I oversee a number of international committees developing technical standards, and a large number of them were planning to meet this week. The conferences have been planned (and paid for!) months in advance and now almost none of the European participants can travel abroad to attend, while nearly all the meetings over here are only accessible to those who can come by train.
It's times like these where one really comes to appreciate easy to use and instantaneously available web/teleconferencing. I am now officially a fan of "the cloud."
I guess it takes a cloud to save us from a cloud...
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