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Dangerous legal loophole in child-porn prosecutions under review

A little more than a year ago, I wrote a column entitled A porn trap to steer clear of that dealt with some thorny questions that most would rather not ask when attempting "throw the book" at creators, distributors, and consumers of child pornography.  After all, the scum should be locked up and the key should be thrown away, right?

September 22, 2005 by David Berlind


When it rains (3G notebooks), it pours

That's the headline I probably should have used on my previous blog about how HP was so rattled by Dell's announcement of a Cingular-provisioned 3G wireless broadband notebook that it issued a formal response.  Normally, if one vendor feels compelled to issue a statement in response to another vendor's announcement, it's an explanation of why the newly announced product or service  is a bad idea.

September 21, 2005 by David Berlind

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Shouldn't Google Alerts include blogs?

In an attempt to stay abreast of all things Windows Vista on the Web (for our Vistulations blog), I've established a Google Alert to keep an eye on the Web. Or so I thought.

September 21, 2005 by David Berlind


HP issues response to Dell/Cingular 3G notebook pact

Boy it's been a busy week on the 3G front as the various notebook manufacturers race to offer notebooks with wireless broadband in them.  Apparently, everyone is beginning to realize that there's some benefit to a country-wide hotspot.

September 21, 2005 by David Berlind


Larry Ellison: The new software statesman

During his Oracle Openworld keynote, Larry Ellison outlined his major initiatives for the next 24 months. As I wrote earlier in the week, Oracle is becoming more stateman-like, talking about giving user choice, lifetime support (for a price as yet undetermined) and being a model open standards citizen.

September 21, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Keystroke logger of the worst kind: a microphone

Just when you thought anti-spyware technology was making it safe to compute again, researchers at the University of California have come up with a new form of spyware using some old technology: a microphone.  According to a story on ScientificAmerican.

September 21, 2005 by David Berlind


GoogleNet and the Internet Age

Elinor Mills of writes about Stephen Arnold's  "The Google Legacy: How Google's Internet Search is Transforming Application Software," (available for $180 from the author), which posits that Google is building a highly scalable platform for virtual applications and services (VoIP, Wi-fi, content distribution, etc.

September 21, 2005 by Dan Farber

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DRM nightmare: Why $20,000 worth of gear won't play my 99 cent songs

It's kind of screwed up if you think about it.  In search of that zen feel where I can have the benefits of modern day audio/video in any room in my house, but without all sorts of unsightly equipment, wires, and splitters spilling out from the nooks and crannies of those rooms, I've already sunk nearly $20,000 into a state-of-the-art whole-home system and I'm not even done yet.

September 21, 2005 by David Berlind