February 22nd, 2006

Maybe it’s my fear of heights

I knew I said I would do luge, skeleton or downhill. You’d have to do a lot of convincing to get me to do Freestlye Arials. Holy shit…

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Reverse Net Priority

So here’s an interesting idea. Let’s say BellSouth implements some priority networking for their network, and charges websites to use that priority network. If I’m a web giant, I’m charging them right back: if you want to be able to provide my website to your customers, you have to pay me a fee. Sounds a lot like cableTV, right? Well, yes: the cable company charges the customer for cable, and the cable channels (e.g. ESPN, Discovery) charge the cable company per subscriber.

But there’s a snag. Premium cable stations are paid for by the subscriber. I don’t know if the cable companies take a little piece off the top (I’m sure they do), but this doesn’t really have a 1-to-1 mapping on the internet. Sure, there are premium sites (that the customer pays for), but it’d be difficult to regulate this. Imagine you pay a subscription to the WSJ. Now, that’s network neutral. Your password goes wherever you go. Your cable box stays in your domicile. So how does the cable company charge the website? Per hit? Per subscriber? On whose network do they count the subscriber?

I think competition, in the end, is what will save net neutrality. Competition, after all, will drive down the prices. Net priority only works if one network has a monopoly on speedy pipes.


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Random Thoughts

  1. I don’t know what it says about me, but I’d really like to have all my tax forms so I could do my taxes. I’m kind of excited about it. Weird, huh?
  2. I hate it when the little notifier in the Google Talk taskbar icon shows I have mail, and I look in my GMail to find it’s not an email from someone or something that I want to hear from.
  3. Despite the fact that it’s a real feel of 34 outside, I have my window open. Fresh air cancels out nubmfa finbgets. The downside? Coffee gets cold really quickly. I hate hate hate cold coffee.

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Winters Springs and Falls

Funny that, Harvard doesn’t have a Summers either.

University President Lawrence H. Summers announced today he would step down from his post at the end of June, bringing to an end the shortest tenure by a Harvard president since the Civil War.

Not only that, but the second rate institution then trots out a retread!

Former University President Derek C. Bok, who led Harvard from 1971 to 1991, will serve as interim president effective July 1, according to a University press release.

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