virginiajim writes: "From Harvard's Berkman Center: "In the Internet era, a very few companies control our information destiny. In this talk, and in her new book Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, Susan Crawford—a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a former special assistant to President Obama for science, technology and innovation policy—demonstrates how deregulatory changes in policy have created a communications crisis in America. The consequences: Tens of millions of Americans are being left behind, people pay too much for too little Internet access, and speeds are slow. But everyday people can change this story—and what happens in the year ahead could change the game for good."
virginiajim writes: "I've talked with a number of hunters and handgun owners about the best way to limit these mass killings of civilians in schools, malls and similar places by deranged shooters. The best solution so far is a law limiting civilian possession to single-shot handguns and rifles. Do Slashdot-ers think this would be a reasonable way to reduce abusive use of these tools?
virginiajim writes: "Fifty-four minutes into this podcast (http://bit.ly/MjJge2) is a professional shout-out for Networking Cards used for the first time at the American Society for Microbiology conference in San Francisco in June. The 4x6 inch cards produced for free by Quartzy.com summarized most of the growing number of poster presentations used to quickly expose new ongoing research. Sets of 25 cards were produced for each of 3,300 posters, a total of 82,500 cards. They allowed viewers to quickly collect information for later use rather than reliance on scribbled and possibly illegible notes. Are there other ways this simple idea can be applied at meetings, conferences, schools, seminars, malls or at work? Quarzy discontinued an online viewable posters and a feedback system isn't in place to determine how the cards or the online viewing idea have been received. Is this concept useful, or just another flash in the pan like Post-Its."