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An invitation to a spectrum roundtable:

We would like to remind you about the roundtable discussion on recent developments in spectrum policy and their impact on the ICT industry. The event will take place on Wednesday April 13th at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre, Avenue de Nerviens 85, 1040, Brussels. The event will start at 10:30 and will be followed by a walking lunch and a guided tour in our new Cloud and Interoperability Centre. The roundtable discussion will feature presentations from key experts in the field, whose different viewpoints should ensure a lively discussion.

Agenda:
10:30 Registration
11:00 Welcome and introduction
11:10 Challenges in Europe and the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme
Pearse O’Donohue, Head of Unit, “Radio Spectrum Policy”, DG Information Society and Media, European Commission
11:25 Microsoft’s view on spectrum policy – challenges and opportunities
Paul Mitchell, General Manager Interoperability and Standards, Microsoft
11:40 Industry perspectives on TV White Spaces

This session will feature presentations from industry representatives, including:

Andrew Hudson, Head of Spectrum Policy, Vodafone
Fraser Edwards, Group Head, RF Systems, Cambridge Consultants
Luis Lucatero, Director of Public Affairs, Alcatel-Lucent

12:20 Q&A
12:50 Concluding remarks
13:00 Buffet lunch and guided tour of the new Cloud & Interoperability Center

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Kind regards,

Microsoft

The greeting phrase seems odd but the event appears genuine. APCO consultants. I edited the formatting a bit.

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Forgot to blog about that: OASIS Open Document Format 1.2 is out.

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The yellow perils still in action:

Shai Agassi… spoke of the opportunities of electric cars. Referring to the car fleet he said that “Europe will work without oil in less than 10 years, between 2015 and 2020. It is inevitable. We won’t change due to global warming…but because oil will become too expensive”.

He went on to point out that “oil was 10 dollars a barrel at the beginning of the decade…it is almost 100 dollars a barrel now and if China doesn’t stop producing cars it will be 230 dollars a barrel in a few years”.

Turing to the emergence of China he said that it had already started to invest in electric cars. “Europe has two choices: to seize the opportunity to be the first to change, defending its role as first global car producer with 30% of the global market or to wait for China to overcome her in the market.”

I bet against it. STOA was once a European Parliament conference series for the scientific community but deteriorated ever since.

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Ich bin begeistert, Wolfgang Hetzer von der Betrugsbekämpfung OLAF bei Jörg Thadeusz im RBB:

Bei THADEUSZ erläutert Wolfgang Hetzer, warum das Bakschisch-System kein arabisches Problem ist, und er analysiert die Fehler im deutschen Finanzsystem sowie die Hybris einiger Banker.

Das klingt erst mal sehr aufgebauscht und reißerisch. Der Gast Wolfgang Hetzer verweigert sich systematisch der Interview-Situation und allen Zuordnungen, einschließlich der Plakativität seines Buchtitels.

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Saturday night, Paul Baran (aged 84) passed away, an inventor of packet switching in computer networks.

Wired Interview from 2001

Update: Huffington Post: Paul Baran, Internet Pioneer, Dies At 84

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According to an EFF deeplink Hotmail apparently disabled the https default option for its users who set their location to the following nations: Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

That means that Hotmail provides a cloud mail solution easier to be spied upon in these nations.

Update: Register about the official explanaition, a “bug” that prevents access.

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