June 30th, 2010

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Musical Initial Meme

(from redaxe)

Instructions:


* Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.

* List (and upload, if you feel like it or are able to do so) 5 songs that start with that letter.

* Post them to your journal with these instructions.

redaxe's random letter generator gave me "U."

1. Undertakers Horse (Kippling/Fish)

2. Urinetown: The Overture

3. Upon These Stones (from Les Mis)

4. Ups and Downs, The (Steeleye Span version)

5. Under the Gripping Beast (Echoes Children)
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Link Harvest: How Large ISPs Don't Innovate, But Focus on Crushing Competition

This Techdirt piece captures a basic truism about big companies. Innovation is hard, market power is easy. Where capitalism and free markets produce their advantages is only when actual competition exists. As the venerable patron saint of free markets Adam Smith observed, merchants will naturally tend to monopoly. But while Smith despaired of government being able to actually strop such behavior (while observing government should at least not encourage it), I am more hopeful.
http://techdirt.com/articles/20100625/1617489965.shtml

Original Wired piece: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/06/you-dont-want-isps-to-innovate/