Gongol.com Archives: November 2007
Brian Gongol

November 12, 2007

Computers and the Internet Speculative visions of the Google "GPhone"

Science and Technology Self-aware robots: The end of the world as we know it?
That seems a little bleak, though the pace of computing progress certainly means that we'll face ethical questions in the not-too-distant future that we've not considered as a species. In fact, we seem to spend very little time looking toward the long-term, except for people like Ian Pearson.

Science and Technology New I-35W bridge is designed to last 100 years

Broadcasting Here come better radio ratings
Chicago will be one of the first markets to get the Arbitron "portable people meter," which should do a vastly better job of handling radio ratings than the current diary method

Water News Container-ship accident dumps 53,000 gallons of fuel oil in San Francisco Bay

The United States of America How language and instinctive reactions are constraining the debate over immigration

Computers and the Internet Gaming consoles (like PlayStation) create a security risk for computer networks
Because they're Internet-enabled, they could provide an attack route for crooks to follow. Trend Micro, an online security service, has announced that it's going to offer a free security service for PlayStation 3.

News Study will look into what makes people heroic

Science and Technology We're still not very good at building efficient workplaces
Energy use in commercial buildings is supposed to rise by about 50% between now and 2030

Socialism Doesn't Work Still not clear how North Korea will use giant rabbits
No one seems to be able to figure out what North Korea thinks it can do with giant rabbits -- especially since they represent a net loss in calories (hay and feed in exceed meat out)

Iowa Why politics in Iowa are so nice

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