Monthly Archives: August 2006

Second Life is more like real life

If you want to find out why everybody’s raising a fuss about Second Life right now, check out my article in Popular Science about it. SL is the first popular multiplayer online role-playing game (MORG) that isn’t a game at …

AOL data leaks on a plane

I’ve been thinking a lot about the parallels between fandom and high tech communities (in fact, that’s the topic of my talk at Foo Camp today, which I hope at least a modest number of people will attend — I’m …

Fembots vs. The 4400

Sometimes I have to indulge my science fiction geek urges. That’s why I wrote about the allure of fembots for Popular Science. Some feminists say the fembot is an old-fashioned male fantasy because she’s a completely programmable (and controllable) woman. …

Your blog reader has been hacked

One of the most interesting talks I saw at Black Hat two weeks ago was about how easy it is to use RSS feeds to infect unprotected computers with hostile code. Last week, I wrote about the latest research from …

Rat-astic science journalism

In my column last week, I complained (only slightly gratuitously) about the way science journalists write about animal experiments. No, this wasn’t a PETA screed. What bugged me about Nicholas Wade’s interesting article in the New York Times about a …