Econ 115 Lecture Notes: October 8, 2009: Great Depression III
Washington Post Crashed-and-Burned-and-Smoking Watch

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  • Well, this is shaping up to be one of the biggest disasters in the history of cloud computing, and certainly the largest blow to Danger and the Sidekick platform: T-Mobile's now reporting that personal data stored on Sidekicks has "almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger." They're still looking for a way to recover it, but they're not giving users a lot of hope -- meanwhile, servers are still on the fritz and customers are being advised not to let their devices power down because anything that's still on there will be lost the next time the device is turned on. Another communique is promised from T-Mobile on Monday to give everyone a status update on the recovery efforts, but at this point, it's not looking good at all. Update: Apparently T-Mobile has paused the sale of new Sidekicks, as all models are now listed as "temporarily out of stock" on the company's site. Additionally, a warning as been added to the post on T-Mobile's forum which re
  • All true! Arlen Specter is a hack and a half, an opportunist whose most attractive quality is that his shamelessness tends to overshadow his pomposity. Never liked Arlen Specter, never will. We're with ya, Dan! Until this bit: "One doesn't need any more reason than this to back Pat Toomey, regardless of his political views. Character matters."The hell it does, for Senators. If we're going to have a Senate at all -- and I don't think we should, but that's beside the point -- it will necessarily be filled with pompous, shameless, opportunistic hacks-and-a-half. The best that can ever be hoped for out of Senators is that they can be properly browbeaten into producing tangible political results for constituents. This rarely happens, so when it does, as appears to be the case with Specter, hooray! He's a weasel, sure, and nobody's about to turn their back on him, but if a legit primary challenge and his need for union GOTV (which he probably needs a lot more than "union money") make him
  • The president noted, for example, that as the reform proposal advances, it "includes the best ideas from Republicans and Democrats, and people across the political spectrum." The plan has generated broad consensus among "everyone from doctors and nurses to hospitals and drug manufacturers." And then, of course, there are the Republicans: "And earlier this week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came out in support of reform, joining two former Republican Senate Majority Leaders: Bob Dole and Dr. Bill Frist, himself a cardiac surgeon. Dr. Louis Sullivan, Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush, supports reform. As does Republican Tommy Thompson, a former Wisconsin governor and Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush. These distinguished leaders understand that health insurance reform isn't a Democratic issue or a Republican issue, but an American issue that demands a solut