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Recapitalization of Western Businesses

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Undercapitalization is one of the major factors preventing businesses in Europe and the US from expanding rapidly to meet demand as the economy starts to recover. This can turn a boom-and-bust cycle into a bust-and-bust one, where companies cannot pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

I suggest, therefore, that this problem be addressed. iTunes becomes Itunes, eBay becomes Ebay, and so forth. Far better.

MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 07 2014


       Perhaps the day for overcapitalization has finally arrived.   


       IBM ITUNES.   

       ibm itunes ... und so weiter ...   

       That way companies could double their brand awareness overnight.   

       An easier way might just be to introduce a quite fine-grained standards system rigged to undermine the non-compliant.   

       1. All products must get a star rating indicating quality relative to other similar products from a local standards testing authority. The default label (for non-compliant products) would say eg. "Non compliant with standards: Rating: __ __ __ __ __ *" - only it would be a half star in red. -- Two benefits would flow   

       .. i.. Local quality products would at least stand out the way they should. (But that segment of manufacturing has already been killed off, and the way to buy the very best stuff is to buy second-hand).   

       .. ii .. The standards industry, itself, is intrinsically domestic. -- The main cost? A few sales to merchantilists, maybe.   

       2. The manufacture pays for the quality tests.   

       3. Welfare/Aid contributions required for things produced in low-wage/ low-benefits environments. (Enough to distribute among the affected to equalise living standards -- and also provide even more aid agency employment). This kind of manufacturing just brings down the ultimate standard of living of everyone, so disincentivise it. Direct union control over workers rights issues might do less harm than good here, even.   

       4. I forget and ... hey! wake up! Boredom is no excuse!   

       Nice thing about this idea is that not only is it self-serving; it's also Good and Right. There's no better handmaiden to hypocrisy than righteousness.   

       (And my apologies for my current lack of levity. I'm working on it. For instance I go to the mirror, pull a sincere face, and then laugh at it. Trouble is one can't do that all day. When you hit about 6 guffaws-for-nothing per day, they start to look at you like you need to go back inside.)
skoomphemph, Mar 07 2014

       I've tried pulling a sincere face. Bastard hit me.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 07 2014

       Hmm, use capitalisation as some form of company health indicator...   

       for example...   



       MICROsoft after Windows 8.
not_morrison_rm, Mar 08 2014

       Several case studies have indicated that this proposed solution would have a miniscule effect on the economy.
Cuit_au_Four, Mar 08 2014

       //iTunes becomes Itunes, eBay becomes Ebay//   

       I'm not convinced your scheme is going to do as much to increase capitalization as you'd hoped. Vis-à-vis the examples you gave, current reports indicate a net capitalization of between 16.67% and 25%, with the former tending towards the lower end of this range and the latter towards the higher end. It's nearly impossible to predict all of the effects that implementing such a plan would have, of course, but a cumulative frequency analysis would seem to indicate a marginal gain in capitalization of at most 20 parts per thousand, with a 2% margin of error.   

       Basically—unless I'm misunderestimating your proposal —I believe all you're really accomplishing is to shift capitalization around a bit.
ytk, Mar 08 2014

       Market research indicates the a certain online auction site would benefit from renaming to E'bay gum to corner the Lancastrian market.   

       <trumpet plays "wah, waah, waaah>
not_morrison_rm, Mar 08 2014

       how about, in the spirit of distribution, and on the model of Internet->internet, and under the name of uncapitalization, they change eBay to ebay, iTunes to itunes and United States to united states?
JesusHChrist, Mar 08 2014

       [MexwullBookennn] yoU shoUld havE aPpliEd tHe tRacTion, uSing a Painless chInpIinch inSteaD of using the nostriLS to gEt a BetteR gRiP.   

       (and this capitalisation misses the point. there should be no capital, and so no capitalisation. and there should also be no more night so everyone can be more productive.)
skoomphemph, Mar 08 2014

       It's just a bad pun.
xandram, Mar 10 2014

       <notices lack of capitalization in both " [skoomphemph]" and "[xandram]". Wanders off muttering.>
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 10 2014

       What we need is a third case. Hypercapitals. These are letters that are capitals only in the third dimension.   

       Of course that brings on the question of the proper exploration and denotion of N dimensions in letter case. 4-dimensional letters would be so much more expressive than 3, which have much more potential than flat typfaces. Given enough dimensions to reserve for descriptive capacity, one word could be worth a thousand pictures.   

       Another direction would be to have capital letters built out of ASCII stacks of lower or mixed-case letters, perhaps nested, telling entire stories in single words...
RayfordSteele, Mar 10 2014

pocmloc, Mar 10 2014

       And is that supposed to be a bad thing?
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 10 2014

       [RayfordSteel] (i234567890) (f0987654321) ( 123456789) (y1aaaabbbb) (oOou123340) (u1234567890) ( zzzzz zzz) (liiiiiiiiii) (ikkkkkkkkkk) (keeeeeeeee) (eEEEEEEEEEE) ( zzzzzzzzz) (wEEeeEEeeE) (eeeeeeeeee) ( zzzzzzzzz) (cOuOuOuOuO) (oUoUoUoUoU) (lDlDlDlDlD) (d4444444444) ( zzzzsnorKpft) (hAaaaaaaaa) (aVvvvvvvvv) (vEeeeeeeee)(ezzzzzzzzz) ( zzzzsnurkpf) 10 --- aaaarghhhh! --- dimensional letters quite ... easily? ... if we really wanted them.
skoomphemph, Mar 10 2014

       maX i gavE yoU a croissanT or rolL , whicheveR onE yoU likE tO designatE aS aN upvotE, becausE somehoW , I perceiveD youR posT aS aimeD aT peoplE likE myselF .   

       i haD a laugH iN anY casE sO thankS.   

       buT iN alL seirousnesS , whY arE yoU sO prejudiceD againsT thE easT. shouldnT theY recapitalizE theiR businesseS aS welL?
teslaberry, Mar 10 2014

       i already made that joke, [teslaberry], and it was crap first time round. do keep up. thanks.
pocmloc, Mar 11 2014

       On a somewhat unrelated note, did you know that the United Kingdom has TWO capitals?
AusCan531, Mar 11 2014

       I did not say anything about the hb being a pun...and there is no capitalization here either. The idea is just a bad pun. I don't capitalize my moniker because I'm not an ego-oriented bitch.
xandram, Mar 11 2014

       He operates entirely by his id. Go have a sandwich, [xan], your blood sugar is low.   

       From the observation of a self-proclaimed expert in multidimensional linguistics, Tesla's joke is entirely different, having its capitals entirely in the eastern sector of every word.   

       [skoom], I suppose they could be represented as flattened out like that into 2 dimensions without any real loss of data. (zzzzsnork). Now that I think about it, maybe one dimension is even bette ----- - - - ---- - ---- - --- - - --- --
RayfordSteele, Mar 11 2014


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