lucabrasi999 writes: I have always been a huge fan of the original Star Trek. No other Star Trek captain could match Kirk flamboyantly running around the galaxy, bedding every woman he saw, ignoring the Prime Directive, changing history through time travel, all while fighting the evil Klingon empire (I know, The Shatner's overacting was a huge part of the show). Even with all of it's style, the number of times a red-shirted crew member dies in the original Star Trek series became a bad joke a long time ago. The frequency made me wonder why the red-shirted crew members didn't just mutiny, rather than let Kirk lead them to a horrible death. Matt Baily, a speaker and trainer for Direct Marketing Association, has analyzed the episodes where red-shirted crew members died and discovered the primary reasons for their death. He even created a Power Point presentation. The reasons why they died? Well, among others, the very act of beaming down with Kirk increased the chance of a red-shirt death. But we already knew that. More interesting is a key reason for the survival of the red-shirt. If Kirk met and engaged in 'diplomacy' with an alien woman, the red-shirted crew member had a much greater chance of survival.
See, Kirk wasn't just a sex-fiend. He was using the women in order to save the lives of his crew members!
lucabrasi999 writes: Professor Thomas W. Martin of Arizona State University has an interesting article in the Chritian Science Monitor and was picked up by Yahoo. The basis of the article is that despite all of the evidence to the contrary, many of his students still prefer to believe in creationism over the evolution. This leads him to question why there are people who refuse to consider the opposing point of view. Even in science, there are scientists that fight publication of opposition articles, because they don't believe in them. Professor Martin's main point is, what would it take for people to realize that being 'wrong' on an issue is not necessarily a bad thing, but is part of the way we all become more intelligent. Learning, by it's very nature, means that we must be taught when our opinions are incorrect and we must learn to accept the fact that our individual views are not always correct.
lucabrasi999 writes: Almost everyone can point to a co-worker and say, "They are overpaid". Maybe that co-worker is lazy. Maybe they work hard, but their results are say, lackluster. Maybe they are a great worker, but they landed in a nice, cushy job. Well, Chris Plummer from Marketwatch has identified what he thinks are the most overpaid jobs in the United States. Longshoremen? Motivational Speakers? This list may make you wonder if it is time for a career change. Especially for those of us in IT.
lucabrasi999 writes: Big Blue has announced an effort to become more green. IBM is the largest Data Center operator in the world, and it will be introducing technology to reduce data center energy consumption and also offer those technologies to customers. By 2010, IBM plans on doubling the computing power at its own data centers without increasing energy consumption.
lucabrasi999 writes: It appears that the producer of The Matrix is prepared to remake Logan's Run. I just stayed up late one night recently to watch this movie (again) on cable. While some of it is cheesy, it is a pretty good movie. Oscar winner Peter Ustinov appeared in it, after all. Now, for the questions all of the men want answered:
lucabrasi999 writes: While most investors originally cheered when Google purchased YouTube, things have hit a bit of a rough patch recently. And, the 'rough patch' is not just limited to lawsuits. Just what should Google do with YouTube? They invested $1.65 Billion in an organization that had only $15 Million is sales last year.
lucabrasi999 writes: It appears that Apple may be running out of items that they can prefix with the letter "i". Marketwatch says that Cisco is suing Apple over trademark infringement. Cisco claims to own the rights to the "iPhone" trademark since they purchased Infogear in 2000. Infogear filed for the rights to the trademark in 1996.
lucabrasi999 writes: Marketwatch has a video of the self-parking Lexus LS 460 (I had to use Internet Explorer to view the video). When the driver arrives at the office, they can just site back and finish their morning coffee while the car does the work. Oh, and they also link to a Wall Street Journalarticle that talks about the doom and gloom around Detroit's Big Three.