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Creationists at the gate
Topic: Science 10:26 pm EST, Jan 30, 2005

Efforts are underway in 43 states to nibble away at the clear line the Supreme Court laid down in 1987, when it banned Bible-based creationism as an intrusion of religion into the classroom.

US students have trouble enough keeping up with their counterparts in foreign countries in mastering the sciences. In biology, they should not have to contend with religion-based efforts to introduce misinformation into their classes.

Creationists at the gate

Wired weary
Topic: Technology 10:22 pm EST, Jan 30, 2005

Are people really free if they're always reachable?

WiFi is Fine. Just Say No! to the Nokia.

Wired weary

SBC to Buy AT&T for $16 Billion
Topic: Telecom Industry 6:41 pm EST, Jan 30, 2005

And so the deal is done. Who's next?

Local phone giant SBC Communications Inc. has agreed to acquire AT&T Corp. for roughly $16 billion in cash and stock.

The deal has been struck, and boards of both companies were planning votes Sunday afternoon.

SBC to Buy AT&T for $16 Billion

The Geo-Green Alternative
Topic: International Relations 6:12 pm EST, Jan 30, 2005

I am a geo-green. The geo-greens believe that if we put all our focus on reducing the price of oil, we will force more reform than by any other strategy. You give me $18-a-barrel oil and I will give you political and economic reform from Algeria to Iran.

It is that simple.

The Geo-Green Alternative

Tool for Thought, by Steven Johnson
Topic: Technology 5:43 pm EST, Jan 30, 2005

As your once and future agent will kindly tell you, 2005 will be remembered as the year that remembrance agents went mainstream.

This essay by Steven Johnson appears in the Sunday NYT Book Review.

If the modern word processor has become a near-universal tool for today's writers, its impact has been less revolutionary than you might think. The word processor has changed the way we write, but it hasn't yet changed the way we think.

The raw material the software relies on is an archive of my writings and notes, plus a few thousand choice quotes from books I have read over the past decade: an archive, in other words, of all my old ideas, and the ideas that have influenced me.

Tool for Thought, by Steven Johnson

Graduate Cryptographers Unlock Code of 'Thiefproof' Car Key
Topic: Cryptography 5:39 pm EST, Jan 30, 2005

Matthew Green starts his 2005 Ford Escape with a duplicate key he had made at Lowe's. Nothing unusual about that, except that the automobile industry has spent millions of dollars to keep him from being able to do it.

Mr. Green, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, is part of a team that plans to announce on Jan. 29 that it has cracked the security behind "immobilizer" systems from Texas Instruments Inc.

All that would be required to steal a car, the researchers said, is a moment next to the car owner to extract data from the key, less than an hour of computing, and a few minutes to break in, feed the key code to the car and hot-wire it.

Graduate Cryptographers Unlock Code of 'Thiefproof' Car Key

How the World Ends
Topic: Science 5:34 pm EST, Jan 30, 2005

NYT publishes a contrarian review of "Collapse."

Taken together, "Guns, Germs, and Steel" and "Collapse" represent one of the most significant projects embarked upon by any intellectual of our generation.

They are magnificent books: extraordinary in erudition and originality, compelling in their ability to relate the digitized pandemonium of the present to the hushed agrarian sunrises of the far past. I read both thinking what literature might be like if every author knew so much, wrote so clearly and formed arguments with such care.

All of which makes the two books exasperating, because both come to conclusions that are probably wrong.

How the World Ends

Fair and Balanced Inauguration
Topic: Politics and Law 11:40 am EST, Jan 30, 2005

A Fox News anchor flips out when a guest dares to question the nature of Bush's elaborate 2nd inauguration.

Frank Rich wrote: "Judy Bachrach, a writer for Vanity Fair, dared say on Fox News that the inaugural's military ball and prayer service would not keep troops 'safe and warm' in their 'flimsy' Humvees in Iraq. She was promptly given the hook."

Fair and Balanced Inauguration

SBC Said to Be in Talks to Buy AT&T
Topic: Telecom Industry 1:02 am EST, Jan 27, 2005

SBC is in talks to buy AT&T for more than $16 billion.

A deal, if reached, would be the final chapter in the 120-year history of AT&T, the first technological giant of the modern age and the original model for telecommunications companies worldwide. A deal would be a reunion of sorts, putting back together some of the largest pieces of the Ma Bell telephone monopoly, which was broken up in 1984.

SBC Said to Be in Talks to Buy AT&T

Matt Groening Apple Ad
Topic: Computers 8:02 pm EST, Jan 26, 2005

This is an ad for the Macintosh around 1989.

k wrote:
] Kind of a neat blast from the past.
] Sometimes we forget that there was a time when "Copy" and "Paste" were brand new concepts.

Matt Groening Apple Ad

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