RANT: PA opens more “racinos”

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Doesn’t anyone think that Government is a joke when it comes to gambling. Don’t get me wrong, I gamble. I just think that anything is ok as long as they get taxes, can hold up developers for campaign contributions, and the unions get work. It’s all part of the intellectual dishonesty around the “vice” crimes. Gambling, drinking, drugs, and prostitution are all “terrible” unless the government can make a buck out of it. Anyone who thinks that the gubamint’s “laws” actually prevent or stop anything is sadly deluded. Not only that, but they don’t really want it to go away. It keeps them in power.


TECHNOLOGY: SKYPEIN not working

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Being an old bell shaped head, I am always fascinated with when the web can touch the PSTN (public service telephone network). Imagine being able to turn a ~4k laptop or desktop into a $9 phone. Great. Ever since Judge Green threw the snowball that started an avalanche! (He decided that the Bell “monopoly” would have to open up. We did have the best phone service in the world, universal service, a dedicated workforce, and Bell Labs. (That was a national treasure!) This was all for the sake of supposedly cheaper phone rates for business. Interesting that I don’t think we have seen the benefits of competition. It’s really not a free market. Now that would be great, if we had gone to a truly free market. Instead, we have a sort of regulated, sort of free, definitely regulated market.

So I’ve been playing with SKYPE. You can skype me at “reinkefj” (I know the name is a real surprise.) You can call me on 732 – 917 – 4816.

SKYPEIN isn’t working. For calls from a phone, it doesn’t “ring” on the laptop, but it will take a message. For calls from a pc, it does work correctly.

Yahoo Instant Messenger With Voice has a similar offering. Again, I’m “reinkefj”, or you can call from 609-489-5893.

Call me if you want to chat or just want to turn my notebook into a nine dollar phone.

Interesting! What the real future of the public telephone network will really be?


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