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Comment: Re: Invisible hand (Score 4, Insightful) 531

Another problem are price controls.

Often the local franchise authority (set up by the city or state or county) sets prices for services.

If the price is set too low, then the cable company can't legally charge enough to pay for the infrastructure to reach certain customers, even if those customers are willing to pay more to get service.

Comment: Re:OK, but... (Score 1) 89

by mc6809e (#49259807) Attached to: Mike Godwin Interviewed

Fortunately, for that purpose, we have Pol Pot, Staline, Mao, Leopold II of Belgium, Ismail Enver, Kim Il Sung and few others. It is about time racism cease, Germans are not the only one who have perform massive killings in the 20th century.

Introducing other names doesn't help much IMO because it ignores the source of their power: great numbers of people looking for some kind of messiah to step in and solve all their problems -- the 'total' in 'totalitarianism' as Hitchens pointed out.

Hitler with his silly hair cut and ridiculous mustache would have died in obscurity if there hadn't been millions of followers willing to give up their individuality and put their faith in a national savior.

Comment: Re:Regulations are all bad in the long term (Score 2, Informative) 347

by mc6809e (#49244919) Attached to: FCC Posts Its 400-Page Net Neutrality Order

Yes, the 1935 law absolutely blocked innovative package delivery services such as UPS and FedEx from even getting start..... Er, wait a minute!

Actually regulation did hold back FedEx. You're just looking at the wrong law. You need to reference instead the Civil Aeronautics Authority Act of 1938 that created the Civil Aeronautics Board.

The board was essentially dissolved after the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978.

After deregulation, express air services spread across the country.

Comment: Re:We neeed COMMUNISM now (Score 1, Troll) 54

by mc6809e (#49228833) Attached to: Sugar Industry Shaped NIH Agenda On Dental Research

I blame a democracy that believes politicians should be responsible for the economy.

Politicians don't care if kids' teeth fall out as long as they can go on about how many sugar jobs they created to get re-elected.

And the first Iraq war might not have happened if the public didn't expect Bush Sr to do something about a recession created by Saddam's invasion of Kuwait.

We actually killed people in an effort to reduce the unemployment rate and stabilize oil markets, all because the public thought the president was responsible for the recession and was responsible for fixing it.

Comment: Re:Search Neutrality? (Score 1) 375

by mc6809e (#49161941) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

He doesn't mean that there's a barrier to entering the search engine business. He means Google itself, having so much power, is a gate-keeper, deciding through their search results what sites deserve to be found quickly by average users and which sites do not.

Google does discriminate. It must. There's only a finite amount of screen space on a user's device or display so a decision must be made to prioritize certain sites over others.

Some site even pay for that prioritization.

Comment: Re:Authority (Score 1) 234

The legal theory is the delegation of powers. Congress delegated the power to write legislation within a certain scope, breadth, and depth, to the executive branch of government, authorizing it to set up an agency to manage same.

The question, though, is does that delegation extend beyond the term of the current congress?

It seems it would be unconstitutional to legislate away the law making power of future congresses.


US Gov't To Withdraw Food Warnings About Dietary Cholesterol 180

Posted by Soulskill
from the do-as-we-say-now-not-what-we-said-yesterday dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The Washington Post reports on news from the U.S.'s top nutrition advisory panel, which plans to stop warning consumers about the amount of dietary cholesterol in foods. The government has been issuing these warnings for over 40 years, and they reaffirmed that decision as recently as five years ago. "[T]he finding, which may offer a measure of relief to breakfast diners who prefer eggs, follows an evolution of thinking among many nutritionists who now believe that for a healthy adult cholesterol intake may not significantly impact the level of cholesterol in the blood or increase the risk of heart disease. The greater danger, according to this line of thought, lies in foods heavy with trans fats and saturated fats. ... But the change on dietary cholesterol also shows how the complexity of nutrition science and the lack of definitive research can contribute to confusion for Americans who, while seeking guidance on what to eat, often find themselves afloat in conflicting advice."

Comment: Re:$28 million is a lot! (Score 1, Interesting) 204

You're missing a few things:

First, spending this borrowed money might employ a few people in town, but it also means less money is available to employ other people in the town (demand is reduced for some jobs while increased for others).

Second, the article shows that operating costs are over $11 million per year and that revenues aren't enough to cover those costs.

That puts revenues at nearly $170/month/subscriber and still money must be taken from the general fund to help pay for the system.

Comment: Re:Not surprising.-- Universal Service Fee (Score 1, Flamebait) 94

by mc6809e (#48917879) Attached to: FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

If this was a Libertarian Paradise, you probably would pay $500 dollars a month for landline service while someone in a densely populated urban area would pay $5 a month.

Why would that be so bad?

People that want rural living should pay for rural living and should not force urbanites to subsidize their quiet, peaceful life on the farm away from the noise of the city.

The US government has spent the past 50+ years using subsidies and regulations encourage people to get out of the cities.

What has it accomplished except to gut cities and spread asphalt everywhere?

The trouble with being punctual is that people think you have nothing more important to do.