By David Pescovitz
Small Times Columnist

July 25, 2003 – Imagine your kitchen blender conks out the day you’re hosting a large cocktail party. You search an online catalog, decide on a model, and click the “buy” button. But instead of waiting three days for the appliance to be shipped to your door, a new kind of printer on your desk springs into action. Layer by layer, the miraculous machine squirts out various materials to form the chassis, the electronics, the motors – literally building the blender for you from the bottom up in a matter of hours…

…”liquid gold” consists of gold nanocrystals…


Why only fools and children use portals by Paul Carr

Monday July 28, 2003

Once upon a time, when Tony Blair was popular, Barry Sheen was alive and jeans didn’t come with those strange yellow fake dust stains on them, there lived three kings. These kings, called AOL, Lycos and Yahoo!, shared control of the kingdom of Internetia.

For many years the kings ruled with an iron hand; it was almost impossible to work, rest or play in Internetia without the permission of at least one of them. Internetia had vast natural deposits of news, information and shopping but the three kings were greedy, hiding these valuable resources away from ordinary citizens behind a wall of top stories, featured partners and stock quotes….

by Paul Carr
The Guardian – link here

A Manifesto for a future and do we have any choice?

The Truth Machine by James Halpern 1996 and the Matrix

It’s a book I bought to read because of the security books I buy on Amazon. It popped up as one of those ones – if you read X others read Y and you might like it.

I recommend these to anyone:

Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century
by Simson Garfinkel

Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World
by Bruce Schneier

Please read on for my take on the book and a closed Matrix world
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amazon.com webservices


Looks like activity around Amazon’s web services is heating up. In the latest issue of their web services newsletter, the following revelation:

We are almost ready to kick off the beta for our payment system. The payment system will allow visitors to your site to use their Amazon account to pay you for any product or service. You can also offer subscriptions and controlled access to content. You will be able to verify the status of any transaction to make sure that the user has not rescinded it. We will provide you with a base-level API and you can construct your business logic on top.


Gilmore v. Ashcroft “because he believes persons have a right to travel by air without


John Gilmore, private citizen, filed a lawsuit on July 18, 2002 against United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, the heads of the Federal Aviation Administration, the new Transportation Security Administration, FBI, the new Homeland Security agency and also the Attorney General. He does so “because he believes persons have a right to travel by air without the government requiring that they relinquish their anonymity. No security threat is as important as the threat to American society caused by erosion of the right to travel, the right to be free from unreasonable searches, and the right to exercise First Amendment rights anonymously.” (from Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief)

Current Status: Awaiting the judge’s ruling on the motion to dismiss the case.


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