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BoomTown's (Well-Timed) April Interview With Ars Technica's Ken Fisher


Since everyone and their mother saw fit to grab and post BoomTown’s video of our prescient interview last month with Ars Technica’s founder Ken Fisher in the wake of its acquisition by Condé Nast to be announced today, we thought we should post it too–since we did it!

Boston-based Ars, one the largest and longest-running tech blogs, will become part of CondéNet’s Wired Digital group.

Here is our post on the site, which I love for its accuracy and breadth, despite some annoying attribution snafus it should fix tout de suite.

Also, who wouldn’t like the name, meaning the “Art of Technology,” suggested by a quote from the “father of medicine,” Hippocrates:

“Ars longa, vita brevis, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile,” which is translated as, “Life is short, [the] art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult.”

And here is my video interview with Fisher:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik