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Article in Mashable on Laptop Wi-Fi and Sterility in Males

This is one of those little journalistic ditties that just puts a twitch in your eyebrow and should ignite a spark in your cogency.

We’ve heard for years from the ‘voices in the shadows’ about the dangers (oh, sorry … potential dangers!) of the use of cellular devices (ie, phones) – for extended periods of time – in near adhesion to the sides of our heads.

Financial interests in selling phones, devices and air-time have screamed ‘foul’ at each turn when such concerns have been raised.

For those who wish to ignore any potential danger in lieu of accessing their inner-technology-lusts support the screams-of-foul by tapping deep into their easy access to techno-smack.

The rest of humanity is made up of those who:  

a) feel something just doesn’t seem right;

b) don’t know and don’t care;

c) those whose lives have been forever altered by the so-called, ‘impertinent-apocryphal-warning’s most painful reality;

This report, of possible WiFi spermicide, will no-doubt be ballyhooed as a Chicken Little moment, by those with financial and lustful interests.  But there will be no value in egg-on-face moments – IF – in the near future – we find entire pockets of the human race empty due to a lack of fertility.  

OK.  I’m a technologist. I have been for the better part of the past 25 years. I use technology to the hilt. I have WiFi routers, my laptops are all actively using WiFi and I’ll soon be adding both Pad and Smart-phone technology to my techno-toolbox.  Is this in-the-face of what I just wrote?  No.  Not at all.  Here’s why.

  1. I am 59 and will not be fathering anymore children. Period. So, sterility is not an issue for me.
  2. I don’t use WiFi – in my lap, in my pocket, or within 10 feet of me, all the time.
  3. I realize the potential danger and take measures to mitigate the majority of the adverse (or, potentially adverse) side-effects.  
  4. I work smart within the parameters of the technology curtain.

Deeply concerning is the potentially damaging element underlying this report; a ‘hole’ that could be found wanting in the future of humanity.  

This hole won’t likely be found among the lower DNA-imbuing-ignoragrunts of humanity.  The ‘holes’ will be found in the brighter; potentially beneficial, elements of the human race.

Essentially, the intelligent people may be, in very unintelligent fashion, writing their own script for a version 3.0: Island of Dr. Moreau

So, a visit to Common-Sense land may well be a very intelligent forward-thinking effort to preserve the future viability of humanity..  

Keep the WiFi enabled/activated device

  • off your lap
  • out of your pocket
  • and if you need it to be on and plugged-in – shield yourself – for at least the majority of the time.
  • otherwise, just treat this warning like the dozen or so stickers found on the average step ladder.

You know those little ladders with all those stickers, containing warnings to not misuse the step ladder – like DO NOT STEP HERE – on what everyone calls the ‘top step’ – but it’s NOT a step, it’s the top of the step ladder. Those same warnings, ignored to the tune of an annual average of 160,000+ emergency room injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. – of which most occur at heights of 10 feet or less.

Can you spell – step ladder?

Can you spell – unnecessary?

Can you spell – stupid?

Can you?

Well, maybe you can. But, if you keep that laptop, pad, smart-phone or other electromagnetic broadcasting device – in your lap, pocket, or within an unshielded 10 foot perimeter of your body – your would-be-future-kids won’t be.

Period.


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We read daily of small entrepreneurial companies being gobbled up by Big-COs in an effort to line their lairs with the necessary accouterments of technology they don’t have the talent or time to develop. And as well, in many cases the small-cos are gobbled just for the sake of gobbling or to keep competition from ‘feeding’.

Regardless of whom it is doing the ‘gobbling’ or who gets ‘gobbled’, ‘gobbling’ is not good. Gobbling causes a retardation in new development.

How does it do that you ask?

Simple. Big-CO’s are about making money for the bottom-line. Start-ups are all about exploring new ideas and bringing the first generation of new products to the world of consumers. The two are not compatible; in status and in purpose. But the Big-COs continue to believe they cannot survive without either owner or stopping competition from owning the goods of the little-cos. And the little-cos think they must become part of the Big-COs in order to have the capital to bring their next-Big-Thing to market.

Unfortunately, what both don’t seem to realize is:

  1. The BigCO is too big and too busy worrying about ‘bottom-line’ to mess with the development of a bunch of newly absorbed little-co remnants!
  2. The little-cos realize, far too late, that they are on-their-own and in short supply of funding dollars.

Oh, what a viscious cycle. Why doesn’t someone step in an stop it?

The reason is quite easy, most folks who could… know it’s no use. They realize they could loose their heads in the ‘reaction’ from the attempted rescuse with no effective positive outcome. Eveyone would loose.

It is just not seen as worth it.

Yet, all the while the entrepreneurial bloodline is loosing its seedstock of truly great business building minds.

This bit of news just came across the wires a while back.

Fox Buys Photobucket, Flektor

“HEEDING THE NEED FOR ENDLESS innovation, Fox Interactive Media plans to pad MySpace and its other Web properties with two technology companies strong on consumer-generated–as well as edited, mashed up, and shared–media.by Gavin O’Malley, Thursday, May 31, 2007 6:00 AM ET Online Media Daily

Where does it end?

That is a good… and timely… question as yet another piece of news came across my wire this afternoon and nearly every afternoon of another small company being gobbled up in the rush of the ‘power-driven-BigCos’ to have it all. And in the fray, the one thing that is so vital to the future of technology gets squashed: innovation.

These startling bits of information give us a startling glimpse of an even more startling sign that in their haste to make big corporate payoffs, some of the best technology startups – even those who have gone big and are still climbing, may soon become only the victims to the ‘big-boys’ lust for power, at the hands of the unscrupulous.

And we find ourselves – private and small business America – the big time loosers for it all.

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