Archive for the 'Technology' Category

The Legalized Theft That Is High Frequency Trading

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Money, Technology

Another day, another incredibly questionable Wall Street practice. And this one is particularly galling. Basically, some of the stock exchanges allow companies to see trades 3 milliseconds before they hit the market. It’s called “flash” trading, and the only folks who can take advantage of such information are the ones who pay a fee (of […]

July 25th, 2009 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Iranians Boycotting Nokia Siemens, But Is It Justified?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Iran, Technology

About a month ago, when most of the unrest in Iran was happening, I wrote about the fact that Nokia Siemens seemed to be helping the Iranian government track down protesters. Well, it looks like the Iranian people are doing something about it and protesting with their wallets. Perhaps you should too? Not so fast… […]

July 24th, 2009 | Permalink| No Comments »

Helium-3: Energy Godsend?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in China, Energy, Russia, Science, Space, Technology, The Politics Of Film, The World, United States

I’ve been genuinely intrigued at how much fiction and reality have been intersecting recently. See, there’s this film called MOON and it follows the story of a guy working on the far side of the moon who figures out that there’s a lot more to his mission than collecting the natural resource Helium-3. It’s a […]

July 23rd, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Cellulosic Ethanol no longer in its infancy

By Solomon Kleinsmith | Related entries in Business, Economic recovery, Economy, Energy, Environment, Fiscal Responsibility, Fiscal stimulus, Gas, News, Oil, Politics, Polls, Science, Spending, Stimulus, Technology

Thanks to Justin and company for welcoming me on here as a regular contributor. I will be posting on a number of issues, but one area you can expect that I will regularly be tracking is technology related developments and how they interact with the political world and policy. I also live less than ten […]

July 13th, 2009 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

Quote Of The Day – The Social Revolution

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Internet, Iran, Quotes, Technology

“Today you are the media, it is your duty to report and keep the hope alive.” – A recent Facebook status update by Mir Hossein Mousavi Over the weekend, I touched on the significance social media is playing in this revolution, and Mashable has more details… The status update, posted in Farsi and translated both […]

June 22nd, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Yes, The Revolution Will Be Twittered

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Iran, Technology

Between the 2008 election and the current situation in Iran, social technologies have changed politics in very real, very meaningful ways. Now, with these immediate, uncontrolled communication channels available (Twitter, YouTube, Facebook), citizens finally have the ability to share what’s really going on without the media filter. Iranian leaders didn’t anticipate this, but other repressive […]

June 20th, 2009 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Do You Use Twitter And Want To Help Iranian Bloggers?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging, Iran, Technology

Then here are 5 simple tips… The purpose of this guide is to help you participate constructively in the Iranian election protests through Twitter. 1. Do NOT publicise proxy IP’s over twitter, and especially not using the #iranelection hashtag. Security forces are monitoring this hashtag, and the moment they identify a proxy IP they will […]

June 16th, 2009 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Obama Team Asked Twitter To Wait On Site Maintenance

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Elections, Iran, Technology

And interesting little factoid in all of this Iran election stuff. From Reuters: WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it had contacted the social networking service Twitter to urge it to delay a planned upgrade that would have cut daytime service to Iranians who are disputing their election. Confirmation that the […]

June 16th, 2009 | Permalink| 42 Comments »

Mind Tweets

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Science, Technology, Tweets

O.k., this story is just cool: Earlier this month, Wilson thought of a tweet (the name for a post to the social networking site) and poof, his computer read his mind and sent the darn thing. At just 23 characters, Wilson’s message, “using EEG to send tweet,” was done with a computer setup that interprets […]

April 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Obama’s Weekly Address Focuses On Efficiency, Innovation

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Fiscal Responsibility, Obama, Technology, Video

First, he talks about how he’s going to start talking about all the spending he’s going to cut in the coming weeks. I wonder if it’ll quiet critics who say he’s spending us into the poor house. Probably not, but I’ll keep my eye out nonetheless. He also introduces the Chief Performance Officer and Chief […]

April 18th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »