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Review of a Travel Site

The Business Traveler’s Dream, promoted as “the world’s first wholesale travel book engine,” worked like a charm for my staff at Social Editing. The main…

CBT (Change Block Tracking)

By Nicholas Klacsanzky What Exactly is CBT (Change Block Tracking)? On a virtual machine (VM) that runs on a ESX/ESXi host, you sometimes want to…

On the Future of Innovation

By Peter Heller Nowadays, the typical presentation of a futurologist is a near-infinite roll call of possibilities. Sometimes more than a hundred slides create something…

Beyond Capitalism?

By Mark Napier With a plethora of scientific and technological developments such as sustainable energy, interstellar mining operations, in vitro (laboratory grown) meat, synthetic biology…

The Discovery of the Nucleus

How did physicists figure out that the raisin cookie model was incorrect, and that the atom’s positive charge was concentrated in a tiny, central nucleus?…

The Quest for the Atomic Force

“Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?” – Victor Hugo His father died during his mother’s pregnancy.…

Dark Energy

Until recently, physicists thought they understood gravity fairly well. Einstein had modified Newton’s theory, but certain characteristics of gravitational forces were firmly established. For one…

The Principle of Inertia

Physical effects relate only to a change in velocity Consider two statements of a kind that was at one time made with the utmost seriousness:…

Acceleration in Physics

Definition of acceleration for linear v−t graphs Galileo’s experiment with dropping heavy and light objects from a tower showed that all falling objects have the…

World of Democracycraft

(Originally published as “Why Online Games Are Dictatorships,” InformationWeek, April 16, 2007) Can you be a citizen of a virtual world? That’s the question that…

The Future of Ignoring Things

By Cory Doctorow (Originally published in Information Week‘s Internet Evolution, October 3, 2007) For decades, computers have been helping us to remember, but now it’s…

Direct and Indirect Causality

Many of the arguments that turn up in the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement—between people who apparently should agree—are because of a difference…


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