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

When society makes technical decisions

Britain's plans for a universal ID card  have suffered at the hands of of a London School of Economics report (PDF) that called into question the scheme's implementation.  Now, an organization called the Pledge Bank has started a campaign to build a legal defense fund for people who publicly declare that they'll refuse to register for the new ID card.

July 28, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Shining example of why patents and standards don't mix

I've routinely used ZDNet as a bully pulpit directed at both the sellers and buyers of technologies who look to establish or adopt certain standards that have patents connected to them.   When a proprietary (often patented) technology earns the status of de facto standard (aka: practically unchallenged market dominance), the licensor of that technology (usually the patent holder) is basically afforded a legal monopoly and an unprecedented amount of market control.

July 27, 2005 by David Berlind

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Views into Vista Beta 1

According to Windows head Jim Allchin, the first beta of Vista is not suitable for mere mortals. "Beta 1 is not what I would call deeply interesting, unless you are a real bithead.

July 27, 2005 by Dan Farber

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On being bugged

Gilles Caprari of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed a matchbook-size robot named Insbot. Insbot can secrete reassuring chemicals and has successfully insinuated itself into colonies of cockroaches.

July 27, 2005 by Ed Gottsman

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10 petaflops at your service

Next year, Japan plans to begin development of what it hopes will be the fastest of all supercomputers--73 times faster (10 petaflops: 1 petaflop is one thousand trillion floating point operations per second)  than IBM's top-ranked Blue Gene, according to an Japan Times story.  It may take up to $1 billion and five years to get there.

July 26, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Advertising's final (online) frontier

Advertisers spend $200 million annually to place ads in video games--and that figure is supposedly (by what magic do they come up with projections like these?) set to grow five-fold by 2008.

July 25, 2005 by Ed Gottsman

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