Comments on: IBM’s WSJ Op-ed: Exactly Right http://www.lessig.org/2009/01/ibms-wsj-op-ed-exactly-right/ Blog, news, books Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:05:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: Steve Baba http://www.lessig.org/2009/01/ibms-wsj-op-ed-exactly-right/#comment-1294 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 03:05:05 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/01/ibms_wsj_op-ed_exactly_right.html#comment-1294 Didn’t France do this in the 1980s?

Had the best pre-Internet connectivity.

A total waste.

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By: Larry Irons http://www.lessig.org/2009/01/ibms-wsj-op-ed-exactly-right/#comment-1293 Sun, 18 Jan 2009 16:19:33 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/01/ibms_wsj_op-ed_exactly_right.html#comment-1293 Anything short of decentralizing the production of energy will fail to qualify as transformational IMHO…

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By: purple http://www.lessig.org/2009/01/ibms-wsj-op-ed-exactly-right/#comment-1292 Sun, 18 Jan 2009 03:31:11 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/01/ibms_wsj_op-ed_exactly_right.html#comment-1292 To me, the tone of the IBM editorial was one of an industrialist fighting to get government money over his competitors.Almost everyone has access to broadband; people that don’t purchase it can’t afford it. Maybe they are talking about a universal wi-fi. But again, the same people who can’t afford broadband don’t have laptops with ‘airport’. And free universal wi-fi would ignite major turf battles across industries. The numbers listed don’t sound alarming – 14th in broadband penetration is not bad considering the size of our country. Yes, it could be better. But improving wages and wage distribution is the key.

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By: M. David Peterson http://www.lessig.org/2009/01/ibms-wsj-op-ed-exactly-right/#comment-1291 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 00:38:51 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/01/ibms_wsj_op-ed_exactly_right.html#comment-1291 @Jardinero1:

>> I didn’t vote for transformation.

A lot of people voted for someone or something that didn’t win.

>> How do I opt out of this tyranny?

Move to Canada?

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By: Rick http://www.lessig.org/2009/01/ibms-wsj-op-ed-exactly-right/#comment-1290 Thu, 15 Jan 2009 15:02:27 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/01/ibms_wsj_op-ed_exactly_right.html#comment-1290 @Jardenaro1: Then tell us what you DID vote for.

@Adam: Thanks for the YT link; good video. It’s nice to see a major player thinking out of the box and beyond Wall Street. Dare I hope for corporate social conscience? Somebody pinch me! :)

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By: adam christensen http://www.lessig.org/2009/01/ibms-wsj-op-ed-exactly-right/#comment-1289 Thu, 15 Jan 2009 13:25:14 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/01/ibms_wsj_op-ed_exactly_right.html#comment-1289 Glad you saw that op ed (I’m from IBM). I agree your assertion that this point needs to be made more strongly. Though of all the ideas being bounced around on how to spend the proposed stimulus, it does seem that smart grids and broadband (in that order) have the most consensus. I’m not sure yet what exactly will come from the recommendations we gave to the Obama team, but we are optimistic the message was well received. Certainly they’ve heard from a number of people on this (like Cisco, from John’s comments above). The Gridwise alliance also published some research last week that was very consistent with what IBM, Cisco and others are seeing – that an investment in creating a smart grid would create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the first year alone.

I’d also say that I think your estimation of this being a once in a generation opportunity is exactly right. Dramatic circumstances seem to be about the only way to create dramatic opportunities. Otherwise, all that will result are incremental improvements. And when it comes to things like smart grids… incremental changes don’t do anything.

To Rick’s point about hoping youth understand the need… maybe this will help (a light-hearted animation we did on the need for smart grids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gu5vis8y3I … enjoy…)

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By: Jardinero1 http://www.lessig.org/2009/01/ibms-wsj-op-ed-exactly-right/#comment-1288 Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:58:32 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/01/ibms_wsj_op-ed_exactly_right.html#comment-1288 Who’s we? I didn’t vote for transformation. How do I opt out of this tyranny?

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By: Rick http://www.lessig.org/2009/01/ibms-wsj-op-ed-exactly-right/#comment-1287 Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:30:45 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/01/ibms_wsj_op-ed_exactly_right.html#comment-1287 Hear! Hear! An excellent piece. Thanks. Let’s hope we can get the youth on board with these concepts ASAP. They’ve got the new knowledge, the new ideas, and the energy to effect transformation that they will have to live with.
Toward that end, let’s make sure we don’t leave our middle and lower class kids behind educationally. With the cost of higher education going through the roof in these economic times the current high school seniors will have a hell of a time getting to college. Progressives and moderates should recogize that we’re facing a near-term future in which higher education, even good quality high school education, is solely the province of the rich and famous. The result may well be (in realitively short order) a population of professionals and leaders that is disproportionately conservative relative to the general population.

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By: Mike Levens http://www.lessig.org/2009/01/ibms-wsj-op-ed-exactly-right/#comment-1286 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 19:33:53 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/01/ibms_wsj_op-ed_exactly_right.html#comment-1286 @DB; Why would it be? “smart grids” don’t aim to do any of the nasty, anti-competitive stuff that smart routers do; power is already pretty much universally billed for by the watt-hour, so electrical providers don’t suffer from the same conflicts of interests that the telcos do.

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By: DB http://www.lessig.org/2009/01/ibms-wsj-op-ed-exactly-right/#comment-1285 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 15:38:22 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/01/ibms_wsj_op-ed_exactly_right.html#comment-1285 Don’t you think it’s a little hypocritical to support both dumb pipes and smart grids?

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By: John Earnhardt http://www.lessig.org/2009/01/ibms-wsj-op-ed-exactly-right/#comment-1284 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 15:17:57 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2009/01/ibms_wsj_op-ed_exactly_right.html#comment-1284 Cisco CEO John Chambers stated much the same in an op-ed in this past Sunday’s San Jose Mercury News. He states, in part: “Our economic challenges are too dire to merely rely on Band-Aids. It’s time to broadband our economy. The innovation, the productivity and the growth that is possible with a proper broadband infrastructure is nearly limitless. The time to act is now. Doing so will not only help stabilize and stimulate a recovery but create the foundation for long-term prosperity and competitiveness.” Full op-ed here: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_11425709

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