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Technology News Archive - July 16, 2005

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High-technology tricks once seen as the purview of hackers are now in the hands of ordinary people. Gadgets these days are full of surprises, and not just in the 'gee whiz' sense of unexpected possibility, but also in their growing powers to manipulate or deceive. Computer trickery has become mainstream as the not-super-tech savvy people seek ways of coping with a 24x7 work culture.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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