glad we bailed them out

September 28th, 2008

Goldman Sachs employs 30,522 people. On average they make $600,000 a year. Glad we bailed them out.

INTERDUBS and charging per Gigabyte

September 26th, 2008

INTERDUBS does not charge for storage. No matter how many Gigabytes you need, it is included in the $285 flat rate. Since there is no financial incentive to clean up, some of my customers amassed quiet a backlog of material.

Which actually was somewhat intended: Other tools were more important than the means to clean up and keep the data pool fresh. With Terrabytes stored -and much of it actually no longer needed- this situation changed. Adding tools to simplify clean up was easy. The database had already all needed information.

Getting people to use them was a different matter though. Somehow I got lucky and had what turned out to be the right idea: Between Sunday and yesterday I had a ‘cleanup drive’ in INTERDUBS. Clients with allot of old material were encouraged to delete as much as possible of it. As an incentive INTERDUBS donates to charity relative to the amount of Gigabytes cleaned up.

And it actually worked rather well: People put in allot of work to clean up their backlog of material, and they did so knowing that it was for a good cause.
In total INTERDUBS will pay for 240 vaccinations.

This little detail is also nice, since I had no idea that this solution would emerge when I decided not to charge for storage. If I can continue to run a flat rate based on the efforts like this then I will be very happy.

president palin speaks

September 26th, 2008


"We have trade missions back and forth, we do" said Palin. "It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state. "

So the current one could not talk straight. But people wanted him anyway. twice. Or maybe 1.5 times. Turns out that running the country on stupidity got us in the biggest bubble ever. The US / Russian relationship is still the one with the most potential for danger. Hearing this women talk like this about it is scary. With the dumb president people thought / hoped that the VP would take care of things. He might even have. Who knows. This women could technically run the show.

That is scary.
Bush running things was scary. And we see now how much they let things slide in the wrong direction. This bubble is Bush made. It got created by turning the interest rate screw in the wrong direction for to long. Simple as that. A more intelligent administration could have avoided this problem quiet easily from building. Just don’t let the housing prices inflate that much. Interest rates are controlled by the fed. Carefully raising them would have cost a couple of fractions in growth. Maybe. But it would kept the system in the healthy zone, not where we are right now.

one in four not clued in.

September 22nd, 2008


In a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey out Monday afternoon, 47 percent of registered voters questioned said Republicans are more responsible for the problems currently facing financial institutions and the stock market; only 24 percent said Democrats are more responsible.

via http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/22/cnn.poll/

That means that 47% of all registered voters actually know which party ran the country in the last 8 years. Only one in four people is confused about that. Amazing.

I wonder how many would answer “Clinton” or “Carter” if asked who was President on September 11 2001.

three party system?

September 18th, 2008

Listening to Mr McCain it seems that the US got a 3 party system overnight: There are the democrats, his party, and then the one that is in power now and that is responsible for all that mess that he can not deny either.

I am amazed to no extend that this kind of orwellian reality bending has a realistic chance of maybe even working out.

At least they spare us with the orange alerts in this election cycle. Those were are big deal in 2004. At least in the media they took allot of room.

monome

September 17th, 2008

I had not heard of the monome before. I saw one today and it looks very nice. Could be so much fun. If I’d had the time + skills for it. Still a pretty awesome device.

twexus is back

September 15th, 2008

It turns out that Google has fogiven twexus.com for its past sins. The site exists again according to Google. I forgot when the ban started. It was certainly justified back in the day. Long story. Anyway, now it is google-legal again. With a cute little page-rank of 3 even.

In honor of this I bumped the image resolution of its pair play mode up by a notch. Screens got bigger since 2002.