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"When the clock strikes midnight tomorrow, we will be giving terrorists the opportunity to plot against our country undetected. Now, the Senator from Kentucky is threatening to take away the best tools we have for stopping them." And with that, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reached a new low-water mark in the modern history of debate in the US Senate. His ad hominem attack on newly elected Sen. Rand Paul were part of this week's Kabuki theater exercise to extend the major provisions of the Patriot Act; doing so became a done deal behind the scenes in the Senate last week, and President Obama quickly signed them into law. This is one occasion in which one wishes for the gridlock that has ostensibly characterized Congress for the past two decades. The reality is, when it comes to trampling on civil liberties (and particularly the 4th Amendment), Congress speaks ... (more)

Flashback to January 2006: Exclusive SYS-CON.TV Interviews on "OpenAjax Alliance" Announcement

Read Sun's Take on "Open AJAX"– Tim Bray Speaks Out IBM is leading, but apparently not controlling, a bold initiative known as "Open AJAX" that brings this open-source application development approach to the forefront of the worldwide i-technology industry. The Open AJAX initiative does not have a centralized structure or website, but is rather an idea that is being formally backed by BEA, Borland, the Dojo Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation, Laszlo Systems, Mozilla Corporation, Novell, Openwave Systems, Oracle, Red Hat, Yahoo, Zend and Zimbra. A spokesperson for one of the m... (more)

Should RIM BlackBerries Be Rented?

So I was sitting under the hot lights at SYS-CON Media’s headquarters in Montvale, NJ recently, trying to mind my own business but expecting to get hit with some sort of surprise question by my SYS-CON.TV colleague Jeremy Geelan. Jeremy, who serves as Publishing Director of SYS-CON, brings a wealth of journalistic and technological experience to the game, backed by the sort of elocution one would expect from a former BBC producer. And as a European, he often speaks from a viewpoint that, simply, can seemingly be designed to rub a solid U.S. citizen the wrong way. He also likes to... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: Silicon Valley Recovering Slowly

There are a few key things to remember. First, San Francisco likes to compare itself with Paris, or say, Florence. It ignores San Jose and Santa Clara County. Its blueblood natives pride themselves on tolerance and philanthropy, and they don't know the difference between a memory chip and a guy named Chip out at the club. Second, Santa Clara County, home of the original Silicon Valley, is often slammed as being a culturally deficient workaholics' paradise that cares less about philanthropy than it does about how the latest chips will "enable" their business models and provide their... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: SUNset?

Related Links: Sun and Microsoft's Interoperability Efforts Delayed Once More IBM Exec Slams Sun's JavaOne/SunNetwork Merger Plans Sun Microsystems famously grew from start-up mode to $1 billion in annual sales without spending one cent on advertising its products. It established early on a reputation for good performance, good pricing, and the latest in a software environment that appealed to technically oriented users who were writing software, designing bridges, and taking over Wall Street with what was then a new category of "technical workstations."more)