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Godzilla looks like he's doing a vaudeville act here. Involving missiles.
citystompers: Godzilla Power Hour (1978) “The Breeder Beast”
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Thanks to +Katie Floyd  and +David Sparks for evangelizing SaneBox over the years. I finally tried it a couple of weeks ago and now I'm hooked. Like David, when I signed up I thought postponing email was silly, but now I use it frequently. I just kicked a couple of emails to NextWeek because I just can't deal with them today. 

I think part of the magic of SaneBox is that it doesn't try to judge the IMPORTANCE of email, like other email management tools tools do. It just tries to judge the mail's TIMELINESS. 

For example, when I travel on business I get receipts emailed to me from hotels. Those receipts are very IMPORTANT -- they're valued at $1,000+ each. But they're not particularly TIMELY. I can look at them now, or in a few hours, or in a few days.

Whereas a message from my boss is always timely. 

Judging importance seems to be an insurmountable job for computers. Timeliness is a surmountable problem. 

When I initially signed up for the trial, I forgot to use the MPU code and made a mental note to let SaneBox know how I found out about them, because I wanted to do the right thing by MPU. When I decided to sign up for a paid subscription, I took a few minutes to hunt for the referral code on the MPU website. And I was rewarded for doing the right thing -- $10 discount! It was a pleasant surprise. I'd completely forgotten about the discount. 

So thanks again David and Katie. 

P.S. I'm trying to get through the Watch episode without buying a Watch. I want to wait until 2016 or 2017 for that. But you guys aren't making that easy!
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I completed the 2 week free trial period using SaneBox and decided at first that I did not need it.  However, a week later I realized how much I missed using it, so I decided to subscribe after all.  It is a very useful tool.  
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"Ted Cruz — who voted against Hurricane Sandy aid — calls for federal relief following Texas floods."
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called for federal relief Wednesday in the wake of floods and storms that have ravaged his home state.
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Hopefully this package won't be mostly pork projects like the Sandy one was http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/14/watchdog-sees-pork-sandy-relief-bill/
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More precisely, CEO Marcelo Claure says it will be ranked first or second in every market in the next 18 to 24 months. 
 
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Marcelo Claure had some bold claims to share at the Recode conference, including that its network would be ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in every single market in the next 18 to 24 months.
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Sprint's bring-your-own phone plan has hidden booby traps for consumers. 
 
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Heads up! Sprint has tightened up its rules around allowing users to take devices to other operators' networks or even its own MVNOs.
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Lulu says hey.

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The three things Elon Musk thinks about most: AI safety, sustainable energy, and becoming a multi-planet species.

The three things I think about most: Money, death, whether to stop watching GAME OF THRONES or keep going and hope it gets better again. 

Musk raises a point that will be discouraging to folks like me who are optimistic we’ll see radical life extension soon enough to personally benefit by it: Old age isn’t just one thing. When you’re 90 years old, every part and cell of your body is failing. Fixing that requires reprogramming the entire human genome, something geneticists are sworn not to do lest they become Hitlers. 

So that guest list for my 200th birthday party? I can take that off my to-do list.
 
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When you pick up the phone, you don't expect Elon Musk to be on the other line.
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Musk sounds plausible enough here on genetics, but I wonder if he really has the chops here to be so certain about this. Not his field.

He could make it his field if he wanted to, though.

Personally, I don't think now is the time to dump life extension on the human race. That would upend everything we take for granted about demographics and increase our whole sustainability and environmental problems. We are literally depending on people dying by a certain point in order to get a handle on things, if at all. Drop the death rate and population grows beyond the 10 billion or so projected as the mid 21st century cap. That 10 billion is going to be difficult enough to handle as is.

And that's something that Musk may have in the back of his own mind, but won't say because it is not politic.
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Unclear on the concept of "minimum"
 
Some famously progressive Nordic countries do without legislating natoinal minimum wages, relying on "widespread collective bargaining to guarantee that workers receive fair pay."
Just like it did in Seattle and San Francisco, organized labor helped lead the fight to raise Los Angeles' minimum wage to $15 an hour. But now, with the City Council preparing to pass a final version of the bill that would do so, union leaders are asking for a...
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Well this isn't ACTUALLY a bad thing. During the recession some businesses had to close down completely because of minimum wage agreements with unions. Whereas their competitors were able to negotiate a business-wide wage reduction to keep the doors open, those with unions weren't allowed to reduce wages like that and had to shut down their business completely.
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ISP interconnect agreements give it greater access to bandwidth. 
 
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Interconnection deals between Netflix and ISPs have had a major impact on bandwidth usage in North America.
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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
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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