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pakistan

Via Instapundit: Pakistan observations.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 26, 2002 at 8:48 PM

electrical storm

The new U2 Single was broadcast yesterday for the first time in BBC1. Here's U2Log's entry about it, including links for downloading.

"Dreaming it all over again".

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 26, 2002 at 7:58 PM

business blogging

Dan Bricklin on business blogging and what blogging means for small businesses. Great article.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 26, 2002 at 7:33 PM

monkeys, sticks and water

Poor countries are usually called "developing countries" in the West. They have been "developing" for quite a while apparently. What they don't say is developing into what. Mass graves?

It's all about money. The money that most people don't have.

Half the planet's population lives on less than $2 a day.

About one fifth of the population lives on less than $1 a day.

In Kubrick's 2001 the monkeys with the sticks controlled the water supply. The ones that didn't have weapons would eventually starve and die. It's a parable of man, but I wonder if Kubrick would had been surprised at how close to reality it would be, two years after Discovery was supposed be orbiting Jupiter.

About half the population of the planet doesn't have access to running water.

One fifth of the population doesn't have access to clean water.

It's not a coincidence these people are the same that live on $2 and $1 a day, respectively.

If you average the consumption of US citizens and compare it to an average of the rest of the world, americans consume 10 times more water, coal, oil, or electricity than the rest. The next year, the US will spend close to 400 billion dollars "defense," more than a billion a day. Half of the military spending in the world.

Just monkeys, sticks, and water.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 26, 2002 at 7:31 PM

A weblog for the Earth Summit

A weblog on the Earth Summit starting today.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 26, 2002 at 4:51 PM

the debasement of cyberspace

An article on the danger the Internet is in, of becoming a place where we are surrounded by spam, pornography, advertisements, and government surveillance.

Bruce Sterling says that "civil society" has broken down online, and that "it's not just a digital problem, it's the digital reflection of a global problem."

But is it really a problem? As the article notes, this has happened with every technology. The Internet just makes it harder to ignore. But I think that eventually we'll learn to separate one thing from another properly withoutdestroying the nature of the medium.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 26, 2002 at 4:47 PM

the shift in IT spending

An interesting article in The Economist this week analysis the changes in IT spending and how they will probably evolve once growth returns. It ends with an interesting comment:

But technology has a way of surprising the world. It may not be long before some proverbial teenager in a garage invents the next killer application, and gives the industry back at least some of its legendary buzz.

Something that would simplify collaboration maybe?

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 26, 2002 at 11:17 AM

the row over ICC

More US pressure on Europe to get exemptions from the International Criminal Court. "We can judge others, but no one will judge us." Similar to this.

I wonder, is this what they mean when they talk about "asymmetric conflict"?

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 26, 2002 at 7:36 AM

innovation and inertia/2

Related to my previous posting on a Salon article, here are the readers' letters about that article. Many good replies, making some of the points that I was making.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 26, 2002 at 7:29 AM

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