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.

Brinks safe -- with a USB port -- proves easy hacking for security researchers

Don’t watch if you already fear flying

Don’t watch if you already fear flying

This YouTube video of a passenger plane landing in heavy crosswinds at Amsterdam Airport is making the rounds today even though it was posted May 8.

Educators embracing technology at the expense of common sense

Educators embracing technology at the expense of common sense

An Iowa school district is planning to equip its school administrators with body cameras. This is a terrible idea.

Cardboard box outlives Toshiba laptop

Cardboard box outlives Toshiba laptop

The laptop was a Toshiba Satellite 310CDS, reportedly hot stuff back in the late 1990s. The box it came in was, in a sense, built of sturdier stuff.

EFF: Modify DMCA to protect independent research into car hacking

EFF: Modify DMCA to protect independent research into car hacking

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is renewing its efforts to remove one obstacle to independent safety research involving automobiles: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

How phone companies drive people crazy

How phone companies drive people crazy

Every journalist has experienced this type of phone call, as have librarians, police dispatchers and I presume those in a number of other public-facing professions.

Ask Siri for a charge, she calls 911

Ask Siri for a charge, she calls 911

Uttering these words -- “Siri charge my phone 100%” – prompts Apple’s virtual assistant to summon emergency services. Why?

Researchers sound alarm about the role of any and all phone sounds in distracted driving

Researchers sound alarm about the role of any and all phone sounds in distracted driving

You say you don’t answer your phone and wouldn’t dream of texting while driving? Not good enough, say researchers from Florida State University.

Internet’s non-profit domain, .org, turns 30

Internet’s non-profit domain, .org, turns 30

We take for granted today that non-profit organizations are to be found in the Internet’s .org neighborhood, just as commercial entities are on .com. And it was 30 years ago today that the first of the former addresses – mitre.org –...

United fiasco prompts networking confessions

United fiasco prompts networking confessions

Yesterday’s grounding of the United Airlines fleet, which the company has blamed on a routing mishap of some kind, has prompted readers of Reddit’s section devoted to networking to share their worst workplace screw-ups and the...

‘Dancing baby’ DMCA case is taking a lifetime

‘Dancing baby’ DMCA case is taking a lifetime

A toddler when his star turn in a homemade YouTube video incurred the legal wrath of Universal Studios and Prince, the “Dancing Baby” at the heart of an important copyright case is likely nine years old today.

Wow! Facebook’s new logo doesn’t do that

Wow! Facebook’s new logo doesn’t do that

Facebook has a new logo, though most will be hard-pressed to tell the new one from the old one.

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