"Are you actually stupid enough to argue that the internet would have become what it is today if it hadn’t grown far beyond what it was envisioned originally?"
Of course not Rick. Your blanket statements about so called government bureaucrats not being able to "thunk it" was insulting and ignorant, especially to the people who actually did "thunk" it.
The government is filled with people. Despite the jokes, they aren't some foreign race of incompetent idiots. It's just people. Our friends and Neighbors. Many of them are incredibly brilliant and very good at what they do. You diminish the intelligence and hard work of the scientists at DARPA and other agencies who created the foundation of what the internet has become.
Private industry figured out a way to conduct commerce in new ways based on the robust foundation created by these so called bureaucrats. The government and academic experts have EVERYTHING to do with what it is today because they are the ones who took their invention beyond a defense industry niche when they moved beyond DARPA.
The government bureaucrats created it Rick. They planted the seed. Government bureaucrats took it beyond that too. They showed everyone what was possible. The fact that other entrepreneurs figured out how to make more money off of was inevitable, and not really all that amazing.
So, yes, the government had more than a tiny role in that. Way more. And it still wouldn't work TODAY if it wasn't for them safeguarding the incredibly robust system they created because it's still the same foundation, built by government bureaucrats.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 3.11.2008 @ 18:17
"Who woulda thunk it? Not some government bureaucrat that’s for sure."
DARPA? Anyone? Unreal.
And when did the internet become huge? When government ran it or when it morphed into something totally unexpected and revolutionary?
The teeny tiny number of academics and experts who took advantage of the first stirrings of the internet have nothing to do with what the net is now. Are you actually stupid enough to argue that the internet would have become what it is today if it hadn't grown far beyond what it was envisioned originally? It took businessmen - entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, dreamers - to make the net what it is today.
And you're saying the government had more than a tiny role in that? To coin a phrase, "unreal."
ed.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 3.11.2008 @ 13:38
"Does government know better how to deliver energy to people? If you think so, vote for Obama and wait for the brownouts."
More FUD from you. Enron Corporation already provided that for us. I trust the military (run by the government) to protect my country and it's interests with bombs and nuclear weapons. I trust the government to ensure uninterrupted commerce, and kill (literally) anyone who gets in the way. Why on earth wouldn't I trust them to regulate and run electricity generation?
Oh, but now ask me "Where does it END?" Thanks for FUD Rick. Keep up the out of context nonsense. The past eight years have hardened me - for better or worse - against your fear spewing.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 3.11.2008 @ 01:32
Meh. Congratulations on your eight year run. I simply can't fathom why we're not living in a republican utopia right now. Or maybe that's what this is.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 8.11.2008 @ 16:29
I didn't say they were.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 7.11.2008 @ 18:19
"There were 7 states within 2 percentage points in this race and not one single major conservative blogger has said the race was stolen. Not one. "
That's probably because it wasn't.
The point for those in the audience with pointy heads, is that neither were the 200 or 2004 elections "stolen" except in the fevered, paranoid imaginations of a bunch of nitwits.
ed.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 7.11.2008 @ 16:50
The Department of Energy should be doing something like the DARPA Grand Challenge, except for alternative energy. Bring out the real genius in this country.
DARPA Grand Challenge info:Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 7.11.2008 @ 14:50
"-people will wake up one morning and say to themselves, “How did this happen? How could we have known?”"
Yeah. Just like I woke up this morning and said the very same thing. Too bad you and your dire warnings weren't around when your guy Bush got elected.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 31.10.2008 @ 12:22
You are hard, but fair Hyman. We must be ever vigilant.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 17.10.2008 @ 13:38
"Get that? All of this smear by association, "
Wow Rick, I don't imagine you actually wrote that with a straight face. Wait, no, you probably did.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 17.10.2008 @ 09:22