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Asking the Stupid Questions Since 1971
 Friday, July 19, 2002

Is your building wired?

onShore, a consultancy I worked with, not for, in the past, is offering Multi-tenant Data Network Services. If you've got a building, they've got the network.

Interestingly enough, at the height of the boom, an Entrepreneurial Type interrogated me during a train ride on the feasibility of this. He was developing his business plan, apparently.

5:19:29 PM # Google It!
categories: Industry

The Competition

Who are the competing broadband providers?

  • The telecommunications companies
  • The CATV companies
  • The satellite earth-station companies
  • Some guy in my neighborhood with 802.11b

But we keep forgetting one: the power companies.

3:01:39 PM # Google It!
categories: Industry

In the loop, but not of it

Jon Udell reviews Peter Wayner's Translucent Databases. The example given is that of a "service that enables parents to find available babysitters. A compromise would disastrously reveal vulnerable households where parents are absent and teenage girls are present."

Alice and Bob have this sort of problem all the time. It's become much greater now that they are sharing their schedules.

c.f. Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World, Kaufman, Perlman and Speciner (ISBN 0130460192)

1:47:41 PM # Google It!
categories: Security

I am not a number!

I am of the opinion that hosts should have names, not numbers. An environment that I inherited is changing, and some of the numbers that were assigned may no longer be appropriate. I think I'll name the hosts after pamphleteers.

12:45:48 PM # Google It!
categories: System Administration

Event Horizon

Brett Morgan thinks we'll do AI work using excess cycles. We may simply find AI there. I'm thinking that one of these days it will wake up. Think of all the connections being built in this nascent neural network.

11:32:09 AM # Google It!
categories: Layer 8