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Internet Access Now a Public Utility

The FCC yesterday made a giant decision. They agreed to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Federal Communications Act. In other words, Internet access is now a public utility. This regulation is a huge victory for advocates of net neutrality. I expect a lot of people won’t understand what this means other than the […]

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Politics Social/Culture Technology

Common Defense and the Microscopic Threat

Is an enemy still an enemy if you can’t see them? I think most people would balk at the question. Seriously? You think a malicious entity is not an enemy so long as he hides from view? Of course an enemy is still an enemy as long as the enemy remains a threat to our […]

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Economics Politics Technology

…Meanwhile at Boeing

My last entry was a slam on Wall Street journalist Holman Jenkins for whining about how Airbus gets help from the governments of countries in which Airbus designs, builds and employs. My point was simple, Airbus and the Europeans have a symbiotic relationship that obviously works well for them. It seemed Holman was crying like […]

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Social/Culture Technology

Human Decline

  For years science fiction writers have dreamed up worlds where man becomes subordinate to machine. But while the dramaturgic presentations make box office hits, the understated reality of human subordination continues to draw closer. Indeed it can be argued that we are already subordinate to machines as I will attempt to explain here. Self-Inflicted For this […]

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All the information we create in a year!

How much information 2003? More specifically.., how much information is created globally in a year? Print, film, magnetic, and optical storage media produced about 5 exabytes of new information in 2002. Ninety-two percent of the new information was stored on magnetic media, mostly in hard disks. The United States produces about 40% of the world’s […]