OpenBTS is free software, and importantly a community of hackers building it out. http://openbts.org/about/
From the webpage... "The OpenBTS software is a Linux application that uses a software-defined radio to present a standard 3GPP air interface to user devices, while simultaneously presenting those devices as SIP endpoints to the Internet. This forms the basis of a new type of wireless network which promises to expand coverage to unserved and underserved markets while unleashing a platform for innovation, including offering support for emerging network technologies, such as those targeted at the Internet of Things."
"Dad, did you notice something about Descendants?"
"Jafar's son is a thief."
"Who else is a thief?"
"Yes! So why's Jafar's son evil?"
I’m trying to imagine what that’ll be, but given that its filename is slightly less subtle than a subway flasher with an air horn taped to his happy parts, I’m having trouble coming up with anything viable.
I have, until now, avoided discussing the Greek issue. I have allowed that, as an American, it is little of my business how the EU conducts its own financial affairs.
This was easy to believe, as long as it looked like sanity might prevail. It is increasingly obvious this is unlikely to be the case. While EU matters may be EU matters, the economy is now global. What happens in Greece affects us all.
I am guided, in my opinion of this matter, by history, and there is no more poignant a piece of history to consider than Post WW1 Germany. Forced to foot the bill of European reparations, the German economy was forced into crippling austerity. A puppet regime enforced this, ultimately losing all credibility.
The end result of this program? Hitler. The Nazis. This is no Godwin (reductio ab Nazi), this is history. Hitler railed against the puppet regime, the crippling austerity, and those he blamed. The people loved him for it, and we know the rest of the story.
It needn't have been that way. After accepting a single reparation payment (to appease the public), the U.S. forgave Germany's war debts, and encouraged others to do the same. They did not listen. True, forgiving was easy for us, we never got attacked, but we were nonetheless right. Not until after WW2 was our wisdom heeded, and as we all know, Germany and Japan are doing just fine.
Learn from this history, Europe. Crippling austerity might give a visceral, spiteful satisfaction, but it guarantees worse things to come. Greece can never repay that debt, we all know that, this pretense they can is a perverse song-and-dance from those who have forgotten their own past follies. Forgive, restructure, and keep Greece part of a strong and stable Pan European Identity.
If your leaders cannot rise above themselves to do this, then I guarantee you, with absolute certainty, it will be remembered as the day the collapse of the EU into irrelevance began. History repeats itself, and those who won't learn from history are doomed to repeat it over and over again.
Whatever faults and systemic corruptions may exist in Greece, to punish millions of Greek people for generations to come isn't just poor economic policy for a governmentless monetary union, it is frankly a crime against humanity, and one which I can assure you the Hellenic people will not easily forgive, regardless how their referendum vote turns out.
Remember, Europe, Greece gave you civilization. Not collapsing theirs is the least you can do to repay them.
Herbert (Bert) Knabe Jr. is a blogger specializing in online security, privacy and intellectual property. He has long been a fan of Apple computers and occasionally writes on their products. He has been online since the mid 1980's. He has been blogging on a variety of topics including U.S. policy and online privacy/security since 2005.
He has twenty years experience in the newspaper industry, initially as a production artist, then as a computer technician supporting content producers. This experience gives him a strong understanding of graphic production for print and web.
Photography has long been a passion of Bert's, and he was honored to have a photo included in the PDF version of the 2011 Plus One Collection. He specializes in cell and smart phone photography. He recently started a blog for the dual purpose of sharing his photos and providing reviews and tips for aspiring cell phone photographers.
Bert lives and goes to church in Lubbock, Texas with his wife of twenty years and their five children.
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