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May 19, 2004
How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Past
Annalee Newitz in her latest Techsploitation column, on the "upside" of the FCC retarding the development of new technologies like GNU Radio by setting up a use-restriction folding chair -- e.g., the broadcast flag mandate -- at the behest of the motion picture industry:
Maybe we should try to put the broadcast flag mandate in a more positive light, though. It's not really an anti-future rule it's just pro-past! And hey, everybody knows that the best thing for science and technology is a really strong, pro-past agenda. After all, physicists recently predicted that Moore's Law (which stipulates that the number of transistors on a microprocessor doubles every 18 months) will break down in 600 years, so we should probably start slowing down the future as soon as we can.
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