Fiber map presents security threat

July 9, 2003
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Sean Gorman is getting heat from officials about his PhD thesis paper that maps out fiber-optic networks: “…when they presented [the findings] at a forum of chief information officers of the country’s largest financial services companies — clicking on a single cable running into a Manhattan office, for example, and revealing the names of 25…

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Toaster PC

July 8, 2003
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Toaster PC

Okay this is pretty cool, and certainly a nice bit of handi-work, but ultimately this whole affair should fit under the kitchen cabinet with a swing down screen (like those small kitchen TVs), and make no noise.

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Foam chunk caused Columbia disaster

July 8, 2003
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Calling the new evidence the “smoking gun”, investigators say they are now certain that pieces of insulating foam that hit Columbia’s wing caused the accident. They fired chunks of foam insulation at shuttle wing parts producing “catastrophic damage” that would account for an opening that would allow the extremely hot atmospheric gases to seep in…

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HeckleBot

July 7, 2003
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I’ve offered to help Joi Ito put together a device to be used to send real-time feedback, such as via IRC, to a speaker at a conference using an LED display, like those that display sports scores in a bar. He calls it HeckleBot and he has a wiki page for it. My offer is…

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Blogs are like California

July 6, 2003
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As a native of Northern California, my decision in 1995 to move to LA was significant. In the three years I lived there, I gained respect and appreciation for both LA and my own Northern California. Among other things, I observed that LA people genuinely believe the rest of the world cares about hair, makeup,…

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Gartner reports discuss alternatives to Microsoft

July 5, 2003
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This is not that new, but I hadn’t seen it before. Via Living Without Microsoft Gartner now has a series of reports available that look at <a href=”http://www4.gartner.com/pages/story.php.id.8723.s.8.jsp”>alternatives to Microsoft</a>. They claim this research was started in response to “significant anti-Microsoft sentiment” among customers.

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