ramblings... History and Philosophy

Stealing from Emergency Information

In the United States, the Enhanced 911 service has been around since the early 1980’s. Enhanced 911 or E911 was born out of the necessity of emergency operators to be able to know from where a 911 call has been dialed, because it is often difficult to receive this information from the caller who could be panicking and barely capable of staying on the line. The original E911 service, meant for wireline phone numbers, uses a mapping through a database to find the location of the caller.

Tue Oct 25, 05 | History and Philosophy
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Problems with the Therac-25

Finger pointing has been a time honored tradition since the time of the caveman. No one is happy in a bad situation until blame can be place on someone or something. In the case of medical mistakes, blame is often the only way to find closure when grave errors occur. In the case of the Therac-25, in which 3 deaths and 2 severe injuries occurred, blame could be easily placed on the machine. However, what part of the machine was to blame?

Tue Oct 4, 05 | History and Philosophy
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Should the .xxx be accepted?

A high school student is given an assignment in her biology class to do a report on a certain type of cancer. It just so happens that this student decides to research breast Cancer. Yet, when she sits down at her computer at home and googles breast cancer, she sees nothing but an error page because her parents have blacklisted the word “breast” from the computer.

Tue Sep 13, 05 | History and Philosophy
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The Differences in Early to Late Merchant Economies

The economic differences between the late fourteenth, the early fifteenth, and the seventeenth centuries were pronounced. While both systems relied on mercantilism, there was a change in focus from production to trade as the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries prepared for an industrialized economy. These similarities and differences in the economies can be seen by business opportunities and ventures found in the writings of the times.

Mon Nov 29, 04 | History and Philosophy
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The Princess of Cleves and Louis the XIV

It is said that the Royal Courts of France in the late medieval and early modern times were filled with playacting. Despite the theatrical connotation of this word, people in these courts were not acting in true plays which contain a script, a stage, and actors all for the amusement of the audience or for their own pleasure. So, what is the definition of this dramatic term “playacting.”…

Mon Nov 8, 04 | History and Philosophy
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Mother Courage and the 30 Years’ War

Between the years of 1618 and 1648, the 30 Years’ War migrated across Central Europe from the original rebellion in Bohemia to its conclusion in Westphalia. Seeing as how this was war so lengthy, it is no surprise that it has left such a lasting mark in history. It must have also left a lasting impression on Bertolt Brecht since he decided to set his play Mother Courage and Her Children during this conflict, nearly 300 years after the event…

Wed Oct 27, 04 | History and Philosophy
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The letters of two sisters from bohemia

The letters of Perchta and Anezka Rozmberk, two noble women in the fifteenth century, demonstrate the different roles of which they were expected to play in medieval, Bohemian society. Even though women did not enjoy equal rights, they did have limited rights including rights to own property. For example, a family’s patrimony was divided between all children, but sisters received a smaller inheritance than their brothers (Klassen, 20)…

Mon Oct 11, 04 | History and Philosophy
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Reflecting Economic Circumstance in Florence from Pitti and Dati

Life in Renaissance Florence was far from dull. The accounts of Buonaccorso Pitti and Gregorio Dati are incredible renditions of society, life, and economics in Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries. Both businessmen portray different views of Florence, as well as expressing different views about modern misconceptions of Florence at this time…

Mon Sep 27, 04 | History and Philosophy
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