Literally covered in links, a veritable link fest

Ars Technica—easily my favorite technical website, thanks to the erudite Jon "Hannibal" Stokes—provides an updated Intel architecture roadmap, in which Intel reveals an accelerated rollout for their next-generation microarchitecture, Core—or, as I like to call it, ohmygodanythingbutthiscrapcallednetburst.

This news furthers the belief that we will see a Merom-based Apple MacBook Pro in August at WWDC, replete with a 64-bit instruction set and even better performance per watt.

Last month, in his article "Into the Core: Intel's next-generation microarchitecture," Hannibal sketched an excellent overview of the new microarchitecture.

AnandTech—easily not my favorite website—offers an informative, albeit written in the style of a ninth grader, article on the Intel Core versus AMD K8 architecture.

Speaking of vacillation, I have yet to convince myself of the horrors of losing network neutrality. I appreciate the arguments made by the content providers, and dinner chats with Luis "Lawschool" Villa have done well to illuminate the issue, but I still do not see a sufficient problem, enough of a market failure, to warrant government intervention.

There was some hope from the pro-neutrality camp that Senator Ted Stevens' (R-AK) recently proposed bill would enforce neutrality. No such luck. The bill does address network neutrality, devoting some funding for annual research, but it makes no attempt to oblige neutrality. And it offers up an additional assortment of sour treats, such as FCC-endorsed audio/video flags and the Universal Service Fee (read: more taxes, which in turn reads: I hate it).

In response to the Stevens' bill shortcoming, Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) submitted his original net neutrality amendment as a separate bill, the aptly-named "Network Neutrality Act of 2006".

With elections looming, we will not see a full vote this year, so there is time to raise the level of public debate.