Archive for the 'Technology' Category


Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Republican lawmakers are having fits over the terrorist surveillance bill that the Democratic-led House allowed to expire. Will the evildoers run amok now, thanks to the bill’s expiration? Not exactly. Ed Brayton sums it up nicely:
[T]he law now reverts to the old FISA statute and the Patriot Act amendments to that statute. … It [...]

The Better to Track You With, My Dear

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

The FBI would like to get to know you a little bit better:
The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world’s largest computer database of peoples’ physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.
Millions of fingerprints are already kept [...]

I-yi-yi, indeed

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

From the Duke University website, on Friday July 20 (emphasis added):
By now many of you have read news accounts around iPhones and Duke’s wireless network … Cisco worked closely with Duke and Apple to identify the source of this problem, which was caused by a Cisco-based network issue.
Three days later, on Monday July 23, the [...]

Wii Safety

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Recently, some pages from the Japanese version of Nintendo’s safety manual for the Wii turned up on the Internet. They provide some very sage – yet often bewildering – advice for using your Nintendo Wii.
Little did anyone know, there are some hidden dangers not covered in the manual. Fortunately, today at work we discovered the [...]

I thought it was made of cheese…

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 gives some details about NASA’s plans for a moon base:
The perpetual sunshine in most of the extreme north and south means plenty of light for energy-producing solar panels; the perpetual darkness in the shadowed polar regions means a steady supply of water ice, which can be harvested for consumption …
I for one agree that [...]

Converge 2006

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

This year’s ConvergeSouth wrapped up yesterday. It was a great conference once again. The barbecue Friday night at David Hoggard’s was delicious.
On Saturday, the conference itself started off with Elizabeth Edwards, who laid to rest any fears that her talk would be politically partisan by barely mentioning anything even remotely partisan. She even shared the [...]

Bad UI Design = Catastrophic Data Loss

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Around the beginning of this year, the office where I work purchased a new hardware/software package designed to have an impact on workplace productivity. Throughout the year we’ve been hard at work mastering the machine’s protocols and entering data into the system for dozens of projects.
Earlier this week, we found that our data for one [...]

U.S. Losing Scientists Over Stem Cell Restrictions

Monday, November 21st, 2005

It seems that in at least one case our government’s restrictions on stem cell research are causing scientists to pursue their research in other countries:
Two government biologists heavily recruited by Stanford University have decided to work in Singapore instead, saying they will face fewer restrictions on stem cell research overseas.
…Copeland and Jenkins are famous for [...]

Nuclear comeback?

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Alabama and Mississippi are under consideration as potential locations for a new nuclear power plant:
A consortium of utilities has picked two sites in Alabama and Mississippi as possible locations for what could be the first nuclear power plant built in the United States in more than three decades.
The consortium emphasized that no decision had yet [...]

Police bring crime into your home, via the Web

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

This is a very cool way to use the Internet:
Tipping off the police has never been easier.
Law enforcement agencies in the Triad increasingly are using the Internet as a tool to collect and deliver information. This creates a situation where residents can more easily discover what police have found going on in their neighborhoods — [...]