5/25/2005:

Intermediate Word:  imbroglio (a) entanglement  (b) decorative design incised into a medium  (c) house of ill-repute  (d) Italian maitre d'hotel
Difficult Word:
  talipot  (b) apothecary's mortar and pestle  (b) Asian palm tree  (c) crude turpentine  (d) trading booth

Into the future How houses will be kitted out to cope with an ageing population  - BBC  The year is 2030. Mrs Smith, aged 98, turns to her electronic Companion to find out what medicine she should be taking. An automated voice tells her: "You should take one of your statin tablets for your cholesterol." It then says her supplies are getting low so she electronically orders more from the local pharmacist. Looking up at a screen on her dining room wall, she sees an outline of her daughter moving around at her home 150 miles away through a "virtual frosted window". Her daughter can also see her elderly mother, comforted in the knowledge that she knows she is up and about.  
Future gazing Looking forward to the latest advances on the world wide web  - BBC One of the big areas of interest is the semantic web, a project that aims to bring meaning to the millions of pages of text on the web. It is not just a philosophical concept, but a real attempt to allow computers to "understand" words rather than just displaying them. The semantic web will start to link all sorts of information - bank statements, photographs, diary appointments, retail information - and allow it to be processed automatically, to bring greater meaning. Intriguingly, this information can also be physical things, people and places, so the real world becomes part of the linked up world of the web.    

Sex bomb: How the row over .xxx could affect how the internet is run  - BBC  The decision by the the US-based non-profit body that runs the domain name system to reject proposals for .xxx could have wide-reaching repercussions for how the internet is run, writes internet law professor Michael Geist. In March 2004, ICM Registry, a US company, joined forces with a Canadian-based organization called the International Foundation for Online Responsibility, to propose the creation of a new .xxx top-level domain. The proposal maintained that .xxx would "clearly and unequivocally convey to the internet user that the site contains adult material of a sexual nature". Fifteen months later, Icann announced that it had entered into commercial and technical negotiations to establish the .xxx domain. Indeed, the prospect of a .xxx domain name extension created an immediate firestorm in the US. Those concerns grew as several groups actively opposed the new domain extension with letter writing campaigns that generated thousands of critical letters and e-mails. a divided Icann board ultimately voted nine to five against the establishment of the .xxx domain. This decision appeared to be based on political considerations with near-obvious intervention from the US government.




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