MTV, along with the rest of the music industry, discusses the internet in 1995. Get ready to see the less wrinkled versions of your favorite rock stars. Bonus: A downright coherent Ozzy Osbourne.
Archive for August, 2011
… it’s this one.
Stop Coddling the Super-Rich by Warren E. Buffett.
One question that I think should be asked… Who is coddling the coddlers?
You know a government is dysfunctional when the New York Times Op-ed page starts accepting fanfiction.
That is an accurate description of a piece of writing by Thomas Friedman, an author whom I respect and admire, even when I don’t agree with him. The only way this article could extend beyond the realm of fantasy that it is already in would be to inject an element of porn.
This may be a cynical view to take, but from what I’ve seen, “bipartisan agreement” is right up there with “the check’s in the mail,” and “I’ll respect you in the morning.”
Here’s Robert Cray with David Sanborn on the Letterman Show.
The total debt of the United States is about 14.5 trillion dollars. That’s this much: $14,500,000,000,000. Now that total amount is the result of a lot of things, but one of the things that contributed to it is bailouts. Bailouts for banks, for failing industries, Wall Street, etc.
In order to issue a bailout, Congress has to first debate and then enact legislation to allow disbursement of that money. Surprisingly, there is one part of our government that has access to the U.S. Treasury that can just give it away. And that they did… to the tune of $16,000,000,000,000.
Yesterday, Google Sr. Veep and Chief Counsel David Drummond posted what amounts to the Silicon Valley version of a hissy fit on Google‘s official blog. His complaint? That Microsoft and Apple are teaming up to try to stifle Android by using what Drummond refers to as “bogus patents.”
The patents being referred to here are patents owned by Novell that Microsoft and Apple are jointly bidding on. If they were to be successful, it would impact Android because technology covered by those patents is being used in Google smartphones. Google, naturally, is not thrilled about this. Drummonds screed would not be so much justified, but you could at least understand it… were it not for the fact that Google indeed had an opportunity to bid on these patents. Not only did it have the opportunity to bid and not put one forth, it was invited to bid jointly with Microsoft and turned that down as well.
Twitter is something that I personally think is a complete waste of time 99% of the time. It’s the 1% in situations like this that it becomes like a train wreck… you can’t not look. Brad Smith, Drummond’s counterpart at Microsoft, tweeted this in response to Drummond:
Brad SmithGoogle says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no.
Brad –Sorry for the delay in getting back to you — I came down with a 24-hour bug on the way back from San Antonio. After talking with people here, it sounds as though for various reasons a joint bid wouldn’t be advisable for us on this one. But I appreciate your flagging it, and we’re open to discussing other similar opportunities in the future.I hope the rest of your travels go well, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.– Kent