Venotar writes: "Many folks've already commented that google's recent integration efforts are beginning to look a bit like the foundation for a "Google SNS". Much of this discussion seems to swirl around the Google Profile pages and Google's Friend Connect.
While it's long been possible to search Google Profiles by first entering an invalid profile URL (for example: http://www.google.com/profiles/I_DONT_EXIST), the google blog just announced that the profile search has now been made far more accessible — regular google searches for English proper names now provide a list of profile matches on the first page of results."
Venotar writes: Max Barry — the wry, geek-chic wit of Syrup, Jennifer Government, and Company fame (one of the few mainstream authors you'll find who's written his own sim-game), in noting an anecdotal increase in atheism online suggests an interesting parallel between The Internet and The Tower of Babel. So slashdot, will the big bad ass in the sky take issue with our hubris? Can we expect divine wrath anytime now? What form might it take? Will all of our machines randomly switch endianess? Will some of our transistors suddenly operate in base 3?
On a more serious note, is the internet really responsible for a growth of rational- er, I mean atheism? Or is it just acting as a great equalizer that amplifies everyone's voice so we can all more easily identify likeminded types and isolate ourselves into our own little ideological ghettos without the inconvenience of having to deal with contrary opinions? Or is there an alternative explanation?
Venotar writes: According to the AP, RIM is in the midst of a continent-wide outtage of as-yet-undisclosed causes. I wonder if anyone's yet noticed blackberry addicts drooling and twitching, now that their connection to the hive mind is severed? Will this brief moment of freedom destroy the collective?
Venotar writes: It looks like Rackspace Managed Hosting is having further cozy dealings with the FBI. You'll undoubtedly recall the fiasco between Indy Media, Rackspace, and the FBI. Now it looks like Rackspace is in the news again. This time, a now former employee has been sentenced for politically motivated plans to deface websites hosted on Rackspace's network. Interestingly enough, the hosting company apparently became aware of the plans before they were acted on and informed the FBI.