5th May 2003 Archive
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But will it write down any answers?
Sergei Brin may be shunning an IPO, he says, "to avoid public scrutiny", but here's a rare chance for you to ask Google the questions that really matter. Given Google's oral culture, and its reluctance to write things down, this is a rare opportunity. Google senior research scientist Krishna Bharat, original creator of Google …
Music and Media 5 May 2003, 09:37
The President's favorite database company, Choicepoint Inc., has acquired personal data on hundreds of millions of citizens in ten Latin American countries without their knowledge or consent. Data includes Mexico's Federal Electoral Register, details of drivers in Mexico City and Colombia. "This is a corporation that works hand …
Music and Media 5 May 2003, 09:40
Where does the battery go?
IBM has created the world's smallest torch -- 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. The achievement, reported by Science magazine, at first glance may seem to be outside the remit of IBM's normal work, but in fact, the microscopic light source could one day become critical in devices that use light to transmit data, as is …
Channel 5 May 2003, 09:48
How many does a country need?
While errors in the Transportation Security Administration's "no-fly" list have famously raised the ire of innocent air travelers misidentified as terrorists, it's far from the only government watch list in use. In a report released last week, the General Accounting Office, Congress' investigative arm, counted no less than 12 …
Security 5 May 2003, 10:03
Deceptive trade practice
The material girl's foul-mouthed revenge on music traders could be interpreted as a deceptive trade practice, or even outright fraud, says Mark Rasch, SecurityFocus columnist. Virginia's new anti-spam law makes it a criminal offense to send e-mail with inaccurate and deceptive source or header information. The new PROTECT Act …
Security 5 May 2003, 10:03
Opinion: The People's Browser?
You can't trust a mother when she praises her child, but you can trust dear old Mum's recommendation for a new piece of technology. The latest instance of approval from the matriarch followed her installation of the Opera browser. It seems with version 7.1 of Opera for Windows, a bunch of Norwegian programmers have done what …
Software 5 May 2003, 18:59
Get that Computer out of here
Dell Computer Corp.'s board of directors have called for a much-needed company name change. The Board has recommended that shareholders vote to re-brand the Texas-based PC maker as Dell Inc. Taking "Computer" out of the moniker would better represent Dell's role as a supplier of various hardware products from PCs to servers, …
Business 5 May 2003, 22:31
- Geek's Guide to Britain INSIDE GCHQ: Welcome to Cheltenham's cottage industry
- 'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test
- Game Theory Is the next-gen console war already One?
- Analysis Spam and the Byzantine Empire: How Bitcoin tech REALLY works
- VIDEO Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging