Sunday, October 28, 2007

Anecdotal evidence of the impressive kind

Vegetables growing in Greenland. Most effects of climate change won't be so nice, though.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Genetics just for you

Plos Bio on individualized genomics. Ten or twenty years for now, a person's genetic sequence will be the first and most basic piece of personal data; I expect babies to be sequenced in utero, for at least some digest of the sequence to be part of IDs, etc. Note that "basic" doesn't mean "private"; I don't really think it will be possible for genetic information to be kept under control, for more or less the same reasons that make DRM schemes impractical.

This, of course, will open a can of worms.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Speaking of low barriers of entry...

A hundred very short SF stories from Hectowords (my sometimes slightly more fictional blog), collected as a single pdf here.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The operative word being Yikes

When Bruce Schenier says that we don't know how to deal with a security threat, and that he's worried about what its creators are planning for Phase II, you know we are in trouble.

Not that the fact that there's a huge, sophisticated botnet out there isn't a fascinating reminder that we don't live in Kansas anymore...