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One of these things is just a bit unlike the others:

One of these things is just a bit unlike the others: The Wired Rave Awards (whatever they are) category list includes a "Cultural Innovator" category to select a person who is "changing our creative landscape. A talent whose work has a profound effect on our culture." The names:I don't know where to start.
posted by werty on Aug 22, 2001 - 45 comments

Aunt Flo has left the building!

Aunt Flo has left the building! "A new drug being developed would eliminate menstruation altogether, while still allowing women to get pregnant. Another drug would eliminate both periods and pregnancy." Stock in companies that sell white jeans set to skyrocket, while sales of red and white patterned bedsheets plummet! On a more serious note, how much easier will this make it to plan adventurous vacations, honeymoons, and doctor's appointments? How much easier would life be if you never, ever had to think about having a period again?
posted by kristin on Aug 3, 2001 - 66 comments

Another blog-tracking tool...

Another blog-tracking tool... Although I am braced for mefi attack for posting this one ("non-story - there are other web log trackers" etc, etc), I'm interested to hear what me-fier's think about the ultimate viability of such a product. Is a comprehensive weblog crawler a viable product? Would google-like algorithms work? What would this mean for said "memes" and their proliferation on the net? Further, is there a potential for a "commodification of the meme?" Would the corporates, in the style of viral marketing gimmicks ("I Kiss you!"), use such a "meme tracker" to identify and exploit net culture "hot spots?"
posted by preguicoso on Jul 30, 2001 - 23 comments

Adobe backs down, Dmitry left on the hook.

Adobe backs down, Dmitry left on the hook. They dropped all charges against Dmitry, but the Justice Department may not.
posted by Kikkoman on Jul 23, 2001 - 1 comment

An run-of-the-mill

An run-of-the-mill story about the Webbies asks the question of how to find the best sites, and how good sites are interlinked on the Internet. So why is this notable? It's not, but everyone's favourite website is mentioned. Gratz, Matt.
posted by Marquis on Jul 18, 2001 - 3 comments

European Parliament says Echelon exists

European Parliament says Echelon exists and is more or less powerless to stop it. All the more reason for government and industry to create encryption standards.
posted by skallas on Jul 4, 2001 - 6 comments

Talk is cheap

Talk is cheap Coming soon: 50-90% off. Discuss (in English).
posted by bregdan on Jun 19, 2001 - 48 comments

When last we heard, president of Netscape Jim Bankoff was saying that "six months from now, you won't consider Netscape to be a browser company." Many took that statement, coupled with the lack of acceptance of Netscape 6, to mean that the Netscape browser was dead. But Wired.com is reporting today that rumours of Navigator's death have been exaggerated.
posted by tranquileye on Jun 19, 2001 - 39 comments

John Ashcroft on web porn:

John Ashcroft on web porn: "I am concerned about obscenity and I'm concerned about obscenity as it relates to our children". I'm curious what those of you who are more on the conservative/libertarian side of things think about this. Are there special exemptions to the concept of free speech when it comes to this type of content? [more]
posted by owillis on Jun 11, 2001 - 40 comments

Anger Management Anyone?

Anger Management Anyone? Turns out that old pc-rage video wasn't that far off the mark...
posted by DiplomaticImmunity on Jun 7, 2001 - 22 comments

US drug patients vs. the world

US drug patients vs. the world in AIDS crisis. Brazil is making generic AIDS medicine based upon existing drugs created (and of course patented) by US drug companies. the catch? they are giving the drugs away FOR FREE. US Drug companies want their money. the UN agreed ,52 in favor and 1 not in favor, for brazil's strategy for dealing with the AIDS crisis. guess who opposed.
posted by Qambient on May 31, 2001 - 38 comments

When the commercial sectors of our suburbs and cities fall, and our entire way of life changes, will we live in stores like Fred Meyers? It's a question posed by not only singer Glen Phillips, but an oldish Wired article as well. [more...]
posted by hijinx on May 15, 2001 - 12 comments

Most Arab country net traffic headed for porn sites...

Most Arab country net traffic headed for porn sites... I'm not surprised. But not for the same reason's that are put forth in the article... More inside. [Via ObscureStore]
posted by silusGROK on Apr 24, 2001 - 20 comments

Greg Knauss quoted in Wired Magazine!

Greg Knauss quoted in Wired Magazine! The creator of EOD, one of my favorite daily reads, is quoted in an article about some software guy. Go Greg!
posted by CrazyUncleJoe on Apr 15, 2001 - 18 comments

Germany Plans Infowar Against Websites?

Germany Plans Infowar Against Websites? So, Wired News reports that German Interior Minister Otto Schily has said publicly that Germany should stage denial-of-service attacks on right-wing websites housed in other countries. AOL versus Germany as WWWIII/InfoWar I?
posted by bclark on Apr 9, 2001 - 6 comments

Feds post indecent material.

Feds post indecent material. In a move sure to be challenged, the FCC released a report which offfers examples of what they consider to be indecent, and not indecent.

In typical government style, anything that is referred to "sexual" is deemed indecent. But use of the word such as "motherF****r" isn't. This just makes things even more confusing... at least to me.

Examples:

Indecent: "Well, it was a nice big fart. I'm feeling very gaseous at this point."

Not indecent: "The hell I did, I drove motherF****r, oh. Oh."

Indecent: "Sit on my face and tell me that you love me. I'll sit on your face and tell you I love you too." - Montey Python
posted by da5id on Apr 7, 2001 - 10 comments

Wincent Colaiuta has seen and reviewed the new Mac OS

Wincent Colaiuta has seen and reviewed the new Mac OS but you can't read the review. He's encrypted the whole thing using PGP and he's not releasing the key until the OS is released. He says he's done this to avoid law suits from Apple.
I say he's begging for hits.
If he wanted to avoid lawsuits, he could just wait to publish the review...
posted by Jako on Mar 20, 2001 - 6 comments

Busboy makes good!

Busboy makes good! Sometimes when your pay is not enough to live on you have to take action to correct things. This guy did. With a computer he didn't even own.
posted by Postroad on Mar 20, 2001 - 12 comments

Descramble DVD encryption in 7 lines of perl code

Descramble DVD encryption in 7 lines of perl code...created by 2 MIT programmers. Will the MPAA threaten to sue you if you include it in your email signature? Yah for civil disobedience.
posted by deftone on Mar 7, 2001 - 9 comments

(You)^2: Wired Feature on Human Cloning

(You)^2: Wired Feature on Human Cloning
There's a very long, very fascinating article on the current work being done on human cloning research; or possibly the work that has already been done. Many of those interviewed for the article are convinced that somewhere in the world human cloning has already taken place. Lots of cool/frightening material here.
posted by hanseugene on Feb 22, 2001 - 2 comments

Chiariglione steps aside.

Chiariglione steps aside. SDMI over?
posted by aflakete on Jan 25, 2001 - 0 comments

$50 charge to link to a story?

$50 charge to link to a story? it just makes me want to spend some money.
posted by cheesebot on Dec 28, 2000 - 11 comments

Vaporware 2000:

Vaporware 2000: Wired's results of its poll for products promised for this year but not delivered.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Dec 27, 2000 - 12 comments

Wired wants your nomination

Wired wants your nomination for worst Vaporware of the year 2000. (Hardware included.) Read the 1999 article here.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Dec 4, 2000 - 29 comments

Wired News reports on the upcoming DMCA review.

Wired News reports on the upcoming DMCA review. Via Linux Weekly News: "When music is streamed, webcasters are required to pay a performance royalty. In order to generate smooth playback of incoming streams, computers temporarily store some of the data in memory in a RAM buffer. Music publishers have stated that the data in this buffer should be considered a physical creation that would require webcasters to pay a mechanical royalty, similar to what they pay for downloads or CDs." Anyone need any more on that? Time to get your congressman on the phone...
posted by baylink on Nov 30, 2000 - 3 comments

Wired reports:

Wired reports: A browser which displays six webpages simultaneously as though they were the inside walls of a cube. I wonder what the creators take with their tea?
posted by geir on Nov 14, 2000 - 15 comments

Do as we say, not as we do.

Do as we say, not as we do.
posted by solistrato on Nov 6, 2000 - 15 comments

Did VM Labs ever live up to the hype?
posted by highindustrial on Nov 5, 2000 - 3 comments

Is the Revolution really over?

Is the Revolution really over? According to Wired it is, “…one day, the digital revolution was over. The big media companies wrested control of the Internet from the kids in the horned-rimmed glasses.” Derek has his comments on this but to add my own, nothing new and exciting happens anymore.

The Internet has become synonymous for pink slips, mergers, and legal battles.

I know there was a previous link to this article but I was inspired by Derek to bring a different matter to the table.
posted by Brilliantcrank on Oct 24, 2000 - 11 comments


"e-mail" vs. "email" - Wired declares style guidelines (again)

"e-mail" vs. "email" - Wired declares style guidelines (again) - so in today's Wired News (lycos.wired.com, not wired magazine), there's a long explanatory article about a change in Wired News' style standards. A) do declarations from Wired News matter much anymore? B) is "e-mail" really 'more proper' than "email". To me, the hyphen looks amateurish and silly, but I'm too close to this to be objective.
posted by kokogiak on Oct 23, 2000 - 43 comments

use my drive space, give me monopoly money!

use my drive space, give me monopoly money!... i'm not sure at all that i understand this vision of p2p but it gives me a funny feeling reminiscent of the time my roommate tried to get everyone in the house to switch their phones over to excel. then again it's being touted as the killer *nap*
posted by subpixel on Oct 10, 2000 - 4 comments

Nader debates Gore advisor this week

Nader debates Gore advisor this week They might not let him debate Gore face to face, but hey, at least this is something. Way to put the issues on the table, Ralph.
posted by snakey on Oct 9, 2000 - 11 comments

Wired

Wired has an interesting interview this month with David Boies, chief counsel for Napster and DOJ vs. MS (unfortunately, this link just points to the fact that the content won't be online until 10.10. With the debate about Napster everywhere (including september 16th below), I thought it helped to clarify exactly what Napster's position is. I thought John Perry Barlow's (EFF) essay was helpful as well.
posted by Sean Meade on Sep 18, 2000 - 1 comment

All Hands On Deck.

All Hands On Deck. If you're an engineer for IBM OZ or Telstra, don't expect to get a day off for the next three weeks. Here comes the Olympics!
posted by baylink on Sep 9, 2000 - 0 comments

Rape Theory Too Much To Take

Rape Theory Too Much To Take
Is it really hard to understand why Randy(!) Thornhill's theories, about rape of women, its origins and what Mr Thornhill derives from all of that, are offensive and sexist? Or is it really about freedom of speech?
posted by piefke3000 on Sep 6, 2000 - 13 comments

Oh shit, oh piss, oh dear. Judge rules domain names are not property. We had enough problems with this in the last decade with 800-numbers. <sigh>
posted by baylink on Aug 25, 2000 - 12 comments

Music Industry to back down on Work-For-Hire.

Music Industry to back down on Work-For-Hire. If you read the Courtney Love stories last month, you'll have heard that they snuck one across the plate in a satellite TV bill. Everyone screamed, and they've apparently decided to fight other battles. [spotted on Jerry Pournelle's mail page]
posted by baylink on Aug 14, 2000 - 1 comment

Death Row Marv

Death Row Marv lets kids play at being executioners.
posted by crawdad on Aug 11, 2000 - 2 comments

28 states have filed suit against the five big record companies

28 states have filed suit against the five big record companies and two music retailers for conspiring to fix CD prices. Perhaps sometime in the near future I will actually be able to afford new compact discs. Until then, I'll have to amuse myself by laughing at the RIAA.
posted by sixfoot6 on Aug 8, 2000 - 6 comments

DaimlerChrysler is taking the Webmaster of DodgeViper.Com to court

DaimlerChrysler is taking the Webmaster of DodgeViper.Com to court after he tried selling it on eBay. What gets me is that the owner of the site claims he had to defend himself, because he couldn't afford an attorney, yet he says he owns a Dodge Viper? Just another dispute on who can own what domains, and what they can do with them.
posted by Mark on Aug 3, 2000 - 0 comments

A new feature from Deja.com

A new feature from Deja.com "will automatically link mentions of product names in discussion threads to a commerce area on its site." Is it really useful, as Deja claims, or does it imply endorsements for the linked products by the authors of the posts?
posted by phichens on Jul 26, 2000 - 7 comments

Does Gareth Branwyn's / WIRED's Jargon Watch

Does Gareth Branwyn's / WIRED's Jargon Watch ever acknowledge its debt to Eric Raymond's Jargon File? I mean, the File's revision history states clearly that it began in 1975-- considerably before WIRED came to the trough --so isn't this Jargon Watch book just a rip-off of the print verison of the Jargon File, The New Hacker's Dictionary?
posted by jbushnell on Jun 18, 2000 - 10 comments

National Park Service removes the Lonely Phone.

National Park Service removes the Lonely Phone. Thousands mourn.
posted by baylink on May 25, 2000 - 1 comment

Court orders Yahoo to block French access to Nazi memorabilia.

Court orders Yahoo to block French access to Nazi memorabilia. Does it bother anyone else that the French courts think they can regulate an American business? I dislike Nazis as much as the next guy but this seems to be a bit much on the part of the French.
posted by darainwa on May 23, 2000 - 15 comments

Dr. Dre follows in Metallica's footseps

Dr. Dre follows in Metallica's footseps and hands over a list of 239,612 user ID's to Napster to for possible termination of these accounts.
posted by vitaflo on May 17, 2000 - 13 comments

Yet another threat to free speech

Yet another threat to free speech under the guise of the War On Drugs. Not to mention wholesale Internet censorship. And I quote "It says Internet providers and hosting services must remove any website within 48 hours after the government objects to it -- and no court order is necessary. What's next, filtering software for all data entering the United States?
posted by ambereden on May 10, 2000 - 1 comment

Say goodbye to personal liberty

Say goodbye to personal liberty if this bill gets passed. A bill aimed at fighting drugs on and off line will limit your freedom of speech, allow police to enter your house with a warrant but not telling you what it's for. One step closer to the Police state. And one heck of a supreme court case in the wings.
posted by eljuanbobo on May 9, 2000 - 3 comments

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is jumping on the copyright lawsuit bandwagon. This time they're picking on 2600. Me thinks they're playing with fire.
posted by Mick on May 9, 2000 - 6 comments

Panty Raiders: Humorous CD-ROM or the objectification of women?

Panty Raiders: Humorous CD-ROM or the objectification of women? Have you ever heard of any other game referred to as a comedy? I find it particularly offensive and demeaning when a game that involves stripping women is passed off as something funny and entertaining, especially when targeted at young boys. Is this something we should be concerned about, or is it just a game? Are people overreacting?
posted by megnut on May 5, 2000 - 46 comments

"MP3.com Bands Dis Disclosure"

"MP3.com Bands Dis Disclosure" So they're telling the world how much bread artists make . . . can someone come up with anything resembling a rational reason for this?
"'MP3.com is creating a New Music Economy. We want to illustrate the viability of this new music economy by showing the world that artists can make money via Internet distribution of music,' the company's 'Artist Support Team' wrote to complaining bands."
Sounds as if they just got out of a "power-lunch" with the boys in Redmond or something . . . .
posted by mrpalomar on May 3, 2000 - 4 comments

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