Thursday, August 27, 2009


Benoit Felten in Washington DC

One of the more thoughtful infrastructure analysts in the business, Benoit Felten, has a free evening in Washington DC on September 8. If you're trying to understand the Eurofiber scene, Benoit's your guy. His invitation is here.

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Friday, August 21, 2009


NYC Misses Clue Train

Q: Why did the New York MTA miss the ClueTrain?
A: Because it couldn't find a train schedule anywhere!

The New York Times reports that the MTA considers any use of its public train schedules that it doesn't explicitly license to be a violation of copyright. It says:
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has sent a take down notice to Greenwich man Chris Schoenfeld for using Metropolitan Transportation Authority schedules to power his StationStops iPhone application. The popular blogger created an $2.99 application that gives commuters access to MTA train and bus schedules. He received a DMCA last Friday to remove the application from the app store The MTA claims that its scheduling information is copyrighted intellectual property. You read that right. Public train schedules are being treated as copyrighted material.
The specifics of the story revolve around MetroNorth train schedules. I'm a frequent rider. The official Web site is as useless as spurs in a Mercedes, and just about that inconvenient. It is another battle in the war on customers . . .

Not only that, it goes against everything that Mayor Bloomberg said about e-Government in his talk at Personal Democracy Forum in June! I hope somebody at MetroNorth gets the word.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Quote of Note: Bob Herbert

Think of it: The government is planning to require most uninsured Americans to buy health coverage. Millions of young and healthy individuals will be herded into the industry’s welcoming arms. This is the population the insurers drool over.

Bob Herbert, in his NY Times column, 8/17/09 [link]

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Monday, August 17, 2009


Music busts language barrier

Disclosure: Hamilton de Holanda is my friend.

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