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Saturday, February 15, 2003
News came last week that a Tokyo professor was working on a system for making someone invisible.
This afternoon, I came across a patent for a Cloaking system using optoelectronically controlled camouflage, via Delphion's Gallery of Obscure Patents (some truly creative and amusing inventions are listed in the gallery, and the gallery's archive).
Just who will go into full scale production of their invisibility systems first?
feeling rather enum
One single number to identify each of us, tying together our phone numbers, email addresses, web sites, fax numbers, and instant messaging addresses. That's the recommendation of the US Department of Commerce.
USA Today reports upon the standard that will allow this convergence of personal information in an article called Consumers could get one number for phone, faxes, Net access. Frankly, the idea leaves me feeling a bit numb. I'm not sure how different this idea is from the concept of a national ID, or the data mining proposed under the Total Information Awareness program sponsored by DARPA.
A couple of articles sum up nicely many of the concerns that I have about the ENUM standard. Roger Clarke's ENUM - A Case Study in Social Irresponsibility is a thoughtful, and thought provoking analysis of the proposed standard. His abstract:
ENUM is meant to provide a means of mapping from telephone numbers to IP-addresses: "today, many addresses; with ENUM, only one", as its proponents express it.The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) also takes a hard cold look at ENUM, and their analysis of the privacy protection controls in the standard is equally as harsh as Roger Clarke's.
From the Congress of the United States, the Universal National Service Act of 2003:
To provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.
Monday, February 10, 2003
chronically ill river needs new medical coverage
The State of Delaware has declared a portion of the Delaware River, chronically ill. DuPont Co. opposes this declaration, and can you wonder why?
I suspect this will take more than two asprin.
I guess you can't just put factories up and down both sides of a river, pumping toxic chemicals into the water, without killing the river.