DUBLIN -- Three things caught my eye in a quick glance at The Irish Times "Business This Week" today.
- The cost to neuter RateMyTeachers. Barrister Fergal Crehan mulls over the libel issues related to Rate My Teachers and says "the cost of such enforcement (of a court order against the American owners) would seem to be prohibitive."¹ Knowingly, Crehan says "In the long term it may be that the technology will outstrip any legal attempts to regulate it."
- Behind the Tor. Danny O'Brien explains how Tor works. "Tor is a voluntary network of computers which acts as an anonymising intermediary for its users."² But from personal experience, gained while working behind a Novell Border Manager on one occasion and a Checkpoint Firewall on another occasion, Tor will not work everywhere.
- Stupidity runs in e-mail. Sheila O'Flanagan says responding immediately to e-mail has made her more stupid.³ She cites evidence from King's College in the UK. Good! I knew there was a reason I have kept 3442 e-mails unopened in my Yahoo mailbox.
¹Fergal Crehan -- "Libel may become issue for website hosts" in The Irish Times Technology section, April 29, 2005.
²Danny O'Brien -- "Anonymous network is internet's best-kep secret" also in The Irish Times Technology section.
³Sheila O'Flanagan -- "How e-mail and mobiles smashed our concentration" also in TIT.