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Comment: Re:The Revolving Door Argument is Thin Anyway.... (Score 5, Interesting) 78

This was going to be my point as well, it's a double edged sword. Do you really want people in charge of industries that haven't had significant experience in that industry? Would the board pick someone who never worked as a tech executive to run Apple?

That being said in most cases whatever industry's interests seem to always be favored over the public's, so you have to wonder about loyalties. And count me as one that completed doubted Wheeler. I am happy my cynicism was proved to be wrong (for once).

Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 533

by 605dave (#49509809) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

It discharges fast enough that I can go 100 mph.

And Tesla is working on something for the home. I'm not talking about the grid, I am talking about the home. If you have small storage at the home, then electricity can be stored there and not pumped back into the grid. The house can then run off it during the evening.

I think we are talking about two different things. Yes there are no battery solutions for the grid. But if you push it out to the edge then benefits can be had.

Comment: Re:Not gonna happen (Score 5, Informative) 383

by 605dave (#49400331) Attached to: Why the Framework Nuclear Agreement With Iran Is Good For Both Sides

No kidding. BTW it's not just President Obama who has stopped war with Iran. During the Bush administration the US military prevented the Bush administration from doing it.

"Admiral William Fallon, then President George W. Bush’s nominee to head the Central Command (CENTCOM), expressed strong opposition in February to an administration plan to increase the number of carrier strike groups in the Persian Gulf from two to three and vowed privately there would be no war against Iran as long as he was chief of CENTCOM.
Fallon’s resistance to the proposed deployment of a third aircraft carrier was followed by a shift in the Bush administration’s Iran policy in February and March away from increased military threats and toward diplomatic engagement with Iran. That shift, for which no credible explanation has been offered by administration officials, suggests that Fallon’s resistance to a crucial deployment was a major factor in the intra-administration struggle over policy toward Iran."

Comment: Re:Amazing what the absence of govt really means (Score 2) 148

by 605dave (#49022227) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing

Funny, in at least two examples you could make the argument that the fraud was caused but deregulation. In other words the government getting out of the business of playing referee to the market. Enron - deregulated energy markets in the 90s. TB&W - banking industry deregulated in the 2000s. And none of these examples show that government involvement was the cause. So I am not sure what your point is.

Comment: Re:Don't get too excited (Score 1) 379

by 605dave (#48984213) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II

I think combined with the announcement on municipal fiber that competition could arise. If the service is really terrible, towns are now open to create their own infrastructure. I truly believe this would be the absolute best situation. If municipalities built a fiber backbone and allowed any company to lease bandwidth, you'd see true competition.

Comment: Re:Well damn (Score 4, Interesting) 379

by 605dave (#48984163) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II


Don't underestimate how much the public outcry affected this. I am involved in politics, and have had discussions about this on the federal level. One thing I learned is that most leaders in congress only know what the people around them tell them. They don't have time to surf Slashdot and Reddit (and people wonder why I don't want to run for office), and for the most part don't understand technology. They are getting spoon fed industry lines from everyone around them, and rarely hear from ordinary people. So the protests and outcry got their attention, and they started asking questions. Many of them came to a much better understanding of the issue, and that's why you have seen the change.

It is so easy to be cynical these days, and this is probably the exception to the rule. Leaders of both parties are isolated in DC, and often aren't swayed. But they can be, and this is one case where they were.

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