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and speaking of network theory

A lot of network theroy deals with network effects. This excellent article on the Guardian online talks about them in the context of the VHS v. Betamax argument.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on January 26, 2003 at 6:53 PM

network theory

The New York times had an article yesterday on Network Theory. The latest fad to grip the world of science (similar to, say, Chaos theory in the mid-80s). As I have been doing some network theory research as part of my PhD, I know that it's more than just a fad. But the hype is simply disgusting. It banalizes the topic, pretends it's a solution to all problems, and people that are not involved in it end up getting completely the wrong idea. I just wish we could get over this human trait of pretending that we have found the final answer to whatever. There are no final answers, there is no destination.

There is only the journey.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on January 26, 2003 at 4:47 PM

no hiding place

The Economist has an online survey of our "internet society". Not surprisingly, one of the main topics is privacy. Anyway, a good read.

Later: another article in the same survey tries to imagine the life of a person in 2033. Interesting as well.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on January 26, 2003 at 3:08 PM


So, it seems the judge threw out the case in which a man was suing McDonald's for making him fat. Reasonable? Partially. The judge also left an open door giving a possible strategy that might work. Ridiculous. Not that McDonald's is a nice corporation or anything, but a lawsuit like that seems crazy, but it's certainly part of the US trend of lawsuits of personal injury. I've always found it weird and contradictory that in a country that prides itself on individuality and self-reliance some people can get away with spending so much time and energy trying to blame others for problems that in many cases they themselves caused. These people say: if it's good, I did it. If it's bad, someone else must have! And lawyers are happy to oblige since they make tons of money...

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on January 26, 2003 at 12:15 PM

a comment on spaces

epesh has tried out spaces 1.8 and he likes it. He says: "[...] a really neat Evolution/Outlook replacement in Java." Thanks!

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on January 26, 2003 at 1:54 AM

the creeping worm

I wonder if this new worm is the reason why my server was out yesterday morning. It sounds plausible. A whole section of my ISP seemed to be down. Zero reachability. Dave has a bunch of links/reports on it. It seemed to hit everyone pretty hard. And guess what: it exploits a bug in SQL Server. 'Trustworthy computing' indeed (Charles has a funny entry on the topic). The one thing we can trust is that they'll keep finding these kinds of holes in the millions of lines of code that Microsoft has piled up in the last couple of years. I remember Bill Joy in a speech at JavaOne 99 saying that he believed that it was impossible to truly debug the 35,000,000 lines of code in what is now Windows XP. He was right, as usual. The next version of XP will include the SQL Server engine in the flle system, We should get ready for more of this I suppose.

Later: an Associated Press story on the worm, published in the New York Times.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on January 26, 2003 at 1:41 AM

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