East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2005/12/22

Linkage (34)

Filed under: Linkage,News,Software,Technology — Erwin @ 4:35 pm

Hi, how are you. I’m fine, been busy but am alive and well. Here are some articles that caught my eye in the past few days:

Technology:

  • The things for which they make software… Tinnitus cured by your computer? Hrm.
  • Similarly, if you know all your sounds of ocean types by heart, perhaps this computer generated version will help you.
  • Big fish buys other big fish: Storage manufactorer Seagate buys Maxtor. I guess that will end my long-running streak of almost exclusively buying Maxtor hard disks, then.
  • More big fish: Google buys 5% of AOL for the lovely price (macworld.com) of $1 billion. How is that going to affect the search-results, or will there simply be more AOL oriented entries in the ad-related column?

Science:

  • Many reports that the Pennsylvanian judge bars intelligent design (Wired, Ars Technica and Dan Gillmor, respectively). A fragment from AP:

    Judge Bars ‘Intelligent Design’ From Pa. Classes. Dover Area School Board members violated the Constitution when they ordered that its biology curriculum must include the notion that life on Earth was produced by an unidentified intelligent cause, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III said. Several members repeatedly lied to cover their motives even while professing religious beliefs, he said.

    Thank goodness!

Brains:

When will people learn…

Blurty.com user Blake Ranking told prosecutors that he didn’t remember what happened on a fateful night when he, as a passenger, was involved in a drunken car crash that claimed the life of a friend and left another seriously injured. <…> Ranking’s misfortunes didn’t end there. Despite his claims to having no recollection of the precise events, Ranking blogged about the whole ordeal, and essentially admitted what he had done. <…> Assistant State Attorney Julie Greenberg said that she planned to use the blog postings against Ranking, but it turned out to be unnecessary since a plea agreement could be reached (manslaughter DUI, with 5 years in prison).

Writing in a blog is effectively no different from an article in a global newspaper, anyone might buy it and read it and in this case they may not even need to pay for it, either! This anyone could be a future employer, your spouse or other family, or in this case the attorney at the other side of the table. Sure, it’s fun to have a public diary, but be careful what you say and share, ok?

Update: Damnit, it looks like I messed up this entry somehow. Trying to remember what else I put in here, hrmpf.

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