Self-defense shooters motivated by fear?

by Phil Elmore -- The purpose of technology, in its most fundamental form, is to amplify human effort. Firearms and knives, the most prominent of the tools, the technology, of self-defense, are more…

Does intellectual property exist?

by Phil Elmore -- Is it anybody's business what you download? A lot of government functionaries think it should be, and they want to put a gun to your Internet provider's head more…

We're all on Obama's enemies list

by Phil Elmore -- "We all share the goal of capturing the terrorists and protecting national security," said a politician in 2008. The same man added that we as a nation "can more…

Vaccine-autism link: Falser than ever

by Phil Elmore -- "Your facts won't change my opinion," my coworker sniffed. It was years ago, now, but I remember the conversation vividly. We had been arguing politics, but it was more…

Obama's totalitarian plans for the Net

by Phil Elmore -- The Internet, the network of networks through which we communicate and transfer data worldwide, is an integral part of modern society. Any threat to the Internet, and to more…

Why send naked pix to space aliens?

by Phil Elmore -- "Is the digital age cutting us off from aliens?" This was the question asked Monday by Chris Matyszczyk. Matyszczyk cites a conference in London, organized by the United more…

The Democrats' technological thuggery

by Phil Elmore -- Force is technology. It is crude technology, but it is technology nonetheless. Technology is the application of a tool or tools to human effort. This produces a result more…

Google: Online Eye of Sauron

by Phil Elmore -- Can a search engine be evil? It can, if it's so popular that the people who run it hold great power for which they are unaccountable. It is, more…

Bono is a hypocrite

by Phil Elmore -- Technology fuels popular entertainment. It has visited on the music industry a sea change in sales, marketing, content distribution, packaging and delivery platforms. Most of us realize that more…

Your vulnerability to electronic mugging

by Phil Elmore -- "Program a map to display frequency of data exchange, every thousand megabytes a single pixel on a very large screen," wrote William Gibson. "Up your scale. Each pixel more…