Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

Rachel King

Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

Latest Posts

Singularity: Technology, spirituality and the close box

Ray Kurzweil responded to various critiques and questions, and stuck to his PowerPoint slides of datapoints that convey his Singularity theory. He emphasized that because of the accelerating pace of change, technology will be able to solve all problems, from the practical problems of climate change and energy efficiency to cutting poverty and disease On the software side, 10 to the 16th calculations per second should be sufficient to reach human level intelligence.

May 13, 2006 by Dan Farber


The great Singularity debate

Saturday morning at the Singularity Summit at Stanford University. All 12 panelists for the day are seated in order of their scheduled presentations, with an audience of at least a thousand seated in the Memorial Auditorium on campus.

May 13, 2006 by Dan Farber


Analyze this: Roger McNamee on Microsoft's strategy

After his interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at a Churchill Club event (video here), I hooked up with Elevation Partners co-founder and Flying Other Brothers guitarist Roger McNamee for a post-interview analysis and look into his investment portfolio. In this podcast, Roger offers his incisive take on Microsoft's future-- competition; issues of culture and scale; getting traction with an advertising business model; building content platforms; and making acquisitions.

May 12, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Voting machine security flaws uncovered

Black Box Voting issued a report on the security of Diebold voting machines The investigation revealed security holes at the bootloader, OS, and application levels. The recommendations of the report were (quoting the report): Because there is no way of having chain of custody or audit trail for machines, the machines need to be reflashed with a known good version (assessing the risks potentially inherited).

May 12, 2006 by Phil Windley


Google press day, Ballmer's formula, BitTorrent, E3 and more...

This week on The Dan & David Show, we cover the latest coming out of the Googleplex and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's plan to thrive within the advertising business model, now dominated by Google and Yahoo. He cited Microsoft's legendary "tenacity, persistence, patience and willingness to stay after it" and said that his company will rely upon its "usual innovation and patience, which distinguishes us from many other tech companies.

May 11, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Ballmer's formula: Patience and innovation

During an interview with Elevation Partners' Roger McNamee,  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer cited Microsoft's well known "tenacity, persistence, patience and willingness to stay after it" as the way the company will thrive in the Web world, led by companies like Google and Yahoo. "We will show our usual innovation and patience, which distinguishes us from many other tech companies.

May 11, 2006 by Dan Farber