TCS Daily : October 2000 Archives

Exporting the Supercomputer?

Jim Glassman: U.S. corporations say that they are being undercut in export markets because the government is increasingly willing to use export controls for other foreign policy objective. When you were at the Defense Department, one of your areas was... Read More

The Libertarian Paradox: Freedom in This World -- and on Other Worlds

Cyberspace or outer space? Or both? Those questions aren't being asked in this presidential election. But they should be, especially by Why? Because while technolibertarians have concentrated on advancing, or at least defending, the po Read More

The Libertarian Paradox: Freedom in This World -- and on Other Worlds

Cyberspace or outer space? Or both? Those questions aren't being asked in this presidential election. But they should be, especially by Why? Because while technolibertarians have concentrated on advancing, or at least defending, the po Read More

A Nightmare for Halloween

The release of the latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures last week highlighted how dangerous it can be when our policymakers rely on a failed model. GDP, of course, is the best statistic we have on growth - it's the... Read More

Disclosure Reg Cuts All Investors Out Of The Loop

It's rare that I disagree with Arthur Levitt, Jr., the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has been a strong advocate on behalf of consumers during his nearly eight years heading the top investment regulatory agency. (Also, parenthetically,... Read More

New Climate Scares Are Politics As Usual

It's Halloween time, and things are starting to get scary on the environmental front. In two weeks at The Hague in the Netherlands, hundreds of scientists and government officials will gather at the Sixth Conference of the Parties to... Read More

High Tech Industry Suffers When Companies Curry Federal Favors

This week I was talking with Roger Cochetti, vice president of Network Solutions and experienced observer of the high-tech scene. "The Internet is at a fork," he said. "Over the next couple of years it could be confirmed in its... Read More

Where’s the Juice? Regulators Drain it Away

The New Economy's primary interface with the old comes down to one thing - electricity. Computers and information technology are huge consumers of it. It is what turns on and off the switches in all those silicon computer chips. It's... Read More

Hang on for the Long Term

This column originally appeared in USA Today on October 19, 2000 as an invited opposing view to the paper`s editorial. The stock market has been miserable lately, prompting talk of a "bubble" ready to pop. But dire prophecies have been... Read More

Carnivore Review Guaranteed to Satisfy No One

In August, when the controversy over the FBI`s e-mail-snooping program called Carnivore reached a peak, Attorney General Janet Reno was typically forthright and sounded like she understood public privacy concerns: "I don`t know that I can satisfy all the privacy... Read More

Congress' Closure Won't Ring Down Curtain on Bells

Telecom consumers and investors soon can stop holding their collective breaths. Congress is about ready to adjourn. And luckily it has done just about nothing to affect them, at least for now. It had threatened to do plenty. Among this... Read More

What Do Profit Disappointments Mean in a New Economy?

The Federal Reserve left rates alone again earlier this month, but markets did not celebrate. Nasdaq again was pummeled (despite a comeback on Friday) and even blue chip technology stocks like Amgen (down 21 percent from its high) and... Read More

Perish the Bearish Thought

The famous bears have been let out of their cages again. They're all over television and in print. Why? Well, the stock market - especially the tech sector - has dropped, and these guys are gloating. There's Barton Biggs of... Read More

Beating Hunger - the Biggest Prize

Last weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, two scientists were awarded the World Food Prize for creating a high-protein, high-yielding corn. Said that way it sounds a little boring. But the accomplishment is hardly dull. Five million children a year have... Read More

Yea, AOL-Time Warner Merger

Former FCC chairman slams TV broadcasters, would let AOL Time-Warner merger go through and reject Microsoft breakup. James K. Glassman: Can you see a day that the FCC would be abolished? And would you be happy to see that happen?... Read More

The Global Business Dialogue on Electronic Commerce: A Model for Internet Partnership

In 1998 the United States Congress created the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce (ACEC), a 19-member panel made up of representatives from both the public and private sectors to study the impact of taxation and tariffs on the Internet. In... Read More

Bush vs. Gore on Technology

Who would make the better President for tech consumers and investors -- George W. Bush or Al Gore? As the candidates prepare to debate again this week, it's a good time to ask this question. My hope is that moderator... Read More

A Way to Play Biotech

There's no doubt that biotechnology holds amazing promise in the fightagainst human suffering and disease. And the financial possibilities seem almost as promising. When you consider that all diseases have some genetic basis, it seems clear that big rewards await.. Read More

Global Climate Scare: Fools Rush In

In the days ahead, you will be hearing more and more about something called the National Assessment Synthesis Report. It is an analysis of the effects of global climate change on the environment, agriculture, water, health, society, biological diversity, and... Read More

T.J. Rodgers, CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, on Tech Issues in Campaign 2000

What does Silicon Valley want from Washington, DC? T.J. Rodgers, CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, says that he and most of his peers just want to be left alone. TCS Host Jim Glassman recently spoke to Rodgers about tech issues in... Read More

The FCCs Bizarre Building Mandate

If you're keeping track of bizarre and needlessly intrusive regulations coming out of Washington, then here's a real doozy to add to your scrap book. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering a proposal which would require that owners of... Read More


Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through the Terribly Libertarian Culture of High-Tech, by Paulina Borsook, New York PublicAffairs, 267 pages, $24.00 This is a bad book, unlearned in its titular subject, petulant, and poorly argued. It is tempting simply to... Read More

Feed Me the Taco Bell Shells

If Kraft still has any recalled Taco Bell taco shells that haven't been destroyed, I'm prepared to eat them. In the interests of science, and for the purposes of investigating the effects of this latest alleged consumer threat, I'm willing... Read More

Avoid the Apple Trap

After the stock market closed Thursday, Apple Computer, Inc., announced that its revenues for the quarter ending Saturday would be about $1.9 billion and that its net income would be 30 cents to 33 cents a share. Analysts had expected... Read More

Goodbye, Joel Klein

Published Sunday, October 1, 2000, in the San Jose Mercury News Joel I. Klein, leader of the government's antitrust crusade against Microsoft Corp., announced recently that he will resign as chief of the Justice Department's antitrust division. Goodbye, Joel, and.. Read More

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