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Your libertarian credentials are obvious. Doubtlessly you will become more extreme as time goes on. January 5, 2007

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Familia y Amigos, freemarket, General Musings, Genuis, netneutrality, Politics.
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Your Libertarian Purity Score

Your score is…

45

What Your Score Means

0 points: You are not a libertarian by any stretch of the imagination. You are probably not even a liberal or a conservative. Just some Nazi nut, I guess.

1-5 points: You have a few libertarian notions, but overall you’re a statist.

6-15 points: You are starting to have libertarian leanings. Explore them.

16-30 points: You are a soft-core libertarian. With effort, you may harden and become pure.

31-50 points: Your libertarian credentials are obvious. Doubtlessly you will become more extreme as time goes on.

51-90 points: You are a medium-core libertarian, probably self-consciously so. Your friends probably encourage you to quit talking about your views so much.

91-130 points: You have entered the heady realm of hard-core libertarianism. Now doesn’t that make you feel worse that you didn’t get a perfect score?

131-159 points: You are nearly a perfect libertarian, with a tiny number of blind spots. Think about them, then take the test over again. On the other hand, if you scored this high, you probably have a good libertarian objection to my suggested libertarian answer. 🙂

160 points: Perfect! The world needs more like you.

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Hello Big Brother! NYC Bans Food December 8, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Politics.
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New York Bans Most Trans Fats in Restaurants

Are they healthy? Of Course Not. Do we want a city government to tell us what we can or can not eat? Seriously?

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TV is Dead, Long live Streaming Video July 24, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, freemarket, Neato, VeryUseful.
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Gotuit Media brings you licensed (the stuff that gets yanked from YouTube) video content (news, sports, music, primetime) with monetizing ad wrapping. Gotuit Interface

Easy, fast and a huge library of entertainment. This is the Future.

Balanced NetNeutrality Debate Between the Father and Grandfather of the Internet (no joke) July 18, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, freemarket, Genuis, netneutrality, Politics.
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Vint Cerf and David Farber on
“What is Net Neutrality?” is available via podcast from the Center for
American Progress: feed (mp3).

I like hearing both sides of a debate, don’t you?

Where is the NYT Op Ed Now Craig? July 15, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Enough Already, freemarket, netneutrality, Politics.
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Craigslist silently fixes their end in the Cox fiasco

Posted by George Ou @ 4:16 pm

For months, Craigslist had been held up as the poster child
for what can happen in a world without Net Neutrality.  That poster
child status expired last month when we found out what really happened was a simple technical glitch in a personal firewall from Authentium that Cox offered its customers.  The story that started it all
which accused Cox Communications of deliberately blocking Craigslist to
bolster their own classified has since been corrected yet the original
conspiracy theory had long enough legs to reach the US Senate.

Isn’t telling the truth that the whole Cox problem was Craigslist’s fault “good for the community” ?? 

I guess the sky is falling yet again.

$5 Dollar Linksys WiFi Routers…for a price (but not much of one) July 5, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, freemarket, Neato, netneutrality, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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I just signed up with FON.com and got a $5 Linksys WiFi Router. Now I can blanket my lot in Wifi;-)

Update: I just received my FON social router and am officially a Fonero….and now my piece of paradise is blanketed in 54mb WiFi Love!!!

Rating: Highly Worthwhile

$5 Dollar Linksys WiFi Routers…for a price June 26, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, freemarket, Neato, netneutrality, VeryUseful, Web 2.0.
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I just signed up with FON.com and got a $5 Linksys WiFi Router. Now I can blanket my lot in Wifi;-)

Rational Thoughts on Network Neutrality – Que? June 19, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Google, money, netneutrality, Politics.
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I Missed this last week: TechDirt Reports on “Rational Thoughts On Network Neutrality”

Former telco exec Tom Evslin writes out a nice balanced article that highlights the real issues (the lack of competition)
while also noting why network neutrality is necessary — and why trying
to legislate network neutrality is difficult to impossible and could
backfire as well. He, like us at Techdirt, feels that there’s too many
lies on both sides of this debate — and its obscuring the real issues.

The REAL issue is Competition. And though it goes against my libertarian leanings to appeal for government manadated ‘competition’. they got us into this mess, so they should get us out and more stifling regulation (read: NetNeutrality) is fruther in the wrong direction and anti-competition.

What’s good for the Google, is Good for the… June 15, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Google, netneutrality.
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Google prefers prioritized packets

Google, one of the lead proponents of net neutrality legislation, seems to like the idea of preferred networks…for a fee of course:

BRIN SAYS: GOOGLE COMPROMISED PRINCIPLES June 7, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Google, netneutrality, Politics.
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Sergey Brin goes to DC and has audience with 4 Senators regarding (per reports) Net Neutrality. There is mention that Sergey can not meet with as many Congressmen as he would prefer…We chalk that up to newness with DC .. BUT THEN:

Now comes  this news from the AP: “Brin says Google compromised principles.”

From the story:

Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the
dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by
accommodating Chinese censorship demands. He said Google is wrestling
to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.

Meeting with reporters near Capitol Hill, Brin said Google had
agreed to the censorship demands only after Chinese authorities blocked
its service in that country.

…Google’s China-approved Web service omits politically sensitive
information that might be retrieved during Internet searches, such as
details about the 1989 suppression of political unrest in Tiananmen
Square. Its agreement with China has provoked considerable criticism
from human rights groups.

“Perhaps now the principled approach makes more sense,” Brin
said….Brin said Google is trying to improve its censored search
service, Google.cn, before deciding whether to reverse course. He said
virtually all the company’s customers in China use the non-censored
service.

“It’s perfectly reasonable to do something different, to say,
‘Look, we’re going to stand by the principle against censorship and we
won’t actually operate there.’ That’s an alternate path,” Brin said.
“It’s not where we chose to go right now, but I can sort of see how
people came to different conclusions about doing the right thing.”

What Happened in Washington DC? This is a major statement from one of the most powerful Executives in the world about a VERY contentious policy his company has implemented.

Michael Grebb: Isn’t buying Net Neutrality May 31, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, netneutrality, Politics.
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In Wired,

Michael Grebb lays out a balanced explanation of why there is not Net Neutrality currently and why it’s probably not that good of an idea.

Bram Cohen talks net neutraility – OSS success yet against NetNeutrality? Egads! May 29, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, netneutrality, Politics, Web 2.0.
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The BBC has a great article with Bram Cohen, the inventor of BitTorrent. Bram knows what he is talking bout unlike some others.

Poor Poor Vonage Investors May 26, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, General Musings, investments, money, Words to Live By.
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I will never gloat about investors losing money because it is so emotionally painful however, word to the wise: Good IPOs are hard to get into. If a company ever offers an IPO to all its customers….RUN.

House Panel votes for Net Neutrality…kinda May 26, 2006

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CNet reports:

In an unusual twist, many members of the committee said they were
voting for the legislation not because of strong concerns over Net
neutrality–but instead because of a turf battle. They said they were
worried that a competing proposal already approved by a different committee last month would diminish their own
influence in the future.

That other bill, called the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and
Enhancement, or COPE, Act, says the Federal Communications Commission "shall have
exclusive authority" to investigate violations of Net neutrality
principles. It's backed by Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican who heads
the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and does not include strict Net
neutrality mandates.

Because the FCC is overseen by Barton's committee, that proposal would
effectively cut off Judiciary Committee members from being able to hold
hearings on Net neutrality antitrust violations, give speeches about
corporate malfeasance and solicit campaign cash from affected companies–the lifeblood of modern Washington politics.

If you are not cynical about politics yet…kindly reconsider.

Mike McCurry Vs. Craig Newmark on net neutrality May 24, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, General Musings, netneutrality.
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My Thoughts: LIfe is not fair. Let the market work it out.

You Decide

Rich Rich Vonage (was: poor poor Vonage) May 24, 2006

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GoodMorningSiliconValley Reports the Vonage IPO is over subscribed…

But more likely it’s speculators hoping the company will end up being
acquired by a telecom or cable outfit after its IPO.  “I think that’s
the reasonable exit strategy, ” American Technology Research analyst
Albert Lin told Reuters. “Even after the IPO, it will be a considerably
small company.”

Gooooood Luck!

Will Net Neutrality incent ISPs to Increase Access Speeds May 22, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, General Musings, Google, Microsoft, netneutrality, Politics.
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Like my ISP just did???? Will ISPs increase speed out of kindness of their hearts?

NO, they will do it because the market *makes* them do it.

I am paying for 1.5Mbs people, and this is my current reading.

dslreports.com speed test result on 2006-05-22 19:01:35 EST:
4932 / 7046
Your download speed : 4932 kbps or 616.5 KB/sec.
Your upload speed is much faster than down.. have you tweaked?Your upload speed : 7046 kbps or 880.7 KB/sec.PS: Welcome to dslreports.com! Run more tests! see forums

Net Neutrality, Not American May 20, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, General Musings, Genuis, Google, Microsoft, netneutrality, Search, Web 2.0.
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When Tim Berners-Lee started off with a French net neutrality example I knew his essay was in jeopardy. As the inventor of the internet (Sorry Gore) and working for Google, he definitely has a horse in this race however Net Neutrality is simply Not Free Market, Not Market Based and Not American.

If I make an investment in the future, take a risk, deploy capital, and build something better I should be able to charge a market rate for that product. RBOCs are not a great poster child for this debate because they were derived from a government created monopoly.

That was then, this is now.

If Comcast or SBC wants to charge Google, Yahoo or MSN more for streaming video or whathaveya they should be able to. Consumers will be able to switch providers if their current provider is too slow rendering their favorite sites.

The Market will Take Care of This.

Notice how quiet the big web — networking vendors are of course totally against any sort of net neutrality- companies have been regarding this. They don't want net neutrality because they think it will lock out start ups (thus keeping them at the top) and it could. However I think the SBCs of the world are more interested in Google, Yahoo and MSN at this point.

Life is not fair.

It never will be. However, consumers will have choices on their service provider and that should keep the Backbone companies honest. We will see. Socializing bandwidth will never be the answer. It doesn't promote innovation, and innovation is why we have the internet.

Glengarry Glen Ross written by David Mamet “Coffee’s for Closers” January 1, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, freemarket, General Musings, To Read, Words to Live By.
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Glengarry Glen Ross written by David Mamet "Coffee's for Closers"

Blake: Let me have your attention for a moment! So you're talking about what? You're talking about…(puts out his
cigarette)
…bitching
about that sale you shot, some son of a bitch that doesn't want to buy,
somebody that doesn't want what you're selling, some broad you're
trying to screw and so forth. Let's talk about something important. Are
they all here?
Williamson: All but one.
Blake: Well, I'm going anyway. Let's talk about something important! (to Levene) Put that coffee down!! Coffee's for closers only. (Levene scoffs)
Do you think I'm fucking with you? I am not fucking with you. I'm here
from downtown. I'm here from Mitch and Murray. And I'm here on a
mission of mercy. Your name's Levene?
Levene: Yeah.
Blake: You call yourself a salesman, you son of a bitch?
Moss: I don't have to listen to this shit.
Blake: You certainly don't pal. 'Cause the good news is —
you're fired. The bad news is you've got, all you got, just one week to
regain your jobs, starting tonight. Starting with tonights sit. Oh,
have I got your attention now? Good. 'Cause we're adding a little
something to this months sales contest. As you all know, first prize is
a Cadillac Eldorado. Anyone want to see second prize? Second prize's a
set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired. You get the picture?
You're laughing now? You got leads. Mitch and Murray paid good money.
Get their names to sell them! You can't close the leads you're given,
you can't close shit, you ARE shit, hit the bricks pal and beat it
'cause you are going out!!!
Levene: The leads are weak.
Blake: 'The leads are weak.' Fucking leads are weak? You're weak. I've been in this business fifteen years.
Moss: What's your name?
Blake: FUCK YOU, that's my name!! You know why, Mister? 'Cause
you drove a Hyundai to get here tonight, I drove a eighty thousand
dollar BMW. That's my name!! (to Levene) And your name is "you're wanting." And you can't play in a man's game. You can't close them. (at a near whisper) And you go home and tell your wife your troubles. (to everyone again) Because only one thing counts in this life! Get them to sign on the line which is dotted! You hear me, you fucking faggots?
(Blake flips over a blackboard which has two sets of letters on it: ABC, and AIDA.)
Blake: A-B-C. A-always, B-be, C-closing. Always be closing!
Always be closing!! A-I-D-A. Attention, interest, decision, action.
Attention — do I have your attention? Interest — are you interested?
I know you are because it's fuck or walk. You close or you hit the
bricks! Decision — have you made your decision for Christ?!! And
action. A-I-D-A; get out there!! You got the prospects comin' in; you
think they came in to get out of the rain? Guy doesn't walk on the lot
unless he wants to buy. Sitting out there waiting to give you their
money! Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it? (to Moss) What's the problem pal? You. Moss.
Moss: You're such a hero, you're so rich. Why you coming down here and waste your time on a bunch of bums?
(Blake sits and takes off his gold watch)
Blake: You see this watch? You see this watch?

Moss: Yeah.
Blake: That watch cost more than your car. I made $970,000 last
year. How much you make? You see, pal, that's who I am. And you're
nothing. Nice guy? I don't give a shit. Good father? Fuck you — go
home and play with your kids!! (to everyone) You wanna work here? Close!! (to Aaronow)
You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you cocksucker? You
can't take this — how can you take the abuse you get on a sit?! You
don't like it — leave. I can go out there tonight with the materials
you got, make myself fifteen thousand dollars! Tonight! In two hours!
Can you? Can you? Go and do likewise! A-I-D-A!! Get mad! You sons of
bitches! Get mad!! You know what it takes to sell real estate?
(He pulls something out of his briefcase)

Blake: It takes brass balls to sell real estate.
(He's holding two brass balls on string, over the appropriate "area"–he puts them away after a pause)
Blake: Go and do likewise, gents. The money's out there, you
pick it up, it's yours. You don't–I have no sympathy for you. You
wanna go out on those sits tonight and close, close, it's yours. If not
you're going to be shining my shoes. Bunch of losers sitting around in
a bar. (in a mocking weak voice) "Oh yeah, I used to be a salesman, it's a tough racket." (he takes out large stack of red index cards tied together with string from his briefcase)
These are the new leads. These are the Glengarry leads. And to you,
they're gold. And you don't get them. Because to give them to you is
just throwing them away. (he hands the stack to Williamson) They're for closers.
I'd wish you good luck but you wouldn't know what to do with it if you got it. (to Moss as he puts on his watch again)
And to answer your question, pal: why am I here? I came here because
Mitch and Murray asked me to, they asked me for a favor. I said, the
real favor, follow my advice and fire your fucking ass because a loser
is a loser.