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jabailo



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2006 12:18 pm    Post subject: At the edge of technology Reply with quote

I play poker on Wednesday nights with a bunch of guys, between 8 to 10 people show up. It's 5 bucks a pot. We usually spend about 10 minutes before each game, coughing up the dough and bartering big bills to get the required $5.

The thing is: this is the 21st century. It struck me...why are we still doing this?

We have Wifi wireless networked hotspots.

We have PDAs, cell phones and Bluetooth WAP.

We have worldwide honeycomb cell networks, satellites and kilometres of fiber.

We have applications, applets, http, smtp, ftp, servers, services, clients, ultramobile PCs, desktops and pocket usb drives.

Yet, if I need to use the bus, I have to exact change. There is no change machine on the bus, nor is there one anywhere on the street. I have to buy something, I have to have cash, or get cash back and hope the store (if there is one near) will make change for me.

Do we live in a modern world?
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know its not your central point, but I can comment on the poker "change" issue. When we play we always have a banker. When I've been banker, I try to make sure I've got change in advance. More effective is to spread the notion of "liquidity" to players. I've played with the same folks for so long that most everyone supports the liquidity requirement going in.

The "liquidity meme" solves the problem for our poker games.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2006 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liquidity is certainly a key to many Last Mile problems. The general concept of liquidity, to me, can mean having resources available at the end of the last mile...in some sense it's Power to The People. Kind of like methods for moving people to bus stops (genetically engineering better legs, using scooters and Segways, ...).
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