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When I first read "Pentagon's New Map" and heard Tom Barnett talk about how he analyzed geopolitics, I realized that here was an theory a geek could love. Tom uses concepts like and system administration to talk about how the world does and ought to work. I got to interview Tom about his second book, Blueprint for Action and I'm anxious to get my hands on the new book, Great Powers.
So, I wasn't surprised when a post from Tom called A nice primer on cloud computing and its relationship to SOA showed up in Snackr. The concepts behind cloud computing are critical to the global economy so we ought to be scared when someone telling us about the world doesn't know them rather than be surprised when someone does.
Tom brings up the notion of "free-trade zones" for data centers. Interesting idea. Reminds me of Cryptonomicon.