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Why Net News Is Better 17 September 2001 Edition
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Last week I argued that TV news was better than Net news -- because the Net has an annoying tendency to fall flat on its face when demand exceeds a certain point.

Today I argue the contrary -- technical issues excepted.

Here's why the Net is a better news source than TV:

On Demand
With the Net, you can get the news when YOU want it -- not at a time decided by the Network programmer.

Even Sky Digital subscribers have a choice of just a small number of TV news sources -- the Net gives you access to thousands of sites and a corresponding greater number of perspectives and sources.

With the advent of WAP, wireless and other technologies, the Net-based news can be delivered directly to you -- providing valuable alerts to important events.

Online publishers don't "bump" your favourite website and replace it with a news site in the same way that TV programmers tend to drop programs for major news or sports events.

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As NZ's longest-running online commentator, I'm looking for extra syndication opportunities for this daily publication -- or I'm happy to write casual or regular material specifically to order for print or Net-based publications. If you're interested, drop me a line

However -- all is not perfect with the Web.

Since Tuesday (US-time) a number of "Tech News" sites have tried to become "General News" sites -- losing their focus on tech issues and publishing a long list of stories on the terrorist attacks -- with nary a tech connection to be found.

While this may be a very tempting thing for such sites to do -- it's also a lazy thing to do.

Yes, good tech news stories have been very thin on the ground since the attacks -- but is that any reason to suddenly turn your website into yet another cnn.com or ABCNews.com?

I ToldYaSo
As I predicted last week, the US government is already moving swiftly to outlaw strong encryption without a government-accessible back-door.

This ZDNet story reports that one US senator has started the lobbying for such a move.

The FBI has also been given license to monitor some forms of communications (including the Net) without the need for a wiretap warrant.

Remember that I also predicted copy-cat moves to up the snooping powers of our own government -- stay tuned. It's not a matter of whether this will happen here, it's simply a matter of whether we'll be told that it's happened.

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Calling the FBI...
On the weekend I contacted the FBI in the USA using a form on the Bureau's website which has specially been set up for reporting suspicious activity or providing information in respect to the recent attacks.

While I can't disclose what information I provided, suffice to say it was certainly something that concerned me enough to file a report.

I have received no response -- not even an acknowledgement -- but I guess they're somewhat swamped right now. However -- even an auto-response would seem to have been a smart thing to do, given the importance that some of the information related through this site might play in the safety and security of the USA in these dangerous times.

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Open in New Window New Perspective on the Issue of Cell Phone Use in Planes
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Open in New Window Thousands Respond to German's Attack Reward Offer
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Open in New Window Tech costs could be $15.8B
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Open in New Window Amateur Newsies Top the Pros
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Open in New Window Ansett collapse overloads websites
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Open in New Window Yahoo turns from Sun-Netscape technology
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Open in New Window The kamikaze factor
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Open in New Window This is how we know Echelon exists
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Open in New Window Palm gets snotty with Palm-friendly Web sites
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Open in New Window Senator calls for encryption crackdown
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