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Comment Re:Too big to fail (Score 1) 243 243

No, revenue is how much money you bring in, no matter what kind of organization.

Expenses are how much money goes out.

The difference is called profit or loss for a company, or surplus or loss for a government, but it's still the difference.

So those figures I directly compared are directly comparable.

Comment Re:Not with Asymmetric Information (Score 1) 80 80

"unregulated free markets."

We should stop giving the anti-capitalists even this much daylight. An unregulated market *cannot* be a free market, and anyone trying to tell us different has given themselves away as an attempted thief.

There are reasonable arguments about particular regulations, but no one has ever shown a rational path to satisfying the conditions of a free market with no regulatory framework to maintain those conditions.

Comment Re:kind of a crappy deal. (Score 1) 84 84

"wasnt this kind of connectivity the sort of rate-limited and overpriced stuff the FCC railed against a few months ago?"

No, the FCC railed against putting substandard infrastructure in public housing so that residents could not possibly upgrade their connection no matter how much they were willing to pay.

Comment Re:What does Oracle do well? (Score 1) 184 184

" they have something nobody else has, they know it, their customers know it, and the customers pay. Bullies, one and all, with none to push back."

And you said they were terrible at marketing. ;-)

Marketing is not about creating a positive attitude, it is about creating a positive incentive. That can be a positive attitude, or it can be the edge of a cliff.

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?