My local ISP (slic.com) installed FTTH, and I'm getting 100Mbps to my house, so don't blame me for any drop in speed!
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And very few people listened to you and also called it open source. Sucks to be in the dustbin of history, doesn't it?
Oh, you mean the Microsoft who has produced Free Software? You know, software that you can get at zero cost.
The fact is that both Free Software and Open Source are flawed terms. Grow up and deal with it.
Hi, drinky. Still being an idiot after all these years. Yes, you can find a very small number of instances of "open source", but it wasn't widely used (as it is now), it didn't have an explicit definition (as it does now), and it didn't have a cadre of people dedicated to promoting it (as it does now; points at yours truly).
The fact that you hate Open Source; that you hate the OSI; cannot change the fact that we created Open Source as it is used now.
In short, STFU, stupid.
The housing market is greatly hampered by various levels of government. Look at Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac. Look at building codes. Look at zoning regulations.
In the US, pretty much nobody goes without food unless they have mental problems, in which case their problem is mental, not foodal.
Okay, but note that we're talking about linear infrastructure here. It's a hard problem to solve no matter who's doing it. No matter how you solve it, 1) there will be problems and 2) people hankering to solve it the other way.
Two words: Public Choice. Here, let me google that for you: http://lmgtfy.com?q=Public%20Choice
And you would be right if it were "deregulation", but it wasn't. It was just "bad reregulation". There was never a customer-regulated market for electricity in California, so nobody can say that it failed!
They're a lot more free than they used to be, and the prices are a lot lower. Do you want to see them even lower yet? Give customers more freedom to regulate.
But my point -- that corporations are not free to do anything they want in so-called "free" markets -- remains.
ITYM Linear infrastructure, which is hard to regulate whether by governments or customers. There's no magic wand.
There is no such thing as deregulation. Markets are regulated by their customers. The only way to get deregulation is to NOT regulate by government, and yet force the customers to buy anyway. And gee, that's exactly what happened in California when it deregulated.
Airplane tickets are fantastically cheap relative to 30 years ago when the deregulation started. You could pay $1,000 to fly coast to coast in 1980 dollars. Now, the last time I flew it was $450 in 2010 dollars.
There are no free markets. There are only markets controlled by governments and markets controlled by customers. The markets controlled by customers work out pretty well for customers. The markets controlled by governments work out pretty well for governments and the politicians that run them and the lobbyists who fund them and the corporations who make money because the politicians control the markets in their favor.
Windows 95 reminds me of an old Eagles song:
Life in the Crash lane
Surely make you lose your mind
Life in the crash lane, everything all the time
Life in the crash lane, uh huh
Blowin' and burnin', blinded by thirst
They didn't see the stop sign,
took a turn for the worse
Windows 95 was a house of cards that wasted thousands of hours of millions of people who lost their work and had to have their computers "repaired" on an ongoing basis. Not fond memories, I tell you.
I switched to Linux in 97, and although there were many other issues, once you got it running, it stayed that way.