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Why Plumbers Used Lead, And Why Getting Rid Of It Won’t Be Easy | Here & Now
This segment from 2016-03-17 talks about why plumbers used lead and a few minutes into the story, how once people started catching on to the health effects of lead, the lead pipe industry launched disinformation campaigns and so forth. ...... this is an audio link, but the page leads to this site where you can read more (not sure if it's the same content in text form or it's just an additional resource: http://wesa.fm/post/how-we-ended-lead-piping-and-why-removing-it-will-be-hard)
resources-natural-water  bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back 
march 2016 by daguti
Remember Your Old Graphing Calculator? It Still Costs a Fortune — Here's Why
In the story, there's a link to download TI-8x emulator for PC. However, I still think Steve's neighbors' Mathway.com website is faster/easier/freer and probably better in terms of user interface and displaying how the work got done. Also see the app called Desmos, which the story mentions. ................ strategy = TI got so deeply embedded in the textbook market that in an age where they should have been replaced by apps, they are still holding their marketshare, as well as their pricing from 20+years ago. ....................... status-quo-fights-back = Not really, but in a way, their relationships they forged long ago with Pearson and other book/testing companies probably is the (proactive) flip side of trying to fight/legislate competition out of existence. ........... obsolete-etc = This is something that should be obsolete, but because of massive focus, they never went out of style to begin with.
calculator  strategy  business-models  bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back  obsolete-discontinued-abandoned 
october 2015 by daguti
Golden Gate Bridge builders ate special meals to prevent dizziness
status-quo-fights-back = "In December 1922, Strauss' design was readily accepted by city authorities. What followed was six years of legal action led by the ferry companies, which had sole control of transport between San Francisco and Marin Country. That was their strength, but also their downfall. By 1928, traffic congestion at the ferry docks had become unmanageable. The battle was lost."
bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back  history  photos 
may 2015 by daguti
Time Warner Cable's Advertised $89.99 Triple Play: Now $190.77. What the F@$#X$!? | Bruce Kushnick
With the recent news of HBO to offer cable-free streaming package (http://www.cnet.com/news/hbo-may-price-online-only-subscription-service-at-15-a-month/), I consider this to be an example of status-quo-fights-back (although these cable cost complaints have been an issue for a long time)
bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back  television-cable 
october 2014 by daguti
In Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom : NPR
cars-self-driving, status-quo-fights-back = This hasn't happened yet, but when autonomous cars (and in time, trucks) become technologically and legally possible, we're going to see a huge push from truckers who won't want to be displaced by self-driving vehicles, despite the fact that removing human drivers from hours of exhausting (and unsafe) driving is bound to save lives.
cars-self-driving  bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back 
october 2014 by daguti
"Secret tapes made by a banking investigator examining Goldman Sachs show a culture of deference and risk aversion in which regulators were afraid to anger the very financial institutions they were supposed to be overseeing." : politics
"Segarra was fired after seven months on the job, because she wouldn't go along with the status quo--and because she wouldn't back down from her assertion that Goldman Sachs didn't have a policy for dealing with conflicts of interest."
government  corruption  corruption-corporate  capitalism-greed  bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back 
september 2014 by daguti
Tesla prevails in top Massachusetts court over direct sales : news
""We're disappointed," Robert O'Koniewski, a spokesman for the group, said of the ruling. He said the group would review what steps to take with state legislators to address "the standing gap.""
bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back  justice  companies-tesla-cars 
september 2014 by daguti
Innovation vs. Regulation Fight Continues as Airbnb Reveals Host Names to NY’s AG | Entrepreneur.com
"At the heart of the issue is tax revenue. New York State law prohibits landlords from making short-term rentals for less than 30 days when the primary resident is not also present. This “multiple dwelling law,” outlined in the agreement reached between New York and Airbnb back in May, attempts to prevent landlords from becoming unofficial hotel operators. That’s important to municipal coffers because New York City collects taxes on “transient occupancy or tourist use” residences, the letter states."
bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back  travel-couchsurfing 
august 2014 by daguti
The car dealers' racket - latimes.com
hypocricy: "This move against Tesla is nothing more than naked economic protectionism of the type that Adam Smith railed against in 1776 in his book "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations." This work, which conservatives treat with almost biblical reverence, is one long argument against the mercantilist system of protectionism and special privilege. Smith demonstrated that practices similar to what is being done to Tesla may benefit other producers in the short run by protecting them from competition, but in the long run they harm consumers and thereby decrease the wealth of a nation: "In the mercantile system," he wrote, "the interest of the consumer is almost always constantly sacrificed to that of the producer." Whereas in a capitalist system, Smith explained, "Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production.""
business-ideas-niche-abusing-the-law  bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back  hypocricy  companies-tesla-cars 
march 2014 by daguti
Ad-skipping DVR prompts fight for the future of TV - CNN.com
This is a recent story, but I kind of remember this discussion back when Tivo was released (10+ yr ago?) I wonder what happened in the intervening time. ................... Be sure to note the last 2 paragraphs, regarding a different "status-quo-fights-back. "On Wednesday, several local New York stations, including the local Fox, PBS and Univision channels, filed suit against a new technology called Aereo. Aereo would allow consumers to watch and record broadcast TV online by hooking up a small antenna to an Internet connection. The broadcasters are seeking an injunction against Aereo, claiming the company is allowing consumers to bypass cable retransmission fees." ............................. Another similar story: www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/05/tv-networks-say-youre-breaking-law-when-you-skip-commercials
television  bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back 
june 2013 by daguti
The FCC's absurd rules for satellite radio. - Slate Magazine
status-quo-fights-back = "because FCC rules require XM (and its rival, Sirius) to exclusively provide national programming, each of these local channels is available all across the country." I knew about this a while back, but I just realized it fits perfectly into this paradigm. Also see "Their applications had taken seven years for the Federal Communications Commission to approve, mainly because the National Association of Broadcasters charged that the new service threatened "traditional American values of community cohesion and local identity.""
radio-related-to  bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back 
june 2013 by daguti
Forget a Chicken in Every Pot—America Needs a Solar Panel on Every Roof
status-quo-fighting-back = "The utilities have noticed. Many see it as a mortal threat. The investor-owned utilities of California complain that net metering—the plan allowing homeowners to lease panels from solar companies that then sell power back to the grid—will hurt consumers not signed up for solar power."
energy-solar  paradigm-shifts-new-or-emerging-things  bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back  paradigm-shifts 
may 2013 by daguti
Women And Children First: Technology And Moral Panic - Tech Europe - WSJ
Not strictly a "status-quo-fights-back" story, but it's about general pushback against technology.
technology  anti-something  bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back 
april 2013 by daguti
Music industry revenues grew last year for the first time since 1999, driven by digital sales - The Next Web
This story is not about the status quo fighting back, but rather about the decade plus where the music industry was shrinking and rather than changing gears and embracing digital, the music industry was trying to fight it.
2013  music-industry  news  streaming-related-to  bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back 
february 2013 by daguti
What We Wanted To Tell You About Mumps But Couldn't : Shots - Health News : NPR
bureacracy-status-quo =
"Ivan Oransky, the executive editor of Reuters Health who also is co-founder of the blog Embargo Watch, said embargoes should be about improving the quality of scientific communication. But, he said, they are often more about preserving journals' status as gatekeepers."
bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back  medicine  disease-prevention 
november 2012 by daguti
Uber taxi NYC shuts down.
Taxi & Limousine Commission shuts down Uber in NYC. The business did not fail on its own merit. It failed because of an engrained cartel.

bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back =
"But the problem is that those anti-competitive rules aren't there by accident, they're meant to shelter owners of existing taxi franchises from competition."

cars-self-driving =
"here's tons of excitement about the possibility of computer-driven cars without an adequate level of recognition that a computer-driven car is essentially a taxi. If it works and can be made at scale, it would be an extremely cheap taxi. "
cars-self-driving  bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back 
october 2012 by daguti
Tesla Motors Frustrates Dealers With Factory-Owned Stores: Associations Now
bureacracy = "Since it started in 2003, the company has opened up 17 stores, owned by the factory, in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Another six are planned to open this fall. It’s a nontraditional approach to selling cars — and it’s that approach that makes dealers’ associations bristle." another example: "The situation sounds similar to that of Uber, the cab company that has attempted to disrupt the traditional taxi model using technology — and that has run into resistance from local taxi commissions."
bureaucracy  cars  paradigm-shifts-new-or-emerging-things  bureaucracy-status-quo-fights-back  paradigm-shifts  companies-tesla-cars 
october 2012 by daguti

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