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Posted on: Jul 20, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The feds are freaked out about VoIP because (start the sad violins) it's just so darn hard to regulate.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Media-nerd subversives and dissident techies from all over the world gather at the Hackers on Planet Earth conference.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Mash-ups: anti-authoritarian folk music for a generation whose 'establishment' is represented by corporate intellectual-property owners.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2004, Source: AlterNet

A proposed law would make it illegal to "induce" copyright infringement by doing things like building CD burners, P2P networks and iPods.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2004, Source: AlterNet

'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.'

Posted on: Jun 16, 2004, Source: AlterNet

What exactly is a 'reasonable' search of somebody's electronic data?

Posted on: Jun 8, 2004, Source: AlterNet

After watching 'The Day After Tomorrow' I want to end every sentence I write with an exclamation point.

Posted on: Jun 1, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Like religion, science isn't a unified set of principles: it's a bunch of politicized factions.

Posted on: May 24, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Verizon's wireless spokesmodel is haunting me. I see his sensitive, helpful geek face everywhere.

Posted on: May 17, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Federal Communications Commission regulations threaten to keep a nifty piece of technology out of the public's hands forever.

Posted on: May 10, 2004, Source: AlterNet

In the "we're not sure we're part of the United States" Bay Area, we like to enjoy a little masturbation with our free speech.

Posted on: May 2, 2004, Source: AlterNet

In a trend that harkens back to the Reagan era, high-tech military gigs are all the rage.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2004, Source: AlterNet

'Osama Bin Laden has just been captured!' and other classic spam subject lines.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2004, Source: AlterNet

After watching huge amounts of bad Flash craziness, I've become obsessed with the HomestarRunner.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2004, Source: AlterNet

I must confess to a substantial feeling of disappointment when I arrived at the much hyped 'supercomputer flash mob' and discovered more press than participants.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2004, Source: AlterNet

I've said it before and I'll say it again: my iPod is evil.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Science may try to explain death as a biological process, but these explanations serve a purpose that's similar to those offered by mystics and dharma-addled hippies.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Kids in every school across the San Francisco Unified School District are no longer allowed to access Google's valuable image search.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Throughout the entire world for most of human history, the vast majority of humans have been pawns in a massive genetic engineering project known as patriarchy.

Posted on: Mar 8, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The latest example of lefty cluelessness in the media can be seen in the over-coverage of the Diebold voting-machine scandal.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Trapped as we are in this interstitial moment between cave-dwelling and colonizing space, it's sometimes hard to tell the difference between piggery and subversion.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Hangin' at CodeCon: an annual hacker conference that brings together the most devious minds in the computer industry.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The not-so-hot biotech industry provides 'fast food' jobs for the tech-nerd set.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The latest savvy social-networking site Orkut, encourages the ranking of friends into a hierarchy -- where else would you find out that Wil Wheaton, is, indeed, a dick?

Posted on: Feb 2, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The Mars rovers are teaching us to appreciate robot art. I can think of nothing more poignant than Spirit's first self-portraits after landing.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2004, Source: AlterNet

I feel like I've read a zillion stories about queer people coming to San Francisco or New York City or Toronto or wherever and finding their true community.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Prostitution may be the oldest profession on Earth, but the oldest science on Earth is no doubt the study of longevity.

Posted on: Jan 11, 2004, Source: AlterNet

President George W. Bush's slogan of the year -- debuting soon in his State of the Union address -- is going to be "the ownership society."

Posted on: Jan 5, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Network security legislation may make computing safer, but it also makes it harder for ordinary folks to use computers. Can we make the law usable?

Posted on: Dec 21, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Do you ever feel like there was some future we could have reached if we hadn't gotten sidetracked along the way by blenders and speakers and cars?

Posted on: Dec 17, 2003, Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian

Copyright infringement is a criminal offense. Meet the new generation of geek outlaws and heroes.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Humans may have waged war forever, but geeks have only done so since the 1980s.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet

In 2000 an engineer named Scott Moulton was brought up on criminal charges in Georgia for using nmap. When the authorities call us trespassers, we should refuse to acknowledge that name. We are not criminals.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2003, Source: AlterNet

While I am deeply fond of the idea that someday I'll get neural implants that allow me to port Google to my brain, I also think high-tech approaches to studying the brain quite simply suck.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Are computer worms simply the work of restless teenagers or are they a conspiracy of benevolent overlords?

Posted on: Nov 17, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The Internet economy didn't die. It just got smaller. And stranger.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2003, Source: AlterNet

In yet another stunning example of how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be abused, protestors of voting machine company Diebold have been silenced.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2003, Source: AlterNet

I know it's hard to believe, but sometimes scientists are stupid.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Most people don't realize that between 70 and 75 percent of processed foods contain some genetically modified products.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Half the time I feel like I'm being dunked into a role-playing game even when I'm clearly in the middle of an everyday moment.