Bruce Schneier: There are several ways to deactivate RFID-Tags.....Basically [the RFID-Zapper] copies the microwave-oven-method, but in a much smaller scale.
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Sun's Tim Bray has publicly invited me into a bet with him. Tim is betting me that by next year, I will no longer think that the NetBeans IDE should be throwing in the towel vs.
In responding to Marc Wagner's blog (see Don't sacrifice innovation in push for standards), IBM's vice president of open standard and open source Bob Sutor writes: ...I think we need to ask two important questions.
From CNN/Money:The Treasury Department says that cyber crime has now outgrown illegal drug sales in annual proceeds, netting an estimated $105 billion in 2004, the report said. At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security's 2005 research budget for cybersecurity programs was cut 7% to $16 million.
In response to my announcement of Mashup Camp (the unconference about the uncomputer), the inundation of email -- most of which arrived over the holidays -- has been overwhelming and I'm still trying to catch up. So, please accept my apologies if I haven't gotten back to you.
CNET Networks (of which ZDNet is a part) is holding a editorial summit with Lenovo. Lenovo is the outfit that took over IBM's PC unit, including its Thinkpads.
Google puts to rest reports of a low-price device, dubbed by someone the Google Cube, that would interface with PCs, TVs, set-top boxes, media players and cell phones."We have many PC partners who serve their markets exceedingly well and we see no need to enter that market; we would rather partner with great companies," is the official Google statement on the subject.
Well, it's not that bad things can happen. It's just that good things might not happen.
The problem is that "standards" are often the result of compromise between competing demands. This lowest common denominator approach is generally cost-effective but not always satisfactory.
Over the holiday break, Ashlee Vance reported: [Overstock CEO Patrick] Byrne held an August conference call with financial analysts about this cabal that has since gone down in Wall Street history as perhaps the single most bizarre CEO moment of all time....During the session, Byrne admitted to making up stories about being gay and a coke-head in the hopes of uncovering a mysterious group short-sellers led by a "Sith Lord.