Monday, February 28, 2005
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Colin Powell has broken his silence with an interview in the
Telegraph of London. While it is tantalizing. It is way to short and
really says nothing that has not been alluded to in the press before now,
about the tensions with Rumsfeld.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Kyocera (or Kyoto Ceramic as their full name is) is one of world leaders in the domain of solar panels, and presents today a very interesting concept to promote the use of solar energy in private homes, without forgetting the design aspect of a house, as the panels have the shape of a roof tile.
And now Wired is also running an article in which they voice concern that this information in the American version will have no electronic security of the information encoded on these passports. Making Identity theft potentially very easy.
Well if they do implement this system, without what I feel is basic protections such as thin wires woven into the cover, as I have heard that the European system does to prevent remote access of the info. I'm going to add tin foil to the inside of my passport cover.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Sunday, February 20, 2005
India: The next knowledge superpowerThere's a revolution afoot in India. Unlike any other developing nation, India is using brainpower rather than cheap physical labour or natural resources to leapfrog into the league of technologically advanced nations. Every high tech company, from Intel to Google, is coming to India to find innovators. Leading the charge is Infosys, the country's first billion-dollar IT company
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Friday, February 18, 2005
They seem to intimate that the white house was feeding high level classified information to Gannon in violation of National Security Laws and was connected to the Dan Rather Scandal.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Monday, February 14, 2005
Rotundus: Big Black Rolling Ball
Robotus have repurposed their would-be Mars bot into a potential high tech guard dog called something like 'Big Black Rolling Ball'
Major General Daniel Darnell, head of the Air Force's Space Warfare Center, has some advice for satellite companies. If there's trouble with your orbiter, your first response should be “think possible attack.”It just looks as if we are being primed for another ill-advised foreign intervention, and they are setting out possible ways to give us an excuse.
Sunday, February 13, 2005
There is going to be a conflict over who or what can be called a reporter and who or what has the right to publish, report or otherwise inform. Beware of the new form of the media. The "Official State Media."In his related article off of his site called Zeitgeist: Controlling the Spirit of the Times. He explores and warns about government influence of what is shown in the media and the decline of journalistic standards. And when you have a survey of high school students concerning their knowledge and understanding of our first Amendment rights. It is disturbing when the University of Connecticut gets these kind of results:
32% said that the press has too much freedom. Only 10% felt it has too little freedom.
36% said that the government should approve newspaper stories before they are released.
74% said it should be illegal to burn or deface an American flag as a political statement.
75% mistakenly believe that burning the flag is already illegal.
17% said that people should not be allowed to express unpopular views.
Nearly half of the students think that the government has the right to restrict indecent material on the Internet.
But most telling is their indifference.
75% of the students take the First Amendment for granted, or have no opinion at all.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
"The Brittan School District in Sutter County, California, is requiring students to carry RFID-tagged identity badges on them at all times. Readers are currently installed at the doors to all classrooms. Readers were removed from bathrooms when parents protested. The school district is meeting next week to consider parents objections to the system."
Army Won't Rely On Guard, Reserve
Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, the committee's top Democrat, told Harvey and Schumacher that it was imperative to build up the active-duty Army to prevent having a "hollow Army" and to lessen the pressure on the Reserve and Guard.
"A permanent addition to the force is needed," said Skelton, who has been pushing for such an increase for a decade. As for the Guard and Reserve, Skelton said: "You're wearing 'em out, secretary, that's the bottom line."
The draft is coming and will be here by the end of the summ in order to make up for the loss of National Guardsmen and Reserve coming off of their limit of two years, mandated by law.
What I’m really surprised about is that there isn’t more comment on this. I mean they have been telegraphing their intentions since they came into office. And one by one they are following through on what most would agree was their intentions in the international arena. (i.e. 1. Removing Saddam from Iraq, 2. Dealing with the Iran & Syria. And 3. Iignoring North Korea and the Hermit King since it is too tough a situation to deal with.)
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Bush: World Must Speak with One Voice on Iran Nukes
Basicly one of the major tenents of the USAF was that our pilots could and would beat anyone else because they were the best trained. Not any more.
Now I've come across this article: Smarter, Sharper.
And to my eyes it looks as if the Indians are transforming their military along the line of the US. I feel that these actions are not as the article suggests to deal with the Pakistani's, but as a counter to China in the region and to the North of India.
Furthermore this should signal to the Pentagon that our technology will not always give us the advantages that they claim in public. As we see in Iraq and Afganistan there are real limits to these technologies.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
And the 2600 part refers to 2600 The Hacker Quarterly While I'm not a hacker I am something of a techno geek.