NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life
This is the theory of abiogenesis, not evolution. Evolution is how life changes, not how it got started.
UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance
As a verb, as used in this headline, "sanction" means approve of. So the headline here doesn't match up with the contents of the post.
The headline, if it must use the word "sanction", should be "UK court levies sanctions against Apple..."
Google+ Registers 25 Million Visitors
The network wouldn't be social if there was just one. It has to have someone to talk to so it doesn't get lonely.
Scientists Breeding Super Bees
I welcome our new bee overlords!
Man With 10 Million Air Miles Gets Plane Named After Him
You get an airplane named after you at 1 million miles, if I remember correctly.
The End of Paper Books
Just buying a hardback or paperback and sticking it in a warehouse isn't going to do it. If they aren't cloth-based or special archival paper they will have deteriorated to dust long before the end of this century, no matter what the storage environment is.
Apple Logging Locations of All iPhone Users
I ran the app against my phone. It has locations that I would have only gone to on a recent driving trip. But it doesn't include the whole trip, and it includes locations that I have never been too.
So yeah, it is tracking locations, but is not very accurate. I'm not even sure it is doing it via GPS. It might be doing it via the towers, and the locations are where the base stations are for the towers. Maybe.
Skynet Becomes Aware, Launches Nuclear Attack
What timezone does this happen in? If UTC it has already happened, and SkyNet is just reading /. to see who's loyal and who to eliminate first.
Netflix Touts Open Source, Ignores Linux
Netflix has a client on Tivo, which is Linux. Netflix on Tivo looks like crap, but it is there.
The DIY Car Computer vs. the iPad
Uh huh. This guy managed to predict EXACTLY what a laptop looks like, and South Park.
Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?
Streaming Netflix has NOTHING last time I used it on my Roku box. I only found some of the worst b-rated movies and documentaries and a tiny amount of semi-new releases. No Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark...nothing.
This. No movies from the last 5, or sometimes 10 years. The quality of Netflix "HD" content is almost, but not, as good as a DVD. The non-HD content looks really bad even on just a 46" HD TV, which isn't huge by today's standards. Pretty disappointing.
If they ever fix this -- have current movies at good quality -- then the bandwidth required will be HUGE. That could take some adjusting.
BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled
You have to be able to measure advertising. I like the idea of no DRM and such on the downloadable content as much as the next person here. But the reality is that TV creators must be able to measure how many sets of eyes see the adds, and what kind of eyes they are. TV ratings are not about which show is most popular. TV rating are about who's watching, and what value those viewers have to advertisers. Without metrics like "how many" and "what age/gender/ethnicity/etc" it is a very hard sell to advertisers that have limited budget to spend, and want to spend it on the best possible audience for their products.
Huge Arctic Ice Shelf Breaks Off
It has been sailed over 110 times since 105, when it was sailed by a dude in a wooden boat. Wooden boat != icebreaker.