Archive for September 6th, 2011|Daily archive page

Firefighters balk at new digital radios, as failures risk lives | McClatchy

Firefighters balk at new digital radios, as failures risk lives | McClatchy.

 

Standards matter. And the lure of the “digital” is really pretty dangerous, if it is thought of as more or less the same way any product from the Jetson’s would be: with excited awe that the future is finally here.

The issue is of course also one of cronyism and profiteering. We see this in developing regions, which are (or were?) colonized by this or that new and seemingly heroic technology that is, in fact, quite wrong for the market, the environment, the milieu. It only wrecks the good and makes it that much harder to become better, and does little to solve the problem of the bad.

Study Shows How Well Manufacturers Keep Android Phones Up To Date

Study Shows How Well Manufacturers Keep Android Phones Up To Date.

Interesting. I wonder if this fragmentation is good or bad, whether it is the sign of a healthy and diverse economy or the sign of nodes of isolation whose failure to cross communicate (aka communicate) signals a failure of the commons market.

Put another way: it’s good that there is difference; monoculture is bad, as it is vulnerable in the same way a genetic monoculture is. But too much difference is also a problem, as it does not lead to the healthy exchange of genetic identity but only a crowd of monocultures, each vulnerable, and indeed, each *more* vulnerable, as they are simply smaller.