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Humans prefer cockiness to expertise

Humans prefer cockiness to expertise | New Scientist

China tries to control free speech through Internet

More Orwell versus Huxley…

“The U.N. model of Internet governance is highly unsatisfactory from a human-rights and free-expression point of view for obvious reasons,” she told me. “The Chinese and the Iranians and various other authoritarian countries will insist on standards and rules that make dissent more difficult, destroy the possibility of anonymity, and facilitate surveillance.”

Up to now, governments have been largely hands-off. An amusing example is the dispute over the domain www.newzealand.com. The queen of England, “in right of her Government in New Zealand, as Trustee for the Citizens, Organizations and State of New Zealand,” brought an action in 2002 against a Seattle-based company called Virtual Countries Inc. that had registered the Web address. The queen argued that her antipodean country should have control over its own .com name. This may sound reasonable, but she lost. New Zealand had to buy the .com address for $500,000.

Will governments like China’s be as philosophical about Internet domain decisions they don’t like?

Crovitz: China tries to control free speech through Internet – WSJ.com

Drowning in it…

A brave new world

10 Tips for iPhone Users at DEFCON 17

10 Tips for iPhone Users at DEFCON 17 [iPhone Dev Team]

Are you chatting to your cybernaut friends again?

Are you chatting to your cybernaut friends again?:

“When I was young and I wanted to know something, I was beaten for being too inquisitive. That’s the problem with the young people today, they have a google answer for everything. If they had to walk to their local library every time they had something stupid to ask they would ask a lot less stupid questions.”

Caloric Restriction Slows Aging

I need to go on a diet… Technology Review: Caloric Restriction Slows Aging in Monkeys

Artificial brain ’10 years away’

BBC NEWS | Technology | Artificial brain ’10 years away’ I’ll be needing a new one in about a decade so the timing is looking good.

I’m really thinking maybe I shouldn’t have yelled at that Chinese guy so much

I’m really thinking maybe I shouldn’t have yelled at that Chinese guy so much

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