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Smart power: National Security Adviser tries, and fails, to link State Department feed... twice

Watching the Obama Administration conduct foreign policy is like watching Dewey Crowe try to pull off a crime caper on "Justified."  National Security Adviser Susan Rice - famed as the Sunday-show peddler of the Administration's Benghazi lies - took to Twitter to promote a new State Department feed that would "counter Russian misinformation on Ukraine."   Mar 19, 2014 10:51 AM PT

No Way to Hide Your Face from Facebook

Facebook now has better than a 97 percent chance to recognize you by simply looking at your face, which is roughly comparable to human facial-recognition skills.  (Everyone reading this who is "bad with faces" might be surprised to learn we can, on average, identify faces 97.5 percent of the time.) Mar 19, 2014 10:12 AM PT

China, Russia, and Iran want a crack at controlling the Internet

Each passing day sees more resistance to the Obama Administration's announced handover of Internet domain supervision to an as-yet undetermined global agency.  There's still plenty of support for the move as well, but the pendulum seems to be swinging against it this week. Mar 17, 2014 8:45 PM PT

A Signal from the Dawn of Time

The Big Bang must have been a hell of a show.  It's difficult for the human mind to comprehend the energies unleashed over an incredibly brief window of time.  Most pop-culture and educational film depictions of the event show a black void, a pinprick of light, a mighty BOOM!, and then stars whirling out into the darkness.  The problem with those depictions is that it happened much faster than that.  Not even our most powerful computers can process how quickly space and time took shape, not in the first hours or days after the cosmic clock began ticking, but in the first trillionth of a second.   Mar 17, 2014 8:08 PM PT

The long con of 'Lost'

I see John Nolte mentioned the big "Lost" panel held over the weekend, quoting the showrunners' insistence that "the decision to have the final scene of the series portray the afterlife was made early on during the show's run."   Mar 17, 2014 10:58 AM PT

Republicans weigh in against Internet globalization

It looks like at least some Republicans are planning to make hay over Friday night's surprise "document dump" announcement that American authority over Internet domain registration would be handed off to some as-yet nonexistent global body.  Politico notes that while a few prominent Republicans, such as Senators Marco Rubio and ranking Commerce Committee member John Thune, are currently non-committal or guardedly optimistic, others have swiftly become critical of the plan, and plan to make it a campaign issue: Mar 17, 2014 8:54 AM PT

Movie Review: '300: Rise of an Empire'

Putting the word "Rise" in a movie title is usually the kiss of death as far as quality is concerned, with the notable exception of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."  In the case of the "300" sequel, we have decent entertainment with some great stunt work and visual spectacle, but it's also missing the wit, soul, and charisma of the groundbreaking original.  It's an expensive movie that mounts some huge visual spectacle, but it also somehow manages to feel like a direct-to-video sequel.  With one exception, it just doesn't seem like anyone involved in "300: Rise of an Empire" cares as much as Zack Snyder and his original crew. Mar 16, 2014 7:07 AM PT

U.S. government to relinquish oversight of Internet addresses

The U.S. government is going to surrender its oversight role over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) sometime in late 2015, according to an announcement on Friday evening.  ICANN is the organization that sets up Web addresses, converting those easily-remembered "dot-com" website names into the numbers used internally by Internet browsers.  Everyone agrees the end of American stewardship is historic, but opinions on the wisdom of the move, and its ramifications for Internet users, vary widely. Mar 14, 2014 9:07 PM PT


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