cities should operate their own public mapping and transit timing programs so that people can get directions without getting spied on by google


capitalism is super efficient because it means we hire 300 bullshit contractors to write the same critical infrastructure 6000 different ways in fucking garbage ass php or whatever instead of establishing an agency to write open source programs that local governments can share

@cant_into @dankwraith Government entities build garbage software that reinvents the wheel all the time, eg: having each and every county build its own online map viewer, plus ancillary webapps to view various types of info about a parcel of land selected.

Ideally, rather than having each county independently figure this out, the NIST would build a walk through on proper plat digitization (name files like this, put the camera 1 ft above the document, etc)

@cant_into @dankwraith Then perhaps the NIST could define how to handle importing said data into OSM and how to run a local instance (for said county) rather than paying one of a myriad of maps vendors for access to their half-witted platform that has never seen serious Q&A.

Otherwise, you get the current mess, where local and regional governments handle the same responsibilities inconsistently, and provide a patchwork of tools from a variety of shady vendors.

@cant_into @dankwraith In today's context, absolutely, but government is partly hampered by and partly the creature of capitalist interests, so examples of bad government tech don't really prove much, either way to be fair.

@dankwraith I'm trying to imagine what Homeland and NSA is for. I'm a retard here, I thought states were built to hemorrhage service-life, regardless the economic system.

Wait are you telling me that it isn't the most efficient way to allocate resources when every autocompany spends billions each year to make essentially the same shitty SUV for white boomer grandmothers, then spends even more on marketing it as being superior and stand out from the rest?

@dankwraith whoa! easy there, Lenin.

without having to re-write these broken systems every 2 years, how will they fool themselves into needing huge budgets? It's the government's job to employ useless contractors, so they can keep justifying their own budgets and keep being the lynch-pins in their own jobs.

@dankwraith I think I first heard Noam Chomsky point out something like this, that capitalist industrial competition means we duplicate our work and can't learn from other people's successes or mistakes. Open-source-everything could result in better tech instead of higher profits. Our whole system is ass backwards.

@dankwraith If you can't see this, I have a psychological argument against communism. Until then google: usury, fugger, pirates, rotshield, jp morgan, reformation.
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