Tuesday, April 27, 2004

For a Conservative, Life Is Sweet in Sugar Land, Tex. (washingtonpost.com)

For a Conservative, Life Is Sweet in Sugar Land, Tex. (washingtonpost.com)

More on the cog-dis front.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Quantum Cryptography with Entangled Photons: Welcome!

Quantum Cryptography with Entangled Photons: Welcome!: "Quantum cryptography is a superior technology which overcomes limitations and drawbacks of classical cryptographic schemes by utilizing quantum physical effects."

And there you have it. An actual use for 100 years of hard math.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

In Focus Article

In Focus Article: "There is an entrenched idea, even among many atheists, secularists, skeptics that arguments about religion - arguments between atheists and theists, science and religion, believers and non-believers - are futile, at best a waste of time and at worst offensive if not cruel. "

Curious reading.

10 Rules for Corporate Blogs and Wikis

10 Rules for Corporate Blogs and Wikis: "The March 15 issue of the AMA Marketing News�usually a weekly time capsule of conventional wisdom from a decade ago�had a cover story concerning how agencies and companies are using blogs to promote brands and site visits. But the story was actually a case study in what not to do, plus it failed to even mention wikis as an emerging branding tool. "

Here comes the stampede.

TIME.com: See Me, Blog Me -- Apr. 19, 2004

TIME.com: See Me, Blog Me -- Apr. 19, 2004: "Boston-based music-video producer Steve Garfield, 46, is no ordinary blogger. Instead of simply posting his thoughts online in a chatty weblog like millions of others around the world, he links a Canon GL2 digital video camera to his laptop and uploads short clips of protest rallies, traffic short-cuts and even news events onto his personal Internet site."

Hmm, maybe I should finish that story I started about blogs subsuming newspapers.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

:: Xinhuanet - English ::

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "JOHANNESBURG, April 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Ten percent of South African youth are infected with HIV, and young women, who were often forced into unwanted sex, are the worst affected, according to a new survey released here on Wednesday.

The survey of 12,000 young people aged between 15 and 25, who were interviewed by the reproduction health research unit of Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, showed that one in 10 youth had contracted the virus that can lead to AIDS. "

This is a problem we need to be focusing on.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Wired News: How E-Voting Threatens Democracy

Wired News: How E-Voting Threatens Democracy: "'There was a lot of stuff that shouldn't have been there,' Harris said.

The California file was time-stamped 3:31 p.m. on Election Day, indicating that Diebold might have obtained the data during voting. But polling precincts aren't supposed to release votes until after polls close at 8 p.m. So Harris began to wonder if it were possible for the company to extract votes during an election and change them without anyone knowing. "

More reading on this front.

American Scientist Online - Randomness as a Resource

American Scientist Online - Randomness as a Resource: "To appreciate the value of randomness, just imagine a world without it. What would replace the referee�s coin flip at the start of a football game? How would a political poll-taker select an unbiased sample of the electorate? Then of course there�s the Las Vegas problem. Slot machines devour even more randomness than they do silver dollars. Inside each machine an electronic device spews out random numbers 24 hours a day, whether or not anyone is playing. "

More interesting reading on random.

The Globe and Mail :: Judge Shows More Sanity

The Globe and Mail: "'Downloading a song for personal use does not amount to infringement,' Mr. Justice Konrad von Finckenstein of the Federal Court of Canada wrote in his decision. 'I cannot see a real difference between a library that places a photocopy machine in a room full of copyrighted material and a computer user that places a personal copy on a shared directory.' "

Great news up north. Looks like they might end up being the 'Land of the More Free'.

Note to Eric: U Need 2B More Careful (washingtonpost.com)

Note to Eric: U Need 2B More Careful (washingtonpost.com): "It has a penciled map of directions from the Pentagon to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's house in Northwest Washington. Another sheet says, 'Eric's Telephone Log.' Someone has written 'Conf. call' at the top and some notes, some in partial shorthand, on one side. These apparently were taken by Eric. "

A quick peek inside the "Attack Dog Right".