Fractals of Change: March 2011

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14 posts from March 2011

March 30, 2011

We’ll Always have 50 Years of Oil Left

Sixty years ago I read in Junior Scholastic that there were only fifty years of oil left. Since I intended to live that long, I was alarmed - so alarmed that I still remember the picture of the gushing drill rig that companied the article.

Well, it's still true. This morning More...

March 29, 2011

Moore’s Law and the Economics of Abundance

Moore's Law explains why the price of everything electronic keeps going down; but now Moore's Law is starting to have an effect on much more than technology prices The costs of energy, medicine, law, education, financial transactions, and government itself are falling because of Moore' More...

March 28, 2011

#twitter has the #news about #ewr

The pilot didn't know immediately why the control tower at #ewr (Newark Liberty International Airport) had gone radio silent and not acknowledged his request for pushback. But I knew as soon as I turned my Droid X back on, started the twitter app, and searched for #ewr (natch). The tweeting h More...

March 25, 2011

Why I Sold My Amazon Stock

Amazon (AMZN) is a great company. Its leadership in cloud computing may be even more important than the commanding position it has in e-commerce. Founder Jeff Bezos sets a wonderful example for other CEOs by consistently ignoring More...

March 23, 2011

Lesson from Japan: Storing Spent Nuclear Fuel in Onsite Pools is a Bad Idea

There's much to learn from the damage done and not done to Japan's nuclear power plants by the unexpectedly severe twin punches of the earthquake and tsunami, but one lesson is already clear: storing nuclear waste onsite in pools at active power plants multiplies the risks when a "More...

March 20, 2011

AT&T Bids to Shut Down Mobile Competition

AT&T's bid to absorb T-Mobile USA is a blatant attempt to reduce cell and mobile data service in the US to a duopoly. The US Justice Department should block the proposed deal under existing antit More...

March 19, 2011

Leaders “Ponder” while Benghazi Burns

"Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Moammar Gadhafi's military forces pushed into the rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Saturday, as international leaders pondered milit More...

March 17, 2011

Why Men Don’t Ask Directions

My Droid X was a pretty good navigator for most of the road trip Mary and I took. Sure there was the incident of the virtual off ramp when it insisted the best entrance to a hotel parking lot was directly from an adjacent Interstate – not! And there was the attempt to leave Atlanta Airport the wr More...

March 15, 2011

Lower and Extend the Sales Tax, Include Internet Sales

"Hands off the Internet," I used to say when the WorldWideWeb was a fledgling competing for a share of untaxed mail order sales and I was chair of the policy committee of the Voice on the Net Coalition. Well, the strategy worked; the fledgling grew up; it's time that brick and morta More...

March 10, 2011

House Flatlines – Smart Grid to the Rescue

People have been asking "what's a Smart Grid good for?" The big answer is that the smart electrical grid w More...

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