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Cake day: August 12th, 2023

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  • Maybe Ayn Rand was onto something, we should tax the most wealthy people people since they are the wealth creators. We should expose John Galt and marvel at how well the billionaires can rebuild their wealth from nothing in any field they enter. Atlas Shrugged is a guide on what to do to help stop billions from going to the few.









  • Valve is a master class in how to run a company. It started as a small company and had a direction they wanted to go: first person games with a strong focus on narrative, which at the time was a big deal. Almost as part of the early FPS genre the silent protag was a feature and having a thin excuse for lots of violence was normal. Then Half Life showed up and showed what depth the genre could have.

    From that success they had the resources to make a big movie, which they didn’t do right away. They didn’t IPO for more money and access to big names in boardrooms that would secure backroom deals. They worked on multiplayer to prove the mod scene building around Half Life. Valve embraced Counterstrike and built around it, including the bones for Steam.

    Valve has always been about seeing which way the wind is blowing, what organic direction the market is moving, and then finding their niche in that direction way before anyone else figures out the market. And they didn’t need Fortune 500 levels of employee count. They did it with a few people in a room talking honestly about innovation and what projects are exciting, not profit driven.


  • The reason is American capitalism, where the state covers the bill and private individuals keep the profits.

    … power outages actually cost energy corporations very little money — maybe a few days’ revenue. Hardening energy infrastructure, on the other hand, is very expensive and entirely paid for by the energy corporations. This cuts into their profits and stock price.

    The grid is weak and unready for the future. The cost to fix it is high and makes no money. But if it breaks during a disaster, federal relief money comes in and covers the cost. What the fed doesn’t cover is passed on to the customers as a price hike.

    The article is about changing laws to make companies harden their infra instead of stock buybacks or other budget fuckery.

    It sounds like a good idea but doesn’t stop the companies from forcing customers to pay for that too instead. What should happen is a portion of profits need to be diverted into a maintenance fund that is independently audited for infrastructure upgrading and hardening.

    But it’s Texas. Laws are for The People, not for people, and corporations are people in R land.