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"quick! grab him!"

The FBI is looking for a Saudi apparently connected to the Sept. 11 Hijackers. And only a year or so after! But that's okay, this guy probably spent a whole year doing nothing and waiting for them to catch up...

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 21, 2002 at 4:46 PM

share files, go to jail

The US Department of Justice is getting ready to start prosecuting file traders in P2P networks.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 21, 2002 at 1:05 PM

on the newsweek article on weblogs

Burningbird comments on Steven Levy's article on weblogs in this week's Newsweek Magazine. I agree with her in principle but I think that Levy is being more balanced than most, and still there's a limit to what you can say when presenting something new to such a wide audience for the first time. Most people have no idea of what a weblog is. So the explanation has to start somewhere.

I was intrigued by this comment in the newsweek article:

There are blog short stories and a blog novel in progress.

I wonder if he he talking about Plan B? Mmmm...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 21, 2002 at 11:07 AM

a new morpheus

Streamcast has released version 2.0 of Morpheus, now based in Gnutella technology after its fallout with Kazaa a few months ago and their disastrous "pre-release". But with little money and more lawsuits hanging on them than Microsoft, there seems to be little hope that they will survive.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 21, 2002 at 10:50 AM

chips with two brains

An article on some new techniques that are being probed at microprocessor labs to improve performance and reduce power consumption, now that the limits of Moore's Law are finally on sight (not that we're there yet, but eventually we will be using nanotechnology for manufacturing, and that will be it, until qubits come out of the labs at least).

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 21, 2002 at 12:33 AM

a simple question

A thought: scientists are trying to extend life (e.g., telomerase research) and create better quality of life (e.g., cancer research). They are trying to push the lifespan of humans to more than a hundred years.

Personally, eternal life (a very distant but not ridiculous possibility) and very long life (a not so distant possibility) seem to me to be slightly undesirable even. I mean, can you imagine living forever? Pain multiplied by infinity? And even if we find a way to live with our demons, where, exactly, are humans going to live if nobody is actively trying to maintain a reasonable environment? H.G. Wells might have gotten it right with the Morlocks...

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 21, 2002 at 12:23 AM

the economics of ecology

A Salon article on the area of "ecological economics" which tries to measure ecological impact in purely economic terms (and therefore tries to make more obvious what impact environmental changes have in the economy). I have my doubts about some of the analysis they mention (I am skeptical of anything that puts a certain value in, for example, "weather patterns") but as a counterpoint to the idiotic view that "it can't be measured at all, and therefore it doesn't matter" it's certainly interesting.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 21, 2002 at 12:19 AM

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