March 20, 2020

Tess Ti FAYH

This is a short video that gives voice to what most of us were thinking about "product as service". I wasn't going to link to it as my embedded video to actual content ratio is all out of whack right now. But, there are a couple of things mentioned as asides that really got my goat. First, I had no idea until this brief mention of it just how malignant Google Stadia is. It really is the worst of every awful trend in video games concentrated and wrapped in maliciousness. Likewise the PS-5 looks like it is going to be, well,  evil. I had seriously thought about a Tesla pickup in the future though not so much after this. However, the thing that got me so mad that I got up walked out and left the room and had to come back after cooling down was the "letter of concern" at 15:06. Which indicates that whatever firm the individual is working for (probably a bank or investment firm) has a corporate culture that makes them unfit stewards of other people's money. It also speaks how important superficial fashion is becoming in our society and how perniciously powerful it is for enforcing conformity. With the mean girls in high-school one could avoid them or ultimately matriculate. Now that our corporate class are overwhelmingly foppish aristocrats, there is no escape. 



One thing that SFO only lightly touches on in the above disquisition is that this isn't just a terrible idea from a consumer standpoint. This blog mentioned how bad this could potentially get when discussing the Patreon situation back in mid-December of 2018, and SFO did a really good, source heavy and long deep dive into the antics of the payment processor about two weeks after that. 

About 18 months ago the Chinese social credit system was very topical. "Product as Service" makes that sort of tyranny far worse and much easier to implement.

This is nothing new, but implications of this are terrifying. 
 

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1 The only proper response to that Steve Thompson scumbag is Μολὼν λαβέ.

Posted by: Rick C at Sat Mar 21 00:51:32 2020 (Iwkd4)

2 XYZ as a service is a model that really annoys me. In small things, it's tolerable. In large things (housing, cars, etc) it leads to serfdom. If you own nothing, then the rent is always going to be grow to be as high as you can pay, with nothing left over.

I try to impress on my peers the importance of owning things when I can. In a healthy society there would be a broad distribution of ownership - the people who do the work would own things, own their livelihoods in many cases. In the unhealthy society we can see developing, rentiers and 'providers' own everything and grant it to the people who make society function 'as a service': That way lies communist revolutions, because feudalism sucks enough to make it seem like progress.

Posted by: MadRocketSci at Sat Mar 21 23:52:03 2020 (+G8SK)

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