificially restricting the supply to keep the price high enough to not only recover costs but continue to earn revenue as long as possible.


In similar industries such as music, the ability for the capitalists to manipulate the market for profit has already collapsed and they are no longer able to facilitate artificial scarcity without the help of government authority.  Meanwhile the first-copy creators are finding ways to generate income by relying on something that still has scarcity:  usually their personal presence.


We are definitely on the verge of a post-scarcity, post-capitalist society in many respects.  However, as long as the supply of tangible goods can be restricted through physical means, there will be capitalism at work.

In Topic: The Problem With Capitalism

Yesterday, 12:21 PM

I may be totally wrong here, but it's my understanding that in the modern definition of communism, "private property" is non-existent. Everything is owned by the "state".

You're totally wrong.  In communism, there is no "state."  That's socialism, a transitional form of social organization in which the means of production is centrally administered.  In communism, each worker owns his or her own tools and gives according to their ability, takes according to need all without a central authority ("the state") to dictate those wants and needs.


Like most political and economic theories, it does a piss-poor job of taking human nature into account.


Yesterday, 04:33 AM

I would think the conflict of interest introduced by developer-paid reviews would verge on constituting fraud.  I hope that is not how the game press really works.