Capitalism isn't necessarily evil, but it does breed this sort of optimising of profits, and such it is the way of the world right now.
Could I be so bold as to rephrase that? Capitalism isn't necessarily evil, but greed is. There's nothing wrong with wanting to make money, but there is something wrong with wanting to make money at the expense of the future.
I 2nd the general thoughts of @Nauraushaun. There is no baked-in reward system for NOT making money at the expense of the future (neither immediate nor long-term really) within capitalism. If anything, the primary result for not doing so is to fail by the standards of this late stage capitalism we are now within. And since the world functions via capitalism, there is no escape, and trying to turn the tide would require a global consensus and agreement to do so. Good luck with that...
If I'm renting a car I have to give my information to the rental agency who knows what car I had and how long I had it, my name, address, email, and phone number. I will also have my phone which can tell you where I've been and when and all the data on it is stored where forensics could get that as well including what maps I've looked at, text messages, calls, etc...
So they can get all that information whether I pair the phone or not. And I do pair the phone, then delete it when I return the car. The likelihood that anyone is going to tear the computer out of it, retrieve all that data, and figure out that I was in the car at a certain time going a place a year ago....what are they doing that information, and why? This is not something the vast majority people can get at.
I'm all for less data but I live in this reality. Sure I can pull up a map on my phone but then I can be ticketed for looking at my phone.
I find it baffling that a machine even comes without wifi these days.
On the business side, the machines are quite customizable. A few dollars saved on wifi chips (or daughter cards) really adds up when your company buys or leases thousands of computers every year. If there's no need for WiFi because of security reasons or because they are buying workstations which will be wired with ethernet, then businesses don't want to spend the money on the hardware.
My company leases for two years. We get roughly 1,500 new computers every year, not including servers. I think we do at least four classes: desktop workstations, standard laptops, power-user laptops (like mine), and executive slim laptops. Some companies will configure a hard drive with their baseline configuration and send it to the manufacturer to be replicated across the computers being purchased. Others do it in-house. I think ours is a hybrid with the base operating system and software being installed at Dell and custom configurations being completed in-house.
Despite how "out there" he is on many points, this stuck out to me:
he mentioned that he was impressed by postwar Germany’s decision to outlaw Holocaust denial and the glorification of Nazism. The United States, he thinks, has failed to show the same backbone in reckoning with its crimes against Black people. He considers Germany’s “a genuine effort by society to restore and repair those people who were the victims of this Holocaust.”
Only in the very recent past, 156 years after the end of the Civil War, have statues to Confederate "heroes" started coming down in good number. Flying their battle flag should've been made illegal long ago, but many still display it proudly in too many places in our country. Slavery is the "original sin" of our republic, and its stain will always be on all of us, sadly. Racism will never be completely eradicated, but hopefully it continues to be marginalized and choked out to the point that most young children today will never have to witness it in their life (wishful thinking, I know).
(I've started training myself to look to see whether NZ is conveniently dropped from world maps)
If we are, it is due to the success of our intelligence services. Keeping NZ off world maps has been a key part of our defence strategy since it was proposed by the McGillicuddy Serious Party during the 1990 election.
Finally got around to reading this. Thanks so much for posting it.
I do not have a mathematical mind, at least not a deep one. Hell, I don't even do the taxes or pay the bills in my house. But I do love to see math work. When I was a freshman in college, I'd sit up late at night and drink and watch a physics professor from Cal Polo SO give lectures on PBS. I never understood the math, but I loved seeing how it all worked out in the end. I've dug through a number of weighty tomes on symmetry and the works of Douglas Hofstadter (Gödel, Escher, Bach) just to see great minds at work. It seems like it would have been fun to hang out with these guys and drink a beer. Or three.