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If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought — George Orwell

Archive for December 4th, 2006

Waste not

Posted by metaphorical on 4 December 2006

This would make a good eHarmony question:

The following is
___repulsive

___admirable


California professionals dine out of Dumpsters

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Cynthia Powell and Stephen Vajda are unabashed Dumpster divers who get much of their weekly food from garbage cans.

The two educated Berkeley, Calif., professionals – who are not hungry or otherwise in need – say they are motivated by a growing conservation movement with a mantra that wasting resources, especially food, is shameful. <etc.>

Of course, here in New York City, we have City Harvest. My own answer to the eHarmony question, by the way, is (c) both.

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Pay for play

Posted by metaphorical on 4 December 2006

I just found out why I’m not getting so very many comments…. I’m not paying for ’em.

Forum posting: starting at 15 cents per post
Blog commenting: starting at 20 cents per comment
Blog posting: starting at 2.00 per 300 word post
Article writing: starting at 2.00 per 300 word article.

(Altruistic, opinion-based comments: priceless)

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Broadband wolverines

Posted by metaphorical on 4 December 2006

There’s an interesting story about broadband this week coming out of Michigan.

AT&T Michigan to Invest $620 Million, Hire 2000 Workers if Bill Passes

LANSING, Mich. – AT&T Michigan on Thursday announced a three-year plan to invest $620 million in upgraded technology and hire 2000 employees across Michigan. AT&T expects about 1200 of these jobs to be in place by the end of 2007.

There’s just one catch: a controversial bill would have to pass in order for the cash to flow freely. AT&T cited House Bill 6456 as the catalyst for the commitment. The bill, which passed the Michigan House on Nov. 14, 2006 in a lame-duck session, addresses cable and video franchising in the state.

In the meantime, activists have jumped in to try to get some form of net neutrality into the legislation as well.

I blogged about this at work so here I’ll just jump to the conclusion: adding net neutrality to this bill is locking the barn door after most of the horse has passed through it, and there are better ways to go, such as municipal networks (which I wrote about in May ( “A Broadband Utopia” ), and true net neutrality, built right into the fabric of the network, as the British are doing (which I have an article in January about).

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