I just read that solar powered street lights that also provide wimax intarweb access are to be installed in Scotland. Since I imagine these things pay for themselves over time, could the various road and trasportation departments in my immediate area please jump on this? I mean, come on...And the inclusion of the WiMax relays is a nobrainer.
I say all this because Charter (who provides "high speed" internet to our office and much of Greenville) is just pathetic. Where's the competition and innovation? If companies like these guys could come and rid this city of Charter's ineptitude, I think many would rejoice. Hell, I'd donate my time and learn how to climb street lights and telephone poles to help the installation process.
I guess I just don't like poor customer service, a shoddy network, lagged DNS servers and frequent outages. Oh, and the fact that our Vonage phone has stopped working since they installed a "better" cable modem. However, I might be able to stomach these things if it's all part of a bigger technological and infrastructural improvement.
Nobrainer had some free time to devote to the West Virginia coal miners:
Like clockwork the politicians are already jumping on this one. In a side note, the Israeli President Ariel Sharone [sic] suffered a massive stroke. Pat Robertson went on to suggest that the stroke may have been a punishment from God. Well Pat if your God were so invasive, the petty politicians and media
whores hordes would have been smited long ago. I bring this up as a simple reminder that there are far worse things in the world to worry about than coal miners. Hell, I would guess that over the last fifty years coal mining has caused many times more deaths than any nuclear power related incidents. Still, in a country where more than 30,000 people are killed in car accidents each year, I am simply unwilling to invest my energy in grieving for a handful of unlucky miners.
A nice little rant into Internet Explorer's persistent mediocrity:
I love the fact that Microsoft employees now feel emboldened enough to talk about Internet Explorer's stagnance for the past (nearly) decade. But it's a shame that even with a growing outcry, Microsoft still won't innovate IE ... Unless Microsoft Senior Management is incented (nay, prodded) into reigniting the fire and passion that drove the innovation IE3 and IE4 projects, ain't nothing gonna happen, and IE will continue to be an innovation snoozer.
Darwin Awards are out. The "winner" was a 24 year old second lieutenant from the Swiss army. Ironically (?) he died using a knife. No kidding.
XsunX is making glass that generates electricity:
XsunX, Inc. is developing Power Glass™ – an innovative thin film solar energy technology that allows glass windows to produce electricity from the power of the sun...XsunX believes that Power Glass™ technology can provide an ideal solution for the wide scale integration of real energy producing products into living and working environments – all without causing disruptive and costly changes to lifestyles.
I want some of that. I wonder if they'd trade out a new website for some Power Glass?