At risk of going political/geek on ya'll: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/IDF-2008-Keynote-Craig-Barrett,6190.html Gotta say I'm impressed with what was said and feel it was spot on. The U.S. has the reasons, resources, and sheer size to be the most technologically advanced nation in the world. The reasons are that you can't stop progress, but if you try, progress will run you over. The resources are a huge federal budget and large open market. The sheer size of the economy should make it possible and even profitable to secure our technological lead. Yet here, 6Mbps Internet is the most that is offered in many places. Where I live, I can't get anything over 1.5Mbps. In Japan, on the other hand, 100Mbps Internet is available everywhere, for the equivalent of only USD $50/month. Come on! And what about using technology in education? I'm not talking about just buying a bunch of computers for school and saying "here ya go, learn better now." I'm saying let's use a smart system of technology that enhances traditional teaching methods while attracting more kids to science and technology, where the U.S. is falling the most short by world standards. If it weren't for the fact that those who don't advance are crushed, I'd be all for just enjoying life and not trying to better it. But we're part of a world that will never stop taking things to the next level, and besides ... it's damned exciting to take humanity and civilization to new levels! Continuing advances enrich and improve our lives, cure diseases, stimulate us, help us grow, and bring us together. Let us as a nation quit pissing off the world by intervening in its affairs, so that we can afford to cut a few billion dollars of defense spending and throw it at education and technology. Our current track drains our resources and makes us a target. A new approach could help not only U.S. citizens, but humanity worldwide, to live a better existence. I'd love to hear all your thoughts on this.