Do You Have a Vision?

In the olden days, people with a vision changed the world. Scientists such as James Clerk Maxwell kicked off the entire revolution in harnessing electricity and magnetism to build our modern world. Bardeen, Brattain, and Shockley started the silicon revolution that gave us the microchip, and Tim Berners-Lee gave us the World Wide Web. But,…

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Why Is There Only One Monopolies Commission?

One of the old chestnuts you sometimes hear from disaffected and grumpy comedians is “How come there’s only on Monopoly Commission?” They’re not talking about the board game, but about the people who are supposed to guard us against being exploited by large corporations. And I’m going to hazard a guess that all these disaffected…

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A Cloud Service By Any Other Name…

As a firm believer in freedom of expression, I guess I can’t complain about the names that the Windows Azure team give to their services and features. After all, my responsibility is just to write about them. In theory that can call them whatever they like. The problem is that they keep calling things what…

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Double Your Money

How would you like to be guaranteed a price for your products for the next thirty-five years, and at double the price you sell them for now? Sounds like a great idea. However, there are a couple of downsides… For example, you’ll be allowed to sell only the lowest priced item, even if the customer…

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