Digital delivery is here and we’re going to need 10x the broadband capacity in a couple of years.  Now he has the right-of-ways for all the fiber we need.

And what about that new electrical grid?  Is it feasible to lay towers over tracks?  I don’t know, but I do know that he now has a path to take all the new electrons from solar and wind farms in the Southwest and the Texas Panhandle to Southern Cal and the Midwest.

One thing’s for sure: No one ever accused him of thinking short-term.

Fox boycott

September 20, 2009

And while I’m on the subject, foxnewsboycott.com is doing a great job updating lists of their individual show sponsors.

For my part I can’t really leave ATT because of my iPhone, or Geico because I’ve otherwise been so pleased with them.

However I’ve dumped Vonage in favor of toktumi (been with them for 5 years, pre-IPO), and I’m going to stop using the UPS Store (moved recently and was just going to get another box with them at a different location).

Fox fail

September 20, 2009

I am loving the spat between CNN and Fox News this week.  That ad went waaaay too far.

Rick Sanchez’ Stewart-wannabe rant is actually quite thorough.  The best part is when he says:

We extensively covered the event, we didn’t PROMOTE the event.  That’s not what real news organizations are supposed to do…. I would invite you to look at that distinction between those two words: promote and cover.  Cover is kinda like a ‘fair and balanced’ way of doing things.  You get it?

Which is really the heart of the argument, no?

And then of course, right on cue, as if to illustrate Sanchez’ point, comes video of a Fox producer rallying the crowd.

The socialist free-marketer

August 31, 2009

Oh the irony of ironies.  While News Corp is off calling Obama a socialist he is quietly pushing reforms Republicans have wanted for decades: Introducing competition to public schools via charters.

It should be perfectly possible to run multiple applications on the iPhone in a way that protects battery life:  It could limit to the last 2 or 3, it could allow the user to specify which 1 or 2 is allowed, it could wake a certain apps every minute for 5 seconds, etc.  Allowing just 2 would make a huge difference in usability.

I get the feeling Apple is not allowing it simply because then they would have to allow iPod competitors to run in the background.   So they are just protecting iTunes, giving it another year to get entrenched.

This is a huge competitive advantage: Pandora and Spotify are just some of the excellent music services, but you can’t play a game or catch up on the news while listening!

I was discussing yesterday just what will happen to the bottoming out of the housing market after all the tax credits, foreclosure mitigation programs, and rock-bottom mortgage rates end.

I argued the small rush of newcomers seduced by a bottom, and the improving economy (and therefore more relaxed lending) might be enough to hold sales and prices steady.

But then I found out about the administration’s plan to use 4.2 billion of stimulus funds to buy foreclosed homes and turn them into federal subsidized housing.  By my quick calculation that’s about 40,000 houses at $100,000 each, which is about 6% of current inventory, a big enough share to support the market.

Seems like a perfect plan to me: Ensure sustained recovery, put foreclosed homes to use before they fall in disrepair, help people who did the worse through the crisis, and expand a helpful government program on the cheap.

A columnist with guts

August 27, 2009

Kudos to Roger Simon at Politico for doing what every journalist should be doing but none seem to be:

It doesn’t matter what you say, as long as it is over the top and beneath contempt.

“Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate,” Limbaugh said. “Hitler said he didn’t need to meet with his Cabinet; he represented the will of the people. He was called the messiah. He said the people spoke through him.”

Which means, I guess, if Hitler were alive today, he would be a talk show host.

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