Paul McNamara

News Editor

In addition to my editing duties, I have written Buzzblog since January, 2006 and wrote the 'Net Buzz column in Network World's dearly departed print edition for 13 years. Feel free to e-mail me at pmcnamara@nww.com.

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Weasel pops Large Hadron Collider

Weasel pops Large Hadron Collider

In a battle between a rodent and a 17-mile-long superconducting machine designed to smash protons, one might expect the rodent to fare poorly.

Man who hijacked HBO’s satellite signal 30 years ago would face far different fate today

Man who hijacked HBO’s satellite signal 30 years ago would face far different fate today

On April 27, 1986, a Florida man with workplace access to a satellite transmission dish – and a financial beef with HBO -- pulled off the kind of audacious stunt that were it to happen today would likely land him in prison for a long,...

Geek-themed Meme of the Week: Blame Game

Our next installment of “Geek-themed Meme of the Week” comes courtesy of the Twitter account of INE, Inc., and will be familiar to all network professionals.

No, Apple didn’t make $40 million mining gold from discarded iPhones

No, Apple didn’t make $40 million mining gold from discarded iPhones

Jason Koebler at Motherboard debunks a run-amok story from earlier this week that created the erroneous impression that Apple was profiting handsomely from the mining of millions of dollars worth of gold from old iGadgets.

Sorry, Boaty fans: The Internet can’t always get what it wants

Sorry, Boaty fans: The Internet can’t always get what it wants

No one laughed more than I did when the Internet stepped up and voted overwhelmingly to name a British research ship Boaty McBoatface.

AMC drops ‘texting friendly’ theaters idea faster than a box-office flop

AMC drops ‘texting friendly’ theaters idea faster than a box-office flop

Mere days after the head of AMC movie theaters was quoted as saying he'd like to see his facilities become more "texting friendly," a backlash has forced the company to drop the idea.

Most Powerful (Whatever) From A to Z

Most Powerful (Whatever) From A to Z

Having long found Google Chrome’s Autocomplete feature useful, the thought was to have a little fun by combining its predictive capabilities with journalism’s “Most Powerful (Whatever)” list format by typing into the search box “Most...

Geek-themed Meme of the Week: biometric been there

This certainly must be among the most First World of First World Problems ever encountered.

FCC to fine Total Call Mobile record $51M for defrauding Lifeline program

FCC to fine Total Call Mobile record $51M for defrauding Lifeline program

Detailing a litany of blatant, widespread and systematic abuses, the FCC late yesterday announced its intention to fine wireless provider Total Call Mobile some $51 million for allegedly creating tens of thousands of phony Lifeline...

Tech-support scammers claim your email has been hacked

Tech-support scammers claim your email has been hacked

The Federal Trade Commission is warning of “a new twist” on the old tech-support scam.

White House IT overhaul an antique roadshow

White House IT overhaul an antique roadshow

The New York Times yesterday had an account of an ongoing effort to modernize the IT infrastructure and end-user equipment relied upon by those whose workplace address is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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