cities should operate their own public mapping and transit timing programs so that people can get directions without getting spied on by google

capitalism is super efficient because it means we hire 300 bullshit contractors to write the same critical infrastructure 6000 different ways in fucking garbage ass php or whatever instead of establishing an agency to write open source programs that local governments can share


@dankwraith I think I first heard Noam Chomsky point out something like this, that capitalist industrial competition means we duplicate our work and can't learn from other people's successes or mistakes. Open-source-everything could result in better tech instead of higher profits. Our whole system is ass backwards.

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