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Because we don't know what the Internet is

It would be nice if life came with an instruction manual. "Life," as in "The Game of," does come with one, and so does "Operation." But neither one applies to the pickle we're in now.

The President's stance on net neutrality: '42'

It's good that we have a dialog on issues in the public interest.  But you can't take two different sides in an argument and claim to be supported by the majority.

Are comments necessary? Tell me what you think in comments

Reuters' official offloading of reader comments for news articles last week to Facebook is the latest event in an ongoing trend. But it's probably not the trend you're thinking of.

The virtue of impermanence

A short discussion emerging from my response to a comment made by Tim Berners-Lee ponders why the "404-ing" of impertinent and irrelevant content may be a good thing.

It's the end of the Web as we know it (and I feel fine)

Mobile apps platforms are now setting the standard for how businesses should communicate with their customers. So does that mean we can stop waiting for HTML5 to be done?

Security in the cloud era, such as it is

It was a small security conference, but I'll take it.  It gives me time to listen to people in their everyday work whose business is suffering from a lack of healthy communication.

The right to be forgotten: What is it we're forgetting again?

The idea that any one search engine should be charged with the task of facilitating individuals' rights of censorship, sounds absurd enough. But Tim Berners-Lee's alternative doesn't sound much better.

Reinventing HP for the umpteenth time

The latest course change for the company credited with creating the independent spirit of the technology industry in the 1960s may finally be the smartest one.

Shut the front door

Last week, a dangerous defect was discovered in the secure shell service bash that enables remote access through Linux. It's saying something for the skill of malicious users--specifically, the lack thereof--that this stupendously obvious exploit may have been lying out there in the open for the entire history of Linux servers, with apparently nobody really taking advantage of it.

Connections 2014: What have we learned today?

A service vendor can say its software helps colleagues to work together, or work better together. But that's only if these people perceive any value whatsoever in the concept of "together."