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Month: November 2002 (page 2 of 3)

I believe.

Via Joho: BeliefNet has emerged from bankruptcy and is now back online. This is the home of the nifty Belief-o-matic, a quiz that asks what your beliefs are and then tells you which religions most clearly mirror those views. Last time I took this test, it told me I was a Theravada Buddhist.… Read the rest

Thought for today.

“You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream — the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order — or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.… Read the rest

Our diminished rights.

Dan Gillmor: The control freaks are winning, and your privacy is just about gone.

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Information Awareness Office.

More info on Poindexter’s Information Awareness Office, which should be getting plenty of funding now that the Homeland Security Act has passed, from the Washington Post. (thanks to Dan Gillmor)

“The Information Awareness Office, run by former national security adviser John M.… Read the rest

Is God a computer?

Kevin Kelly has written a rousing, entertaining survey of recent thinking in cosmology, physics, and informatics in the latest issue of Wired: God Is the Machine. In a nutshell, a lot of thinkers — including Mathematica founder Stephen Wolfram and self-educated intellectual Ed Fredkin — are starting to notice similarities between information theory and physics.… Read the rest

Kids’ books online.

The International Children’s Digital Library debuts today with 200 books; 10,000 to be made available online in the project’s next phase.

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I am John Calvin.

“You’re the most intellectual and thoroughly intense theologian on the block. You know what you’re talking about and you recommend people to ignore you at their own risk. Yeah, baby, you know your stuff. You speak in riddles and confuse people for fun.… Read the rest

False Alarms on the Firewall

How can you separate a legitimate security threat from routine traffic? A recently upgraded software product can help.


Computer security experts are fond of reminding people just how vulnerable their defenses really are. And for good reason: No security system, no matter how comprehensive or well-designed, can thwart every possible attack directed against it.… Read the rest

Information gatekeepers.

David Weinberger reports on his talk to a bunch of librarians. The discussion eventually turned to “whether there can be librarians without books,” D.W. says.

The librarians proposed a continued role for themselves as “gatekeepers of information.” Weinberger is unconvinced: If information is widely abundant, who needs gatekeepers?… Read the rest

Nanowrimo update.

Since the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, I’ve written about 12,000 words of “Fatal Exception” – my dot com murder mystery. Not bad for two weeks. The first week went great guns, but then my mom was visiting, I got sick, and there’s that nasty work thing, so I’ve only written 2,000 words since November 6.… Read the rest

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