destinyland writes: A Kindle blogger has identified a supposed ebook "author" whose 887 different ebooks were all apparently cut-and-pasted directly from Wikipedia entries. The "WikiFocus" series targets obscure niches with few competing ebooks, like Hello Kitty, Aquaman, or the comic strip Archie. "Of the 887 ebooks, all but 10 earned terrible reviews, averaging one star or less," this article notes, "or received no reviews at all." A typical review? "This 'book' is just a word for word copy of the Wikipedia page." (And a least one other "author" has attempt the same trick, trying to pass off a Wikipedia page about Charlie Sheen as an $18.95 biography!)
chill writes: The Department of Transportation, which used to allow anyone with a private plane to choose not to have their flight plans made available for public consumption, has decided to eliminate that option. So if you want to snoop into someone else's travel itinerary, you can do it.
[Note: The filing of general aviation flight plans with air traffic control is strictly voluntary, but strongly encouraged. Their primary use is if the pilot doesn't arrive within an hour of schedule, where to start looking for the wreckage.]
And in the case of the 2012 Tesla Model S all-electric sports sedan, which Tesla says it will launch before the end of next year, skeptics abound. Pulitzer Prize wining Journalist Dan Neil said the schedule promised by Musk was "an audacious timeline that makes many in the car industry roll their eyes." And, he added, "Even people inside Tesla are leery." The implication was clear: Neil didn't believe Tesla would be able to deliver on Musk's promises.
A week later, Musk e-mailed Neil and told him--in no uncertain terms--that he was wrong. After several lively rounds of e-mail he challenged Musk to a $1 million bet on the outcome based on the Tesla Model S hitting 4 targets. If the Tesla Model S misses any of the targets, Neil wins the bet.