[NTLK] OT: iPad vs. MS Courier: Sound Off

Tony Kan tonykan at xtra.co.nz
Sat Apr 10 21:48:17 EDT 2010

Ultimately people play by the game.  We need to change the game.  The game has
to have new incentives and deterents to incentivize  people behave in the way we

This was a keen discussion subject during the design of the new NZ electricity
markets in the early 90s.  Even so you can only go so far with an external
regulatory framework.

It seems to me, the rest is over to the personal realms of religion and ethics.


Tony Kan

New Zealand

Sorry to say this Ed, but it seems to me that's the kind of attitude that
lets so many bankers, businessmen and politicians make decisions that are
clearly destructive in the long-term, but which line their own pockets and
use other people's money to build their own comfort.  Our lives are too
interactive than that.  Society isn't just a construct anymore, if it ever
was only that.  Our lives are so entangled now that society is also an
imperative for our survival.

Otherwise, what next?  Do we all take a "me and my own" attitude?  How far
can we we go down that road before it finds, let's say, me deciding that
what you're doing to take care of you and yours endangers what I want to do
to take care of me and mine -- so I unload a couple of barrels of buckshot
into you?  And so on and so on?  And if not, why not?

I'm quite sure you don't mean any of that and especially you would never
take it to its logical conclusion.  But I can see no inherent reason why it
shouldn't be taken that far.

Just some thoughts.


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