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Big Brother is Watching..New Bill to Give Obama Control over Internet

Just when you thought it wouldn’t get worse, it does.  A pair of bills (Sen 773 & 778) have been introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (W-WV) that would be a part what’s being called the “Cybersecurity Act of 2009”.  These bills would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private data online, regulate the cybersecurity industry, and shut down portions of internet traffic if it deems there is an “emergency”.  A new office called the Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor would be created and would report directly to the President.  Hmmm….wonder how I apply for that position.  Do I have to pay taxes to be considered?

For your enjoyment, here is a working draft of the bill: 

http://cdt.org/security/CYBERSEC4.pdf

This new Act raises …


The House In Action! DTV Switch Stays On Schedule

Thank goodness there must have been SOME voice of reason in the US House today regarding the switch to digital television transmission and the shutting down of analog transmissions.  Although the special rules required a 2/3 vote to approve, at least the House did not roll over and give in like the idiots in the Senate on Monday night (who voted for this travesty unanimously).

Why is this bill a problem?

Well, we understand and accept the fact that, ahem, 4% of households have not yet switched to the digital format (most simply needing a $50 converter box that the government has been providing a $40 coupon for now for over a year now.  Evidently, part of the issue is the sudden delay in sending …


CNN Gets A Technical First – A Live Hologram!

Just now, Wolf Blitzer is talking with Jessica Yellin via, get this, Hologram. First time on live TV.

I’m quite impressed with what they’ve accomplished here.  Jessica is in Chicago and Wolf is in New York.  The image was a little herky-jerky (that’s a lot of data to transmit) from multiple cameras that were surrounding Jessica in a small tent.

I don’t know for sure if the image was actually projected onto the set or just merged digitally, but Wolf gave the impression that he was looking right at the image.  And there was a red circle on the floor that appeared as if it could have been part of the projection aparatus.

Bravo, CNN!…


A Relaxing Afternoon Off the RIM

I spent most of the afternoon today in meetings, and of course, we don’t touch our Blackberries while we’re focused on the Present (I’m pretty serious about this, Blackberry use means I don’t need to be in the meeting). However, during times between meetings and on breaks, out they come (to the demise of any social interaction). Fortunately for me today, I had plenty of time to socialize since I wasn’t receiving emails on my ball-and-chain. It was interesting seeing some of us engage with others when we would have normally been thumbing our way through torrid responses to the next critical event of the day.

Research In Motion (RIM), who run the Blackberry messaging infrastructure, had an outage. I received a few delayed messages …


How Do The Pollsters And Campaigns Get All Those Phone Calls To You?

On Van and Bonnie on WHO this morning, there was an interview with a political telemarketing expert from George Washington University.  The topic was the technologies, techniques, and purpose for all those phone calls we’ve been getting here in Iowa the past few weeks.  You can listen to the interview here.…


Computer Problems Continue here at Conservative Reader

I apologize for the outage, and I’m afraid I’m going to have to either purchase a new PC (or Mac, not sure yet), but I will at least try to get some content flowing today from my Ubuntu Linux laptop.
If you don’t care about technical gobbledy-goop, you can go ahead and move along to something else.
So for the past few days, the poor thing has been dying from what appears (but cannot yet be confirmed as) a Video card problem.  I am going to try swapping some things around today to see what happens, but I’m not hopeful.  The worst part is that the problem is not immediate… sometimes the system appears to crash immediately, sometimes it waits for minutes or hours.  And …


Apple Finally Got the Best of Me

I finally broke down (after having purchased an iPod for my wife earlier this year) and bought my own iPod last week… and no I didn’t buy the iPhone, but yes I did buy the Touch (iPhone without the phone).  I like it, it works great (except Safari tends to crash quite a bit), and I can’t wait for Steve Jobs to drop the price so that even I can complain and get my entitlement.   

I doubt that I will be blogging from the iPod (technically, I can, but typing is NOT fun on it), but at least I can listen to my favorite tunes and books.

Speaking of books, I’m currently reading “Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty”


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