BellSouth vs. Google – Round 1

What about the customers? Companies all too often play chicken. It is the consumers who get screwed. A few years ago, a Sun vs. Microsoft disagreement meant no adequate Java Runtime Environment for the brand new Windows XP personal computers for months. Developers for online classes often tap Java for mini-applications (HTML editors, chat, file… Continue reading BellSouth vs. Google – Round 1

Election results changed by hackers in Florida

Not good… Finnish security expert Harri Hursti, together with Black Box Voting, demonstrated that Diebold made misrepresentations to Secretaries of State across the nation when Diebold claimed votes could not be changed on the “memory card” (the credit-card-sized ballot box used by computerized voting machines. A test election was run in Leon County on Tuesday… Continue reading Election results changed by hackers in Florida

Machines Better Programmers than Humans

… Computers now create programs that solve complex problems better than programs designed by people…. Grasemann and Miikkulainen applied genetic algorithms to solve the fingerprint compression puzzle in work supported by the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering directorate. They provided their computer with the basic programming instructions needed to compress graphic… Continue reading Machines Better Programmers than Humans

Great Site Ranking in Google

Only recently have I come to accept toolbars as something quasi useful. Previously, the trouble they caused more than outweighed the benefits. A web page on how Google works has me considering recommending the installation of the Google toolbar on all local computers (~3,000) with seeded bookmarks, cache, and temporary files for our web sites.… Continue reading Great Site Ranking in Google

Another One Bites the Dust

<sarcasm>I agree that I only wanted to be a bike messenger because of my idol, Puck, on The Real World.</sarcasm> In this article, How The Internet Has Changed The Bike Messenger Business, it indicates that bike messengers are getting killed by the ubiquitousness of email. Perhaps another step forward should be taken. Technology has made… Continue reading Another One Bites the Dust