Welcome, electronic traveler!

What I plan to do: provide some commentary on interesting news items, as often as possible. Most will be news about technology, major scientific breakthroughs, or political issues from all around the world.

What I don't plan to do: be biased, prejudiced, focus on only one subject.

What I want: if you have something to say, please do! Comment the articles, email me if you have any observations, provide feedback! If you like something, tell all your friends! If you don't like something, tell ME!

Friday, June 25, 2010

On Bills, Presidents, and Kill Switches

The United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved a bill yesterday that would give the President emergency powers to shut down any civilian or government network in case of a cyber-attack. If you're asking me, this is a stop-gap measure instead of a fix.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

On Minerals, War, and Afghanistan

A geological survey in Afghanistan recently uncovered a great wealth in the country: approximately one trillion dollars worth of iron, cobalt, nickel, molybdenum, niobium, lithium and other rare earths. Enough, in fact, to transform the country into 'The Saudi Arabia of lithium', according to a Pentagon memo. But will this mineral wealth actually save the country, or plunge it further into war?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

On Cars, Traffic, and Networks

European researchers are developing an ubiquitous wireless network for use in traffic management. Lights, signs, cars, etc would communicate wirelessly, in order to minimize jams, smooth traffic flow, and improve safety. But is the system all the good it seems?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

On Oil Wells, Kills, and Nukes

BP has admitted that 'Operation Top Kill' has failed, after pumping 30,000 barrels of drilling mud and other materials. The worst spill in the history of the United States is still continuing, and it's time to look for other measures.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

On Ships, Torpedoes, and Koreas

North and South Korea are at it again. A South Korean ship, allegedly in poor state of repair, sinks rather close to Northern shores, but still in Southern territorial waters. The official report concludes the ship was torpedoed by a mini-sub. This can only mean one thing! Or can it...?

Friday, May 21, 2010

On Google, privacy, and lawsuits

Apparently, Google has done it again. During their regular photo shoot for Google StreetView, they 'accidentally' sniffed all wireless traffic they encountered, prompting a class-action lawsuit. Am I the only one who finds this ridiculous?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Just how secure is your car?

Do you have on on-board computer in your car? Of course you do!
And is it secure? Of course it's not!
What can I do with it? Anything, of course!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

On the Hungarian elections

Recently, Hungary held general elections for local governments and parliamentary representation, which also decided the governing party for the next four years (barring incidents). The results are somewhat surprising.