Lexx Greatrex writes: Google had been sued by insurance company Lyonnaise de Garantie, which was offended by search results including the word "escroc," meaning crook, according to a story posted Tuesday by the Courthouse News Service. "Google had argued that it was not liable since the word, added under Google Suggest, was the result of an automatic algorithm and did not come from human thought," the article states. "A Paris court ruled against Google, however, pointing out that the search engine ignored requests to remove the offending word... In addition to the fine, Google must also remove the term from searches associated with Lyonnaise de Garantie."
Lexx Greatrex writes: A study of 60 children recently published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, finds that four-year-olds who watched SpongeBob performed worse on executive function (EF) tests carried out within nine minutes of viewing than kids watching the PBS show Caillou. Without elaboration of any scientific or statistical significance of its findings or rationale for selecting the specific shows in question, the study simply draws the conclusion that "Children watch a great deal of television, and it has been associated with long-term attention problems. However, there is little research on the immediate impact of television on EF".
Lexx Greatrex writes: Fresh lies have been added to the global warming argument, but this time not by self-interested politicians but by reputable scientists. An obscure side note was added to the University of Colorado (CU) Sea Level Research Group web site recently explaining that 0.3 mm/year is added to the sea-level data due to the land masses of the Earth rising through an effect known as glacial isostatic adjustment or GIA. This counterintuitive adjustment is equivalent to a traffic cop adding 10 mph to your speeding ticket because you were driving into a head-wind.
Lexx Greatrex writes: Go is a new experimental language from Google labs. It is still in early stages of maturity, but there is more than enough of it to get the feeling of what the intentions of the final product are; and sadly this language appears destined for the language FAIL file.