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Great article, but OO goes much further back than Xerox PARC. They can't actually take credit for everything. But you can argue that Alan Kay appreciated OO in the way that Jobs appreciated the work of PARC. The original OO language was Simula. But Kay goes back even further being influenced by a system on the Burroughs B220, and then being a student of the legendary Bob Barton who was the designer of the Burroughs B5000, which is the machine with the most incredible...
Remember being a monopoly is not illegal - it's your behaviour using the power of monopoly. Conversely even if you don't have a monopoly unethical behaviour should be dealt with. I own my letter box. People who send me things pay the post office to deliver items to me. People not involved in the delivery don't make money out of it. Seems that content is delivered to the iPad that I own via the Internet – no participation by Apple required, yet they want a 30% cut...
Inkling 106 posts - I don't know if as detailed and thought out as this one. Anonymouse 3,838 posts - I suspect drivel just like this. Give the counter argument why you think it's nonsense or get off the net.
HP got its innovative stack designs from Burroughs, where the ideas of stacks and Reverse-Polish Notation (RPN) was introduced by Bob Barton: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_S._Barton Thus HP and Woz have a lineage to Barton. But not only that, but Alan Kay who did so much of the design at Xerox PARC that went into the Mac had been a student of Barton's. Steve Jobs saw the ideas and since Xerox didn't want to build and sell them offered to do it. Xerox could...
A couple of "Thoughts of the Day" from a guru in Rishikesh (where the Beatles went) have come to me in the last two days which are relevant: "EFFICIENCY MEANS, MORE OUTPUT WITH LESS INPUT, IN TERMS OF TIME, ENERGY AND MONEY." and "JUST AS MOTH GNAWS A GARMENT, SO DO ENVY AND JEALOUSY CONSUME THE PERSON. IT IS MOST ANTISOCIAL PASSION OF THE HUMAN NATURE." Evaluate competition wrt these thoughts.
The following excerpt is from The Philosopher's Zone: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/philosopher...07/1923237.htm Alan Saunders: John, let's turn to the modern case for the free market, and this turns on an intellectual construct called the ideal market. What is that, and why is it ideal? John Wright: Well, it's a rather complex notion, but it's composed of a number of different elements. Roughly the idea is that in an ideal market all producers are competing against each...
Without the cooperation of the states you would hardly be in a position to compete. And the US also cooperates with a lot of other countries. The sporting analogy makes sport look pretty pointless, which it is - just a way of keeping people busy without actually accomplishing anything. The opium of the masses. The orchestral analogy is better. Maybe the players are competing with the difficulty of being able to play an entire difficult piece of music. When they succeed,...
Sure. The USA. 50 states have to cooperate to make a federation. States as individuals must compete for resources. When they cooperate, resources are better utilized and contribute to the higher overall wealth of all.
You are looking like you have a very small-minded cynical view of the world of people who only act out of the basest motives. There are many examples where without cooperation nothing would have been achieved. What has been said is that competition is just there. However, where cooperation does not triumph over competition, nothing happens. Take for example the atomic bomb (of course born out of the worst competition). Even in the group the competition between Oppenheimer...
Your earlier post said "And they have only one: to maximize total profits. Everything and anything else is just a means to that end. This is true of every publicly traded company in the world." I'm answering your false conjecture that their only raison d'etre is to maximize total profits. That is simply simplistic and wrong. There is much more to Apple and many companies than that. If that was all they were about, you'd see a mass exodus of talent. Maybe they believe now...
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