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The Scorpion and the Frog

Most people should be familiar with fable [not by Aesop BTW] of The Scorpion and the Frog – the scorpion promises not to sting the frog in exchange for a trip across a river. Half way across the scorpion stings the frog ensuring that they will both die. When asked by the frog why he did it, the scorpion replies “because I’m a scorpion.”

Ellroon felt heartened about ‘Net Neutrality after reading NTodd’s explanation of the issue.

NTodd has a great exposition of why it shouldn’t be a problem from a technical perspective. Yes, technically it should just work and everyone should be thrilled with the results, except he forgets that the telecoms are scorpions.

Melanie of Just a Bump in the Beltway demonstrates part of the meaning in this Associate Press story, Verizon Copper Cutoff Traps Customers, about a major reason for switching to fiber optics.

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July 8, 2007   10 Comments

Legal Stuff

I fully intended to comply with the subpoena I received last week, but it was lifted. Somebody in the county has missed their opportunity to have me decide their fate by sitting on their jury. Maybe they heard I was in the jury pool and decided to settle.

If I lived in Utah I would love to be on the jury for this incident reported by the BBC: Woman jailed for ‘neglected’ lawn

A 70-year-old US woman has been left bruised and bloody after an unexpected clash with police who came to arrest her because her lawn was dry and brown.

Trouble flared when Utah pensioner Betty Perry, 70, refused to give her name to an officer trying to caution her for not watering her lawn.

I wonder if her decision not to water her lawn had anything to do with Fierce heatwave fans US wildfires

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July 8, 2007   16 Comments

Passing the Plate

Florida License Plates

Florida Plate Blogging


Standard Florida Plate

A weekend feature of Why Now.

July 8, 2007   Comments Off on Passing the Plate