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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

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12:59p
Federal Spectrum "Plan"
How the Federal Government uses wireless, and plans to use it more efficiently in the future. Recommendation #1 (surprise!) outsource everything. Recommendation #2 is vague statements about using smart radios.

What makes this 250 page document worth it? It is the first extensive catalog of actual federal spectrum use. That is what takes up the bulk of the item. The actual "plan" is 13 pages.
1:50p
The Democratic Primary: Feel the Energy Drain!
See, this is what happens when you slow down.
Collapse )
3:05p
Good news on wifi front!
According to this article, the effort to criminalize sharing an open wifi connection has been defeated.
8:50p
Funding for Clear Channel Deal Collapses
Still parking links, but this is damn alarming for the financial markets.

If banks are pulling out of these kinds of deals, where the properties are fairly secure and with a proven record for profit, it is very bad news.
http://money.cnn.com/2008/03/26/news/companies/clear_channel/index.htm?section=money_topstories

Most people think this is about the subprime collapse. It's not. The subprime collapse was simply the final straw in a rotten foundation. This is why every time economists (primarily of the free market variety) keep trying to persuade people we've hit bottom (Robert Samuelson was at it in Washpo today), something new breaks. Because it isn't just subprimes, or quant funds, or the falling dollar, or the fact that our economic infrastructure has become stagnant and that the supposed gains since the last recession were illusory products of cheap money. It's all these things and more.

Getting mad at borrowers, or even borrowers and lenders, is like blaming the symptom for the disease.

Meanwhile, Bell Canada is apparently screwing the independent ISPs that resell its capacity. So scratch Canada off the list of countries that could compete with us.
http://stevenmansour.com/en/links/2008/march/26/bell_canada_throttling_other_dsl_reseller_traffic
10:08p
Google and Sprint to Team With Comcast Over WiMax?
Or "Don't be evil, date evil."

He was warned against her, that is why he looked
She was warned against him, that is why she took
Wouldn't see no reason, went and done it blind
We know all about 'em thay've got all to find

And it's cheer for the spectrum wedding
Give 'em one cheer more
Comcast and Sprint are getting married
And Google turns out to be a whore

(Actually, I am not surprised that Google would at some point ally with the forces of darkness. It's a profit maximizing firm. But they should learn from AOL how well that works.)

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