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Comment Re: Law of unintended consequences, also frosty (Score 2, Informative) 470

If it weren't /., I wouldn't get technical, but "deet" does not kill or even "repel" mosquitos. It does a so-so job of masking your sweet scent to them. IDK if various species are evolving to detect your scent through deep woods off better (I doubt it), but they are not developing a "resistance."

Comment Re:Free Market (Score 1) 167

Your point is well taken. The problem is, with something like broadband, just like with roads, it is very reasonable to conclude that it would be best to have a limited number of operators, maybe even just one. The government then has a challenge to understand the "industry," without relying on the industry itself.

I conclude, based largely on a resource allocation viewpoint, that having a single provider is most efficient, if we can minimize the profiteering. An important tool in that fight is transparency. And government can be effective at enforcing that kind of transparency on others, if not always itself.

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