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Happy New Year

On December 31, 2006, in Papers and Essays, Technology, by Administrator
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Disruptive technology

On December 31, 2006, in Technology, by Administrator
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I’m not posting this because Saddam is dead. That is important, but being covered elsewhere. What I find interesting is how the presence of a cell phone camera disrupts all of the previously held conceptions of his hanging. The grainy images are believed to have been filmed on a mobile phone. Unlike on the silent, […]

Living in a science fiction world

On December 29, 2006, in Obscurity, Technology, by Administrator
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Interesting post by Warren Ellis today…. …I share a conviction with Steven Shaviro, whose most recent book was CONNECTED, that we live in a science fictional world. Not the one everyone expected, of course — no jetpacks. But good science fiction, challenging science fiction, is never about the future we expect. Sf has never been […]

Unabomber’s Secret Code Cracked

On December 29, 2006, in Security, Technology, by Administrator
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A decade after the feds tracked him down, CBS 5 Investigates has uncovered exclusive new information about Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, including a secret code he developed, and the confessions revealed as the code is broken. Link—>

Time Magazine honor realized…

On December 29, 2006, in Technology, by Administrator
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This will only work for Macs with an iSight. Link—>

The Year of Computing (more) Dangerously

On December 28, 2006, in Security, Technology, by Administrator
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Washington Post has a good article about computer security trends for 2006.   I’m not going to link to the Washington Post though.  I want you to read the version with the Bruce Sterling commentary…. The result is that even if law enforcement or security experts manage to take down the infected PC responsible for relaying […]

Highly recommended read

On December 27, 2006, in Technology, by Administrator
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I am not one to post book reviews on my blog, but given how much I enjoyed this book and seeing how the author self-published it, I am going to make an exception. G33k Mafia is an incredibly fun high-tech caper novel set in present time on the West coast. It tracks the adventures of […]

Warren Ellis to write on SL for Newsweek…

On December 22, 2006, in Technology, by Administrator
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“Second Life is not only the biggest digital art installation in the world, but potentially the most radical shift yet in the way communities are formed online, and possibly also the germ of the next great operating system,” Ellis said. “It’s not only a place where people get as strange as they can, but an […]

They don’t have bodies, but they do leave footprints…

On December 21, 2006, in Technology, by Administrator
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I am not sure the math isn’t a little flawed, but an interesting, if not brilliant analysis: If there are on average between 10,000 and 15,000 avatars “living” in Second Life at any point, that means the world has a population of about 12,500. Supporting those 12,500 avatars requires 4,000 servers as well as the […]

Leo Laporte hates the Zune!

On December 19, 2006, in Technology, by Devost
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