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Comment: In the past, losers haven't suffered too badly (Score 1) 176

by istartedi (#47917641) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

So much work was done on both sides. They both have a talent pool. I've heard that "losers" often end up getting subcontracts from the "winners" for various subsystems, consulting, etc. Not sure if this will work with Boeing and SpaceX, but that's how it can work with the big MIC companies that were competing on a contract.

Comment: Re:So-to-speak legal (Score 1) 402

by istartedi (#47909793) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

the libertarian solution would be to remove these blocks and open up the options.

We had such a situation at the turn of the 20th century. There were too many poles and wires. A more recent example is the fiber that was laid in the late 1990s. In some cities, each fiber company was allowed to lay its own fiber. This actually resulted in some streets being cut into just weeks after they were patched over from the previous fiber install.

Any sane solution to the Comcast problem requires a public infrastructure. The free market would work well re-selling service over that public infrastructure. That's what we're arguing about here anyway--free access to a public entity, namely the Internet. The irony of libertarians arguing for a pure free market on something that was created by the government never gets old.

Comment: Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (Score 1) 528

by istartedi (#47881939) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

There's no way a country that small, and that close to the US could hold out as a communist nation in the face of unrestricted trade with the US - it'd become so utterly dependent on the US that it'd simply have no choice but to bow down to US wishes and culture.

Have you been to Berkeley? Joking aside, the US is starting to have more trouble keeping its own states in line on issues like pot, gun control, immigration and even monetary policy. Living next door and trading DVDs is no guarantee that you will always get along.

Comment: Not switch over, switch back (Score 1) 485

by istartedi (#47868541) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Except for the battery, a street car was often an electric "bus". It drew the power from overhead lines. These were common until we were forced into automobiles by a combination of post-war cultural attitudes and downright bamboozling by the likes of GM.

So yes. Switch back. There. FTFY.

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas