hondo77 (324058) writes "From Dave's Blog: "I’ve since tested this almost every day for the last couple of weeks. During the day – the bandwidth is normal to AWS. However, after 4pm or so – things get slow. In my personal opinion, this is Verizon waging war against Netflix. Unfortunately, a lot of infrastructure is hosted on AWS. That means a lot of services are going to be impacted by this."" Link to Original Source top
hondo77 (324058) writes "Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health "...have re-created the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder in several honeybee hives simply by giving them small doses of a popular pesticide, imidacloprid." This follows recently-reported studies also linked the disorder to neonicotinoid pesticides. What is really interesting is the link to when the disorder started appearing, 2006. "That mechanism? High-fructose corn syrup. Many bee-keepers have turned to high-fructose corn syrup to feed their bees, which the researchers say did not imperil bees until U.S. corn began to be sprayed with imidacloprid in 2004-2005. A year later was the first outbreak of Colony Collapse Disorder."" Link to Original Source top
hondo77 (324058) writes "The Daily reports that "Mother Nature claimed one of her oldest living specimens (Monday) in a freak fire that destroyed a 3,500-year-old bald cypress tree towering over central Florida. Known as “The Senator,” or simply “The Big Tree,” the hollowed-out majestic timber, standing at 118 feet tall, ignited before dawn. Firefighters watched helplessly as the oldest tree east of the Mississippi — and the fifth oldest in the world — blazed and then collapsed in a heap of flaming embers." The fire likely started by "either a weeks- old lightning strike that smoldered until combustion occured, or friction caused by buffeting winds that ignited a spark and erupted in flames."" Link to Original Source top
hondo77 (324058) writes "Lost in all of the April Fool's Day fun was the news that Burt Rutan retired on April 1. "Five of his planes now hang in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, including the Voyager, which in 1986 became the first airplane to fly around the world without refueling, and SpaceShipOne, which in 2004 became the first private rocket plane ever to put a man into space." Enjoy your retirement, Burt. You've earned it." Link to Original Source top
hondo77 (324058) writes ""There's a contradiction between the results shown here and popular perceptions about climate trends," James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies said. "In the last decade, global warming has not stopped."" Link to Original Source top
hondo77 (324058) writes "Having a hard time finding IT workers? If you live in a city with an Earthilnk office, you will be seeing an increased pool of candidates. Earthink has announced that they are cutting 900 of 1,900 jobs in the USA, are closing four offices (Orlando, Knoxville, Harrisburg, and San Francisco) and will "substantially reduce its presence" in Atlanta and Pasadena. More cuts may be announced by the end of the year." top
hondo77 (324058) writes "If you didn't need an iPhone, you do now. Behold iPhone Remote by Google. "Remotely access your Mac through a collection of mini web apps on your phone." It is still a prototype but you can start your drooling now." top
hondo77 (324058) writes "Yahoo! has taken down their news message boards. According to the message from General Manager Neil Budde, 'Over the next few months, we plan to offer new discussion forums based on topics in the news and incorporating the latest features to foster a better discussion for all of our readers.' Okay, I can understand wanting to fix the boards so they're more useful but to take them down for months before a replacement is released?" top
hondo77 (324058) writes "According to this article by Reuters, IBM is suing Amazon because, as I read it, IBM owns the rights to ecommerce.
From the article: "The suits say Amazon violates IBM patents covering such features as allowing users to order items from an electronic catalog, displaying advertising in an interactive service and storing data in an interactive network." Isn't that pretty much ecommerce?"