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Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)

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Infrastructure Opportunities, The Return

In 2007 I wrote a quick post about infrastructure opportunities. I’ve also wondered previously about opportunities with cheap electricity, seems The Google and other huge server farms are spending more on electricity than on hardware, hello Hydro Québec joint venture? Found this in September 2011: The facility will run on geothermal and hydroelectric power – […]

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Ze Nails It. Again.

(Thanks Time for the smallass, not resizable embed. See their site for a decent sized version. Morons.)

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The Quiet Coup

Not surprisingly, Wall Street ran with these opportunities. From 1973 to 1985, the financial sector never earned more than 16 percent of domestic corporate profits. In 1986, that figure reached 19 percent. In the 1990s, it oscillated between 21 percent and 30 percent, higher than it had ever been in the postwar period. This decade, […]

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Oh My

Is this real or some kind of messed up Google ad à la Microsoft? If real, people who don’t know what a browser is should not be let on the internets. And you were wondering how come spammers find value in doing what they do? Those would be the people getting caught.

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Hooked On a Feeling

We haven’t heard much about America’s war on drugs recently, what with the whole war on terror, search for WMDs, middle eastern debacles and now the economy’s war on America but even though they aren’t talking about it they are still actively waging (and losing) that war. But do you know which drug I find […]

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Open Source President

He described Mr Obama as “our first open source President, a leader willing to let anybody and everybody figure out how, when and where they want to get involved.” —Calls for open source government

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Time to Reboot America

For all these reasons, our present crisis is not just a financial meltdown crying out for a cash injection. We are in much deeper trouble. In fact, we as a country have become General Motors — as a result of our national drift. Look in the mirror: G.M. is us. —Time to Reboot America

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Bush’s Final F.U.

It’s mindboggling. Ming.Fucking.Boggling what Bush is doing right now. If you were still not convinced he’s completely mad, evil, bought by big everything and soulless, check out the midnight regulations he’s inacting. If this were written in a novel as the evil acts of a demented nutball, you’d think it too over the top and […]

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A New Chapter on Climate Change

I love this man!

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All Of a Sudden

For years now, they’ve told us that we can’t afford—that the government providing healthcare to all people is just unimaginable; it can’t be done. We don’t have the money to rebuild our infrastructure. We don’t have the money to wipe out poverty. We can’t do it. But all of a sudden, yeah, we do have […]

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Canadians Stuck With Analog Rights in a Digital World

Not only are Canadians more vulnerable to abusive use of a broadcast flag, but their rights to even record “copy freely” programs are open to question. The Canadian Association of Broadcasters recently told the CRTC that consumers who record television shows for later viewing, whether on a VCR or PVR, violate the law. There has […]

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Strombo Interviews Cusack

(via Fagstein)

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The Next Slum?

For 60 years, Americans have pushed steadily into the suburbs, transforming the landscape and (until recently) leaving cities behind. But today the pendulum is swinging back toward urban living, and there are many reasons to believe this swing will continue. As it does, many low-density suburbs and McMansion subdivisions, including some that are lovely and […]

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The Race Toward Clean Cloud Computing

A few months ago, I wrote about infrastructure opportunities, seems I’m not the only one thinking along those lines: Locating the server farms in the Canadian north offers several environmental advantages. These include easy access to clean energy sources such as wind and geo-thermal energy and, given the colder climate, decreased energy requirements to cool […]

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