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  Technical Demo turns political 2/26/1909 (was Re: Time for a muzzle)  
  Geniuses at Play, on the Job

====== 27 years of TELECOM Digest -- Founded August 21, 1981 ====== Telecom and VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Digest for the Internet. All contents here are copyrighted by Patrick Townson and the individual writers/correspondents. Articles may be used in other journals or newsgroups, provided the writer's name and the Digest are included in the fair use quote. By using -any name or email address- included herein for -any- reason other than responding to an article herein, you agree to pay a hundred dollars to the recipients of the email. =========================== Addresses herein are not to be added to any mailing list, nor to be sold or given away without explicit written consent. Chain letters, viruses, porn, spam, and miscellaneous junk are definitely unwelcome. We must fight spam for the same reason we fight crime: not because we are naive enough to believe that we will ever stamp it out, but because we do not want the kind of world that results when no one stands against crime. Geoffrey Welsh =========================== See the bottom of this issue for subscription and archive details and the name of our lawyer, and other stuff of interest. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 13:45:05 -0800 (PST) From: To: Subject: Technical Demo turns political 2/26/1909 (was Re: Time for a muzzle) Message-ID: <> On Feb 23, 1:29 am, Monty Solomon <> wrote: > Time for a muzzle > The online world of lies and rumor grows ever more vicious. Is it > time to rethink free speech? The New York Times reported that a technical demonstration of wireless communication at Bernard College in New York City. The demo turned into a political tirade as speakers used the instrument to clamor for womens' rights. Note the date--1909, 100 years ago today. Obviously, some things never change. But from this we can recall that arguments about free speech coupled with technology advancements are not at all new. This was a question when radio came on the scene. In the 1930s, many demogogues worldwide utilized radio for their propaganda, much of it was helpful. But at the same time, Franklin Roosevelt, with his excellent speaking voice, used radio to calm the fears of an anxious nation. FDR's precedessor, Herbert Hoover, was a terrible "spin doctor" and communicated very poorly to the public, hurting his reputation and the Depression economic recovery. (Hoover instituted some recovery programs, such as construction of the Hoover Dam, a vast public works project that employed thousands, and the Reconstruction Finance Corporation which helped banks and railroads stay in business, but his contributions are forgotten and today most people mistakenly credit those programs to FDR.) ------------------------------ Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 00:33:55 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <> To: Subject: Geniuses at Play, on the Job Message-ID: <p06240805c5cd2b782e7d@[]> State of the Art Geniuses at Play, on the Job By DAVID POGUE The New York Times February 26, 2009 Unless you're just off the shuttle from Alpha Centauri, you're already aware of the product that made Google famous: its Search box. It's become the card catalog for the Internet (and a whopping moneymaker for Google). But any time you cram some 20,000 of the world's smartest people into one company, you can expect to grow a garden of unrelated ideas. Especially when you give some of those geniuses one workday a week - Google's famous "20 percent time"- to work on whatever projects fan their passions. And especially when you create Google Labs (, a Web site where the public can kick the tires on half-baked Google creations. Some Labs projects go on to become real Google services, and others are quietly snuffed out. Such innovations - and a number of smart acquisitions - have led to hits like Google Earth, Gmail, Picasa, Google Docs, Blogger, YouTube, Google Calendar and others. But they have also cultivated a vast jungle of lesser-known features. Unfortunately, it's so vast, you'd need a professional tour guide to help you find the gems. ... ------------------------------ TELECOM Digest is an electronic journal devoted mostly to telecom- munications topics. It is circulated anywhere there is email, in addition to Usenet, where it appears as the moderated newsgroup 'comp.dcom.telecom'. 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