May 2005

John Early has an interesting editorial over at Computer Weekly “Infrared meets speed and security needs:” Famously associated with applications such as personal digital assistant to laptop synchronisation, PDA business card exchange and short-haul mobile phone data transfer; IRDA, with its short range and relatively low 4mbps throughput, was understandably discounted by the IT community…

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Household Watch has a story: When Ms. Marshall got a $6,000 home-improvement loan from a credit union in April 2003, she had to pay relatively high interest because of a weak credit score. The credit check had showed a court ruling ordering her to pay overdue rent to a former landlord in a Washington, D.C.,…

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The New York Times has a long article on the successors to Air America, “C.I.A. Expanding Terror Battle Under Guise of Charter Flights.” The bit that really caught my attention was: On closer examination, however, it becomes clear that those companies appear to have no premises, only post office boxes or addresses in care of…

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The New York Times is reporting on a number of undercover investigations that have lead to charges against people accused of helping or trying to help terrorists. in “Trying to Thwart Possible Terrorists Quickly, F.B.I. Agents Are Often Playing Them.” The use of undercover agents is an excellent move by the FBI, and should be…

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I met Hossein Derakhshan at Blognashville. He and I respectfully disagree about the value of privacy to bloggers in oppressive regimes. He points out (correctly) that a blogger who has the courage to use his or her own name gains credibility. While I don’t disagree, I think there are people out there who don’t blog…

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Nat Friedman has a good post on usability testing: Over the last several months we at Novell have sent a team of people around the world with a portable usability testing lab… It is amazing to watch the ways that people fall on their face. We’ve all read about the benefits of usability testing, but…

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The French have apparently rejected the EU Constitution. With 83% of the votes counted, it’s 57% Non, according to ABC news. The draft constitution was, from my perspective, the worst of the new Europe: Opaque, complex and undemocratic. We can hope that new blood in the EU will press for a simpler, more transparent, and…

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You might not know it if you read only the American press, but the French voted today in a referendum on the European Union’s proposed Constitution. It’s an awful document, and the French are expected to reject it, plunging the EU into crisis, and leading to the Chancellor being made Emperor. If the EU would…

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I try to stay out of debates that have devolved into the red and blue halves of the Demopublican party screaming soundbites at each other. The party hopes that the American people won’t notice that they’re the same if they yell and scream a lot, and I try not to play their game. C. Eugene…

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