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Comment Re:Picking up the slack (Score 1) 432

You are not calculating the benefit of being the one in command of the military as a result of paying for it. Having US bases around the world does protect the countries where they are located, but it protects the US *even more.* It also helps ensure that US contractors are the ones providing the gear.

Comment Re: Phill Schill (Score 0) 675

Well, the ethernet port has been missing from all but the legacy 13" Pro since like, 2012?

And in most cases, devices simply need a different cable, as these ports support all kinds of protocols and versions thereof. Marginally inconvenient, perhaps, but not a disaster.

Apple has always been about having the nicest stuff, and right now, usb-c port is the nicest.

And while I'm bitching about the bitchers, I want my laptop to be as small and, more importantly, as light as it can be and still meet my needs.

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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