Fractals of Change: December 2008

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21 posts from December 2008

December 31, 2008

The Answer is Regime Change

The question is at what point can Israel end its attacks on Hamas in Gaza. The answer is "when Hamas is no longer in power in Gaza." That does not mean that Israel, which voluntarily withdrew from Gaza, should take over governing the enclave. It doesn't guarantee that whomever takes over from Ham More...

December 30, 2008

Federal Broadband Money Should Go To States

The carriers and cablecos are hard at work trying to influence the broadband portion of the Obama stimulus package according to an article by Amol Sharma in today's Wall Street Journal. That's no surpr More...

December 28, 2008

How a Gas Tax Increase Can Help Economic Recovery

One of the few economic bright spots is the historically low prices of gasoline; it's even possible that the amount Americans are saving both by buying less and paying less for the gallons they do buy will let us replenish our damaged balance sheets quickly enough to avoid a prolonged downturn. More...

December 26, 2008

Civilization Means Dealing with Pirates

The pirates released by the German navy with a wrist slap will be back; sooner or later they'll kill someone. The blame for those deaths belongs to the politicians who ordered the pirates released and to the pirates themselves. One of the main reasons we put up with all the expense and nonsense o More...

December 24, 2008

Babysitter’s View of the Future

Grandson Jack went to sleep bravely with just a few complaints about the pain of teething. As babysitters do, Mary and I turned on the big screen… and watched the future of TV.

Like most young couples Hugh and Kate don't have a landline phone although of course they both have mobiles and u More...

December 22, 2008

Fairness in Bailouts

The UAW is pushing for the incoming Obama administration to release them from the requirement that their members receive reduced salaries comparable to what non-union transplants building in the US pay their workers. "The bankers didn't have to agree to such onerous terms" is one of the arguments More...

December 18, 2008

GM Bails out Cerberus

GM is bailing out private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management while waiting for its own bailout from the rest of us. The details are in a barely-noticed filing with the SEC (which is not, of course, r More...

December 17, 2008

Blocking BitTorrent in Britain

Virgin Media announced its intention of restricting BitTorrent traffic on its new 50Mbps service according to an article by Chris Williams in The Register. Does this mean that net neutrality is endangered in the UK? More...

December 16, 2008

Net Neutrality and The Obama Stimulus Package - Discussion

Good challenging questions from reader brooke oberwetter showed up on CircleID where Fractals of Change is sometimes cross-posted in reponse to More...

December 15, 2008

Net Neutrality and the Obama Stimulus Package

As long as US telecom is duopoly dominated, a neutral Internet is endangered if not impossible; regulation of this kind of concentrated power is necessary but is unlikely to be sufficient. The solution, IMHO, is to dilute the power of the duopoly so that consumers can buy whatever kind of Interne More...

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