In other words, the issue is roughly 25% bad software and 75% PEBKAC.
the average person can not be bothered to concern himself enough so that in the aggregate with other people that person can effect change.
This is because the average person probably isn't thinking much farther ahead than what he'll have for lunch tomorrow. By the time he realizes he won't have anything for lunch tomorrow he's no longer in a position to do anything about it.
It's not really illegal until you've actually eliminated or prevented competition through it.
It's not even illegal then if the government sanctions your monopoly.
Private firms can probably get a LOT more manned launches done per year for the same cost, but they'll be a little riskier. More astronauts will be killed. I don't see this as a problem : there's 6 billion people on the planet, and I for one if faced between possibly dying during a trip to space or dying from old age would choose the former.
And it's a great way to cull excess population without the social stigma of war...
"Morality is one thing. Ratings are everything." - A Network 23 executive on "Max Headroom"