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There are great benefits to connectedness, but we haven't wrapped our minds around the costs.

Color Us Red or Blue, but Not Gray
Topic: Politics and Law 9:06 am EDT, Jul  2, 2004

Without the cross-pollination of authentic debate and the sharing of divergent views, the impoverishment of the body politic could be the greatest threat to our country as we know it.

Color Us Red or Blue, but Not Gray


CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging
Topic: Space 9:39 am EDT, Jul  1, 2004

Anticipation is at its greatest. The pulse quickens, the mind races, the soul is grateful. It is a singular privilege to be standing on the threshold separating ignorance and knowing.

And that's exactly where we are.

CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging


Re: Calling Bush a Liar
Topic: Politics and Law 9:23 am EDT, Jul  1, 2004

Our careless and clumsy use of words is pushing us beyond the point where we can have a rational and decent public discourse.

We had all better be concerned that this kind of environment, which focuses more on form than on substance, will adversely influence the young, who are now participating directly in the governance of America.

Re: Calling Bush a Liar


Hey, You! Cellphones and the Decline of Manners
Topic: Society 9:21 am EDT, Jul  1, 2004

Courtesy is dead. Long live the cellphone.

Hey, You! Cellphones and the Decline of Manners


Russian teenager takes centre stage
Topic: Current Events 12:46 am EDT, Jul  1, 2004

The shrieks from the young Russian increased in volume as she sought for the breakthrough and SugiyamaÂ’s resistance crumbled in a way that did scant justice to her brave efforts.

Russian teenager takes centre stage


Antipornography Law Keeps Crashing Into First Amendment
Topic: Civil Liberties 9:32 am EDT, Jun 30, 2004

Yesterday's decision highlights the problem of trying to impose laws on something that evolves as rapidly as technology.

Herbert S. Lin: "Filters are a good thing, in the same way that fences around the swimming pool are a good thing," Mr. Lin said. "But you'd better believe I'm going to teach my kid to swim."

Antipornography Law Keeps Crashing Into First Amendment


Calling Bush a Liar
Topic: Media 9:13 am EDT, Jun 30, 2004

The rush to sling mud is gaining momentum, and "Farenheit 9/11" marks the polarization of yet another form of media. One medium after another has found it profitable to turn from information to entertainment, from nuance to table-thumping.

Talk radio pioneered this strategy, then cable television. Political books have lately become as subtle as professional wrestling, and the Internet is adding to the polarization. Now, with the economic success of "Farenheit 9/11," look for more documentaries that shriek rather than explain.

It's hard to blame this on Michael Moore. The public, through its hearty response to these variations on political entertainment, is largely responsible for creating an environment in which political documentaries become Event Movies. In essence, you are what you eat popcorn while watching.

Where are the films praising the virtues and skills of the presumptive Democratic candidate?

Calling Bush a Liar


Nortel agrees to outsource manufacturing
Topic: Telecom Industry 12:44 am EDT, Jun 30, 2004

Troubled telecom equipment maker Nortel Networks has agreed to outsource most of its manufacturing in a deal worth between $675 million and $725 million.

"Today's announcement is an important part of Nortel Networks' strategy. By leveraging the vertically integrated supply chain capabilities of Flextronics, we can focus our resources and efforts on those areas that offer us greater competitive differentiation."

In other words, this is our exit strategy from the dwindling market for carrier-class circuit-switched telecommunications equipment.

Nortel agrees to outsource manufacturing


In the net we trust
Topic: Politics and Law 11:50 pm EDT, Jun 29, 2004

It is worth noting that there is no general data protection law in the US. If Mr Smathers had stolen credit card details then he could have been charged under privacy law, but just taking details of e-mail accounts is evidently fine.

And AOL itself will not be charged for being reckless with the personal details of its customers, because the US government believes that the market should deal with companies who do not take care of personal information.

Over here we have a very different view, and European data protection legislation is among the most restrictive in the world, reflecting our belief that people have a right to control how their personal details are used and that it should be backed up by law and not simply rely on imperfect consumer knowledge.

The first step has to be greater awareness of the issues, so that we are at least asking the right questions.

So perhaps AOL's embarrassment can help us all in the long run by making us think about trust and who really deserves it.

In the unlikely event your DNS Whois case needs further bolstering, you can highlight the specific and substantial differences between the US and Europe that are cited here. (Your Circle ID article referred to Canada in a for-instance kind of way.)

ICANN should not attempt to impose US legal authority on European domain name holders in the .com GTLD.

In the net we trust


Nanotechnology for the Intelligence Community
Topic: High Tech Developments 11:29 pm EDT, Jun 29, 2004

The emergence of nanotechnology as a major science and technology research topic has sparked substantial interest by the intelligence community. In particular the community is interested both in the potential for nanotechnology to assist intelligence operations and threats it could create.

To explore these questions, the Intelligence Technology Innovation Center asked the National Research Council to conduct a number of activities to illustrate the potential for nanotechnology to address key intelligence community needs.

This report presents a summary of a workshop held to explore how nanotechnology might enable advances in sensing and locating technology. It includes an overview of security technologies, and discussions of systems, natural chemical/biological tags, passive chemical/biological tags, and radio/radar/optical tags.

Nanotechnology for the Intelligence Community


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