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    Capitalism: How it works, episode 2
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      Law is the will of the ruling class transformed into legal regulations.

      So, we continue to expose how laws are used in capitalism.

      Fluke story

      Sparkfun started sourcing a really great high-quality $15 multimeter back in 2008. This price-point enables countless beginners to get their feet wet in electronics. Fast forward six years and many thousands of multimeters sold. On March 7th, we were notified by the Department of Homeland Security/US Customs and Border Protection that our latest shipment of 2,000 multimeters was being inspected.

      This is to advise you that the following articles have been excluded from entry into the United States pursuant to US International Trade Commission Exclusion Order 337-TA-588. 337-TA-588 is formally titled: “Certain Digital Multimeters, and Products with Multimeter Functionality.” This is 162 pages of companies that have been brought under scrutiny by the US International Trade Commission because these companies were selling digital multimeters and products with multimeter functionality that have a contrasting color combination of a dark-colored body or face and a contrasting yellow border, frame, molding, overlay, holster or perimeter. Fluke filed for a trademark in 2000 and received it in late 2003. Fluke’s trademark number is 2796480.

      Sparkfun ultimeters are actually kind of orange, not Fluke yellow. The document from the Department of Homeland Security is matter of fact. Where is no opportunity for recourse or appeals process.

      They had two options, ship them back or have them destroyed. Having them destroyed costs $150 per hour with no indication of how much time it will take to destroy 2,000 units. Returning them has been ruled out by the manufacturer in China because the import taxes in China are steep.

      So, perfect example of capitalism in action. Where specific capitalists push their interests using power of whole ruling class above interests of society. Demand to destroy perfect good products, just because they can. Minor market players also suffer, but it is competition, someone always wins. :-)

      What Fluke wrote in regard to this? Check it out

      Like any organization that designs and manufactures electronics, we actively work to stop lookalike products from making it to the marketplace. We do this to protect our company and the jobs of our employees. We also do so because it is a matter of safety for our customers (really?).

      I mention this because we firmly believe that we must be – and will continue to be – vigilant in protecting Fluke and our customers. One step in doing that was registering a trademark protecting the look and feel of our devices so our customers know that if it looks like a Fluke it’s a Fluke (they are illiterate, as you protect color scheme?).

      It’s important to know that once we’ve filed for and received trademark protection, US Customs has the responsibility to determine what to stop at the border, or what to seize.

      and final part is just hilarious

      Earlier today we contacted SparkFun and offered to provide a shipment of genuine Fluke equipment, free of charge for them to sell on their site or donate. The value of the equipment exceeds the value of the Customs-held shipment. SparkFun can resell the Fluke gear, recouping the cost of their impounded shipment, or donate it into the Maker community.

      What have values, donations or such have to do with this? Yes, it can act as good PR move, but damage caused to society have nothing to do with it.


      Do not worry, European firms are also not better. They really like to file for design protections after patents expired. But this is for 3rd episode.

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    Capitalism: DRAM prices
    • PC DRAM growing 30% q-o-q in Q4 and expected to grow another 40% in Q1.

      It is always consumer who pays for banquet.

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    US: Acquisitions
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      Nice to see capitalists doing proper thing for themselfs:


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    Good quote: Mark Twain, The War Prayer
    • It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory with stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener.

      It was indeed a glad and gracious time, and the half dozen rash spirits that ventured to disapprove of the war and cast a doubt upon its righteousness straightway got such a stern and angry warning that for their personal safety’s sake they quickly shrank out of sight and offended no more in that way.

      Sunday morning came — next day the battalions would leave for the front; the church was filled; the volunteers were there, their young faces alight with martial dreams — visions of the stern advance, the gathering momentum, the rushing charge, the flashing sabers, the flight of the foe, the tumult, the enveloping smoke, the fierce pursuit, the surrender!

      Then home from the war, bronzed heroes, welcomed, adored, submerged in golden seas of glory! With the volunteers sat their dear ones, proud, happy, and envied by the neighbors and friends who had no sons and brothers to send forth to the field of honor, there to win for the flag, or, failing, die the noblest of noble deaths. The service proceeded; a war chapter from the Old Testament was read; the first prayer was said; it was followed by an organ burst that shook the building, and with one impulse the house rose, with glowing eyes and beating hearts, and poured out that tremendous invocation:

      God the all-terrible! Thou who ordainest,
      Thunder thy clarion and lightning thy sword!

      Then came the “long” prayer. None could remember the like of it for passionate pleading and moving and beautiful language. The burden of its supplication was, that an ever-merciful and benignant Father of us all would watch over our noble young soldiers, and aid, comfort, and encourage them in their patriotic work; bless them, shield them in the day of battle and the hour of peril, bear them in His mighty hand, make them strong and confident, invincible in the bloody onset; help them crush the foe, grant to them and to their flag and country imperishable honor and glory —

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