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Detecting single photons

What do you do when you need to transmit a signal over a long distance, from Saturn, say, and you're low on power?  Until now, you turned the bandwidth way down, but new single-photon detectors could change that.

February 1, 2006 by Phil Windley

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Dumb idea?: Biometric hall pass for travelers

Bruce Schneier doesn't mince words about the stupidy of (a) using biometric IDs to create two classes of travelers (low risk, higher risk) and (b) privatizing the system that does it: What the Trusted Traveler program does is create two different access paths into the airport: high security and low security. The intent is that only good guys will take the low-security path, and the bad guys will be forced to take the high-security path....

January 31, 2006 by David Berlind


Someone in Congress finally flags the evil broadcast flag

Corey Doctorow: Until now, lawmakers have been reluctant to speak out against [the Broadcast and Audio Flags]. A combination of expert lobbying and technological ignorance has made Congress suicidally willing to consider proposals to break America's televisions....

January 31, 2006 by David Berlind


Are Salesforce's outages sullying the reputation of the SaaS model?

Now that Salesforce has experienced two public outtages in as many months (see yesterday's coverage and then the coverage from last month), the very fair question of whether or not the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model that drives that and other solutions is ready for the mission critical needs of enterprises is worth asking.  After all, if Salesforce.

January 31, 2006 by David Berlind


Ask and you may receive (a mashup)

Wow.  Yesterday, Berkman Center fellow David Isenberg publicized his request for a mashup that allows the public to create its own coverage map for the cellular services.

January 31, 2006 by David Berlind


Must (not) see HDTV

By way of ZDNet reader Derek Flickinger comes the low down on why just about every monitor on the market is about to become obsolete (for HD movie playback).  Including many of those big screens hanging on your walls (oops).

January 31, 2006 by David Berlind


IE7 beta 2 goes public

Internet Explorer for XP SP2 beta 2 is now out in the wild for the universe to bang on. The official launch will be sometime later this year along with Windows Vista.

January 31, 2006 by Dan Farber


Torvalds at odds with Cox over Linux and GPL3

Ingrid Marson of ZDNet News UK reports on Linux developer Alan Cox's take on GPL 3:Cox told ZDNet UK that he thinks that many of the changes in GPL 3 are sound: "The majority of it looks very sensible, such as letting copyright information be displayed in an About box rather than relying on command line instructions (as is the case in GPL 2). Some of the more contentious stuff has sensibly been made optional.

January 31, 2006 by David Berlind