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March 14 2003 12:07 PM

Flower Power

The Fray on cutting daisies and picking dandelions.

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Here in New York, it's hard to miss the ads for Trio's "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls," or the annoying subtitle - "How the Sex, Drugs and Rock N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood."

You see, Baby Boomers didn't just change Hollywood, they saved it. … If you listen carefully, you can hear the faint sound of them patting themselves on the back from coast to coast. … 9:40 p.m.

Clark, you missed all the fun: Wrapping up the Superman series, Fraysters weigh in on the ethics of biological enhancement. David Plotz seems to have preempted many of the arguments in favor of radical changes, but BenK offers a more psychological explanation for some of the opposition as part of his longer post. One thing he's learned from teaching bioethics:

One assumption that I've realized doesn't hold much water is "what we plan to do is no different than what we do now." Why doesn't this hold water? Because half the time, people don't realize what we are doing already, and the other half the time, they are desperately trying to ignore or suppress their gag reflex to the thing that is already being done. The new stuff is the stuff they think that can AFFORD to oppose.

When it comes to actual supermen, Kicksave looks elsewhere  for bioethical advice:

If The Wrath of Khan taught us anything, it's that normal humans, out of fear, will persecute and exile the caste of genetically-enhanced Supermen, only to have them return at a future date with a vengeance.

Finally, Utek points out that parents have dangerously silly ideas of what an ideal child might be here; while Ikura takes that to its libertarian extreme here: Let kids modify themselves!9:15 p.m.

Today's technology today:CaptainRonVoyage can’t believe Intel is betting the farm on the Centrino's built-in wireless as Paul Boutin contends; BarkinJ explains what's at stake in the "Centrino" designation, and that

The real breakthrough here is the processor. The Pentium M can run on remarkably little power. This means these laptops can run for five to eight hours. That's akin to "forever" in the laptop world … Intel is marketing the processor technology along with 802.11b [the Wi-Fi standard] presumably because wireless internet is really the best use for a laptop that gets six hours of battery life.

Paul Boutin chimes in to explain why Intel is pushing the wireless capability:

Intel is leading with on Wi-Fi rather than battery life in its marketing launch, and for good reason: To grow their business, they not only need to win over laptop upgraders, they need to create new first-time buyers. Otherwise, they'll be fighting over the same notebook CPU pie with AMD, Transmeta, and the PowerPC. For that, "Unwire your life" is much more powerful than "double your battery life." … 11:20 a.m.

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