ShockedCorporate libertarians maintain that the market turns unrestrained greed into socially optimal outcomes. Smith would be outraged by those who attribute this idea to him. He was talking about small farmers and artisans trying to get the best price for their products to provide for themselves and their families. That is self-interest, not greed. Greed is a high-paid corporate executive firing 10,000 employees and then rewarding himself with a multimillion-dollar bonus for having saved the company so much money. Greed is what the economic system being constructed by the corporate libertarians encourages and rewards.
The message that did come through on all NDEs was the message of 'love'. Here's another article about crossing to the next.
There is now a project with Rapa Lopa, Al Alegre and others on providing e-mail and internet access to small farmers in different parts of the country. A major purpose of this effort is for them to know market prices around the country. This way they are not completely dependent on price quotes from middle men. They can counter with price quotes from the markets in the cities. Who needs this information? Corn growers Bukidnon and Cotabato need to know before they sell to middle men. Cut-flower growers in Cagayan de Oro and Davao need to know the market demand in Manila and Cebu. Fishermen in Pagadian and General Santos need to know market demand for tuna or shrimp in Manila restaurants. This could be ticket in connecting the smallest farmer to the ultimate buyer, eliminating the middleman. I think this framework will work in third world countries. It could be the answer to the never ending saga of price manipulation.
E-Commerce thus accelerates the social disruptions that have already been going on. If the industrial revolution created massive flows from countryside to cities, changed feudal relationships to worker-capitalist relationships, brought about communist revolutions, etc. what might be the shape of a future created by e-commerce? An acceleration of a process which has already been going on:C Compiler
It is time we stopped making excuses for the backward and fetishizing the stagnant. We need to help these people. If that means smashing a few cultures which are little more than 20th century, Southern Hemisphere versions of Vikings, so be it. How we smash them is the subject of another column. 
The hacker would agree that smoothing the Unix learning curve for Windows users wouldn't hurt, as long as this "smoothing" does not restrict the Unix hacker. Ultimately, the traditional hacker is unconcerned with what goes on in the arena of the girls, suits, and lusers. At this point, the Unix culture becomes bifurcated -- a new kind of Unix hacker is born, the GUI-oriented Unix developer. The traditional Unix hackers will stay put in their command-line, character-mode world, while the new Unix developers will enable the extension of Unix to the new world of potential users. Unix does have a chance in the platform wars (measuring vigor in terms of number of users, not technical merits) -- not by completely eliminating the old hacker's UI, the Unix shell, but rather, by adding a higher-visibility developer community: a new kind of Unix developer who is adding a Windows-like UI and opening up Unix to the masses. This person is well-versed in GUI terminology. Will speak words differently from a normal backroom hacker, with a personality that can get any ordinary everyday user hooked into the Unix GUI in a short period of time.
Noam Chomsky has proposed that grammatical structures, though not ideas, may be innate. 
One key finding: Since similar research was conducted in October 1994, Windows has replaced Unix as the predominant computer operating system for those browsing the Web. Would new tools coming from a minority camp enough to change the Windows population, significantly increasing the Unix side? I don't think that is possible given the human irrational behavior. So, the word compromise comes to mind here as stated by a Unix HCI expert from SUN.
So what do we expect our future user population to look like? Probably some mixture of both types of user, plus a few complete novices who will start computing with GNOME. Will the mix be biased in one direction? If we have our way, yes, computer users worldwide will abandon Microsoft wholesale and take up GNOME instead. But realistically it will probably be a slow ramp, with the percentage of Windows users growing gradually. Given that there really is UNIX under the covers, and the various UNIX tools are probably not going to evolve towards the Windows keybindings, I would recommend that we compromise.Again, the Paradox clearly asserting itself in this situation where new tools must follow old ways.
The great irony is that just as Microsoft is bolting on more and more network features onto it's paper-centric PC system, the Unix world, which has already figured out how to operate in a networked environment has forgotten its heritage and is struggling to recreate the tired old desktop suite on Linux. While Linux may need the equivelent of Word to grow in today's desktop market, it's ludicrous for them to forget all the tools needed to operate in a networked environment. Unix users have already done all the intellectual heavy lifting in this area, and should port that thinking to the GUI instead of creating shadows of paper-era applications. Personally, I think the last comment missed something and I will not mention them here, though there are grains of truth in there as well.
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