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1. Editor's Note: Bopping To The Music Of Screeching Brakes
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- Recording Industry Fires Back At Apple's Jobs
- Steve Jobs Wants To End DRM, But Apple Develops New Access Control Technology
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- Windows Vista Flunks Out At MIT
- Yahoo Pipes Inaugurates The Recombinant Web
- Xbox 360 Customers Can't Connect To Apple AirPort Extreme
- NASA Employees Warned About Windows Vista Security Loophole
- Grammy Show Will Generate IT Security Problems For Businesses
- Computing Meets Chemistry In MIT's 'Microfluidic Bubbles'
- Study: Encryption Is Needed; Few Doing It
- Disney Says Advertisers Embrace TV Shows On Web
- Six Firms Partner For 3G GSM Mobile Phones
- Spansion Takes Top Spot In NOR Flash-Memory Market
- Microsoft Posts Software-As-Service Code Samples
- Sophos Unveils Security For Windows Mobile
4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
- Using Second Life For Meetings And Collaborations
- Windows To Mac: A Frustrating Transition So Far
- UMTS Moto Q Next Week With WinMo6?
- Steve Jobs On DRM-Free Media: Right Idea, Whatever His Reasons
- Apple To iPod Users: Stay Away From Vista
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- Application Optimized Storage For Aligning Business And IT
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"It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you." -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
1. Editor's Note: Bopping To The Music Of Screeching Brakes
Occasionally, when driving in NYC, I play a game that works this way: If I have to do a quick maneuver to avoid hitting some fool who isn't paying attention, I award myself a number of points, depending on the danger level of the pedestrian's behavior. That guy strolling out between two parked cars without looking? Six points. That woman who doesn't feel the need to check the traffic light? Eight points. The music lover bopping out into Times Square traffic oblivious to anything but his iPod? Game over.
Apparently, New York state Sen. Carl Kruger is out to ruin our fun: He's about to introduce a bill that would ban the use of any electronic device in a crosswalk. So if you need to cross the street, and you're listening to your favorite band, using your cell to explain to your mom why you weren't home when she called at 11 p.m., or checking your BlackBerry to see if you won that eBay auctionit could cost you a cool $100.
Now, I've got nothing against making such activities illegal while operating a moving vehicle. I get very, very nervous when I see somebody with a cell phone to one ear negotiating a three-point U-turn or moving across two lanes at 70 mphand if some industrious highway patrol officer issues that person a citation, I'm happy to see it. But that's because the dolts on the phone aren't only putting themselves in danger, but their passengers, the other drivers on the road, and any pedestrians who may accidentally get in their way.
On the other hand, those of us who walk around NYC (and I'm a pedestrian as well as a driver) should already know that you've got to watch out, especially in Manhattan, where you're dealing with cars, SUVs, trucks, and taxis, all in a hurry to get from point A to point B. In fact, being an especially cautious person, I usually listen to my MP3 player using only one earbud when I'm on the move.
Yes, use advertising and word-of-mouth to impress on us how dangerous and deeply idiotic it is to ignore our surroundings, especially when crossing a street. But adding yet another fine to the many that New York residents can already earn (and adding yet another thing that police have to pay attention to) is not the way to go.
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Using Second Life For Meetings And Collaborations
I would have said adding Second Life to a meeting added distractions and brought nothing useful. However, recent conversations with IBM and an executive at an SL consulting firm have given me some things to think about in regard to the value of meeting in virtual reality.
Windows To Mac: A Frustrating Transition So Far
My first couple of days as a Mac user, after a quarter-century using Windows and DOS, have been pretty frustrating. But it's not the Mac's fault. When you're used to working on one platform, you get used to doing things a certain way, and it's maddening to go to another platform that has different ways of doing the same things.
UMTS Moto Q Next Week With WinMo6?
A bit of analysis over on Unstrung is talking up the probability that Motorola will announce a UMTS version of its semipopular Q smartphone. I say don't bother unless it comes with Windows Mobile 6.
Application Optimized Storage For Aligning Business And IT
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