MIT provides Biological engineering degree

MIT is now providing a Biological Engineering degree. Goes to show that biotech is here to stay, regardless of controversial discussions upon stem cell research. This is the first major from MIT in over twenty nine years.
Via Slashdot

  • I am not a big fan of Skype.
    Skype’s core competency is clearly marketing, in particular public relations. However, there is a limit to how long the buzz can last. It reminds me of the buzz surrounding pc-to-pc calling in 2000, which disappeared with the bursting of the tech and telecom bubbles.
    A few of my gripes:
    1) I still have not seen a single feature of Skype’s P2P technology that improves the experience for consumers. From the standpoint of what early and late majority consumers are concerned about, Skype’s technology is a gimmick.
    2) Whether Skype is abusing the VoIP moniker or not, I do think the buzz surrounding Skype is bad for the VoIP market in the US. VoIP providers–ATT and Vonage in particular–are sinking substantial amounts of money into educating consumers about VoIP, and that Skype is muddying the message. For example, Skype is once again making “VoIP” synonymous with “free”, which is wrong for anything other than in-network PC-to-PC calls.
    3) The companies competing in the PC-to-PC and/or PC-to-PSTN space for the last several years all see PC-to-PC calling as low growth. Ask anyone at Net2Phone, Go2Call, Deltathree, Primus, 8×8, Mediaring, etc. what products they are emphasizing these days. They are all laser-focused on rolling out SIP-based outbound AND inbound calling solutions.
    I would be interested to hear reactions.

  • I am not a big fan of Skype.
    Skype’s core competency is clearly marketing, in particular public relations. However, there is a limit to how long the buzz can last. It reminds me of the buzz surrounding pc-to-pc calling in 2000, which disappeared with the bursting of the tech and telecom bubbles.
    A few of my gripes:
    1) I still have not seen a single feature of Skype’s P2P technology that improves the experience for consumers. From the standpoint of what early and late majority consumers are concerned about, Skype’s technology is a gimmick.
    2) Whether Skype is abusing the VoIP moniker or not, I do think the buzz surrounding Skype is bad for the VoIP market in the US. VoIP providers–ATT and Vonage in particular–are sinking substantial amounts of money into educating consumers about VoIP, and that Skype is muddying the message. For example, Skype is once again making “VoIP” synonymous with “free”, which is wrong for anything other than in-network PC-to-PC calls.
    3) The companies competing in the PC-to-PC and/or PC-to-PSTN space for the last several years all see PC-to-PC calling as low growth. Ask anyone at Net2Phone, Go2Call, Deltathree, Primus, 8×8, Mediaring, etc. what products they are emphasizing these days. They are all laser-focused on rolling out SIP-based outbound AND inbound calling solutions.
    I would be interested to hear reactions.