Schlagwort-Archiv: Kapitalismus

Student Housing vs. Holding.

Het is overigens niet de eerste keer dat Xior ernstig verzuimt. Twee jaar geleden liet de Belgische vastgoedspeler studenten in Rotterdam ook al een pand betrekken dat niet af was. Net als in Amsterdam betaalden studenten voor ­faciliteiten die niet bestonden. In Wageningen nam de huisvester bestaande studentenwoningen over en verplichtte bewoners te kiezen: of een contract tekenen waarin ze akkoord gingen met een huurverhoging of het pand binnen drie maanden verlaten.

Her Parool: Studentenkamers in Zuidoost: vies, niet af, gevaarlijk en te duur


A prime example is that CERN has enjoyed special conditions for the use of Microsoft products for the last 20 years, by virtue of its status as an “academic institution”. However, recently, the company has decided to revoke CERN’s academic status, a measure that took effect at the end of the previous contract in March 2019, replaced by a new contract based on user numbers, increasing the license costs by more than a factor of ten. Although CERN has negotiated a ramp-up profile over ten years to give the necessary time to adapt, such costs are not sustainable.

Anticipating this situation, the IT department created the Microsoft Alternatives project, MAlt, a year ago.

CERN news: Microsoft Alternatives project (MAlt)


Unternehmen, die eine für uns alle unverzichtbare digitale Infrastruktur bereitstellen, dürfen sich nicht nach den Zielvorgaben von Risikokapitalgebern ausrichten.

Thomas Wagner ( Debatte Digitalpolitik für das Gemeinwohl: Recht auf Internet


Porn should not be understood as an avant-garde “art form” allowing for the creativity and playfulness of independent directors, performers, and producers. It needs to be understood as a business whose product evolves with a specifically capitalist logic. Moreover, this is a business with considerable political clout, with the capacity to lobby politicians, engage in expensive legal battles, and use public relations to influence public debate. As with the tobacco industry, this is not a simple matter of consumer choice; rather, the business is increasingly able to deploy a sophisticated and well-resourced marketing machine.

Gail Dines: Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality

This article connects to seven Google domains.

Google und Co. verschleiern erstens ihre Profitabsichten, intensivieren zweitens Programme der umfassenden Überwachung ohne reelle Opt-Outs, und arbeiten durch eine umfassende Strategie der emotionalen Einbindung drittens daran, uns zu den orientierungslosen, überforderten, hilflosen und weltblinden Subjekten zu formen, die sich ihr Leben nicht mehr ohne die Dienstleistungen von Internetkonzernen vorstellen können.

Jorinde Schulz: Halt die Fresse, Google (Ada Magazin, 2018-09-18)


But if it’s a purely abstract competition set up between insiders to the exclusion of outsiders, it might feel like a competition, it might feel very challenging and stressful and hard to the people doing it, but it doesn’t actually do anything for anybody else. It’s no longer genuinely productive for anybody, it’s a fake.

Jaron Lanier Interview on What Went Wrong With the Internet


With today’s smartphones, you usually get a minimal set of functionalities out of the box and go through installing diverse applications for your different needs. Usually those applications are proprietary and are designed around their own unethical business model; hence they compete against each other for your attention and have their own set of features to be used within the scope of the application only.

This can lead to a lot of redundancy and confusion in terms of functionality. A particularly blatant case is communication applications, where we see each application handling their own contacts logic, their own locked down and isolated protocol, and where a ton of applications will implement the same things for the same purpose (making calls and sending messages), with the focus typically being the flashiest application to attract and retain the most users.

François Téchené (purism): Design report #4: symbiotic applications 

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