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waste and encryption

Regarding WASTE (weird, it happened two weeks ago and it feels like last year's news, doesn't it?), Ray Ozzie has an intriguing take (different, from, say, my name-related machinations) on why it had to be pulled out: encryption controls, and the license needed for them (or lack thereof). Entries here and here. Personally, I still think it had more to do with Nullsoft's rebelliousness and Nullsoft releasing something that AOL didn't want to let out (for whatever reason), but there might be some of those legal considerations involved as well. In any case, something to keep in mind as encryption becomes more pervasive.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on June 20, 2003 at 8:52 PM

politics, media... and war

A fascinating (and scary) summary and analysis from Salon's Jake Tapper of how the rethoric of politicians in the US shifted as the Iraq war drew closer. I say "fascinating" in how the media and the power of institutions is "managed" to adjust the public's reaction; in its end result it is, of course, worrying, if not really new. One conclusion: decentralized media (of which weblogs are the tip of the iceberg) will have to thrive to counterbalance these forces, since "big media" is out of the game of "objectivity" at this point. And it's not just about those dreaded "special interests" controlling media; another big factor is that these days it's easier to form feedback loops between content consumers and providers, and so the focus of mainstream media is following the fickle interests of the mob (note: the mob, not the individuals that compose it). Individuals want depth and objectivity, and if necessary complexity. The mob prefers shallow, subjective, easy-to-understand soundbites. Weblogs are the best tools of individuality at the moment, but they're just a start.

Categories: geopolitics
Posted by diego on June 20, 2003 at 8:08 PM

back to "normal"

My parents left yesterday evening. I showed them around Dublin (they loved it), and we had a good time in general. Now it's back to busier days (I was working only a few hours a day when they were here). Lots of things to do, including complete an IEEE article I've been working on, my thesis, and of course work on the next beta of clevercactus. The nice weather helps, I sleep (even) less with long, warm days, and it's not getting dark until around 11 pm. Good stuff. :)

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on June 20, 2003 at 7:55 PM

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