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Mitch Wagner
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Attended State University of New York at Stony Brook
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She loved Trek, but would have preferred to be remembered as a survivor of addiction, her family said. 
Grace Lee Whitney, 85, the futuristic-clipboard-bearing Yeoman Janice Rand on the original series of "Star Trek," died this weekend in the town of ...
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Rioting gets results. It’s an effective tool for people who are otherwise powerless. 
Do they accomplish anything? And are outsiders always to blame?
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Reginald Denny. 
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Massive piracy of the Mayweather-Pacquiao match on Periscope could create problems for Twitter in Hollywood. And Hollywood is one of the first places Twitter is looking to solve its revenue problem.

Previously people were using Periscope to pirate the new Avengers movie. 
Forget Mayweather-Pacquiao. There's a more interesting fight brewing between Twitter and Hollywood. The piracy of Saturday's welterweight boxing championship enabled by Periscope, a livestreaming a...
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Best. Film synopsis. Ever.
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I had none of these. I was a reporter on a small daily newspaper. I was lucky to have a notebook and pen. 
 
Fantastic slideshow by +Jason Perlow.
Summary: It seems like only yesterday for the Gen-X crowd, but it was 30 years ago that some of the most influential innovations in consumer technology were introduced.
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+Felix Salazar And yet, the show worked somehow. Totally implausible but amazingly cool.
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"[M]ostly, I spent seven straight hours cringing"
 
+Tim Urban goes through a bunch of stuff he boxed up as a teenager and comes away with insights. 
 
+Wait But Why is my new favorite blog. I just discovered it today.
Unfortunately for everyone, teenagers are a train wreck.
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Slavery was fundamental to the US economy, like land or agriculture. Or, to use present-day metaphors, like engines and electronics.

Slaves were a massive investment for slave-owners. In fighting to preserve slavery, the South was fighting for its economic survival. Abolishing slavery would destroy the South’s economy, and its leadership knew it. 
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+Michael K Pate Thank you, Captain Sarcastic. How about if I say that abolition of slavery would have a catastrophic effect on the South's economy? Better?

And of course whether it was catastrophic depends on your perspective. Definitely catastrophic to the slave-owners.
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Live steams of the fight were all over Periscope. You could even find one from an African police station. 
Like millions of others, I watched the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in someone else's living room. Only I did it online.
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"... the clock's ticking down until retirement."
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What kind of over-30 single guy was I?
 
I was #2 (no disrespect to my ex, who was great -- we just were not a good fit in the long run). I was also a #6, which sounds braggy but isn't -- it just means, I was over 30, single, and employed. I was also #10, only instead of marijuana and Xbox I had the Usenet and GEnie.
 
My closest friend at the time was a #4, which was actually good for me because I was excruciatingly shy about romance (while also being loud and outgoing in other ways). He told great stories. 
 
#tw
If you want a case study in humanity, 30-year-old single guys have pretty much all the bases covered.
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Am I alone in feeling that this listing should cause massive cognitive dissonance, in that it suggests simultaneously that all sorts of qualifiers (career, looks, speaking French, yadda, yadda) are necessary for a man to seem 'put together,' but that all of them pale in comparison to finding the right woman? What -- to 'complete' you?
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Trailer for "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" miniseries
 
I found the book to be a bit of a chore to get through, but it had many charming elements. I'm looking forward to the mini-series. 
 
I pictured Jonathan Strange as more of a dandy and less eldritch. 
 
And shouldn't the man with thistledown hair's hair be wispier?
 
Pick, pick pick
 
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West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading
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Writing, editing, social media
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  • Light Reading
    West Coast Bureau Chief, 2014 - present
  • Internet Evolution
    Editor in chief, 2012 - 2014
  • DeusM
    2010 - 2014
  • United Business Media
    2010 - 2014
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La Mesa, California
Previously
San Francisco, California - Long Island, New York - Sussex County, New Jersey
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Like I was saying....
Introduction

I’m a technology journalist, editor, blogger, writer, husband, dissatisfied Democrat, American, nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan.

I live in San Diego with my wife, three cats and a dog. We did not intend to get quite so many pets. We’re a little confused how it happened precisely.

I grew up on Long Island, and I’ve lived in New Jersey, Boston, and San Francisco.

I’m West Coast Bureau Chief for Light Reading, a news and community site for the telecom industry — the companies formerly known as phone companies.

I blog occasionally at Like I Was Saying. I’m also active on Google+TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr.

That keeps me busy.

I e-published a short story. It’s called “The Biggest Man in Lilliput.” Then I published another, “Mr. Shaddo.” They’re both comedy science fiction adventures. You want to buy them and read them. 

I've finished a novel and am nearly finished with another, as well as a 41,000-word novelette. 

Bragging rights
I lost 90 pounds between 2009 and early 2011, and kept it off, which is kind of a big deal. Also, I can wiggle both ears together or each ear independently.
Education
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
    1984
  • John H. Glenn High School
    1976 - 1979
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Naptime | Light Reading
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Light Reading is for communications industry professionals who are developing and commercializing services and networks using technologies,

Comcast Commits Cash, CFO to New Company | Light Reading
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Comcast is committing $4 billion to a new strategic investment company that will be headed up by current Comcast CFO Michael J. Angelakis.

Leading Lights Awards: It's Now or Never! | Light Reading
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Deadline extension means there are still a few more days to submit those winning entries, but don't delay -- April 10 is the final deadline

True or False, Telecom-Style | Light Reading
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Rutberg's Rejeev Chand gets FCC's Clbyburn plus Google Fiber and DISH execs to play the true-false game, with interesting results.

Average US Broadband Speeds No Great Shakes | Light Reading
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Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report puts the average broadband connection speed in the US at 11.1 Mbit/s.

MWC15: Welcome to Barcelona! | Light Reading
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Light Reading has arrived in Barcelona in time for some sightseeing and cocktails with 100 of our closest friends ahead of the big show.

Telefonica Taps HP for Unica NFV | Light Reading
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The service provider is looking to HP to provide hardware, software and services, combining the vendor's strengths in carrier and IT network

MWC 2015: Virtual Reality Bites! | Light Reading
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The GSMA estimates 90,000 attendees for this year's packed show, and that makes for one big cab line!

TM Forum Catalysts Target NFV Management | Light Reading
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More than half of 21 operator-sponsored demos focus on bringing NFV to market faster by solving management and orchestration issues.

'Impressive' NSX Drives VMware Growth | Light Reading
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VMware's SDN software isn't just for early adopters anymore, say executives.

Big Switch Adds Muscle to SDN Fabric | Light Reading
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New monitoring tools and VMware, Dell support for Big Cloud Fabric.

A10 Goes Beyond the Command Line | Light Reading
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Adds complete API support to its ADCs to let network operators do everything programmatically, rather than having to use CLI.

Obama Rocks Broadband World Again | Light Reading
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Terming high-speed broadband 'a necessity,' 'not a luxury,' for Americans, Pres. Obama calls for preempting state laws that ban municipally

Comcast Takes Ethernet Everywhere | Light Reading
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Comcast is readying a new Ethernet @Home service that will extend Ethernet connectivity from office locations to teleworkers at home.

Wheeler Gets Down With OTT | Light Reading
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The FCC has issued an NPRM, stating that it will look at redefining multichannel video programming distributors so that the category also co

CenturyLink Partners for Vegas Data Center | Light Reading
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Switch SUPERNAP offers gold-plated data center footprint in strategic partnership for expanding CenturyLink cloud and managed services.

Netflix Shifts 4K Video to Premium Tier | Light Reading
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Netflix has moved all of its 4K content to a premium service tier priced at $11.99 per month.

Telco Data Centers: 7 Reasons Carriers Should Run Their Own Facilities |...
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Hosting your own data center is key to fending off the threat from OTT providers and gaining control of strategic technology.

New NFV Forum Focused on Interoperability | Light Reading
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ATIS group carving out 'unique' space in which to define services and create a service catalog for carriers to share NFV services and functi