Well said. Its a shame that the vast majority of government sponsored R&D has been for "defense" for decades now. There was a very brief couple of years during the first Clinton administration where they managed to do some serious investment, I think it was called the Technology Reinvestment Program, in non-defense or in "dual use" general things such as super computers and networking that could be used for business and the military. But that ended and in the current climate that believes the only thing government can or should do is blow things up I don't see it coming back.
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