Meshach writes: Columbia House was a big name in the early 1990s offering to give subscribers 8 cds for a penny. But now the Columbia House has files foe Chapter 11. The company cites file sharing services like Napster and iTunes as being the main reason for their demise.
Meshach writes: A department store in Tokyo has started having a robot receptionist. After an initiation welcoming shoppers to the store it will start as a store guide. Is this the inevitable next step after phone IVR systems have become ubiquitous?
Meshach writes: Traditionally scientists have seen the Earth as having a four part interior — crust, mantle, outer core, inner core. But new research is suggesting that the Earth has another layer: an inner inner core. The inner inner core is roughly half the diameter of the entire core and has several different properties.
Meshach writes: Google is being heavily critisized for releasing a game called "Bomb Gaza". Users play the part of Isreal and they drop bombs on terrorists and avoid civillians. The desctiption on the play store is as follows: “Terrorist cells are launching rockets into your country, do you have what it takes to protect your citizens?” A few users have complained but Google has been unavailable for comment.
Meshach writes: The FBI has caught the student who called in a bomb threat on December 16. The student used a temporary anonymous email account routed through Tor but the FBI were able to trace it because it originated in the Harvard wireless network. He could face as long as five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
Meshach writes: Those of us who used the Internet in the mid 90s probably remember AltaVista as a popular early search engine. Yahoo has now shut down the site and is redirecting users to Bing. Yet another piece of history lost or good riddance?
Meshach writes: Some fans of The Simpsons have built a real life version of Homer Simpsons dream car. In the Simpson's world Homer finds out that he has a long lost cousin named Herb Powell, (voiced by Danny DeVito) who owns a car company in Detroit. Herb is so delighted to meet Homer that he lets Homer design a car that eventually ruins the company. This real vehicle is a working replica of the infamous car from the series.
Meshach writes: Interesting article in the Digital Journal saying that the current complexity of life on Earth and Moore's Law imply that life had to begin before the Earth was formed. Based on the premise that genetic complexity of living systems double every 376 million years the initiation of life is pushed back to almost 10 billion years ago. Geologists believe the age of the Earth is about 4.5 billion years. This means that life is older than the Earth by 5.5 billion years.