eonwing (934274) writes "These are well known facts: that the internet started from DARPA, the "D" standing for "defense", or euphemism for war; and the first credit card transactions on the internet were for the "adult" industry, another euphemism. The question: is there any other driver of technology as great as these two appetites: to kill, or to (watch people) have sex? Does commerce (to buy) even come close as these?" top
crowfeather writes "From the article: "Howard Schmidt, the new cybersecurity czar for the Obama administration, has a short answer for the drumbeat of rhetoric claiming the United States is caught up in a cyberwar that it is losing.
“There is no cyberwar,” Schmidt told Wired.com in a sit-down interview Wednesday at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco.
“I think that is a terrible metaphor and I think that is a terrible concept,” Schmidt said. “There are no winners in that environment.”
Instead, Schmidt said the government needs to focus its cybersecurity efforts to fight online crime and espionage.
His stance contradicts Michael McConnell, the former director of national intelligence who made headlines last week when he testified to Congress that the country was already in the midst of a cyberwar — and was losing it."" top
crowfeather writes "If you want to be in good with Apple/iTunes, one might forego Amazon's "Daily Deal" promotions. Once all in the hands of Amazon to give or not, the Daily Deals section is now made up of special deals with the music labels to get a one-day exclusive before street date. Apple is taking the competition from Amazon very seriously, and threatened to withdraw marketing support for certain Daily Deal releases. So when exactly do we start hating Apple, now?" top
crowfeather writes "It goes by Skinput (PDF), and it reads the ultralow-frequency taps on your skin where the "pico" projectors on cell phones shine an interface on your forearm. It exploits the different sounds the skin, musculature and skeleton make in combination to determine just where you're tapping. Currently, it's a little sensitive on placement of the projected interface, but there could be an arm glowing on you in the not-too-distant future." Link to Original Source top
hellbreaker writes "Article in Vanity Fair about our beloved yellow troop, The Simpsons, with points of view from people like Rupert Murdoch, the writers, and cast members. Who all seem to have a different idea about just why it hit so big." Link to Original Source top
hellbreaker writes "Lieutenant Walter Haut, the public relations officer at Roswell base in 1947, died last year; but he left behind a sworn affidavit (to be opened in the event of his death) describing a spacecraft, and little green men that he himself witnessed. Okay, maybe not green, but this just brings the whole question back: what exactly happened there?" Link to Original Source top
hellbreaker writes "Read/Write Web has an article about Numenta, asking if the revolution has come, if we have actually come up with something that we can dub as "artificial intelligence". You may know the creator from his book On Intelligence: Jeff Hawkins. For now, it looks like we're hedging our bets, notably that the article says that there are not quite yet any ethical questions regarding creating an intelligence creature, or anything like that. Go to the Numenta home page and you can download binaries and source code. Try it out. What could it hurt? (Famous last words?)" top
John H. Doe writes "From the article: "A number type of nano-scale architecture developed in the research labs of Hewlett-Packard could beat Moore's Law and advance the progress of of microprocessor development three generations in one hit. The new architecture uses a design technique that will enable chip makers to pack eight times as many transistors as is currently possible on a standard 45nm field programmable gate array (FPGA) chip."" top
John H. Doe writes "An article at BBC on chickens genetically modified to produce eggs containing proteins needed to make cancer-fighting drugs. From the article: "Some of the birds have been engineered to lay eggs that contain miR24, a type of antibody with potential for treating malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer. Others produce human interferon b-1a, which can be used to stop viruses replicating in cells."" top
John H. Doe writes "Article on Daily Mail talking about "farmyard freaks," like pigs who have been created like zombies so as not to mind cramped, boring conditions (genetically lobotomized, it would seem). The possibility exists so that, and I quote, "it might become technically possible to produce "animal vegetables" — beasts which are "highly prolific and oblivious to their physical and mental status"." Is this playing God? Or just a natural progression in the technology?" top
John H. Doe writes "Reports from the big 3 in search, what we looked for in the past year; Google includes Myspace and wiki, Yahoo of course has Britney Spears along with American Idol, and MSN had Harry Potter plus Angelina Jolie. No mention of the elections or Iraq, it would appear, cracked the top." top
John H. Doe writes "The search engine to be would be called Wikiasari, and would rely on the crowd mentality to go head to head with those giants Google and Yahoo. Could it be possible that relevance would be better served by the meatspace than cyberintuition?" top
John H. Doe writes "Okay, it's easy to say what the 60s, 70s, and 80s were about: drugs, sex, money. That brings up the question, and it's had quite a while to settle in, now, it being 2006: what, exactly were the 90s about? I remember asking my brother this questions, and the answer he gave was "information?" and I thought it sounded really lame, but I had nothing to really replace that assessment. Technology? The internet? Or have we gotten to the point where the decades are not about any one thing anymore, and perhaps have grown boring?"