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Some private companies started train lines later incorporated into public systems. But the difficultly of organically developing a transit system at a profit and the risk to cities of private business failure wiping out transportation means that most subways were built by government funding. IRT in NYC, Muni in SF (the name comes from municipal), BART, the virtually identical systems in DC and Atlanta, all transit built post WW2, all interstates--it's all built and...
Leon musk isn't investing in space exploration. He's working to build a business in outer atmosphere transportation. And his clients are mostly us govt and Air Force contracts. The govt is paying him to do jobs related to public funded, public interest research projects. There is not yet any commercial basis for speculatively building rockets to Mars.It is sparking private investment though, which is great. The same way that Eisenhowers interstate freeway system was pushed...
If you're discussing technology that can be subsidized by a huge government project paid for by compulsory taxation, then we are no longer talking about commercial enterprise. Of course the government can fund economically nonsensical pursuits.That's why gov investment needs to exist: private enterprise would never have the capital to build our freeways, HSR, subways, airports, military, space exploration and universities.But we don't need the govt to subsidize failing...
"Money," specifically profitability, is critical to capitalist enterprise because that's how you pay for and retain engineering and management talent.Money is indeed not the only (or even the most powerful) motivation for people who want to change the world.At Google, those people are dreaming up concepts that could sell ads, supported by the remains of a PC ads business that isn't growing - rates and volumes are slipping. None have been very profitable because there is no...
The worst thing Apple could do right now is hire somebody like John Scully full of big ideas about technologies that are impractical bullshit (which is what Google and Microsoft are doing right now).The primary difference of Microsoft today versus under Steve Ballmer is that more of its remaining talent has left, along with consumer revenue growth, any real future prospects that the 1990s PC will grow again, and its fleeting monopoly control. Losing Ballmer doesn't make up...
 Games and CAD can certainly make use of additional screen real estate. But that demand is already being addressed by multiple monitors, which cost less and offer a much greater resolution than anything eye-mounted goggles can provide at any given price.  What advantage is depicted in your image that couldn't be better achieved with a second monitor? It's not a real hologram, so its not like you could even use it to show clients your model, unless you give them each an $$$...
In what way did Apple "monopolize" the MP3 market? Did it stop retailers from selling Zunes? Did it lean record labels to get them to not license their music to Microsoft? Was there no software or videos capable of playing on Zunes because of Apple or anyone else? Microsoft suggested that customers would switch from iPods to Zunes, and the CNET/Wired/Engadget blogs all agreed that this was inevitable because of Microsoft's great Windows market power and its ability to...
 What do you suppose it was that shifted Microsoft from charging $500 for a copy of Office to giving it away?  Perhaps a loss of its monopoly power? That's what I'm guessing, not some altruistic finding god moment that has them "avoiding charging" for their software all of a sudden. 
What Microsoft 2.0 product grabbed consumers in the last five years?  Windows 7 II (aka 8)?Windows Phone #2?Surface 2?Metro second time around? 
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