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.

6 Apple ‘geniuses’ allegedly stole 600 iPhones

The most ironic hold music ever

It was the second time I had called the office of my father’s primary care physician this morning. And the second time I was put on hold for longer than I would have liked....

When software fails a bunch of future lawyers

This should go without saying: If you sell software that law students depend upon to become full-fledged lawyers, you had better make sure it works when those students need it most, in other words when they take their bar exams....

Wikipedia link censorship shows Bonnie & Clyde might have had ‘right to be forgotten’

Wikipedia link censorship shows Bonnie & Clyde might have had ‘right to be forgotten’

The Wikimedia Foundation, caretakers of Wikipedia, has given us an enlightening look at the type of individuals who are benefiting from the misguided “right to be forgotten” campaign being imposed by European censors on Google and...

Video documents 'audacious' protest flight over massive NSA data center in Utah

Video documents 'audacious' protest flight over massive NSA data center in Utah

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a seven-minute video documenting the reasoning behind and preparation for that June 27 launch of a protest airship over the National Security Agency’s sprawling data center in Bluffdale,...

‘Right to be forgotten’ goes predictably wrong

‘Right to be forgotten’ goes predictably wrong

Google says lots of Europeans are not telling the truth, the whole and or anything resembling the truth when they ask to have search results about themselves “forgotten.” Who could have predicted such an outcome?...

You’ll get a kick out of this iPad use

You’ll get a kick out of this iPad use

Football teams have been using iPads as playbooks for some time now. A college kicker showed his Twitter followers the other day that they can sometimes be technological overkill....

Abuse of Larry Ellison continues unabated

Abuse of Larry Ellison continues unabated

How much of this abuse does the Oracle board of directors expect its rock star CEO Larry Ellison to endure? First the pay cut. Now fewer stock options?...

The copper telephone line over time

My daughter, Emma, soon to be 13, is in the office with me today and I had some fun sharing with her a couple of facts from this Alcatel-Lucent infographic about the history of the copper telephone line. ...

House passes cellphone unlocking bill that now only needs Obama's signature

House passes cellphone unlocking bill that now only needs Obama's signature

The U.S. House of Representatives has just passed a bill that will in effect give consumers the right to unlock their cellphones, meaning the legislation is only a presidential signature away from becoming law....

Educator’s plagiarism only part of the story

The school superintendent in Newton, Mass. will lose a week’s pay because he lifted five sentences from a speech by the state’s governor and integrated them unattributed into a graduation speech. How the story came to light is...

Friday is SysAdmin Appreciation Day: Here’s one way to make sure you’re appreciated

Friday is SysAdmin Appreciation Day: Here’s one way to make sure you’re appreciated

Friday is the 15th annual SysAdmin Appreciation Day. Last year the IT department of the Launch Federal Credit Union, which serves Florida’s Cape Canaveral region, did not feel as though they were sufficiently appreciated. This year...

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