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Monthly Archives: December 2005

Lawyers, guns and money

31-Dec-05

Google Sued for $5B Rates Technology, a little-known patent-holding company with a history of filing suits against large technology companies, said it will seek $5 billion in damages from Google based on unpaid royalties from a patent infringement lawsuit RTI filed against Google in New York. Would it be more cost-effective to simply let contracts […]

Royal good taste honors Apple designer

31-Dec-05

MercuryNews.com | 12/31/2005 | Royal honor shines on Apple designer Jonathan Ive has been awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or CBE, by Queen Elizabeth II who, according to the British press, fancies a silver iPod mini. I think this shows incredible good taste on the part of the […]

White House web bugs

31-Dec-05

White House Says Web Site Counts Visitors OK, this is just silly … perhaps not-very-hard working “Journalists” looking for low hanging fruit. File this under “So What!”. Perhaps the White House website counts visitors. Perhaps the White House website tracks the interests of an individual visitor. By itself this is harmless, and the last is […]

Are men programmable?

31-Dec-05

Sexes gain equality on the Web For men, it’s just, ‘Give me the facts,”‘ said Deborah Fallows, who wrote the report based on six years of Pew surveys. “For women, it’s ‘Let’s talk about this. Are you worried about this problem?’ It’s keeping in touch and connecting with people in a richer way.” Is this […]

Cookies are not scary

31-Dec-05

NSA Web Site Spies On You Since the NSA has been caught illegally spying on people recently. I hardly believe that the cookies are inadvertant. This is so wrong on so many levels… First, web browser cookies are not scary. In fact they are about as scary as … cookies (the kind you’d munch on). […]

How To Make A RFID Blocking Wallet

31-Dec-05

How To Make A RFID Blocking Wallet I wonder how long before this becomes a standard feature of wallets? All the maker has to do is incorporate a layer of aluminum foil. 100 % Duct Tape Wallets by DuckSkin VENICE Pre-made wallets out of duct tape?! Duct tape / Colored Duct Tape For those of […]

Weblogs and Journalism

31-Dec-05

from UserFriendly Yes, I do believe weblogs have forced those who practice “Journalism” (the profession) to work a little harder, and to not be as sloppy as often. As an aside – the word “Journalism” is dervied from journal for which one of the offered definitions is “a daily written record of (usually personal) experiences […]

Keeping what little freedom we have left.

31-Dec-05

Schneier on Security: NSA and Bush’s Illegal Eavesdropping “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.” — William Pitt, House of Commons, 11/18/1783