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  •  Kudos for identifying one of the big factors... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...in all this: they do it because they can!  Or, at least, they want to see if they can.  It's a geeks-run-amok story as much as a power-run-amok story, and it's not yet clear which aspect led the way although certainly both were needed.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 12:31:50 PM PDT

    •  there's a LOT more to it (4+ / 0-)
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      than just "geeks gone wild".  If that's all it was the Obama could slap it down in an instant.

      He doesn't . . .

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 12:41:50 PM PDT

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      •  That's not my point. (0+ / 0-)

        The point is that once the geeks demonstrate they can do it, the executives can't say no.

        You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

        by Rich in PA on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 12:54:36 PM PDT

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