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JonathanPeterson
03-07-2003
08:17 AM ET (US)
Regarding item 37
A better comparison than low-bandwidth TV, or even the telephone is the Internet as electricity. The electrical network is essentially a dumb, useless network. All of it's value is delivered by devices on the end. If those devices have interdependencies (stereo and TV) THOSE interconnections are the place to do anything proprietary (and they will tend towards open standards, like analog audio or composite video, over time).

A good place to look for some deep thinking about the internet as electrical network might be http://www.geni.org/energy/issues/overview/english/grid.html a foundation espousing Buckminster Fuller's idea of a world-wide interconnected electrical network.

The arguments for and powers against are strikingly similar (for: betterment of mankind, world-wide quality of life uplift, network effects, etc. against: politics, bureaucracy and nationalism)
Edited 03-07-2003 08:27 AM
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mpt
03-07-2003
05:26 AM ET (US)
Regarding item 84
Six hundred million people would be just over a tenth of the world, not nearly a sixth.
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mpt
03-07-2003
05:19 AM ET (US)
Regarding item 54
And if you optimize a network for any application, or restrict it to any application, or bar it from any particular application, you are making assumptions about those applications which will become wrong faster than you think. Optimizing for e-mail would have slowed the progress of the Web. Optimizing for the Web would have slowed the progress of instant messaging. Optimizing for instant messaging will slow the development of the Next Big Thing.
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mpt
03-07-2003
05:09 AM ET (US)
Regarding item 11
It would be less confusing if the underlining here was changed to something that didn’t look like a link. The DFN element was born for this job.
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mpt
03-07-2003
05:04 AM ET (US)
Regarding item 6
Not necessarily. It could just be that
BigCo-getting-in-the-way mistakes : dot-com mistakes :: amount of BigCo money : amount of real dot-com money.

So those mounting BigCo-in-the-middle attacks aren’t making mistakes more often, they’re just making them more substantially.
Edited 03-07-2003 05:05 AM
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mpt
03-07-2003
04:59 AM ET (US)
Regarding item 2
Lose the period, and add a comma in the middle
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Kevin MarksPerson was signed in when posted
03-06-2003
10:43 PM ET (US)
Regarding item 101
Obligatory link to http://mediagora.com which explains how.
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Kevin MarksPerson was signed in when posted
03-06-2003
10:32 PM ET (US)
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