Gongol.com Archives: August 2006
Brian Gongol

August 17, 2006

Computers and the Internet Cyworld: the next MySpace?
If it's enough to stop those ridiculous instant-playing songs and impossible-to-read backgrounds, then saints be praised

The United States of America George Washington on whether this is a "Christian" nation
The first President wrote: "The government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support." That doesn't quite sound like "This is a Christian nation." Freedom is a non-sectarian good.

News Protesters still upset over Mexican presidential election
Small recount underway; final decision required September 6th

Iowa Wind-turbine factory to be built in Fort Madison
Unfortunately, the city and state gave them a $5 million incentive package to do it

Humor and Good News Inspirational posters from "Star Trek"
Best: "EXPENDABILITY...Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Ensign Ricky are beaming down to the planet. Guess who's not coming back."

Broadcasting CBS to stream "Evening News" live online
The erosion of conventional boundaries between one medium and another continues apace

Business and Finance Investing in higher education for the wrong reasons
Texas's plan to try to subsidize economic development by creating technology centers around its state universities gets the cart and the horse all tangled up with one another. States shouldn't subsidize education in order to create superstar performers -- they should do it in order to take advantage of the generalized benefits that come from having a well-educated population. Superstars can pick up and move; what's more important is raising the mean.

Threats and Hazards European leaders musing aloud about censoring the Internet
They're talking about finding ways to "block" sites that incite violence or give information on how to build bombs. But that gets two things wrong: (1) It fundamentally misjudges how the Internet works, and (2) seeks to slap a superficial bandage on a bigger problem. Europe needs to get a grip on its high unemployment rates for young people.

Weather and Disasters North Korea reverses position, may accept food aid from South Korea
Some 55,000 people are believed to be dead or missing as a result of July floods. Compound that with ongoing food shortages and the damage the floods did to crops, and North Korea is in a tenuous position. Once again, though, the lesson is that disasters don't kill people, poverty in disasters kills people.

Computers and the Internet How typosquatting can lead to security breaches
Occasionally, everyone will mis-type a website address -- but there's a hazard involved, in that typosquatters (people who take over domains that are typos of commonly visited sites) could infect sites with drive-by downloads

Water News EPA releases new guidance to small water systems

Graphics 10 Network