Letters from the issue of January 28, 2010
All We Need Is Love
And, of course, murder: Occasionally, I read mystery books, and when I started reading the story about Dalia Dippolito, "She Loves Me Not" (Lisa Rab, January 21), I was pleased. It was well written, with a lot of information and research. It is such a convoluted story, with twists, turns, deceit, and all the right ingredients for a mystery novel. The only exception is that it's real life, which in this case surpasses imagination. Maybe the author should write a book that could be made into a movie.
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And, of course, an alibi: Nothing that Michael Dippolito has done justifies the fact that Dalia Dippolito tried to hire a hit man to murder him. She knew all about his illegal activities and had the option to leave him if that was a problem for her. To her, this was all about money and, of all things, a townhouse. You don't have your husband sign his property over to you and then, the very next day, go shopping for a hired killer unless there is some connection. And her "I didn't do anything wrong" defense is not going to fly in a court of law, so I hope for her sake, she's got something more convincing to say by the time her case goes to trial.
New Westminster, British Columbia
And, of course, film: What was the point of the staged crime scene? Just to have her cry and get the cops on TV? They already had her on tape committing the crime. Then they set up some little acting charade so a dozen cops could stand around and play pretend — adding nothing to the case against her.
But not at his place: "Wi-Fi No Go" (Tim Elfrink, January 21) was great! I just wrote the mayor of Miami Beach last week about this lame Wi-Fi. I live around Fourth Street and Meridian Avenue and actually get the signal, but it's a hit-and-miss ordeal. I said as much to the mayor, adding that if the taxpayers are paying for this, we need to get our money back. We paid $5 million to IBM! You mean the very same IBM that did business with Nazi Germany and provided the data machines to catalog concentration camp prisoners? LMFAO!
Kind of at his place: Regarding Miami Beach's Wi-Fi: Great intent, so-so implementation. It works — sometimes. Supposedly, we're in an acceptance phase right now where the city can go back to IBM and tell them to fix things...
And kind of at his place: It took me a little time to get the hang of it, but it works well. I am able to get reception in my tenth-floor apartment — not all rooms, but two locations are just fine.
And definitely in NYC: My company, Wired Towns, builds public Wi-Fi hot zones. Last year, we lit up Rockefeller Plaza and Union Square for NBC's SyFy Channel, and Times Square for Yahoo! Delivering Wi-Fi over a large area with good coverage everywhere is a very hard and expensive thing to do. Miami Beach's plan for 90 percent outdoor and 70 percent indoor coverage seems very ambitious, even for $5 million. That said, what the author and his sources are missing is the fact that municipal wireless is experiencing a comeback. Networks are getting better and better.
It's a backward notion that we don't need Wi-Fi because everyone has an iPhone and 3G. The very fact that so many smartphones are out there is overloading carrier networks. The mobile data demands from iPhones are seriously affecting AT&T's network performance. They have stopped selling iPhones onlilne in New York. In San Francisco, AT&T is having troubles as well.
It would have been better had Miami Beach focused on just the main public areas. Municipal wireless is coming, just as surely as pervasive computing is. Done right, it makes all the economic sense in the world. Good job, Miami. This network will have a number of uses over time.
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