Daily Archives: June 8, 2009

Pirate Radio Evolves with the Times

I’ve always been intrigued with the idea of pirate radio. There’s a subversive glamour to the 1970s/80s-era image of a radio station run from international waters, not subject to the usual governmental controls over content (or, I suppose, royalties). It never really took off here, although I do have an acquaintance who taught a course in building, um, unauthorized FM transmitters.

According to New Scientist, pirate radio is still alive and kicking in the UK. Localized FM broadcast is still viewed by the pirates as critically important because it taps into the marketplace of people walking around on the street with FM capable cell phones. It’s a good reminder that conventional broadcasting  is still important and viable.  This will continue until bandwidth costs become so negligable that I can reasonably stream to my iPhone as I walk around. In many markets (hello, Canada) this sure isn’t the case.

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eWeek: Managing Identity in the Cloud Podcast

I did a podcast recently with Mike Vizard of eWeek. Mike had some excellent questions around all the issues is managing identity and trust relationships in the cloud. This is one of those under-reported issues around cloud computing. Security always comes down to trust, and this is going to be the significant issue business faces as it moves applications out of it’s corporate network.

Listen to it here.