Things I said on 2010-09-26

Orrido olezzo emana dall’Italia

Troppo facile fare giochi di parole sulla vicenda Profumo, ma davvero è il caso di dire che qui qualcosa puzza. E si sente fino a qui!  Ma come, Profumo ha tirat su una delle più importanti banche del mondo, un colosso che può aiutare tutta la grande industria italiana rimasta ad internazionalizzarsi e che mi fanno sti mutandari leghisti? Me lo trombano? e per cosa, poi? La scusa dei libici pare solo una scusa, è evidente.

Secondo Giavazzi siamo alle solite: i politici vogliono tenere le mani in tutta la pasta, e la spiegazione mi suona come reale (e terribile –il commento del sindaco di Verona è un pugno allo stomaco e questo post ha altri link interessanti). Ho raccolto i fatti leggendo la stampa estera (i ‘comunisti’ dell’Economist, Bloomberg e Reuters) che tanto di quella italiana non c’è di che fidarsi.

Infatti questa vicenda raccoglie e amplifica tutti i mali italiani: i partiti che vogliono controllare ogni aspetto della società e i giornali che perdono di vista i fatti e falliscono nel loro scopo di informare. Luca Sofri fa un po’ di dietrologia guardando all’andamento delle azioni Unicredit influenzato dai titoli del Corriere, che ha dato in anticipo notizie non confermate. Sarà pure che soci RCS sono anche soci del Corriere, e qualcuno avrà messo pure qualche milioncino da parte. Ma non mi pare sia questo il ‘vero’ caso Unicredit.

La sostanza mi pare sia invece la possibilità che un sindaco di un paesello italiano sia in grado di tirare giù il CEO della più grande banca europea. Se così fosse, che futuro volete che abbia il Paese se un politichello di bassa lega può raggiungere un obiettivo del genere? Ma pensiamo veramente che il distretto delle mutande/calze/sedie del veronese sia un patrimonio di così alto valore da meritare questo sacrificio?

Things I said on 2010-09-19

  • Tornare avanti: non è rilevante ciò che si dice ma il fatto che, nel dirlo, si suggerisce d'essere contro X o contro Y http://is.gd/f7NVJ #
  • Faccio fatica a capire Il documento dei "quarantenni" dalemiani del PD contro il veltronismo. Me lo spiegate? http://is.gd/f7OwC #
  • Questo è un tweet: il messaggio deve avere 140 caratteri al massimo. Ne restano 32 come puoi vedere sotto 🙂 #
  • ask me tomorrow how does it feel to work for a company that generates so much buzz? http://tcrn.ch/cce7zo #
  • Parafrasando i gloriosi #CCCP traduci, correggi, crepa http://youtu.be/s_q7T32SrlQ #
  • youtube broken only for me? #
  • sit back and relax, watching @twitter presentation, waiting for the announcement … #
  • ah, announced! #
  • Is #newtwitter the best kept secret of silicon valley startups or what? 🙂 #
  • RT @ev: Non è necessario twittare per ricavare valore da Twitter come non serve mantenere un sito web per usare la rete #
  • ieri ho rivisto Amici Miei e ora ascolto CCCP. Regressione nostalgica #
  • verrano al contrattacco con elmi ed armi nuove #cccp #
  • la moglie dice che ascoltare #CCCP non va bene. Allora oggi Diaframma http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuVdkmj-pkY #
  • guida tu che il freddo non mi piace più #diaframma #
  • #xkcd on password reuse http://xkcd.com/792/ Good thing Twitter switched to OAuth then, right? right? #

Things I said on 2010-09-12

  • should I be impressed by Google Instant? Why? #googleinstant #
  • Marea non viene da mare ma da magis area Nei trattati scientifici medievali era abbreviato in m.area http://bit.ly/bliCbE #treccani #
  • Tintarella è una parola napoletana filtrata poi nell’italiano primonovecentesco: come tarantella, pulcinella Splendido #treccani #
  • Eroe o pirla a non emigrare? Solo mezza cattedra e 600 euro al mese al miglior prof d'Italia – Milano http://t.co/n4BiSOq #
  • RT @4vanger: Impressive – wikipedia wars on a timeline: http://bit.ly/cnq1ZJ #
  • Another distortion caused by US carriers: phones are expensive or come with crapware !android http://is.gd/f2Qxe #
  • Mi manca la settimana della moda a Milano? Un po', ma compenso con Fashion Week NY via twitter #NYFW http://bit.ly/d7rjHr #
  • The carriers are ruining Android http://is.gd/f4laj #
  • every time I see the word 'Link' for URI I think of the silly Bing commercial and want to scream LOS LINKS!!!! http://youtu.be/33FVUJJyJqA #
  • Finally: Guess What, You Don’t Own That Software You Bought http://is.gd/f5YMv #
  • ♺ @fabricapo: Why did the iPad miss a camera? Because they were not ready with FaceTime and did not want to give Skype a push New iPad soon #

The carriers are ruining Android

Techcrunch author MG Siegler picked the wrong fight accusing Android of ‘not being open’. His rant rant is all about how the fact that Android is open source allows the carriers like Verizon and T-mobile to fill it up with crapware and basically crippling the user experience. The nuts of his argument though are in this paragraph:

The thought of a truly open mobile operating system is very appealing. The problem is that in practice, that’s just simply not the reality of the situation. Maybe if Google had their way, the system would be truly open. But they don’t. Sadly, they have to deal with a very big roadblock: the carriers.

Carriers have been crippling phones everywhere and independently from the OS. I think of my Nokia E71, for example. It came branded (not locked) by TIM (Italian operator), installed with a custom firmware containing software that wouldn’t even start. So bad was the situation that I had to change its serial number and lead Nokia to believe that it was an unbranded phone so that I could install the normal firmware and get regular updates.

I learned my lesson then: never ever buy branded/locked phones. But aren’t they more expensive that way? Yes! Unlocked phones cost a ton of money, and you know what? They should! When you go buy a laptop do you expect to pay less than $300? So why do you expect a Droid  phone to cost only $199? Don’t you expect that such low means strings attached? And the strings are crippleware, like the idiotic Navigator-thing that AT&T tried to make me pay for on the Palm Pre.

Come on, American friends, you should know that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Android is (almost) free software but that doesn’t have anything to do with the stupid manoeuvres of the carriers. These are lame attempts to squeeze some pennies out of you while they wait for their friends in Washington to destroy net neutrality (with Google’s help).

Screw them, buy unlocked phones and refuse data+voice plans that tie to them for two years. Freedom comes at a very small price, all things considered.

There is nothing wrong in being a pipe

The more I think about the net neutrality debate the less I like what I learn. What is really puzzling for me is that carriers are complaining about having a privileged position and that is just unacceptable. It seems to me that network operators like AT&T, Comcast and Telecom Italia operate in an oligopolistic market, with extremely high barriers to new entrants, and with customers with strong disincentives to switch. The more I look at it the more I convince myself that network operators are telling politicians a fairy tale. Big telecoms want us to believe that they need to have some special power, because Google is taking away their margins. I am more inclined to believe that they should thank the governments that gave them a good and well defensible position, while focusing on delivering a good service.

There should be nothing wrong in being a dumb pipe: just focus on delivering a high quality service, voice and data, instead of venturing in idiotic ‘value added’ crap. Hell, even offer the option to the customer to shape internet traffic, couple it with real good customer service and enjoy the recurring revenue, maybe small but almost 100% sure. There is really nothing wrong in being a pipe.

Things I said on 2010-09-05