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You have no privacy

How Privacy Vanishes Online. Pretty banal actually. Social networking has really changed things. As I’ve said before I’m fascinated by the large number of people who, even those who want to be anonymous, enter in their real email addresses when leaving a comment. There seems a default “trust unless you shouldn’t trust” setting, so we…

Dr. Daniel MacArthur returns from hiatus, and observes that deCODE is now in the advanced stages of corporate death. Pointers to a Newsweek article and other bloggers at Dr. MacArthur’s post. Over at Gene Expression Classic p-ter points out that Small genetic effects do not preclude drug development (one of the rationales given for why…

Will Google Buzz crash like Google Wave?

What do you think? I think the probability is lower that it will flop like Wave in terms of widespread use because I can recognize what the application is trying to do. It seems to be pushing into a recognizable niche of social content aggregation and organization, though since it hooks into stuff you already…

Question about Google Chrome Extensions

I’ve got a few installed now. Has anyone had any issues with performance yet? I recall back when I used Firefox that was the main downside of having extensions. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, see TechCrunch. Or just update your browser and Google will start telling you all about it, in Settings…

The thorium revival

Mike the Mad Biologist points me to an interesting article in Wired, Uranium Is So Last Century — Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke. Of course Wired is a booster of many things which never take off, but in general I think it’s probably safe to bet on nuclear power becoming more prominent in the…

The World Space Agency a comin’?

NASA to Review Human Spaceflight: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is preparing for a major evaluation of its human spaceflight program, even as many who will conduct the survey have yet to be informed of the agency’s revised mission. … The administration might also enlist the help and financing of other nations to handle…

123456 most common password?

If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe: Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.” Today, it’s one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.” Despite all the reports of Internet security breaches over the years, including the recent attacks on Google’s e-mail service, many people have reacted…

The Google Years

The Google Decade Ends: If the search king hasn’t ripped up your business yet, just wait. 10 years is a long time in the tech industry. I wonder which company will be the center of retrospectives in 2010? It seems that the time cycle of the rise & fall of “It” firm is speeding up;…

Cheers for the coming tech-war!

Google, Past and Future: Ah, but what about 2010? That, claim the editors at Smartgrid, will be the year that Google and Microsoft really roll up their sleeves and go to war. In everything from search to office apps and Internet browsers, the two behemoths will roll out fancy new services designed to erode their…

The software distribution revolution

Apple’s Game Changer, Downloading Now: The way the industry once operated, “Each handset company would come up with its latest iterations and maybe have the hottest device of the season or not,” says Ms. Huberty, the Morgan Stanley analyst. “Enter apps into the equation, and that changes. It goes from being a product cycle game…