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Comment Government done right (Score 5, Interesting) 268

This is the type of government program I like to see. The government is not mandating which appliance to buy. They are making a measuring stick available, and mandating that you can't lie about it. The "founding father's" made the central government responsible for setting weights and measures for a good reason. A fair market is impossible without agreed upon measures.

I wish they'd taken the same approach with the FDA. Instead of saying, "Drug X may not be sold", or "Drug Y may only be used for this specific application.", technology would have advanced much quicker and cheaper if they published a registry saying, "We have determined that Drug X has shown efficacy for this application." I'd still need my doctor, but he (and the army of bureaucrats blocking him) wouldn't be the gateway to which drug I could buy.

If Trump wants to cut the budget, make the FDA follow the Energy Star Program. Make the Dept of Education an advisory board ("We have studied the problem, and found these remedies work in those situations. Now, localities can more intelligently work out your own education programs.").

Comment Upstart costs (Score 1) 43

This makes a lot of sense for China. If you're building out new infrastructure, build with the one that will be most cost effective in the future. You can take a solar panel to a remote village, and use a few hundred yards of copper to give lighting to all the houses....or, you can build a centralized coal plant and run hundreds of miles of copper to give lighting to all the houses. The renewable solar wins on a cost basis, even if you ignore the renewable.

Comment Re:America! (Score 1) 341

But, in this scenario, the city owns the only part of the network which requires the city to use the power of eminent domain to be built out. This scenario allow the government to avoid the moral quandary of forcibly taking property from private individuals to serve the desires of another.

Comment Libertarian view (Score 1) 126

As a mostly libertarian person, I see this as a reason for the government to have control of the communication system in the same model as they have roadways. Want to connect to the roads (by driving your car on it), then you have to meet specific standards meant to protect everyone else, but other than that you are free to connect and go where you want. You pay for your usage (through gas taxes...a model that is currently in flux due to electric vehicles), but other than that, no one tells you how much you can use or where you can go.

In fact, anything that requires the power of eminent domain should be handled this way. Electric grid owned by government. Anyone can produce and sell through it, as long as they meet the safety requirements.

If the cable companies want to throttle traffic depending on where it comes from, at the least they would need to lose common carrier status.

Comment Re: Hitlery will not be running for office (Score 1) 396

Most people pushing for bigger government programs. That skews towards democrats, but there are plenty of republicans with the same magical thinking. They just don't consider them pointless or onerous. They, having never run a business, can't envision the compliance cost, and believe that they will make the world a utopia (ignoring that most people will search for a way around them).

Comment Re:Rockets are too expensive (Score 1) 355

Or get a job on the star liner to serve the wealthy, and see space that way.

The alternative is for the government to do it, and have it locked up for "heroes", and you only have a chance to see it if you are from a "protected class", so that you can be a propaganda piece.

Just think what the airlines would be like if the airlines had not been privatized.

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