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Hero worship got take billionaires 

Billionaires are nothing more than lottery winners: they are just people who had the right idea, at the right place, and at the right time.

The fact that they are billionaires today simply means that, beyond this exceptional stroke of luck, they are just psychopaths motivated by pure greed.

You don't admire people who won the lottery, you just admit they were incredibly lucky.

Similarly, we should not admire billionaires, but simply recognize they were lucky.

Hero worship got take billionaires 

Examples:

- Steve Jobs: realized micro computers were a thing (Wozniak doing all the heavy lifting), then copied Xerox ideas.

- Bill Gates: copied CP/M, then the Macintosh (copied from Xerox), then that the internet was a thing.

- Larry Ellison: just a salesman.

- Jeff Bezos: realized selling stuff on the internet was a thing. Then sold timesharing systems on the internet like CompuServe did.

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Hero worship got take billionaires 

- Facebook was just a way for ivy league Bros to rate female students, which tells you everything you need to know about it.

- Twitter is just SMS over the internet.

None of these ideas are particularly smart: it's just realizing that a trend is shaping up and riding that trend up.

Let's not worship these people.

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Hero worship got take billionaires 

@ParadeGrotesque Every billionaire is a policy failure. Far from admiring them we should heavily tax them.

Hero worship got take billionaires 

@ParadeGrotesque
America is the country where we have a magazine called "Fortune" which takes the viewpoint that people who possess lots of money somehow deserve it.

Hero worship got take billionaires 

@ParadeGrotesque I hate to miss an opportunity to repeat the following for folks:

Do you think billionaires are like slightly richer millionaires?

A million seconds is 12 days. A billion seconds is 31 years.

If someone had the fortune to be able to save 100% of a six-figure salary (say, $100,000/year in this case), it would take 10 years to save up 1 million. It would take 10,000 years to save up 1 billion.

Billionaires should not exist.

Hero worship got take billionaires 

@ParadeGrotesque
I so sincerely wish PARC had taken the path of using pen input devices (which were somewhat mainstream at the time) rather than the blasted mouse.

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@ParadeGrotesque

Ok, now let's consider how toxic these business models are:

– Apple sells obsolescent products every year. 10 years old iPhone? Unusable and honestly, do you wash yourself?

– Microsoft has an extend, embrace, extinguish strategy towards open-source. This seems like a little, easy adaptation of usual business tactics to steal ideas & patents to small entrepreneurs

– Amazon sells real-time facial recognition solutions for repressive States

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@k

Absolutely. And I dare say most of these business practices are easier to understand when you realize these billionaires are psychopaths driven by greed.

If your only outlook on life is to die with countless dollars on your bank account, all of these business practices make sense: "F* the environment, f* consumers, f* politics, entire countries or even the planet. I don't care, as long as I am raking in the moolah".

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@ParadeGrotesque

– By keeping people nerved to its servers, Facebook kills people, every day, just like Twitter…

– But Twitter is worse, because its CEO works actively to make it a safe place for neo-Nazis, and because its cooptation-based way to be reached by new people polarizes political views, especially among vulnerable people, sending them to leftist political sects, and far-right ethnic cleansing activists

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