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Abuses with mini-cameras tough to curb

On March 27, 2003, in Technology, by Administrator
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As with the introduction of any new technology, abuses are bound to be rampant. The article below discusses concerns over the inappropriate use of cameras imbedded in cell phones. As I am currently in Japan, I can assure you that camera phones are establishing a strong market presence. For a while I carried around a […]

Voice over IP

On March 27, 2003, in Technology, by Administrator
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I’ve become a big fan of my voice over IP phone service provided by Vonage, but it hasn’t been really tested until I visited Japan. Since arriving here, I have used it exclusively for voice communications and it has worked almost flawlessly. When I visited New Zealand and Australia, telecommunications back the US cost me […]

The Animatrix

On March 27, 2003, in Technology, by Administrator
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Seven animated films all dealing with the Matrix movie trilogy. If I have to explain it any further, you probably won’t be interested in this link.

Japan Trip

On March 26, 2003, in Speaking Engagements, by Administrator
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I am currently on travel to Japan speaking on Cyberterrorism issues for Japanese government, business and academic organizations. The trip is sponsored by the State Department and part of their international speakers program. I’ve found the audiences to be very receptive to the topic. I was told that Japanese audiences wouldn’t ask questions, but I’ve […]

Manufactured Pop Culture

On March 26, 2003, in Obscurity, by Administrator
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If you can come up with a better example of manufactured pop culture than this, I’d like to see. A shrink for a producer, two teenage Russian girls, a techno beat and lots of lesbian sexual themes. A good example of U.S. pop culture being taking to an extreme and pushed right back at us. […]

War Worms Inch Across Internet

On March 22, 2003, in Security, by Administrator
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The U.S. military action in Iraq has stirred up computer virus writers and malicious hackers, who have apparently decided to vent by defacing websites and releasing e-mail worms that prey on people’s fears and curiosity. Antagonists and activists based in the United States, Europe and the Middle East are engaged in their own form of […]

The Way We Were

On March 19, 2003, in Obscurity, by Administrator
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I’ve been a fan of Wired Magazine since issue number 1. Many think the collection of striped magazine covers that are still displayed on one of my bookshelves should be discarded, but I won’t budge. This issue marks Wired’s 10th anniversary and there is a great recap of the past ten years and the excellent […]

Ghosts of the Abyss

On March 16, 2003, in Technology, by Administrator
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Jame’s Cameron is releasing a new movie within the next month called Ghosts of the Abyss. I had an opportunity to meet Cameron at his production company Lightstorm Entertainment last month and got a once in a lifetime opportunity to see him review and comment on this film in the Lightstorm screening room. Cameron makes […]

Sterling Speaks

On March 15, 2003, in Obscurity, by Administrator
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I had the occassion to eat and drink with Bruce Sterling several years ago, so whenever I read something like this, I can picture him delivering with the typical Sterling zest: “Let me put this to you straight: cyberspace has become a slum. It’s a diseased slum, festering with Microsoft Outlook viruses. The viruses turn […]

Chinese Espionage

On March 15, 2003, in Security, by Administrator
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3DGeo Development, a Silicon Valley company, had its first scrape with trade secret theft several years ago when a visiting PetroChina employee was collared trying to hack into its computer system. Then last year a second visiting PetroChina employee was caught trying to download 3DGeo’s source code, the foundation for its proprietary seismic imaging software. […]

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