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Vaulting into a Rapturous techno-future with Jaron Lanier

Interview To Stanford, where the annual gathering of extropians, futurists and other techno optimists swarms each year - in a self-organizing, bottom-up style - to the annual Accelerating Change conference. Most of us look to the future with large doses of trepidation and grim resignation tempering the love - but not these people. They want to fling themselves into the future with the resounding smack of flies hitting a windshield.
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Dec 2004
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Spam punishment doesn't fit the crime

Opinion I hate spam as much as the next person, but recent decisions by courts in Iowa and Virginia demonstrate how fear of technology (and justifiable annoyance) can force the legal system to impose fines and sentences that are grossly disproportionate to the harm caused by spammers.
Mark Rasch, 27 Dec 2004
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Worldwide Warez hunt nets first conviction

The US government has secured the first conviction in its ambitious Operation Fastlink program designed to nab software pirates.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Dec 2004
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Amazon thanks Santa for shopping record

Amazon.com congratulated itself for a banner holiday shopping season, saying more than 2.8m items were ordered on a single, record-breaking day.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Dec 2004
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Official orders probe of airlines that stole Christmas

A US government official has called for an investigation into the problems that grounded over 1,000 US Airways and Comair flights last weekend.
Ashlee Vance, 27 Dec 2004