Fractals of Change: October 2008

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17 posts from October 2008

October 29, 2008

FCC Extends Comment Deadline on White Space Issue

UPDATE: It happened. The FCC voted to open up the whitespaces for UNLICENSED USE (full post here).

The FCC extended the deadline until this Friday, Oct. 31, at 5:30 PM ET for comments on the proposal to o More...

Gush Up vs. Trickle Down

We shouldn't try a trickle-down approach to "saving" the auto industry and especially the auto finance companies; instead, if aid is needed at all, it should be shoveled in at the bottom of the economy from which it is sure to gush up (see a sample plan below).

The New York Times More...

October 27, 2008

White Space Momentum

Many of you are leaving this blog by clicking a link to either the online petition which urges the FCC to free the TV white spaces for open unlicensed use or by going directly to the More...

The Other Vote on November 4th

UPDATE: It happened. The FCC voted to open up the whitespaces for UNLICENSED USE (full post here).

The vote that Federal Communications Commissioners are planning for November 4 is not as important as the More...

October 25, 2008

Act Now for Better Internet Access

UPDATE: It happened. The FCC voted to open up the whitespaces for UNLICENSED USE (full post here).

There's a good chance that on November 4th the FCC'll do something really good to improve Internet and mo More...

October 22, 2008

The Physics of Money

Money doesn't count unless it's in motion; that's why governments not only can but also feel that they must create great supplies of the stuff in these deflationary times. The good news is that all this new money isn't inflationary (at the moment); the bad news is that this new money so far isn't More...

October 21, 2008

When Your Company SHOULD Spend

Cash is king. VCs like Fred Wilson are advising their portfolio companies to be in cash-preservation mode for the very good reason that more cash will be hard to come by and, if obtainable at all, may come with More...

October 20, 2008

Too Big to Fail

There's an excellent article in this morning's New York Times which begins:

"The financial crisis is forcing regulators to encourage the creation of bigger More...

October 17, 2008

Bad Connectivity

The only serious drag on an otherwise great vacation is the ten pound bag with computer, batteries, adapter etc. that I'm lugging around on my back. The other day we walked the literal length and breadth of Venice with it. There is no straight footpath through Venice; it's a long way to anywhere More...

October 15, 2008

Has the Financial System Disconnected?

Before finding any Internet access – and so before we had any news in English – we found an ATM. Tried Mary's card and it failed authorization; tried mine – Oh oh: same problem.

Our first thought was that the world financial system had simply disconnected at the retail level! Maybe I sho More...

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