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While he was once known for his talent as one of the web's most creative leaders, Mark Cuban today is better known for his childish outbursts on the basketball court.  (Source: AP)
Billionaire tries to outdo Michael Bay by delivering fiery speech against what he sees as dying online world

Famed internet-made billionaire and blogger Mark Cuban raised quite a stir this week when he announced dramatically, "The Internet’s dead. It’s over."  The comments made by Cuban at the CTAM summit will likely strike many as eerily familiar of Michael Bay's HD DVD trashing rants.

Cuban became a billionaire when he sold Broadcast.com, originally Audionet, to Yahoo for $5.7B.  Cuban built Broadcast.com into an online powerhouse after co-founding it with earnings from the sale of his company MicroSolutions in the 80s, an early reseller of Lotus Notes.  Broadcast.com at its peak featured 420 radio stations and networks; 56 TV stations and cable networks; and live game coverage of over 450 college and professional teams. 

He used his wealth to buy the Dallas Mavericks and while a blogger himself, has recently taken a rather scornful attitude to the internet, which made him wealthy.  He recently created a stir when he became the first team owner to ban bloggers from an NBA locker room.

At the CTAM conference, Cuban's new anti-internet sentiment became vitriolic.  He addressed the panel which consisted of cable systems providers stating, "The Internet’s for old people."

Cuban claims the internet has stagnated and that the only new invention on the internet was YouTube.  Cuban, however, went to argue that YouTube is nothing more than a sham based on copyright infringement and represents little real creativity.  Cuban feels that cable and satellite networks have overtaken the internet in providing complex interactive services.  Cuban says he once thought the internet would be superior for providing such services, but remarks, "I was wrong."

He points to the openness of collections of cable networks versus networks built by telephone companies like Verizon, which are stymied by problems talking to each other.  Cuban envisions cable services offering users suites of office applications or other complex utilities, something he says would allow them to leverage their superiority to "outgoogle” Google.

While Cuban believes strongly that cable intranets are superior to internet, most experts think his claims are very off base.  They state that his proposed cable systems applications sound remarkably similar to the cable television network flop @Home, which attempted to market a higher-speed "private" internet, that was separate from the normal internet.

While Cuban is known for a flare for histrionics and outbursts, his collected, deliberate speech about his animosity for the internet is sure to stir up a great deal of controversy. 



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a rant, I'd say, --but
By Mike Acker on 3/29/2008 8:13:39 AM , Rating: -1
Cuban's post is a rant I'd say but one which might merit some thought. If the IP(4) net dies it will be because software makers have failed to provide the security necessary to keep unauthorized programming from infecting the servers and clients that are essential to the service.

un-authorized programming is a Hot Topic -- just as is the whole copyright violation issue.

if the net is going to be used for commerce it will have to be secure. there's talk of "Internet II" in this regard, and too we know that IP(6) has already started to deploy. I think that incorporating IP(6) as the base for Internet II and creating a secure communications system at the same time might just be the right ticket

the first step in creating a secure communications system is getting rid of the un-authorized programming. to do it means some basic changes in thinking and in the root kernels of the operating software. there must be one means and one means only by which to update the programming on a server or client machine -- for example by using setup.exe on M/S systems. And all updates must require authorizing digital signatures.

customers will have to participate in this by making the effort necessary to obtain the required public keys for vendors whose software they wish to receive as to be aware that they need to verify that the keys are operating and checking.

a new computer obtained from a reputable supplier might include the public keys for a variety of popular software suppliers but this would be phased in as we get further into the implementation of programming security.




RE: a rant, I'd say, --but
By mcmilljb on 3/29/2008 6:36:25 PM , Rating: 3
Please quit talking! Unauthorized programming? I can program whatever I feel like buddy! Take your ignorant fear mongering shit some where else. You should move to China and submit to your communist overlords. They'll watch your computer for you.


RE: a rant, I'd say, --but
By Mike Acker on 3/31/08, Rating: 0
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