Tech Industry to Take on Hollywood over Digital Rules

“The high-tech industry plans to launch a sophisticated new lobbying campaign later this month to strike back against Hollywood in a battle to shape rules of the road for new digital technologies. The Business Software Alliance and Computer Systems Policy Project….hope to convince Congress that strict copy-protection legislation that sets technological mandates would stifle innovation, harm consumers and threaten an already suffering tech industry.” Heather Fleming –Tech Industry to Take…

A Name for Clone Babies: 'Hoax'

“Clonaid, linked with a group that believes life on Earth was originally cloned by aliens, said two women had given birth to babies it had cloned. It at first said it would present DNA evidence but has delayed doing so.” –A Name for Clone Babies: ‘Hoax’ Wired) More news from the department of “duh”: the “cloned baby” reports are probably hoaxes. I’m amazed at the amount of press this “scientific”…

Global Media

“Big media barons are routinely accused of dominating markets, dumbing down the news to plump up the bottom line, and forcing U.S. content on world audiences. But these companies are not as big, bad, dominant, or American as critics claim. And company size is largely irrelevant to many of the problems facing today’s Fourth Estate.” Benjamin Compaine –Global MediaForeign Policy) Since I’ve devoted class time and blog bits to lamenting…

Godotmania [50-Year Appreciation of Waiting for Godot]

“I heard of the play when it opened in Paris. But I am ashamed to say I did not see it. I had no idea that it would shortly dominate my life….My 16-year-old daughter was baffled by the programme material detailing the play’s controversial history. ‘What on earth is there to understand?’ she said. ‘It’s perfectly clear what it is about. You only have to listen.’ How stupid it seems…

Toward a History Based Doctrine for Wargaming

“In 1811 the Herr von Reisswitz, the Prussian War Counselor at Breslau invented an innovative wargame. First, he constructed a table with a model actual terrain. He then represented units by blocks. Each side would give their orders to an umpire who was required to update the terrain table, resolve combat and tell each sides only what they would know. To determine casualties umpires first consulted complex tables that indicated…