Saturday, May 24, 2003

Virtual Hosting

Virtual Private Servers (VPS) are a medium between a shared and a dedicated solution; some might say virtualization is a combination of the two. For clients who are looking for the flexibility of a dedicated server while saving a little cash in shared hardware costs, could virtual hosting be the answer?

MIT, Army open nanotech center | CNET News.com
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the U.S. Army formally unveiled the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, which is geared toward creating battlefield armor for the 21st century.
MIT on Thursday cut the ribbon on the nanotechnology institute, which was funded by a $50 million grant from the Army in 2002. Corporations including Dow Corning, DuPont, Raytheon and Carbon Nanotechnologies are participating in the center's development. In all, private companies have invested $40 million in the center.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Molecular nanotechnology is one example of a new technology for which moral implications are relatively unaddressed. Nanotech could be used to create agents to control organic processes at cellular and molecular levels. In another compelling example, genetic engineering has the power to select specific phenotype traits in embryos, generate some forms of human tissues, and code for aspects of cellular behavior; its potential applications range broadly, from coding of pharmaceutical agents specific to a person's genomic type to synthesis of new organisms or even human cloning. Similarly, developments in artificial intelligence and wearable computers blur the definitions both of "intelligence" and of what it means to be human. Combinations of technologies could facilitate diverse outcomes, such as creation of cyborgs (part-biological and part-technological beings) or the nanotechnological disposal of pollutants or curing of diseases.

Monday, May 19, 2003

AP Wire | 05/17/2003 | Democrat Blasts Bush on Unemployment Aid
Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., lambasted President Bush and House Republicans on Saturday for what he said was inaction in renewing federal unemployment assistance.
Levin, delivering the Democratic Party's weekly radio address, said he has spoken extensively with a variety of unemployed Americans, ranging from insurance agents to electricians. Some have been out of work for more than nine months.
"They all tell the same story. They want to work. They are skilled. And they have looked and looked," Levin said.
"After hearing these stories, it is hard to understand why President Bush and House Republicans have not yet acted to renew the Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation program."
Of the nearly 8.8 million American out of work, 341,000 lost their jobs in April alone. Nearly 2 million have been searching for more than six months, Levin said.
Democrats' efforts to renew the unemployment program have faltered and, unless Congress renews it, the program that provides workers about 13 weeks of support will expire May 31.

Martin Luther King on guaranteed income social dividend
Few people have heard of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last book. It was called Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (New York: Harper & Row, 1967).
Even fewer people realize that Dr. King was an advocate of a guaranteed income. He weighed the issue carefully before drawing conclusions and making the following statement.
Toward the end of Where Do We Go From Here, in a chapter titled "Where We Are Going," King states his support for the guaranteed income policy, that right-wingers and left-wingers had both been studying. See what he says to us.

1a SESSION: History of BIG, Part I
The USBIG discussion paper series makes available papers in progress about or relating to the Basic Income Guarantee as a forum for discussion in advance of publication.

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