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.


We all know the Supreme Court is important yet only 1 in 3 can answer this question

We all know the Supreme Court is important yet only 1 in 3 can answer this question

The question was posed by Pew Research to 3,147 people in a nationally representative survey: “There are nine justices on the Supreme Court of the United States. How many are women?”

Does this Marilyn Monroe impersonator violate RSA's ban on booth babes?

Does this Marilyn Monroe impersonator violate RSA's ban on booth babes?

RSA has banned "booth babes" from its annual security conference that was held this week. Vendors complied. However, a Marilyn Monroe impersonator was present. Fair? Foul? Loophole?

Sarah Palin meets the Streisand effect

Sarah Palin meets the Streisand effect

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has run into the Streisand effect by attempting to keep quiet her proposed settlement with a New Jersey newspaper over the unlicensed use of an iconic 9/11 photo.

A careful look inside new spam quarantine

A careful look inside new spam quarantine

A new spam filter means sifting through the quarantine every day to rescue false positives from the hundreds of pieces of actual spam. Tedious, but sometimes amusing.

Google seeks $19.8M tax break in Iowa

Google seeks $19.8M tax break in Iowa

Google needs a tax break like Bill Gates needs food stamps, yet that isn’t stopping the search giant from asking for $19.8 million in “economic development incentives” from Iowa.

43% of Slashdotters call ISPs liars

43% of Slashdotters call ISPs liars

I know what you’re thinking: Only 43%? But we’re talking here about a single question: “How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?”

Update: That shocking video about ESD

Update: That shocking video about ESD

Yesterday we posted a collection of anecdotes from IT pros telling of the times they have witnessed – or have claimed to have witnessed – damage done by electrostatic discharge (ESD). How could we have forgotten this video?

The shocking truth (and lies) about ESD

The shocking truth (and lies) about ESD

A participant in Reddit’s forum devoted to networking asks: “Has anyone here ever destroyed anything via ESD (electronic static discharge)?” ... Yes, they have.

Bet you’ve never heard Beethoven on a Tefifon

Bet you’ve never heard Beethoven on a Tefifon

Unless you are German or collect vintage audio equipment, chances are you have never even heard of the Tefifon.

How the Apple Watch is like Google Glass

How the Apple Watch is like Google Glass

The Verge has a terrific review of the Apple watch today and while it's generally positive, it does highlight an issue that maybe isn't getting enough attention.

Watching a ‘Swatting’ slowly unfold within sight of the Boston Marathon starting line

Watching a ‘Swatting’ slowly unfold within sight of the Boston Marathon starting line

The instant a bystander told me what he had heard, I knew this police operation was almost certainly the result of a hoax known as Swatting.

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