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ffejie (779512) writes "McCain is expected to announce a $300M prize for a electric car that can "leapfrog commercially available hybrids or electric cars." McCain has specifically targeted this effort because it keys into energy, which is understandably hot due to oil prices. This is a significant step forward for engineering in general. "From now on, we will encourage heroic efforts in engineering, and we will reward the greatest success," said McCain. This is in stark contrast to Obama's policy, which is to close the loophole which allows oil speculators to inflate the price of oil." top
ffejie (779512) writes "I'm part of a team of about 6 engineers all working on the same project. We're part of a larger team of 10 engineers and of a larger team of 25 engineers and 15 business types all who work on related, but fundamentally different projects. Because we're a customer facing team, we do a lot of information sharing with our (one very large) customer. Unfortunately, due to the distributed nature of our work, we are not very good at information sharing among the local team. Email is the sharing tool of choice, which leads to a glut of unread information. We've been trying to set up collaboration tools (wiki pages, public file shares, etc.) but none have really stuck. The fundamental problem is that no one uses the tools we try, because no one else is using them. This creates a chicken and an egg scenario. What tools have you used to share information and how did you get them to be adopted as a new way of doing business?" top
ffejie (779512) writes "Verizon has announced that it will be spinning off rural assets to FairPoint Communications. The deal will close sometime in 2007 and is worth $2.7 Billion. 1.6 Million phone lines, 234,000 high speed (DSL) subscribers and 600,000 long distance customers will be moved to FairPoint in an effort for Verizon to shed it's low margin lines in rural areas. The sale has been rumored since at least the summer. With Verizon offering high speed FiOS (FTTP) to only it's local service areas, what will happen to the consumers stuck with a smaller telco like those moving to FairPoint? In the future, will there become an even deeper digital divide between the rural users and the high revenue areas?"