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  • Microsoft Azure Cloud Castle Scaled By Open Source [View article]
    You're right. Open source is a better deal for customers than it is for providers. But what's wrong with that?
    Dec 20, 2011. 12:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Meaning Of AT&T's Deal For T-Mobile Collapsing [View article]
    If memory serves, and it often does, many deals have been renegotiated and completed after a DoJ intervention. AT&T has traditionally been able to go around to a variety of venues -- courts, regulators, states, legislators on both levels -- to get its way. It has a wide variety of astroturf and quasi-astroturf organizations working on its behalf, many under arrangements created by uber-lobbyist Sam Simon.

    I was, frankly, surprised when they folded their hand so quickly here.
    Dec 20, 2011. 12:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In 2012, A Tale Of Two Solar Industries [View article]
    Where do you think political decisions come from? They come from business, from the country's national business needs and imperatives.

    And today the most immediate need is to get us off oil. It's something the military understands, and the military usually points the way.
    Dec 20, 2011. 07:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Azure Cloud Castle Scaled By Open Source [View article]
    Azure is Windows-centric, which makes it unusual in terms of clouds. There are a number of different open source and quasi open source cloud technologies out there on which to build. There is a lot more diversity of technology in these early days of cloud than there was in past technology advances of this type.
    Dec 20, 2011. 07:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In 2012, A Tale Of Two Solar Industries [View article]
    Again, government has always made choices. We have always had an industrial policy. That's why New York is our center of commerce, not Philadelphia. Industrial policy. That's why we got railroads across our continent by 1869. Industrial policy. That's why Ford had relatively fixed prices for inputs. Industrial policy. That's why you have this Internet. Industrial policy.

    And it's why we remain powered by oil. Industrial policy. Which you endorse because you claim you don't want to make new choices or don't want to make certain choices to pick "winners." Instead you prefer to pick losers.

    Americans aren't losers. We're winners. Until we stop letting people like you lead us backward, we'll remain losers.
    Dec 19, 2011. 09:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • In 2012, A Tale Of Two Solar Industries [View article]
    What you believe is frankly nonsense. The government has always "picked winners." The Erie Canal. The Transcontinental Railroad. Regulated utilities. The phone network. The Internet. I could go on, but maybe you get the picture.

    We did this especially with oil, and continue to do it. Oil companies don't pay full price on leasing government land even today. They don't pay the full cost of cleanup. They continue to enjoy tax breaks into the tens of billions. And this has been continuous, a policy going back a century.

    Yes, it does boil down to philosophy. Yours ignores our history, and pretends it's something it wasn't. Mine is reality-based. We make choices. Always have, always will. Your cop-out on that fact is merely an endorsement of past choices, continued on indefinitely into the future. A choice of the past over the future.

    A stupid choice, backed by nothing but ideology.
    Dec 19, 2011. 09:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • In 2012, A Tale Of Two Solar Industries [View article]
    Unless you're one of those who want to lose the future to the Communist Chinese. <g>
    Dec 19, 2011. 08:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In 2012, A Tale Of Two Solar Industries [View article]
    I sort of thought you were thinking that way. Getting new industries going is what the US does. When we stop doing that we cease being the US.
    Dec 19, 2011. 08:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tim Tebow, Social Mood And The Future Of U.S. Stocks [View article]
    Two words similar to what you wrote (although I can't improve on it).

    Ernie Davis.
    Dec 19, 2011. 06:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why The AT&T / T-Mobile Deal Will Get Done [View article]
    What I have consistently advocated here is an Internet business model for all telecom infrastructure.

    Set standards which improve based on equipment, bring your own equipment to the party, pay only for what you use instead of the whole network.
    Dec 19, 2011. 05:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tim Tebow, Social Mood And The Future Of U.S. Stocks [View article]
    I can't disagree much. It is true that when the right took the political stage the left took the culture. So now that the left is rising on the political stage the right might take the culture.

    Conservatives may grab Tebow as a man who upholds all their political principles, but he is far more important as a short-term social phenomenon. More of a Joe Namath character (Namath had a relatively brief career due to injury) than anything else.

    I root for him, although I disagree with him on every major social and political issue of our time. I think his success has much to do with doing what isn't commonly done, running first and accepting the punishment rather than passing over everyone's heads and standing back to admire the spiral, as though football were an individual and not a team sport.

    All that said, however. 41-23?
    Dec 19, 2011. 04:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • In 2012, A Tale Of Two Solar Industries [View article]
    Yes it is a shame that fossil fuels remain heavily distorted with government policies while alternatives must make do largely on their own. It has delayed crossover by keeping prices of fossil fuels unspeakably low.

    You are also right about the consistency issue. Whatever the policy it should be consistent.
    Dec 19, 2011. 03:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Solar Energy Becomes GE Industrial Policy [View article]
    Let the troll be, all. Trolls make political arguments against scientific processes, which is an obscenity against rational thought. Why wallow in it? Especially when the market is going to trump the politics, thanks in part to the science.

    Smart investors like GE are taking advantage right now. More will. And with that will come true prosperity.
    Dec 19, 2011. 11:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Foreigners Buy Out The U.S. Solar Sector? [View article]
    I don't think we need to invest government money heavily in the sell side of solar at this time. It's far more important to get costs down below current prices -- substantially below -- with room for going lower.

    There also seems to be ample research money going into the space.

    So long as we get growth on the buy side, and we're getting that from private capital, we're really in a pretty good place when it comes to this industry. Much better than the press, including the industry press, seems to think.
    Dec 17, 2011. 04:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google's Strategy Is One Browser To Bind Them All [View article]
    They monitor it in many ways, although I fail to see what's wrong with trying to give you ads that might provide real service to you. As opposed to ads for things you're not interested in.
    Dec 17, 2011. 04:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment