July 11th, 2003

When you use T9 on your mobile you're texting Stalinism

There's a magnificently barking article by recent OUSFG speaker (at least I assume he turned up and spoke - I don't think I've seen / heard anyone mention it) Cory Doctorow
http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/wireless/2003/07/09/amish_qwerty.html
Here's a quote from it:
"The 12-buttoners are marrying the phone company, marrying a centrally controlled network that requires permission to use and improve, a Stalinist technology whose centralized choke points are subject to regulation and the vagaries of the telcos. "

These people worry me. Before long they will be setting themselves alight outside the FCC offices demanding deregulation of bandwidth, or all singing 'all we are saying, is give UWB a chance'.