nj_peeps writes: Last week, J.C. Penney made the news for plummeting in Google rankings for everything from “area rugs” to “grommet top curtains”. Turns out the retail site had a number of suspicious links pointing at it that could be traced back to a link network intended to manipulate Google’s ranking algorithms. Now, Overstock.com has lost rankings for another type of link that Google finds to be manipulation of their algorithms. And in the midst of all of this, a company with substantial publicity lately for running a paid link network announces they are getting out of the link business entirely.
nj_peeps writes: "New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled today that police must inform drunken driving suspects in a language they speak or understand that they are legally required to take a Breathalyzer test. The 4 to 3 decision written by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, stemmed from the case of German Marquez, who was charged with driving drunk when he rear-ended another car near a Plainfield intersection on Sept. 20, 2007.
nj_peeps writes: Every once in a while, Google livens up its spartan home page to take note of significant anniversaries and notable birthdays. On Friday, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man, one of the first video games, Google embedded a playable version of the game above its main search box. Great fun, right?
Not so for businesses. A company called RescueTime, a developer of time management software, has estimated the gambit resulted in some 4.82 million wasted work hours.
nj_peeps writes: Just read an article on CNN predicting that we will run out of IPv4 addresses in the next 18 months (old news I know). Many ISP's haven't even started offering IPv6 services to homes yet, and as such many businesses haven't felt the need to move their servers over to IPv6. My question is, how many of you (or your companies) have made the plunge to IPv6, and what challenges did you face?
Cliff Stearns (Fla.), the ranking Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee's Internet subcommittee, introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require the FCC to provide Congress with evidence of a market failure in the Internet service sector before enacting any form of regulations governing how ISPs manage their networks.
"I see no reason for Internet regulation," Stearns said in a statement. "Yet, if there is ever a cause for regulation, it is a decision to be made by Congress — not the FCC."
nj_peeps writes: "If you've watched the movie "The Men Who Stare at Goats," you'd know it's all about covert efforts by the military to develop mind control. Well, good luck to them. However, it may be a bit premature to write off mind control as so much paranormal "X-File"-ish diddle-dee-doo, considering that Germany-based Otto Bock HealthCare has just done the seemingly impossible with a mind-controlled robotic arm."
This brings us yet another step closer to the $6 Million Dollar Man, or The Borg depending on your point of view.
nj_peeps writes: Science fiction is fraught with mad scientists who discover strange chemicals that can empower the human body or even reanimate the dead. Well, Harvard has come about as close to that scenario as anyone would want them to. Prof. Hemant Thatte has developed a cocktail of 21 chemical compounds that he calls Somah, derived from the sanskrit for "ambrosia of rejuvenation". Using Somah, Thattle and his team have accomplished some amazing feats with pig hearts. They can keep the organ viable for transplant up to 10 days after harvest – that’s incredibly longer than the 4 hour limit seen in hospitals today. Not only that, but using low temperatures and Somah, they were able to take a pig heart that was removed post mortem and get it to beat 24 hours later in the lab. Watch that amazing video after the break.