The Globe and Mail reports that major technology companies have made a breakthrough in work on using power lines to transmit data.
\"As early as October, consumers in Canada and the United States will be able to use any plug in their house to connect computers to each other and to the Web. No extra wiring will be required. Instead, a small, $99 (U.S.) device will connect a home\'s electrical system to the existing cable or telephone Internet feed.\"
More in the full story. This sounds like a great idea in theory but, as someone currently living in California, I\'m not looking to buy into this system in any hurry!
The BBC News reports on rumors that Google may go public before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Salon.com has an interesting interview with Google\'s director of research on how they find those 45,283 hits for your search and what they might be doing in the future.
Gillian writes \"New study indicates Canadian parents are not fully aware of how their children are
Canadian youth are ahead of their parents - and on their
own - in their
explorations of the Internet, according to research findings released today by the
Young Canadians in a Wired World, the most comprehensive and wide-ranging
survey of its kind
conducted in Canada, heard from 5,682 students between the ages of 9 and 17 in
Canada. -- Read More
Wired reports that the .info domain will be ready to live by the end of this year. I think that libraries should get first shot at the domain names. I mean, .info is the perfect domain for what we do.\"On Wednesday, officials at Afilias, the registry charged with overseeing the rollout of dot-info, said they intend to take the domain live on Sept. 19. Although the tentative launch date is later than originally anticipated, it is earlier than the debut of the second new top-level domain, dot-biz, which is slated for October.\" -- Read More
CNN.com has a brief video and this Reuters report on a study in this week\'s JAMA which found that around one-fifth of kids who use the Web have been solicited for sex. "Neither parental oversight of their children\'s online activities nor filtering or blocking technology had much impact on whether children were solicited, the study found."
Wired is Reporting proposed Australian state laws expanding police powers to prosecute Internet content providers for obscenity will be subject to wider public consultation, the result of public opposition to the regulations.
\"Information foraging theory is an approach to the analysis of human activities involving information access technologies. It aims to provide an understanding of how strategies and technologies for information seeking, gathering, and consumption are adapted to the flux of information in the environment. Much of the work is inspired by optimal foraging theory in biology and anthropology, which analyzes the adaptive value of food-foraging strategies. The theory focuses analysis on how the user gains value from interaction and the cost of that interaction. Adaptive behaviors and technologies are ones that have superior value in relation to cost (e.g. time). We use the theory to understand human-computer interaction, and to develop new design and engieering models.\"
I keep reading about how the death of the \"Free Web\"is upon us. CNET said \"The idealistic dream of a digital Camelot where everything is free is giving way to cold fiscal reality\". While this may be true for some sites, those burning through millions of investors dollars, the free web is far from dead, or even close to dying. The web is mostly free and it will continue to be in the foreseeable future.
Much More.... -- Read More
I was working on rewriting the \"See Also\": page here at LISNews, and it occured to me that this would make a nice little story.
LISNews isn\'t the only place on the internet for L.I.S. oriented news. Now, I know you\'re thinking, \"But Blake, it\'s my favorite, and I\'m sure it\'s the best!\". Well... you\'re probably right, but, let\'s just give the others a chance, they are worth a read now and then...Read on to see what else the WWW has to offer! -- Read More
Today\'s Chicago Tribune carries an L.A. Times article about slash fiction -- homoerotic stories written mostly about TV characters by straight female fans.
I had heard of this stuff being written about Star Trek and Xena characters, but The A-Team? I pity the fool ...