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I try not to be overtly political in what I post here for the most part. In this case though I'm not going to hesitate. This is a VERY good ruling. One that restores, at least for now my faith that policies that favor people rather than a small number of large established corporations can in fact happen. It's hard not to be cynical for the long term though.

I've worked in the technology industry for the better part of three decades. I've seen the modern Internet emerge and evolve. Net Neutrality isn't a liberal conspiracy. It isn't a plan by President Obama or anyone else to run the Internet. What it is, is the reaffirmation of the most fundamental guiding principal of the evolution of the Internet over the past forty years or so. Any individual or company that claims it is an impediment is arguing from a position that has no historical nor logical basis. We got where were are today in a world where until recently Net Neutrality was king. Short sited self interest is the only basis for opposing this decision. Too many companies are willing to poison the ecosystem they live in blinded by greed and an inability to realistically extrapolate long term consequences.

The recent erosion of Net Neutrality was and is very concerning. Companies like Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, and on and on would have faced a much more difficult battle in a world where the playing field wasn't level between them and existing players with deep pockets. These companies have generated trillions of dollars for our economy and will continue to do so. New companies emerge every year that also contribute. The US has taken a lot of knocks economically over the past few decades. The one consistently strong sector has been technology and a large part of the growth from that area has been fueled by the Internet.

Make no mistake, this battle is not over and the long term outcome is far from certain. Vested interests will continue to push hard to get their way and they have both the money and the influence to carry the day. It's frustrating, but in a world where most people don't bother to educate themselves before forming opinions it may be inevitable. The fact that the long term outcome of this battle is in doubt at all is a damning indictment of the state of politics in the US today.

#netneutrality   #FCC  

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/26/net-neutrality-fcc-vote_n_6761702.html
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to approve strong net neutrality rules in a stunning decision that defies vocal, months-long opposition by telecom and cable companies and Republicans on Capitol Hill. Democratic C...
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ummmmm... I think it's a good start...
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I don't know that I believe it, but it is a lot more credible than an Apple TV set. Why? Because there are high margin cars and Apple lives and thrives by selling high margin products. Why not a car?

TV's on the other hand are almost exclusively low margin commodity items.

Arguing against this is the fact that Apple knows nothing about making cars. They do have deep pockets though and Tesla managed to start from essentially nothing. 

http://gizmodo.com/apple-might-really-seriously-be-working-on-a-car-1685754028
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has hundreds of people working on a top secret project: an electric minivan. The massive undertaking, codenamed "Titan", is expected to last years, and it's entirely possible that Apple will abandon it. But if it doesn't, Steve Jobs's iCar dream will finally come true.
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A view of the ocean from the lower overlook of the Lone Cypress stop on the 17 mile drive in the Del Monte Forest on the 17 mile drive near Monterey California.
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It's been awhile since I stopped by here. My first thought was "Why are the borders on either side of my screen each wider than the posts in the middle?". 
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Because apparently paper is more important than experience and real world accomplishments.

Seriously, you can't teach smarts. A good education can hone the tools you've been gifted with but that is about it. Companies that hire exclusively on education on shooting themselves in the foot and #Yahoo  in particular can't afford to be doing that.

http://www.eater.com/2014/12/22/7434679/yahoo-food-rejected-gwyneth-paltrow-college
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One of the keys to Apples large margins and thus their success has been  the ability to negotiate very favorable contracts with suppliers. This one was apparently too favorable but it's hard for me to feel a lot of sympathy for GT's apparent inability to negotiate a sustainable contract.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/10/29/gt-advanced-blames-apple-for-one-sided-sapphire-contract-that-resulted-in-461m-loss

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Hmmmmm.... interesting.....
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It's far from certain that #Apple  will someday sell their own Apple branded cars, but I'm confident at this point that they are committing some serious resources towards that goal and that it makes sense.

Apple is fundamentally a design company. They have some interests in manufacturing but those are generally partnerships. They let other companies build their products. Given that it's not much of a stretch to see them following the same model in the automotive world.

Also keep in mind that Tim Cook is an operations wizard and that logistics and cost control are arguably Apple's greatest strengths in  the post Steve Job's era.

Building cars requires getting a whole lot of parts from all over the place to the point of assembly at just the right time. Relationships play a part in that dance but fundamentally there is no difference between getting an iPad assembled and getting a car built.

Throw in the fact that cars are heavily differentiated price wise and this has Apple's sweet spot written all over it. Assuming of course that they import talent that knows the auto industry and they appear to be doing that.

I suspect we're looking at a 2020 time frame if Apple decides to move forward with this project.

As an aside, as recently as eight years ago Apple's R&D expenditures were relatively modest. They have grown significantly since which is the sign of a company continuing to evolve. The Apple juggernaut may falter some day, but if they do it will not be for lack of trying. 

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2884376/ios/is-apple-building-a-car.html
A slew of rumors over the past few days all claim that Apple may have its sights set on building a car
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The lower overlook by the lone Cypress on the 17 mile drive near Monterey California and the Pebble beach golf course.
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The view from the right of the lower overlook of the Lone Cypress on the famous 17 mile drive near Monterey California.
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I've mentioned this before. It's a huge and growing problem in the US.

The profits being taken on the network bandwidth side are almost certainly a small fraction of the long term negative economic impact will be.

Add in the fact that the people providing bandwidth in the US are often also the ones who own the entertainment side of things (cable companies) and the issues compound.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/31/upshot/why-the-us-has-fallen-behind-in-internet-speed-and-affordability.html?_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0

#netneutrality   #bandwidthpoverty   #secondworldproblems  
The lack of competition in the U.S. broadband industry could have long-term economic consequences for American competitiveness.
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"When New America ranked cities by the average speed of broadband plans priced between $35 and $50 a month, the top three cities, Seoul, Hong Kong and Paris, offered speeds 10 times faster than the United States cities."
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I'm stating the obvious here, but either the exclusivity with AT&T or the high price were enough to kill this thing out of the gate.

I'm as deeply into the Amazon ecosystem as anyone and I was briefly tempted but that temptation was luke warm and brief.

Amazon needs a less expensive phone with a non exclusive agreement if they want to try again. Honestly I think they should. 

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/gadgets/amazon-fire-phone-proves-be-expensive-flop-n232696

#Amazon   #phone   #failure  
Amazon.com’s foray into the crowded smartphone market has apparently proven to be a dud. The company took a $170 million write-down in the third quarter larg...
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I enjoy solving problems and working my way through understanding why a particular technology, business practice, social norm, whatever exists. I also enjoy pulling all those things apart and attempting to find better ways to put them back together. 

I've been an active participant in the various forms of social networking that have evolved over the past couple of decades and enjoy exchanging ideas, debating and discussing a broad range of topics.

I'm a veteran of the IT field having worked in a wide variety of capacities in disciplines including web development, high performance computing, networking, etc.

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