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Posted on: May 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Grabbing those screen shots from DVDs was, as my lawyers assured me, a textbook definition of fair use. But the entertainment industry made it a pain in the ass.

Posted on: May 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

When you play the Xbox game Halo, it's hard to miss "the Jar Jar effect." That's when aliens bear an uncanny resemblance to earthly racial stereotypes.

Posted on: Apr 27, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Rejoice! The software is pure again!

Posted on: Apr 20, 2005, Source: AlterNet

He's a surveillance device with a conscience. The hardest part is when he comes into contact with other members of his kind.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2005, Source: AlterNet

When Google makes satellite images publicly available, it erodes one of the cornerstones of privacy law, the "reasonable expectation of privacy."

Posted on: Apr 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

We wanted justice for tech innovators. We also wanted some pizza delivered to the Supreme Court steps, goddammit.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Spying is fun for the whole family! Let the CIA teach you how.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2005, Source: AlterNet

ETech was like hanging out with cyber-librarians on acid – really, really good acid that makes you want to change the world.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The new bankruptcy bill is going to bring outsourcing hot spots back home.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Blogs challenge what makes for valuable or credible speech, which is not at all the same thing as free speech.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Harvard President Larry Summers' speech does prove something about the status of women in the sciences.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2005, Source: AlterNet

PayTrust customers' information was sold to Intuit without consent. Suddenly, if PayTrust customers wanted to access their accounts, they had to agree to a very disturbing privacy policy.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2005, Source: AlterNet

As I lay there trying to sit up and escape the hospital (and not barf in the process), I couldn't help but think about pornography.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2005, Source: AlterNet

He already had the internet in his brain, full of LiveJournal posts and chat sessions with himself.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. media industry will become the source of crappy, cheap, B-grade products that other nations laugh at.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Is this the same Apple of "rip, mix, burn" and "think different" and "our company founders were once acid-dropping phone phreaks"?

Posted on: Jan 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

This ain't biology. This is your government, helping cosmetics executives to get rich on state-enforced gender norms.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The asteroid threat provided a perfect fantasy counterpoint to very real fears aroused by the tsunamis.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The Brand X case could change - dramatically - the cost and availability of broadband cable Internet access across the United States. It could also help government spies wiretap your online communication.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2004, Source: AlterNet

If Internet culture is going to bite us in the ass, its problems will grow out of rampant individualism and the cacophony of voices contributing to the medium.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2004, Source: AlterNet

There was more truth in a single episode of <i>Buffy</i> or <i>Firefly</i> than there is in the entire two-year run of <i>The Swan</i>.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2004, Source: AlterNet

If you try spread cheer by putting a bunch of old holiday TV specials on your Web site, you may find a subpoena among your special-delivery packages from Mum.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Pornography and Christianity have something very fundamental in common.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2004, Source: AlterNet

I'm afraid there just isn't any evidence that nefarious right-wing hackers stole the election by gumming up the machines in Ohio or anywhere else with fake votes.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Your Internet movements are hardly sacred and hiding on the net isn't as simple as tossing on a hat and wig.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Rather than selling out, why can't we all scream obscenities when the capitalist patriarchy comes calling?

Posted on: Nov 3, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Some of the greatest unsolved mysteries about our fine digital communications infrastructure unveiled.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The flu vaccine is like a biotech version of taking a shower &#8211; it's microbial hygiene. One huge difference between the two is that a "shower panic" would cause more hysteria.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2004, Source: AlterNet

A setback for all the spies of the world, the CryptoPhone's entire operating system has been hardened against wiretappers.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The "Help Child Stalkers Act" is a godsend for predators online, who now have access to age and gender information.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Our efforts to stamp out crime on the Internet are stamping out our freedoms instead.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2004, Source: AlterNet

What happens in a world where arbitrary limits are placed on people's ability to create?

Posted on: Sep 22, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Citizens of the blogosphere have become both the instigators and consumers of reality TV.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Vacant lots between downtown buildings in Berlin are actually one key to its beauty, making the city a haven for artists, politicos and socially conscious hackers.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Who wants to live forever in a world where only the richest people in developed countries will become immortal?

Posted on: Aug 25, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Two small companies that make peer-to-peer networking software won a lawsuit against the entertainment-industrial complex!

Posted on: Aug 17, 2004, Source: AlterNet

One reason there's an electronic voting issue everybody can agree on: Internet voting sucks.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2004, Source: AlterNet

It's always creepy but gratifying when a piece of mass media so perfectly reflects the culture industry that conceived, manufactured and distributed it.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Should we someday thank gene-altered meadow voles for our faithful partners?

Posted on: Jul 27, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The current administration's anti-science stance puts innocent people at risk of being indicted on frivolous charges.