October 12th, 2010

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Link Harvest: Texting In Emergencies


The suggestion that texting is superior in emergencies because it takes less bandwidth is fairly old. I recall it after 9/11. The problem, not mentioned in the article, is that the short code system for mutli-point texting (one entity, such as local police, texting to multiple individuals simultaneously) is badly broken. It's like DNS when we started to scale up dramatically in the early 1990s.
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Link Harvest: 700 MHz Banding Issue


A fairly accessible piece on a highly technical issue. Verizon and AT&T, as the biggest providers of LTE equipment in the US, used the standard setting process so that the upcoming equipment that works on the 700 MHz band will not be interoperable across carriers. This was possible because of the way AT&T and VZ dominated the spectrum auction, clustering their holdings on specific sub-bands. The result is more expensive equipment and delay in providing phones to rival carriers.
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Rhee Leaves Amidst Competition For Who Can Be Crassest


I considered it less than classy of Rhee to leave now without doing a proper transition with Gray's chosen successor. Then I got to the part where the Teacher's Union were doing victory laps. All I can say is, I'm glad my kid is in Jewish Day School in Maryland, where we can be dysfunctional in accordance with our ancient educational traditions.