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High Tech War

The technology of this war will make the Gulf War look primitive: If the United States launches a war against the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, it is from this windowless, high-tech room that senior officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps will direct the battle. …

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Ground Zero for Ground Zero

I have never been able to get my head around architecture: sure I like nice buildings and I am fairly interested in interior design, but the actual work of summoning buildings forth from the mind has never been something I have much understood. So that’s my excuse why I have …

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iPod Radio

With add-ons iPod can be played over a radio receiver: Getting an iPod or other digital music player is great fun for the first few months that you own it. But after a while of carrying around a good chunk of your musical collection in your pocket, the novelty does …

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Virtual Campaign

Anti-war phone and fax campaign today: Hundreds of thousands of opponents of a U.S. war against Iraq called and faxed their senators and the White House on Wednesday in a “virtual march on Washington,” jamming many congressional telephone lines for several hours. Coordinated by the Win Without War Coalition, an …

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Iso News Still Functioning

The U.S. Justice Department seized the Iso News site , which features info on bootlegged video games and movies, but it is still up right now. I am looking at it. Reuters reports: The Justice Department said it had taken over the Web site (http://www.isonews.com) after its owner pleaded guilty …

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BIG Step For AOL and Online Music

AOL offers MusicNet service with 250,000 songs beginning today: In the strongest attempt yet to create a legitimate alternative to free music-trading sites, America Online will introduce a service today that lets users download and listen to a large catalog of songs. For $8.95 a month, users will be able …

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“Information Rights”

In their clueless arrogance, Microsoft has decided there is such a thing as “information rights” – information is free, o great Satan: It looks like the “rights management technology” that Microsoft has been rumored to be building into Office is on the cusp of debuting in Office 2003. The Windows …

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One Less Thing for Humans to Worry About

Spanish computer claimed to picks hits with 93% accuracy: Scientists in Barcelona, Spain, have created a new “tune technology” to accurately pinpoint which songs will be hits, using 22 variables, such as melody, beat, harmony and the distance between the singer and the microphone. Researcher Mike McCready says the computer …

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“Operation Pipe Dreams” Is Obscene

I am mortified by the big paraphernalia bust – I didn’t even know this was federal law. In this time of terror and rampant white collar crime, does the Justice Department really have nothing better to do? Three years in federal prison for selling bongs??? There goes another one of …

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