Archive for April, 2004

Jack Valenti gets an education

Wednesday, April 28th, 2004

I love this. An MIT student interviews Jack Valenti of MPAA fame, and teaches him a few things.

Real Dialogue: The Tech interviews Jack Valenti

Real Security

Monday, April 19th, 2004

Bruce is one of our most important thinkers on real security in our times. Security is so politicized and hyped that hardly anybody takes a real objective view of it. Bruce is one of those. His latest newsletter (below) has a great article on why a national ID card is a terrible idea. And I’m about halfway through his book Beyond Fear, which is pretty darn good.

Schneier.com: Crypto-Gram: April 15, 2004

Open Source Audio

Tuesday, April 13th, 2004

I enjoyed Cory Doctorow‘s book Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, although I liked Eastern Standard Tribe even more. Here is a cool project to create an open-source audio version of it. I love the Creative Commons!

Details for Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom – Prologue

Phones more annoying than in-person conversations

Tuesday, April 13th, 2004

These guys did a clever study that demonstrates that people really do find cell phone conversations more annoying than in-person conversations, even when the content and volume are identical.

Why Mobile Phones are Annoying (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)