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Works at CSUDH Internet applications, implications & technology, digital literacy, teaching, Internet in developing nations, IT history, old athletes, fitness nut.
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  • University of California, Los Angeles
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Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems at California State University, Dominguez Hills, has worked in both industry and academia. He has been on the faculties of the University of Lund, Sweden and the University of Southern California, and worked for IBM and the System Development Corporation. 

He has consulted to over 40 industrial, government and non-governmental organizations including IBM, Apple, Philips, Sony, Hyundai, RAND, the World Bank, ITU, UNDP, USAID and UNCTAD.

He has worked on data processing, multi-processor operating systems, simulation, decision table translation, simulation of concept acquisition, multivariate data analysis, pattern recognition (discriminant analysis), study of problem solving behavior in executives, computer and network applications in education, computer art, teleconferencing, the history of computing and networking, local area networks, expert systems, software import/export, the study of the global diffusion of the Internet, enterprise networking strategy and applications, wireless networking, municipal networking, telecommunication policy, and IT literacy. He is currently creating a modular electronic text and just finished a study of the Internet in Cuba.

Dr. Press has been studying the global diffusion of the Internet, with an emphasis on policy and technology in developing nations, for over twenty years. He and his colleagues developed a framework to characterize the state of the Internet in a nation, and they, and others, have used this framework in many national case studies and surveys.

He has done studies of the Internet in Russia, Cuba, Chile, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, and Vietnam. He is currently working on a project in support of Cuban NGOs. This work has been supported by Rand, The International Telecommunication Union, SAIC, UNDP, UNCTAD, and the US State Department as well as governments in studied nations. Dr. Press was also an organizer and instructor in the World Bank/Internet Society workshops, which trained over 2,500 networking leaders from nearly every developing nation.

Dr. Press has been active in ACM and the Internet Society, published over 240 articles and reports (54 in ACM publications), written two books, edited two book series, and been an editor or contributing editor for several magazines, trade publications and academic journals. He is an active electronic publisher with several blogs, a Twitter stream and a Web site with over 45,000 files. 

He has received the CSUDH Outstanding Professor, Distinguished Teacher and Hyundai Outstanding Professor awards, his MBA and PhD in information processing are from UCLA, and he is a fitness nut who does an occasional triathlon and is a better free throw shooter than Shaquille O'neal.
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Update -- another drop in the bucket
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ETECSA has expanded cell coverage and installed a public WiFi spot in in Sancti Spíritus. Unfortunately, they are still focused on SMS and phone calls and the WiFi backhaul is 2 mbps, which they say can be shared by 90 simultaneous users -- unusable.

I understand that this is a short term, interim step, but it is a drop in the bucket. I hope they experiment with other short-term technologies while planning long-term policy and technology.
Adonis Ortiz chats with his father, who lives in the U.S., using a free Wi-Fi network at a center run by famed artist Kcho, in Havana, (Desmond Boylan/Associated Press). The Cuban artist Kcho received permission from the Cuban telecommunication monopoly ETECSA to provide free WiFi access to his ...
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Guiness: Hyundai creates the world's largest tire track image,
 
Modern-day Nazca lines, simultaneously awe-inspiring and silly, I love it!

Proposal for the next edition: robotic cars. Make it so.
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I guess I no longer have an excuse to beat up on Comcast
http://www.newamerica.org/oti/comcast-reportedly-abandons-time-warner-cable-merger/
Washington, DC — According to various media reports today, Comcast may abandon its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The merger, which was...
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Google's algorithm to detect mobile-friendly Web sites is fallable.

My dial-up era Web site, som.csudh.edu/fac/lpress, was deemed "not mobile friendly" by Google because the text was too small to read, the links too close together and "Mobile viewport" was not set.

It displayed a simulated image of my home page, but, as you see below, the acual home page has relatively large, easily readable text and I have no trouble clicking on the links.

As of today, it still comes up number 1 when I search for my name on a cell phone.
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No, I worked for a US multinational for 13 years and I've basically read nothing but English-language sci-fi since I was 12 :) 
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The Republicans can say "I was against it, but we do not have the authority" in the case of the terror list, but they will have a tough time opposing the President on dropping the embargo becuase In most congressional districts, the majority of people want normal relations with Cuba.

#Cuba   
In a major victory for the White House, the Republican-controlled Congress will not advance legislation designed to block President Barack Obama’s executive action removing Cuba…
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History is proving that oppression and violation to human rights in Cuba don't come from abroad but from within. Castro's regime continue to use violence and terror tactics to control and oppress the Cuban people. 
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The Committee to Protect Journalists has eased up on Cuba and, given the thaw in US-Cuba relations, I bet they are off the ten worst list next time it appears,

#Cuba   #freedomofspeech  
Despite significant improvements in the past few years-such as the elimination of exit visas that had prohibited most foreign travel for decades-Cuba continues to have the most restricted climate for press freedom in the Americas. That sounds pretty bad, but CPJ has been reporting about ...
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Update to post on SpaceX attempt to reuse rockets in order to cut satellite launch cost
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SpaceX reports that their latest failure to retrieve a rocket failed because of a "slower than expected throttle valve response." The next attempt will be in two months. They are learning from their mistakes and rocket reuse will eventually be routine.

(video of the failed landing)
At the Lagrangian point 1 (or L1), approximately one million miles from Earth, the gravitational forces between the sun and Earth are balanced, which provides a stable orbit that requires fewer orbital corrections for the spacecraft to remain in itsoperational location for a ...
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The Nexus 2015 conference on oursourcing in Latin America and the Caribbean will feature a Q&A session with Doug Madory on the state of the Cuban Internet.

The emphasis on business opportunity from the thaw of US-Cuba relations has been on what US companies can sell to Cuba:

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-us-telecommunication-and-internet.html

But, I'm more interested in what Cuba can offer the US and rest of the world.

Doug tracks the global Internet and keeps a close eye on Cuban connectivity -- my guess is that there will be a lot of discussion of Cuba at this conference.

#Cuba   #outsourcing  
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+Doug Madory I never heard of it either, but I snooped around on their Web site and found that someone there had interviewed me for a post, but I'd forgotten about it.

Please do relate what you discover (and present) -- whatever you learn about opportunities for Cubans.
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Satellite connectivity at Guantanamo has been upgraded, but that is an interim measure between now and the activation of an undersea cable to the US, which will be online next year:

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/02/guantanamo-is-in-news-but-not-undersea.html

In the future, that cable may play a role in Cuban connectivity.

#Cuba  
Internet speed has always been a problem for service members at both U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and Joint Task Force Guantanamo, but those issues are progressively becoming fewer.
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I'll bet the NSA is pretty psyched about that!
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Google Project Fi launches -- Seamless cell/WiFi handoffs -- $20 per month for unlimited calls and text plus $10/gig for data, but it's Nexus 6 only.  Is it a real business or is it an experiment to push the cell companies?

#projectfi     #Google  
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Cool satellite photo (zoomable) of Tesla's battery factory construction site in Nevada. The plant will have a capacity of 500k cars per year.
http://mashable.com/2015/04/17/elon-musk-gigafactory/

#tesla   #elonmusk   #electriccar  
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I just want them to make me a smaller hatchback version of the Model S, having the same power and range but for approx £5,000.  Do you think they will? ;)
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Two dividends from the New York delgation to Cuba

Rosewell Park Cancer Institute will work Cuba's Center for Molecular Immunology to develop a lung cancer vaccine and bring it to clinial trials and Infor has found Cuban partners to resell its software in Cuba.

We have heard a lot about opportunities for US companies, like Infor, to sell goods and services in Cuba, but I am more intersted in opportunities for Cubans to create things for the US and the rest of the world, like cancer vaccines.

(Some related posts:
http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-us-telecommunication-and-internet.html
http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/02/us-will-allow-imports-from-cubas.html
http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/03/what-might-google-do-in-cuba.html)

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