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  •  And I don't think freely available means (0+ / 0-)

    what you think it means. How freely available is it if it will cost billions to develop? I don't have billions, neither do you (I assume). The only way it would ever be possible for me or you to capitalize on the investments we've already made is for our government to continue it. See Hugins comment above about socializing risk and privatizing profits and his example of the internet. We are not talking pictures here, this not even in the same league. It doesn't bother you at all that our government paid to develop it and we pay private companies for access to it now? Or that we have to fight to keep them from controlling content? We spend a few billion dollars a year funding cancer research, yet what are the chances that any miracle cure drug discovered will be available to everyone at cost or even cheaply? Something can be perfectly legal and totally wrong at the same time.

    •  That's just plain false. (0+ / 0-)
      The only way it would ever be possible for me or you to capitalize on the investments we've already made is for our government to continue it.
      I personally know people with engineering degrees who start businesses based on public research.

      "I'm going to rub your faces in things you try to avoid." - Muad'Dib

      by Troubadour on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 06:51:31 PM PDT

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