December 29, 2008 | Digital Devices

The New York Times is carrying an article about what cellular carries aren’t telling you about texting. Basically, there isn’t a separate channing for texting vs. voice call traffic between towers and phones. Rather, the same channel that’s already there to set up phone calls is used to send the 160-character messages. Apparently, the messages [...]

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December 27, 2008 | Interesting Web Sites

Bruce Perens is shutting down his website, technocrat.net, which was devoted to discussing technology policy. It’s sad to see it go. I think one thing he could have done is make the site look nicer. People seem to unconsciously appreciate the fact that you’ve taken some time to design a site. I think readers think [...]

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December 26, 2008 | Digital Devices

eWeek is reporting that notebook sales have passed desktop sales for the first time. In the last quarter of 2008, 38.6 million units of notebooks shipped compared to 38.5 million desktops. One of the problems with mobile computers, though, is they’re easy pickings for theft, which has reached a hundred thousand per year for notebooks. [...]

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December 25, 2008 | News

The Association for Computing Machinery (or ACM) is the largest professional computing society. It’s calling for President-elect Obama to include computer science in the Kindergarten to 12th core curriculum. The story is being discussed on Slashdot here: Slashdot | ACM Urges Obama To Include CS In K-12 Core I’ll get to what I think about [...]

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December 25, 2008 | Digital Policy, News

President-elect Obama has called for spending $44 billion on broadband, according to the story being discussed on Slashdot: Slashdot | Universal Broadband Plan Calls For $44 Billion I think it’s about time that the U.S. got its broadband act together. Everytime broadband is discussed, someone brings up the excuse that that U.S. can’t have as [...]

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December 23, 2008 | News

The New Yorker is cogitating on the future of the newspaper here. The story is being discussed on Slashdot here: Slashdot | Are Newspapers Doomed? The current problems of newspapers stem from falling advertising revenue from retail and real estate. But there’s a more basic problem, which is that the percentage of subscribers has halved [...]

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December 23, 2008 | News

In a Computerworld article, Mozilla CEO John Lilly calls the non-profit’s relationship with Google “complicated.” The story is being discussed on Slashdot here: Slashdot | Chrome Complicates Mozilla/Google Love-In See, it used to be that Mozilla made the Firefox browser, Firefox’s default search box went to google.com, actually a special page at Google, and Google [...]

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December 17, 2008 | News

Slashdot has a story on the fifth anniversary of the CAN-SPAM act. The referenced article says that CAN-SPAM did help to establish minimum standards for legitimate businesses, and also encouraged most to go beyond the minimum and ask for permission before sending solicitous e-mail. But it didn’t, and can’t, stop truly illicit e-mails from non-legitimate [...]

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December 17, 2008 | Software and Downloads

Firefox 3.0.5 has been released. This is a minor relase that Fixes some security and stability issues Offers releases for the Bengali, Esperanto, Galician, Hindi, and Latvian languages. Some other small changes If you’ve turned automatic updates off, you can get the latest release at the URL below: Mozilla Firefox 3.0.5 Release Notes

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December 17, 2008 | Developer, News

The Hill is reporting that tech firms are beginning to wake up to what they see as a threat in the form of an upcoming pro-union bill. The bill is a so-called “card-check” bill , which means that instead of employees voting in an election for whether they want to be in a union or [...]

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