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  • Is Too Much Access Dangerous?

    YES, according to Jeremy Rifkin.

    The Internet, e-commerce and globalization are making a new economic era possible. In the coming century, markets will slowly give way to networked methods of conducting business, with profound implications for the future of society. By the middle of the 21st century, capitalist markets will largely be replaced by a new kind of economic system based on networked relationships, 24/7 contractual arrangements and access rights.

    NO, according to Ray Kurzweil

    Technology has always been a double-edged sword. Reflecting the duality of human nature, it is power that amplifies both our creative and destructive aspirations. Imagine describing the dangers that exist today (enough nuclear explosive power to destroy all mammalian life, just for starters) to people who lived a couple of hundred years ago; they would think it mad to take such risks. On the other hand, how many people in the year 2000 would really want to go back to the short, brutish, labor-intensive, disease-filled, poverty-stricken, disaster-prone lives that 99 percent of the human race struggled through only a couple of centuries ago?

  • Dell Offers Enterprise Servers

    Dell Computer Corp. this week announced a series of new servers in a bid to broaden its appeal to corporate users.

  • Motorola Issues Earnings Warning

    Motorola Inc. Thursday said it would not meet its earnings mark for the fourth quarter of 2000 because of less-than-expected profits in its semiconductor and personal communication businesses.

  • IDC: Global PC Sales Up, US Weakens

    Strong sales of portable PCs and demand in regions outside the U.S. will spur global personal computer shipments to 40.15 million units in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a revised forecast from market researcher International Data Corp (IDC).

  • Cisco Affirms its Taste for Small Companies

    Despite decreasing share prices that may make a large acquisition more appealing, Cisco Systems Inc. will likely stick to its pattern of buying smaller, more focused niche companies.

  • Scholars: E-Mail Reveals 'Language of Love'

    Graduate students at a German university have found that e-mail "love letters" are an ideal way of studying the way lovers communicate with each other.

  • Wollongong Council Picks SAP

    The first Australian local government to make the change to a full SAP solution expects a few "testing moments" when it starts its rollout in July 2001. Following a 12-month evaluation period, Wollongong City Council will replace current legacy systems with the local government solution, developed by SAP Australia and Deloitte Consulting.

  • Local Councils Slag Vendors

    Ignored by major software suppliers and struggling to integrate corporate systems, more than half of Australia's IT managers in local government are dissatisfied with their current vendor.

  • LEGAL CLINIC: Design ramifications

    The recent decision by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) in the case of Maguire v SOCOG will have significant consequences for the development of e-commerce.

  • HiServ switches to Triaton

    Global systems integration company HiServ has been renamed Triaton to reflect the merger of the company with the IT business wing of its parent company Thyssen Krupp Information Systems. HiServ was acquired by German-headquartered Thyssen Krupp Materials & Services AG in May.

  • Exit Interviews Aiding Staff Retention

    Exit interviews are becoming popular with large companies for the information they contribute to retaining staff, according to an international recruitment consultancy.

  • LibertyOne Calls in Administrator

    Ailing dot-com LibertyOne was de-listed from the ASX yesterday after Hong Kong investor group iReality Capital withdrew a $6 million bailout offer. The Internet company has gone into voluntary administration with Ernst and Young.

  • Cop Shop: Federal Police Trial E-procurement

    The Australian Federal Police will pilot a B2B e-procurement hub over the next two months, the second federal government e-trading feasability trial under the Commonwealth Electronic Procurement Implementation Strategy.

  • Iridium Signs Contract with U.S. Defense Department

    A two-year, US$72 million contract to provide secure wireless communications to about 20,000 government employees was signed Tuesday night by Iridium Satellite LLC and the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • Russian jets buzz U.S. carrier, send photos

    Russian fighter jets buzzed a U.S. aircraft carrier three times in recent weeks then rubbed it in by sending close-up photographs directly to the ship by e-mail, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

  • Compaq embraces franchise model

    Compaq has announced the trial period for its controversial Compaq Connect direct stores is officially over and it's on the hunt to recruit up to 100 franchisee resellers nationwide.

  • LibertyOne Under Administration as Confusion Mounts

    LibertyOne has appointed John Gibbons of Ernst and Young as voluntary administrator after making an announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange that Hong-Kong based iReality group had reconsidered its financial rescue package for the struggling Internet firm. Shares in LibertyOne were suspended from trading after the statement claimed iReality's representatives on the LibertyOne board decided to discontinue its financing of the company. This leaves the group without the necessary cashflow to continue operations.

  • Speak Normally, Please

    Telstra has introduced a voice response service which uses natural voice commands to access the most frequently requested directory assistance information.

  • IBM Shows Glimpses of Bluetooth Future

    IBM Corp. is spreading its development resources widely in search of Bluetooth-enabled devices that users will embrace as part of their personal area networks, an IBM engineer Wednesday told attendees at the Bluetooth Developers Conference here.

  • Thou Shalt Not Bet on the Net. . . for a year

    The Senate passed a 12 month moratorium on interactive gambling this week, making all commercial online gambling ventures here illegal. Federal minister for Communications, IT and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, re-introduced the Interactive Gambling (Moratorium) Bill - once rejected in October - to implement a 12 month ban from May 19 2000 to May 18 2001.

  • Economist survey foresees shift in IT service delivery

    63% of LOBs expected growth of third-party tech services, while increased spending on enterprise IT services is anticipated by 65% of CIOs


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